Pakistan v Australia: Confusion as mysetrious rule denies Australia vital wicket

Grant SmithOct 09, 2018

When Day One of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia went underway in Dubai on Sunday, a rare instance in Test cricket was witnessed in which the captains of both the teams - Sarfraz Ahmed and Tim Paine -were wicketkeepers.

Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket.

After resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 255/3, Pakistan lost night-watchman Mohammad Abbas (1) early.

Paine then introduced debutant Marnus Labuschagne to try and break the stand.

"It's always a big pride to score a Test hundred for your country and I have worked really hard to reach this far", said Sohail, who was sidelined for a two-year period with a knee injury in 2015. "My mother told me last night that she wanted to see me scoring a century today".

Travis Head, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne are making their debut for Australia. It was only after tea that Australia were able to take wickets, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon getting Imam caught behind in the 63rd over of the day.

Shafiq joined Sohail in the middle and both batsmen were cautious against the Australian bowlers, as Pakistan added just 19 runs in the first hour.

Lyon finished with figures of 2-114, while paceman Peter Siddle returned 3-58 as the Pakistan tail crumbled, with the last six wickets going down for 72 runs.

Finch dropped Ahmed in the first slip but made amends through a direct throw at the non-striker's end to run out the Pakistan captain.

Meanwhile Bilal Asif gets his maiden Test cap for the hosts Pakistan.

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