Usman Heroics Tighten 2018 Pakistan Australia 2nd Test Odds

They staged an escape worthy of Steve McQueen in the first test but can the Australians manage to keep Pakistan from winning in the second? A draw is already getting a hugely attractive 7/2 at BetRally, one of the best online betting sites in Pakistan at the moment, and that reflects just what a tenacious side Australia have shown themselves to be, even if they do only scrape up 5/2 to win and the 2018 Pakistan Australia 2nd test odds give Sarfraz Ahmed and Co just 20/23.

2018 Pakistan Australia 2nd Test Odds

“I was feeling pretty good for most of it until we got to the second session with one hour left before tea, then I was withering.”

Admitted Usman Khawaja after an astonishing second innings performance that saw him score 141 in a marathon nine hours at the crease saving Australia’s blushes. “I was just asking God to get the sun down so we could get some shade.” Of course chasing 462 the Aussies needed a miracle, but hanging on for a 140 overs was just as good.

Tim Paine
Aussie Captain, Tim Paine

The reason the Pakistan Australia 2nd test odds give a draw such a short price is because Usman displayed a tenacity long absent from the side which early on in the match had collapsed to 202 and been labelled the worst in history by Shane Warne. Of course those that like to bet on sports in Pakistan on BetRally will quickly point out Usman scored a determined 85 in his first innings too, and that he saved Australia’s blushes all but single-handedly – and he could do it again.

Brilliant Usman Khawaja Saves Australian Test Side

“One of the great test innings.” Was the judgement of Aussie Captain Tim Paine who himself survived on an unbeaten 61 as his side finished 100 short at 362-8, an astonishing result given the Marsh brothers both went for ducks and Yasir Shah had got a creditable 4-114. However can Usman do it again or will the conditions and Pakistan’s batting line up get the better of him? The 2018 Pakistan Australia 2nd test odds seem to show bookies like BetRally think so, but do you?

Even if you can’t quite hang a 5/2 shot on Australia winning that 7/2 draw price looks all the rather tasty when you remember that Pakistan have lost Imam-ul-Haq, one of their openers, through a broken finger. Victory might not be on the cards but another hard fought stalemate seems more than a little likely, and if you’re Pakistani gambling news of Usman’s heroics won’t buoy the tourists’ spirits, think again, they’re positively cock-a-hoop at their escapades.   

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“We know that to become a good team we first have to be hard to beat.”

Said Paine, “We’re just really proud of our whole group, the way they went about it, the way they applied themselves.” Meanwhile questions are being asked about Sarfraz Ahmed’s leadership, as you might imagine, although it must be said in the face of Usman’s performance there’s not an attack that could have fared much better and kept those 2018 Pakistan Australia 2nd Test odds a little more distinct.

Sure, Pakistan should still, on paper, breeze the 2nd test and those 20/23 reflect that, however as Australia rebuild a spirit of respectability after their ball tampering scandals it would seem there is a spark of what they could yet be and so if you’re going to take advantage of Pakistani gambling laws to snap up some of those 2018 Pakistan Australia 2nd Test odds at BetRally do remember, Australia might not be all they used to be, but that doesn’t make them a push over.

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