Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia

Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia

Haris Sohail hit his maiden century to put Pakistan firmly in command on day two of the first Test against Australia in Dubai.

Pakistan got off to a strong start against Australia, reaching 89 for no loss at lunch on the first day of the series-opening Test match in Dubai on Sunday. Things will get tougher for Australia on a crumbling pitch and their biggest hurdle - the spin.

Australia negotiated the 13 overs and were 30/0 at stumps with Usman Khawaja not out on 17 and Aaron Finch batting on 13.

Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket. Australia still trail Pakistan by 452 runs.

Pakistani opener and veteran Mohammad Hafeez is returning to the national team after almost two years.

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Australia were allowed to keep their remaining review, however Pakistan were able to build on a solid first innings, standing at 4-341.

Part-time leg-spinner Labuschagne finally broke through just before the tea break when he lured Shafiq to drive the ball away from his body and got the thick outside edge to Paine behind the wickets.

"It's always a big pride to score a Test hundred for your country and I have worked really hard to reach this far", said Sohail, who was sidelined for a two-year period with a knee injury in 2015.

Pakistan lost nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas in the fifth over of the day, bowled out by fast bowler Peter Siddle for one run.

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