A scenario which was unimaginable a couple of days ago when Australia lost ten wickets for just 60 runs in their first innings against Pakistan, came true when Aussie captain Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon hung on to salvage a draw in the 1st Test of the two-Test series in Dubai.
Chasing an improbable 462 to win the Test, the visitors reached 362/8 at the penultimate ball of the match prompting the opposition captain Sarfraz Ahmed to shake hands with his Kangaroo counterpart thus bringing an end to a pulsating match where fortunes swung either way throughout the five days.
Spurred by Usman Khawaja’s match-defining century (141) the visitors drew on all their grit and determination to prove that they are competitive in Asia. The innings can go a long way into establishing Khawaja’s spot in the team. For Pakistan Yasir Shah, at last, came to the fore claiming 4 wickets albeit he failed to end the Australian innings in the face of astute defence from Paine and Lyon.
Pakistan – 482 & 181/6 dec., Australia – 202 & 362/8. Match drawn
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