However, this is nothing to take away from the solid 205-run opening stand between Mohammad Hafeez and Imanul Haq. Hafeez had an outstanding come back and played without pressure. He dominated from the start and piled up a free flowing century.
Pakistan v Australia 1st Test Dubai
Pakistan 255 - 3 (90.0 overs) – (Mohammad Hafeez 126, Imam ul-Haq 76)
Australia - Yet to bat
At the Close - Pakistan are 255 for 3
However, Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali failed to keep up the good work. This is what Pakistan need to be extremely cautious about on day 2. They need to keep riding on the momentum and not let it slip by being overcautious. Pakistan have quite a lot of batting to come with the likes of Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed still waiting for thier turn.
If Pakistan can try and push towards 500, it would really put them in the driving seat. Although Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Michelle Stark do not have too much to show in the wickets column, they bowled disciplined line and lengths and did not make it easy for the Pakistani batsman to score freely.
As a result, though Pakistan have lost only three wickets, they have not run away with the match having scored 255 runs. Australia would look to pick up a couple of early wickets after knocking down nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas. If they can skittle out Pakistan for another hundred runs, it would really bring them back in the match.
Let's have a look at the playing XI of both teams.
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) –Babar Azam (Pakistan), Usman Khawaja (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Yasir Shah (Pakistan), Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Most Fours – Babar Azam (Pakistan), Usman Khawaja (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 2 – Pakistan 400+ all out, Australia 50+ for 1
*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.
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