Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail were the two aggressors in Pakistan's second innings as they scored quick runs to pile up to the lead. With 181 on the board, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed declared the innings as soon as Shafiq was dismissed. In reply, the Australian openers started well yet again, taking the score to 87 for no loss.
Mohammad Abbas then showed his magic with the semi-old ball as he got it to reverse appreciably. On the score of 87, he dismissed Aaron Finch, one shy of his half century. Abbas then went on to scalp both Marsh brothers for naught.
The end seemed near for Australia but Travis Head hung in there and also played some admirable shots. Unfortunately, this may just be delaying the inevitable as Australia do not have a lot of batting to come.
That being said, the Aussies must be credited for hanging in there and not throwing their wickets away. It would have been very easy for the entire team to have skittled out on a day four pitch under the pressure of a huge target.
However, a defecit of 326 runs makes it highly probable that as soon as one wicket falls, the remaining batsmen can succumb quickly, giving Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.
Pakistan- Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas
Australia- Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jon Holland
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Pakistan
Head to Head – Tests 62, Australia 31, Pakistan 14, Draw 17
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Usman Khawaja (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan)
Most Fours – Travis Head (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 5 – Pakistan 200+, Australia 150+ for 7
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.