Pakistan progress to 329-4 in first Test

Postado Outubro 12, 2018

KEY MOMENT - As has so often been the case, Nathan Lyon was the man to deliver the breakthrough for Australia. Be it in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh or Pakistan.

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 global set-up, claiming 14. But Yasir will now be the lone experienced bowler after Babar faded past year.

Sarfraz said he will attack Australia in their first Test since the ball-tampering saga.

Aaron Finch, after the days' play poured enough appreciation for the opposition bowlers, said, "The way that they really controlled the run rate and squeezed us just before lunch and after lunch".

"But similarly we will not put extra pressure on him and will not want him to go in a defensive mode so other bowlers will have to support him".

Pakistan kept their nerve as they are set for a win against Australia in 1st Test played at Dubai, however, they are still miles away. In the middle order, Usman Salahuddin is likely to lose his place to Mohammad Hafeez, who has not played Tests since 2016, given that his action has been cleared.

Pakistan lost nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas in the fifth over of the day, bowled by fast bowler Peter Siddle for one in the fifth over of the day. Hafeez registered a century as he and his opening partner Imam-ul Haq (76) shared a 201-run partnership for the first wicket.

Yasir, who played for Brisbane Heat past year, said he has improved his googly because it was a bit weak. His previous best of 76 came on his debut against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi a year ago.

Sarfraz said Australia's challenge would to improve their performance in Asia.

Hafeez admitted the last few months were very tough on him, having missed out on selection for the Asia Cup held in the UAE last month and then initially in the Test team.

Austlian captain Tim Paine admitted Yasir will pose challenge for his team.

"Yasir is clearly a world-class bowler who's got a phenomenal record at this ground in Dubai". They're always a strong side.

At stumps opener Usman Khawaja was batting on a fighting 50 and Travis Head on 34 as the pair had added an invaluable 49 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand to prolong Australia's resistance on a tired and spinning Dubai stadium pitch.

Just when it seemed Australia would have to tea wicketless, debutant Debutant Marnus Labuschagne struck with his seemingly innocuous leg-spinners.

Anchored by a career-defining 141 by Usman Khawaja and Paine's unbeaten 61 on a pock-marked pitch, Australia survived 139.5 overs in enervating heat to ensure the series remains alive to the second match in Abu Dhabi.