Pakistan could resort to using a substitute wicketkeeper in the second innings of the Abu Dhabi Test with captain and gloveman Sarfraz Ahmed set to be assessed after copping a heavy blow to his forearm while batting on day one.
(Web Desk) - With two quick wickets in the last session, Pakistan on Tuesday made comeback in familiar fashion and strenghed their position on first day of second Test match.
Sarfraz, who combined with debutant Fakhar Zaman to rescue his side from the depths of 5-57 with a 147-run sixth-wicket stand, was badly bruised after a Mitchell Starc bouncer cannoned into his left forearm when the skipper was on 90.
Abbas claimed the prize wicket - his 50th in Test cricket - of Pakistani-born Australia opener Usman Khawaja after four overs, having given a slight edge caught by Ahmed.
Earlier, off spinner Nathan Lyon took four wickets in six balls to leave Pakistan reeling on 77 for five at lunch.
Australia looked to be in trouble as the duo raced towards centuries, losing both reviews in a desperate attempt to undo Pakistan, but Labuschagne (3-45) made his lbw breakthrough to stop Fakhar six runs short of a ton. Zaman was trapped leg-before by leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne for 94, becoming the fourth Pakistan batsmen to be dismissed in the 90s on his debut.
Lyon dismissed Azhar Ali, caught and bowled for 15 in his fourth over, and then next ball had Haris Sohail caught close to the wicket for nought.
Australia kept the same eleven from the drawn first Test in Dubai while Pakistan replaced injured Imam-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz with Zaman and Mir Hamza.