Pakistan edge closer to win as Abbas rips through Aussies

10 Oct, 2018 7:14 pm

DUBAI (Reuters) – Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas claimed three quick wickets as Australia hobbled their way to 136-3 on Wednesday, chasing a mammoth target of 462 in the first Test in Dubai.

Australian openers Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch picked up where they left off after their 142-run stand in the first innings, adding 72 runs by tea on day four.

The pair added 15 more runs in the final session before Abbas trapped Finch leg before for 49. The visitors squandered another good start when the Marsh brothers were dismissed for ducks by Abbas.

Shaun was caught behind off a well directed delivery, while a darting inswinger downed Mitchell plumb in front of the stumps.

Khawaja (50) and Travis Head (34) added 49 runs and will look to continue on the same note as they hope to grind out an unlikely draw on the final day.

If the tourists are to pull off a victory they will have to surpass the highest chase in test cricket by West Indies, who managed 418-7 against Australia at Antigua in 2003.

Pakistan resumed at 45-3 in the morning session and batted sensibly on a deteriorating pitch before declaring their second innings at 181-6.

Imam-ul-Haq (48) and Haris Sohail (39) missed out on half-centuries but their 65-run partnership took the lead close to 400 runs.

Imam was the first to fall on the day, offering left-arm spinner Jon Holland an easy return catch.


He was soon joined in the dressing room by Sohail, who was adjudged leg before off the bowling of debutant Marnus Labuschagne after Australia sought a review of the umpire’s original decision.

Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam then combined to add 71 to peg Australia back further under the sweltering Dubai heat.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon tempted Shafiq into playing a lofty shot which was held by Mitchell Marsh at deep mid-wicket with the batsman falling on 41.

Lyon’s 310th test wicket saw him join Brett Lee as the fifth leading wicket-taker for Australia in the longest format of the game.

Abu Dhabi will host the second and final Test from Oct. 16.

SCOREBOARD

Pakistan  1st innings
 Imam ul-Haq      c Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon                  76
 Mohammad Hafeez  lbw Peter Siddle                          126
 Azhar Ali        c Mitchell Starc b Jon Holland             18
 Haris Sohail     c Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon                 110
 Mohammad Abbas   b Peter Siddle                              1
 Asad Shafiq      c Tim Paine b Marnus Labuschagne           80
 Babar Azam       Run Out Marnus Labuschagne                  4
 Sarfraz Ahmed    Run Out Aaron Finch                        15
 Bilal Asif       b Peter Siddle                             12
 Wahab Riaz       Not Out                                     7
 Yasir Shah       c Tim Paine b Mitchell Starc                3
 Extras           6b 21lb 3nb 0pen 0w                        30
 Total            (164.2 overs)                     482 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-205 ul-Haq, 2-222 Hafeez, 3-244 Ali, 4-260 Abbas, 5-410 Shafiq, 6-418 Azam, 7-456 Sohail, 8-470 Ahmed, 9-473 Asif, 10-482 Shah

 Bowling               Ov  Md   Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mitchell Starc      36.2  11   90   1  2.48  2nb
 Peter Siddle          29  11   58   3  2.00
 Nathan Lyon           52  12  114   2  2.19
 Jon Holland           29   1  126   1  4.34
 Marnus Labuschagne     8   0   29   1  3.62
 Mitchell Marsh        10   0   38   0  3.80  1nb

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 Australia  1st innings
 Usman Khawaja       c Imam ul-Haq b Bilal Asif                 85
 Aaron Finch         c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Abbas             62
 Shaun Marsh         c Asad Shafiq b Bilal Asif                  7
 Mitchell Marsh      lbw Mohammad Abbas                         12
 Travis Head         c Haris Sohail b Bilal Asif                 0
 Marnus Labuschagne  c Imam ul-Haq b Bilal Asif                  0
 Tim Paine           c Imam ul-Haq b Bilal Asif                  7
 Mitchell Starc      c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas            0
 Peter Siddle        b Mohammad Abbas                           10
 Nathan Lyon         c Imam ul-Haq b Bilal Asif                  6
 Jon Holland         Not Out                                     0
 Extras              6b 7lb 0nb 0pen 0w                         13
 Total               (83.3 overs)                      202 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-142 Finch, 2-160 Marsh, 3-167 Khawaja, 4-171 Head, 5-171 Labuschagne, 6-183 Marsh, 7-183 Paine, 8-191 Starc, 9-202 Siddle, 10-202 Lyon

 Bowling            Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas     19   9  29   4  1.53
 Wahab Riaz         11   2  39   0  3.55
 Yasir Shah         28   6  80   0  2.86
 Mohammad Hafeez     3   1   2   0  0.67
 Bilal Asif       21.3   7  36   6  1.67
 Azhar Ali           1   0   3   0  3.00

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 Pakistan  2nd innings
 Imam ul-Haq      c&b Jon Holland                           48
 Mohammad Hafeez  c Marnus Labuschagne b Jon Holland        17
 Bilal Asif       c Travis Head b Nathan Lyon                0
 Azhar Ali        lbw Jon Holland                            4
 Haris Sohail     lbw Marnus Labuschagne                    39
 Asad Shafiq      c Mitchell Marsh b Nathan Lyon            41
 Babar Azam       Not Out                                   28
 Extras           2b 2lb 0nb 0pen 0w                         4
 Total            (57.5 overs)                        181 decl
Fall of Wickets : 1-37 Hafeez, 2-38 Asif, 3-45 Ali, 4-110 ul-Haq, 5-110 Sohail, 6-181 Shafiq
Did Not Bat : Ahmed, Shah, Abbas, Riaz

 Bowling               Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mitchell Starc         6   1  18   0  3.00
 Nathan Lyon         25.5   6  58   2  2.25
 Peter Siddle           2   1   3   0  1.50
 Jon Holland           20   3  83   3  4.15
 Travis Head            1   0   6   0  6.00
 Marnus Labuschagne     3   0   9   1  3.00

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 Australia  2nd innings
 Aaron Finch     lbw Mohammad Abbas                   49
 Usman Khawaja   Not Out                              50
 Shaun Marsh     c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas      0
 Mitchell Marsh  lbw Mohammad Abbas                    0
 Travis Head     Not Out                              34
 Extras          0b 3lb 0nb 0pen 0w                    3
 Total           (50.0 overs)                      136-3
Fall of Wickets : 1-87 Finch, 2-87 Marsh, 3-87 Marsh
To Bat : Labuschagne, Paine, Starc, Siddle, Holland, Lyon

 Bowling          Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas   11   2  26   3  2.36
 Mohammad Hafeez   2   0  10   0  5.00
 Yasir Shah       15   1  42   0  2.80
 Wahab Riaz        7   2  13   0  1.86
 Bilal Asif       13   3  40   0  3.08
 Haris Sohail      2   1   2   0  1.00

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 Umpire         Richard Illingworth
 Umpire         Richard Kettleborough
 Video          Sundaram Ravi
 Match Referee  Ranjan Madugalle



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