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Pakistan eye series win

Pakistan tightened their grip on the second Test and the series after the third day’s play, stretching their overall lead to 370 at stumps here on Saturday.

Pakistan were 61-2 at the close in their second innings with Azhar Ali unbeaten on 21 and Younis Khan on 16 after another batting collapse saw Australia almost squander any chance of levelling the series.

Australia were dismissed for 261 in their first innings, 309 behind Pakistan’s first innings total of 570-6 declared, but Misbah-ul Haq did not enforce the follow-on and chose to bat again so as to set a big target on the fourth day. That put Pakistan in a strong position to win their first series against Australia in 20 years.Pakistan won the first Test by 221 runs in Dubai.

Mitchell Johnson (2-29) gave the Pakistanis an early scare with the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad (14) and Mohammad Hafeez (three) but Ali and Younis ensured Pakistan did not surrender their strong position.

BRIEFSCORES Pakistan 570 for 6 declared and 61 for 2 lead Australia 261 (Mitch Marsh 87, Imran Khan 3-60) by 370 runs.
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