Pakistan Vs Australia Live Score (TEST)

Date: Thursday, 11 October, 2018 18:06 IST Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Match Status: Match Ended

Pakistan drew with Australia

482/10
Overs
164.2
R/R
2.94
Fours
44
Sixes
5
Extras
30
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Wahab Riaz not out 7 11 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 36.2 11 90 1
Peter Siddle 29 11 58 3
202/10
Overs
83.3
R/R
2.42
Fours
17
Sixes
1
Extras
13
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Jon Holland not out 0 1 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Abbas 19 9 29 4
Wahab Riaz 11 2 39 0
181/6
Overs
57.5
R/R
3.15
Fours
14
Sixes
4
Extras
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Babar Azam not out 28 53 1 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 6 1 18 0
Nathan Lyon 25.5 6 58 2
362/8
Overs
139.5
R/R
2.59
Fours
26
Sixes
1
Extras
20
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Tim Paine (C)(W) not out 61 194 5 0
Nathan Lyon not out 5 34 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Abbas 27 7 56 3
Mohammad Hafeez 6 0 29 1
  • We are ready for the Aussie innings to commence as we see the umpires, followed by the Pakistan team, making their way out to the middle. The Aussie openers, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch, too stride out to the center with the former taking strike. They have a tricky period of 14 overs to cope with. Though I doubt we will see those many being bowled. Let's see how they fare. Mohammad Abbas to start the proceedings for Pakistan.
  • Around three quarters of an hour left for the close. That means around 10 overs. Can the Aussie openers see those off? On the other hand, how many wickets can Pakistan pick up with the new ball? Stay tuned for Australia's reply.
  • A total toil for the bowlers from Down Under. Starc was probably touted to be the most threatening bowler but he did not get any swing or luck. He got only one wicket, that too, right at the end, while Peter Siddle patiently bowled like a workhorse, picking up 3 wickets. Unfortunately for Australia, the spinners could not come into play much, with Holland literally struggling while Nathan Lyon, though tight, could not be that impactful.
  • Mohammad Hafeez was the talk of Day 1, as his century on return hogged the headlines. He outlined how to play on this track, mixing caution and aggression. However, once he was dismissed, Australia managed to curtail the scoring, till they came across Asad Shafiq. He and Sohail then frustrated the visitors with another century stand and that took the game away from the Aussies.
  • Finally the innings ends. A massive score posted by Pakistan, which began right from the start. They say - Well begun is half done. The openers set it up with a double century stand and then, even though there was a bit of a wobble, the middle order stepped up.
  • 164.2 Out! Starc again dishes out a full length ball just outside off, Yasir goes for the drive but misses the ball. Now, there is a sound as the ball is passing the bat. The Aussies appeal for a caught behind but is given not out by the umpire. The tourists soon take a review and Snicko shows that there is indeed a sound as the ball is passing the bat. The bat is also hitting the ground at the same time though which is creating the confusion. The umpire upstairs, however, reverses the on-field decision and gives it out. Yasir Shah is not happy, maybe he wanted to bat a few balls more. Pakistan are ALL OUT FOR 482.
  • Has Starc got a wicket at last? The Aussies reckon that Yasir Shah has been caught behind. But has the bat hit the ground or has the ball hit the bat? Review taken.
  • 164.1 Starc tries to hit the stumps but errs in line and ends up straying this full ball down the leg side. Waste of energy, says Ramiz Raja on air.
  • 163.6 Very full ball on off, driven straight back. No run on offer. 482/9
  • 163.5 A bit shorter on a good length, Riaz tries to whack it into the leg side but gets a thick bottom edge to the keeper behind, on the bounce.
  • 163.4 Yasir showing that's he too can bat and is making a strong point to his skipper to sed him a bit higher up the order. Siddle fires in a yorker length ball shaping into the batsman, Yasir flicks it brilliantly all through the turf into the mid-wicket region and picks up three more.
  • 163.3 On a length in line with the stumps, Shah works it down the leg side.
  • 163.2 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 163.1 FOUR! Smack! Wow, that's good from a no. 9. Siddle fires this full around middle and off, angling into the batsman, Wahab flicks it nonchalantly over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 162.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 474/9
  • 162.5 Dishes this a bit shorter than good length from over the wicket angling targeting the body of the batsman, Yasir gets inside the line of the ball and tries to flick it but misses.
  • 162.4 This time he fires it in line with the stumps but it is a low full toss. Wahab looks to drive but gets an outside edge towards third man and the man there does well to cut it off and keep the batsmen to just a single.
  • 162.3 Three in three as Wahab misses the yorker outside off again.
  • 162.2 Similar ball but the only difference is that this nut was much closer to the off pole, almost kissing it. There are some Oohs and Aahs out in the middle but Pakistan continue to bat along.
  • 162.1 The tall left-arm pacer starts with a yorker length delivery from around the wicket and keeps it a bit outside off, Wahab tries to play at it but misses as the ball goes under his bat.
  • 161.6 Full on middle, pretty straight, driven back to the bowler. 473/9
  • 161.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 161.4 NOT OUT. Forget the edge, the ball has not carried in the first place. Full and down the leg side, Yasir looks to flick but misses. There is a tickle and the Aussies appeal as soon as Paine collects. Kettleborough initially shakes his head but then walks across to his partner for a chat. Refers it upstairs with the soft signal as not out. Now, the question here is - Had the ball carried, would that have been out? Because the umpire just asked whether the ball carried. Does that mean he felt that there was a nick?
  • Caught down the leg side? Australia have appealed for the catch of Yasir but umpire Kettleborough wants to check whether the ball has carried. He refers it upstairs after a chat with his partner. The soft signal is NOT OUT.
  • 161.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Yasir Shah is the last man in. Declaration or bowled out?
  • 161.2 OUT! You miss I hit! Siddle's third wicket and he has rattled the sticks this time. He lands this on a good length attacking the stumps. Bilal tries to whack it across the line. He misses the ball as it takes the inside edge and crashes into the middle and leg poles. Pakistan, looking for some quick runs, are very close to being bowled out.
  • 161.1 Siddle keeps it marginally shorter of a good length in line of the stumps, Wahab comes forward and swats it with a horizontal bat into the square leg region to get off strike.
  • 160.6 That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. The umpire signals a leg bye. 472/8
  • 160.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 160.4 Edged away. More frustration for Starc. He lands it on a length outside off, gets it to move away, induces a poke and then the outside edge. But the ball eludes the fielders at slips and goes towards third man. Just a single.
  • 160.3 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 160.2 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • DRINKS BREAK. No declaration yet. Wahab Riaz comes out to bat.
  • 160.1 OUT! The bat is on the line and Pakistan lose their 8th. A length ball outside off, Sarfraz pushes it through the covers. Aaron Finch dives full length gets to his left but cannot make a clean stop. The ball rolls away from him and he gets up to pick it up and return it. The batsmen then go for the single while Finch concentrates at the bowler's end. He takes aim and then fires a throw at the non-striker's end. Sarfraz reaches out to get in and the umpire refers it upstairs. Replays show that it is touch and go. Third umpire S Ravi wants to look at it in more detail. The replays show that the bat is on the line when the ball hits the sticks but the third umpire wants to see whether the bail has been completely dislodged when the bat is on the line. By his words, he doesn't look too convinced because in the first frame, the bat seems to be on the line with the bail partially dislodged. In the next frame, both bails are completely dislodged but the bat is in. Ravi checks multiple replays and eventually gives the benefit of doubt to the fielding side. Sarfraz walks back shaking his head and the Aussies celebrate, waiting for the declaration. On the flip side, can they pick up all the 10 wickets?
  • Direct hit from Finch! Is Sarfraz gone? Referred upstairs.
  • 159.6 Around off, defended to the leg side. 470/7
  • 159.5 A length ball around off, Asif walks into the shot and blocks.
  • 159.4 Pushes this through the covers for a single.
  • 159.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 159.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 159.1 Around off, tapped to the off side for a single.
  • Peter Siddle time. 26-11-47-2 so far.
  • 158.6 Outside off, left alone. 468/7
  • 158.5 Around off and outside, watchfully defended.
  • 158.4 Full and wide outside off, BA plays it uppishly through point for a single.
  • 158.3 Another play and a miss outside off. Starc is getting more and more frustrated. He is making a comeback, has bowled a lot of overs but has no wickets to show for his toil.
  • 158.2 Almost a nick. Starc is that much close to getting a wicket. Full and outside off, Bilal reaches out to drive but misses.
  • 158.1 Full and outside off, Asif plays inside the line and is beaten.
  • 157.6 Full on middle, watchfully defended. 467/7
  • 157.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 157.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 157.3 Very full, a bit of flight, outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 157.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 157.1 Full and outside off, driven through mid on for a single.
  • 156.6 Full and outside off, pretty wide, Asif reaches out to drive but misses. 465/7
  • 156.5 FOUR! Bad ball, down the leg side, tickled down to the fine leg fence.
  • 156.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 156.3 Full toss outside off, Asif probably does not pick it up at all. Brings the bat down very late and is beaten.
  • 156.2 The ball has found the edge of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 156.1 Outside off, dabbed towards third man where Usman Khawaja dives to his left at gully and makes a fine stop.
  • 155.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. A successful over for Lyon. 460/7
  • 155.5 FOUR! No messing around. Just go out there and smash. Full and outside off, Asif swings this through the line and clears mid on.
  • 155.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • Debutant Bilal Asif walks in at number 9, replacing Sohail.
  • 155.3 OUT! Edged and taken! Lyon finally gets his second wicket after a long toil. And it is that of the centurion. Another southpaw dismissed by him and in an identical fashion as that of Imam. The quicker one outside off, Sohail backed away looking to punch but was beaten by the pace on that one. Got a faint tickle and Tim Paine took another decent catch. The Aussies appeal but honest Sohail is not even waiting for the umpire to raise his finger. Is the declaration coming? Nope. Well played, Haris Sohail - finally playing to his potential.
  • 155.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 155.1 Full and outside off, defended back to the bowler.
  • Another opportunity for Nathan Lyon. 50-12-108-1 so far.
  • 154.6 Full and just outside off, Ahmed presses forward and pushes the ball towards cover. This might be the last spell for Starc in this innings and depending on how Australia bat, this match. 456/6
  • 154.5 Just outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 154.4 Comes around the wicket, tries tailing it into the right-hander but gets it too straight. Sarfraz clips it towards mid-wicket.
  • 154.3 Outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
  • 154.2 Around off, Sarfraz just pushes it to the cover region and scampers through. The run rate has been on the up since Tea. 38 runs have come in just 8.2 overs.
  • 154.1 On middle and leg, tailing in slightly, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 153.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 453/6
  • 153.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 153.4 Dropped short, heaved over mid-wicket for a single.
  • 153.3 On middle and off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 153.2 Tossed up outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 153.1 Full and outside off, pushed to the off side for a single.
  • 152.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 451/6
  • 152.5 Excellent inswinging yorker, Haris seems to be gone for all money but at the last moment, he manages to get his bat down to dig it out.
  • 152.4 Outside off, steered behind point for a couple to bring up the 450 FOR PAKISTAN. Another 50 runs perhaps for the declaration?
  • 152.3 FOUR! CRISP! This is nowhere close to a fielder either! What a shot from Sohail. Starc bowls it full, going for the inswing but ends up getting it too straight. The centurion drives it straight back to where it came from, to the long on fence.
  • 152.2 FOUR BYES! This time Paine is not able to collect. Starc looks for the swing but bowls it way down the leg side. Haris looks to flick again but misses while Paine's dive is nowhere close to even getting a glove on the ball.
  • 152.1 Full and down the leg side, flick shot missed. Paine dives to his right to collect.
  • Mitchell Starc has been brought back on. 30-11-73-0 so far.
  • Mitchell Starc has been brought back on. 30-11-73-0 so far.
  • 151.6 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They manage to come back for the second. 441/6
  • 151.5 EDGED, DROPPED! That should have been taken. Full and outside off, Sarfraz is lured into the drive but the ball spins away and takes the outside edge. It goes straight to Aaron Finch at first slip but Tim Paine going to his right puts him off, probably.
  • 151.4 SAFE AS A HOUSE. The lovely leg spinner outside off, Sarfraz lunges to defend but the ball spins away and Pain whips off the bails. He appeals and the square leg umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that the Pakistan skipper did not lift his foot at all.
  • Stumping appeal! Is Sarfraz behind the crease? Referred upstairs...
  • 151.3 Full and outside off, Sarfraz drives this through the covers for a couple.
  • 151.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 151.1 Full and outside off, Sarfraz gets down and gently paddles it through fine leg for a single.
  • 150.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 435/6
  • 150.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 150.4 HAIL HARIS SOHAIL! This time he does not fail. A maiden Test ton for him. Full and outside off, Sohail goes back and gently opens the face of his bat and guides it behind point. Has enough on it to enable him to come back for the second. Takes his helmet off, raises his arms and then does the sajda.
  • 150.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 150.2 Full and straight, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
  • 150.1 SIX! Moves to 98! Beautiful batting. Full and outside off, Sohail jumps out of the track and sends it sailing over long off!
  • 149.6 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single. 427/6
  • 149.5 Full and outside off, well blocked out.
  • 149.4 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 149.3 On middle and leg, worked to the leg side.
  • 149.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 149.1 On middle and leg, flicked to the leg side.
  • 148.6 On middle and leg, worked to the leg side for a run. 426/6
  • 148.5 Tossed up outside off, pushed towards mid off for a single.
  • 148.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 148.3 On middle, flicked to the leg side again.
  • 148.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 148.1 Full and outside off, driven towards cover for a single.
  • 147.6 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 422/6
  • 147.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
  • 147.4 Oohhh... a straighter one, outside off, Sarfraz just plays inside the line and is beaten.
  • 147.3 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 147.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 147.1 Short and outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 146.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 419/6
  • 146.5 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed walks in at number 8, replacing Azam.
  • 146.4 OUT! Azam is short! Miscommunication and then trouble. Full on middle, Sohail comes down the track and looks to flick but the ball spins in and goes off the inner half. It does not carry to short mid-wicket but then Haris takes a few steps forward and stops. Babar Azam though, always wanted the single and keeps running. Now, Haris responds. Logically, Sohail should be the man in trouble but Babar is not that quick between the wickets. Marnus Labuschagne could have had a run out at either end and he prefers his skipper's end. Straightforward throw, easy take and a disturbance of the bails. It is referred upstairs and they show that Babar is out of here.
  • Is that a run out? Babar Azam is the man in question...
  • 146.3 Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 146.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 146.1 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • They are back again. We are back again. Let's play again. Here's Holland again.
  • ... DAY 2, FINAL SESSION ...
  • The big question - When should/will Pakistan declare? 450? 500? Or make Australia toil for another hour and give them the last 45 minutes to bat? Perhaps that last option. Stay tuned for the final session. 34 overs left in the day.
  • A word about the Aussie bowlers. Everyone has toiled and though they have given it their all, the physio will have serious work this evening to check if they are fit. 30 overs for Starc, 26 for Siddle and Holland each while Lyon has completed his half century. They might be looking for some wickets but also hoping that the declaration comes soon.
  • Sohail and Shafiq started solidly after Lunch but scored just 30 runs in 14 overs. However, after Drinks, the latter started to take the attack to the opposition. He was unlucky to miss out on his ton but Sohail at the other end looks calm and composed. He has battled hard, played old-school cricket and tired the Aussie bowlers in this heat.
  • 29 overs, 88 runs scored and only Asad Shafiq dismissed. A much better second half of the session in terms of viewing. Pakistan finally think that they have enough and have started to push on.
  • 145.6 Huge LBW appeal but turned down. The googly, around middle, Azam gets across and looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the pads. The ball goes towards fine leg and the batsmen take three runs. The bowler is the only one appealing but perhaps that was going down leg. TEA ON DAY 2! 417/5
  • 145.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 145.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 145.3 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 145.2 Uppish, but wide! Full and around off, Sohail pushes it wide of the bowler towards long on for a run.
  • 145.1 There seems to be spring in his stride now, Labuschagne. He wants his second wicket, doesn't he? Full and outside off, Azam reaches out and drives it through the covers for a single.
  • 144.6 Down the leg side, Haris misses his flick and is hit on the pads. An LBW appeal ensues but that is going down the leg side. 412/5
  • 144.5 Full and on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 144.4 A tad short, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 144.3 Tossed up outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 144.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 144.1 Full and just outside off, well defended.
  • 143.6 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 411/5
  • 143.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Babar Azam comes in at number 7, replacing Shafiq. It will be interesting to see his approach.
  • 143.4 OUT! MAIDEN TEST WICKET FOR LABUSCHAGNE! What a moment for the youngster. He has been picked for his batting, but he has given Australia something to smile in this session. The leggie tosses this up outside off, on a fuller length. Shafiq lunges to defend but the ball turns ever so slightly to take the outside edge. Paine behind collects it well and the Aussies appeal, getting the umpire to raise his finger. The entire team is ruffling his head. Well played, Shafiq, missed out on a deserving ton. What will Pakistan do now?
  • 143.3 FOUR! That is a half tracker and Shafiq drags it over mid-wicket for a boundary! 150-RUN STAND IS UP AS WELL.
  • 143.2 Full and outside off, Shafiq pushes it to the off side.
  • 143.1 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Marnus Labuschagne is back on. 2-0-9-0 so far.
  • 142.6 Ooohh... plays too close to the ball but gets hit on the pads. A massive LBW appeal shoots up but an inside edge is spotted by the umpire. 405/4
  • 142.5 FOUR! And now over mid-wicket. Finally, Pakistan are accelerating. Tossed up, on middle, Shafiq puts on his dancing shoes and whips it over mid-wicket for boundaries in succession!
  • 142.4 FOUR! That is a beautiful shot. Just a fraction too short from Holland, a bit wide as well outside off, Shafiq goes back and then opens the face of his bat beautifully to guide it past Peter Siddle at short third man. 400 IS UP FOR PAKISTAN!
  • 142.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 142.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 142.1 Massive LBW shout. But to no avail. A touch short outside off, spinning in a long way, Sohail gets across to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Perhaps going down leg.
  • 141.6 Full and just outside off, flicked straight to one short mid-wicket fielder with his neighbour patting him on the back while collecting the ball. 396/4
  • 141.5 On a length outside off, Shafiq comes forward and blocks it.
  • 141.4 What a shot again. Full and outside off, Haris just pushes this through the covers for a run.
  • 141.3 On middle, perfect flick to bisect the two short mid-wicket fielders. But there is protection in the deep too. A couple of runs taken.
  • 141.2 Half volley outside off, driven through the covers for a brace. Good sliding stop by the fielder in the deep.
  • 141.1 Full and just outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 140.6 Now Shafiq dances out but blocks it back to the bowler. 391/4
  • 140.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 140.4 Full and outside off, Sohail comes down the track and thumps it over the bowler towards long off. A run taken.
  • 140.3 On middle and leg, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 140.2 Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 140.1 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 139.6 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler. 389/4
  • 139.5 Outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 139.4 FOUR! CLASSY! It is a delight to watch this bloke bat. Overpitched wide outside off, Sohail reaches out and drives it through the covers. No stopping that.
  • 139.3 Outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 139.2 Short and outside off, punched through the covers where it is stopped well with a slide.
  • 139.1 Outside off, placed through point for a couple.
  • 138.6 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. 383/4
  • 138.5 A touch short again, Sohail gets across and works it through mid-wicket. He sets off for the single but Shafiq is ball-watching. Luckily for Pakistan, the ball evades the fielder diving at short mid-wicket and the single is completed.
  • 138.4 Short and outside off, Asad goes back and punches it towards point.
  • 138.3 Full again, outside off, pushed towards the off side.
  • 138.2 Very full, almost a yorker outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 138.1 Full and outside off, hint of away turn, Shafiq comes forward and dead-bats it.
  • Jon Holland is back on. 22-1-98-1 so far.
  • 137.6 Down the leg side, helped behind square leg for a run. 381/4
  • 137.5 Full around off, tailing in, pushed towards mid on.
  • 137.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 137.3 A touch wide outside off, left alone.
  • 137.2 FOUR! CLASSY! Full and outside off, Sohail leans and drives it wide of mid off for a boundary!
  • 137.1 On middle and leg, a touch too straight, worked through square leg for a single.
  • 136.6 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 374/4
  • 136.5 The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
  • 136.4 Close call! Short and just outside off, Sohail goes back, looking to cut, expecting it to turn but the ball does not spin. Would have been bowled but luckily makes contact with the ball. Punches it towards point.
  • 136.3 Slight margin of error from Lyon and he is punished. Short and outside off, Shafiq goes back and punches it through the covers. Mitchell Marsh gives it a good chase from mid off and stops the ball from crossing the ropes. Three runs taken.
  • 136.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 136.1 Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Lyon is into his 50th over...
  • 135.6 Outside off, played through point for a single. 369/4
  • 135.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 135.4 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 135.3 Full and around off, flicked straight to one of two short mid-wickets.
  • 135.2 A length ball just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 135.1 On a length outside off, punched towards mid off.
  • Bowling change. Peter Siddle into the attack again. 22-11-28-2 so far.
  • 134.6 Very full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler. 368/4
  • 134.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 134.4 On middle and off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 134.3 Landed wide outside off, Shafiq reaches out and pushes it behind point for a run.
  • 134.2 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 134.1 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 133.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 366/4
  • 133.5 FOUR! CARESSED! Full and outside off, Sohail drives it straight down the ground and beats mid on!
  • 133.4 Down the leg side, worked through the leg side for a single.
  • 133.3 On a length outside off, nips back in a long way, Shafiq looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit on the pads. One of the rare balls that jagged back in a long way.
  • 133.2 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single. The 100-RUN STAND IS UP!
  • 133.1 Full and around middle, defended from the crease.
  • Drinks. Yawning passage. Pakistan are firmly in control but with just 30 runs in 14 overs, it might seem that the bowling is great. Pakistan are trying to keep the Aussies in the heat for as long as possible but no reason why there is no rotation of strike.
  • 132.6 Flighted and slower around middle and off, Shafiq leans across to flick it into the mid-wicket region. 359/4
  • 132.5 Similar ball this on his pads but Haris this time manages to find the gap in the square leg region and gets a run.
  • 132.4 A bit shorter this on leg, Sohail stays back and turns it into the square leg region.
  • 132.3 Tossed up delivery on off, Sohail prods forward in defense.
  • 132.2 Again a bit shorter in length this, Shafiq this time pulls it through square leg and crosses to the other end.
  • 132.1 Lyon from around the wicket keeps it a bit short on middle and leg, Asad gives himself room and punches it to mid off. No run on offer though.
  • 131.6 Around the wicket to the left-hander, lands this on a good length around off, Sohail blocks it off the back foot. 357/4
  • 131.5 Full length ball around off is driven by Haris to mid off.
  • 131.4 This time Shafiq drives this full ball to the right of mid on and takes a quick single.
  • 131.3 Very full delivery on off, driven to mid off by Asad.
  • 131.2 Just out of reach! Bangs it short around off, Shafiq is quick to swivel and pull it uppishly through mid-wicket. The man inside the ring there dives full length to his right but is still not able to reach to the ball. The man at deep square leg runs across to keep the batsmen to just a brace.
  • 131.1 MM fires this down the leg side, Shafiq advances and looks to flick it but misses and Paine behind collects it safely.
  • 130.6 A bit flatter in line of the stumps, flicked to mid-wicket. 354/4
  • 130.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 130.4 FOUR! The beautiful left-hander's elegance on display. Haris quickly dances down the track seeing Lyon give some air on this one, he also gives himself some room to drive it over covers for a brilliant boundary. Sohail showing good intent.
  • 130.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 130.2 Marginally quicker on a similar line, Sohail defends coming forward.
  • 130.1 Tossed up ball in line with the stumps, Sohail keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 129.6 A bit shorter in length this around off, tapped to point. 350/4
  • 129.5 Similar length but just a bit wide of off, making the batsman reach to it, Shafiq blocks it off the back foot.
  • 129.4 On a good length this in the corridor around off, Asad prods forward in a solid defense.
  • 129.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 129.3 No ball! Fuller on off, Shafiq defends off the front foot but it is a no ball and a run added to the total. 350 is now up to Pakistan.
  • 129.2 This time he fires in a much fuller delivery around off, Shafiq is up to the challenge as he blocks it easily off the front foot.
  • 129.1 Dishes this one fractionally shorter of a good length just around off stump, Shafiq defends off the back foot with a straight bat.
  • 128.6 Tossed up around off, Haris keeps it out off the front foot. 349/4
  • 128.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 128.4 Sohail skips down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and slices this drive over cover to pick up a brace.
  • 128.3 Slower and fuller, played to the point region.
  • 128.2 Slower and a bit shorter of full length. Shafiq again lunges forward looking to defend but the ball pitches and turns into Asad to take his inside edge onto the pad and it flies quickly low to the right of Labuschagne at short leg. Aussies need to take such half chances in such difficult bowling conditions. The batsmen have taken a single.
  • 128.1 Tossed up ball around off from around the wicket, defended off the front foot.
  • 127.6 Errs in line and strays down the leg side. Sohail tries to flick it but misses. 346/4
  • 127.5 Good running once again. Marsh keeps it on the shorter side around off, Shafiq taps it into covers and batsmen steal a quick single.
  • 127.4 A bit shorter than good length around off, Sohail taps it softly into the third man region and crosses over.
  • 127.3 Short in length around off, Shafiq swivels, rolls his hands over the ball and pulls this through square leg all along the ground for a single.
  • 127.2 Asad has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 127.1 Starts a new spell with a loosener down the leg side, Shafiq tries to flick but the ball brushes his pads and rolls into the fine leg region to allow the batsmen to come back for a second leg bye.
  • Mitchell Marsh comes back into the attack.
  • 126.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 341/4
  • 126.5 NOT OUT! Umpire's call saves Sohail! Lyon tosses this up around middle and leg. Sohail dance down the track again, this time he does not reach to the pitch of the ball and decides to block it. He though misses the ball and gets rapped very low on the front pad. The Aussies go up in an appeal and the umpire gives it not out. After a short discussion the tourists signal the 'T'. Hawk-eye shows that the impact was more than 3 meters in front of the stumps, so the umpire's call will stay. Batsman is not out but Australia do not lose a review.
  • Review taken for LBW. The man in question is Haris Sohail. Looks safe to the naked eye.
  • 126.4 Nice shot as Sohail skips down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives through covers to get a brace. Third Test 50 up for Haris Sohail.
  • 126.3 Outside off this and the batsman lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 126.2 Sohail survives a stumping appeal. Lyon gives this one a bit more air and keeps it full around off. Haris looking to play at it gets beaten and Paine behind whips the bails off quickly and appeals for a stumping. The leg umpire takes it upstairs but the replays show that he was well in.
  • 126.1 The southpaw has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 125.6 FOUR! Smacked! 50 comes up for Asad Shafiq, his 21st Test half ton this. What a wonderful shot to get there. Starc changes his angle and comes from around the wicket. Lands it short and wide of off, Asad cuts it beautifully through cover-point to bring up the first boundary of the session. 339/4
  • 125.5 Keeps it full this time around off, Shafiq keeps it out from within his crease.
  • 125.4 Marginally shorter in length and a bit wide of off, Shafiq punches it to the man at covers.
  • 125.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 125.2 Again a bumper but this is a bit more shorter. Shafiq again sits down for it to go behind. Umpire has signaled one for the over.
  • 125.1 As expected, a bouncer to start a fresh over. Starc bangs it short from over the wicket, Shafiq has enough time on this slow and sluggish pitch to easily duck under it.
  • 124.6 Tossed up around off, defended off the front foot by the southpaw. 335/4
  • 124.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 124.4 Again a full ball on off, Haris tries to block but gets a thick outside edge which rolls down towards the third man region and the batsmen run a brace.
  • 124.3 Lovely delivery from Lyon. He fires this one a bit quicker and a bit shorter than full length. Haris Sohail tries to defend from his crease but the ball lands and turns away luckily to beat his bat. Nice bowling Mr.Lyon.
  • 124.2 Down the track but no runs. Tossed up ball on off, Haris skips down the track and drives it hard and straight to short cover.
  • 124.1 Very full and flighted ball on off, driven to mid off by the southpaw.
  • 123.6 A good length ball around off, blocked int the off side. Looks for a single but is sent back. 333/4
  • 123.5 A bit wide of off and very full, almost yorker length. Shafiq goes for the drive but it hits the bottom of the bat onto the ground and to the man at second slip.
  • 123.4 Rib-tickler from Starc but dealt with nicely by the right-hander by ducking under it.
  • 123.3 Shorter again and a bit wide of off, Shafiq goes for the cut, with hard hands may be and hence does not get the timing right.
  • 123.2 A bit shorter of good length around off, tapped softly in the point region.
  • 123.1 Starc finds his mark and lands this on a good length on middle, angling away from Asad. The seemed to have gotten stuck in the pitch a bit but Shafiq does well to block it out.
  • 122.6 Similar ball this but this time Asad finds the gap through mid-wicket to take a run and retain strike. 333/4
  • 122.5 Shafiq taps this into the mid-wicket region but does not find the gap.
  • 122.4 Flighted and full on off, Shafiq defends it into the of side.
  • 122.3 Tossed up ball around off, driven crisply to mid off.
  • 122.2 Fires this a bit quicker on his pads, Haris is happy to work it into the square leg region and change strike.
  • 122.1 Lyon from around the wicket keeps it full on middle and leg, Haris keeps it out with a forward defense.
  • 121.6 Bumper time! Bangs it short on middle, angling away. Shafiq ducks under it safely. 331/4
  • 121.5 Fires a fuller length ball way wide of off, Shafiq leaves it alone. Starc seems unhappy with himself as he wanted to keep it nearer to the stumps.
  • 121.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 121.3 A bit closer to the off stump this but still a bit outside off as Shafiq shoulders arms this time. Seems to have learnt his lesson pretty quickly.
  • 121.2 Loose shot but lucky! Starc dishes this length ball wide of off and angling further away from Shafiq, Asad uncharacteristically flays at that one but luckily for him, misses it completely.
  • 121.1 Starc continues from over the wicket and keeps it on a good length around middle and off, Shafiq keeps it out from within the crease.
  • 120.6 A bit quicker and shorter than full length around off, Haris defends it off the back foot. End of Nathan's first over with the second new ball. 331/4
  • 120.5 Similar delivery and Sohail is happy to keep it out off the front foot again.
  • 120.4 Flatter and fuller on the off line line, Haris blocks off the front foot.
  • 120.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 120.2 Flighted and on middle stump line, Haris comes forward in defense.
  • 120.1 Tossed up on middle, Asad turns it into the leg side with the turn to get a run.
  • Nathan Lyon to share the second new ball.
  • 119.6 Lands this one fuller but on the middle and leg line, Shafiq flicks it through square leg to retain strike. 330/4
  • 119.5 Third ball in a row is fired wide of off and Shafiq shoulders arms again.
  • 119.4 Shafiq again chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 119.3 Way outside off stump this to entice Asad into a loose shot.
  • 119.2 This time Shafiq flicks the full ball on his pads but straight to the man at square leg.
  • 119.1 Strays down the leg side, Shafiq tries to flick but misses.
  • Second new ball is finally taken by Australia. Will be interesting to see what can the tourists do with it.
  • We are all set to get the post Lunch session underway as the umpires and the Aussies make their way to the middle. Starc to start after the break. The Pakistan pair of Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail strides out with the former on strike.
  • In all likelihood, Paine will opt for the second new ball post Lunch. Will that mean more runs for Pakistan? Or will we see some wickets? Either ways, we hope it is not just dot, dot and dot. Join us back at 1240 local (0840 GMT).
  • Coming to Pakistan - a bit baffling, to say the least, when asked about their approach. At times, they play entertaining cricket but when a wicket falls, they suddenly go into a shell, allowing the opposition to dictate terms. Then, they cover up for that slow period. All that is fine as long as they do not lose 2-3 wickets in succession. Take the example of Asad Shafiq - 9 from 54 at one stage and now... he has scored 34 from the next 28 balls. Without much risks. Sohail has been patient, happy to just block, block and block.
  • Captaincy indeed is tough. Should Tim Paine have taken the second new ball? After seeing what happened yesterday, where the new ball barely moved, the Aussie skipper has been tempted to continue with the old ball as it was reversing. The quicks did bowl well in the first hour but after that, the ball stopped moving. But sadly, for the Aussies, because their seamers had just finished a burst, Paine simply did not have the bowlers to make use of the second new ball and perhaps did not want to waste it.
  • Hard to say who is on top. A look at the score and one would feel - easily Pakistan. But then, applying Geoffrey Boycott's logic - add 2 wickets to the current score and then check - well, if Australia do that after Lunch, they will stand a realistic chance of keeping Pakistan below 400.
  • SESSION STATS - 29 overs, 74/1. But look into it more deeply. The first hour read 19/1 in 14 overs. So those 55 in the next 15 clearly shows that Pakistan have upped the ante.
  • 118.6 Around off, pushed towards the off side. LUNCH ON DAY 2! 329/4
  • 118.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 118.4 Very straight, blocked back to the bowler.
  • 118.3 Full and outside off, pushed towards the off side.
  • 118.2 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 118.1 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 117.6 Tossed up again around off, Jon still giving it some air, Shafiq flicks it to mid-wicket to end a very good over for the Asian team. 329/4
  • 117.5 FOUR! Shot! Excellent batting this by Pakistan, especially Shafiq. He again skips down the track to this tossed up ball on middle and leg, he sees the line on that one, gives himself room while coming down the track and lofts this inside-out drive over covers for a superb second boundary in the over. Looking good here is the right-hander.
  • 117.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 117.3 Flighted ball on off, turned into the mid-wicket region.
  • 117.2 FOUR! Classic shot from Shafiq. Comes down the track to this tossed up ball on off, converts it into a low full toss which allows him to flick it nonchalantly through mid-wicket. His timing and placement is good enough for the ball to cross the fence there.
  • 117.1 Flighted on middle and leg, turned away to fine leg but no chance of a run.
  • 116.6 Sohail flicks this fuller ball into the leg side with a wristy shot and takes off for a single. His partner though sends him back as it was a very risky single. They surely do not want to lose a wicket off a run out. 321/4
  • 116.5 A bit flatter this around off, Haris blocks it off the back foot this time.
  • 116.4 Slower and flighted ball on off, defends off the front foot.
  • 116.3 Full and around off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 116.2 Similar ball, this time Sohail delays his shot but finds Usman again.
  • 116.1 Short and outside off, cut straight to Usman Khawaja at backward point.
  • 115.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 321/4
  • 115.5 Sohail leans forward and drives this to mid on to get the 5th single of the over.
  • 115.4 Shafiq guides this quicker one just outside off into the third man region and crosses over.
  • 115.3 Similar ball and a similar drive but this time by the southpaw to add another run.
  • 115.2 Another full pitch delivery on off, driven to mid on to get off strike.
  • 115.1 Flighted ball around off turning into the southpaw, pushes it into the off side and gets a single.
  • 114.6 Nicely played this. Shafiq waits for this shorter in length delivery just outside off, opens his bat face at the very last moment and guides it through the third man region to pick up a brace. 316/4
  • 114.5 Similar delivery but this time Shafiq tries to be a bit cheeky by pushing it softly into covers and takes off for a quick single but is rightly sent back by his partner.
  • 114.4 Tossed up ball on off, Shafig prods forward and defends.
  • 114.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 114.2 A bit shorter this one on the stumps, Haris taps it gently into the covers to pick up a good single. They are rotating the strike really well now. Pakistan marching ahead!
  • 114.1 Tossed up on middle, flicked through mid-wicket to pick up a single.
  • 113.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They manage to come back for the second. 312/4
  • 113.5 Full on middle, punched towards long on for a single. 50-RUN STAND IS UP.
  • 113.4 An LBW appeal but to no avail. The arm ball, on middle, Asad misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. No particular thought about the review. Perhaps going down leg.
  • 113.3 FOUR! SMOKED! Shafiq is really pumping up the run rate now. Full on middle, the batsman comes down the track and swings it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 113.2 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 113.1 Full and around off, worked to the leg side.
  • 112.6 A bit quicker and straighter attacking the stumps, flicked into the mid-wicket region. 305/4
  • 112.5 Defended off the back foot by Haris.
  • 112.4 A bit wide of off this, Shafiq tries to cut but misses.
  • 112.3 Fuller around off again, Shafiq pushes this into covers to pick up a run.
  • 112.2 The right-hander has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 112.1 SIX! WHACK! Now that's some intent from Shafiq, will surely make Lyon think twice now before giving air to the ball. The offie tosses it up around off, Shafiq quickly skips down the track, gets to the pitch and goes thorugh the line of the ball to whack it straight over the bowler's head and across the boundary for a maximum. First six of the day and fourth of the innings.
  • 111.6 Fuller in length and Shafiq flicks it through mid-wicket to get a single and retain strike. 298/4
  • 111.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 111.4 Tossed up around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 111.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 111.2 FOUR! Misses his line completely as he fires this loopy ball way down the leg side. Shafiq does well to paddle it fine into the leg side and pick another 4 runs.
  • 111.1 Tossed up ball around off from over the wicket, taps it into the point region to get off strike.
  • Jon Holland is brought back on. 18-1-72-1 so far.
  • 110.6 FOUR! Good shot to end the over. Lyon errs in length as well as line as he lands this short and wide off, Shafiq quickly rocks back and cuts it magnificently through point for a much-needed boundary for Pakistan. 292/4
  • 110.5 Flatter, quicker on the middle and leg line, turned towards mid-wicket by Shafiq.
  • 110.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 110.3 Very full again around off, Shafiq flicks it to short mid-wicket.
  • 110.2 Tossed up on off this, Asad lunges forward and defends.
  • 110.1 A bit flatter this and fullish attacking the stumps, Shafiq keeps it out.
  • 109.6 Similar length and a bit outside off, tapped gently into the cover-point region to end the over. 288/4
  • 109.5 Shorter of a length again around off, the southpaw has enough patience to block it out of the back foot.
  • 109.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 109.3 Lands this one on a good length with an inward shape on it, Sohail turns it into the mid-wicket region.
  • 109.2 Strays a bit on his pads as Shafiq works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 109.1 A bit behind a good length around off, Sohail opens his bat face at the last moment to steer it through third man for a single.
  • 108.6 Again an attacking shot but misses. Shafiq goes down looking to sweep this full length ball outside off, the ball turns and bounces to beat his bat as he gets rapped on the pads. The Aussies go up in an appeal but the umpire rejects as the impact is clearly outside off. 286/4
  • 108.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 108.4 Better from Lyon as he keeps this a bit shorter than full length, the ball lands and seems to stick in the pitch a bit, Shafiq is early into his whip and gets a leading edge which falls short of Lyon.
  • 108.3 Similar ball and similarly kept out by the right-hander.
  • 108.2 Tossed up ball on off, Shafiq comes forward in defense.
  • 108.1 Down the track and flicked through mid-wicket. This pair is now starting to show some attacking instincts as he picks up a couple of runs for his flick.
  • 107.6 A full length ball around off, Sohail leans forward and drives it to the fielder at covers. 284/4
  • 107.5 Shorter in length and shaping into the southpaw, Haris gets inside the line of the ball and tucks it into the square leg region to get a brace.
  • 107.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 107.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 107.2 Outside off, pushed towards gully.
  • 107.1 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 106.6 FOUR! First time today we have seen some aggressive intent by the Pakistani batsmen. Sohail skips down the track, gives himself some room and plays an inside-out drive through covers. Siddle there gives a good chase and pulls the ball back in. It seems that he has just about managed to keep the ball in play. However, the umpire goes up to check and replays show that his fingers were touching the rope as he tried to pull the ball back in. Four given and this is much better from Haris. 281/4
  • 106.5 Very full again on middle and off line, Haris keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 106.4 Similar ball and similarly blocked out by the southpaw.
  • 106.3 Similar ball is pushes back to the bowler.
  • 106.2 Full and on middle and leg this, Haris gives himself some room and drives it to covers.
  • 106.1 Full and on middle and off, Haris defends off the front foot.
  • 105.6 Again a bit short angling into Shafiq's body, the batsman tucks it into the leg side and onto the ground. 277/4
  • 105.5 Defended off the back foot by the right-hander.
  • 105.4 On a good length around off, Shafiq pushes this gently to covers.
  • 105.3 Fuller in length attacking the stumps, turned into the mid-wicket region by Shafiq.
  • 105.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 105.1 Outstanding fielding by Labuschagne at deep backward square leg! Efforts like these boosts the moral of the fielding side, especially in conditions like these. Marsh lands this full, attacking Shafiq's pads and the right-hander flicks it into the square leg region with good timing. The ball races away but Marnus Labuschagne stationed at the mid-wicket fence races to his right, slides and parries the ball to Nathan Lyon coming across from fine leg. Saves two for his side.
  • 104.6 Full and around off, watchfully pushed back. 275/4
  • 104.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Brendan Julian seems to be of this particular opinion. 'Pakistan can bat the whole day as slowly as they like. This pitch is only going to get worse.'
  • 104.4 Pushes it past mid on and gets a single.
  • 104.3 Good fielding. Short and outside off, Shafiq punches it towards mid on but Lyon dives full stretch and stops it cleanly.
  • 104.2 Short and outside off, Shafiq looks to cut but misses. Almost similar to the way Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed yesterday.
  • 104.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Runs have come at a snail's pace. Not quite sure who would be more disappointed. Pakistan? Because they have not scored much runs? Or Australia? Because they have picked up just a wicket? Here's Nathan Lyon...
  • 103.6 FOUR! Second streaky boundary today, Marsh bowling well here as he keeps this just back of a good length around off. The ball hits the deck and deviates away just that bit to take the outside of Haris' bat. Flies behind point for the second boundary of the day. Aussies must be dearly hoping for some luck to go their way. 274/4
  • 103.5 Marginally shorter of a good length around off, blocked off the back foot.
  • 103.4 Too much of an angle from around the wicket results in the ball going down leg, Paine does well to dive to his right and grab it.
  • 103.3 Errs in line, just a bit and that allows Shafiq to turn it into the square leg region to get off strike.
  • 103.2 MM is doing well to keep the ball in the area of uncertainty, Sohail though blocks this length ball on off off the back foot.
  • 103.1 Starts the new over with a good length ball around off, Haris waits on his back foot and taps it into the point region to get a single.
  • 102.6 Similar ball and Shafiq has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 268/4
  • 102.5 Continues to attack the corridor around off, Shafiq does well to defend it off the front foot.
  • The keeper is upto the stumps, by the way, for Siddle.
  • 102.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 102.3 Tight bowling this from Peter as he keeps this on a length around off, the right-hander blocks it off the back foot.
  • 102.2 A bit shorter in length and just outside off, Shafiq goes for the cut but gets a bottom edge for the ball to roll towards covers.
  • 102.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 101.6 FOUR! Beautiful bowling from Marsh! Who would have though he would be the one who will create maximum problems for the batsmen? He dishes this full length ball around off from around the wicket. The ball hits the deck and straightens to take Sohail's outside edge and the ball flies through the vacant second slip region and crosses the boundary. 268/4
  • 101.5 Almost, almost goes thorugh. He keeps this on a good length around off, the lands and nips in a bit to take the inside edge and runs towards square leg. A run results.
  • 101.4 Strays down the leg does Mitchell, Shafiq tries to flick but misses.
  • 101.3 Marginally shorter of good length around off, MM is not that quick and that allows Haris to go back, open his bat face and guide it towards third man to exchange strike.
  • 101.2 Better from MM as he fires this on one a good length around off, Haris is well set and defends off the front foot.
  • 101.1 The all-rounder starts from around the wicket and keeps it a bit shorter in length and wide of off, Sohail lets it be.
  • Mitchell Marsh has been brought on.
  • 100.6 On a length and with an inward shape into the batsman, Shafiq tries to work it into the leg side but misses and gets rapped on the pads. No run on offer. 262/4
  • 100.5 Fuller delivery around the off pole, Shafiq comes forward in defense.
  • 100.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 100.3 Keeps it on a similar length but the line is just outside off, Sohail pushes it thorugh point to pick up a run and get off strike. This is the first run after 28 dot balls.
  • 100.2 On a good length and straighter in line, allows the southpaw to flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 100.1 A bit fuller around off, Haris drives it to mid off.
  • 99.6 4th maiden on the trot but no need for the Asian team to panic. Starc bangs it a bit shorter in length angling into the batsman, Shafiq keeps it out off the back foot. End of over no. 100. 261/4
  • 99.5 Fuller again attacking the stumps, Shafiq pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 99.4 Full, fast and on off, the right-hander defends off the front foot.
  • 99.3 Now he tries a bit too much and strays this down the leg side, Paine does well to dive to his left and pouch it.
  • 99.2 Banged in very short and keeps it way wide outside off, waste of energy this as Shafiq has nothing to do with it.
  • 99.1 Starc on the mark from the very first ball of the new over. Keeps it on a good length around off from around the wicket. Shafiq taps it into the cover-point region off the back foot.
  • 98.6 Very full around off, seems like Siddle is managing to get some reverse swing as the ball tailing in just moves away at the last moment. Haris is well set though to keep it out safely to end the over. 261/4
  • 98.5 On a good length around off, Haris pushes this into the cover region.
  • The GOAT is warming up. Probably looking for some grass on this road...
  • 98.4 Fuller again around off, defended off the front foot by Sohail.
  • 98.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 98.2 Bouncer again, Haris does the sit-up again.
  • 98.1 Siddle bangs this in the middle, but there is no pace in this track and Sohail easily ducks under it.
  • 97.6 Yorker to end the over, Shafiq does well to dig this out. 261/4
  • 97.5 Very full around off, driven softly to mid off.
  • 97.4 Starc should make the batsmen play, it is not easy bowling fast in this heat and moreover if you don't make the batsmen play it is a waste of energy. Also it allows the batsmen to get their eye in. Keeps this a bit short and outside off, Shafiq leaves it watchfully.
  • 97.3 Fires this one wide of off, Shafiq shoulders arms.
  • 97.2 A bit straighter this attacking the stumps from arounbd the wicket, Shafiq gets across and plays it into the mid-wicket region.
  • 97.1 Fractionally shorter of good length around off, Shafiq goes back and taps it to point.
  • 96.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot to end a maiden by Siddle. 261/4
  • 96.5 Full again, making the batsmen play but there is not much movement and Haris defends it off the front foot.
  • 96.4 Full and fast on off, Haris drives it to covers.
  • 96.3 Dishes this very full on middle and leg with a bit of inward movement, Haris keeps it out easily.
  • 96.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 96.1 Keeps it full and a bit wide of off from around the wicket, may be hoping that the southpaw will reach out for it but he disappoints the bowler by leaving it alone.
  • 95.6 A bit shorter and wide of off, Abbas lets it be to end the over and survive for the next. 261/4
  • 95.5 Fuller this on off, Abbas blocks this from within his crease.
  • 95.4 Full again on off, Haris pushes this off the front foot into the cover region to pick up a single. Haris wanted the second but was rightly sent back by his partner.
  • 95.3 Good length but wide of off, Haris is happy to point his bat skywards.
  • 95.2 A good length ball around off, Angling in a bit, Haris blocks this off the back foot.
  • 95.1 Some reserve swing on offer, surely. This will encourage Starc. He fires this full and on off, it swings in late but Haris is good enough to keep it out.
  • 94.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. A successful over by Peter comes to an end. 260/4
  • 94.5 Marginally short of good length around off, Shafiq blocks it off the back foot.
  • Asad Shafiq walks in at number 6, replacing Abbas.
  • 94.4 OUT! Bowled! The night watchman is dismissed by a peach of a delivery. This would have challenged the best of batsmen, let alone the tail-ender. Siddle lands this on a length around off, the ball has a slight inward shape on it but as it lands it straightens a bit. Abbas looking to play at it from the crease it beaten by the away movement and the ball crashes into the off stump. Rattle! Australia draw first blood on Day 2. Can they make further inroads?
  • 94.3 A bit straighter in line angling into Sohail, the southpaw just turns it into the mid-wicket region to change strike.
  • 94.2 A bit straighter in line angling into Sohail, the southpaw just turns it into the mid-wicket region to change strike.
  • 94.1 Fuller and around off from around the wicket, Haris patiently blocks it from his crease.
  • 93.6 Fast and full at 139.8 kph, it is just outside off though allowing the tail-ender to watchfully leave it alone. 259/3
  • 93.5 Full again but a bit outside off, Abbas will not flirt with these. Gotta make him play.
  • 93.4 Very full around off, Abbas defends off the back foot from the crease.
  • 93.3 Bangs this one short from around the wicket targeting his ribs, Abbas does well to duck under it. It brushes his back before going behind to Paine.
  • 93.2 A bit shorter in length angling into the southpaw, Haris tries to block it but gets an inside edge towards fine leg and changes strike. Tail-ender on strike now. Starc has 4 balls to get his man.
  • 93.1 A good length ball around off, Haris defends off the back foot.
  • 92.6 Better from Siddle as he attacks the middle and keeps it full and straight, the ball has a bit of inward shape on it, Abbas does well to keep it out from his crease. 258/3
  • 92.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 92.4 A bit wide of off, Abbas is happy to leave it.
  • 92.3 Angling into Abbas this one on a good length, Abbas tries to flick but misses, the ball brushes the back of his pad and goes behind to Paine.
  • 92.2 Dishes this one on a length on off, Abbas does well to keep it out.
  • 92.1 Good delivery this, Siddle lands this a bit shorter than good length just outside off, it pitches and moves away ever so slightly beating the tentative push from the tail-ender.
  • 91.6 Bumper to end the over. Haris spots it early and ducks under it. 258/3
  • 91.5 Drags his length bac a bit and keeps it marginally shorter of good length around off, Haris keeps it out.
  • 91.4 Fuller and around off again, the southpaw drives gently to mid off.
  • 91.3 This one is on a good length around off, Haris manages to block it off the back foot. Not much movement on offer here.
  • 91.2 Very full around off, Haris leans forward and drives it crisply straight to covers.
  • 91.1 Starc starts from over the wicket and dishes out a full pitch delivery outside off, Sohail shoulders arms. It will be important for the Aussie bowlers to make the batsmen play before they get their eye in.
  • Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end.
  • 90.6 A good length ball outside off, Abbas tries to play at it but misses. Siddle should have attacked the stumps though. 258/3
  • 90.5 Very full again , almost yorker length just outside off, the southpaw squeezes it through point to get off strike. The nightwatchman Abbas on strike now.
  • 90.4 Similar length but a bit wide of off allowing Haris to leave it alone.
  • 90.3 A bit more fuller around off, a bit of shape back into the southpaw, Haris blocks it from within the crease.
  • 90.2 Fuller around off, kept out off the front foot.
  • 90.1 Starts Day 2 with a length ball attacking the stumps, Haris flicks it through mid-wicket to pick up a brace and get underway today.
  • The players make their way out to the middle. Haris Sohail and night watchman Mohammad Abbas stride out. The latter had a tough time in the last few overs of the day with the ball moving around like a hoop. Peter Siddle it will be to start off proceedings. Sohail to face. Here we go!
  • Brendan Julian is having a chat with Mitchell Starc. On yesterday's proceedings, the latter says - that is Test cricket. A bit of a struggle and then a bit of a fightback. Is happy with the way Australia bounced back. On the ball reversing after getting old, Mitchell says that it got softer which made it very difficult to play. Hopes to try and pick up the remaining wickets as quickly as possible. On a summary of Day 1, he reckons that the team was good in the first session, but things started to go away in the middle one. However, is proud of the way the unit pulled it back in the final session. Reckons that if they can curtail the run scoring, wickets can be picked. On him getting frustrated over the field placements yesterday, Starc admits that when the ball is not doing much and one is struggling to pick wickets, irritation does occur. On his cramp last evening, he agrees that it is a bit of a repetitive issue for him but he is fine this morning after a good night's rest and drinking a good quantity of pickle juice.
  • A word about Mohammad Hafeez. He was the one who impressed the most. He showed how to play on this track and was the only one who was consumed by a terrific delivery. Pakistan still have Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam in their ranks but there is that inexperience which lingers. If the Aussies manage to get a couple of wickets early this morning, they will really give themselves a high hope of keeping Pakistan to 350 or below.
  • Talking about Pakistan - well, they will be gutted with themselves. As my colleague Ashutosh, who just managed to check the score, quips 'Won toss, batted first, had a double century stand, lost just 3 wickets but scored just 255? They should have scored 350 at least!' He has a point. Playing against the old ball was tough but against the new ball, especially with no movement, they should have dictated terms. Australia were bowling well, but certainly, they could have got at least 300.
  • Normally, in cricket, they say - play out the new balls and then scoring will get easier. However, here, once the ball got old, it became increasing difficult to play. This is evident from the final session, where only 56 runs were scored for the loss of 3 wickets. That brings us and Australia to the most important question - WILL THE SECOND NEW BALL BE TAKEN?
  • Gritty, testing (boring) day of Test cricket. Apologies to all those cricket lovers who felt hurt by the word mentioned in the brackets, but that is how Day 1 unfolded. The openers added 205 but the ball was not doing much and neither were they attacking. And then, in the final session, Australia came back with the ball reversing and runs were hard to come by. How will Monday turn out to be? Hello and a warm welcome to the second day of the opening Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai.
  • ... DAY 2, MORNING SESSION ...
  • Right then, Australia now will want to come out on Day 2 and pick wickets at regular intervals. Pakistan, on the other hand, will have to adopt a more positive approach, if they want to achieve a big first innings total. Let's hope for an entertaining Monday. Join us at 1000 local (0600 GMT) for all the coverage. Till then goodbye and take care.
  • Earlier in the morning, after electing to bat, Pakistan got off to the best possible start. Their openers put together a double century stand to pressurize the Australians. The pitch was quite flat and there was nothing on offer for the bowlers. Still, credit should be given to the Aussie bowlers for sticking to the task and trying hard on an unresponsive deck. Towards the end, the ball started to reverse and there was some spin on offer too. The Kangaroos made good use of that and not only picked up wickets but also put a lid on the scoring rate.
  • This session - 29 overs, 56 runs and 3 wickets. Australia have fought back brilliantly in the last session. Nathan Lyon was the bowler to provide the first breakthrough as he removed Imam-ul-Haq, who was eyeing his maiden Test hundred. Soon after that, Mohammad Hafeez was trapped in front by Peter Siddle and the Aussies suddenly found themselves in a good space. The next batting pair, Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail, then went into a shell and just when it looked the two will play out the day, Ali threw away his wicket. The visitors bowled well throughout the day and got rewarded in the evening session. They will be delighted with the way things have ended on the first day.
  • 89.6 The last delivery of the day is bowled down the leg side. Abbas has nothing to do with it and Paine collects it to his left. Stumps on Day 1. 255/3
  • 89.5 Spears in a full ball on off, Abbas brings down a straight bat in defense.
  • 89.4 Beaten again! On a length and outside off, straightening a bit, Abbas once again feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 89.3 Beaten! Starc gets close to the off stump line with a back of a length delivery. Abbas is stuck inside the crease as he pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 89.2 With a leg gully in place, Starc serves a good length delivery in the channel outside off, Abbas makes an easy leave.
  • 89.1 Starc steams in for the final over and angles in a length ball on off, Abbas does well to block it from the crease. He will be counting the balls, surely.
  • 88.6 Good patience shown by the southpaw, he controls himself from coming down the track again, stays in the crease and keeps it out safely. 255/3
  • 88.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 88.4 Quicker and full on middle and leg line, Haris flicks this to mid-wicket.
  • 88.3 A bit shorter on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 88.2 SIX! These modern day batsmen just keep surprising us. Sohail dances down the track in the 89th over, Jon has bowled a flighted ball around off, Haris nicely gets under it, swings his bat through the line, he is able to get good elevation on it, the ball is seen sailing over the straight boundary. Brave cricket... only when it comes off though.
  • 88.1 Fuller on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket by Sohail.
  • 87.6 That was very fast! He goes for a yorker but ends up bowling a full toss. Abbas misses it completely and it goes close past the off pole. Starc is now down in pain. Not good signs here, Australia will hope it is just a cramp. Seems nothing serious though. 249/3
  • 87.5 On a length again outside off, Abbas first thinks of playing at it but then pulls his bat out of the way.
  • 87.4 FOUR LEG BYES! He does go for the yorker but it was down the leg side, Abbas tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire shakes his head. The ball crosses the fine leg fence.
  • 87.3 Wide outside off again, Starc is disappointed with himself as he knows that was not a good delivery. Abbas lets it be.
  • 87.2 Length outside off, Abbas makes a good leave.
  • 87.1 Not a yorker but a good delivery! On a length around off, it pitches and then leaves the batsman. Abbas hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
  • Change of ends for Mitchell Starc. I feel they have got him on to get rid of the tailender. Be ready for some yorkers Abbas.
  • 86.6 Slower and a bit outside off, played into the point region by the new batsman Abbas. 245/3
  • Mohammad Abbas is the new man in. So Pakistan have sent out a nightwatchman.
  • 86.5 OUT! A wicket is thrown away. Talk about showing a lot of patience and then losing it just before the end of day's play. A complete waste. Here is where temperament comes into play, this is Test cricket. With just 3.1 overs remaining for Stumps, Ali charges down the track and tries to loft it over extra cover. But due to the lack of away spin his connection is very poor and the ball lobs towards long off. Mitchell Starc stationed half way in from the ropes initially misjudges it. But he does well to dive at the last moment to take a good catch. Nearly messed up. A timely wicket for the Aussies. Disappointment writ large over Azhar's face as he takes a long walk back to the pavilion.
  • 86.4 Tossed up around off, Ali comes ahead to defend it solidly.
  • 86.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 86.2 Nicely bowled! Jon slows this down and keeps it full just outside off, Ali leaves but there are Aahs and Oohs from the Aussies as the ball passes very near to the off pole.
  • 86.1 A bit too quick this for his liking and attacking the stumps, Sohail from his crease flicks it to square leg and gets off strike.
  • 85.6 Sohail opens his bat face to this length ball on off and guides it towards point to get a single and retain strike. 243/2
  • 85.5 A bit too straight again and at his pace he just cannot afford to stray in line or length. Dishes it on the legs of the batsman and is flicked to square leg for a single.
  • 85.4 Ali has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 85.3 Similar ball again, on the pads but this time to the southpaw who flicks it into the leg side to add a run.
  • 85.2 A bit straighter this, Ali leans across and flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • 85.1 Not a good start for MM as he fires this on Sohail's pads, Haris just nudges it towards fine leg to get to the other end.
  • Mitchell Marsh to have a go before Stumps. 5 more overs left in the day's play.
  • 84.6 A bit shorter of a good length around off, Ali waits a bit longer and taps it into the point region. 238/2
  • 84.5 Ali goes on the back foot to defend this short of a length delivery on off.
  • 84.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 84.3 FOUR! And out of no where Ali dances down the track and lofts it towards long on. The ball bounces before crossing the fence. Risky shot with the ball turning. Jon won't mind this.
  • 84.2 Azhar has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 84.1 Slow and full on middle, Ali prods forward in defense.
  • Jon Holland comes back into the attack.
  • 83.6 Haris lets the ball go which is fired outside his off stump. 234/2
  • 83.5 Similar ball, yorker and Sohail does well as he keeps it out easily.
  • 83.4 One of the best deliveries in cricket, the perfect yorker. Sohail does really well to dig it out in time. Good all round cricket this.
  • 83.3 Dishes this full but outside off, Sohail points his bat skywards.
  • 83.2 Tries a bit too much and ends up straying it down the leg side. Captain Paine does really well to dive to his left and pouch it.
  • 83.1 Very full and on middle, the batsman drives it to mid off.
  • 82.6 Lyon tossed this one up on middle and off, Ali does well to get right forward and keep it out. 234/2
  • 82.5 A mirror image of the previous ball this.
  • 82.4 Slower and full in length on off, Azhar prods forward to drive it to mid on.
  • 82.3 Similar delivery this, may be a bit fuller. Ali goes back to defend and just about keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 82.2 Flatter and a bit shorter on off, Ali defends from the crease.
  • 82.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Ali leans forward and across and square drives this through point to get a brace.
  • 81.6 Full and fast again on off, Sohail strokes this crisply to mid on. 232/2
  • 81.5 A back of a good length ball around off, Ali leans back, opens the bat face slightly and taps it towards point to take a run.
  • 81.4 Fuller ball this attacking the stumps, Ali leans ahead and drives to mid on.
  • 81.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 81.2 Starc trying to bowl his special delivery, the one which comes into the right-hander from around the wicket and straightens on landing. But on this pitch he seems to be struggling a bit as he keeps it on a good length around off and Ali easily defends it off the front foot as there is no lateral movement. Tough work for the pacers here.
  • 81.1 Starc loses his mark and fires this full ball on Sohail's pads, the southpaw nudges this to fine leg to exchange strike.
  • 80.6 Full length ball on middle is flicked to mid-wicket for a single. 230/2
  • 80.5 The southpaw has defended it with a straight bat and by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 80.4 Tossed up again in line with the stumps, Haris lunges forward in defense.
  • 80.3 Sohail has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 80.2 Slower and a bit shorter, allows Haris to go back and punch it to covers.
  • 80.1 The new ball has not been taken as Lyon tosses this one on middle and off, Azhar leans forward and turns it into the mid-wicket region with a wristy shot, gets off strike.
  • The second new ball is now available.
  • 79.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot to end the 80th over. The new ball is on offer for Australia now. 228/2
  • 79.5 Bumper! Tries to surprise the batsman with a change in length, Sohail ducks under it.
  • 79.4 Breaks the sequence of dots by driving this full length ball outside off through covers, the timing ain't perfect and hence the batsmen can only get a brace for it.
  • 79.3 Better from the left-arm pacer as he lands this around off, shaping into the batsman, Sohail is good enough to keep it out off the back foot.
  • 79.2 Haris shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 79.1 Fires this full and fast delivery on off, Haris blocks it off the front foot.
  • 78.6 Ali defends it from within the crease to end a maiden over. 226/2
  • 78.5 Dances down the track to this shorter of a full length ball on off, defends it in the end as he does not reach the pitch of the ball.
  • 78.4 Tossed up on off, enticing the batsman to go for a lofted shot but Ali is smart enough not to get caught in the trap as he defends it from the crease.
  • 78.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 78.2 A full length ball on off is turned away into the mid-wicket region.
  • 78.1 A lion-hearted effort by Lyon as he starts his 31st over by bowling a flighted delivery on middle and leg, Azhar pushes it softly to mid on.
  • 77.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 226/2
  • 77.5 Starc goes for his special delivery, the toe crushing yorker, misses his line, strays on the pads of the batsman. Ali flicks it to square leg to cross over.
  • 77.4 Starc overcompensates and fires this length ball wide of off, Ali does not flirt with it and lets it go.
  • 77.3 Strays way down leg, Paine does well by diving to his left and pouching it in his mitts.
  • 77.2 Dishes this one on a good length around off, Azhar instead of coming forward stays back, the ball keeps a bit low and luckily for Ali the ball hits the bottom part of his bat and onto the ground.
  • 77.1 Starts with a back of a length delivery from over the wicket shaping into Azhar, Ali gets on his toes to confidently block it from his crease.
  • Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack.
  • 76.6 Haris has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 225/2
  • 76.5 A loopy delivery but a bit wide of off, Sohail is not tempted to play at it.
  • 76.4 Defended off the front foot by Sohail presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 76.3 Goes for the paddle sweep awkwardly and gets it fine into the leg side to pick up a single.
  • 76.2 Fuller on middle, Azhar flicks this to mid-wicket.
  • 76.1 Lyon keeps it full on middle, Azhar defends with his head right on top of the ball.
  • 75.6 Defended off the back foot by Sohail to end a maiden over. 224/2
  • 75.5 A bit short outside off, Haris pushes it towards point.
  • 75.4 A bit shorter of good length and just outside off, Sohail opens his bat face and runs it down towards the third man region.
  • 75.3 The pacer is getting appreciable inward movement, he dishes this on a length around off coming into the southpaw, Haris blocks it out.
  • 75.2 Fractionall shorter of a good length this but a similar line to the previous ball. Haris keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 75.1 Siddle continues after the break with a good length ball around off from around the wicket. Sohail defends it off the front foot.
  • Drinks. Much better hour from the tourists as they have managed to get both the openers. They will looj to make further inroads and get right back in this match. The current Pakistan pair will want to be there till the end of the day's play.
  • 74.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 224/2
  • 74.5 Works it with the turn to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 74.4 Ali plays this really well, the ball shoots after pitching and also turns back in. Ali takes one hand off the glove and pays it down onto the ground.
  • 74.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 74.2 Floats it around off, defended.
  • 74.1 Flatter around off, Sohail pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 73.6 Length ball again around off, the batsman defends it out. 223/2
  • 73.5 On a length around off, kept out.
  • 73.4 BEAUTY! Changes the angle and bowls it from around the wicket. It comes back in late but not enough as Sohail makes a brave leave. Paine fumbles behind and a bye is taken.
  • 73.3 Good length around off, kept out.
  • 73.2 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 73.1 On a length around off, kept out. There is a slip fielder who is standing a few yards up with his helmet on. Interesting field position that. Maybe, they think that the edge won't carry, especially off Siddle's pace.
  • 72.6 Flatter outside off, punched against the spin towards covers. 222/2
  • 72.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 72.4 Ali uses his feet but Lyon shortens his length. It turns back in and hits the pad of Ali. It lobs towards short leg who takes it and appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 72.3 Another tossed up ball on off, kept out.
  • 72.2 Floats it up on off, Ali blocks it.
  • 72.1 NOT OUT! Impact is outside off and Australia lose a review. The impact was always an issue, not a very good review by Australia. This is tossed up outside off, comes back in. Ali tries to play the paddle sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. The Aussies make a huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Paine then goes for the review and the replays show that the impact is outside off.
  • Howzzat? Not out is the answer. Lyon appeals for an LBW but the umpire does not agree. Ali is the man in question. Impact seems to be an issue.
  • 71.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 222/2
  • 71.5 Another beauty! On a length and around off, it shapes away. Sohail tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes on the bounce to first slip.
  • 71.4 Was there an edge? Well the umpire does not feel so! He thinks the noise is of the bat hitting the ground. It is full and outside off, Sohail goes for the booming drive away from his body. There is a noise as the ball passes the bat. Paine takes it with a dive and appeals but the umpire does not agree. There is a chat between the skipper and the bowler but they do not review and rightly so, as replays show the sound was of the bat hitting the ground. Excellent decision by umpire Kettleborough.
  • 71.3 Shortish around middle, Sohail works it towards mid-wicket. The fielder there scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batsman is well in.
  • 71.2 Good length around off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 71.1 On a length and around off, Sohail shoulders arms to it.
  • 70.6 Tossed up around off, spinning in. Ali lunges forward to defend but the ball turns in, misses his bat and hits the front pad. A stifled appeal is made by Lyon but not much in it as he was struck outside the line. End of a good over by the offie. 222/2
  • 70.5 A full length delivery on off is stroked to mid on by the right-hander.
  • 70.4 A similar ball and similar defense by Ali.
  • 70.3 Flighted and on the middle stump line, Ali defends from within the crease.
  • 70.2 A bit fuller and quicker on the stumps, Azhar pushes this back to the bowler.
  • 70.1 Tossed up ball around off, Ali drives it to mid off.
  • 69.6 Back of a length around off, the batsman pushes it to covers. 222/2
  • 69.5 On a length around off, kept out.
  • 69.4 Around middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • Haris Sohail is the new man in.
  • 69.3 OUT! It is clipping the leg pole and the umpire's call remains. So Pakistan do not lose a review but lose Hafeez. Double Nelson strikes. End of a brilliant knock. He walks off to a standing ovation and he deserves every bit of it. Siddle bowls another in-dipper, this one comes back in a long way from outside off and that too late. Hafeez tries to flick but is done in by the movement. The ball hits him on the front pad. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Hafeez walks up to his partner and then signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and they show the ball to be clipping the stumps. Australia get their second in the first hour of the last session and now both the set batsmen are back in the hut. Also, with the ball reversing and two new batsmen in, the Aussies would fancy taking a few more wickets today.
  • Hafeez is a goner! He has been adjudged LBW but has opted for the review after a chat with his partner. Looks quite adjacent.
  • 69.2 This one also comes back in from outside off, Hafeez spots it early and keeps it out.
  • 69.1 That has come back in sharply. On a length around off, it jags back in. Hafeez tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 68.6 The faster one on off, Ali punches it to covers. 222/1
  • 68.5 Dances down again and works it to mid on.
  • 68.4 Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball, blocks it.
  • 68.3 This is quicker and on off, Ali at the very end, blocks it out.
  • 68.2 Another tossed up ball on off, Ali lunges and blocks it.
  • 68.1 On the off stump, Hafeez taps it towards covers and takes a quick single.
  • 67.6 In the corridor around off, Azhar has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 221/1
  • 67.5 Strays on his pads but Ali cannot take toll of it as he flicks it straight to square leg.
  • 67.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 67.3 FOUR! Wonderful straight drive! Siddle dishes it full again around off, Azhar leans forward and drives it straight past the right of the bowler. The fielder at mid on chases it, dives and it seems he has pulled it back before crossing the rope. The umpire goes upstairs to check if it was cleanly stopped, and replays show that it's a boundary as the fielder's arm is touching the rope as he tries to pull the ball back in play. Lovely shot this from Ali.
  • 67.2 A bit fuller in line with the stumps, Ali strokes this to mid on.
  • 67.1 Starts with a good length ball around off and slanting into the batsman, Hafeez looks to flick but misses to get hit on his pads. The ball rolls into the square leg region and allows the batsmen to cross over for a leg bye.
  • Peter Siddle comes into the attack.
  • 66.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 216/1
  • 66.5 Full and on the batman's pads, Ali flicks it into the mid-wicket region.
  • 66.4 Quicker again on middle and off, Azhar blocks it from within his crease.
  • 66.3 Flatter on middle, turned away into the square leg region by the batsman.
  • 66.2 Fuller in line with the stumps, Azhar flicks it with the turn into mid-wicket.
  • 66.1 Tossed up around off, Ali lunges forward in defense.
  • 65.6 With the angle, Azhar flicks it towards fine leg for a run. 216/1
  • 65.5 Back of a length on off, Ali defends it off the back foot.
  • 65.5 No ball! Starc has overstepped again! It is a bouncer down the leg side, Hafeez ducks under it. Paine does not collect it cleanly and concedes a bye.
  • 65.4 On a length and around off, Hafeez opens the face of the bat and guides it through point. Some good running helps the batsmen take a brace.
  • 65.3 A little too full by Starc, Ali strokes it through covers for a run.
  • 65.2 Perfect! Around off and on a length. Ali plays it late and towards point.
  • 65.1 On the shorter side outside off, Ali lets it be. Not the right tactic I feel, a new batsman and with the ball reversing a little, stumps is where Starc should bowl.
  • 64.6 A dot to end! Another maiden by Lyon as he gives it air around off and it has been defended. 210/1
  • 64.5 Works it with the turn to the man at short leg.
  • 64.4 Quicker and on middle, the batsman works it to mid-wicket.
  • 64.3 Floats it up on off, Hafeez lunges and keeps it out.
  • 64.2 Flatter on off, turns back in. Hafeez manages to block it out.
  • 64.1 Flighted ball around off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 63.6 On the fuller side around off, Azhar jams it out to the fielder at point. 210/1
  • 63.5 Goes for another bumper but it is down the leg side. Ali lets it be.
  • 63.4 Third bouncer in a row, this is more of a rib-tickler. Hafeez mistimes his pull towards fine leg for a run.
  • 63.3 Another bouncer and Hafeez again ducks under it.
  • 63.2 A bumper, Hafeez ducks under it.
  • 63.1 FOUR! Exquisite! Full and on off, Hafeez caresses it through covers and the ball races away. He looks so elegant playing those strokes. A very delightful player to the eye at his best.
  • Azhar Ali makes his way to the middle.
  • 62.6 OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Australia finally get the breakthrough. Nathan Lyon strikes and he has ended the massive 205-run stand. He bowls it quicker and on the shorter side outside off, Imam goes to cut but it is a touch too close to play that stroke. Also, there is a slight extra bounce and the ball takes the outside edge before going into the mitts of Paine. A decent catch by the skipper. They appeal and the umpire raises his finger to end Imam's innings. He has played a lovely knock, a patient one but is disappointed for missing out on his maiden Test hundred. Ideal start for the Aussies as they strike early in the final session. They would like to take a few more now. 205/1
  • 62.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 62.4 Lyon who has been consistently hitting one area does so again and on the stumps, Imam is solid in defense.
  • 62.3 Another tossed up delivery on off, Imam blocks it out.
  • 62.2 Gives it air on middle, Imam keeps it out.
  • 62.1 Nicely played for a run! Hafeez waits for the ball to come to him and then guides it towards deep backward point for a run.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl from the other end.
  • 61.6 Another full delivery outside off, Hafeez guides it down to third man for a run. 204/0
  • 61.5 Goes very full on off, MH times it to mid off.
  • 61.4 A good change in length there by Starc, he bowls a bouncer on middle, Hafeez ducks under it.
  • 61.3 Goes full again on middle, Imam strokes it towards mid on for a quick run.
  • 61.2 Full ball and tailing back in, Imam works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 61.1 Runs straightaway as Starc bowls it full and wide outside off. Hafeez reaches out to it and guides it through point. The fielder from third man runs to his right, picks it up and then realizes he is going to cross the rope. He throws it up in the air, goes out of play, comes back in and then throws it towards the keeper. The batsmen in the meantime collect three. The umpire goes upstairs to check whether the fielding effort is clean and yes it is.
  • We are back for the final session! The over-rate has been excellent so we have only 29 overs left in the day. Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq will resume their innings. The former will be on strike and he will face Mitchell Starc. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • Yet another amazing session for Pakistan. They scored 110 runs in it and the openers are still there in the middle. Mohammad Hafeez notched up an impressive century on his comeback. His partner is a bit more cautious playing at 75 but he too has looked super impressive in his approach. The Australian bowlers have tried hard on this flat and slow pitch but without any luck. Hafeez's drop on 74 by Mitchell Marsh did not help their cause either. However, the track did start turning towards the end of the second session and their spinners will look to exploit the conditions post Tea. Overall, the Aussie bowlers would hope that things go their way in the last session and they manage to pick up a few wickets to just get back into the game. Currently, it's been all about the team from Asia.
  • 60.6 SIX! This is modern day cricket! Simply fearless. It was the last ball of this session but Imam does not care. He charges down the track to this tossed up ball on middle and off, he swings his bat and with the turn sends the nut sailing way into the stands behind deep mid-wicket. That's the end of another dominating session for Pakistan. THAT'S TEA ON DAY 1. 199/0
  • 60.5 Slower but a bit shorter on off, defended off the back foot by the left-hander.
  • 60.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 60.3 Imam dances down the track, as he has done numerous times today, does not get to the pitch of the ball and hence defends.
  • 60.2 A bit shorter of a full length, spinning sharply into Imam, the southpaw looking to punch it through the off side, gets cramped and ends up jabbing it back to the bowler.
  • 60.1 Slower and on middle, spinning in, Imam turns it into square leg.
  • 59.6 Another length ball around off, the batsman blocks it out. 193/0
  • 59.5 Shortens his length around off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 59.4 FOUR! Class, just class from Hafeez there. How elegant was that? Full and around off, Hafeez with that lazy approach of his, strokes it through covers, he literally just put bat to ball, it hits the middle and then races through wide mid off for a boundary.
  • 59.3 Goes very full outside off, Hafeez guides it square on the off side through point for a couple.
  • 59.2 Good ball! Angles it into the batsman from around the wicket. Hafeez defends it onto the ground.
  • 59.1 A yorker on off, the batsman jams it out.
  • 58.6 The comeback man leans forward and drives this fuller ball on middle and off to mid on. 186/0
  • 58.5 Hafeez flicks this full pitch ball on his pads to square leg with a wristy shot.
  • 58.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 58.3 Slower and on middle, turned it towards mid-wicket but no run on offer.
  • 58.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 58.1 Full on off, driven to mid on to get a single.
  • 57.6 FOUR! Hard Luck personified. Just not Australia's day it seems. Again a good length ball on off, lands and straighten. Hafeez plays the initial line and gets a outside edge which flies tantalizingly close to the right of the diving keeper for a boundary. Paine had no chance to grab that. Well bowled Starc. 185/0
  • 57.5 How unlucky is Starc? Hafeez tentatively drives this full ball on off a bit uppishly, but guess what? The ball has found the gap perfectly between the two short covers. The batsmen run a brace.
  • 57.4 On a good length and wide of off, Imam drives on the up and finds the gap in the cover region, gets a run for it. Nice shot for just a single.
  • 57.3 This ball is down the leg side but the southpaw still tries to flick it but misses.
  • 57.2 Full and fast on off, keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 57.1 Starc this time from over the wicket to the southpaw, keeps it very full around off, shaping into Imam, the left-hander keeps it out safely.
  • 56.6 Slower and full on off, blocked out off the front foot. 178/0
  • 56.5 A bit shorter in length spinning into Imam, the southpaw pulls it through square leg and jogs across for a single and retain strike.
  • 56.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.3 Fuller on off, driven to mid off for a single.
  • 56.2 What a comeback for Hafeez, he gets to his hundred! Holland fires this full length ball into Hafeez, the opener flicks this one nicely through mid-wicket to get a brace and reach his 10th Test century. Really good batting this from the experienced campaigner and it means a lot to him and his teammates. He receives a bear hug from the non-striker and all his teammates are up on their feet giving him a standing ovation. He deserves every bit of it as this might be one of his most fluent innings. However, complacency should not creep into him now. He should look to make it a daddy ton.
  • 56.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.6 The batsman has done well to keep that yorker at bay and the ball rolls towards mid-wicket and they get a run. 174/0
  • 55.5 FOUR! Fuller in length again around off, Hafeez half purposefully guides it fine through the slip cordon for a boundary. Streaky boundary for the right-hander.
  • 55.4 This around the wicket line seems to be troubling the batsman. He fires this one on a good length shaping into around off. Hafeez looks to play at it tentatively. The ball pitches and straightens a bit to beat the outside edge. Some encouragement for the pacer here.
  • 55.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.2 FOUR! Very full ball just outside off enticing the right-hander to go for the booming drive, gets a thick edge on it and flies past the left of the diving fielder at gully to cross the boundary at third man.
  • 55.1 Good length ball on off. Hafeez has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Mitchell Starc is back into the attack.
  • 54.6 Drives this full length ball through mid off and gets a run. 165/0
  • 54.5 Full on off, Hafeez, softly turns it into the mid-wicket region.
  • 54.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 54.3 Fuller in length around off, gives Hafeez the chance to drive through covers for another brace.
  • 54.2 Slower and fullish in length outside off, Hafeez waits and waits and at the last moment cuts it through third man to get a brace.
  • 54.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 53.6 Tossed up around off, pushed to covers to end the Lyon over. 160/0
  • 53.5 Short again around off, The southpaw this time makes some room and punches it into covers but still can't find the gap.
  • 53.4 Drags his length short, Imam goes back and cuts but straight to the man at backward third man.
  • 53.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 53.2 Slower and shorter than full length again, Hafeez goes back and punches this into the point region to collect a run.
  • 53.1 Tossed up around off, Imam pushes this towards covers to exchange strike.
  • 52.6 This time he goes back to the slower and shorter delivery and punches it to long on to retain strike in the next over. 158/0
  • 52.5 Charges down the track, does not reach to the pitch of the ball and does well to defend it in the end.
  • 52.4 Slower and fractionally shorter on off, Imam goes back and flicks it into the leg side.
  • 52.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 52.2 Tossed up around off, Haq drives it back to the bowler.
  • 52.1 Keeps it a bit shorter in length spinning into Imam, the southpaw whips it to square leg.
  • 51.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 157/0
  • 51.5 Slower and full length ball on off is stroked to mid on.
  • 51.4 A bit fuller around off, Imam lunges ahead and pushes it into covers to get a single.
  • 51.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 51.2 Is he Fine? Imam skips down the track, reaches well to the pitch of the ball and cracks an uppish cover drive. But unfortunately it hits Labuchagne. He seems to be fine.
  • 51.1 Tossed up around off from around the wicket, kept out off the front foot.
  • 50.6 Imam rocks back to this marginally shorter than full ball on off, cuts it towards point to get a run and retain strike. 156/0
  • 50.5 A bit slower and fuller, Hafeez pushes this into covers and gets off strike.
  • 50.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.3 Jon trying to tease Hafeez, but the right-hander has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 50.2 Strays down the leg, Hafeez tries to nudge it into the leg side but ends up playing it to the fielder there.
  • 50.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 49.6 Sees the opportunity to score some runs and cuts it towards point where Michell March dives and stops it. The batsmen have taken a single. 154/0
  • 49.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.4 Slower and fuller in length, Imam comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 49.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.2 A bit shorter in length, cut straight to point.
  • 49.1 FOUR! Excellent use of the feet. Sees the flight on this on, its in line with the leg stump, so he had to make some room while dancing down the track. He does so perfectly and gets under the ball to loft the drive over covers for a beautiful boundary.
  • 48.6 Tossed up on off, defended off the front foot. 150/0
  • 48.5 Full again on line with the stumps, Hafeez drives it back to the bowler.
  • 48.4 Hafeez taps this slower ball on off towards point.
  • 48.3 A bit flatter and fuller in length, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 48.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 48.1 Jon looking to tease Hafeez gives this one a bit more air and keeps it full, the right-hander drives it to mid off.
  • 47.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 150/0
  • 47.5 Imam charges down the track to get Lyon off his length but defends in the end.
  • 47.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 47.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 47.2 Slower and a bit shorter than full, Imam goes back and punches this to point.
  • 47.1 Tossed up on middle, Imam from within the crease keeps it out.
  • Nathan Lyon to roll his arm over. Change of ends for Lyon.
  • 46.6 Rocks back and cuts it uppishly through point for a single to end the over. The southpaw will retain strike. 150/0
  • 46.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 46.4 Flighted and fuller, Imam drives this to mid on.
  • 46.3 A bit shorter in length, Hafeez rocks back and cuts it to deep point for a single.
  • 46.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 46.1 Holland after the break starts off with a quicker one on Imam's pads, turning in. The southpaw just tickles it very fine on the leg side. The fielder does well to chase and saves a single for his team.
  • Drinks. Pakistan still going strong with runs coming at a decent pace. The Aussies might consider themselves a bit unlucky but their bowlers are toiling hard in the heat to get a breakthrough they desperately need.
  • 45.6 This time he nicely pushes the ball towards cover. 145/0
  • 45.5 In the air... but safe! Hafeez is somehow trying to get out here. Two poor shots in two overs. The last one was spilled and this one fortunately for him, falls in no man's land. It is the leg spinner from Labuschagne around off, Hafeez again dances down the track and tries to go over mid on. The ball however turns away, takes the leading edge and lands in the extra cover region for a brace. Imam needs to go upto his senior partner and have a chat and ask him to calm down a little.
  • 45.4 Fires it very full outside off, Imam hits it square on the off side for a run.
  • 45.3 Flatter and on off, Hafeez punches it through covers for a run.
  • 45.2 Very full on off, it is stroked to mid off.
  • 45.1 Works it with the turn through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 44.6 On the stumps, kept out. 140/0
  • 44.5 DROPPED AND FOUR! A tough chance but Australia need these to be taken. Especially now. A false stroke was drawn and it almost got them the breakthrough. Hafeez tries to take on the left-arm spinner as he uses his feet. Does not get to the pitch of the ball but still goes ahead with the shot. The ball turns away and hence does not come right off the middle. It goes uppishly towards long off. Mitchell Marsh there runs to his right, leaps, gets a hand to it but can't hang on. I feel he probably jumped a little early. Nevertheless a boundary for Hafeez.
  • 44.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 44.3 Loopy delivery again but it is a touch too full, the spin is out of contention and Hafeez strokes it back to the bowler.
  • 44.2 Tosses it up above the eye line around off, Hafeez drives it back to the bowler.
  • 44.1 Slower through the air on off, kept out.
  • Holland is brought back on. Double change by Australia.
  • 43.6 Full, very full on middle, Hafeez jams it out to long on for a run. So not a bad first over by the debutant. He has probably got the most out of the wicket in the one over he has bowled. 136/0
  • 43.5 Lands it around the leg pole, it pitches and then turns back into the southpaw. He tries to flick but misses. The ball hits his pads and goes down to fine leg and the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 43.4 Short and outside off, it sits up to be hit. Hafeez does not take full toll of it as he hits it towards sweeper cover for a run.
  • 43.3 Gives it air but ends up bowling it too full outside off, Imam strokes it through covers for a run.
  • 43.2 A little bit of turn there! He pitches it around off, it comes back in. Imam pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 43.1 Flatter and around off, Hafeez guides it through point for a run. Not a bad delivery to start with.
  • Marnus Labuschagne, the debutant, is into the attack. He is a part time leg spinner, trying everything here is Tim Paine.
  • 42.6 Slower and a bit shorter of full length on off. Haq, stuck in his crease, defends. 131/0
  • 42.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 42.4 FIFTY! Fires this down the leg side and Imam helps it toward fine leg to get a brace. Second half ton for the southpaw in Tests. He has grinded it out there in this heat and has built his innings nicely. There is a big score for the taking and he would not want to miss out here.
  • 42.3 FOUR! Classic! That's confidence personified. Lyon gives this one air, Haq comes down the track and drives superbly through covers for an excellent boundary.
  • 42.2 A bit shorter this one, allows Hafeez to go back, open the bat face and guide it to the third man region to pick up a single.
  • 42.1 Tossed up ball around off, Hafeef comes forward and defends
  • 41.6 This is too easy for the batters. Hafeez guides it through point and gets to the other end. 124/0
  • 41.5 Shortish on off, Imam punches it to covers for a run.
  • 41.4 Back of a length around off, Imam guides it to point.
  • 41.3 Late movement but the ball it is from middle, Hafeez tries to flick but the ball misses the bat, hits the pads and goes towards square leg. There is a muted appeal from the players as the batsmen cross over. The umpire shakes his head and does not signal a leg bye. So, there might be an inside edge.
  • 41.2 On the pads, Imam tries to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls down to fine leg and the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 41.1 On a length around off, Hafeez opens the face of the bat and guides it through point for a run.
  • 40.6 Clips it through mid-wicket, finds the gap this time and takes a run. 119/0
  • 40.5 Gives it air this time but it is a touch short. Hafeez flicks it towards Shaun Marsh at mid-wicket. He dives to his right and saves a single.
  • 40.4 Flighted delivery on off, Hafeez blocks it out.
  • 40.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.2 Tosses it up again on off, Hafeez is solid in defense.
  • 40.1 Loopy ball on middle, Hafeez works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 39.6 Around off, kept out. A maiden by Siddle. 118/0
  • 39.5 Goes fuller again, Imam with the angle strokes it to mid on.
  • 39.4 In the 5th stump channel, Imam plays it with an angled bat towards gully.
  • 39.3 Attacks the off stump again, Imam keeps it out. So, good bowling this by Siddle, he is keeping it very tight.
  • 39.2 Good length outside off, the batsman guides it towards gully who makes a good stop.
  • 39.1 On a length around off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 38.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 118/0
  • 38.5 Fires it on off, no turn against the right-hander. Hafeez blocks it out.
  • 38.4 Darts it on middle, Imam with the angle works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 38.3 Slows it up on off, Imam defends it off the front foot.
  • 38.2 Tries to bowl a similar ball but gets no turn on this one. Imam pushes it to covers.
  • 38.1 BEAUTY! First real sign of the ball doing something for the offie. He tosses it up around off, it pitches and then turns away sharply. Imam goes back and tries to defend but is beaten by the away turn.
  • 37.6 Around off, kept out with the utmost ease. 117/0
  • 37.5 On the fuller side outside off, Imam drives it square on the off side for a run. There is a man in the deep which means Paine now is looking to save some runs also, which he has to.
  • 37.4 Fullish and it tails back in a touch. The southpaw hits it to mid on.
  • 37.3 Finds the man at square leg with the flick shot.
  • 37.2 Fuller again on off, Imam strokes it to mid off.
  • 37.1 Back of a length on off, the batsman keeps it out,
  • 36.6 FOUR! Seeing the ball like a football out there is Hafeez. It is short and asking to be hit. Hafeez says thank you so much and he pulls it over mid-wicket for another boundary. Second in the over. 116/0
  • 36.5 Hafeez with the turn works it to mid-wicket.
  • 36.4 He has slowed it up since that boundary and is also tossing it up on off. Hafeez keeps it out.
  • 36.3 Tosses it up on off, Hafeez lunges and keeps it out.
  • 36.2 FOUR! DEFT! Lyon once again bowls it quicker but there is width on offer. Hafeez waits for it and then guides it very late through backward point for a boundary.
  • 36.1 Flatter on off, Hafeez defends it off the back foot.
  • 35.6 FOUR LEG BYES! Sloppy from Paine! He should have stopped that. On the pads, Imam tries to flick but misses, the ball brushes the pads and goes underneath the glove of the diving Paine and into the fine leg fence. 108/0
  • 35.5 Fullish on off, Imam times it towards the man at covers. Is unable to find the gap.
  • 35.4 Hits the length around middle, the batsman blocks it. No signs of any movement for Siddle and at his pace and on a slow wicket, it gets too easy for a batter.
  • 35.3 Bowls it fuller once again on the pads, Imam flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 35.2 Fuller in length on middle, Imam strokes it to mid on.
  • 35.1 Starts off with a shorter delivery outside off, Hafeez guides it through point and gets to the other end.
  • Just a short burst for Mitchell Starc as Peter Siddle is into the attack.
  • 34.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 103/0
  • 34.5 The straighter one on off, Imam once again off the back foot pushes it to covers.
  • 34.4 Slightly shorter in length, Imam goes back and punches it to covers.
  • 34.3 On the stumps, Imam keeps it out.
  • 34.2 Uses his feet again but Lyon spots it. He shortens the length and Imam adjusts and guides it to point. Well bowled and well played in the end.
  • 34.1 FOUR! Up and over! Excellent use of the feet. This time he gets to the pitch of the ball and hits it over mid on for a boundary. Moves into the 40s now. Hundred up for Pakistan, without losing any wicket. They will be delighted with this start.
  • 33.6 Crisply driven! On the up and through covers for a brace. There are two short covers but Hafeez is finding the gap with ease. 99/0
  • 33.5 Another bouncer but this just does not bounce. It is down the leg side and over Hafeez as he ducks under it.
  • 33.4 Fuller in length on off, the batsman strokes it to mid off.
  • 33.3 A poor ball and a poor shot to follow! Short and wide, width on offer outside off. Hafeez feels there is a boundary in the offering. He goes for a cut shot but loosely and gets beaten.
  • 33.2 Angles this into the pads, Hafeez nudges it towards mid-wicket.
  • 33.1 Good length around off, Hafeez blocks it out.
  • 32.6 Hafeez with the turn works it towards mid-wicket for a run. So similar story after the break for Lyon, no purchase off the surface. 97/0
  • 32.5 Another loopy ball on off, MH strokes it to mid off.
  • 32.4 Flighted ball on off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 32.3 FOUR! In the gap! Lovely sweep shot. He hits it right in the gap between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 32.2 Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the delivery. He pushes it towards mid off for a quick run.
  • 32.1 Loopy ball on off, Imam defends it onto the ground.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl from the other end. A slip, short leg and a silly point in place.
  • 31.6 On a length around off, MH keeps it out. 91/0
  • 31.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 31.4 Fifty for Hafeez on return into the team, his 13th in this format. He gets there with a beautifully timed stroke through covers for a brace. He also wanted a third but was rightly sent back by his partner. He then raises the bat towards the dressing room and soaks in the applause. He has looked very fluent throughout and is all set to make it big now.
  • 31.3 Comes around the wicket now, he angles it into the batter, hoping for the ball to pitch and go away. It does not though as it keeps coming in with the angle. Hafeez defends it.
  • 31.2 Very full and wide outside off, Hafeez makes a leave.
  • 31.1 Starts off with a back of a length delivery around off, Hafeez guides it to point.
  • We are all set to get the post Lunch session underway. The umpires followed by the Aussies make their way to the middle. The Pakistan openers, Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq, stride out to the center with the right-hander on strike. Mitchell Starc to get the procedings off the mark, post Lunch.
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • Australia on the other hand, have bowled tightly but without any success. Lyon impressed the most and he will probably be the bowler who might bowl the most amount of overs for them. However, one good thing is Starc has found a little, just a little amount of reverse swing which they hope will work in their favor. The Aussies will want a couple of quick wickets after the break. Join us in a bit to find out what is in store after Lunch.
  • So, a wicket-less session means Pakistan will be the happier side heading into the break. It has all gone right for them right from the toss. They elected to bat in batting friendly conditions and their openers have made full use of it. They have looked solid till now with Hafeez just two short of his half ton on return. Pakistan would hope for the duo to continue and lay the foundation for a big first innings score.
  • 30.6 Tossed up and on off, Hafeez gets his weight on his front foot and eases it to long on for an easy single to end a wonderful session for Pakistan. THAT'S LUNCH. 89/0
  • 30.5 Skips down again and drives to the right of mid off to get off strike.
  • 30.4 Unfazed by the situation is the southpaw, comes down the track and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 30.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 30.2 Gets down on his knee and sweeps it to deep square leg for a single. A risky shot this for just a run.
  • 30.1 Tossed up on off, Hafeez lunges forward to defend it.
  • 29.6 Fuller, quicker and straighter from the left-arm quick, Imam blocks it out off the back foot. Starc trying his best in this heat to get a breakthrough. 86/0
  • 29.5 Imam picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 29.4 Nice bowling by Starc! He is attacking the stumps, any error by the batsman and he will be in the game. Length ball on the stumps , kept out from the crease.
  • 29.3 Similar delivery, this time Imam looks to push this one straight but the angle into him results in an inside edge for the ball to roll towards square leg.
  • 29.2 Good length ball angling onto his pads, The southpaw flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 29.1 TOE CRUSHER! Starc from over the wicket fires in a pinch perfect yorker with some late dip in, Imam does really well to dig it out. Shows how settled are the batsmen there.
  • 28.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Lyon has already completed 11 overs in the first session itself. Australia is depending a lot on him here. 86/0
  • 28.5 Similar ball and similarly stroked to covers by Hafeez.
  • 28.4 Tossed up fuller on off, Hafeez drives it politely to covers
  • 28.3 Similar delivery but this time the southpaw taps it into the square leg region to get a single.
  • 28.2 Strays down the leg side here Lyon, Imam tries to flick but misses.
  • 28.1 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Unlucky Australia! They will definitely want some luck to go their way on this flat pitch. Starc dishes out yet another full pitch ball outside off, Hafeez goes after it and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies through the vacant gully region and into the third man fence. 85/0
  • 27.5 Fuller and just outside off, Hafeez strokes this to mid off. Looking really good these two.
  • 27.4 Using his height and speed here is the left-arm pacer. He bangs this a bit shorter and gets it to rise on Hafeez who does well to get on his toes and keep it out.
  • 27.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 27.2 A bit shorter on good length on off, Hafeez punches it to covers.
  • 27.1 Whipped! Starc tries the toe-crusher but dishes in a half volley on Hafeez's pads, the opener flicks it nonchalantly through mid-wicket to get a brace.
  • 26.6 Tossed up on middle, Imam looks to turn it into the off side but gets a leading edge towards covers. Nice testing over by the offie. 79/0
  • 26.5 Defended off the front foot by Imam presenting the full face of the bat. Not taking any undue risk.
  • 26.4 A bit slower and straighter this one, Hafeez nicely waits for it to arrive and closes his bat face to tuck it towards square leg to get a run.
  • 26.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 26.2 Flighted and full on middle and off, Imam lunges forward looking to block but gets an inside edge to backward square leg to get off strike.
  • 26.1 Tossed up on off, Imam gets forward and keeps it out.
  • 25.6 Bumper! Starc bounces this one to surprise the batter, but Hafeez ducks under it comfortably. 77/0
  • 25.5 Similar length but a bit wide of off, Hafeez leans across and drives into the cover-point region but cannot find the gap.
  • 25.4 Very full and fast on off, Hafeez drives this crisply but straight to mid off.
  • 25.3 Fires this outside off after bowling two on the stumps, wanted Hafeez to go after it but the right-hander shoulders arms.
  • 25.2 Similar delivery, defended off the back foot by the comeback man.
  • 25.1 Australia will hope for Starc to make a mark and get a breakthrough. Starts with a length ball on middle and off, Hafeez defends from the crease.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on.
  • 24.6 Tossed up again on middle and off, defended off the front foot. 77/0
  • 24.5 Imam has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 24.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 24.3 The southpaw dances down the track but decides to defend it. Intent on show here. Really nice this from the Asian team.
  • 24.2 Hafeez rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball into covers to change strike.
  • 24.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 23.6 FOUR! SHOT! Marginally shorter in length but Imam has got his eye in well. He won't let such balls go. Imam rocks back and cuts it fiercely thorugh point for a cracking boundary. 9 from this one. 76/0
  • 23.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.4 Tossed up on off, driven to mid on.
  • 23.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 23.2 FOUR! Beautiful! Just so pleasing to the eyes this. Holland gives it a bit more air, Imam seeing this dances down the track and strokes it past the right of mid off for a superb boundary.
  • 23.1 Flighted and a bit shorter than the fuller length, Hafeez blocks it from within his crease.
  • 22.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 67/0
  • 22.5 Goes for the sweep again but mistimes it, no run.
  • 22.4 His patience gives up as he kneels and sweeps this fuller delivery on middle to the backward square leg region to get a single.
  • 22.3 Tossed up on off again, Hafeez comes forward with a big stride and defends it comfortably.
  • 22.2 Hafeef lunges forward and keeps this full ball out.
  • 22.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 21.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 66/0
  • 21.5 A bit quicker and just outside off, seeing this Imam opens the bat face at the last moment and runs it down to the third man region to get a brace.
  • 21.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.3 The pair is not letting any loose ball go by, their intent is commendable. Holland again keeps it a bit short outside off, Imam punches it into cover-point to pick up a run. Rotating the strike along with hitting boundaries once in a while, this pair.
  • 21.2 Tossed up on middle and leg, Hafeez waits back and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 21.1 Holland starts with a quicker one on Imam's pads, the southpaw flicks it to deep backward square leg to get off strike.
  • 20.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/0
  • 20.5 Shorter in length again is the offie, Hafeez goes back and punches it through covers to pick up a brace.
  • 20.4 Tossed up again in line of the stumps, Hafeez blocks it out.
  • 20.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 20.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 20.1 FOUR! CRACKED! That will please Mohammad Hafeez. Lyon drags his length a bit and bowls it a bit wide of off, Hafeez immediately rocks back seeing the scoring opportunity and cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 19.6 Flighted on off, defended off the front foot. 56/0
  • 19.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 19.4 Tossed up on middle and off, Hafeez flicks it into the square leg region to pick up a single.
  • 19.3 Dances down the track, drives it to mid on for a quick single. A single after a maximum, clever stuff from Imam.
  • 19.2 SIX! BOOM! 50 up for Pakistan, exactly the start they would have wanted after electing to bat. Holland tosses this up again, Imam skips down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and whacks it over wide long on for the first biggie of the match. Nice batting this by the two openers.
  • 19.1 Full on off, Imam keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 18.6 Defended off the back foot by Hafeez. 48/0
  • 18.5 The southpaw gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it into the gap in the mid-wicket region to get a single.
  • 18.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 18.3 A bit shorter in length and Imam goes for the cut but cannot does not connect well and finds point.
  • 18.2 Tossed up on off, batsman prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 18.1 Keeps it tight again, Imam shows good patience as he blocks it off the front foot.
  • 17.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 47/0
  • 17.5 Slower and full on off, stroked to mid on.
  • 17.4 Dances down the track and this time Hafeez goes through with the shot, he ends up dragging it a bit uppishly to the right of mid on, the fielder there makes a good stop with a dive. The batsmen take a run.
  • 17.3 Fuller again and stroked to mid off.
  • 17.2 Comes down the track again, does not get to the pitch and ends up blocking it.
  • 17.1 Flighted and full on off, driven to mid on.
  • 16.6 Tossed up on off, driven through mid off by the batsman. 45/0
  • 16.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.4 Tossed up on off, Imam prods forward to defend, the ball lands and goes with the arm, Hafeez playing for some spin gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 16.3 A bit flatter and quicker from Lyon, Imam goes back and defends.
  • 16.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.1 Lyon tosses it up on middle. Imam skips down the track and drives it to mid on. Looking to be aggressive and put pressure on the spinner here is Imam.
  • 15.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 45/0
  • 15.5 Hafeez gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 15.4 A bit short this and it gives Imam time to tap it into the point region and change strike.
  • 15.3 Full on of, stroked to mid on.
  • 15.2 Much fuller on off, Imam uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives to mid off.
  • 15.1 Holland continues after the break and bowls a loopy full pitched delivery outside off, spins and turns into Imam who defends off the front foot.
  • Drinks! So a good hour of play for Pakistan! They have seen out the new ball and now both the openers look set. They would want to cash in on the start they have got. Also the wicket looks very true with the ball coming onto the bat nicely. Australia on the other hand, need a breakthrough, they have spinners on from both the ends at the moment and Paine will hope the spin-twins can do the job for them.
  • 14.6 From around the wicket, Lyon fires it on off, the batsman keeps it out. 44/0
  • 14.5 Flatter and shorter in length outside off, Imam cuts it through cover-point and takes a run.
  • 14.4 Floats it around off, Imam prods forward and defends it.
  • 14.3 A little turn from outside off, Hafeez waits for the ball to do its bit and then tucks it through square leg for a run.
  • 14.2 Flatter and on off, kept out.
  • 14.1 FOUR! First runs off Lyon and it is a beautiful boundary! Pays the price of bowling it too full. Hafeez plants his front foot across and strokes it through covers.
  • 13.6 Slightly shorter this time on middle, MH flicks it through square leg for a run. An expensive start by Holland. Not a lot of assistance for him as well in his first. 38/0
  • 13.5 First good delivery by Holland! He tosses it up on off, Hafeez lunges and keeps it out.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Hafeez loves using his feet to the spinners and does it really well here. Dances down the track, makes it into a full toss and whacks it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 13.3 Very full on the pads, Hafeez tucks it around the corner for a brace.
  • 13.2 Gives it air around leg stump, Hafeez works it to mid-wicket.
  • 13.1 Loopy ball outside off, it is a little too full. Imam times it through covers for a run.
  • Spin from both ends now. It was just a matter of time. Nothing whatsoever in this pitch at the moment. Let's see how Jon Holland bowls. He has a slip in place.
  • 12.6 Fires it on off, Hafeez goes back and guides it to point. So another over in which Lyon has not conceded a run. 3-3-0-0 is how his figures read. 30/0
  • 12.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 12.4 Another flatter delivery and Hafeez once again keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 12.3 Flatter and quicker on off, it comes back in. Hafeez keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 12.2 Flighted ball on off, Hafeez eases it to mid off.
  • 12.1 Floats it up on off, Hafeez keeps it out.
  • 11.6 Bowls from around the wicket to the left-hander and spears it very full. Imam drives it towards short covers who deflects it to mid off. 30/0
  • 11.5 Another single as Hafeez once again flicks it in the same region as the last ball.
  • 11.4 Runs, after 24 balls for Pakistan. It is on the pads, Hafeez works it around the corner and collects a brace.
  • 11.3 Goes full again on middle, Hafeez wrists it to mid on.
  • 11.2 On a length and around off, kept out.
  • 11.1 Fullish on middle, Hafeez strokes it to mid on.
  • 10.6 A dot to end! So back-to-back maidens for Lyon and three in a row for Australia. Imam uses his feet but yorks himself. He jams it out to mid off. 27/0
  • 10.5 Brilliant by Lyon, all the 5 balls he has bowled has been in the same region. Imam can do nothing but keep it out.
  • 10.4 Gives it air this time on middle, Imam is solid in defense.
  • 10.3 Floats it up on middle, kept out.
  • 10.2 Stump-to-stump line again, Imam blocks it out.
  • 10.1 Flighted ball on middle, Imam defends it out.
  • 9.6 Again on off, Hafeez is solid in defense. So back-to-back maidens for Australia. 27/0
  • 9.5 Another length ball around off, the batsman defends it.
  • 9.4 A loopy bouncer this time, Hafeez comfortably ducks under it.
  • 9.3 Around off, Hafeez easily defends it out.
  • 9.2 Fuller in length again on middle, MH times it to mid on.
  • 9.1 Fullish on middle, it is driven to mid on.
  • 8.6 Another floated ball on middle, Imam blocks it out. So a maiden to begin with for Lyon, however, no turn on offer for him. Maybe because the ball is quite new. 27/0
  • 8.5 Better by the southpaw! Plays this with soft hands and defends it onto the ground.
  • 8.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 8.3 Aerial for a while again! Get in a silly point as well? Lyon bowls a loopy ball on middle, Imam defends it with hard hands.
  • 8.2 Floats it up on middle, Imam lunges and blocks it out. It was uppish again.
  • 8.1 DROPPED! Technically a drop! A very tough chance that. It is bowled on the pads, Imam flicks it towards the leg side. It is uppish and the ball hits the fielder at short leg who fails to react in time. Those just have to stick in your hands or between the legs or somewhere.
  • So as expected, Nathan Lyon is into the attack. Early change by Australia, it will be interesting to see if he gets some turn.
  • 7.6 Attacks the off pole again, Hafeez gets right behind the line and blocks it out. 27/0
  • 7.5 Goes wide of the crease and bowls it around off, Hafeez keeps it out.
  • 7.4 Works it towards square leg with the angle for a run.
  • 7.3 A good bouncer on middle, Imam ducks out of it.
  • Nathan Lyon is seen warming up. With not a lot of assistance off the deck for the pacers, we may see the offie in action soon.
  • 7.2 Just ahead of a length around off, it is driven towards mid on.
  • 7.1 Lands it on a length around off, kept out.
  • 6.6 A little too wide outside off, left alone. Starc needs to bowl it a touch closer, like he did in his last over. This over was a touch wayward. 26/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Short and wide outside off, Hafeez pounces on the width offered and cuts it through point for a boundary. Good batting here, he is ensuring he puts away the bad balls, not many served by Starc though.
  • 6.4 Another ball full and wide outside off, enticing the batsman to go for. Hafeez shows good patience and points his bat skywards.
  • 6.3 Bowls the sucker ball, full and wide outside off, wanting Hafeez to go for a loose shot. The batter resists and lets it be.
  • 6.2 Well bowled! Tries the yorker which he bowls so well. It comes out well but Hafeez just at the end jams it out towards square leg.
  • 6.1 Good length around off, Hafeez leaves it.
  • 5.6 Length ball to end, it is kept out. So no swing on offer, not a lot of bounce. The wicket looks an absolute belter after the first six. 22/0
  • 5.5 Fullish on off, Imam strokes it back towards the bowler who makes a half-stop.
  • 5.4 FOUR! CRACKED! Full and wide outside off, it is asking to be hit. Imam does exactly that as he crashes it through the cover-point region and the ball races away.
  • 5.3 The batsman gets up on his toes to play that one.
  • 5.2 Fuller on off, stroked to mid off.
  • 5.1 Back of a length around off, Imam stands tall and keeps it out.
  • 4.6 EDGED BUT JUST SHORT! Lovely way to end the over by Starc. Around off and on a length, angling away again. Hafeez plays inside the line, the ball takes the outside edge and lands just short of the second slip fielder. It was a genuine edge but due to the slow nature of the wicket the ball did not carry, very tough to position yourself here in the slip cordon, difficult to understand where to stand. 18/0
  • 4.5 FOUR LEG BYES! The bumper on middle, it was not that short, Hafeez tries to duck under it. It hits his helmet and crosses the fine leg fence.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Top shot! This was slightly fuller than the last delivery and hence, Hafeez got it right off the middle. He lunges and strokes it through extra cover for a boundary. His first.
  • 4.3 BEATEN! A nothing shot there by Hafeez. Starc bowls it full and around off, not very full though, it was just behind a driving length. Hafeez goes at it away from his body, luckily for him he gets beaten.
  • 4.3 NO BALL but a beauty! Starc oversteps there, maybe in search of some extra pace. He lands it around off and then gets it to slant away. Hafeez has to play at it but is beaten by the away angle and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 4.2 On a length around off, angling away from the batter. Hafeez leaves it alone.
  • 4.1 Strays on the pads, Imam flicks it towards fine leg and takes one.
  • 3.6 Better! This was on the off pole, Hafeez blocks it out. 8/0
  • 3.5 Another one a little too wide to make the batsman play. Siddle needs to bowl it a little closer to the off pole.
  • 3.4 Slightly shorter in length on off, Hafeez punches it to covers.
  • 3.3 Good delivery and good carry on this one! Siddle bowls it in the 5th stump channel. Hafeez lets it be and Paine collects it at a good height.
  • 3.2 Angles this into the pads, Hafeez works it to mid-wicket.
  • 3.1 Another length ball outside off, it has been left alone.
  • 2.6 Fullish again on off, Imam times it to mid on. The southpaw has played the full deliveries well till now. It is the shorter ones which have caused him problems. 8/0
  • 2.5 OHHHH! Good pace there by Starc. It was bowled at around, 144 kph. It was banged in on a length around off, it comes back in. Imam tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 2.4 Back of a length around off, coming back in. Imam chops it to the second slip fielder.
  • 2.3 Full on off, the southpaw times it to mid off.
  • 2.2 On the shorter side down the leg side, Imam tries to flick it fine but misses.
  • 2.1 First runs off the middle. Does not reach the boundary as the outfield seemed quite slow there. It was full and it comes back in, Hafeez flicks it through mid-wicket and runs three.
  • 1.6 Good length around off, kept out. 5 from the over but it was a good one from Siddle, hit the right lines and also found the edges but they went for runs. 5/0
  • 1.5 A little too wide outside off to make the batsman play.
  • 1.4 Goes fuller this time around off, Imam-ul-Haq strokes it to mid off.
  • 1.3 Just behind a length around off, Imam lunges and blocks it out.
  • 1.2 EDGY FOUR! So all the runs till now for Pakistan are courtesy the edges. Imam gets off the mark with a boundary, it is also the first of the innings. Siddle bowls it fuller around off, it slants away with the angle. Imam tries to drive but gets an outside edge between slip and gully for a boundary. However, had there been a third slip not sure if it would have carried. You need to stand a little more closer than normal here in Dubai as the bounce here is not that much.
  • 1.1 Almost strikes off his very first delivery! Just like Starc, Siddle too starts with a very good delivery. Length ball around off, it shapes away a touch. Hafeez plays inside the line, the ball takes the inside edge and goes past the leg pole and down to fine leg for a run. Pakistan are away but not in convincing manner.
  • Peter Siddle to bowl from the other end. Making a comeback in the team is the veteran, just like the batsman he is bowling to. A slight issue with the sightscreen here and hence the delay. The issue is solved and we are ready yo go.
  • 0.6 A good nut to end the first over! A maiden. On a length and around off, Imam gets right behind the line and blocks it out. So no swing visible after the first delivery, quite expected that. 0/0
  • 0.5 Loses his radar for the second time in the over as he bowls it way outside off. Imam need not play at those, at least not this early in his innings.
  • 0.4 Good change in length! A bumper and a good one. Imam does well to evade it.
  • 0.3 Drags his length back this time and hits the deck hard but bowls it down the leg side. Imam tries to flick but misses.
  • 0.2 Goes full again but there is only a hint of movement available. Imam confidently strokes it to covers. It was a good shot that, shows that the southpaw is in good touch.
  • 0.1 Good start from Starc! No warm up deliveries by him. He lands it on a length around off, also gets it to shape away a touch. Imam lunges and defends it.
  • We are all set for the action to begin. The players make their way out to the middle and are followed by the Pakistan openers, Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez. The former will be on strike and he will be facing Mitchell Starc who has the brand new cherry in hand. He has a tendency to pick a wicket in the first over. Can he do so here? He has two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • TOSS - Pakistan have won the toss and they opt to bat first. Quite a few debutants today. One for Pakistan as Bilal Asif will play his first game, whereas three for Australia - Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
  • The hosts will be charged up for this series, especially after their shock exit in the Asia Cup. Sarfraz Ahmed will be eager to prove he is a worthy captain. They enter into contest as favorites as they play in familiar conditions. Australia though will not let it easy. Yes, they are a new look side, missing quite a few key players but the ones getting the opportunity will want to prove their mettle. Stay tuned for the all-important Day 1.
  • The wait is over, two teams who are on a mission, one to prove they are still a force to reckon without their two aces, Smith and Warner and other to show the world that they belong amongst the elites in this format. Pakistan and Australia, the two, lock horns here in Dubai for the first of the two-match Test series. Hello and welcome to the coverage.

Pakistan Vs Australia Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Pakistan now have a huge advantage and they would look to build on that. Still quite a lot of time to go and the hosts will try to bat out Australia (if they haven't already). Australia, on the flip side, will have to do both, contain runs and also take wickets regularly to stand a chance. We have another 17 overs left today. Let us see what happens next...
  • Now, who did the job for Pakistan? Any guesses? No, it is not Yasir Shah, it is the debutant who has made a huge, huge impact. Bilal Asif spun a web around the Australian batsmen and picked up a 6-fer. Abbas, too, was excellent as he finished with 4. Yasir Shah also bowled well but was a touch unlucky. Wahab Riaz did not get a long run with the ball but still looked off-colour.
  • One wicket changed the whole complexion of this game. Abbas struck early after Lunch when he removed Finch with a perfectly sorted out plan. Shaun Marsh and Khawaja soon followed and once the latter was dismissed, the rest fell like a pack of cards. None of the batters, except for the top two crossed the 20-run mark. Three Australian batsmen failed to register a run, out of which two were debutants (Head and Labuschagne). A very sorry batting display by them.
  • SO, PAKISTAN HAVE NOT ENFORCED THE FOLLOW-ON! Which means they will come out to bat with a massive lead of 280 runs. Who would have thought that when Finch and Khawaja were batting? The two looked at ease with both getting to their half tons. The duo stitched a 142-run stand and at that time, Australia looked like they would too post a big first innings total.
  • 83.3 OUT! There was a fielder for the sweep shot and Lyon finds him to perfection. Asif picks up a 6-fer on debut. He tosses this up around middle, Lyon goes for the sweep, connects well but does not keep it down. It goes straight to the fielder at square leg, Azhar Ali there takes it and that is the end of the Australian innings. They have been bowled out for 202.
  • 83.2 Works it with the turn to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 83.1 The doosra again on off, Lyon goes back and first thinks of defending it but seeing it turn away, he pulls his bat out.
  • 82.6 No he does not! Goes for another full, in-dipping delivery but errs in line. It is too much down the leg side. Holland tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. A stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire. 202/9
  • Jon Holland is the last man in.
  • 82.5 OUT! TIMBER! Four-fer for Abbas. Full and swinging back in from outside off, Siddle goes for the drive by leaving a huge gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and disturbs the furniture behind. The end is nigh for Australia. Abbas on the other hand, has one ball in this over to get a fifer. Will he do so?
  • 82.4 Fullish on middle, it is played to mid on.
  • 82.3 A huge appeal but not given! Going down leg again! Coming back in a bit too much from middle and it is a little too full. Siddle tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 82.2 Good length again around off, it comes back in a touch. Siddle tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 82.1 Good length on off, kept out.
  • 81.6 Another doosra around off, Siddle tries to defend but gets an outside edge through short third man for a run. 202/8
  • 81.5 Another missed stumping! This one was tougher though. It had a big deflection on its way. Siddle uses his feet and tries to go over the top. He misses and the ball hits his pads and goes towards the right of Sarfraz. He was initially moving to his left and then fails to adjust. The ball goes down to third man and the batsmen take two byes. The umpire did not spot it hitting the pads.
  • 81.4 Fires it on off, Siddle tries to defend but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 81.3 Floats it up on middle, Siddle gets behind the line and blocks it.
  • 81.2 Another offie on middle, Siddle swings but misses to get hit on the pads. Sarfraz appeals and Bilal then joins in. The umpire though shakes his head. Going down.
  • 81.1 Floats it up on middle, Siddle blocks it out.
  • 80.6 Lands it on a length once again, Lyon defends it. Keeps hitting the good length area, Abbas. Very tidy and his figures show how good he has been today! 199/8
  • 80.5 FOUR! Handy runs these but they need a lot more! Length ball around off, Lyon pushes at it away from his body. He gets an outside edge through the vacant slip region and into the third man fence.
  • 80.4 Good length around off, Lyon pushes it to covers.
  • 80.3 Again plants his front foot right across and works the in-dipper towards mid-wicket. He needs to connect or he is an LBW candidate.
  • 80.2 Just got an inside edge there or Abbas would have had his 4th. Full and this one comes back in very late. Lyon has his front foot planted across and tried to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 80.1 Another good length delivery on off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 79.6 Flatter delivery on off, kept out. 195/8
  • 79.5 Siddle tries to copy what his partner is doing but does not succeed. He misses to get hit on his arm. There is an appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 79.4 Again sweeps it well towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 79.3 Dances down the track and strokes it towards mid off for a single.
  • 79.2 The doosra on middle, Siddle tries to flick, closes the bat face a touch early and gets a soft leading edge towards mid off.
  • 79.1 Brings the sweep shot out, Lyon's favorite shot. He connects well towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 78.6 On the pads, Lyon misses the flick, the ball brushes the pads and goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a leg bye. 192/8
  • 78.5 In the 5th stump channel, Lyon keeps it out.
  • Nathan Lyon walks out to face the heat. 100th innings for him.
  • 78.4 OUT! 8th one down! Abbas gets his third and Starc does not trouble the scorers. Abbas angles this into the off pole which means the batter has to play at it. Gets it to leave after pitching. Starc plays inside the line and the ball kisses the outside edge before going low towards Sarfraz who dives forward and takes a good catch. Third Australian batsman to bag a duck in this innings. 92 more needed to avoid the follow-on.
  • 78.3 Goes after a wide delivery outside off but due to the lack of bounce, it hits the bottom part of the bat and goes to point.
  • 78.2 Around the off pole, Starc makes a leave.
  • 78.1 NICE SHOT! Slightly on the shorter side, Siddle stands tall and punches it through covers for a three.
  • 77.6 A similar ball but this time Starc plays inside the line and lets it be. 188/7
  • 77.5 Lovely bowling! Slower through the air outside off, it drifts in. Starc pushes out at the ball but it turns and whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 77.4 Slower through the air a little too wide outside off, left alone.
  • 77.3 Flatter on the pads, Siddle flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 77.2 Close shave! Siddle goes for the sweep but he drags it a little, the ball goes close past the leg pole and towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 77.1 Tosses it up on off, Siddle lunges and keeps it out.
  • 76.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. Dot ball to end the over. 185/7
  • 76.5 On the fuller side, Starc strokes it to covers again.
  • 76.4 Starc strokes it on the up to the man at covers.
  • 76.3 On a length around off, defended.
  • 76.2 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • 76.1 Goes fuller in length on the pads, Siddle flicks it through fine leg and gets to the other end.
  • 75.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. End of another successful over. 184/7
  • 75.5 A little too full outside off, it is stroked to covers.
  • 75.4 The other one this time, it pitches and goes away. Siddle tries to defend but the ball takes the edge and goes towards short third man for a run.
  • 75.3 Extra bounce! Flatter and on the pads, this one takes off after pitching. Siddle lifts his gloves out of the way and the ball hits him on the body and goes towards the short leg fielder. He takes it and lets out another appeal but the umpire is not interested.
  • 75.2 Floats it up on middle, Siddle strokes it to mid on.
  • Peter Siddle is the new man in.
  • 75.1 OUT! There is a spike on Snicko and the umpire is asked to stay with his decision. Bilal Asif gets a fifer on debut. He is making a name for himself. Gets rid of the Australian skipper cheaply. Another off spinner pitching outside leg, Paine tries to flick but the ball seems to have taken an inside edge onto his pads. It lobs towards Imam at short leg who takes it and appeals. The umpire, after giving it a thought, raises his finger. Paine is not sure whether he has hit it or not and walks up to the non-striker. He goes for a review after a chat but the replays show that there is bat involved. Australia lose their last recognized batsman and are reeling.
  • Paine has been caught at short leg. He has been given out by the umpire. He though is not sure whether he hit it or not, walks up to his partner and after a chat reviews.
  • Bilal Asif is into the attack. So just the one over for Azhar Ali.
  • 74.6 A little too wide outside off, MS shoulders arms to it. End of a brilliant over by Abbas, a wicket maiden. 183/6
  • 74.5 Attacks the stumps, Starc keeps it out.
  • 74.4 BEATEN! Not a shot you want to play first up but that is how Starc plays, he will go after anything in his zone. Full and outside off, swinging away. Starc goes for the drive through the off side but gets beaten.
  • Mitchell Starc is the new man in. He is no mug with the bat and can tonk a few.
  • 74.3 OUT! That is plumb in front! Abbas strikes in his first over after the break to put Australia further on the back foot. Excellent in-dipper from him from outside off, it tails back in late. Marsh does not get his bat down in time and the ball hits him on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Marsh too starts walking as he knows he is a goner. Pakistan are into the tail now, they need another 100 runs to avoid the follow-on.
  • 74.2 Very little movement into the batsman from around off, Marsh defends it again.
  • 74.1 Good length delivery around off, it comes back in a touch. Marsh blocks it out.
  • Mohammad Abbas to bowl from the other end. Strange the ball is not given to Bilal.
  • 73.6 Flatter around off, this is a touch quicker, Paine punches it to the man at covers. 183/5
  • 73.5 Another single! Too short is Ali here, Marsh goes back and punches it through covers for a run.
  • 73.4 Misfield! Lazy that from the fielder! It was pushed towards him at covers, he does not get down quickly and it goes towards the sweeper for a run.
  • 73.3 Sarfraz gets in a second slip seeing the last delivery but Ali ends up bowling a low full toss. Marsh hits it down to long on. The batsmen take one. Paine calls for a second and Marsh responds but the former sends him back in time as the fielder was quick to the ball.
  • 73.2 A little bit of turn on this one as it was bowled a touch slower and also tossed up a lot more. Marsh tries to defend but due to the turn, the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards short third man.
  • 73.1 Starts off with a flatter delivery on off, no turn on the first one as it was pushed through. Marsh defends it.
  • We are all set to get the final session underway. It promises to be an action-packed one as we see the umpires along with the Pakistan team stride out to the middle. Tim Paine and Mitchell Marsh also make their way to the middle. Interesting! Azhar Ali to start the final session of the day. Let's go...
  • ... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION ...
  • Australia were going great guns after their openers put together a big partnership. But once Aaron Finch fell, Pakistan got an opening and they barged through it. Debutant Bilal Asif bowled tremendously and ran riot by picking a 4-wicket haul. Australia's misery against the spinning ball was once again on display as they crumbled. They still require 103 runs to avoid the follow-on and have their final recognized pair in the middle. It's only going to get tough for them from here on. Do join us in a short while for the evening session.
  • What a great turnaround by Pakistan in the afternoon session! They worked hard in the morning but without any success. Their fortunes changed though as they managed to pick five wickets by conceding just 43 runs and made a completely mockery of Australia's batting. From 142/0, the Kangaroos have slipped to 180/5 and are in a big spot of bother.
  • 72.6 Doosra time! Now we have seen almost all variations from these two spinner. He tosses this one up around off. Paine goes back looking to block it but is surprised as the ball turns the other way. However, the Aussie skipper has enough time to adjust his shot and he survives this session. THAT'S TEA. 180/5
  • 72.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 72.4 Flighted ball on the off stump line, TP does well to keep it out.
  • 72.3 A bit slower and shorter this, Marsh goes back to punch it to mid on and takes a quick single.
  • 72.2 Similar ball this a bit outside off, turning in, Marsh defends it.
  • 72.1 Full ball on middle, blocked out off the front foot.
  • 71.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman towards the bowler. 179/5
  • 71.5 A full pitched ball is driven to mid off.
  • 71.4 Tossed up on off, Paine lunges ahead in defense.
  • 71.3 Flighted ball on off, driven straight back.
  • 71.2 The Aussie skipper has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 71.1 FOUR! Errs in length and Paine rocks back to punch it through cover-point for a lovely boundary. Needs to play a captain's innings.
  • 70.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 175/5
  • 70.5 Bilal is bowling well here and is getting good purchase off the deck. Worrying signs for Australia. Marsh defends this full ball off the front foot.
  • 70.4 Marsh shows full face of his bat to this shortish ball on off and defends.
  • 70.3 Marsh has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 70.2 Good ball this as he gives it more air and lands it around off, Marsh looking to block it but gets an inside edge.
  • 70.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 69.6 Beaten! Beauty again from Yasir. Lands this in line wit the stumps and a bit fuller. Paine comes ahead to defend but is completely beaten by the spin. A half-hearted appeal by Pakistan but they knew it was not out. 175/5
  • 69.5 Paine goes back to this shortish ball on off, punches it to covers.
  • 69.4 A bit shorter this as Marsh punches it to covers.
  • 69.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 69.2 Tossed up in line with the stumps, Paine comes right forward to defend it.
  • 69.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 68.6 Paine charges down the ground to this flighted delivery on off and drives it to mid on for a run. 175/5
  • 68.5 Similar ball and a similar looking block by Paine to survive.
  • 68.4 Paine defends it from within the crease.
  • 68.3 Slower and a bit shorter of full length, defended from within the crease by the Aussie skipper.
  • 68.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 68.1 A bit short this, Paine has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • Mohammad Hafeez to roll his arm now.
  • 67.6 Short and on off, punched from the crease to covers. 174/5
  • 67.5 Fullish and on off, fired in, once again blocked off the back foot.
  • 67.4 Quicker one, around off, defended off the back foot. That straightened after pitching. Doosra?
  • 67.3 Turning into the batsman from around off, Marsh gets back and punches it down to mid on.
  • 67.2 Spin and bounce into the batsman from outside off, Marsh goes back to punch it but finds the fielder on the off side.
  • 67.1 Lets the ball spin back into him and then defends it off his front foot to short leg.
  • 66.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 174/5
  • 66.5 Flighted around off, worked into the mid-wicket region.
  • 66.4 This is the last thing Australia will hope for - a run-out. Yasir tosses this up on off, Paine drives it to mid off and takes off. The man there does well to pick it up clean and hit the target at the striker's end. Pakistan feel they have a run out here as the umpire has referred it upstairs. Replays show that Marsh is in but he would have had his heart in his mouth for a while. Everything has started to happen now.
  • 66.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 66.2 Marsh pushes this shortish delivery through covers to get off strike.
  • 66.1 Full on off, driven to cover.
  • A run-out appeal against Marsh has been referred upstairs. With direct hits you never know.
  • 65.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. A double-wicket maiden. 171/5
  • Skipper Tim Paine is in next.
  • 65.5 OUT! HALF THE SIDE IS OUTTA HERE! Bilal, on debut, is on fire. He gets his second scalp in the over as he flights this one around middle and off. Labuschagne comes forward to defend but the ball turns and bounces more than he expected. It takes the inside edge onto his pads and lobs to Imam-ul-Haq at short leg. The Pakistan team is celebrating wildly as they feel they have got a firm grip now on this match. So, the Pakistani debutant has removed two of the Australian debutants in a space of three balls, with both bagging a duck. This is sensational bowling by the offie. Australia need 112 more to avoid the follow-on.
  • 65.4 Wide down the leg side, no trouble at all for the batsman.
  • Marnus Labuschagne is the new batsman. He is also on his international debut.
  • 65.3 OUT! The fourth one falls! Wonderful spin bowling on show here. Pakistan have turned things around in a span of 30 minutes. Bilal again gives this one more air and keeps it on off. Head, who has just come in, goes for the cover drive. The ball lands and spins away, taking the outside edge and it flies to second slip where Haris Sohail takes a beauty by diving low to his left. Pakistan will now look to run through the Aussie batting line-up.
  • 65.2 Slower and shorter on leg, Head goes back to block it out.
  • 65.1 Tossed up on off, driven to covers.
  • 64.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 171/3
  • 64.5 FOUR! A gift from Yasir and gleefully accepted by Marsh. The leggie gives it air, a bit too much though as it is a full toss and Marsh flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket to get a boundary.
  • 64.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.3 Shah slows it down a bit and keeps it marginally shorter than full, Marsh goes back and punches it to covers.
  • 64.2 Pretty much identical this delivery and also the shot.
  • 64.1 Very full delivery in line with the stumps, Marsh drives gently to mid off.
  • 63.6 Beaten again! Beautifully bowled delivery. It drifts in around off and then spins away, Head draws forward to defend but is beaten by the off spin. 167/3
  • 63.5 Shortish and on middle, Head works it off his hips but finds the backward square leg fielder.
  • 63.4 Quicker and flatter this time, a bit short as well, Head goes on his back foot and defends it down. Sarfraz collects the ball on one bounce.
  • 63.3 Loopy and on off, it's played down with the spin to the off side.
  • 63.2 Tossed up ball on off, defended back off the front foot.
  • 63.1 Flighted ball landing outside off and spinning away, Head is on the front foot in defense but gets beaten.
  • 62.6 Marsh defends it from within the crease and ends an interesting over. 167/3
  • 62.5 Outside off and left alone by the batsman.
  • 62.4 Tossed up around off, Marsh does well to come forward and defend.
  • 62.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.2 Keeps it wide of off, Marsh shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 62.1 DROPPED! Caught and bowled chance goes down and Yasir has no one else but himself to blame for missing this simple opportunity. He flights it nicely and keeps it around off. Marsh drives uppishly straight to the bowler. It pitched in the rough may be and that is why Mitchell could not control his stroke. The ball though bursts through Yasir's hands and hits him in the chest. He is seen sitting down with some pain, physical and also the pain of dropping the catch.
  • Yasir Shah to continue. He will also like to get among the wickets.
  • Debutant Travis Head is the new batsman in with Australia in a spot of bother.
  • 61.6 OUT! A risky attempt by Usman Khawaja and he has thrown away his wicket. A start wasted. Asif bowls it flatter through the air and it skids on after landing with some extra bounce. Khawaja opts for the paddle sweep but the length is not the ideal one to do so. It takes the top edge of his bat and balloons in the air. Imam-ul-Haq moves across to his left from short leg to take a simple catch. A big wicket this for Pakistan as they get rid of the set batsman. 167/3
  • 61.5 FOUR! Firmly stroked! Flighted and full delivery outside off, Usman Khawaja kneels and sweeps it in front of square leg for a cracking boundary.
  • 61.4 Tossed up ball outside off, left alone.
  • 61.3 Extra slower through the air, at 78.6 kph, Marsh goes on the back foot and punches it to long on for a run.
  • 61.2 Loopy off spinner landing outside off, Marsh is on the front foot in defense but misses. It goes off his pads to first slip where the fielder dives to his left to catch it but puts it down. Was there an edge? Maybe, just missed the inside edge.
  • 61.1 Turning in from around off, Marsh is on the front foot in defense.
  • 60.6 Walks down the track and drives it towards mid off to end the over. 162/2
  • 60.5 A googly landing around leg and bounces a bit more than expected. Khawaja goes back to work it around but is beaten and gets it away from the higher half of his bat.
  • 60.4 Plays with the spin. Full and on off, Mitchell draws forward and drives it through covers for a run.
  • 60.3 Flighted leg spinner again, on middle, Marsh lunges and defends.
  • 60.2 Loopy leg spinner landing too full on middle, Marsh is on the front foot as he pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 60.1 Slower through the air, a bit short and around off, Mitchell goes on the back foot in defense.
  • 59.6 This one straightens after landing on the rough outside off, Marsh allows it through to the keeper. Top over by the debutant, a wicket and a run from it. 161/2
  • 59.5 Full floated off spinner on off, Marsh tries to defend but it takes the inside edge and rolls to square leg. They cross for a hesitant single.
  • 59.4 A touch flat and on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 59.3 Fullish and on off, defended off the front foot.
  • Mitchell Marsh is the new batsman.
  • 59.2 OUT! Another one bites the dust and the debutant Bilal Asif gets his first Test wicket. A generously tossed up delivery outside off. Tempting the batsman. Marsh is lured into a cover drive but the ball spins away after kissing the deck and takes an outside edge to first slip. Asad Shafiq grabs the catch over his head this time as Australia lose their second wicket. A big blow to the Aussies as Shaun has a good record batting in Asia.
  • 59.1 Loopy and full outside off, turning away, Marsh leans forward and pushes it to point.
  • Drinks. A much-better hour for Pakistan. They have managed to dismiss Aaron Finch owing to a great strategy and with the ball spinning, the Asian team will be eyeing more wickets. Usman Khawaja is going strongly for Australia and he will hope that Shaun Marsh sticks around with him. Expect plenty of spin dose in the next 60 minutes.
  • 58.6 Very full and on off, hit firmly but once again back to the bowler. 160/1
  • 58.5 Comes from over the wicket for Khawaja. Serves it full and outside off, Usman comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 58.4 Too full this time and Marsh drives it with the spin to mid on for a single.
  • 58.3 Lets the ball to turn back in from the rough outside off and then dead-bats it safely.
  • 58.2 Goes on the back foot to a shortish ball and punches it towards mid-wicket.
  • 58.1 Loopy and full outside off, Marsh gets forward and across before defending it t the leg side.
  • 57.6 Top edge but safe! Usman loses his patience this time. He sees the line to be too straight and length to be too full and immediately sits down on one knee for the slog sweep. Fails to middle his shot and it goes in the air over mid-wicket. Falls in no man's land in the deep and they take a couple of runs. 159/1
  • 57.5 Well bowled! The best delivery of the over. Flighted and full outside off, Khawaja gets lured into a cover drive but is beaten by the away spin.
  • 57.4 Closer to the off stump this time, it's on the shorter side again and Usman plays it off his back foot to point.
  • 57.3 Short and wide outside off, trying to tempt the batsman, Khawaja though lets it be.
  • 57.2 Floated and full outside off, turning away, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 57.1 Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot to short cover.
  • Bilal Asif comes back into the attack. A slip and a short leg in place to start with for the southpaw
  • 56.6 Big spin on this occasion. Landing outside off and turning in sharply, Marsh is forward in defense but misses. He is trapped on the pads, they appeal but it's spinning too much and would have missed the stumps. 157/1
  • 56.5 Tossed up ball on off, spinning back in, Marsh gets forward and defends it back with a straight willow.
  • 56.4 Goes down on one knee and sweeps a full ball down to fine leg for a run.
  • 56.3 Allows the ball to spin back in and works it past the diving leg gully fielder. The short fine leg fielder is a bit late in reacting and they cross for a run, much to Sarfraz' disappointment.
  • 56.2 Full and flighted on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 56.1 Flighted delivery landing outside off and turning into the batsman. Khawaja easily works it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run. Plenty of rough outside the left-hander's off stump and Shah will be looking to exploit that.
  • Yasir Shah to operate for the first time in this session. He has been wicket-less so far but things could change now.
  • 55.6 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground. A maiden! 154/1
  • 55.5 Beaten by a beauty! Abbas delivers this one from wide of the crease. He dishes out a back of a length ball around off and it straightens from there. The angle made the batsman play at it but then it straightens to beat the bat. Marsh was clueless.
  • 55.4 Pitches it up and wide outside off, Marsh plays a confident drive but finds the cover fielder.
  • 55.3 Better line and length. He pitches it full and in the middle stump line. The ball straightens a touch and Marsh does well to defend it from the crease. The 'round the wicket angle along with this line - a dangerous proposition for the southpaw.
  • Azhar Ali has a chat with the bowler.
  • 55.2 Another delivery in the channel outside off, holding its line, Marsh shoulders arms. Abbas needs to pitch it up more.
  • 55.1 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 54.6 FOUR! Nicely played! Wahab digs in a short delivery but it lacks direction. It's around leg and Usman gets on top of the bounce before pulling it fine down the leg side for a boundary. A good end to the over for Australia. 154/1
  • 54.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 54.4 Full and moving back into the batsman, Marsh is on the front foot as he defends it back. There are a couple of catchers on the leg side in a close-in position, at mid-wicket. So Shaun needs to be careful with his flick shots. Can't afford to be loose there.
  • 54.3 Bowls it with a slingy action and drops it on a length outside off, Khawaja stays back to play it through backward point for a run.
  • 54.2 Wahab is definitely getting the reverse swing now. Fails to get the direction right this time though. He bowls it down the leg side and Usman fails to get any wood behind it.
  • 54.1 Angling into the batsman, from around off, Khawaja keeps his eyes on the ball and blocks it.
  • 53.6 Drops it on a length outside off, Marsh decides to play this from the crease. He does so off the bottom half of his blade. 148/1
  • 53.5 Gets on the front foot this time to a length ball outside off and blocks it watchfully.
  • 53.4 Good length ball on off, Shaun defends it solidly this time.
  • 53.3 EDGY FOUR! Excellent delivery. Straightening after pitching. It's angling in around off and Marsh pushes inside the line, flat-footed. It goes off the outside edge, through the gap between first slip and gully, and reaches the fence. Moral victory for the bowler.
  • 53.2 On a length and outside off, going straight on, Marsh covers the line and shoulders arms.
  • 53.1 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 52.6 Angles in a length ball on off, Khawaja brings down a straight bat in defense. 144/1
  • 52.5 Serves a length ball on middle and off, some reverse there, Khawaja clips it in the gap at mid-wicket and collects a couple.
  • 52.4 Back of a length delivery on off, Usman goes on the back foot and defends it back.
  • 52.3 Khawaja has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 52.2 Lands it around off, on a length, it's defended off the front foot.
  • 52.1 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 51.6 A length delivery in the channel outside off, it's left alone. End of a successful over, a wicket maiden. 142/1
  • 51.5 Shortish and on off, blocked off the back foot.
  • Shaun Marsh is the number 3 batsman.
  • 51.4 OUT! Finch is gone! Excellent low catch by Asad Shafiq. The ploy to have a silly mid on has worked. Abbas with a full length delivery strikes. He angles it into the batsman and Finch tries to hit it down the ground. Goes at with firm hands, middles it decently but fails to keep it down. It's dying down in front of Shafiq who shows extremely good reflexes to grab it inches above the surface. Pakistan can celebrate, finally. A well-planned breakthrough. The 142-run stand has been broken.
  • 51.3 Once again covers the line and forces it out on the leg side.
  • 51.2 Gets behind the line and defends it.
  • 51.1 Excellent piece of fielding resulting in a confusion between the batsmen. Finch has flicked a full ball off his pads to square leg where Bilal Asif dives full length to his right to stop the ball. Initially Aaron looks for a run and Khawaja responds by rushing mid-way down the track. Then the southpaw is sent back after the fielding effort. Sarfraz goes to pat on the back of the young man.
  • 50.6 On a length around off, defended off the back foot to end the over. 142/0
  • 50.5 Slips it down the leg side, Khawaja clips it fine down the leg side for a couple of runs.
  • 50.4 Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot to covers. Interesting conversation going on between Waqar Younis and Ramiz Raja. The latter asks the former about the players who hail from Islamabad and have played Test cricket. Waqar names Mohammad Akram and then after some hints by Ramiz, mentions Usman Khawaja. The whole point of asking this question was that Rameez wanted to say that Khawaja knows Urdu and Sarfraz will have to talk in some other language while having a chat with his players. Hmm...
  • 50.3 Back of a length ball on off, Khawaja eases himself on the back foot and punches it towards cover-point.
  • 50.2 Terrific delivery. A hint of reverse there. Riaz serves it on a length around off, Khawaja covers the line and blocks it out.
  • 50.1 Full and angling in on middle and leg, Khawaja leans forward and across before flicking it off his pads. Good timing but wrong placement. Straight to square leg.
  • 49.6 A length ball on off, a hint of inward shape, Aaron plays it down from the back foot to covers. 140/0
  • 49.5 Shortish and on off, defended off the back foot to short mid-wicket.
  • 49.4 On and around off, Finch stays back footed as he defends it back. The replay shows a big overstepping by the bowler but it goes unnoticed as the umpire failed to spot it. Hmm...
  • 49.3 Action replay of the last delivery. Abbas is doing well to make the batsman play every ball. Also, he is bowling as per the field.
  • 49.2 Identical to the last delivery, once again it's angled in the direction of the middle stump, Finch watches it carefully before playing it with soft hands to the leg side.
  • 49.1 A length ball on off, angling in, Finch closes the face of the bat and helps it to short mid-wicket.
  • 48.6 Hitting the bat hard, Wahab. Bends his back to deliver a shortish ball on off, Usman goes on his toes to defend it down on the off side. 140/0
  • 48.5 Good delivery, angling in around off, a bit of reverse too. Khawaja keeps his weight on the back foot and blocks.
  • 48.4 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 48.3 Loses his radar and slips a length ball down the leg side. Khawaja tries to flick but misses and it's collected by Sarfraz behind the stumps.
  • 48.2 Shout for an lbw! But the umpire remains unmoved. Wahab angles in a length ball on middle and leg, Khawaja fails to flick and is rapped on the pads. They appeal but it's missing leg.
  • 48.1 Back of a length delivery on off, at 140.3 kph, Khawaja offers a straight bat in defense. Solid.
  • 47.6 Brings a length ball back into the batsman, Finch watchfully defends it to the off side. Maiden! 140/0
  • 47.5 Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot to silly mid off. The fielder there picked the ball and immediately turned to look at the non-striker but Khawaja was well in.
  • 47.4 Fuller and straighter, it's flicked off the pads but straight to the square leg fielder.
  • 47.3 Angling into the batsman, wicket-to-wicket line, Finch is behind the line as he defends it to the leg side.
  • 47.2 Shortish and on off, Finch stays back to punch it through the line but it takes the inner half of his blade and rolls to square leg.
  • 47.1 A length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • Mohammad Abbas to bowl from the other end. No slip, only a gully in place. A silly mid off and silly mid on are present though, right in the face of the striker.
  • 46.6 On a length around off, Finch stays back to play it quietly down to third man for a run. 140/0
  • 46.5 Nice drive and partially stopped. An overpitched delivery outside off, Finch plays the square drive with good timing and the cover-point fielder dives across to his left to take the pace off the ball. A couple of runs taken.
  • 46.4 Good length ball outside off, staying a bit low. Finch remains on the back foot, keeps his eyes glued to the ball and defends.
  • 46.3 Very full in length and wide outside off, Finch drives it off the toe end of his bat to short cover.
  • 46.2 Angles in a full ball on off, Aaron gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 46.1 Makes the batsman drive first ball. Bowls it wide outside off, Finch strokes it off his front foot but finds the cover fielder.
  • Welcome back for the afternoon session. The men concerned are back on the field. Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja to resume their innings. Pakistan to begin with the pace of Wahab Riaz. The left-arm pacer was wayward in the morning and was also warned once for running on the danger area. Let's see how he does in this spell. A slip in place. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 3, THIRD SESSION ...
  • The Aussie openers have somehow managed to survive the session. They would look to continue and stay out there in the middle as long as possible. The home team, on the other hand, will be keen on taking a few quick wickets post the break and make the match interesting, for them and for us. Do join us in a short while for the post-Lunch session.
  • 107 runs in 33 overs without losing a wicket. If someone would have asked the Aussies as to what kind of a start would they wish on Day 3, this would have been their answer. Both Finch and Khawaja have done well by mixing aggression with caution. The Pakistan spinners have certainly troubled the batters once in a while. A couple of chances worth mentioning are the missed stumping opportunity of Khawaja and also his bat-pad catch which was not referred to by Pakistan.
  • 45.6 Flighted ball attacking the stumps, Khawaja defends from the crease with a straight bat. THAT'S LUNCH. Australia trail by 345 runs and need 146 more to avoid the follow-on with all wickets in tact. 137/0
  • 45.5 Shorter in length outside off, Finch punches it through cover-point to get off strike.
  • 45.4 A bit flatter and in line with the leg stump, Finch flicks the ball off his pads to square leg.
  • 45.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 45.2 A bit shorter outside off, Usman punches this through covers for a single.
  • 45.1 Flighted ball on middle and leg, Khawaja waits for the ball to arrive and flicks it gently into the square leg region to pick up a brace.
  • 44.6 Similar ball this but from over the wicket. Finch defends coming forward. 133/0
  • 44.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 44.4 Too wide down the leg side, Finch leaves it alone.
  • 44.3 Tossed up from around the wicket, lands it very full on leg stump, Finch blocks it out.
  • 44.2 Flighted and full outside off, the southpaw gets down and cracks the sweep straight to the man at deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 44.1 Tossed up around off, Usman keeps it out from within the crease.
  • 43.6 A touch short and on off, Aaron goes on the back foot in defense. 132/0
  • 43.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.4 Shout for an lbw, not entertained. Asif from 'round the wicket bowls a slider, Finch fails to work it around and is hit on the pads. They appeal but it had pitched outside leg.
  • 43.3 Flighted and on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 43.2 Flatter and shorter on off, turning back in, Finch goes deep inside the crease and punches it through covers. They take a couple as Abbas mops it up in the deep. Nahi...nahi...nahi.. was the reaction from Sarfraz after watching that length.
  • 43.1 Tossed up ball on middle, flicked on the leg side, found short leg.
  • 42.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 130/0
  • 42.5 NOT OUT! The impact is with the umpire's call. Yasir has tossed this one around off, Khawaja gets down to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls down to the fine leg region and the batsmen cross over for a brace. But the Pakistan players go up in a big appeal for an LBW. The umpire gives it not out and the bowler and the skipper have a chat before reviewing it. The replays show that the impact is umpire's call. Review saved and Usman survives.
  • Review for LBW taken. Yasir Shah this time has convinced his skipper. Is the impact outside off?
  • 42.4 Usman goes for the sweep but misses to get rapped on the pads. However, the impact is clearly outside off.
  • 42.3 Full and on off, Usman drives this through covers to get another brace.
  • 42.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for the southpaw. A similar ball is similarly played by the southpaw. The only difference is that this time he plays it much finer. The ball flies past the first slip fielder for another boundary. The reverse sweep looks good when it comes out well, otherwise it makes you look like a fool. So far so good by Usman, although risky.
  • 42.1 FOUR! The leggie gives some air and keeps it in line of the stumps, Khawaja though gets the reverse sweep out and this time he cracks it perfectly. The connection is so good that the ball races across the backward point region.
  • 41.6 Floated off spinner on off, Aaron lunges and defends it close to his front pad. 118/0
  • 41.5 Loopy delivery landing full on middle. Spinning down and Finch takes it on his pads by offering no shot.
  • 41.4 Turning back into the batsman from around off, Aaron remains back and works it off his pads to short fine leg.
  • 41.3 Once again Khawaja gets down the track to a full ball and forces it down to mid on for a quick single.
  • 41.2 Spin and bounce outside off, Usman leaves it alone and Sarfraz jumps a bit while collecting the ball.
  • 41.1 Uses his feet to get down the track and pushes it with the spin to covers.
  • 40.6 Fullish and on off, defended back from the front foot to end the over. Fourth maiden in a row for Pakistan. Good pressure bowling. 117/0
  • 40.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.4 Flatter and on off, it's punched back off the back foot by Finch.
  • 40.3 Full and flighted on off, Finch leans forward and defends it back.
  • 40.2 Tossed up ball wide outside off, Finch offers no shot and covers his stumps with his front pad. Lack of bounce visible there.
  • 40.1 Loopy ball on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 39.6 BIG APPEAL BUT TURNED DOWN. Beautiful bowling again by Asif as he lands this full and on middle. Khawaja tries to block it from his crease but is beaten to get rapped on the pads. The ball flies to first slip who grabs it and a big appeal ensues. The umpire is unmoved though as there was no bat there and the impact too was outside off. 117/0
  • 39.5 Gets squared up by this wonderful ball by Asif. He tosses this around off, Khawaja tries to drive but gets a thick outside edge. The ball rolls towards the slip region, no harm done.
  • 39.4 Slower and shorter, Usman goes back and punches this to covers.
  • 39.3 Tossed up on middle and defended from within his crease.
  • 39.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 39.1 Fuller ball around off is driven to covers.
  • 38.6 Slower on off, Finch defends it from within the crease. 117/0
  • 38.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 38.4 Just short of the short mid-wicket fielder. Finch seeing the length to be on the shorter side, goes back and pulls it hard but a bit uppishly towards mid-wicket. The ball bounces in front of the fielder there who stops it well. Both batsman and bowler will feel they missed out.
  • 38.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.2 Tossed up around off, Finch again is happy to defend it.
  • 38.1 Full on middle, Aaron lunges forward in defense.
  • 37.6 Defended off the front foot by Usman presenting the full face of the bat. 117/0
  • 37.5 Tad fuller in length around of, pushed through covers.
  • 37.4 The southpaw has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.3 This time he goes back and keeps this full ball out.
  • 37.2 A bit slower and shorter this, played towards the point region.
  • 37.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 36.6 Some patience from Finch as he stays back to block it off the back foot. 117/0
  • 36.5 Tossed up on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 36.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 36.3 Nearly drags it on. Lovely bowling! Yasir gives his googly a bit more air, enticing Aaron to go for a big shot. Finch obliges and swings his bat, looking to hit it over the long on region, probably. But the ball spins in and takes the inside edge before going down towards fine leg. A couple taken.
  • 36.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.1 Aerial but safe. Guess Usman is going to sweep his way out against the spinners. The southpaw again goes down to this fuller delivery on off and tries to sweep. Fails to middle it properly but falls short of square leg. A run taken.
  • 35.6 13th Test fifty for Usman Khawaja! This is also his highest Test score in the subcontinent. So far, he has passed the spin test, although he got lucky a couple of times. He reached his milestone by playing a paddle sweep fine down the leg side for three runs. Justin Langer is standing and applauding inside the dressing room. Australia will hope he carries on. 114/0
  • 35.5 Usman kneels and sweeps this nonchalantly through square leg to get a couple of runs.
  • 35.4 Leg bye! Flatter and quicker this, Finch tries to flick but the ball hits his pads and rolls towards square leg, they pinch a leg bye.
  • 35.3 Flighted on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 35.2 Errs in line and lands this full ball a bit outside leg, Aaron delicately nudges this fine into the leg side to get a brace.
  • 35.1 Tossed up around off, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 34.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 106/0
  • 34.5 INTERESTING CHOICE OF SHOT! Khawaja goes down and to everyone's surprise plays the reverse sweep. The connection is good but he finds the fielder at point.
  • 34.4 Full ball on off, driven crisply to mid-wicket.
  • 34.3 Flighted and full again on off, Aaron drives this through covers to get a run.
  • 34.2 Tossed up on off, Finch defends it towards cover-point.
  • 34.1 Full and outside off, turning into Usman, the southpaw gets down and sweeps this to backward square leg to change strike.
  • 33.6 Sliding down the leg side, Finch fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg. A couple of leg byes taken. 104/0
  • 33.5 Loopy on off, Aaron Finch has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 33.4 Flighted and on off, defended again off the front leg.
  • 33.3 Aaron has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 33.2 Loopy full ball on off, defended off the front foot by Finch.
  • 33.1 FOUR! Maiden Test fifty for Aaron Finch! And he reaches there in style. Gets down on one knee to a full ball outside off and plays a crunching sweep shot in front of square leg. There is a fielder in the deep but he got no chance of stopping it. We all know the kind of power Aaron possesses. That went like a tracer bullet. He raises his bat towards his dressing room. This is the first half century by an Australian opener on debut in Asia. Also, the 100-run stand is up.
  • 32.6 Slower and full on off, Finch drives this to long on to get single and retain strike. 98/0
  • 32.5 Finch showing good patience and temperament as he is happy to defend this flighted full ball around off from the front foot.
  • 32.4 Full and slow again, Finch lunges forward and blocks with a straight bat.
  • 32.3 Tossed up around off, Aaron comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 32.2 Khawaja sweeps this full length ball to square leg and takes a run.
  • 32.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 31.6 Appeal for an LBW again but turned down once more. Finch looking to block this off the front foot gets hit on the pads as he is beaten by the spin. This results in a big appeal. The umpire is unmoved as the impact is outside the line of off. 96/0
  • 31.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.4 Flighted and full around off, Finch drives it to mid on.
  • 31.3 This time though the southpaw leans across and drives it through covers to exchange strike.
  • 31.2 Fuller this on off, Usman drives this to mid on.
  • 31.1 Starts his spell with a tossed up delivery around off, Khawaja stays back in his crease and defends.
  • Spin from both ends now. Bilal Asif is into the attack.
  • 30.6 A bit full this around off which allows the southpaw chance to drive it with the spin through mid on for one. 95/0
  • 30.5 Tossed up around off, Khawaja looking to block gets beaten to get rapped on the pads, but luckily for him the impact is outside off.
  • 30.4 Full and down leg, Aaron tucks this fine of the square leg fielder for a single.
  • 30.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 30.2 Tossed up around off, kept out off the front foot.
  • 30.1 FOUR! Flighted and full but a bit down the leg side, Finch gets down and sweeps magnificently through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • Well...well...well... We're now getting to watch the replay of 28.6 and the Snicko has detected some spike. So, Pakistan have missed a trick. Khawaja gets another life. Yasir Shah was so sure in his appeal but failed to convince his skipper for the review. An opportunity gone.
  • 29.6 FOUR! Shot! Riaz lands it full and outside off, Khawaja drives it crisply past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. 89/0
  • 29.5 Fullish and angling in on middle, Khawaja gets behind the line and pushes it back.
  • 29.4 It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
  • 29.3 A full toss down the leg side, Khawaja whips it behind square leg for a run.
  • 29.2 Fullish and angling in on middle, Khawaja defends it back to the bowler.
  • 29.1 Good length delivery angling down the leg side, Finch doesn't middle his flick shot well and it goes off the inside edge to fine leg. A single taken.
  • Drinks break. A very good hour for the Australians. They have not lost any wicket which is the crucial part and both their openers have looked decent. Having said that, it's spinning and bouncing and they cannot afford to relax. Pakistan have bowled well but without any success. The missed stumping chance of Usman Khawaja was the closest they got to breaking the partnership. Still, they will be hopeful of picking up a few wickets before the lunch break. Let's see how the next half pans out.
  • 28.6 BIG APPEAL BUT NOT OUT! Khawaja lunges to the last ball before the drinks break but misses his defense to get hit on the pads. The ball again is caught by the short leg fielder. This time the men from Asia go up in a loud appeal but the umpires rejects their claim. No DRS taken. Yasir though looked very much convinced. Anyway, the opening pair has survived the first hour. 82/0
  • 28.5 Similar ball and similarly defended by Aaron.
  • 28.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 28.3 The southpaw survives. Yasir flicks this and keeps it a bit shorter than full around off, Khawaja skips down the track to play an aggressive shot but the ball turns in sharply along with some extra bounce, hits Khawaja's pads and loops up in the air wide of short leg.
  • 28.2 Tossed up and on of spinning in, Usman defends from within the crease.
  • 28.1 Probably the last over before the much-needed drinks break, Yasir starts it by bowling a full ball around off, Khawaja drives back to the bowler.
  • 27.6 Switches to 'round the wicket for the right-hander and angles in a length ball on off, Finch defends it from the back foot to end the over. A pretty ordinary one by Wahab, struggled with his line and length and landing. 82/0
  • 27.5 This is poor bowling. Seems Wahab's mind is now more on his landing than his line. Too straight again and Khawaja eases it through square leg for three runs.
  • 27.4 Fullish and outside off, driven straight to wide mid off.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Finds the gap this time. Wahab once again serves a short delivery around off, Usman uses the depth of his crease to get back and slap it past the point fielder. A boundary results
  • 27.2 Straightaway the line changes from middle and leg to outside off. But the length is on the shorter side and Khawaja will be disappointed to not put that away. He cracks it off his back foot but finds the point fielder. Here comes the first official warning as well for Wahab Riaz. The umpire was keeping a close eye on his landing and this time has given the warning. Riaz now needs to be careful.
  • Sarfraz walks up to his bowler and has a little chat with him. Maybe, reminding him to bowl according to the field.
  • 27.1 Angles in a length ball on middle and leg, Khawaja flicks it off his pads but finds the fielder standing in front of square leg.
  • 26.6 Flighted around off, Finch stays back in his crease and blocks it down. 75/0
  • 26.5 Beaten! Yasir bowling nicely but will be hoping for some luck in this burning heat. He tosses this full and on middle stump line. Aaron prods forward looking to defend but gets beaten because of some prodigious away spin.
  • 26.4 Full on off, driven to mid off.
  • 26.3 Flighted around off, Finch shoulders arms as it spins away into the keeper's gloves.
  • 26.2 A bit slower and straighter, Khawaja turns this to square leg and gets off strike.
  • 26.1 Full around off, Khawaja tries to drive a low full toss but ends up slicing it past backward point to get a brace.
  • 25.6 A bit short again outside off, punched towards covers to end the over. 72/0
  • 25.5 Fuller in length but on Finch's pads. He defends it into the mid-wicket region.
  • 25.4 Finch shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 25.3 Fractionally shorter in length around off, Finch stands tall and punches this to covers.
  • 25.2 Similar ball on a good length around off, Finch defends from within his crease.
  • 25.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 24.6 Looks like the Aussie openers want to be aggressive against the leggie and put him under pressure. Clever tactics, if it comes off though. Khawaja this time skips down the track looking to flick it into the leg side but the ball spins into him and takes the inside edge towards backward square leg. A couple taken. End of an expensive over by Yasir. 72/0
  • 24.5 Good batting this from Finch as he goes back to this short delivery outside off and punches it through covers for a single.
  • 24.4 SIX! KABOOM! That came out of nowhere, but we can expect this from the attacking right-hander. Yasir gives it air and keeps it very full. Aaron from within his crease takes a big stride forward before swinging his blade against the turn. He gets it away from the middle of the bat and it flies over long on for a biggie.
  • 24.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 24.2 Flighted again on middle, Finch defends but the ball takes the outer half and rolls towards the slip region. Good turn there for Yasir.
  • 24.1 The leggie starts with a tossed up ball on off, Finch comes forward in defense.
  • 23.6 Hurls across a length delivery pretty wide outside off, Khawaja lets it through to the keeper to end the over. 63/0
  • 23.5 Once again Usman remains inside the crease to a length ball outside off and keeps it out safely.
  • 23.4 Around off on a length, slanting in, Khawaja defends it from the crease.
  • 23.3 Angling into the batsman, Khawaja turns it off his pads again but this time finds the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 23.2 FOUR! Cracking shot! He is not letting any loose ball go unpunished. Wahab dishes out a short of a length delivery wide outside off, Usman camps back and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary.
  • 23.1 Starts with a straight delivery. Around middle and leg, Khawaja clips it behind square leg and scampers back for the second run.
  • Wahab Riaz to have a go now.
  • 22.6 FOUR! Handsomely punched! A bit shorter than full length again by Yasir around off, Finch looks settled now as he goes back and punches this through the gap at covers to get his second boundary of the over. 57/0
  • 22.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 22.4 FOUR! 50-run opening stand comes up for the Aussies. Good start, this. Shah errs in length and lands this a bit shorter outside off, Finch rocks back and cuts it handsomely through point for a boundary.
  • 22.3 Beaten! Just beautiful bowling! Classic leg spin on show here. Yasir gives this a bit more air and keeps it around off, Finch looking to defend it is completely beaten as the ball turns sharply and goes past his outside edge into Sarfraz's mitts.
  • 22.2 A bit slower and outside off, Finch thinks of going after it but leaves it at the last moment.
  • 22.1 Tossed up around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 21.6 This time Usman drives this full length ball on off straight to covers. 49/0
  • 21.5 Full and fast but a bit wide of off, Khawaja shoulders arms.
  • 21.4 Fuller in length and on middle and off, Usman defends it from within the crease.
  • 21.3 The southpaw chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 21.2 Good length and just outside off, Khawaja looking to defend misses it to get beaten.
  • 21.1 Stifled appeal for am LBW! Abbas lands this on a good length around middle and leg, Aaron trying to flick but misses it to get rapped on the pads. The Pakistan go up in a half-appeal and then bail out as the ball is clearly going down leg. They pinch a single as it rolls into the gap at square leg.
  • 20.6 Tossed up around off, driven to mid off. 48/0
  • 20.5 Similar ball, similar shot attempted and the same result as the ball rolls down to the fielder at short fine leg.
  • 20.4 Again a bit fuller and slower outside the off stumps, Usman looking to defend it beaten by the prodigious turn as the ball hits his pads and goes to short fine leg.
  • 20.3 A bit fuller in length, worked with the turn to short leg.
  • 20.2 Nice bowling as Yasir gives it a bit more air and keeps it full on off, Aaron drives this through covers and jogs across for a run.
  • 20.1 Tossed up in line with the stumps, Finch comes forward in defense.
  • 19.6 The southpaw has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery to end the over. 47/0
  • 19.5 A bit fuller than good length around off, looking to get some movement maybe, Usman though defends this easily with a straight bat.
  • 19.4 Abbas now from around the wicket keeps it on a good length around off, Usman defends it from his crease.
  • 19.3 A bit shorter this outside off, Finch punches into the gap at cover-point and takes a quick single.
  • 19.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.1 Attacking the corridor around off is Abbas, Finch keeps it out easily off the back foot.
  • 18.6 Tossed up around off, Usman comes forward to defend but misses it to get rapped on the pads, but the impact is outside the line. 46/0
  • 18.5 A bit shorter outside off, Aaron rocks back and punches it through covers to get off strike.
  • 18.4 Usman plays a sweep shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 18.3 Tossed up in line with the spin, Khawaja is being positive as he flicks this through mid-wicket to get a brace.
  • 18.2 Similar ball by Shah and similarly blocked out by Khawaja.
  • 18.1 Yasir starts the new over with a slow flighted and fuller ball around off, Usman comes forward in defense.
  • 17.6 Good line and length, around off, Finch defends it solidly from the crease. A tidy over by Abbas apart from the first delivery. 42/0
  • 17.5 Straighter delivery, worked off the pads to square leg.
  • 17.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Finch punches it behind off the outer half of his bat and the gully fielder dives across to his right to stop the ball.
  • 17.3 Identical to the last delivery, once again getting some shape into the batsman, Aaron does well to defend it with soft hands to short mid-wicket.
  • A short mid-wicket in place. So two fielders in the catching position on the leg side.
  • 17.2 Better line. Around off and moving back in a bit, Finch plays this one close to his front pad and closes the face of his bat to defend it towards mid-wicket.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Abbas runs in with a silly mid on in place. He though serves it too straight, around middle and leg and Finch tickles it fine off his pads to the fine leg fence.
  • 16.6 Similar delivery and the southpaw shows good patience by staying in his crease and blocking it out. 38/0
  • 16.5 Flighted ball on off, Usman prods forward and defends it.
  • 16.4 STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! Beautiful bowling by the leggie as he has completely foxed the southpaw. Khawaja, looking to unsettle Yasir, skips down the track. Shah has tossed it up around off, Usman tries flicking it with the turn but the nut spins more than the batsman expected and misses his bat and pads. It goes behind to Sarfraz who also misses it and the ball runs away to the fine leg fence for four byes. Some better keeping from the skipper could have got them their first wicket. Khawaja survives and needs to be careful with his footwork. The key is not to overdo it.
  • 16.3 Defended off the back foot by the southpaw.
  • 16.2 Slower and fuller on off, Khawaja flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 16.1 Good bowling, almost got him. Yasir tosses this up and keeps it in line with the stumps, Finch lunges forward and tries to block this with a straight bat in front of his pads. But the ball skids through to take the inside edge and rolls towards square leg for a single.
  • 15.6 Dishes this a bit fuller, the southpaw strokes it to mid on to end the second maiden in a row. 33/0
  • 15.5 Length ball around off is blocked out off the back foot.
  • 15.4 Straighter ball attacking the stumps is turned away towards mid-wicket. Looks like the pair is settling themselves down and studying how the pitch is behaving before starting to play their shots.
  • 15.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 15.2 Similar ball around off and similarly kept out off the back foot.
  • 15.1 Abbas from around the wicket lands it on a good length around off, Khawaja defends from within the crease.
  • 14.6 Full length flighted ball around off is driven to covers to end the maiden over. 33/0
  • 14.5 A bit quicker and straighter this, Finch works it into the square leg region.
  • 14.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.3 Being watchful here is Aaron as he comes forward and blocks this fuller delivery around off.
  • 14.2 Tossed up and full, Finch prods forward in defense.
  • 14.1 Starts with a slower and shorter ball on off, Aaron punches into the covers.
  • Pakistan wasting no time as they straightaway introduce spin from the other end. Yasir Shah to start to roll his arm.
  • 13.6 Hurls a length delivery in the channel outside off, going straight on, Khawaja shoulders arms to end the first over of the day. 33/0
  • 13.5 Lands it on a length just outside off, Khawaja once again commits himself into the shot from the back foot and pushes it out with an angled bat to cover-point.
  • 13.4 This one is angled in around off, Khawaja has to play at it and does so from the back foot. Keeps it out safely on the off side.
  • 13.3 In the channel outside off, Khawaja is not too bothered as he leaves it alone.
  • 13.2 Abbas switches to 'round the wicket for the left-hander. Angles in a length ball around off, Khawaja defends it watchfully. All eyes will be on him today. How he fares against spin is the real question?
  • 13.1 A good confident beginning. Slightly short in length around off, Finch goes back and punches it through covers. The ball stops in the deep and they take three runs.
  • Time to get underway! Mohammad Abbas to start proceedings. Aaron Finch on strike. A slip in place. Here we go...
  • Brendon Julian is seen interviewing Mitchell Marsh who says it was nice to get their feet up and relax after spending such a long time in the field. Adds that they did well yesterday to bowl out Pakistan and then the start by their openers was also good. Reckons that the track will stay flat and they will be looking to grind it out today without losing many wickets. States that it is all about trying to settle your nerves and not worrying about the runs. Feels that the most vital thing is staying out there in the middle. Mentions that it is hard to bat against reverse swing but they have trained hard to tackle it. Ends by saying that getting a first innings lead is still a long way away as they are currently focusing on batting well and staying out there as long as possible.
  • Warm welcome, folks. A couple of days into this Test match and Pakistan find themselves in front, all thanks to a strong batting performance. They have posted a 450-plus first innings total and with the pitch expected to take spin, they hold the aces. In fact, the last hour of play yesterday saw the Aussie openers tackle the Pakistan pace attack with considerable ease. However, Yasir Shah definitely gave them some nervous moments, especially Aaron Finch, and the wily leggie will be their biggest threat today. Australia did well to survive yesterday evening and they would look to build on that. The third day of a Test match is often considered to be the moving day and let's wait and watch which way it moves.
  • ... DAY 3, FIRST SESSION ...
  • Earlier in the day, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail kept Australia at bay, albeit there was hardly any scoring for quite a long period of time. Australia will be looking to emulate that. They need another 253 to avoid the follow-on but they need to take it step by step, hour by hour. They have largely struggled to bat for even a day of late, in testing conditions and the 'home' side will surely test their memory. Join us at 1000 local (0600 GMT) for all the action from Day 3. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Pakistan would have hoped that they get a wicket or two before the close of play but they will be pretty much happy with the purchase their spinners got. Yasir almost got Finch out a couple of times in the 4 overs that he bowled. With the ball turning square, it will be a big test of the batsmen's patience, come Day 3.
  • Finch has looked troubled against the moving and the spinning ball. Abbas could not hit the right length while the Victorian was all at sea against the spinners. Khawaja, on the other hand, has played the role of a senior player pretty well. Has looked unperturbed and oozed confidence.
  • Something to take for Australia in this hot day of cricket. They were able to bowl out Pakistan, but literally struggled with the ball and the heat. However, with the bat, apart from a couple of nervy moments, they have managed to keep all 10 wickets intact for Tuesday.
  • 'Australia survive!' comments Bazid Khan on air. It is indeed a bit of an achievement for the tourists. However, Pakistan will not be too unhappy looking at the way their spinners bowled.
  • 12.6 Around middle and leg, Khawaja goes back and defends. STUMPS ON DAY 2, AUSTRALIA TRAIL BY 452! 30/0
  • 12.5 Full and around off, UK lunges and blocks.
  • 12.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 12.3 Landed outside off, spinning a long way, Usman lets it go.
  • 12.2 Short and outside off, stays low a touch, Khawaja looks to cut but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
  • 12.1 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Debutant Bilal Asif to bowl the last over of the day.
  • 11.6 Flighted ball around off, Usman drives this to the right of mid on to get a run. He will retain strike for the last over of the day. Australia have survived the threat of the leggie, for today, as Yasir has bowled his last ball of the day. The tourists though will have to play a lot better tomorrow if they want to succeed against the wily spinner. 30/0
  • 11.5 Tossed up around off, Khawaja defends with a straight bat.
  • 11.4 Usman skips down the track but defends as he is not to the pitch of it.
  • 11.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.2 A bit shorter of full length around off, turning away from the right-hander. Finch goes back and punches it to covers and takes off for a risky single. The man there runs to his left, picks up the ball and fires it to Sarfraz but by then Usman is in his crease. Seems like Finch was desperate to get off strike to avoid the Yasir threat.
  • 11.1 Starts with a tossed up ball attacking the stumps. Finch keeps it out off the front foot. Yasir has 5 more balls with him to make an impact today.
  • 10.6 Around off, blocked from the crease. 28/0
  • 10.5 On middle, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 10.4 Very full, Khawaja looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads, which rolls back to the bowler.
  • 10.3 Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 10.2 A tad short, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 10.1 Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 9.6 Flighted and full on off, Khawaja drives it politely to mid off. 27/0
  • 9.5 A slower ball on middle and leg is turned into the square leg region for a single and Finch is off strike.
  • 9.4 Brave or silly? The result determines it. Finch goes down the track looking to smash this over the long off fence but mistimes it completely. The fielder at mid off is seen running back to try and catch it but luckily for Aaron it evades him and he again survives the Yasir threat. Gets a brace for that risky shot.
  • 9.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 9.2 Very full this on and around off, defended by Finch off the front foot.
  • 9.1 Starts the fresh over with a long hop, it is short outside off turning into Usman, the southpaw pulls it through square leg and gets off strike.
  • 8.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 23/0
  • 8.5 Big appeal for LBW but turned down. The captain and the bowler have a chat in the middle to decide whether to go for the review or not and in the end they decide against it. A very full ball on middle and leg, Finch goes down looking to sweep but misses to get rapped on the pads. Good decision by the Asian team not to go for the review as the replays show the ball was missing the leg pole.
  • 8.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 8.3 Around off, pushed towards mid on again.
  • 8.2 On middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 8.1 Full and outside off, that is pushed towards cover.
  • Here comes the Professor. Mohammad Hafeez into the attack.
  • 7.6 Beaten! Yasir lands this full and outside off, Khawaja comes forward to defend expecting the ball to turn in but is surprised to see the ball skid off the surface and beat his outside edge. He too survives the Yasir threat. 23/0
  • 7.5 Usman dances down the track to this flighted ball and does well to block the ball.
  • 7.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 7.3 A bit fuller on off, Khawaja tries to block but gets rapped on the pads. The impact is way outside off.
  • 7.2 FOUR! Brave batting by Usman! Looking to get Yasir off his line and length.Flighted and full around off, Khawaja skips down the track and whacks it over mid on for a confident boundary.
  • 7.1 Tossed up on off, tapped into the off side.
  • 6.6 Outside off, played towards point. 19/0
  • 6.5 Probably a slower ball, slips it down the leg side, Finch lets it go through to the keeper. The ball barely carries.
  • 6.4 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 6.3 Outside off, pushed towards the off side.
  • 6.2 Full again, straight once more, driven towards silly mid on.
  • 6.1 A length ball, pretty straight, defended back to the bowler.
  • 5.6 Flighted again but a bit shorter than full length, Usman keeps it out off the back foot. 19/0
  • 5.5 Slower and full in length as Yasir gives this a bit more air, Khawaja leans forward and drives to mid off.
  • 5.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 5.3 A similar delivery this but this time Aaron gets some bat on it and deflects it towards the square leg region to get off strike. He will be happy to watch from the other end, I am sure.
  • 5.2 Massive appeal but given not out. Pakistan don't go for the review, seems as if it is missing the leg pole. Yasir keeps it a bit shorter of full length around middle, Finch expects the ball to turn away and hence goes back looking to punch through the off side. However, the ball lands and skids through, rapping Aaron on his pads. The Pakistan players go up in unison but the umpire negates them. Replay shows that the ball was clipping the leg stump. Finch survives the Yasir threat, as of now.
  • 5.1 A loosener from Yasir as he lands this a touch short outside off. Khawaja rocks back and punches this through covers to get three runs.
  • Yasir Shah comes into the attack. It will be interesting to see how much purchase he is able to get off this surface.
  • 4.6 A bit short around off, Finch has punched that ball through the off side. 15/0
  • 4.5 This will happen once in a while if you are attacking the stumps, Abbas strays on the batsman's pads and Finch is good enough a batsman to flick it through square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 4.4 A mirror image of the first delivery of the over and a duplicate shot played by Aaron.
  • 4.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 4.2 Punched off the back foot by Finch into the cover region.
  • 4.1 Nice and aggressive bowling this by the Pakistan opening pacers. Abbas keeps this on a length attacking the stumps, Finch pushes it softly, straight down the ground.
  • 3.6 A bit shorter in length angling into Finch, the opener whips it off his hips through deep square leg and picks a run to retain strike. 13/0
  • 3.5 Brilliant fielding effort. Wahab dishes this fast delivery on a good length around off, Usman opens the bat-face looking to run it down through the third man region. Imam at gully dives to his right and makes a superb save. He has a shy at the striker's end and hits the stumps, but Finch is well in.
  • 3.4 Good length ball around off is pushed into the off side.
  • 3.3 A bit shorter in length on the stumps, kept out by Usman off the back foot.
  • 3.2 Riaz bangs this one a bit shorter in length angling into Usman, the southpaw swivels well and pulls it through deep square leg to pick up another brace.
  • 3.1 Dishes this on a good length just around off. Good start by both the bowlers as they are making the batsmen play as much as possible. Khawaja defends off the front foot.
  • 2.6 A similar ball around off, Finch comes forward in a solid defense. 9/0
  • 2.5 Abbas finds his line and length and lands this around off, Aaron gives it the deserving respect by defending it off the front foot.
  • 2.4 Similar ball but this time the attacking right-hander drives it dead straight with better timing and picks up a brace.
  • 2.3 Fuller and straighter on the stumps, Finch drives straight down the ground but it is cut off by the fielder at mid off.
  • 2.2 A bit shorter in length this outside off, Khawaja opens the bat face and with the angle glides this through third man to get three runs.
  • 2.1 A good length ball around off is blocked out solidly by Usman.
  • 1.6 Keeps the last ball of the over fractionally short of a good length just outside off, Aaron punches it but it goes straight to covers. 4/0
  • 1.5 Wide of off, Finch shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 1.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 1.3 Off the mark in Test cricket is Aaron Finch. A similar ball again on his hips but this time he finds the gap through square leg and earns a brace to get his innings underway.
  • 1.2 Similar ball, similar shot and fielded by the same fielder at square leg.
  • 1.1 A bit shorter of a good length angling into the batsman's body, Finch flicks it to square leg.
  • Wahab Riaz to share the new ball.
  • 0.6 Abbas needs to make the batsman play in this short passage of play remaining. He again keeps this wide of off and Usman points his bat skywards. 2/0
  • 0.5 Again outside off, again a leave.
  • 0.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 0.3 Dishes this outside off again and Khawaja lets it be. Don't think he will flirt with these right now.
  • 0.2 Wide of off, Usman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 0.1 Abbas dishes this full and a bit wide of off, Khawaja caresses this through covers to get himself and his team off the mark with a brace.

Pakistan Vs Australia Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • What do Australia have to do now? They have around 137 overs to bat out on a wicket which is turning and bouncing. Also, looking at their track record against spin in recent times, this is surely not going to be easy. They will have to take it session by session and their first test will be to battle out today's overs with not much damage. Pakistan, on the flip side, will rely on their spinners to do the damage for them. Sarfraz will want a repeat of their first innings' performance. Will they run through the visitors' batting line-up once again or will the Aussies put up a fight? Join us soon to find out.
  • Right then, Australia have been set a target of 462. A massive task ahead for them. Pakistan entered into the third innings with a huge lead of 280. They did lose 3 quick wickets yesterday but the 65-run partnership between Imam and Sohail took their lead close to 400 before the two fell in quick succession this morning. Azam and Shafiq then added another handy stand, 71 to be precise, to take it past 450. The Pakistan side did not bat for long after the Lunch break. They looked for some quick runs, got them through Asad Shafiq and once he got out, they declared.
  • 57.5 OUT! Holes out at the deep mid-wicket fence. Pakistan have declared on 181/6. Shafiq tries to get under this full pitch ball on off and whack it over deep mid-wicket from within his crease. He cannot get enough timing and power on it to cross the rope and the man positioned near the boundary line, Mitchell Marsh, takes an easy catch with fingers pointing upwards.
  • 57.4 Very full on middle, flicked to short mid-wicket.
  • 57.3 FOUR! Reverse sweep has come out now. Shafiq sees the line outside off and the length was also full to play that shot to perfection, it beats the short third man fielder to cross the boundary there.
  • 57.2 Stays back to this flatter one around off and punches it straight to the lone fielder inside the ring on the off side at covers.
  • 57.1 Starts with a flighted ball outside off and turning into the right-hander, Asad comes forward in defense.
  • 56.6 Floats it up on middle, the batsman keeps it out. 177/5
  • 56.5 Once again the negative line, pitches it outside leg, gets this one to turn away sharply. Asad is squared up as he tries to defend but manages to keep it out towards point for a run.
  • 56.4 Once again makes room but Holland follows him, Shafiq nudges it to short fine leg.
  • 56.3 Brings the reverse sweep out and plays it well. Does not try to hit it too hard, he just guides it through backward point and bags a brace. Shafiq seems to have stepped on the gas here, has shown good attacking intent in the last few overs.
  • 56.2 Uses his feet and eases it through mid on for a run.
  • 56.1 Flatter on the leg pole, Azam pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 55.6 Tossed up again around off, Shafiq solidly defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 173/5
  • 55.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 55.4 Asad rocks onto the back foot to this shortish ball and punches the ball to covers.
  • 55.3 SIX! BOOM! And the maximum has brought up 3,000 runs for Shafiq at the No. 6 position, becomes the first batsman to reach this feat for Pakistan. Lyon tosses this up again, Shafiq this time takes on the bait, skips down the track and whacks it through the line and with the spin over the long on fence for a huge one. Pakistan starting to press the accelerator.
  • 55.2 Leg bye! Wonderful off spin bowling this by Lyon, he flights this one up and lands it full and outside off, turning into Azam who is looking to block it but the ball spins in, misses his bat and hits his pads to get deflected into the point region and they steal a leg bye.
  • 55.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 54.6 Bye! Jon fires this way down the leg side to even beat his skipper behind, the batsman take a bye. 166/5
  • 54.5 Very full on leg, the batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 54.4 Azam tries to play at it but due to the angle from way outside leg he gets hit on the pads. Negative tactics from the Aussies these?
  • 54.3 This time he tries to steal a run by turning it into the leg side but finds the fielder at backward square leg.
  • 54.2 Similar line and length, Babar comes forward and opens up a bit to defend it.
  • 54.1 Tossed up and full from over the stumps as he looks to pitch it in the rough outside the leg stump of the right-hander, Babar keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 53.6 Fuller and slower on off, kept out. 165/5
  • 53.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 53.4 Asad dances down the track with some good aggressive intent, does not reach to the pitch of it, decides to defend it.
  • 53.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 53.2 Goes back to this floated delivery a bit outside off and just softly taps it into the point region to get Shafiq on strike.
  • 53.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. No rush still.
  • 52.6 Azam gets down and plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total. 164/5
  • 52.5 Shafiq gets back and across to this shorter in length ball on middle and flicks it to mid-wicket to get another run.
  • 52.4 Skips down the track does Azam and drives it crisply to long on for a single.
  • 52.3 Much fuller ball, and this length is much easier to drive as Shafiq does exactly that towards mid on and gets off strike.
  • 52.2 A bit wide this of off, Shafiq decides to leave it at the very last moment.
  • 52.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 51.6 Azam is happy to block this tossed up ball on off. Doesn't seem as if Pakistan are eager to score quickly, or should they give themselves some more time? 160/5
  • 51.5 Azam dances down the track but decides to defend as he is not to the pitch of the ball.
  • 51.4 Stays back to this slower and shorter in length delivery, blocks it out from his crease.
  • 51.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and onto the ground.
  • 51.2 Shafiq lets the ball come under his bat and then pushes it to covers to take a run and bring the 50-run stand up.
  • 51.1 Shafiq nicely comes forward to defend this full length ball on off.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl from the other end.
  • 50.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 159/5
  • 50.5 Flighted and fuller, driven to long on to jog across to the other end.
  • 50.4 Shorter in length this, punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 50.3 Beaten! Much better from Holland, he loops it a bit more and lands it full around of, Asad plays at it but misses due to the away spin on the ball.
  • 50.2 Errs in length again as he keeps it short and outside off, Asad waits for it to arrive close and cuts with a slightly open face to find the gap at backward point and gets a brace.
  • 50.1 Short and wide of off to start after Lunch, Babar cuts it through point to get things going and gets off strike.
  • The umpires and the Aussie team are seen making their way out to the middle as we are about to commence the afternoon session. The Pakistan batting pair of Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq also stride out to the center with the former on strike having taken a single off the last ball before Lunch. Jon Holland to start proceedings for Australia. Let's play...
  • ... DAY 4, AFTERNOON SESSION ...
  • What will we see after the break? Pakistan coming out in the T20 mode, adding a few quick runs and then declaring? Or will they keep on batting to tire out the Australians physically and mentally? Join us in a short while to find out.
  • Imam and Sohail started the day off cautiously but once the two got their eye in, then attacked the bowlers. The former was dropped by Head but then looked very fluent throughout. He was unfortunate to miss out on a half ton by just 2 runs. The opener along with Haris added a 65-run stand which more or less has batted Australia out of the game. The visitors did manage to pick the two set batsmen in quick succession but that came too late.
  • This session - 33.4 overs, 110 runs and 2 wickets. Another session which was dominated by the hosts. They managed to score freely and lost only two wickets. The lead is now nearing the 450-run mark and it will be interesting to find out when Pakistan will declare.
  • 49.6 Extra bounce on this one! Flatter and outside off, Azam stands tall and guides it through point for a single to end this session. LUNCH ON DAY 4! 155/5
  • 49.5 Flatter outside off, Azam cuts it through point for a couple.