Cricket Review Australia Tour of United Arab Emirates 2018/19 – Mohammad Hafeez stands tall for Pakistan on a sedate day – October 7, 2018

Cricket match date: 7th October 2018 

Cricket match time: 11:30 AM IST

Cricket match location: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Cricket match format: Test match

Tournament: Australia against Pakistan in UAE

Team A: Australia

Team B: Pakistan

Team A Captain:  Tim Paine

Team B Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

 

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Cricket Match Review:

Pakistan dominated the proceedings in the day one of the first Test match between Australia and Pakistan played out at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. By the end of the first day, the hosts bossed on their adopted home venue and made the Australian cricket team toil hard for every wicket.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan cricket captain, won the toss and chose to bat first on the placid track. The pitch report suggested that the pitch was dry and it will wear and tear as the cricket match progresses. The Pakistani team handed the Test cricket cap to the off-spinner Bilal Asif, while Australia, as declared earlier, had as many as three debutants in the team.

The opening batsman in limited overs cricket. Aaron Finch, the middle order batsman, Travis Head, and another batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, received the Test cricket caps and took the field for Australia. The visiting team opted for Peter Siddle to partner with Mitchell Starc in the pace department, while left-arm spinner Jon Holland accompanied the senior off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Pakistan opted to give an opportunity to Mohammad Hafeez, who had scored an impressive double-century in the domestic cricket. The leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, returned to the team after a yearlong absence from cricket due to injury. Imam-ul-Haq opened the innings for Pakistan alongside Mohammad Hafeez.

During the first two sessions of cricket, the day completely belonged to the Pakistani openers, who remained undefeated by the end of the Tea session. Imam dominated the spinners and was in control throughout the innings as he coasted to his highest score in Test cricket so far. Imam was the first wicket to fall as Lyon dismissed him and Paine, completing the catch behind wickets. The opener returned for 76 with Pakistan being 205/1. 

Mohammad Hafeez, who was making his return to the Test team, received a reprieve on 74 when Mitchell Marsh failed to convert a tough chance on the bowling of Jon Holland. Hafeez later completed his 10th Test cricket century and ultimately fell lbw against Peter Siddle with 126 runs with 10 fours on his name.

Azhar Ali began with confident strokes against the left-arm spin of Jon Holland, but he took one risk too many and soon gifted away his wicket on 18 as he was caught at mid-off by Mitchell Starc. Pakistan sent out the night watchman, Mohammad Abbas, and finished the day without any more damage with the score of 255. 

Pakistan will hope to build on the impressive start given on the day one while Australia will hope to wrap up the batting side as early as possible

Pakistan dominated the proceedings in the day one of the first Test match between Australia and Pakistan played out at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. By the end of the first day, the hosts bossed on their adopted home venue and made the Australian cricket team toil hard for every wicket.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan cricket captain, won the toss and chose to bat first on the placid track. The pitch report suggested that the pitch was dry and it will wear and tear as the cricket match progresses. The Pakistani team handed the Test cricket cap to the off-spinner Bilal Asif, while Australia, as declared earlier, had as many as three debutants in the team.

The opening batsman in limited overs cricket. Aaron Finch, the middle order batsman, Travis Head, and another batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, received the Test cricket caps and took the field for Australia. The visiting team opted for Peter Siddle to partner with Mitchell Starc in the pace department, while left-arm spinner Jon Holland accompanied the senior off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Pakistan opted to give an opportunity to Mohammad Hafeez, who had scored an impressive double-century in the domestic cricket. The leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, returned to the team after a yearlong absence from cricket due to injury. Imam-ul-Haq opened the innings for Pakistan alongside Mohammad Hafeez.

During the first two sessions of cricket, the day completely belonged to the Pakistani openers, who remained undefeated by the end of the Tea session. Imam dominated the spinners and was in control throughout the innings as he coasted to his highest score in Test cricket so far. Imam was the first wicket to fall as Lyon dismissed him and Paine, completing the catch behind wickets. The opener returned for 76 with Pakistan being 205/1.

Mohammad Hafeez, who was making his return to the Test team, received a reprieve on 74 when Mitchell Marsh failed to convert a tough chance on the bowling of Jon Holland. Hafeez later completed his 10th Test cricket century and ultimately fell lbw against Peter Siddle with 126 runs with 10 fours on his name.

Azhar Ali began with confident strokes against the left-arm spin of Jon Holland, but he took one risk too many and soon gifted away his wicket on 18 as he was caught at mid-off by Mitchell Starc. Pakistan sent out the night watchman, Mohammad Abbas, and finished the day without any more damage with the score of 255.

Pakistan will hope to build on the impressive start given on the day one while Australia will hope to wrap up the batting side as early as possible..

Cricket Match Summary:

Pakistan 255/3 in 90 overs  (M Hafeez 126, Imam-ul-Haq 76, Haris Sohail 18) versus Australia (yet to bat) at Stumps, Day One of the first Test.

Cricket Statistical Highlights:

Mohammad Hafeez completed his 10th Test cricket century, this was also his first hundred in Test cricket against Australia. His previous best versus Australia was 45.

Imam-ul-Haq registered his highest Test cricket score of 76, going past the score of 74 made against Ireland in their inaugural Test cricket match.

Team A Cricket Team Playing XI: Australia

Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (c & wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jon Holland

Team B Cricket Team Playing XI: Pakistan

Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas

Top Batsman:

Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) – 126

Top Bowler:

Nathan Lyon (Australia) – 1/63

Most Sixes:

Imam-ul-Haq – 2 Sixes


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