Australia toil, Pakistan build big total

Doug Mendoza
October 8, 2018

Earlier Pakistan had won the toss and made a decision to bat first in the first of the two-match Test series in Dubai.

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test Day 2 Live: Mohammad Hafeez marked his return to Test cricket with a century as Pakistan reached 255/3 at stumps on the first day of the series-opening Test match against Australia on Sunday.

Australia named three debutants with batsmen Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne coming into the team for the visitors' first test since the ball-tampering incident.

Pakistan have backed in Wahab Riaz ahead of fellow left-arm quick Mir Hamza while offspinner Bilal Asif will debut in place of injured legspinner Shadab Khan.

Sohail´s patient six-hour knock featured eight fours and two sixes, as he added 150 for the fifth wicket with Shafiq who was unlucky to miss out on his 10th century.

Australia were allowed to keep their remaining review, however Pakistan were able to build on a solid first innings, standing at 4-341.

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Shafiq hit nine boundaries and a six in his 278 minutes at the crease.

The partnership was finally broken just after tea when spinner Nathan Lyon had Imam caught behind for a Test-best 76, and Hafeez fell seven overs later for 126 when he was trapped lbw by Peter Siddle.

Sohail was pleased to go on and post a big score after regularly making several promising starts before getting out earlier in the year.

"I get the massive honour and privilege, to present Trav with your baggy green mate", Lyon started. Starc then finished off the innings catching the outside edge of Shah's bat for 3 as Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 72 runs.

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. Holland, Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc took a wicket each. The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi on October 16.

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