Test Cricket: Day 3 of the First Test between Pakistan v Australia in Dubai Write-Up

by Sports Benches

After they finished Day 2 on 0-30, Aaron Finch & Usman Khawaja put Australia initially on the front foot.

Both openers demonstrated patient batting which reaped the rewards.

Finch secured his 50 on his Test debut from the backhand of his strong white-ball form.

So did Khawaja with a half-century of his own.

The left-hand combination worked well with none for 142 until Mohammad Abbas dismissed Finch for 62.

A mistimed drive from the Opening Test debutant did oversee Asad Shafiq’s lowdown catch at short mid-on.

Then the top order and middle-order began to tread water with a couple of full & not necessary shots.

Khawaja couldn’t continue as he sweeps scoop up high straight to Imam Ul Haq’s hands which saw him leave on 85.

It’s unfortunate to see both debutants Travis Head & Marnus Labuschagne get ducks.

Even though they both clips edged shots, more time is necessary before the public judge them.

Tim Paine & Mitchell Marsh batted and scored some runs.

But they’re both are trapped by Bilal Asif & the LBW from Mohammed Abbas respectively.

And that left the lower order defenseless as Abbas and Asif demolish Australia’s 1st innings on 202.

Asif’s the third Pakistani Test Debutant to complete a 5fer (6-36) on debut after:

  • Mohammad Nazir, 7-99 v New Zealand at Karachi in 1969
  • Mohammad Zahid, 7-66 v New Zealand at Rawalpindi in 1994

Pakistan’s 2nd Innings

To make up lost time, Australia’s spin duo of Nathan Lyon & Jon Holland picked up three early wickets.

An excellent catch from Marnus Labuschagne off Holland removed Mohammad Hafeez on 17.

So did nightwatchman Bilal Asif for a duck on Nathan Lyon’s first wicket.

Like Labuschagne, Head made up some payback with the catch at backward square leg.

Initially, the umpire initially deemed as Not Out.

But the fantastic leadership qualities from Skipper Tim Paine helped overturned the decision.

Holland gets his 2nd wicket as Azhar Ali gone for 17.

Day 3 Stumps: Pakistan 3-45 & leads by 325 runs.

Imam Ul-Haq stays on 23 as Haris Sohail joins him at the start of Day 4.

Pakistan needs more partnerships like Ul-Haq & Shafiq’s right now to give them another tough ask.

So adding 150-200 more would be enough.

On the other hand, Australia will need more early wickets.

They’re hopeful of keeping the faith on the spin duo with plenty of catch-up in Dubai.

If so, Australia will look to force late on their way home as a patient 2nd innings target with the bat would help defy the odds.

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