Khawaja Saves The Day, Australia Manage to Draw Test vs Pakistan

Hope Soto
October 12, 2018

"It was mostly about getting a hundred for Australia on the last day of a match, trying to save a game".

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.

Head perished lbw to Mohmmad Hafeez's first delivery with the new ball in the second over after lunch but, after Labuschagne's fleeting stay at the wicket, Paine joined forces with Khawaja to put on 79.

Yasir Shah took four wickets in the second innings, with Abbas close behind with three.

Earlier in the Test, Pakistan batted first and scored 482 runs and Australia was able to post only 202 runs in their first innings in reply.

"People think because of my relaxed nature. that I've been gifted to be able to get to where I am", he said. He hit five fours in his 175-ball knock.

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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.

But it was Finch and Khawaja in the afternoon session who batted with resolve.

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.

No team has successfully chased more than the 418-7 West Indies made against Australia in the Antigua Test in 2003.

Hafeez, dropped on 74 at the long off boundary by Mitchell Marsh, was trapped leg before wicket by Peter Siddle as Australia allowed Pakistan only 56 runs in the last session. Left-arm spinner Jon Holland (3 for 83) dismissed Imam for 48, caught and bowled off a flighted delivery, before debutant Marnus Labuschagne trapped Sohail in front for 39 in the very next over.

Holland had figures of 3-83 from 20 overs while off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 2-58.

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