Pakistan bank on second new ball against Defiant Usman Khawaja

The Karachi ground, very much in focus following Pakistan’s draw with Australia at Rawalpindi, will continue to attract attention after the Aussie batters clinched first day honors of the second Test at the National Stadium. It was a good draw to win for Australia as the visitors went into the stumps at 251 for three, with Islamabad-born Usman Khawaja becoming the first Australian to score in a Test century in Pakistan since the 117 by Mark Waugh in the Third Test in 1998. Follow live cricket scores and updates from the Second Test between PAK vs AUS.

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Preview of day 2

After struggling for most of the first day on a pitch that looks fairly batting friendly, Pakistan will bank on the second new ball to prevent Australia from amassing a big total in the Karachi Test.

There was a hint of a reverse swing in the final session on Saturday and with the pitch set to split on Day 3, Sunday will be a good day to score as many points as possible.

The Aussie openers took advantage of a rather listless Pakistani bowling attack as Usman Khawaja (unbeaten on 127 of 266 balls) and David Warner (36 of 48) set up a quick 82-point position to seize the initiative .

It was the 159-run third-wicket stand between Khawaja and Steve Smith (72) that was the centerpiece of Australia’s first leg before Pakistan broke it with the second new ball when Faheem Ashraf took a brilliant hold one-handed bass in the slides. to clear Smith of Hasan Ali (1 of 31).

Australia are batting deep and if Pakistan are to make their mark in this test their bowlers will need to deliver on Sunday.