Alex Carey missed out on his first Test hundred by seven runs but Australia continued to pile on the runs as the visitors racked up 505 for eight against Pakistan on day two of the Karachi Test on Sunday. Mitchell Starc was unbeaten on 28 off 95 deliveries with his captain Pat Cummins (0*) at the end of play on Day 2 in Karachi.
Earlier, after Australia resumed on 251/3, Shaheen Afridi subjected Nathan Lyon to a bouncer barrage but the nightwatchman did not flinch and went on the attack with the pull shot. Lyon hit five fours in an entertaining 38 before he was castled by express delivery from Faheem Ashraf, breaking a 54-run stand with Khawaja.
Khawaja had shelved the reverse sweep on Saturday but Pakistan were convinced they had him caught in the slips when the opener attempted the shot against Nauman Ali. However, replays ruled out any ball-bat contact and Pakistan lost a review.
Stumps on day two in Karachi
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Khawaja brought up his 150 but could not better his highest score of 174 as Sajid Khan dealt a double blow. The off-spinner trapped Travis Head lbw for 23 and spun one past Khawaja’s bat to hit the off-stump. Islamabad-born Khawaja’s third century in four Tests included 15 fours and a six.
Cameron Green, who was not even born when Australia last toured Pakistan in 1998, made 28 before Nauman confronted him with a sharp-turning ball that pitched outside leg stump and hit the off. Carey swept well and Starc batted resolutely to frustrate Pakistan and take Australia past the 500-mark.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam brought himself on to bowl, partly to give respite to his overworked spinners, and struck in his first over. In his haste to reach the 100 mark before the closing of play, Carey went for a slog sweep but lost his stump to a delivery from part-time spinner Babar that kept low. Carey left the field to a standing ovation from his teammates after adding 98 runs with Starc for the eighth wicket.