Yasir’s late strike fails to avoid first test’s draw


DUBAI: The late strike by Yasir Shah failed to help Pakistan win the first test as Australian captain Paine stood till the last over with 61 runs to draw the test.
Chasing a daunting target of 462 runs, Australia played out the entire last day and lost just five wickets having resumed on 136-3. Yasir Shah took four wickets.
Usman Khawaja followed up his first innings score of 85 with a fighting century while debutant Head went back to the hut after scoring 72 runs. 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.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.No team has successfully chased more than the 418-7 West Indies made against Australia in the Antigua Test in 2003.


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