Pakistani batsmen continue solid performance against Australia

Pakistani batsmen continue solid performance against Australia

Answering their critics in style at the start of the day with a century stand for the opening wicket, Australia lost their momentum in the second session after a flurry of wickets saw them concede a massive 280-run lead in the first innings.

Another run out resulted in the wicket of Safraz Ahmed (15) before the tourists wrapped up the tail and left their batsmen with an unenviable 13 overs to face after a long day in the field. Only India's 10 for 46 against England in 1946, and New Zealand's 10 for 51 runs against Australia at in 1974 were worse. Khawaja was once again lucky a few overs later when Pakistan failed to review the umpire's decision to rule the batsman not out when he had inside-edged it to short leg.

Australia's attack then tightened things up after the two openers were back in the dressing room.

Khawaja's growing confidence in conditions he had typically struggled in was on display when he reverse-swept Yasir for four off consecutive deliveries.

Hafeez top-scored for Pakistan in their opening knock with 126, with Haris Sohail (110) striking a maiden Test century as his side posted 482.

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But it was a day highlighted by Asif who triggered a memorable Australian collapse against spin in Asia to mark a long-awaited Test debut.

But the second session belonged to Asif, who dismissed Usman Khawaja (85), Shaun Marsh (7), Travis Head (0) and Marnus Labuschagne (0) in the space of 29 runs. The decision made sense with the pitch expected to deteriorate further in the last two days.

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.

Australia reduced Pakistan to 45-3 by stumps, with nightwatchman Bilal falling to Lyon for a duck and Jon Holland accounting for first-innings centurion Mohammad Hafeez (17) as well as Azhar Ali (4).

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