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

Silvia Morton
October 8, 2018

There was plenty of talk about Pakistan not showing enough intent on the second day of the opening Test in Dubai but their batsmen slowly picked up pace towards the end of the second session to keep their side on top.

Australia's bowlers continue to toil in the blazing Dubai heat, with Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez piling on a century in an ominous start to the first cricket Test. Haq reached his 50 off 128 deliveries after hitting six boundaries.

This was also Imam's highest score in Test cricket. At stumps, Pakistan were 255 for the loss of three wickets with Haris Sohail, 15* and night watchman Mohammad Abbas at one* on the crease. Hafeez's dismissal brought the Pakistani run blitzkrieg to a halt and to add to the agony lost another wicket when Azhar chipped Jon Holland to mid-off.

But after Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle sent back the openers, Pakistan's scoring rate suffered. Tim Paine challenged the umpire's decision and the batsman was extremely lucky because of the three-metre rule much to the Australian skipper's disappointment.

They lost 2-0 to Pakistan in the UAE in 2014, with Yasir Shah taking 12 wickets and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who is no longer in the worldwide set-up, claiming 14.

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Pakistan will also have 33-year-old off-spinner Bilal Asif, who played three One-day Internationals in 2015 but has yet to play a Test.

The milestone capped a remarkable return for Hafeez, who was overlooked from Pakistan's original 17-man squad and has not played Test cricket since 2016.

Pakistan had beaten Australia 2-0 in their last Test series in the UAE in 2014.

The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi from October 16. However, none of these players are playing in this ongoing Test in Dubai.

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