Pakistan belts Australia to claim second test, UAE series

Azhar Ali sat at 54 not out as Pakistan took control of the second test against Australia on day two

The two of them scored runs at will in the second session, with Australia setting defensive fields in an attempt to ensure that less boundaries were scored.

At lunch on day four Australia have reached 155-7 chasing a target of 538 runs with Pakistan needing three more wickets to win the Test match.

With Pakistan's victory over Australia in the Test series emerged a new champion bowler in their ranks.

Australia went to great lengths to prepare for a Pakistan spin contingent led by Yasir Shah, even flying in a pair of Indian wrist-spinners to face in the nets before the first Test.

Pakistan require nine wickets to win the Abu Dhabi Test match and clinch the two-match series.

Usman Khawaja is facing surgery on his knee, dealing rattled Australia a heavy blow as they face the prospect of missing their three top batsmen for the first Test against India in December.

I've been man of the series back to back.

But while skipper Tim Paine insisted Australia were ready for Abbas, bowling coach David Saker provided a more illuminating perspective.

"Obviously really disappointing to have them five for 57 on day one and we let that opportunity slip", said Paine.

Head and Finch put on 61 runs for the second wicket while Starc (28) and Labuschagne added 67 for the sixth wicket, but it only delayed the inevitable.

Azhar Ali was on strike when he edged the ball down to a vacant third man. In successive overs, he first got one to cut in viciously and beat the inside on Aaron Finch's defence to trap him plumb and went a step better to fox Tim Paine, who completely misjudged the line and length to leave a ball and watched it crash into his off-pole.

The teams next meet in a three-match Twenty20 worldwide series which begins on October 24.

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