Pakistan held a lead of 218 runs over cricket Australia eleven after the second day of their three-day day-night match in cairns ahead of next week’s pink-ball test against Australia. The tourists fought back to dismiss the cricket Australia eleven for 114 and an innings lead of 94 runs before going to stumps at 124 for five ahead of Saturday’s final day. Earlier, resuming their innings on 3 for 4, cricket Australia eleven were bowled out for 114 runs. Jake winter remained top scorer with 39 runs knock while Matthew short made 27 runs. For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir, Rahar Ali and Wahab Riaz bagged three wickets each. In reply Pakistan were 124 for five at stumps. Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 44 with Sarfraz Ahmed on four when the stumps were drawn. Asad Shafiq made 29 while Babar Azam scored 22 runs. Mark Steketee bagged two wickets for ca eleven.

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