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The stand extends
Abbas and Afridi bowled with good control but couldn't make the breakthrough. The batting duo has now shared an unbeaten alliance of 100 plus. Danger times for the visitors.
And we are back. The players have made their way out. Warner and Marnus will resume under beautiful sunset. Adelaide looks very picturesque.
By the way, Warner has reached his 31st Test fifty with an inside edge off Abbas after the rain break. He has certainly roared back into form.
Second session - 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Third session - 8:10 PM to 10:PM
Overs left - 51
Rain returns... and stops once again
Some great news as the rain has stopped at Adelaide Oval and play will resume at 17:00 local. Hopefully, we won't have more stoppages.
Oh, scratch what I have said as the rain has returned to play spoilsport. One of those stop-start days.
Believe it or not, the rain has stopped once again. However, it would take a while for the game to resume as it rained for a while and there would be a few wet areas.
Rain, rain go away...
Unfortunately, it is raining at the moment and the covers are back on. Fingers-crossed, the action will start soon. On a positive note, Adelaide has a good drainage system.
"I think it'll get heavier before it easies up. We might need around 20 minutes, probably more with the outfield, making sure it's nice and dry. So, we need 20-30 minutes. Tomorrow's (Sunday) looking okay, the worst is going to be on Sunday," says the Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough.
Pakistan search for inspiration
David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne stitched an unbeaten stand of 62 to help Australia recover after the hosts lost the early wicket of Joe Burns against Pakistan at Tea.
Australia won the toss and duly opted to bat. After a slight delay due to a drizzle, Burns and Warner set out to open the innings. However, unlike the Gabba Test, the pair couldn't share a stand of substance. In the fourth over of the innings, Shaheen Afridi reaped the reward for hitting a good length and extracting seam movement to force Burns to edge one behind.
Labuschagne, the man in form, and Warner then joined forces to prop up the innings. After surviving a loud appeal for caught behind, the number three batsman once again showed his ability to shuffle across the stumps and flick Mohammad Abbas to the boundary boards. Meanwhile, Warner feasted on short and wide deliveries offered by the Test debutant Muhammad Musa. The 19-year-old tearaway also had a problem or two with overstepping. On a slightly positive note, whenever the debutant bowled it fuller, he was able to snap his wrist and find a hint of movement.
Australia on the move
Labuschagne and Warner have helped AUS to recover after the early strike. Warner targeted the debutant Musa with cuts while Labuschagne shuffled across in his trademark fashion to flick Abbas.
On the other hand, Musa, the debutant, has showcased some good skills - snapping the wrist and generating movement. However, he has been too short.
Pakistan have got an early wicket and they are jubilant. It is Shaheen Shah Afridi who has made the early incision. It was the in-between length that did the trick for the left-armer. And also movement off the pitch. Burns poked at it tentatively and edged one behind.
Thankfully, the play has started. Abbas with the pink ball in hand. Warner to face him. Who will come out on top in this battle??
Unfortunately, there is a bit of drizzle and we are in for a delayed start. Hopefully, the drizzle will clear soon.
Musa's big day!
Musa made his first class debut only last season for Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and doesn't have a five-wicket haul as yet. He has also played for Islamabad United in the PSL.
Toss and teams
Australia have opt to bat. Musa, the young tearaway, will make his Test debut with Abbas returning to the side. Naseem, another young fast bowler, has been left out. He was quite impressive in the Gabba Test. Meanwhile, Australia have gone in with an unchanged XI.
There was a hint of drizzle at the start of the day, but it seems like has cleared up for the moment.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali(c), Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Muhammad Musa, Mohammad Abbas
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Adelaide Oval and Day-Night Test. It makes for scenic settings. Despite a few changes to the ground - like the redevelopment of the Western Grandstand - it has retained the old world charm of a bygone era.
Adelaide Oval that came into the reckoning in 1871 on 12 acres of land - leased from the Adelaide City Council - has also been a witness to some spellbinding Test matches. Who can forget West Indies' heart-stopping one-run victory versus the home side in 1992-93? Or the Mark Waugh-inspired Australia holding out to a draw versus South Africa in 1997-98.
Hopefully, the second Test between Australia and Pakistan would turn out to another riveting contest. Can Pakistan make a comeback after losing to Australia at their fortress, Gabba? Will Babar Azam continue his good form? Will the Australian pace trio continue to rip through batting line-ups at home?
Finally, what about the pink ball? With the polish on the ball, there is always a good chance of the ball zipping and shooting through quicker off the pitch. It could help someone like Abbas to make his presence felt. It also seems to have a prominent seam. A lot of batsmen also seem to find it troublesome to face the pink ball, especially at time of twilight.
Toss and teams in a few minutes...
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