Australia Aim to Start Well

Posted October 09, 2018

Shafiq and Haris shared 150 runs for the fifth wicket.

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After winning the toss and electing to bat on a road of a pitch, Pakistan are 0-199 at tea on day one with Hafeez unbeaten on 113 and Imam-ul-Haq 75 not out. The wicket did boost the visitors just before the Tea break but Pakistan will aim for the 500-run mark in the final session before giving Australia a few tricky overs to deal with before stumps.

Pakistan handed a debut to allrounder Bilal Asif, while Mohammad Hafeez returned to the Test side after a two-year absence.

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If you look at Australia's current playing XI in Dubai, they have three debutants - Travis Head, Aaron Finch, and Marnus Labuschagne.

Australia were allowed to keep their remaining review, however Pakistan were able to build on a solid first innings, standing at 4-341. Pakistan managed to score only 74 runs in 29 overs in the morning session after losing nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas and it appeared as if they would adopt the same approach throughout the post-lunch session as well.

Sohail did to get to three figures though, hitting a six off spinner Jon Holland before cutting him to third man for two to complete his century.

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"I was getting out on 30-40 runs on the tour of England (in May-June this year)", said Sohail.

Recalled veteran Peter Siddle was the pick of Australia's bowlers, claiming 3-58 to overtake Merv Hughes as Victoria's most prolific Test paceman and become the ninth-most successful Australian quick with 213 dismissals. Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, felt the pitch was best for batting in the early stages of the game.

Azhar Ali scored 18 before giving away his wicket to Holland, caught at mid-off by Starc. The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi on October 16.

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