Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Khawaja Saves The Day, Australia Manage to Draw Test vs Pakistan

Khawaja Saves The Day, Australia Manage to Draw Test vs Pakistan

File image of Tim Paine. LIVE telecast of the match will be available on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD channels.

Usman Khawaja completed his first century in Asia as Australia foiled Pakistan's hopes of winning the first Test on a gripping day five in Dubai.

Pakistan were 45-3 in their second innings at stumps on day three, leading by 325 runs after Australia were bowled out for 202 in Dubai.

Sohail and Shafiq are unbeaten at 46 and 43 runs respectively.

Usman Khawaja's extraordinary innings of 141 engineered a remarkable escape for Australia as they held on to draw the first Test against Pakistan. With a mountain to climb, the openers once again looked solid and played risk-free cricket to lay a good foundation.

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Shafiq (80, 165 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) missed out on what could have been his 10th Test century at number six in the batting order.

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

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was also full of praise for Khawaja.

Shaun was caught behind off a well directed delivery, while a darting inswinger downed Mitchell plumb in front of the stumps. Khawaja, at the other end, remained unfazed and finally found an ally in debutant Head to battle it out in the middle.

Pakistan could have had Head leg-before off leg-spinner Yasir Shah on 44, but Sarfraz did not review English umpire Richard Kettleborough's not out decision when replays showed the ball was hitting the wickets.

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Khawaja and Head added 79 runs together in the first session, and Khawaja led them in gathering 74 more in the second session.

Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas claimed three quick wickets as Australia hobbled their way to 136-3 on the forth day, chasing a mammoth target of 462.

Pakistan in their first innings scored 482 runs with Muhammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail making tons.

Left-arm spinner Jon Holland trapped Azhar Ali (four) lbw with the final ball of Tuesday's (Wednesday NZ Time) play after earlier dismissing first-innings centurion Mohammad Hafeez (17) courtesy of a sharp catch by Marnus Labuschagne at silly point.

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