Test Cricket: Day 5 of the First Test Write-Up: Pakistan v Australia in Dubai

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Usman Khawaja & Travis Head resumed Day 5 with 3-136 for Australia.

Head would’ve dismissed earlier than thought on 44 only if the umpire gave the signal or Pakistan review.

Unfortunately, neither of the two acted sooner enough as it clipped the middle of his pad which hits the stumps.

Nevertheless, Head moved on & scored a Test Debut 50.

Head’s the first Australian Test Debutant to score a half-ton during the fourth innings in Asia.

Although, Pakistan’s change of tactics by introducing Mohammad Hafeez ended Head’s time on 72.

Hafeez skids on where the ball tags inside the middle of his left lower leg pad, giving Head an LBW.

With Head out, Khawaja steered to a much-deserved 100 which is his first outside of Australia v Pakistan.

Credit to Head Coach Justin Langer on promoting Khawaja as the opener.

But Yasir Shah strikes again with four quick scalps in hand threatening Australia’s hopes of a draw in Dubai:

  • LBW to Marnus Labuschagne on 13
  • LBW to Usman Khawaja on 141
  • Babar Azam’s catch from the scoop of Mitchell Starc’s bat for 1
  • LBW to Peter Siddle for a Duck

Though, fortunately, Tim Paine has many reasons why he’s the man to skip the Australian Test Team.

Paine batted very patiently to get his 5th Test Match 50 on 61 not out before he & Lyon blocked as many balls as possible to hold out a draw for both Australia and Pakistan in Dubai.

FINAL RESULT: Match Drawn

  • 1st Innings: Pakistan 482 & Australia 202
  • 2nd Innings: Pakistan 6d-181 & Australia 8-362

Summary

  • The last time Pakistan & Australia drew a Test Match was at Karachi in 1998.
  • Both Teams now ended a streak of 19 times as a result.
  • It’s Australia’s most extended 4th innings in Tests since 1971.
  • Australia’s highest score of 8-362 & most overs faced (139.5) in the 4th innings of a Test in Asia.

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