Usman Khawaja keeps Pakistan at bay
In another session of the game, Australia moved on to 332 runs for 4 at the National Stadium in Karachi. Usman Khawaja playing out his fourth session in raw against Pakistan.
A pitch that seemed to remain slow, Australia negated a few threats that came in their way. They lost just the solitary wicket of Nathan Lyon, the night watcher. The pitch witnessed events of twists and turn and uneven bouncers.
Nathan Lyon’s fall breaking the stand with Usman Khawaja
Nathan Lyon was nicked off in the last over on Day 1. He passed through some close calls on Sunday. Two LBWs and a dropped chance. He played a wonderful knock of 38 runs before getting nicked off by Faheem Ashraf more than an hour into play.
He attacked the Pakistani pacers, taking on Shaheen Afridi’s bouncer and playing it for a boundary. He swept Nauman Ali for a four. He was the main run chaser in the fourth wicket stand that swelled to 54 runs.
Usman Khawaja – A storm at the Pakistani bay
Usman Khawaja kept on applying the same approach that rewarded him on the opening day. He resumed the innings with 127 runs and added just 28 runs to his overnight score.
Usman Khawaja remained so calm and composed in the middle. The Pakistani bowlers could not spot a reason to appeal against Usman Khawaja for a possible LBW.
Travis Head had an early appeal against him but the umpire ruled him out for the right reasons. The ball had not hit his pads outside the off-stump. Australia toned down their pace in the second half adding only 81 runs in two hours of morning play. Head stood in his wickets unbeaten on 14.
Brief Scores: Australia 332/4 (Usman Khawaja 155*, Steve Smith 72; Hasan Ali 1-45Faheem Ashraf 2-47,) vs Pakistan