Pakistan to start day three with eight-wickets in hand against Australia

Australia will play third Test against England in Melbourne

Australia will play third Test against England in Melbourne

Pakistan recovered from 57-5 to post 282 and take two cheap Australia wickets on a compelling first day of the second cricket test on Tuesday.

But it was once again debutant Fakhar Zaman who lifted Pakistan with a brilliant 66 following up his 94 in the first innings, before giving a return catch to Nathan Lyon who took an evasive action but still managed to hold onto the ball.

Abbas, 28, is enjoying a superb series against Australia in Dubai and claimed match figures of 7-85 in the opening Test which ended in a draw.

Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul to steer Pakistan into a dominating position in Abu Dhabi after bowling out Australia for a paltry 145 runs.

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne leaves after his dismissal against Pakistan on day two of the second test in Abu Dhabi.

Labuschagne earlier brought off a sensational catch close to the wicket to dismiss opener Mohammad Hafeez for 4 in Mitchell Starc's second over, before Zaman and Ali shared a half-century stand for the second wicket. India's VVS Laxman and Irfan Pathan got out on 90 in the 2006 Faisalabad Test Pakistan, Australia's Mark Taylor and Ricky Ponting made 96 apiece in the 1995 Perth Test against Sri Lanka while Majid Khan and Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan got out on 99 against England in the 1973 Karachi Test.

The Test series against Pakistan is Australia's first since the ball-tampering scandal that erupted in South Africa earlier in the year.

Finch fought a lone hand in just his second Test but none of Travis Head, Mitch Marsh or Paine were able to go the distance.

Australia kept the same eleven from the first Test.

The tourists were left on 20-2 after seven overs going into the second day.

4 - Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz Ahmed getting out on 94 is only the 4th instance of two batsmen getting out on an identical score in the 90s in a Test inning.

Shafiq blocked the hat-trick ball, the first ball of the 22nd over, but got a faint inside edge to Lyon's subsequent delivery and was caught at bat-pad by Labuschagne after a successful decision review by the Australians.

Team-mate Yasir Shah is the fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets - in nine matches.

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