Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Australia survive Yasir Shah to draw Test against Pakistan

Australia survive Yasir Shah to draw Test against Pakistan

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, 22, has been ruled out of the second and final test after breaking his finger while fielding during Australia's second innings on Thursday.

Shafiq and Haris shared 150 runs for the fifth wicket.

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DUBAI: Hard-working fast bowler Mohammad Abbas took three wickets in seven balls to bring Pakistan closer to victory in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. With a mountain to climb, the openers once again looked solid and played risk-free cricket to lay a good foundation. He hit five fours in his 175-ball knock. Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, felt the pitch was best for batting in the early stages of the game.

Shaun was caught behind off a well directed delivery, while a darting inswinger downed Mitchell plumb in front of the stumps. Before the dust had settled, Abbas also got rid of Mitchell Marsh (nought) to leave Australia in disbelief. "It shows a lot of guts and courage to do something like that", added Khawaja, whose 524-minute knock was the second longest in a fourth innings in Test history. Khawaja, at the other end, remained unfazed and finally found an ally in debutant Head to battle it out in the middle.

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Khawaja extended his fourth-wicket stand with Travis Head (72 off 175) - the latter striking a maiden Test fifty on debut - to 132 during a wicketless morning session, albeit that Head would have been out lbw to Shah for 44 had Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed opted for the review.

Yasir Shah celebrates after he dismissed Australian Marnus Labuschagne in first Test in Dubai, Oct 11, 2018.

Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket.

Khawaja was clearly Australia's star in the match: he scored 85 in the first innings and a superb 141 in the second to hold the Aussie innings together. Babar Azam (28) announced his arrival with a six, and so did Asad Shafiq who took the attack to the spinners from the word go.

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