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Pakistan struggle to find footing on day four of second Test against Australia

Pakistan struggled to find their footing on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. At the end of 52 overs, Pakistan were 161 runs for five in their second innings, trailing by 126 runs with five wickets remaining. Shan Masood at 68 runs and Asad Shafiq (57) were the lead scorers for the team. Meanwhile, Imamul Haq was sent back to the stands for a duck. The visitors, who have lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia, were in big trouble at 39 for three when rain forced an early end on Sunday, 248 runs behind with two days left and their top order decimated. They had resumed on an overcast and cold afternoon teetering at 96 for six in their first innings, in reply to Australia s 589 for three declared, built on the back of David Warner s monumental 335 not out. Yasir Shah smacked a dogged maiden Test century and Babar Azam hit 97 but they were all out for 302 and still 287 runs adrift. Mitchell Starc was the hero, taking 6-66, but he put Australia s commanding position down to greater consistency within the team. Having thrashed Pakistan by an innings and five runs in the Brisbane opener, Australia appear well set to sweep the series 2-0 unless weather intervenes.

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