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Pakistan struggle with bat again against pink ball

Pakistan struggle with bat again against pink ball
Azhar Ali remained unbeaten on 44 on a tough batting day

Pakistanis 208 & 124-5 (Ali 44no) v
Cricket Australia XI 114 (Amir 3-15)
Tour game, Cairns, day two

After three-wicket hauls from Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz dismissed Cricket Australia XI for 114 in their first innings, Pakistan batsmen struggled in their second innings to combat the pink ball and found themselves at 124 for five at stumps on day two of the tour game in Cairns.

Cricket Australia XI resumed the innings at three for four. Matthew Short (27) and Jake Winter (39) offered some resistance early on with a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Rahat (3-26) provided the breakthrough for Pakistan by castling Winter while Azhar Ali (1-25) trapped Short LBW.

Cameron Valente (21) provided late resistance but with Pakistan bowlers not showing any respite, Cricket Australia XI were dismissed for 114 in their first innings. They also conceded a 94-run first innings lead to Pakistan.

For the second time in the game, Sami Aslam (12) fell early. A brief resistance between Azhar (44 not out) and Babar Azam (22) weathered the Cricket Australia XI bowling but soon Mark Steketee (2-53) got his second wicket when he dismissed the latter.

After Misbah-ul-Haq (0) was dismissed without troubling the scorers, Azhar and Asad Shafiq (29) stitched another 35-run stand to take the total past the 100-run mark.

But with Shafiq's dismissal, Pakistan ended the day at 124 for five and stretched their lead to 218 runs with a day to go in the game.

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