Usman Kh steers Australia to record-breaking draw against Pakistan

11 Oct, 2018 8:20 pm

DUBAI (Reuters) – Usman Khawaja batted bravely for nearly nine hours to make 141 and help Australia salvage a draw in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.

Set an improbable victory target of 462, Australia resumed on 136-3 hoping to survive the final day to force a draw at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The overnight pair of Khawaja and Travis Head played sensibly to deny the Pakistan attack in the morning session and guide their team to 215-3 at lunch.

Pakistan threatened to slice through the Australian middle order when Head was trapped lbw for 72 by off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez. Debutant Marnus Labuschagne soon followed, dismissed by leg-spinner Yasir Shah for 13.

After looking vulnerable against the spinners for the first half hour on a deteriorating pitch, Australia captain Tim Paine settled down and built a crucial partnership with Khawaja.

Khawaja completed his century off 224 balls with 10 fours, becoming only the fifth Australian to score a hundred in the fourth innings of a test match in Asia.

“(The plan was to) Just bat. Wasn’t thinking too much,” Khawaja, who was adjudged man-of-the-match award, said.

“It was decent but it was getting tougher and tougher. We thought that if we batted two sessions we’d be in good stead.”

Shah went on remove Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle in quick succession, keeping Pakistan’s victory hopes alive until the last over of the match.


But Paine (61) and Nathan Lyon (5) remained unbeaten to seal the draw as Australia finished on 362-8 – the second highest fourth-innings score by a visiting team in a test in Asia.

“It was extremely tough test match. Pakistan played very well and had us under the pump for three days,” Paine said.

“Everyone had a plan. Usman was more defensive than usual. There was a bit of a collapse but the guys have been working hard over the last few months and I’m happy everything’s gone to plan.”

Abu Dhabi will host the second and final Test starting on Tuesday.

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       lbw Yasir Shah                      141
 Shaun Marsh         c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas      0
 Mitchell Marsh      lbw Mohammad Abbas                    0
 Travis Head         lbw Mohammad Hafeez                  72
 Marnus Labuschagne  lbw Yasir Shah                       13
 Tim Paine           Not Out                              61
 Mitchell Starc      c Babar Azam b Yasir Shah             1
 Peter Siddle        lbw Yasir Shah                        0
 Nathan Lyon         Not Out                               5
 Extras              13b 4lb 3nb 0pen 0w                  20
 Total               (139.5 overs)                     362-8
Fall of Wickets : 1-87 Finch, 2-87 Marsh, 3-87 Marsh, 4-219 Head, 5-252 Labuschagne, 6-331 Khawaja, 7-333 Starc, 8-333 Siddle
Did Not Bat : Holland

 Bowling            Ov  Md   Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas     27   7   56   3  2.07
 Mohammad Hafeez     6   0   29   1  4.83
 Yasir Shah       43.5   9  114   4  2.60
 Wahab Riaz         16   3   42   0  2.62  3nb
 Bilal Asif         37   8   87   0  2.35
 Haris Sohail        9   1   16   0  1.78
 Asad Shafiq         1   0    1   0  1.00

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

 




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