Twitter Reactions: Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz Ahmed’s half-centuries help Pakistan post 282
Australia ended the day at 20/2 trailing by 262 runs in the first innings.
Updated - Oct 16, 2018 6:57 pm
The first day of the second and deciding Test match between Pakistan and Australia ebbed and flowed with excitement. If the visitors handed over a debut to three players in the series opener, Pakistan weren’t behind either as Fakhar Zaman and Mir Hamza became the 234th and 235th player for the country in the whites.
After winning the toss, the hosts found themselves in the dire straits at 57/5 thanks to Nathan Lyon’s superb bowling coupled with some strange shot selection from the batsmen. Mohammad Hafeez was the first casualty who was extremely unlucky to be caught at short leg as Marnus Labuschagne was assisted by his whole body to grab hold of the ball. Azhar Ali ran down the track unnecessarily to Lyon and could only spoon the catch back to the bowler.
Then followed an amazing collapse as Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam were sent back for a duck. From being 57/1, Pakistan had imploded to 57/5 in no time. Meanwhile, the debutant Fakhar was dropped by Labuschagne off Jon Holland else things would’ve been worse for them.
Sarfraz and Fakhar rebuild
However, Sarfraz Ahmed decided to counterattack in the post-lunch session and the move worked for him and Pakistan. He didn’t let any spinner settle even as Fakhar looked solid at the other end and didn’t play any false shot after being dropped. Both of them denied any wicket to the Aussies for almost 37 overs and went on to add 147 runs. Just when everyone thought that the talented opener will reach his first three-figure mark, Labuschagne came to the fore and pinned him in front of the stumps on 94.
Even Sarfraz was dismissed on 94 to the same bowler and Pakistan’s innings unravelled quickly. Some key lower-order contributions helped them reach the total of 282 which looked unlikely after a stunning collapse in the first session.
Australia lose two in response
Australia had to survive tricky seven overs then as the openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. But the latter, the second innings centurion in Dubai, was sent back by ever so wily Mohammad Abbas. It was a harmless delivery from the bowler which Khawaja edged and Sarfraz took an exceptional catch diving to his right. The night-watchman Peter Siddle then came out to defy the hosts any late glory.
He played out nine deliveries patiently but missed Abbas’ last delivery of the day and a huge lbw shout was upheld on review as Pakistan ended the day on a high. Australia are now 20/2 and still trail by 262 runs in the first innings. They will have to post a mammoth total as the pitch is already turning a lot and batting fourth isn’t going to be easy at all.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the day:
What a spell from Nathan Lyon. The fact that he now becomes the 4th highest wicket taker for Australia in Tests speaks so much about how he goes about his job quietly. Only Warne, McGrath, Lillee have taken more wkts for Australia. #PAKvAUS
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 16, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 16, 2018
So hopefully, Australia is now waking up that for them to win consistently in Asia, our attack must at least consist of Lyon, LAO and a leggie. They just need one our quicks to get a couple of wickets as well.
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) October 16, 2018
Sarfraz has the best least dots percentage of a batsman in Tests in the last five years and so begs the point why did this brilliance overpassed the Pakistan batsmen? It’s a great and safe blue print at improving Pakistan’s droopy strike rate!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 16, 2018
Congratulations to my “little bro” @NathLyon421 on passing me on 313 test wickets for Australia. Bloody proud of your achievements so far and I have enjoyed your success. Well deserved and… https://t.co/tDzWRYGs38
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) October 16, 2018
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) October 16, 2018
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 16, 2018
— ICC (@ICC) October 16, 2018
How this game has changed hands in 10 mnts of poor batting by Pak against spin..nervousness and hard hands at the ball..Pak has made spin ends at both sides of the pitch to set up Aus against spin and it appears as if they have fallen for the trap themselves!!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 16, 2018
First time in Nathan Lyon's career that he has taken 4 wickets in the first session of the match. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 16, 2018
Overall, not too bad of a day for Pakistan after the dreadful first session. #PAKvAUS
— Ahmed Ikram (@ahmed__ikram) October 16, 2018
— Devarchit (@Devarchit) October 16, 2018
What a Catch 🔥
— PAKIᔕTᗩᑎi 🇵🇰 (@TeamPakistanii) October 16, 2018
To end the day, Sarfaraz lets Fakhar Zaman lead the team off the field.
Aisa hai mera Kaptaan 🇵🇰#PAKvAUS
— Abdullah (@SaidByAbdullah) October 16, 2018
— PÀKii🇵🇰💚 (@Ha55anP) October 16, 2018
Thanks God for Abbassa ji… ❤️#PAKvAUS
— Muhammad Murtaza (@momi_madridista) October 16, 2018
‘Pakistan cricket at its best, one minute down, next minute up’ #PAKvAUS
— Mirza Moiz Baig (@MoizBaig26) October 16, 2018
TBF i wasnt expecting Pak to be ahead at the end of days play #PAKvAUS
— John Mangu (@saaadmalikk) October 16, 2018
@Mohmmadabbas111 is a genius. Probably THE best test seamer in the world right now. Immense control & seams the ball both ways for fun while retaining that control. The modern day @glennmcgrath11. Picks up wickets for fun! #PAKvAUS #2ndTest #AbuDhabi
— Fahad.A (@LFC4LIFE_786) October 16, 2018
Abbas is surely the strike bowler to lead the attack. #PAKvAUS
— – (@syed_mtaqi) October 16, 2018