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Test Cricket: Day 4 of the 1st Test Write-up: Pakistan v Australia in Dubai

Pakistan resumed their batting in Day 4 on 3-45 as Haris Sohail joined Imam Ul-Haq in the crease.

Imam Ul-Haq & H.Sohail built in a fantastic partnership having helped Pakistan reach 100 & 381-run lead.

Ul-Haq was on the verge of picking up his 50.

But he chipped straight through the hands of left-arm spinner Jon Holland on 48.

Sohail contributed towards 39 himself before Marnus Labuschagne trapped him on a successful LBW review called from Tim Paine.

It’s little an over each that both Imam Ul-Haq and Sohail dismissed on the same batting tally of 110.

Although, Asad Shafiq produced a quickfire 41 off 56 balls as well as Babar Azam on 28 not out off 53.

After Shafiq edged straight to Mitchell Marsh at slip off Nathan Lyon, Sarfraz Ahmed declared 6-181 for Pakistan.

At the same time, Lyon tied with Brett Lee on 310 wickets for Australia.

Lyon needs four more scalps to surpass Mitchell Johnson.

Pakistan’s 2nd Innings, 6d-181 & Australia target 462 runs to win

2nd Innings (Australia)

Usman Khawaja & Aaron Finch went off to a great start with a fantastic 80-run partnership.

But the seamer from Mohammad Abbas demolished Australia’s top order with three early wickets.

First up, he denied Finch his back to back 50 where the ball clipped him on the pad.

Not long later, he produced the reverse swing where Shaun Marsh edged straight to Sarfraz Ahmed.

Then Mitchell Marsh quickly showed the door via a successful LBW take from S.Ahmed.

M. Marsh, unfortunately, couldn’t keep his bat fully faced which hit the lower part of his right leg pad.

It’s the first time that both Marsh brothers scored ducks in the same innings since Mark & Steve Waugh against Pakistan in 2002.

Though, Khawaja led the innings himself with a well-deserved 50*.

On the other hand, Travis Head fine-tuned his approach this time on 34*, unlike his zero in the 1st innings.

Day 4 Stumps: Australia 3-136, needs 325 to win on Day 5.

Australia not only have to be aware of the quick through Mohammad Abbas & Wahab Riaz.

But also their tricky spinners too where the top & middle order tread water in the 1st innings.

Khawaja & Head have to keep batting like they did yesterday afternoon.

Even though it’s hot in Dubai, focus on the batting.

The only way to settle this mess is via a draw as there are only seven hours of play left to close the 1st Test.

Though, they can have a crack and score the best they can if serious about leaving Dubai 1-0.

Otherwise, it’s Pakistan who leads the way with seven scalps to win the 1st Test & go up 1-0.

They’ve done well on this flat wicket in all areas.

Australia desperately needing more time to know these conditions well as their record in Asia is still an eyesore.

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