Azhar ali

Opening batsman Azhar Ali shone in gloomy conditions with a patient, unbeaten century to guide Pakistan to 310 for six in the second test against Australia on Tuesday but both sides were left frustrated at the end of a rain-blighted second day.

Azhar was 139 not out with tail-ender Mohammad Amir on 28 as a rain-shower cut short another stop-start day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

After 39 overs were lost on the opening day, the weather wiped out the entire middle session, limiting Australia to two wickets while crimping Pakistan’s hopes of forcing a result to keep the three-match series alive after the tourists lost the opener in Brisbane by 39 runs.

Rain aside, Azhar added to Australia’s torment as he summoned all his powers of concentration to shrug off the delays and survive 287 balls.

He and Amir are likely to come out with all guns blazing in the morning to add quick runs and then send Australia in to bat.