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Pakistan bowled out for 240 on Day 1 of 1st Test against Australia in Brisbane

Australia's Mitchell Starc (4-52)

Pakistan were bowled out for 240 on Day 1 of 1st Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Match Summary

Pakistan - 240 all out (Asad Shafiq 76;Mitchell Starc 4-52)

Australia – Still to bat

At the Close - Pakistan are 240 all out


Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat earlier in the day and the opening batsmen Shan Masood (27) and Azhar Ali (39) got them off to great start, putting on 75 for the first wicket.

However, Australia hit back hard taking four wickets for just 3 runs leaving the tourists 78-4 – fall of wickets -  75-1 (33 Overs) Masood 75-2 (33.2 ovs) Azhar, 77-3 (38.3 ovs)  Haris, 78-4 (39.2 ovs) Babar.

Pakistan struggled after that and lost Iftikhar with the score then 94-5 (45.1 ovs).

Asad Shafiq (76) , Mohammad Rizwan (37) and Yasir Shah (26) battled hard to bring Pakistan back into this Test before Mitchell Starc (4-52) cleaned up the tail-end.

Pakistan will be disappointed after a promising start by their opening pair and will have bowl well on day two to keep them in the match.

Comment - Australian pace attack dominates the opening day - Salim Parvez

First day of Test cricket in the 2019-20 Australian summer was dominated by its pace attack that restricted Pakistan to 240 all out. Its two strike bowlers - Mitchell Starc (4-52) and Pat Cummins (3-60) – in particular were on fire and Josh Hazlewood too chipped in with two key wickets of captain Azhar Ali and Babar Azam to give the home side complete control on the opening day of the Test match in Gabba, Brisbane. There were only two noteworthy stands in Pakistan’s below par total and hence it finds itself on the back foot.

On its 13th Test tour of Australia, which kicked off with a one-off four-day Test at Melbourne in December 1964, Pakistan is still in search for its first series win Down Under. The tourists’ line-up included Naseem Shah, the exciting 16-year old paceman of great promise. Having lost his mother, a week or so ago, he will require great deal of support on his Test debut, against one of the top sides in the world. His selection alongside Imran Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed, is remarkable for all five bowling options, originate from Pakhtunkhwa province of the rugged Pathan stock.

Pakistan won the toss and Azhar took the right and positive option to bat first. A tinge of green on the pitch was confirmed with three all-time greats – Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram and Shane Warne – building up the contest in the commentary box. Pakistan openers – Shan Masood and Azhar both had to combat pace, bounce, seam movement and swing from the Australian pacemen. Slight overcast and humid condition, the first hour score of 33-0 after 13 overs was a positive start as Australian were a fraction too short.

The opening stand reached 75 but within three balls, both Masood (27) and Azhar (39), having fought hard for survival, were back in the pavilion. The two wickets in quick succession allowed the Australian captain Tim Paine, to set a more attacking field and with bowlers charging in for further inroads, Pakistan lost its way by losing another three wickets – Haris Sohail, Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed – in no time. Five wickets had fallen in 12.2 overs and Pakistan slipped from 75-0 to a sorry 94-5.

Yet another batting collapse with nowhere to go. Taking guard with his side in deep trouble, wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan played a little cameo of 37 off 34 balls, including three fours in Cummins’ over. He was declared out, caught behind, off the same bowler, when replays showed it to be a ‘no ball’. Asad Shafiq, returning to the ground where he played a gem of a knock of 137 in the fourth innings of the 2016 Test, was still at the crease. In Yasir Shah (26), he found an ally to assist him in a gallant 7th wicket stand that was worth 84 runs. He himself was ninth man out after a spirited 76 off 134 balls with seven fours to his credit.

All eyes will be on Naseem Shah on the second day when Australia commence its first innings.



Match Details

Australia - Joe Burns, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan - Shan Masood, Azhar Ali(c), Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam

Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan

Start Time: 00:00

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane

Officials: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough, Sam Nogajski, Jeffrey Crowe

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