Pakistan snare Warner, Khawaja on rain-hit second day

Australia 116 for 2 (Khawaja 47, Labuschagne 23*, Salman 1-18, Jamal 1-26) trail Pakistan 313 by 197 runs


Retiring opener David Warner rode his luck before falling for 34 as the third Test between Australia and Pakistan was evenly poised after a truncated second day.

Australia made slow progress against a disciplined Pakistan attack, but only 46 overs were bowled in the day’s play due to bad light and rain.

Marnus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 23 and Steven Smith 6 not out, and they will get the chance to reset in what should be better conditions on day three.

Even though the SCG’s light towers were on, play stopped just after drinks in the second session after Pakistan refused to only bowl their spinners.

Play was unable to resume with persistent rain falling in the afternoon as bad weather continued to plague the traditional New Year’s Test in Sydney.

But the forecast is for mostly clear conditions for the remainder of the match.

Opener Usman Khawaja fell for a patient 47 off 143 to tireless quick Aamer Jamal in the only wicket of the second session. Australia scored at just 2.46 runs an over and been shackled by an accurate Pakistan attack. (ESPNcricinfo)

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