Shafique, Imam hit centuries as Test ends in a draw
Nauman Ali lands career-best 6 wickets landmark as Australia all out for 459
March 8, 2022 11:42 AM
Australia tail enders collapse and made only 52 runs for 6 wickets on the final day of first test match at Pindi Cricket Stadium Tuesday. Australia were all out for 459 on Tuesday in their first innings against Pakistan's 476-4 declared, as the first Test headed towards a tame draw in Rawalpindi.
Resuming at 449-7, Australia lost their remaining three wickets for the addition of just 10 runs in 3.1 overs.
Pakistan's left-arm spinner Nauman Ali finished with career-best figures of 6-107, his third five-wicket haul in eight Tests.
Commentators said: "This collapse is exactly what everyone (including Australia) needed. A chance now for something, anything, to happen... maybe."
Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith frustratingly missed out on centuries, but Australia continued their strong batting response against a toiling Pakistan during a truncated day four as the first Test moved closer to an inevitable draw on a flat Rawalpindi pitch.
In reply to Pakistan's massive first innings of 476 for 4, Australia made 459 runs with all batters out and a trail by just 17 runs.
An under-pressure Australia mustered an impressive batting effort even though their top-order missed out on centuries in the first series between the teams in Pakistan since 1998. Labuschagne (90) and Smith (78) - along with Usman Khawaja (97) and David Warner (68) on day three - left hundreds on the table amid barren conditions for bowlers.
Pakistan 1st innings 476-4 dec (Azhar Ali 185, Imam-ul-Haq 157)
Australia 1st innings (overnight 449-7)
Usman Khawaja c Haq b Nauman 97
D. Warner b Sajid 68
M. Labuschagne c Shafique b Shaheen 90
S. Smith c Rizwan Nauman 78
T. Head c Rizwan b Nauman 8
C. Green c Iftikhar b Nauman 48
A. Carey b Naseem 19
M. Starc lbw b Shaheen 13
P. Cummins c Haq b Nauman 8
N. Lyon lbw b Nauman 3
J. Hazlewood not out 0
Extras (b6, lb13, nb8) 27
Total (all out, 140.1 overs) 459
Fall of wickets: 1-156 (Warner), 2-203 (Khawaja), 3-311 (Labuschagne), 4-326 (Head), 5-407 (Green), 6-422 (Smith), 7-444 (Carey), 8-455 (Cummins), 9-459 (Starc)
Bowling: Sajid 45-9-122-1, Naseem 21-2-89-1 (nb4), Shaheen 30-5-88-2 (nb3), Nauman 38.1-9-107-6 (nb1), Iftikhar 3-0-20-0, Haq 2-0-9-0, Azam 1-0-5-0
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Asif Yaqoob (PAK)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)