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by John Pennington Saturday 1 November 2014
Pakistan 570-6 dec. (Younus Khan 213) & 61-2 vAustralia 261 (Marsh 87)Second Test, Abu Dhabi, day threeScorecard
Pakistan closed day three of the second and final Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi with a lead of 370 runs after dismissing their opponents for 261 and deciding against enforcing the follow-on.
In reply to Pakistan's 570 for six declared, Australia resumed the day on 22 for one and slipped to 100 for five before a Mitchell Marsh half-century enabled them to partially recover.
They were still well short of the follow-on target when Mohammad Hafeez dismissed Peter Siddle.
However, with plenty of time left in the game, Pakistan decided to bat on and although losing both openers, closed on 61 for two in their second innings.
David Warner (19) and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (5) fell to Rahat Ali as Pakistan's pacers and spinners worked together to run through Australia's batting line-up.
A promoted Glenn Maxwell cracked a quickfire 37 in 28 balls before he was bowled by Zulfiqar Babar, who then had Steve Smith trapped in front for a six-ball duck.
Michael Clarke and Marsh then added 64 together for the sixth wicket which fell when Imran Khan knocked back Clarke's middle stump for 47.
Marsh then found some support from Brad Haddin (10) and Siddle (28) although Mitchell Johnson failed to score.
Marsh and Siddle put on 62 for the ninth wicket but once it fell, when Marsh was caught by Rahat off Khan, Siddle fell soon after.
Khan finished with three for 60, Rahat two for 41, Yasir Shah two for 47, Zulfiqar two for 94 and Hafeez one for 13.
Johnson then tore in and removed both Ahmed Shehzad (14) and Hafeez (3) to reduce Pakistan to 21 for two.
Shehzad hit him for two fours and a six in the first five balls of the innings but Johnson hit back with the final ball with an unplayable yorker that bowled the opener.
Hafeez was caught by Mitchell Starc as he mis-timed a pull but Pakistan were taken to stumps by Azhar Ali (21 not out) and Younus Khan (16 not out).
Both of those players scored centuries, Younus going on to make 213, in Pakistan's first innings, along with Misbah-ul-Haq.
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