Pakistan Vs Australia Live Score (TEST)
Pakistan drew with Australia
Australia 362/8 (139.5 ov) R/R 2.59 | Match Ended
- Tim Paine 20,
- Nathan Lyon 5
|Tim Paine (C)(W)||not out||61||194||5||0|
|Nathan Lyon||not out||5||34||0||0|
29 ( 12.1 ) R/R:2.38
Tim Paine 20(39)
Nathan Lyon 5(34)
Last Wicket 333/8 (127.4 over)
Peter Siddle 0 (3) S.R (0.00)
lbw b Yasir Shah
- So that is it from this game. We had five attritional days of cricket but it turned out to be a very exciting game in the end. One which just shows why Test cricket is still the best form. A fair result in the end and now it is all to play for in the second and final Test between the two. It takes place on the 16th of October in Abu Dhabi at 1000 local (0600 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!
- Australia captain, Tim Paine, says it was a tough match. Feels that his team played some outstanding cricket and is very proud to achieve a draw in the end. Admits that they had made some plans during the first innings, but they experienced a bit of a collapse and failed to put up a good total. However says that he is proud of the efforts of his boys in the second innings. Again admits that he was very nervous in the last hour. Feels that on such a pitch, when the batsman gets set, it becomes much easier to stay out there longer. States that the Pakistan bowlers were really good and during that last hour even one wicket would have been enough for them to run through their batting. Ends by saying that even though this draw does not feel like a win, it gives him immense happiness because of the way they fought.
- Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, says he had hoped to win after the first three days but credits Usman Khawaja for the way he played. Feels the opener was the one who saved the match for Australia. Talking about chatting in Urdu with his teammates, he says that, Usman Khawaja understands the language but they had certain plans against him. Mentions that the amazing reverse sweep shots that Khawaja played was really a good solution to counter the rough patches. States that in Test cricket you learn as you play many games. Regarding the positive points he can take from the match, the Pakistan captain credits how Mohammad Abbas bowled throughout the game. Says his stint in county cricket in England has really helped him improve his game. Also credits the way some of his other players played. Ends by saying that they could have won the match but Test match cricket is such that if the opposition team plays so well and draws a match like this, then you have to credit them for playing so well.
- Man of the Match, Usman Khawaja, says that he just was just thinking to bat as long as possible. Feels that the pitch was getting tougher and tougher as the game went ahead. Informs that as a team they thought that if they are able to cope well in the first and second sessions today, then they will have a good chance of saving this Test. Also credits Pakistan for a great match and also their sportsman spirit. Mentions that such an innings to save a match means a lot to him. Regarding the reverse sweep, the southpaw says that as a left-hander he had to cope with the rough outside his off stump, hence you need to come up with plans to counter it.
- However, an unsung hero, a man who has faced so much criticism, silenced the critics in some style. Yes, he was given a life by Shafiq but take nothing away from the southpaw's innings. He first with Head, the duo chewed up 292 balls and then with Paine, the two played another 220 deliveries. The southpaw got to his first ton in Asia and broke several records in the innings but will be disappointed to not be there till the end. However, his skipper and the lower-order ensured his knock does not go in vain and salvaged a draw for the visitors.
- They decided not to enforce the follow-on, which many can now say cost them the game. They built on their advantage and with contributions from quite a few of their batsmen they took their lead close to 500 and declared with just below 5 session left for them to bowl the Aussies out. Finch and Khawaja once again started off well but three wickets in the final session yesterday put them on the back foot.
- Pakistan though would be very disappointed. They must have believed they had done everything to win this game. They posted a huge first innings score, courtesy Hafeez and Sohail's century. Then after Finch and Khawaja gave the ideal start to Australia with a huge 142-run stand, the hosts bounced back in some style, bowling the Aussies out for 202 with Asif, the debutant and Abbas picking all the 10 wickets between them. The two helped Pakistan gain a huge 280 run lead.
- We entered into the final session with Pakistan needing five wickets and Australia needing to play out 31 overs. The first hour, like most the of the hours today, belonged to the Aussies. Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine grinded it out and when the two were playing the only result which looked possible was a draw. However, the game came to life in the last hour, Yasir Shah actually came to life in the last hour. He got rid of the centurion and then took two in one over to turn the tide in Pakistan's favor. Australia had only two wickets left with more than 10 overs to go but the resolute Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon showed tremendous character and ensured the Aussies do not go one down.
- The game ends in a DRAW! What a monumental achievement from Australia. Not many gave them a chance of batting out the whole day today but they have risen against the odds and have managed to do so. Kudos to Tim Paine, what a time to deliver from the Australian skipper as he walks off to a standing ovation and he deserves every bit of it.
- 139.5 IT'S A DRAW! Everyone is nervous as Yasir bowls a flighted ball on middle and off. Paine watchfully defends it. A magnificent effort by the skipper as he comes up with a perfect captain's knock to save this Test match. The Australian balcony is delighted. Now, we are seeing the players shaking hands in the middle. That's it then.
- 139.4 Oh! The outer half of the bat found here but it flies past the second slip fielder. It went straight down onto the ground though. Well played. Now just 2 more to go. Pakistan will have to strike on the next ball...
- 139.3 Yasir gives this a bit more air, hoping for some extra spin and bounce. The Australian captain though is up to it as he defends it with a dead straight bat onto the ground off the front foot.
- 139.2 This one is a flighted ball and full on off, Paine does really well to drive it through long off and get another brace. You should never miss out on Test runs, they never come easy.
- 139.1 The first one is a tossed up ball around off, spinning away. Paine looks to block it off the front foot but it takes the outer half of his bat and runs down to third man. The batsman start running and that gives a lot of tension to the Australian dressing room. Luckily for the Aussies, the batsmen are able to come back for a brace. Paine is still on strike.
- 6 balls remaining. It has all boiled down to this. Yasir Shah has the ball in hand. An umbrella field there. Pressure everywhere.