Test Cricket: Day 1 of the 2nd Test Write-Up: Pakistan v Australia at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi

Australia may be disappointed not to bat first after losing the toss to Pakistan.

But they immediately made up lost time as Mitchell Starc gets his 1st wicket.

Mohammad Hafeez looked baffled from Starc’s quick bowling where he tried to flick through mid-wicket for a possible boundary.

But Hafeez couldn’t find the gap as big credit to Marnus Labuschagne’s juggling catch which reminds a bit of Mark “Tubby” Taylor in the past.

Fakhar Zaman & Azhar Ali pushed Pakistan into the 50s in 19 overs before Nathan Lyon split their half-ton partnership.

First up, Azhar Ali for 15 where he played deep too early as it sailed straight to Lyon’s hands.

The next ball up, Haris Sohail with a duck, first ball.

Sohail just defended out wide and not protecting his stumps as the bat clipped straight to Travis Head at Silly Point.

Asad Shafiq may have escaped the hat-trick ball from Nathan Lyon.

Though, he too had to follow Sohail immediately back to the pavilion.

Shafiq didn’t move much in his stance where he clipped the right edge of his bat up high before it went straight through to Marnus Labuschagne at short leg.

And at last, Lyon demolished Pakistan’s top and middle order with four wickets in six balls.

Babar Azam became his fourth victim where he tried to hit through the covers down the ground for 4.

But he stepped too far as Azam hits the right edge of the bat before clipping into the stumps for a duck.

LUNCH: Pakistan 5-77

Though, Sarfraz Ahmed & Fakhar Zaman rescued Pakistan from further humiliation.

They both help Pakistan reach 200 having scored each of half-centuries by the 58th over.

But Marnus Labuschagne ended their 147-run stand and Zaman’s spell in the middle of 94.

Zaman stepped in with his right foot by defending too straight where it hit his knee-roll.

TEA: Pakistan 6-204

Immediately after the 20-minute break, Labuschagne picks up his second scalp in Bilal Asif for 12.

B. Asif may have defended nicely and contributed the runs a bit.

But, he edged it too early & reached forward through a beautiful line from Labuschagne.

It clipped straight to the wicket-keepers’ gloves of Tim Paine with the catch.

Labuschagne soon picks up his third wicket removing Sarfraz Ahmed on 94.

Sarfraz tried to hit & go trying to run straight up high for a boundary.

But good tactics from Tim Paine to bring a fielder at mid-on where Sarfraz misjudged with the scoop up high.

Luckily, Peter Siddle juggles and holds on the catch.

After plenty of work from the spinners, both seamers of Mitchells, Marsh & Starc ended Pakistan’s 1st run chase in 81 overs.

M. Marsh produced a full-length yorker where Yasir Shah tried to smash it through the on-side.

But Y. Shah looked gutted where he’s clean bowled for 28.

Not long later, Mohammad Abbas reacted too little to defend his stumps.

Mitchell Starc’s good ball through a brilliant 80-mile in-swinger proved too useful to clean bowl Abbas for 10.

FINAL 1st Innings SCORE: Pakistan All out for 282

2nd Innings

Pakistan did make up lost time from their mixed 1st innings spell with the bat.

Mohammad Abbas’s full bouncy ball saw Usman Khawaja flick straight to Sarfraz Ahmed’s hands at the keepers’ position.

Initially, the decision isn’t out at the first time of asking.

But Sarfraz’s referral saw the umpire overturn the decision to OUT as Mohammad Abbas gets his 50th Test Wicket.

Khawaja couldn’t carry on from last week’s his 4th innings knock as he leaves on three.

Even on the last ball of Day 1, Abbas struck his second wicket this time removing Peter Siddle.

Yes, Siddle came on as a nightwatchman with not much time left on Day 1 in Australia’s spell in the middle.

Siddle couldn’t defend it properly where the ball hit the middle of his left knee roll.

Thanks to another successful referral from Sarfraz Ahmed, Siddle had to leave for 4.

Aaron Finch remains on 13 not out as Shaun Marsh will join him in the crease at the start of Day 2.

Stumps Day 1: Australia 2-20

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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