Pakistan were 232 for four against Australia at stumps after rain halted play on first day of second test at Melbourne. PTV Sports is telecasting the match live. Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 112 with Asad Shafiq not out 48 when rain sent the players from the field for an early lunch. It was Azhar’s 12th test century and third against Australia. After electing to bat, Pakistan made a cautious start, with only Azhar Ali being able to build an innings of substance.
Openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali negotiated the seamers, and it wasn’t until the introduction of spinner Nathan Lyon that the home side tasted success. With his third ball, the spinner had Aslam caught at first slip by Smith. Aslam had batted with great caution for nine runs from 41 Ballsali survived a confident lbw appeal from the bowing of Hazlewood when he was on six, and was comprehensively beaten by the next ball, but steadied to anchor the innings.
Azhar Ali and Babar Azam shared 42 runs for the second wicket stand. Babar Azam after scoring 23 edged the last ball of the first session from josh Hazlewood to Australian captain Steven Smith in slips. After losing two wickets on 60, Azhar Ali and Younis Khan added 51 runs for the third wicket. Australian Seamer Jackson Bird struck twice in quick succession just before the rain set in to give the home team the ascendancy, removing experienced duo Younis Khan for 21 and Captain Misbah-ul-Haq for 11.
Younis looked to be finding touch when bird snuck a ball between his bat and pad to bowl him. Misbah got an inside edge onto his pad and short leg Nic Maddinson dived forward to take a fine catch, which was confirmed by the third umpire. Australia kept the same 11 which won the first test of the three-match series in Brisbane by 39 runs. Meanwhile, Pakistan made one change, replacing seamer Rahat Ali with Sohail Khan.