Pakistan reach 359-4 at lunch against Australia on Day 2

Pakistan reach 359-4 at lunch against Australia on Day 2

Pakistan skipper Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat.

When Day One of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia went underway in Dubai on Sunday, a rare instance in Test cricket was witnessed in which the captains of both the teams - Sarfraz Ahmed and Tim Paine -were wicketkeepers.

Australia will now heavily depend on Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland to trigger a collapse but with 325 runs already in their kitty, Pakistan will fancy their chances clearly having already caused a psychological dent in the first innings.

Pakistan will resume on day four with Imam-ul-Haq 23 not out and Asad Shafiq yet to score.

Pakistan then made a decision to pile on the agony by forcing the Australian bowlers to take the field for the third time in three days by not enforcing the follow on.

"I was struggling a bit in the first session, but all my team-mates and coaches gave me confidence and that increased my energy which helped me get six wickets".

Australia negotiated the 13 overs and was 30-0 at stumps with Usman Khawaja not out on 17 and Aaron Finch batting on 13.

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Pakistan, though, were put on track by seamer Mohammad Abbas, who forced Finch to drive straight into the hands of Asad Shafiq at short mid-on after scoring 62.

His stats - just as impressive as Asif's - show that he conceded only 29 runs, took four wickets with an economy rate of 1.53 runs.

Asif's feats on debut had only been bettered by fast bowler Mohammad Zahid (7-66 vs New Zealand in Rawalpindi in 1994) and spinner Mohammad Nazir (7-99 against New Zealand in Karachi in 1969).

But Marsh (12) was trapped lbw by paceman Mohammad Abbas shortly after the interval and Paine (seven) soon followed, unsuccessfully reviewing his dismissal from offspinner Bilal with replays confirming a faint edge to short leg.

Khawaja hit eight fours before miscuing a premeditated sweep and was caught at short leg while Finch had five boundaries and a six in his knock.

The second match of the two-Test series will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 16-20). Both teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals after Tests.

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