Pakistan v Australia: Magnificent Usman Khawaja leads great escape in Dubai

Australia Confirm Three Debutants For First Test Against Pakistan

Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia

Only India's 10 for 46 against England in 1946, and New Zealand's 10 for 51 runs against Australia at in 1974 were worse.

Australia were set a daunting 462-run target by Pakistan in the second innings.

DUBAI: Hard-working fast bowler Mohammad Abbas took three wickets in seven balls to bring Pakistan closer to victory in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.

Test debutant Aaron Finch survived two lbw shouts but was able to make it through to the day's end alongside Usman Khawaja as Australia closed on 30 without loss.

Khawaja faced 302 balls for his 141, grinding out the second-longest knock ever in the fourth innings of a test.

The association had already reached 87 and Pakistan were desperate for the breakthrough.

Imam's injury has come at a wrong time for Pakistan as he was looking in good form. Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, felt the pitch was best for batting in the early stages of the game. The 28-year-old pinned Finch right in front of the stumps with a delivery that nipped back in from just outside off. Finch missed out on a fifty by just one run.

The visitors had lost all their ten wickets for just 60 runs giving Pakistan a handsome first innings lead of 280 runs.

Australia collapsed with a whimper in the first innings, but Islamabad-born opener Khawaja - who top scored with 85 in the first innings - batted with remarkable application and skill as he and Head ensured no wickets fell in the morning session. Then Shah claimed his first wicket of the match by snaring Marnus Labuschagne (13) lbw off a quicker legbreak.

His fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq was a lot more aggressive in his knock of 76, as the first-wicket pair added 205 runs after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat on a dry wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Babar Azam (28) announced his arrival with a six, and so did Asad Shafiq who took the attack to the spinners from the word go.

Holland had figures of 3-83 from 20 overs while off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 2-58.

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