Twitter Reactions: Haris Sohail’s maiden Test ton stamps Pakistan’s authority over the Aussies
Australian openers played out a tricky 13-over period without much fuss.
Published - Oct 8, 2018 7:16 pm | Updated - Oct 8, 2018 7:16 pm
Pakistan are dominating the ongoing first Test match against Australia in Dubai as they posted a mammoth total of 482 runs in the first innings. Their approach though was surprising as the batsmen never tried to up the ante else they might have ended up with a score in an excess of 500. Nevertheless, the current score is also a huge one and in response, Australia haven’t lost any wicket in the tricky 13-over period.
There were a few deliveries which turned viciously but the opening duo of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja survived until stumps as the visitors finished the day on 30/0. While the former was unbeaten on 13, his partner had scored 17 when the play ended.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan resumed at 255/3 and soon lost the nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas who was castled by the disciplined Peter Siddle. Asad Shafiq joined hands with Haris Sohail then as some attritional Test cricket followed. No team was ready to pull the trigger. While the batsmen were adamant on defending, the bowlers didn’t give any free runs.
However, it was Shafiq in the end who opened his arms and added some quick runs by the end of the first session. He also reached his half-century and his stroke-making was an absolute class. Sohail, at the other end, was playing a proper Test knock and looked in no trouble whatsoever.
Shafiq misses out but Sohail doesn’t
The 50-run stand was finally broken by the part-time bowler and the debutant Marnus Labuschagne. He got Shafiq for 80 who was set to notch up his 12th century in the format. Babar Azam copped yet another failure in the whites as he was run-out while taking a quick single and then the wickets started to fall quickly. Meanwhile, Sohail got to his maiden Test ton and he deserved it the way he concentrated the whole day.
The Australian bowlers kept on hitting the correct lengths then to reap rich rewards as Pakistan lost their last six wickets for just 72 runs. Their approach was baffling in the third session as one felt that they should’ve attacked a bit more and the score of 500 might have made them feel more secure.
Nevertheless, Australia will now have to bat out of their skins after staying in the field for almost 165 overs and make sure that they don’t concede the lead in the first innings.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the course of the day:
Babar Azam will face first ball after tea. He has a bad habit of getting out immediately after breaks. Watch out. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 8, 2018
His career has been plagued by injuries and at one point it looked like he may have to retire due to a knee problem. He's worked so hard to regain fitness & it's great to see Haris Sohail finally score a century in international cricket #PAKvAUS
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 8, 2018
Finch's direct hit sees off Sarfraz. Aust have manufactured two run outs today after many hours in the field, which says a lot for their effort and fitness in adverse conditions #PakvAus
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) October 8, 2018
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 8, 2018
The last time Australia had two right-handed openers in Tests: March 2000 at Wellington when Michael Slater and Greg Blewett opened. And that was 208 Tests and 18 years ago and the trend still continues….#PAKvAUS
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 8, 2018
Before Haris Sohail, the last Pakistan left-hand batsman to score 100 in Tests in middle-order was Aamir Sohail vs Australia in Lahore in 1994.
The last specialist middle-order leftie to do it was Wasim Raja vs England in Faisalabad in 1984. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 8, 2018
A long way to go but Usman Khawaja looks like a man who has worked hard at improving his game against spin while Finch looks like a man who is at sea #PAKvAUS
— Tim-CricketGuy (@Tim32_cricket) October 8, 2018
2nd instance in 58 Test innings that Usman Khawaja has opened the Australian innings – previously v South Africa at Adelaide on 24 November 2016 when he scored 145#PakvAus
— Arthur_S (@allanholloway) October 8, 2018
Australia's day – 7 wickets for 227 runs and none for 30 with the bat #PAKvAUS
— Junooni (@cricjunooni) October 8, 2018
So the Auatralian Openers survive at the end of day 2
Pak got mch to do tomorrow . The man @Shah64Y will be the Captain looking for . Lets hope for the best
Pakistan zindabad ! Pakistan Cricket Zindabad#PAKvAUS
— Kawish Ijaz 😸 (@Acumen_1) October 8, 2018
Khawaja looking solid against spin which is refreshing to see. Finch isn’t filling me with confidence. #PAKvAUS
— Ty Blackaby 🦅🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@tyblackaby_) October 8, 2018
Both on-field umpires in the DUBAI Test have reported MHafeez’s action in the past.Illingworth in the Galle Test 2015 and Kettleborough in Abu Dhabi in one-day last year ? #PAKvAUS
— Hasnain Shah (@HasnainShah69) October 8, 2018
Australia survived 😍
Keeping scoring and surviving 😉😂#PAKvAUS
— Shiza👻 (@im_shiza_) October 8, 2018
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