Aussies hold on for thrilling draw

- ASSOCIATED PRESS, DUBAI

Oct 12, 2018-

Australia hung on for a sensational draw in the first Test against Pakistan after opening batsman Usman Khawaja scored a patient century on the last day on Thursday.

Needing an improbable 462 runs for victory, Australia batted for a draw and survived a testing last hour eight wickets down. After legspinner Yasir Shah snared Khawaja, Mitchell Starc, and Peter Siddle within eight balls, Australia captain Tim Paine, 61 not out, and No. 10 batsman Nathan Lyon (five not out) held out against Pakistan.

Australia finished on 362-8, their longest fourth innings for a draw, after 202 in the first innings. Pakistan scored 482 and 181-6 declared.

Khawaja and Head combined luck and pluck in an unbroken 128-run partnership for the fourth wicket before tea to keep alive Australia’s slim hopes of forcing a draw. Australia resumed on 136-3. The overnight pair of Khawaja and Head batted sensibly to deny the Pakistan attack in the morning session and guide their team to 215-3 at lunch. Khawaja was batting on 82, having survived a bat-pad catch off spinner Shah after Pakistan decided not to review the reprieve even though snickometer spotted a faint edge.

Debutant Head also had his share of luck as he followed his first innings duck with 70 not out before tea. He was on 44 when Shah’s lbw appeal was turned down.

Summary

Australia 202 & 362-8 (U Khawaja 141, T Head 72, T Paine 61 not out; Y Shah 4-114), M Abbas 3-56) draw Pakistan 482 & 181-6 decl (Imam-ul-Haq 48, A Shafiq 41, H Sohail 39; J Holland 3-83, N Lyon 2-58) at stumps on fifth day

Man-of-the-match: U Khawaja (AUS)

Published: 12-10-2018 08:59

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