Pakistan dominated the first two days of first test against Australia

Big hundreds from Azhar Ali and Imam- ul- Haq helped Pakistan to amass 476runs for the loss of 4 wickets on day two of first test match on a dead Rawalpindi pitch

Azhar Ali played brilliant knock of 185 runs and Imam-ul-Haq a career-best 157 to help Pakistan to amass 476-4 declared against a hapless Australian attack on a docile and unresponsive Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch. Australian bowlers almost toiled for two days without much success.  

Skipper Babar Azam declared the innings an hour before close in the hope of an early wicket, but Australia closed the day on five without loss after bad light ended play with 15 overs remaining. Left-handed opener Usman Khawaja scored five, while David Warner was yet to get off the mark.

Australia will need another 272 runs to avoid the follow-on against Pakistan's wily spinners who are used to the pitch conditions.

Players of both teams paid tribute to the legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne, who died of a heart attack in Thailand Friday, with a minute's silence.

Players from both teams also wore black arm bands, while the handful of early-morning spectators in the stands also stood in respect.

But Azhar put on a solid 208-run stand for the second wicket with Haq and then another 101 for the third wicket with Azam, who was run out for 36.Mohammad Rizwan (29) and Iftikhar Ahmed (13) remained not out.

For Australia's pace-cum-spin attack it was a hard toil as Labuschagne (1-53), Cummins (1-62) and Nathan Lyon (1-161) were amongst wickets. Spearheads Mitchell Starc (0-71) and Josh Hazlewood (0-53) went wicket-less.

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