Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Abu Dhabi Test: Pakistan in control, lead Australia by 281 runs

Abu Dhabi Test: Pakistan in control, lead Australia by 281 runs

Abbas, who removed in-form opener Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Peter Siddle on the opening day, soon grabbed his third wicket when he dismissed a hesitant Marsh for three after he edged a delivery to Haris Sohail at first slip.

There was just one problem ... the ball never reached the boundary. To everyone's surprise, the ball stopped about a feet away from the boundary line.

As the two men stood and chatted, Mitchell Starc tracked the ball to the rope and then threw it back to Tim Paine who was waiting near the stumps. Therefore, Ali was stunned and had to pay the price for his casual approach. It shows that like Abbas he has the ability to stay in the game for a long while and keep the Pakistan flag flying at all levels of the game.

In fact, a similar incident had happened between England and India.

During the ninth over of the morning session, Azhar was run out in a freaky way while batting on 64.

Zahid shot to prominence with 11 wickets in his debut Test against New Zealand in 1996 but managed only four more matches after struggling with a back injury. The hosts are now leading by 338 runs. Aaron Finch is still in and will look to continue his run of strong innings, while the Marsh brothers are up next and are - theoretically at least - Australia's best players of spin in Steve Smith's absence.

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Abbas insisted on Wednesday he is confident his rapid success will not go to his head, saying a tough early life has helped him mature as a person. Azhar survived an lbw referral after the decision review system gave the batsman the benefit of umpire's call, as he was more than three metres down the wicket at the moment of impact.

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