Azhar Ali's Comical Run Out Against Australia Leaves Twitter in Splits

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Last week Australia's new-look side attempted to introduce a softer look, shaking hands before play against Pakistan in Dubai, when they held on for a creditable draw in their first Test since the turmoil in South Africa. Tim Paine's Australia, bidding to win their first series in Asia since 2011, are unchanged from Dubai.

A ruthless Pakistan have put Australia to the sword in Abu Dhabi, exposing the tourists' shallow batting order and marching towards an imposing target in the second test.

Pakistan will start their second innings on 144 for two on the third day of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi.

Nathan Lyon took four wickets in six deliveries to embarrass Pakistan in the morning, but newcomer Fakhar Zaman and captain Sarfraz Ahmed led the rescue with identical scores of 94 runs each before both were dismissed by part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne.

Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali scored half-centuries for the hosts.

Ahmed was, by far, more aggressive, and kept the scoreboard moving with constant rotation of the strike before his 129-ball knock was ended in which he hit seven boundaries.

Australia kept the same eleven from the first Test.

"We didn't really know about it until last Test, about the three metres", Australian opener Aaron Finch said after the Azhar controversy.

Earlier, Abbas and spinner Bilal Asif (3-23) wrecked Australia for 145 in their innings. With Mitchell Starc picking up an injury, the 33-year-old Siddle has been added to the squad as cover.

Abbas only made his Test debut in April 2017 but already has 54 wickets to his name.

Then, he followed it up with the wicket of Travis Head (14) and left Australia 56/4.