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Pakistans Abdullah Shafique (R) and Pakistans Azhar Ali (2L) run between the wickets during the second day of the third and final Test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 22, 2022. — AFP
Pakistan’s Abdullah Shafique (R) and Pakistan’s Azhar Ali (2L) run between the wickets through the second day of the third and ultimate Test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia on the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 22, 2022. — AFP

LAHORE: Pace spearheads Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi knocked over eight wickets and restricted Australia to 391 earlier than Pakistan ended day two of the deciding Test at 90-1 in Lahore on Tuesday.

The duo led a late cost to shut the second session as Australia misplaced their final 5 wickets for 71 runs after reaching a commanding 320-5 at lunch. Naseem completed with figures of 4-58 and Shaheen 4-79.

At stumps, the sport was evenly poised and the sequence hanging in the stability as Abdullah Shafique, 45, and Azhar Ali, 30, returned to the pavilion 5 overs early because of dangerous mild.

The sequence is tied at 0-0 after the primary two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi ended in high-scoring attracts.

Shafique and Azhar needed to rebuild after Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq was trapped leg-before by Australian skipper Pat Cummins on 11. But the pair appeared untroubled, placing on 70 for the second wicket.

Azhar survived a stumping scare whereas batting on 14 however the overview confirmed his foot was planted effectively contained in the crease after he was crushed by a well-flighted supply from spinner Mitchell Swepson.

Before Naseem and Shaheen introduced Pakistan again into the sport, Cameron Green, 79, and Alex Carey, 67, had annoyed the hosts in the morning session, including a useful 135 for the sixth wicket.

Fortunes turned after spinner Nauman Ali had Carey leg-before in the fourth over after the break.

The wicketkeeper-batsman had hit seven boundaries in his 175-minute knock.

Green was then bowled by Naseem after a resolute 223-minute keep intermittently lit up by 9 boundaries.

Pakistan have been seeking to make early inroads at first of play with the second new ball solely 5 overs in.

But Australia, who resumed at 232-5, took benefit of a placid Gaddafi Stadium pitch to bat by 28 overs unscathed.

Pakistan thought they’d eliminated Carey for 27 when umpire Aleem Dar gave him out caught behind off quick bowler Hasan Ali however the Australian reviewed right away.

The replay confirmed he had missed the ball, which had additionally not carried to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

Carey took full benefit of his reprieve by smashing spinner Sajid Khan for 2 boundaries earlier than reaching his third Test fifty with a single.

Australia are on their first tour of Pakistan since 1998, having beforehand refused to tour the nation over safety fears.

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