Pakistan vs Australia: Dubai witnesses a rare instance in Test cricket

09 October, 2018, 14:56 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Australia will play the fourth Test against South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg

Earlier Pakistan had won the toss and made a decision to bat first in the first of the two-match Test series in Dubai.

When Day One of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia went underway in Dubai on Sunday, a rare instance in Test cricket was witnessed in which the captains of both the teams - Sarfraz Ahmed and Tim Paine -were wicketkeepers.

The left-hander occupied the crease for more than six hours as he struck 110, adding 150 with Asad Shafiq (80) for the fifth wicket, as Pakistan posted a first innings total of 482.

On a lifeless wicket in Dubai, Australia needed every bit of luck to break down Pakistan's patient, time-consuming innings.

Pakistani opener and veteran Mohammad Hafeez is returning to the national team after almost two years.

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But Shafiq fell to the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne minutes before tea as he edged a turning ball to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for the debutant's first wicket.

"I can't explain how happy I am to score my first Test hundred", Sohail said.

Test debutant Aaron Finch (62) and Usman Khawaja (85) had both appeared on track for centuries after putting on Australia's second-highest opening partnership in Asia.

Peter Siddle, pick of the Australian bowlers with 3/58, got the lone success in the first session when he had nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas clean bowled.

Haris Sohail dominated the chatter on the second day with maiden Test ton before Pakistan lost their way and wickets cheaply to see six dismissals in 72 runs.

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