Four-wicket Abbas brings Pakistan to verge of victory

Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali was dismissed by Australia in the bizarest of fashions in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. AP

Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali was dismissed by Australia in the bizarest of fashions in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. AP

Pakistan's Azhar Ali lost his wicket in one of the most freakish run outs in cricket history on day 3 of the second Test match between Pakistan and Australia.

By close on the second day Pakistan were 144-2 in their second innings, stretching the advantage to 281 runs with eight wickets intact as they bid to win the two-match series 1-0.

In the 53rd over of the Pakistan second innings, the casual approach of Azhar Ali cost him his wicket.

KEY MOMENT - Australia needed to make a positive start after resuming their first innings at 2-20.

Azhar batted with resolve, having so far hit three boundaries.

This becomes Abbas's third five-wicket haul in a burgeoning career of ten Tests.

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Nathan Lyon, however, took himself to fourth on the all-time wicket takers for Australia list (behind Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee) with a brilliant spell to scatter the Pakistani top order.

Abbas then had Mitchell Marsh lbw on 5 when Pakistan successfully went for a video referral against umpire Richard Illingworth's not out decision.

Azhar Ali had looked back to see the wicket-keeper, Tim Paine coming towards the stumps but he was too confident on his four that did not even bother trying to run back and just looked at the bails been taken off with a surprised look.

That it was not Australia's day was underscored when Jon Holland was denied a wicket in the day's penultimate over. Then, it was the spinners led by Asif (3/23) and supported by Yasir Shah (1/59) who got into the action for Pakistan.

Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed added 147 runs to help Pakistan to a respectable 282 in the first session. But as he turned for the second run, the batsman slipped twice.

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