Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test: Hafeez hits hundred as Pakistan dominate Australia

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test: Hafeez hits hundred as Pakistan dominate Australia

At stumps, Pakistan were 255 for the loss of three wickets with Haris Sohail, 15* and night watchman Mohammad Abbas at one* on the crease.

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Pakistan are off to a slow, steady start with Mohammad Hafeez and Imamul Haq up to bat.

But the 37-year-old Hafeez (126, 208 balls, 15 fours), who last played Test match cricket in August 2016, was in glorious touch on what was a lovely first-day wicket to bat after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss.

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Hafeez looked in total control against the Australian attack with six boundaries in a chanceless knock to close in on his 13th half-century in Test cricket.

He was given a life on 74 when Mitchell Marsh could not hold on to a tough chance on the boundary off the bowling of Holland after covering some 20 yards in the outfield.

Meanwhile, Wahab Riaz returned to the Test team after a one year gap as the second fast bowler in the team. Hafeez made 126 before he was trapped LBW against pace bowler Peter Siddle.

Eventually the experienced Azhar Ali (18, 80 balls) succumbed to the pressure, losing his wicket to a poor shot off Holland in the 87th over.

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Shafiq hit a four and a six off spinner Nathan Lyon while Sohail smashed one off left-armer Jon Holland over long-on to add 69 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket stand.

But after Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle sent back the openers, Pakistan's scoring rate suffered.

Both teams will also shake hands ahead of the Dubai Test, with Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne all set to make their Test debuts for Australia.

The first day of the first test which started at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on 7 October 2018, was a day of fluctuating fortunes.

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