2nd Test, Day 2: Australia post 505/8 against Pakistan
Australia batted for the entire day in the ongoing second Test versus Pakistan in Karachi. Resuming the day at 251/3, the Aussies managed another 254 runs on Sunday to manage a score of 505/8. Usman Khawaja, who scored a fine 127* on Day 1, got out for 160. Alex Carey slammed a sensational 93-run knock. The other batters chipped in.
Night watchman Nathan Lyon showed character to chip in with an important 32 from 68 balls. He added 54 runs alongside Khawaja for the fourth wicket. Pakistan claimed three wickets as Australia were reduced to 360/6. From there on, the Aussies added substantial partnerships to get past 500. Carey was the chief architect on Sunday for the visiting side.
The Aussie batters chipped in with important scores. Lyon (32), Khawaja (160), Travis Head (23), and Cameron Green (28) all got crucial starts on the day. Carey also found able company from Mitchell Starc, who remained unbeaten on 28 from 95 balls. The two shared a crucial 98-run stand for the eighth wicket to deflate the Pakistan bowlers.
The 30-year-old Carey consumed 159 balls for his 93. He hit seven fours and two sixes. The southpaw played some lovely sweep shots, including reverse sweeps and got his runs at a pretty brisk pace. However, he missed out on his maiden century by seven runs. Carey played a crucial part in helping Australia surpass 500. He slammed a second Test fifty.
Khawaja has recorded the fourth-highest Test score by an Australian batter in Pakistan. His 160 is the fourth-highest Test score by an Australian batter in Pakistan after Mark Taylor: 334*, Greg Chappell: 235, and Graham Yallop: 172. The Australian opener now averages a brilliant 83.66 against Pakistan in Test cricket. Khawaja has been on a roll in 2022, hitting a third century in Tests.
It has another day of hard work for the Pakistani bowlers. The players look pretty tired having fielded for 180 overs over the last two days. A few footmarks have been created and the ball has turned and kept low. It will be an interesting day of cricket on Day 3 as Pakistan seek a response with the bat.