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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.

Haris Sohial of Pakistan
Haris Sohail of Pakistan. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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.

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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:

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