Lunch: Pakistan off to a great start against Australia on day one

Tim Paine leads Australia into their first Test series since the ball-tampering affair erupted in South Africa in March

Pakistan are still in control of the game, mostly because of the bowlers' efforts, with a tall 325-run lead on the board.

Pakistan got off to a strong start against Australia, reaching 89 for no loss at lunch on the first day of the series-opening Test match in Dubai on Sunday. They looked in a lot of trouble in the 13 overs that they had to negotiate on day two.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was unlucky not to be amongst wickets, having dropped Mitchell Marsh off his own bowling for two and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed missing a stump in the first session with Khawaja on 17. Khawaja was once again lucky a few overs later when Pakistan failed to review the umpire's decision to rule the batsman not out when he had inside-edged it to short leg.

Australia's attack then tightened things up after the two openers were back in the dressing room. Finch played a couple of cut shots for boundaries off Yasir which was followed by Khawaja putting away a short and wide delivery off Wahab Riaz. Even though the spinners did find assistance on the surface, it wasn't threatening enough in the morning session as the batsmen used their feet to good effect to counter the turn.

Sohail and Shafiq are unbeaten at 46 and 43 runs respectively.




Will Usman Khawaja top the batting for Australia?

Bilal banished Khawaja, Shaun Marsh (7) and fellow debutants Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne for ducks, before also removing Australia skipper Tim Paine (7) and last man Nathan Lyon (6) as the visitors lost 10 wickets for 60 runs to be bowled out for 202 and trail by 280 on first innings.

Peter Siddle, pick of the Australian bowlers with 3/58, got the lone success in the first session when he had nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas clean bowled.

Debutant Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif led an Australian collapse with four wickets on the third day of the first Test in Dubai on Tuesday.

On a lifeless wicket in Dubai, Australia needed every bit of luck to break down Pakistan's patient, time-consuming innings.

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