Finch, Khawaja Defy Pakistan in First Test

  • Finch, Khawaja Defy Pakistan in First Test

Finch, Khawaja Defy Pakistan in First Test

Opening partner Khawaja (68) registered his own milestone, eclipsing his previous sub-continent high score by 42 runs but was lucky to survive a missed stumping chance and a bat-pad catch that Pakistan failed to review.

Pakistan will resume on day four at 3-45, leading Australia by 325 runs after offspinner Bilal Asif wreaked havoc on the tourists with six wickets on debut.

Hafeez was recalled for the Test series against Australia and on his comeback after nearly little over two years, the right-hand bat proved his mettle with a sublime century.

Pakistan's batsmen continued to prosper on a flat pitch to reach 329-4 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Monday.

Just when things looked in control of Australia, Muhammad Abbas once again delivered the goods for the team. When the ball was reversing, that's when I could attack.

Before the dust had settled, Abbas also got rid of Mitchell Marsh (nought) to leave Australia in disbelief.

Finch, Khawaja Defy Pakistan in First Test

In those two Tests in 2014, Australia lost the toss and conceded first-innings totals greater than 450 runs which left them chasing the game and set the course for heavy defeats at the hands of Pakistan's quality spinners.

Aaron Finch, the Twenty20 International captain, and Travis Head have been inducted into the playing XI for the first Test, reported International Cricket Council (ICC).

Hafeez struck a wonderful 126 against Australia on the first day of the first Test in Dubai on Sunday.

Earlier, opener Imam-ul-Haq added 25 runs to his overnight score of 23 and also shared a 65-run stand with first-innings centurion Haris Sohail.

"Today was a nice reward for the time I've put in off the park and all the other teams I've played for in the last 18 months, to get back out there and pull on the baggy green, and walk out there with those three guys starting their journey".

Part-time leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne finally broke through just before the tea break when he lured Shafiq to drive the ball away from his body and got the thick outside edge to Paine behind the wickets. Shafiq commenced with a stylish drive and conventional sweep before smoking Nathan Lyon (2 for 58) for a six over mid-wicket.