Dubai Test: Haris Sohail's maiden hundred gives Pakistan upper hand vs Australia

Ruben Holloway
October 9, 2018

Earlier Pakistan had won the toss and chose to bat first in the first of the two-match Test series in Dubai.

Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, playing his first Test since 2016, was at the crease on 48 while the 37-year-old's opening partner Imam-ul-Haq looked equally comfortable on an unbeaten 36.

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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. "My mother told me last night that she wanted to see me scoring a century today". Australia still trails Pakistan by 452 runs.

Australia openers Usman Khawaja (17) and Aaron Finch (13) negotiated that session well but there are signs the ball is beginning to turn which will encourage Pakistan's trio of slow bowlers.

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Both Pakistan batsmen batted more fluently against the second new ball in the afternoon session as Australia's bowlers couldn't trouble them with either seam or spin.

Pakistan handed a debut to allrounder Bilal Asif, while Mohammad Hafeez returned to the Test side after a two-year absence.

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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. Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 72 runs, including the run outs of Babar Azam (four) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for 15.

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