Azhar Ali lays foundation with 139 not out on rain-hit second day

Updated: Dec 28, 2016, 18:03 IST | AFP |

Opening batsman Azhar Ali led the way as Pakistan consolidated their first innings on a rain-hit second day of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne

Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali after his ton against Australia on Day Two. Pic/AFP

Melbourne: Opening batsman Azhar Ali led the way as Pakistan consolidated their first innings on a rain-hit second day of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Only 50.3 overs were possible after 50.5 overs were bowled on Monday's opening day as rain again curtailed play. At the close after rain forced an early finish, the tourists resuming at 142 for four were 310 for six with Azhar providing the foundations. Azhar was unbeaten on 139 with Mohammad Amir hitting a breezy 28 off 23 balls with six fours trying to lift the scoring rate after the dismissals of Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed. Australia still believe the weather won't prevent a result in the match.

 

Brief scores
Pakistan 310-6 (A Ali 139*, A Shafiq 50; J Bird 3-91, J Hazlewood 2-33) vs Australia

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