Bilal Asif scripts Australian collapse with six wickets on debut

09 Oct, 2018 7:36 pm

DUBAI (Web Desk) – Bilal Asif, the Pakistan off-spinner, took a five-wicket haul on Test debut as Australia lost their way after a solid opening stand to be bowled out for 202 on the third day of the opening Test in Dubai.

Chasing Pakistan’s 482, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch brought up fifties. They looked good for more before a collapse of 10 for 60 left Australia with a massive deficit.

Three Pakistani wickets to have them at 45/3 at stumps on Tuesday, 9 October, was a positive for the tourists, but the hosts, with a lead of 325, were undoubtedly the happier ones at the end of the day.

Beginning the morning on 30/0, Khawaja and Finch accumulated steadily. In the battle of the opening stands, Pakistan might have been clear winners with the 205 put together by Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez earlier in the match. But the Australian duo did a considerable job in adding 142.

Against an attack that created a few chances, they stayed patient, waiting for the loose balls to attack. Finch especially was his aggressive self when given a chance: he took Yasir Shah for back-to-back boundaries and launched him for six soon after.

The morning session brought 107 runs. The second session, however, resulted in a flurry of wickets amid a streaky period of play.

Finch, looking to smash one down the ground off Mohammad Abbas, was caught brilliantly at short mid-on with Asad Shafiq pouching it inches off the ground.

Shaun Marsh saw out 25 deliveries before he was tempted into an expansive drive, only to edge to slip, giving Asif – a debutant at 33 – his first wicket.

Khawaja, who had survived a stumping chance in the early moments of the day, miscued a sweep shot, and Asif had his second.


It might have been 167/4 and Mitchell Marsh back in the pavilion the very next ball had Shah held on to a catch off his own bowling, but Pakistan didn’t have long to wait.

Coming out to bat under pressure with the spinners in full flow, both debutants Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne had a forgettable start to their Test batting careers, departing for ducks in the same Asif over.

Having lost five wickets for only 43 runs between lunch and tea, it only got worse for the visitors. Tim Paine reviewed out of hope, but Ultra Edge showed a clear spike to confirm the catch at short leg – and Asif had his fifth. He would finish with 6/36.

The veteran Yasir Shah did his bit in keeping up the pressure, but it was Abbas who shared the spoils with Asif, his 4/29 just reward for bowling at the stumps and getting slight movement.

Although Australia were 80 short of the follow-on score, Pakistan chose not to ask them to bat again. It came as some consolation to Paine’s men that Jon Holland and Nathan Lyon ensured there would be no repeat of the openers’ big stand from the first innings.

Holland saw the back of Hafeez, and later Azhar Ali just before stumps, with one pitching in line with leg stump and trapping the batsman in front. Haq will resume day four on 23.

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      Not Out                               23
 Mohammad Hafeez  c Marnus Labuschagne b Jon Holland    17
 Bilal Asif       c Travis Head b Nathan Lyon            0
 Azhar Ali        lbw Jon Holland                        4
 Extras           0b 1lb 0nb 0pen 0w                     1
 Total            (16.2 overs)                        45-3
Fall of Wickets : 1-37 Hafeez, 2-38 Asif, 3-45 Ali
To Bat : Shafiq, Sohail, Azam, Ahmed, Shah, Abbas, Riaz

 Bowling          Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mitchell Starc    3   1   9   0  3.00
 Nathan Lyon       8   1  23   1  2.88
 Peter Siddle      2   1   3   0  1.50
 Jon Holland     3.2   1   9   2  2.70

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



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