PESHAWAR: It was a fascinating first day of Test match between Pakistan and Australia in Brisbane on Thursday which saw many twists and turns, but the hosts eventually ended up with upper hand.
Pakistan decided to bat first after winning the toss and posted 240 runs at the end of the first day’s play. Asad Shafiq was the pick of batsmen for Pakistan who scored 76 runs. Captain Azhar Ali scored 39, Mohammad Rizwan scored 37, Shan Masood scored 27 and Yasir Shah scored 26.
Mohammad Rizwan was looking very good on 37 off 34 balls and he was playing aggressively, but he was unfortunately given out on a no-ball. Replays showed that Cummins had slightly over-stepped, but umpires stayed with the decision of given Rizwan out.
Haris Sohail and Babar Azam failed to deliver as both of them were out by contributing just one run each, while in-form Iftikhar Ahmed also could not score much and he was out on seven.
Talented teenager Naseem Shah also made an interesting debut as on the very first ball of his international career, he had to avoid a hat-trick after Yasir Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi were out on successive balls by Starc. Naseem Shah did it successfully and survived a very dangerous ball of Starc. He was eventually out on 7.
Another ingesting feature of the test was that the team management decided to go with Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imran Khan and Naseem Shah in bowling attack – all from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was perhaps the first time that all the blowers in the national team playing eleven were included from KP.
For Australia, Starc got four wickets, Cummins got three wickets, Hazlewood got two wickets and Lyon got one wicket. Labuschagne and Stevens Smith also tried their arm with eight and one overs respectively, but did not get a wicket.
So, Pakistan started well, stuttered in the middle order, then fought back in lower middle order, and then collapsed in the end with new ball.
Umpires called the stumps after end of Pakistan innings in 86.2 overs and Australia will come to bat tomorrow (Friday).