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Bowlers help Pakistan tighten grip

Younus Khan and Azhar Ali extend lead to 370 at stumps on Day 3 after side bowls Australia out for 261

Bowlers help Pakistan tighten grip  - Cricket News
Pakistan celebrates a wicket.
Pakistan tightened its grip on the second Test and the series after the third day's play against Australia, stretching the overall lead to 370 at stumps in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (November 1). 

Pakistan, who was 61 for 2 when bad light brought an end to the day's proceedings, extended its lead to 370 with Azhar Ali (21) and Younus Khan (16) negotiating the last hour with few hassles. This, after Australia was bowled out for 261. 

Pakistan had the opportunity to enforce the follow-on, but Misbah-ul-Haq opted for prudence. The move didn't hamper it a great deal as Pakistan moved ever so closer to its first series win over Australia since 1994. 

Mitchell Johnson gave Pakistan a slight scare by picking up the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad (14) and Mohammad Hafeez (3), but thereafter, Younus and Ali neutralised the threat with a measured approach. 

Earlier, during Australia's batting stint, Mitchell Marsh was the lone bright spark. The allrounder made a counter-attacking 87 before hitting a full toss straight to mid-on. Captain Michael Clarke, who managed just 2 and 3 in the Dubai Test, looked good before falling for 47. 

He hit seven fours during his 62-ball stay before being bowled by a sharp incoming delivery by medium pacer Imran Khan, who finished with impressive figures of 3 for 60. Clarke added 64 for the sixth wicket with Marsh. 

After Clarke's dismissal, Marsh upped the ante and even hit left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar for a big six to complete a half-century off just 56 balls. But wickets fell at regular intervals, with legspinner Yasir Shah dismissing Brad Haddin (10) and Johnson, for a duck, to leave Australia tottering at 199 for 8. 

Marsh added 62 for the ninth wicket with Peter Siddle before holing out. He hit 13 boundaries and a six during his obstinate 116-ball knock. 

The only other significant contribution came from Glenn Maxwell, who made an aggressive 37 before Babar had the last laugh, as he dismissed him with a delivery that spun across the face of the bat.

To see the scorecard and review the Pakistan v Australia match in full, please click here.

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