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Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia

09 October 2018
Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia

Pakistan began day two at 255/3 with Haris Sohail and Mohammad Abbas on the crease.

Haris Sohail scored his maiden Test century on Monday as Pakistan piled up 482 runs in its first innings on the second day against Australia.

Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 17 and debutant Aaron Finch was 13 not out as Australia negotiated some tight spin bowling from Pakistan on a pitch which has started to show signs of turn. The wicket did boost the visitors just before the Tea break but Pakistan will aim for the 500-run mark in the final session before giving Australia a few tricky overs to deal with before stumps.

Pakistan unleashed four overs from leg-spinner Yasir Shah and a combined three from off-spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Bilal Asif, but both Australian openers looked assured.

Hafeez, whose last of 50 Test appearances came in England two years ago, brought up his hundred by pushing spinner Jon Holland for two after hitting a pair of boundaries off Mitchell Starc the previous over. "So I wanted to get out of that panic situation and I am happy that I have done that today".

Recalled veteran Peter Siddle was the pick of Australia's bowlers, claiming 3-58 to overtake Merv Hughes as Victoria's most prolific Test paceman and become the ninth-most successful Australian quick with 213 dismissals.

Australia did well through some smart ground fielding in the last session as Pakistan lost its last five wickets for 64 runs with Babar Azam (4) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (15) both getting run outs.

Receiving little assistance from a deck nearly entirely devoid of grass, Mitchell Starc and recalled workhorse Peter Siddle combined for just eight overs before Lyon was brought into the attack. The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi on October 16.