Abbas strikes in Australia’s long chase
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas strikes in the third session as the Aussies were 136/3 at stumps on day 4 in Australia’s long chase of 462 runs to win the Test match.
Pakistan are having an upper hand in the first Test of the two-match Test series between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.
On day 3, Pakistan bowled out the visitors for only 202 in the first innings and took a 1st innings lead of 280 over Australia. Even though the hosts lost early three wickets for 45 in the conclusion of day 3, they had a lead of 325 runs over the visitors.
Pakistan started the proceedings on day 4 with a healthy lead with their opener Imam-ul-Haq who remained unbeaten at the stumps of day 3. After the early wickets of his partners, the opener ensured that the hosts won’t be affected by those wickets.
He played steadily and scored 48 runs before trapped by Holland on caught and bowl. The lower-middle order batsmen of Pakistan further ensured that the hosts were marching towards a huge lead. Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq who excelled in the first innings did the same in the second innings with their 39 and 41 respectively. Pakistan called of their innings after the wicket of Asad Shafiq when the team total was 181/6. And that resulted in a target of 462 for Australia.
In the Australian bowling card, Jon Holland bagged three wickets while the spinner Nathan Lyon added two to his wicket tally. The Debutant Marnus Labuschagne took one wicket.
In reply, Aussie openers started their chase on a positive note like in the first innings. Like in the first innings they built their partnership strongly. They added 87 runs for the first wicket before the dismissal of the Debutant Aaron Finch.
Aaron Finch was trapped by Mohammad Abbas after a well executed set up from the fast bowler. Finch failed to score another half-century like in the first innings by just one run.
Following the wicket of Aaron Finch, Mohammad Abbas rattled the Australian top order and top middle order as the Marsh brothers were sent back to the pavilion by the pacer without making any change to the scoreboard.
On the other, Usman Khawaja resisted the Pakistan bowlers and scored a much needed fifty in the context of the game. Travis Head joined the opener after the top order collapse and remained in the field at the close of day on 34.
Australia finished their day 4 on 136/3 and still needs 326 runs to win which is a mountain. On the other side, Pakistan are seven wickets away from the victory in the first Test.
Pakistan 1st Innings: 482
Mohammad Hafeez 126, Haris Sohail 110
Peter Siddle 3/58, Nathan Lyon 2/114
Australia 1st Innings: 202
Aaron Finch 62, Usman Khawaja 85
Bilal Asif 6/36, Mohammad Abbas 4/29
Pakistan 2nd Innings: 181/6 dec
Imam-ul-Haq 48, Asad Shafiq 41
Jon Holland 3/83, Nathan Lyon 2/58
Australia 2nd Innings: 136/3
Usman Khawaja 50*, Aaron Finch 49
Mohammad Abbas 3/26