Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah put Pakistan on the brink of series win

Australia 145 and 155 for 7 (Labuschagne 43 *, Lyon 0 *, Abbas 4-56) need another 383 races to beat Pakistan 282 and 400 for 9 Dec

Mohammad Abbas celebrates the dismissal of Aaron Finch's lbw Getty Images

Pakistan is three wingers away from finishing a series victory against Australia after a scintillating burst of Mohammad Abbas put an end to any doubt about the result in Abu Dhabi . In a prolonged session, Australia's medial order collapsed once again, with Abbas tearing them apart with virtually impossible precision. Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc showed a fight when it seemed that the game might not extend to the second session, but that partnership broke half an hour before lunch when Yasir Shah finally got his teeth.

Travis Head and Aaron Finch started the day quite solidly, but the insurmountable insurmountable task that was coming brought its own constricting pressures. Asad Shafiq, captain in place of Sarfraz Ahmed (the regular captain is being examined for possible concussion) kept Abbas for a prolonged period this morning, and for good reason. Mohammad Rizwan kept up with the window, and Abbas, with his stump line out of the stump, accurate and lethal, began to wear down the Australian pair.

Head was the first to leave, and went to the goalkeeper, and thus began a master class. in stumps from stump to stump. Abbas hit the bent knee back of Mitchell Marsh in his next step, and a review revealed that he would have hit the stumps. His next one produced two more windows, Finch, the first victim, and perhaps the best one of all. Three balls in their innings, Tim Paine felt he could leave a sure of Abbas who started out of the stumps. The ball was closed and the captain of Australia could only see how he crashed against the stump. Australia had lost four windows during seven races, and Abbas was suddenly on the cusp of another of the five fer.

Usman Khawaja could not go out to bat because he had been out of the field for a long time in the infirmary. internal injury, so Starc came out instead. It was the best game passage for Australia. Abbas was finally given a break and the couple, particularly Labuschagne, seemed reasonably comfortable against Yasir Shah. They battled together for more than an hour and created the 50 partnership, and for Australia to take some kind of momentum in the next session, it was obvious that the two would have to see it.

Yasir made sure he did not. occur. When Starc stepped back to deal with what he saw as a short delivery, he turned sharply and hit him on the pad. This was followed by perhaps the worst DRS review of all the series; it would not have been more obvious if it had crashed into its central plug. Yasir would find another window next door, with Peter Siddle trapped in the front. The reps showed a revision, something that Australia did not ask for at the moment, would have saved it, with the ball throwing slightly off the stump of the leg.

It was a rather discouraged conclusion of what has been an inescapably painful test for Australia. After lunch, await the final and inevitable act.


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