Oman Observer (Oman) – DUBAI: Hard-working fast bowler Mohammad Abbas took three wickets in seven balls to bring Pakistan closer to victory in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.

Summary

  • DUBAI: Hard-working fast bowler Mohammad Abbas took three wickets in seven balls to bring Pakistan closer to victory in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.
  • At stumps opener Usman Khawaja was batting on a fighting 50 and Travis Head on 34 as the pair had added an invaluable 49 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand to prolong Australia’s resistance on a weary and spinning Dubai stadium pitch.
  • Pakistan will need seven more wickets while Australia require another 326 runs for an improbable victory to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, with the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from October 16.
  • Abbas has figures of 3-26 to add to his four wickets in the first innings, but leg-spinner Yasir Shah was still wicketless in the match.
  • — AFP scoreboard Pakistan 1st innings 482 Australia 1st innings 202 Pakistan 2nd innings Imam-ul-Haq c & b Holland 48 Mohammad Hafeez c Labuschagne b Holland 17 Bilal Asif c Head b Lyon 0 Azhar Ali lbw Holland 4 Haris Sohail lbw Labuschagne 39 Asad Shafiq c M Marsh b Lyon 41 Babar Azam not out 28 Extras: (b 2, lb 2) 4 Total: (for six wkts dec; 57.


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