17 Nov

Dubai Test: Haris Sohail’s maiden hundred gives Pakistan upper hand vs Australia

first_imgHaris Sohail struck his maiden international century as Pakistan piled up 482 runs in their first innings on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Monday.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.Resuming on 255/3 on the second day, Pakistan were reduced to 260/4 before Shafiq joined forces with Sohail to revive Pakistan’s innings.The all-important stand was broken by debutant Marnus Labuschagne, who made Shafiq his maiden international victim.”I can’t explain how happy I am to score my first Test hundred,” Sohail said. “My mother told me last night that she wanted to see me scoring a century today.”Dubai Test: Day 2 Highlights | ScorecardAustralia negotiated the 13 overs and were 30/0 at stumps with Usman Khawaja not out on 17 and Aaron Finch batting on 13. Australia still trail Pakistan by 452 runs.Peter Siddle, pick of the Australian bowlers with 3/58, got the lone success in the first session when he had nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas clean bowled.Both Pakistan batsmen batted more fluently against the second new ball in the afternoon session as Australia’s bowlers couldn’t trouble them with either seam or spin.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.Australia did well through some smart ground fielding in the last session as Pakistan lost their last five wickets for 64 runs with Babar Azam (4) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (15) both getting run outs.advertisementFinch dropped Ahmed in the first slip but made amends through a direct throw at the non-striker’s end to run out the Pakistan captain.Sohail, who raised his century off 223 balls, tried his favorite cut shot off Nathan Lyon (2/114) and was caught behind as Australia struck with regular intervals.Mitchell Starc, who toiled for over 32 overs and gave away 90 runs, finally got his first wicket when last man Yasir Shah got a thin edge while Siddle had Bilal Asif clean bowled.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more