Australia pull off a dramatic draw
Australia pulled off a dramatic draw as they survived at the end of day 5 on 362/8 in their long chase of 462 runs in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai International Stadium.
Australia are now on their first Test series since the ban of their iconic players Steve Smith and David Warner due to the ball-tampering saga. But the Aussies broke all the struggles and made a historic draw in the first Test of two-match Test series with Pakistan.
Earlier on day 1 Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first on a track which is friendly to batsmen. With the huge opening stand between Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq Pakistan put 482 as their first innings total.
In reply, Australians were collapsed for only 202 after a century stands between the openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. Pakistan started their second innings with a lead of 280. Finally, Pakistan declared their second innings on 181/6 and set a target of 462 for visitors.
Australians started their chase on day 4 comfortable with another good opening partnership. But all of a sudden Mohammad Abbas provided the much-needed breakthrough and that brought back to back wickets for Australia.
In the end, Australia were 136/3 at the conclusion of day 4. Usman Khawaja and Travis Head started the day 5 on a positive note. Travis Head recorded his maiden fifty in his debut game itself like Aaron Finch who did in first innings.
Head returned to the dressing room on 72 after a 132 run partnership with Usman Khawaja for the fourth wicket. His partner Khawaja played in the same mode and went on to hit his first Test century in Asia. Soon after the century of Khawaja, Yasir Shah took Pakistan into the game with quick four wickets including Usman Khawaja.
Usman Khawaja played a knock of his life and scored 141 runs from 302 balls which laid the strong foundation for the draw. After the quickfire from the leg-spinner Yasir Shah, the captain Tim Paine took the responsibility himself.
Paine was running out of his partners as he lost three of his partners in a meantime and he was blindfolded at the situation. Fortunately, the Australian captain got the support of his off-spinner and Nathan Lyon and managed to stop the flow of wickets.
Before the ninth wicket partnership with Lyon, Tim Paine had a 79 run partnership with Usman Khawaja for the sixth wicket. Finally, Paine and Lyon managed to deny a win for Pakistan with their stay till the conclusion of play.
The captain Tim Paine scored 61 runs. Moreover, the runs he faced 194 runs to steal a draw and his partner Lyon withstand for 34 balls scoring 5 runs. Usman Khawaja was awarded as the man of the match for his match saving knocks in both innings.
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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: 362/8
Usman Khawaja 141, Travis Head 72
Yasir Shah 4/114, Mohammad Abbas 3/56