Abu Dhabi Test: Sarfraz rushed to hospital ahead of fourth day's play

Mae Harvey
October 20, 2018

He didn't field on Thursday when he was hurt in the warmup, and Australia revealed on Friday he tore a cartilage in his left knee and won t bat in the second innings.

"It's disappointing. We came here to win this series and we did ok in the first Test and showed at least some fight and the style and brand of cricket we wanted to play in that second innings and then to come out and do that this Test, it's kind of like we've taken one step forward and then two steps back". Though Australia, at 155/7, would be forced to ask for a limping Khwaja's contributions at the face of a defeat, the left hander is hardly expected to repeat his first Test feat.

A relative newcomer to Pakistan's Test side, Abbas - who has now taken 59 wickets at 15.64 - was the best-performed bowler when Pakistan toured England earlier this year.

Legspinner Yasir Shah ran through the tailenders with 3-45, finishing off the match by having Jon Holland caught in the slips on 3.

Abbas was named man of the series after taking 17 wickets at a remarkable 10.58 with his deceptively unsafe seam bowling.

Sarfraz was on 33 in Pakistan's second innings on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi when a Peter Siddle bouncer struck his helmet. Definite positives from this series. Abbas, on a slow turning pitch, again jolted the top order with four quick wickets in the first hour on day four.

"It was just a little bit of a brain meltdown, I think from Marnus", offspinner Nathan Lyon said. "There's certainly no sugar coating that we've got some real issues with our batting".

Australia were set a big target of 538 to win the second Test after some useful contributions from the Pakistan batting line-up saw them declare at 400/9.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc chased after the Kookaburra - which had actually stopped a few centimetres short of the boundary - and lobbed a throw into wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who whipped the bails off while Ali and Shafiq looked on with confusion. The first Twenty20 global is in Abu Dhabi on October 24followed by the next two in Dubai later this month on the 26th and 28th.

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