Australia sprint Pakistan’s desires by drawing first Check
The primary Check between Pakistan and Australia resulted in a draw on Thursday after the Inexperienced Shirts didn’t handle to take the 2 wickets required to realize a 1-Zero lead within the two-match Check collection.
Despite the fact that Yasir Shah took three wickets in fast succession to revive Pakistan’s hopes for victory, the lull that adopted quickly after made the sport fairly uninteresting by the final over.
His third and fourth sufferer within the recreation had been Mitchell Starc (1) and Peter Siddle (0) quickly after he had taken the essential wicket of set batsmen and hero of the day — Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja (141) — whose preventing hundred had stored Pakistan’s victory bid in examine — needed to departed for the pavilion as Shah took him on a lbw attraction within the 126th over.
The batsmen was unbeaten on 120 for his seventh Check century and with him skipper Tim Paine was 19 not out as Australia — set a frightening 462-run goal — have to bat out one other 31 overs for a draw.
Khawaja had added an invaluable 132 runs for the fourth wicket with Travis Head (72) as Pakistan failed to get a single wicket in the first session after Australia resumed at 136-3.
He took a single to short mid-wicket off to Mohammad Hafeez to complete his century that has so far included 11 boundaries.
No team has successfully chased more than the 418-7 West Indies made against Australia in the Antigua Test in 2003.
Pakistan had expected early wickets after jolting Australia to 136-3 at the close on the fourth day, but nothing worked for skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made multiple bowling changes.
Pakistan could have had Head leg-before off leg-spinner Yasir Shah on 44, but Sarfraz did not review English umpire Richard Kettleborough’s not out decision when replays showed the ball hitting the wickets.
Pakistan were only rewarded after lunch when they took the second new ball as soon as it was due and Hafeez trapped Head leg-before with the first ball.
Yasir Shah took his first in the match when he dismissed Marnus Labuschagne for 13.