Mohammad Rizwan gets unlucky as umpires fail to spot Pat Cummins’ front-foot no-ball
Rizwan was unlucky on Day 1.
Updated - Nov 21, 2019 12:30 pm
The much-awaited Pakistan Test tour of Australia finally started at the Gabba in Brisbane. This is the start of the Australian Test summer of 2019-20 and it also marks the return of David Warner and former captain Steven Smith to the home summer after the duo had missed out on the last one due to their respective bans.
And, while the duo is still to bat, the Australian bowlers made sure that it was a happy homecoming for the superstar pair as the fast bowlers- led by Pat Cummins– wreaked havoc on the Pakistan batsmen after the latter had got off to a pretty good start. However, Cummins and the Australians had his fair share of luck against wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who was given out by the umpire when it was clearly visible that Cummins had clearly overstepped the popping crease.
Mohammad Rizwan gets out in a controversial way
Rizwan, before nicking to Paine, was in counter-attacking mode and via his belligerence, had taken Pakistan to some sort of respectability, stroking seven boundaries during his 34-ball 37, before his innings was cut short by a glaring umpiring error.
Rizwan, courtesy his unfortunate dismissal, became the third Pakistani batsman to get out in the thirties. Earlier, skipper Azhar Ali (39) and Shan Masood (27) got the visitors to a steady start, having stitched 75 runs for the opening wicket before Pat Cummins (2/54) sent the left-hander packing with a short-pitch delivery; one he could only manage to fend to the slips.
Josh Hazlewood returned to strike in the very next over when he removed Azhar Ali for 39 and all-of-a-sudden, 0/75 became 4/78 as Haris Sohail and the much-talked-about batting protege Babar Azam fell for 1 apiece.
4/78 quickly became 5/94 as Nathan Lyon got the better of Iftikhar Ahmed and it increasingly looked like another long day for Pakistan on Australian soil. However, underfire wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan played a stunning counterattacking inning to put the pressure back on the home side, stroking seven boundaries during his knock.
Later, Yasir Shah (26) has offered great resistance, the leg-spinner was involved in an 84-run stand with Asad Shafiq, who is currently unbeaten on 76 (from 96 balls), and the onus will be on the duo to get the visitors to some sort of a fighting total in the first innings.
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