Australia take control on Boxing day

Australia take control on Boxing day

Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd Test,Melbourne

Series:Pakistan tour of Australia 2016-17

Day 1 Stumps

Pakistan:142-4 (50.5 ovrs) Azhar Ali(66*)  JacksonBird 2-53

Australia seamer Jackson bird claimed two important wickets just before rain ended play on the opening day of the 2nd test in opposition to Pakistan on the MCG on Monday.

When tea was once called early as a result of rain, the visitors were 142 for 4 with opener Azhar Ali on 66 and first test centurion Asad Shafiq on four, and that proved to be the stumps score as well.
The rain persevered after tea and play was abandoned with out any longer motion.
After winning the toss and electing to bat the visitors made a cautious begin, but only Ali had been competent to build an innings of substance.
Jackson Bird (2-53) struck twice in rapid succession simply before the rain set in to provide the house crew the ascendancy, removing experienced duo Younis Khan (21) and Misbah-ul-Haq (eleven).
Khan, who had been given out LBW on three but successfully appealed the resolution when replays showed the ball was lacking leg stump, simply seemed to be finding contact when bird snuck a ball between his bat and pad to bowl him.
Misbah acquired an inside edge onto his pad and brief leg Nic Maddinson dived forward to take a great capture, which was confirmed by using the third umpire.
Previous Babar Azam (23) edged the final ball of the first session from Josh Hazlewood (1-15) to Australia captain Steven Smith in slips.
Smith, who had some infrequent catching error in the first test, went low to his correct and simply managed to hang onto the sharp threat to reward some best bowling from Hazlewood.
Pakistan gained the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch, and their openers were determined to peer off any early movement from the Australian Fast bowlers.
Despite the fact that the pair performed and missed on events, Sami Aslam and Ali had been equipped to barter the seamers, and it wasn’t except the introduction of spinner Nathan Lyon that the home side tasted success.
With his 3rd ball, the spinner had Aslam caught at first slip by Smith.
Aslam had batted with pleasant warning for 9 runs from 41 balls, but was once amazed by using some further bounce and the ball caught the glove.
Ali survived a confident LBW attraction from the bowing of Hazlewood when he was once on six, and used to be comprehensively crushed by way of the following ball, however steadied to anchor the innings.
Pakistan made one change, replacing seamer Rahat Ali with Sohail Khan.

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