Newcomer Asif rocks Australia in first Test

Sherman Parsons
October 10, 2018

Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne were also making their debuts as Australia continue to explore their options in the absence of banned duo David Warner and Steve Smith, but neither could score a single run on Tuesday.

Usman Khawaja was the top scorer with 85 runs and Aaron Finch made 62 runs for the Kangaroos.

No Test side has ever successfully chased a fourth-innings target greater than 418 anywhere in the world.

The veteran Mohammad Hafeez (126) and Imam-ul- Haq (76) had put Pakistan in command on the first day with their 205-run opening partnership.

But Sohail (88 not out, 202 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) was still going strong as Pakistan were 417/5 at tea.

Sohail was given not out but the decision was overturned on review.

Bilal, 33, thrived in his maiden test with figures of 6-36 and Abbas snared 4-29.

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Australia have only won on three occasions in Test cricket after conceding at least 482 runs in the first innings.

Imam (23 not out) will return to try and extend Pakistan's already sizeable lead when play resumes on Wednesday.

In a spell of 22 balls Asif took four wickets as Australia slumped to 180-5 by tea.

Shaun Marsh of Australia walks from the pitch after being dismissed by Bilal Asif of Pakistan during day three of the first test.

Before Asif's brilliance Abbas had forced Finch to drive straight into the hands of Asad Shafiq at short mid-on.

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.

Earlier in the day Finch was more confident as he punched two boundaries and a six off Yasir before sweeping Asif for a boundary to reach his half-century.

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