Pakistan’s inexperienced spinners left Australia struggling on 59 for 4 Saturday at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test after Younis Khan smashed a record-breaking century to give his team a formidable lead of 437 runs.
Australia still needs 379 more runs to win after losing four wickets for five runs in its second innings in a remarkable two overs from Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah on a turning wicket.
Chris Rogers is undefeated with a nervous 23 and Steven Smith not out on 3. Australia’s lower order batsmen could struggle to see off the remaining 90 overs in the match on a declining wicket. Left-arm spinner Babar (2/22) ignited the collapse when he lured first innings centurymaker David Warner (29) into a drive and had him stumped.
Four balls later Alex Doolan (0) played across Babar’s line and was adjudged plumb leg before wicket as Australia slipped to 44/2. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq declared at 286 for 2 when Younis reached 103 to go with his first-innings 106 and become Pakistan’s leading centurymaker with 26 hundreds.
Brief Scores: Pak 454 & 286-2 dec. (A Shehzad 131, Y Khan 103 not out) v Aus 303 (D Warner 133; Y Shah 3-66) & 59-4