Twitter Reactions: Bilal Asif’s six-wicket haul on debut skittles Australia for 202
Abbas also bowled really well to scalp four wickets.
Published - Oct 9, 2018 6:54 pm | Updated - Oct 9, 2018 8:07 pm
Pakistan looked battered and bruised after the first session of the third day’s play. The duo of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja put forth an exceptional resilience and frustrated the hosts. Their partnership of 142 runs for the first wicket gave the visitors a hope to restore parity in the first innings. But the middle-order collapse left them too much behind the game and ended the day with literally no hopes of making a comeback in the game.
Bilal Asif, the debutant, wrecked havoc in the Aussie camp by picking a six-wicket haul and the score which read 142/0, soon became 202/10. Pakistan came out with a different intent in the second session. They built the pressure by bowling back to back maidens and stalled the scoring rate amazingly. The persistent lengths brought about the fall of the first wicket as Finch drove the ball in the air only for Asad Shafiq to take a smart low catch standing at the short mid-on position.
The wicket opened up the floodgates and Bilal’s variations proved to be too good for the rookie-middle-order. Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitchell, both promised a lot, but couldn’t cross the double-figure mark. The other two debutants, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, failed to get off the mark and were undone by the opponent’s debut bowler.
Australia‘s lower order always puts up a fight but Mohammad Abbas took care of that problem. He nipped out the wickets of Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc and left them reeling. Fittingly, Bilal Asif scalped his sixth scalp to end the innings on 202 runs as Pakistan led by a massive 280 runs.
All the hard work by the openers Finch (62) and Khawaja (85) was undone in a matter of a few hours. Their stunning opening stand had worried Pakistan and a little more resistance from the middle-order would’ve made the difference.
Pakistan lose three in the second innings
The batting is getting increasingly difficult on the degrading pitch as even the hosts lost three wickets before the close of play in the second innings. Mohammad Hafeez couldn’t replicate his first innings heroics and was sent back by Jon Holland for 17. The night-watchman Bilal Asif couldn’t stay for a long time as Nathan Lyon got him for a duck while Azhar Ali’s poor Test match with the bat continued. He became the final scalp of the day as Pakistan ended the day on 45/3 with a lead of 325 runs.
They would like to add a few more runs before declaring on the fourth day while the visitors could only hope for some miracle now to save or win this Test match.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the course of play:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 9, 2018
So, Australia collapse to 202 all out , losing 10/60 after being 142/0 . Just adjusting to the conditions is a daunting task.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 9, 2018
Well done Pakistan 🇵🇰 just win the test match after this situation & am sure team green shall get the job the done end of 2 days of play ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 9, 2018
Congratulation @bilalasif2411 on great debut 36/6 for 🇵🇰 ❤️
— Amir Yamin (@amiryamin54) October 9, 2018
Australia being outplayed by Pakistan. Not surprised. Not in these conditions.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 9, 2018
"This pitch is too flat"
"This pitch is a road"
"This pitch is bad for cricket"
"Such a shame that Test cricket is subjected to pitches like this"
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 9, 2018
Quality from Mohammad Abbas – great control and getting it to reverse.. #PAKVAUS
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 9, 2018
Bed time for me in Australia… Bilal.. just superb. And I still think it’s a road… we just don’t have a licence to drive on them yet. Well played Pakistan. Micky would be happy. Night all!
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) October 9, 2018
Australia lose 10 wickets for 60 runs, which is their worst ever collapse after a 100 runs opening partnership. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 9, 2018
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) October 9, 2018
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) October 9, 2018
Pakistan turning it on now wow… all happening in this session
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) October 9, 2018
What a day for Bilal Asif, 6 wickets in the debut game. Exceptional Performance! #PAKvAUS
— Shahid (@cricket_worm) October 9, 2018
such a shameful batting.. #PAKvAUS
— Alisha💤 (@IamAsh23) October 9, 2018
Lol, just after reaching 142 without loss all of Australia's wickets fell within 60 runs. blehhh. A great display of cricket from Pak until now, after all you can't blame your night watchmen, eh.! #PAKvAUS
— ßATSY🏏 (@itsalokj_) October 9, 2018
Sarfraz's captaincy is more confused than the cytoplasm #PAKvAUS
— 👓 (@Notyourfrnd) October 9, 2018
Some experts were saying its a dead and flat wicket…#PAKvAUS
— Fahad Khan (@realfahadkhan) October 9, 2018
— աαզαs 🇵🇰🏏 (@iCricketFreak) October 9, 2018
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