Watch Pakistan vs Australia cricket highlights today. PAK vs AUS highlights of the fifth day of second Test played on 30-12-2016. Today Pakistan faces a tough Test because of a huge score posted by Australian batsmen on the scoreboard. Yesterday Steven Smith scored his 17th Test hundred and despite bad weather, his team piled up a grand total of 648 for 8 and then declared their innings. Pakistan started their second batting turn with a deficit of 181 runs. As history proves, their batting most often collapses under pressure and this is what must be lurking at the back of their minds. If they can bravely absorb pressure, they can draw the second Test. Otherwise all is bleak for them.
During both the Tests, Pakistan’s top and middle order has failed to deliver. Azahar Ali is the only exception here. They badly need Misbah and Younis Khan to perform but both these senior batsmen seems out of form which is very unfortunate for Pakistan.
When top and middle order collapses, it send tremors of fear which travel to the last man in the squad. Although their tail-enders have shown wonderful courage but such desperate attempts can’t win you matches. Batting excellence should be shown from top and then good performance from these young players will make a difference.
Pakistan should learn from their opposition about how to bat under pressure. Pakistan declared their innings at 443 for 9 in the first innings. It was a very good score but Australian batsmen played well under pressure and now they are hopeful about victory. This is the way to go in Test cricket.
Yesterday Usman Khawaja scored 95 runs while Mitchell Starc played an aggressive innings of 84 runs off just 91 balls, which included 3 fours and 7 sixes. This extraordinary batting from a bowler gave Australian an edge and they were able to amass quick runs before declaring their innings.