It's 'Fakhar': Mark Waugh's hilarious on-air blooper

Mark Waugh has cracked up co-commentators with his attempt to pronounce the name of Pakistani batsman Fakhar Zaman.

Waugh was commenting on the first day’s play of the second Test between Australia and Pakistan on Monday night when the hilarious blooper occurred.

Zaman was batting beautifully on his way to 94, but Waugh thought they Aussies hadn’t bowled particularly well to him.

As you can see in the video above, Waugh stumbled over Fakhar’s first name, leaving his co-commentators in stitches.

“I was close, come on!” Waugh said as Brett Lee and Neroli Meadows couldn’t hold back their laughter.

Mark Waugh left Neroli Meadows cracking up. Image: Fox Sports

Waugh isn’t the first commentator to be tripped up by Fakhar, and he probably won’t be the last.

Aussie batsmen falter early after Lyon’s heroics

Australia were left to lament a shaky start with the bat in Abu Dhabi after a stellar bowling performance in an eventful opening to the second Test.

The tourists were 2-20 in reply to Pakistan’s 282 at stumps on day one after Mohammad Abbas dismissed nightwatchman Peter Siddle with the final ball of of the day.

Trapped in front of his stumps, Siddle (four) was given not out but the decision was overturned on review.

Usman Khawaja (three) was unable to repeat his heroics during the drawn first Test in Dubai, glancing an Abbas delivery down the leg side which wicketkeeper and captain Sarfraz Ahmed snared with a brilliant diving catch.

Australia will be desperate to press their advantage at Sheikh Zayed Stadium after restricting Pakistan at a ground where the average first-innings score is 402.

However, they will be wary of a lively pitch on which Nathan Lyon (4-78) ripped through Pakistan’s batsman with a stunning spell in the morning session.

Australia’s greatest-ever offspinner snared four wickets in the space of six balls to leave Pakistan reeling at 5-77 at lunch.

Tuesday’s middle session belonged firmly to Pakistan with Sarfraz and Zaman mounting a counter-attacking 147-run stand.

“If I”m being brutally honest, I think we took our foot off their throat a little bit and they fought back,” Lyon said.

“I thought Sarfraz and Fakhar on debut played a brilliant little partnership there in the middle session and put the pressure back on us.”

The game took another turn when Tim Paine threw the ball to part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne 15 minutes before tea.

Having convinced Paine to squander Australia’s final review with an ambitious lbw appeal three balls earlier, Labuschagne redeemed himself with the final ball of the session to trap Fakhar (94) in front and deny him a century on debut.

Sarfraz continued to spearhead a Pakistan counter-attack but also fell six runs short of a ton after lofting a Labuschagne delivery to Siddle at cover.

Playing in just his second Test, South Africa-born Labuschagne finished with figures of 3-45.

It was a day of mixed fortunes overall for Labuschagne, who dropped a sitter at mid-wicket to give Fakhar a life on 30 but earlier took a spectacular juggling catch at short leg to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez off Mitchell Starc’s bowling.

Hafeez’s shot was hit hard to short leg, thundering into Labuschagne’s thigh and bouncing off his knee before the adopted Queenslander managed to get his hands on the ball.

Lyon was the key for Australia in a dream start to the series-decider.

Dismayed coach Mickey Arthur buried his head in his hands as Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam all fell without Pakistan adding to their score.

It’s unclear whether Sarfraz will be able to continue behind the stumps after suffering what could be a serious left elbow injury courtesy of a Mitchell Starc bouncer.

Sarfraz, who was wearing a heavy compression bandage in the post-match press conference, said his elbow was too swollen for scans and Arthur had spoken to officials about the potential use of a replacement wicketkeeper.

with AAP