Pak Vs Aus 1st Test
Pakistan and Australia are currently in UAE for the Test and T20 series. Both the teams are scheduled to play 2 Test and 3 T20 matches against each other. The first Test match started on 7th October in Dubai International Stadium, and after a thrilling match, came to an end today. Pak Vs Aus first test complete stats are available on Cricket Howzat.
Pakistan 1st Innings
The Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first as the pitch was quite suitable for batting. The openers gave a solid start to the team making 100+ partnership. Muhammad Hafeez, who was out of the field for the illegal bowling action, made an excellent comeback after the ban has been lifted. He scored a tremendous knock of 126 while Imam ul Haq added 76 runs to the team score. Then came the middle order where Harris Sohail and Asad Shafiq shined with the bat. Babar Azam didn’t perform well and only scored a total of 32 runs in the match.
Australia 1st Innings
In response to Pakistan’s 482 runs in first innings, the Australian opening pair Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch seemed quite on track to reduce the opposition’s lead. Australia were on 142-0 when the Pakistani debutant Bilal Asif started to show some magic with the ball. The 32-year-old provided the breakthrough by taking Usman Khawaja’s wicket. As soon as the top order fell, the whole Australian batting line-up was shattered. Asif got 6 wickets in first innings whereas the Muhammad Abbas was the one to grab the other 4 wickets. Australia were all out for 202 and trailed by 315 in their first innings.
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Pakistan didn’t enforce the follow-on and decided to bat again. This time the top order failed to deliver and Pakistan were 45-3 at the end of day 3. The next day Pakistan continued their innings and declared on 181-6, having a lead of 461 runs in hand. Imam Ul Haq was the top scorer with 48 runs. Sarfaraz XI could have got the safe figure of ‘500’ runs but they wanted to have enough time to bowl all the opposition out.
Australia 2nd Innings
The Australian team again had quite a good start from the openers who contributed 87 runs. Aaron Finch was just 1 run short of his half century when he was deceived by an in swinger from Muhammad Abbas. It was again Abbas in the 30th over where he sent two of the Aussie batsmen back to pavilion in the same over. Pakistan were in a strong position to win the match but it was then Travis Head and Usman Khawaja who took the responsibility and made a partnership of 132 runs. This partnership faded Pakistan’s chances to win the match. However, Yasir Shah came into action and not only broke the partnership but also took 3 other wickets. Pakistan was just inches away from the win when the Australian captain Tim Paine started to show resilience. He was on 61 not out when the match ended. On the other hand, it was Usman Khawaja whose much needed century in the crucial moment saved Australia from losing the match.
Australia were 362-8 when the last day of first Test called off. The Young Australian side seemed quite happy with the dramatic draw while disappointment could be seen on the Pakistani faces.
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