The first Test match between Pakistan and Australia was drawn.
In the second innings of Rawalpindi Test, openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafiq remained prominent by scoring centuries. Pakistan scored 252 not out in the second innings. Imam-ul-Haq (136) and Abdullah Shafiq (111) remained unbeaten. Imam-ul-Haq scored 157 in the first innings.
Pakistan declared the first innings at 476 runs, in response to which Australia were bowled out for 459 in the first innings. By the end of today’s game, Pakistan scored 252 runs without loss in the second innings. The second Test will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi from March 12.
On the last day of the Test, Australia started the remaining innings at 449 for 7, but the visitors returned to the pavilion at 459 for just 10 runs. Australian opener Usman Khawaja stood out with 97 runs.
For Pakistan, spinner Noman Ali took the most 6 wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi got two wickets while Sajid Khan and Naseem Shah got one wicket each.
Due to rain and low light in Rawalpindi, the fourth day’s play was limited to 67 overs. The fourth day’s play could not start on time in the morning as the ground got wet due to continuous rain last night.
The umpires inspected the ground in the morning and decided to start the game at one o’clock in the afternoon.
On the fourth day of the game, Australia started their first incomplete innings with 271 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Marnos Luboshen scored 90 runs and fell victim to Shaheen Afridi while Steve Smith scored 78 runs. Towards the end of the day, Pakistani bowlers played aggressively and took 3 wickets early. Cameron Green (48), Travis Head (8) and Alex Carey (19) were all out.
Captain Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are on the wickets with 12 and 4 runs respectively. For Pakistan, Noman Ali took 4 wickets, Sajid Khan, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi took one wicket each.
The third day
Yesterday, the third day of the Rawalpindi Test match was stopped due to bad light and rain while Australia scored 271 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
On the third day of the Test match being played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Usman Khawaja and David Warner started the innings and scored 138 runs without any loss till the lunch break.
After which David Warner was dismissed after scoring 68 runs at the hands of Sajid Khan while Usman Khawaja also fell victim to Imam-ul-Haq on the ball of Noman Ali after scoring 97 runs. The two formed a 165-run partnership.
Australia’s Marnos Luboshen and Steve Smith took the lead and scored a total of 271 runs, but the match was called off due to poor lighting and rain. Marnos LeBushin (69) and Steve Smith (24) remained unbeaten.
The Kangaroos were batting in the first innings yesterday and scored 5 runs without any loss but the game was called off due to poor lighting.
The other day
When the game started on the second day of the Pindi Test, Pakistan had made 245 for the loss of one wicket. Pakistani batsmen continued to bat brilliantly against Australia today, former captain Azhar Ali played an innings of 185 runs with the help of 15 fours and 3 sixes.
Pakistan’s second wicket fell for 313 runs and opener Imam-ul-Haq scored 157 runs and became LBW on the ball of Pat Cummins. Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq shared 208 runs.
Pakistan scored 394 runs for the loss of 2 wickets till the tea break. After the break, captain Babar Azam was run out for 36 runs. Pakistan declared the first innings at 476 for 4. Nathan Lane, Pat Cummins and Marnos Labo Shane took one wicket each.
Three players have returned to the Pakistan team. Haris Rauf Corona reported negative while Faheem Ashraf and Hassan Ali also joined the team after completing quarantine for three days.
The national team scored 245 runs for the loss of 1 wicket on the first day. In the first Test match against Australia at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first.
Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafiq put on a fine performance to set up a 105-run partnership.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq continued his excellent batting and scored the first Test century of his career. He remained unbeaten on 132 runs with the help of 15 fours and 2 sixes while Azhar Ali gave his full support and scored 64 runs.
Nathan Lane was the lone wicket taker for Australia. Earlier, after winning the toss, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that the wicket looks very good and will try to decorate a big total on the scoreboard, the wicket may be favorable for spinners in the last days.
It should be noted that the Australian team is on a historic tour of Pakistan after 24 years. The first match of the three-match Test series between Pakistan and Australia will be played in Rawalpindi from March 4 to 8. The Australian team will play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and a T20I match during the tour of Pakistan.