The big story: Pakistan slump to 91/5 at tea

Early wickets found Pakistan in trouble as they slumped to 91/5 at tea on day five of the second Test against Australia, still trailing by 90 runs in Melbourne on Friday.

Resuming at 465/6, Australia piled on the runs in the morning session to declare at 624/8 with a lead of 181. Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 165, after adding 65 runs to his overnight score. He found support from Mitchell Starc, who made 84 runs. The two added 154 runs for the seventh wicket to frustrate Pakistan.

In reply, the visitors were tottering early at 6/2. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Spinner Nathan Lyon was among the wickets, cleaning off the Pakistan middle-order with three wickets, including the prized scalp of skipper Misbah-ul-Haq who fell for a duck.

Azhar Ali was on batting on 34, even as five wickets fell around him.

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