Lunch: Pakistan off to a great start against Australia on day one

09 October, 2018, 14:54 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • The veteran all-rounder's Test batting average climbs up to 52.75 13 better than his overall career average in the UAE

Pakistan skipper Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat.

Resuming on 255/3 on the second day, Pakistan were reduced to 260/4 before Shafiq joined forces with Sohail to revive Pakistan's innings.

Pakistani batsmen dominated the proceedings on day one with Mohammad Hafeez scoring 124 runs while Imam-ul-Haq made 76 runs.

Australia trail Pakistan by 452 runs with all ten wickets intact, but they face a big battle ahead of them with Yasir expected to pose the main threat.

Peter Siddle provided the breakthrough for Australia as he clean bowled Mohammad Abbas for one run.

Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 17 and debutant Aaron Finch was 13 not out as Australia negotiated some tight spin bowling from Pakistan on a pitch which has started to show signs of turn.


But Australia delaying the second new ball allowed Sohail and Shafiq to open up in the second hour, adding 55 more runs.

Sohail and Shafiq grafted through the afternoon session until Marnus Labuschagne's occasional leg-break proved Shafiq's downfall as he edged to keeper Tim Paine.

Australia did well through some smart ground fielding in the last session as Pakistan lost its last five wickets for 64 runs with Babar Azam (4) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (15) both getting run outs.

Sohail, who raised his century off 223 balls, tried his favourite cut shot off Nathan Lyon (2-114) and was caught behind as Australia struck with regular intervals.

Meanwhile Bilal Asif gets his maiden Test cap for the hosts Pakistan.

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