Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Newcomer Bilal Asif rocks Australia in first Test

Newcomer Bilal Asif rocks Australia in first Test

Pakistani batsmen dominated the proceedings on day one with Mohammad Hafeez scoring 124 runs while Imam-ul-Haq made 76 runs. Things will get tougher for Australia on a crumbling pitch and their biggest hurdle - the spin.

Test debutant Aaron Finch (62) and Usman Khawaja (85) had both appeared on track for centuries after putting on Australia's second-highest opening partnership in Asia.

Sohail, playing only his 6th Test, scored 110 off 240 deliveries and was involved in a 150-run stand with Asad Shafiq (80) for the fifth wicket. Australia still trail Pakistan by 452 runs.

After resuming on 255-3, Pakistan lost only nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas (1) in the morning session as Sohail and Shafiq blunted the visiting attack.

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

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.

Shafiq hit nine boundaries and a six in his 278 minutes at the crease.

"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.

Lyon finished with figures of 2-114, while paceman Peter Siddle returned 3-58 as the Pakistan tail crumbled, with the last six wickets going down for 72 runs.

The second and final test will be played on October 16 in Abu Dhabi.

Like this: