Australia strikes after enforcing follow-on vs Pakistan

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia's decision to enforce the follow-on against Pakistan was immediately rewarded when Josh Hazlewood took a wicket before dinner on the third day of the day-night test.

After Mitchell Starc's six wickets gave Australia a 287-run first-innings lead, Pakistan went to dinner with only two runs and one wicket down after opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw was out for a duck.

Starc earlier took 6-66, his best innings return in Australia, to help knock over Pakistan for 302 in its first innings, giving Tim Paine the chance to become the first Australian captain to enforce the follow-on in four years.

The decision meant Pakistan's shaky top order will again have to contend with a new pink ball through the dangerous twilight period on Sunday night.

Australia was far from perfect on day three in Adelaide, where spinner Yasir Shah became Pakistan's oldest player to score a maiden test century.

Australia missed six chances in the field, as Pakistan added 206 to its overnight total of 96-6 and Babar Azam came close to back-to-back centuries.

On Saturday, David Warner put Australia in command when he produced the biggest innings ever in the day-night test cricket format and surpassed some of Don Bradman’s records before finishing unbeaten on 335 when Australia captain Tim Paine declared at 589-3.

To add to the batting heroics for Australia, Warner also shared a 361-run stand with Marnus Labuschagne (162), a record for Australia against Pakistan, and had partnerships of 121 with Steve Smith (36) and 99 with Matthew Wade, who finished unbeaten on 38 from 40 balls.

Australia won the first test in Brisbane by an innings and five runs.

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