Friday, 16 November, 2018

Dubai test: Siddle provides breakthrough but Pakistan still dominate

Travis Head plays off the back foot Travis Head plays off the back foot
Rita Gibson | 08 October, 2018, 19:13

It was for the eighth time in Test cricket both the captains also kept wickets and the last time this happened was in September 2014 - Denesh Ramdin and Mushfiqur Rahim at Gros Islet.

Haris Sohall (L) gestures as he celebrates his century during day two of the first Test in the series between Australia and Pakistan at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on October 8, 2018.

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.

Yasir looms as a major weapon for Pakistan with the pitch already showing signs it is beginning to deteriorate.

Pakistan got off to a strong start against Australia, reaching 89 for no loss at lunch on the first day of the series-opening Test match in Dubai on Sunday. Just when it seemed Australia would have to tea wicketless, debutant Debutant Marnus Labuschagne struck with his seemingly innocuous leg-spinners.

"I get the massive honour and privilege, to present Trav with your baggy green mate", Lyon started.

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A sparkling hundred from left-hander Sohail and a polished 80 from Asad Shafiq enabled Pakistan to build on an overnight score of 255 for 3, with nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas (one) the only wicket to fall in the morning session.

Sohail was on 51 when he advanced down the crease and padded away a Lyon delivery, prompting an appeal which umpire Richard Illingworth dismissed.

Shafiq joined Sohail in the middle and both batsmen were cautious against the Australian bowlers, as Pakistan added just 19 runs in the first hour.

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's quicks had managed to generate reverse-swing from the ageing ball but former Test batsman Mark Waugh said on Fox Sports he would have taken the new ball after four overs.

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