Dubai test: Siddle provides breakthrough but Pakistan still dominate

Tim Paine

Tim Paine

Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, playing his first Test since 2016, was at the crease on 48 while the 37-year-old's opening partner Imam-ul-Haq looked equally comfortable on an unbeaten 36.

Meanwhile Bilal Asif gets his maiden Test cap for the hosts Pakistan. Australia still trails Pakistan by 452 runs.

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The pair frustrated the Australian attack with some solid batting as Pakistan reached 329-4 at lunch, with both in sight of centuries.

Sohail and Shafiq grafted through the afternoon session until Marnus Labuschagne's occasional leg-break proved Shafiq's downfall as he edged to keeper Tim Paine.

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"I was getting out on 30-40 runs on the tour of England (in May-June this year)", said Sohail.

"I've been working really hard with Sri [Cricket Australia consultant Sridharan Sriram] and John Davison back home, making sure we get that length right".

Peter Siddle, pick of the Australian bowlers with 3/58, got the lone success in the first session when he had nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas clean bowled. Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 72 runs, including the run outs of Babar Azam (four) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for 15.

Azhar Ali departed with a little over three overs remaining, caught at mid-off by Mitchell Starc for an 80-ball 18 while trying to hit Holland out of the ground. The second and final Test will be played in Abu Dhabi from October 16.

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