Australia 505 for 8 (Khawaja 160, Carey 93, Smith 72, Ashraf 2-55) vs Pakistan
Karachi: Australia batters continued to make hay on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test against Pakistan in Karachi, finishing strongly at 505/8.
Usman Khawaja continued his fine form with a gritty 160, while Alex Carey stroked a fluent 93 to help Australia cross the 500-run mark by the end of the second day’s play in Karachi.
Australia enjoyed a fine start to the day, with Khawaja and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon combining for a 54-run fourth-wicket stand.
Lyon, who was given a reprieve on the final ball of Day 1, had a scratchy start, surviving a close leg-before call against Hasan Ali during the third over of the day, before an inside edge raced past the stumps towards the fine leg boundary.
He continued to frustrate the hosts during the opening hour, sweeping Nauman Ali with disdain while also taking on Shaheen Afridi’s short-pitched stuff with audacious pull strokes.
Faheem Ashraf finally castled the right-hander, not before he’d struck five fours during a valuable 62-ball 38.
Khawaja, meanwhile, extended his solid presence at the other end and reached his third 150-plus score in Test cricket with a single towards fine-leg. Australia headed to lunch at 332/4.
Sajid Khan gave Pakistan an opening early into the second session, when he had Travis Head trapped leg-before for 23.
As Sajid troubled Cameron Green with a low and awkward bounce from his end, Shaheen bowled with great pace and aggression at the other while smartly mixing his lengths.
Green and Alex Carey then carried on for 15.1 overs, with the former showing some intent against Nauman Ali with a six and a four, before being knocked over by the same bowler for 28.
It was a relatively fruitful session for Pakistan, which saw three wickets go down for 75 with Australia positioned at 407/7 at the Tea break.
The hosts continued to toil hard during the final session, but couldn’t quite get the desired results with another 98 runs being added.