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

Jo Caldwell
October 9, 2018

Sohail and Asad Shafiq (80) put on 150 for the fifth wicket on a placid track at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as Australia's bowlers toiled in the intense heat.

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

Haris Sohail struck his maiden worldwide century as Pakistan piled up 482 runs in their first innings on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Monday.

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But the second session belonged to Asif, who dismissed Usman Khawaja (85), Shaun Marsh (seven), Travis Head (nought) and Marnus Labuschagne (nought) in the space of 29 runs.

Pakistan got off to a strong start against Australia, reaching 89 for no loss at lunch on the first day of the series-opening Test match in Dubai on Sunday. Australia still trails Pakistan by 452 runs.

He was finally dismissed by Nathan Lyon, caught behind as he tried to cut the off-spinner, having easily surpassed his previous best of 76 made against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi a year ago.

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"I've been working really hard with Sri [Cricket Australia consultant Sridharan Sriram] and John Davison back home, making sure we get that length right". Fast bowler Peter Siddle was the pick of the bowlers with 3-58 while Lyon finished with 2-114 from 52 overs.

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

The second and final test will be played on October 16 in Abu Dhabi.

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