Pakistan vs Australia: Dubai witnesses a rare instance in Test cricket

Ross Houston
October 9, 2018

Haris Sohail hit his maiden Test century as Pakistan piled on the runs during the second day of their series opener against Australia in Dubai. Australia handed Test caps to Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne while Pakistan included off-spinner Bilal Asif for his first Test at the age of 33.

Replays showed the ball would have clipped leg stump but the umpire's call would not have been overturned, meaning a Pakistan review would have been fruitless.

Although Khawaja and Finch survived until the close, the Australian batsmen face a stiff test against Pakistan's spinners on a pitch already showing signs of turn. Follow Australia's new home of cricket on Facebook,Twitter,Instagram and catch all the highlights, features and interviews on the 7Sport app. Last time Australia played three debutants in the same Test was quite recent at Adelaide against South Africa in November 2016 - Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson. The move worked immediately as the legspinner pitched one at a good channel just outside the off with the ball turning to take Shafiq's outside edge.

Labuschagne then had Babar Azam (four) run out shortly after tea with a pinpoint throw from midwicket which left Babar well short of his crease. Pakistan managed to score only 74 runs in 29 overs in the morning session after losing nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas and it appeared as if they would adopt the same approach throughout the post-lunch session as well.

It was a welcome change of fortunes for Lyon after he was earlier foiled by the DRS.

Lyon finished with figures of 2-114 after toiling for 52 overs in the punishing heat.

Both Pakistan batsmen batted more fluently against the second new ball in the afternoon session as Australia's bowlers couldn't trouble them with either seam or spin.

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