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Azhar, Younis steady Pakistan innings after early jolt

Josh Hazlewood (left) and Azhar Ali in a conversation at the end of second day's play
Josh Hazlewood (left) and Azhar Ali in a conversation at the end of second day's play

Australia 538-8 dec (Renshaw 184) v
Pakistan 126-2 (Younis 64no)
Third Test, Sydney, day three

After Australia declared their innings at 538 for eight, unbeaten fifties from Azhar Ali and Younis Khan helped Pakistan reach 126 for two at stumps on day two of the third Test in Sydney.

Australia resumed the day at 365 for three. After adding 17 runs to his overnight score, Matt Renshaw (184) was castled by Imran Khan (2-111) and two overs later Peter Handscomb (110) completed another fifty.

Handscomb brought the 50-run stand with the debutant Hilton Cartwright (37) off 102 deliveries as Australia were nearing the 450-run mark.

Just at the stroke of lunch, Cartwright was dropped by Younis Khan and Australia ended the session at 454 for four.

The 91-run stand finally came to an end as Imran got his second wicket of the day after Cartwright knocked one on to the stumps in the 124th over and soon Handscomb notched his second Test century taking Australia to 500 in the 130th over.

However, he was soon dismissed after his century in a bizarre manner when he swung a Wahab Riaz (3-89) delivery only to be out hitwicket.

A quick 33-ball knock from Matthew Wade (29) and a 11-ball cameo from Mitchell Starc (16) allowed Australia to declare their innings after posting 538 for eight. The last over before declaration saw Azhar (2-70) pick two wickets in it.

Pakistan got off to worst possible start when Josh Hazlewood (2-32) removed both Sharjeel Khan (4) and Babar Azam (0) in the fourth over. Pakistan went into tea at 16 for two.

In the 11th over, Azhar (58 not out) survived a run out chance after David Warner missed a direct hit. The pair of Azhar and Younis (64 not out) slowly but steadily brought the 50-run stand in 97 deliveries.

In the 33rd over bowled by Starc (0-34), Younis survived despite nicking one behind as Australia failed to appeal but two overs later he brought his fifty with a boundary.

Six overs later, Azhar completed his own fifty and also brought the 100-run stand with Younis as Pakistan ended the day at 126 for two. They continue to trail Australia by another 412 runs.

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