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Rain Stops Aussies' Charge In Adelaide

Only rain is halting Australia's charge towards a big win over Pakistan in the Adelaide Test with the visitors struggling at 3-39 in their second innings after following-on.

After Mitchell Starc's six wickets gave Australia a 287-run first-innings lead in the second Test, Pakistan were left clinging to life when rain interrupted play for a third time in the final session.

Josh Hazlewood has claimed two scalps after drawing the edges of Imam-ul-Haq for a duck and the dangerous Babar Azam for nine.

Starc also had one wicket to go with his first innings haul, with Pakistan still requiring another 248 runs to make Australia bat again.

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

However, the Australians were far from perfect on Sunday, where spinner Yasir Shah became Pakistan's oldest player to score a maiden Test century.

Australia missed six chances to remove him in the field, as Pakistan added 206 to their overnight total of 6-96 and Babar went within a whisker of back-to-back centuries.

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Two Yasir edges bounced marginally in front of Steve Smith at first slip off the spinners, while Marnus Labuschagne also grassed two chances to remove him.

Matthew Wade should have had him run out, while Paine missed a stumping chance off Nathan Lyon that bounced and turned between bat and pad.

The 33-year-old eventually finished on 113, the last man out when Pat Cummins had him caught swatting away at one on the legside boundary.

Cummins meanwhile finished with 3-83 to become the first bowler to reach 50 wickets this year.

But Starc was by far and away Australia's best after David Warner's 325 in their first innings helped them to 3(dec)-589.

The left-armer had four wickets with edges on Saturday night, he claimed his 12th career five-wicket haul on Sunday and his second in six Tests with the pink ball.

One of Starc's victims was the key scalp of Babar caught behind, after he again gave Pakistan their only real light with 97 to go with his century at the Gabba.

While his teammates struggled with the pink ball and the Adelaide wicket, Babar was his usual elegant self, playing nicely both sides of the wicket.

But his quest to become just the 13th tourist to hit successive tons in Australia fell agonisingly short when he edged Starc behind to a diving Paine.

Teenager Shaheen Shah Afridi went the following ball; trapped lbw to Starc as he used up a review in the process.

But Starc narrowly missed out on a hat-trick the next ball when Mohammad Abbas (29) had a leading edge fall safe.