1st Test: Ton-Up Usman Khawaja Helps Australia Save Draw Against Pakistan

Opener Usman Khawaja hit a combating hundred to foil Pakistan and lend a hand Australia break out with a draw within the first Check in Dubai on Thursday. The left-hander hit a cast 141 for his 7th Check hundred, whilst skipper Tim Paine (61 no longer out) and Travis Head (72) additionally hit part centuries as Australia completed at 362-Eight overdue within the day with lighting approaching at Dubai stadium. After Khawaja was once pushed aside with 14.Three overs left and Yasir Shah briefly got rid of Mitchell Starc (one) and Peter Siddle (nought), Paine and quantity ten Nathan Lyon (5 no longer out) survived 12.1 overs. Each had some apprehensive moments earlier than gamers shook palms with one ball to move in leg-spinner Yasir’s ultimate over.

Yasir had shaken the Australian innings with Four-114 however Australia clung on. They’ve now gained two and drawn two in their 16 Assessments in Asia since 2012.

Australia’s hero was once Khawaja, who began the day on 50 no longer out as Australia resumed on 136-Three.

Khawaja and Head added 79 earlier than lunch as Pakistan didn’t take a wicket within the first consultation. The pair sooner or later placed on a useful 132 runs for the fourth wicket.

Khawaja, who was once born in Pakistan however moved to Australia as a kid, batted for 8 hours 44 mins and confronted 302 balls earlier than he was once 6th guy out within the ultimate consultation. He was once trapped leg-before sweeping Yasir.

Khawaja, who hit 11 obstacles, had a best ranking of 26 in 5 earlier Assessments in Asia.  

His innings was once the second one longest within the fourth innings of a Check, in the back of England’s Michael Atherton’s 645 minute vigil in scoring 185 no longer out in opposition to South Africa in Johannesburg in 1995. It was once the very best fourth-innings ranking by means of any visiting batsman in Asia, beating New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori’s 140 made at Colombo in opposition to Sri Lanka 9 years in the past.  

Pakistan began the day wanting seven wickets to win however not anything labored for skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, in spite of more than one bowling adjustments.

Pakistan will have had Head leg-before off leg-spinner Yasir on 44, however Sarfraz didn’t assessment umpire Richard Kettleborough’s no longer out choice. Replays confirmed the ball was once hitting the stumps.

Pakistan had been simplest rewarded after they took the second one new ball as quickly because it was once due and Hafeez trapped Head leg-before with the primary ball. Australia wobbled however Khawaja and Paine, who batted for three hours and 39 mins, ensured a draw. 

The second one Check begins in Abu Dhabi from October 16.

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq will omit the fit after he suffered a fractured finger fielding on Thursday.

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