Winning the toss and opting to bat Pakistan started the test campaign in Australia in a good note. On the 1st day of the first test match at Brisbane openers, Shan Masood and Azhar Ali gave Pakistan a solid start with a 75 run stand upfront.
However, things started to turn from there on as Pakistan lost both the openers Masoods and Ali within a space of three balls. Masood was caught by Smith of the bowling of Cummins while Hazlewood got the edge of Ali’s bat to get him caught out at slips by Burns.
Till lunch, Pakistan was going strong with 57 for no loss and both the openers looking in good nick. In the second session, the Aussies had some other plans and made things worse for Pakistan by taking 4 wickets for 3 runs in 6.3 overs. From 75/0 Pakistan crumbled to 78/4 and then 94/5.
Pakistan’s star batsmen Babar Azam was dismissed for a score of just 1 by Hazlewood picking his 2nd wicket of the day. Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan were on the crease providing some resistance to the Pakistani innings.
With still a session and half to go in the day’s play, Pakistan would have to show the firmness that they showed for the opening stand if they want to bat throughout the day. Pakistan who is playing its 1st test of the World Test Championship would like to get some points on the board.
Earlier Australia thumped Pakistan 2-0 to take take the T20I series. The Australian tour is a first for Pakistan post the change of captaincy, whereby the Champions Trophy Winning Captain Sarfaraz was replaced by Babar and Ali for T20s and Tests respectively.