Haris Sohail’s maiden ton puts Pakistan in command against Australia

08 Oct, 2018 8:36 pm

DUBAI (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Haris Sohail struck his maiden Test century as they ended the second day of the first Test against Australia with a lead of 452 in Dubai on Monday.

Sohail and Asad Shafiq (80) put on 150 for the fifth wicket on a placid track at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as Australia’s bowlers toiled in the intense heat.

Australia had delayed taking the new ball in their quest to generate some reverse swing and help their spinners but it did not really pay off.

Their quicks bowled tight overs in the first hour to stifle the Pakistan batsmen who had little difficulty in negotiating the spin of Nathan Lyon or Jon Holland.

Paceman Peter Siddle gave Australia an early breakthrough when he bowled nightwatchman Abbas for one with a hint of reverse swing. Siddle was the pick of the Australian bowlers and ended with figures of 3-58 off 29 overs.

Sohail and Shafiq grafted through the afternoon session until Marnus Labuschagne’s occasional leg-break proved Shafiq’s downfall as he edged to keeper Tim Paine.

Babar Azam was run out for four before Sahail’s attempted cut off Nathan Lyon ended up in Paine’s gloves.


Another run out resulted in the wicket of Safraz Ahmed (15) before the tourists wrapped up the tail and left their batsmen with an unenviable 13 overs to face after a long day in the field.

Australia openers Usman Khawaja (17) and Aaron Finch (13) negotiated that session well but there are signs the ball is beginning to turn which will encourage Pakistan’s trio of slow bowlers.

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  Not Out               17
 Aaron Finch    Not Out               13
 Extras         0b 0lb 0nb 0pen 0w     0
 Total          (13.0 overs)        30-0

 Bowling          Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas    4   1   9   0  2.25
 Wahab Riaz        2   0   6   0  3.00
 Yasir Shah        4   0  14   0  3.50
 Mohammad Hafeez   2   1   1   0  0.50
 Bilal Asif        1   1   0   0  0.00

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

 




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