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Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test: Hafeez hits hundred as Pakistan dominate Australia

08 October 2018

Despite the emotional rally and a new-look Test side for Australia, the squad struggled to make an impact early against Pakistan.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first, before the hosts handed a debut to offspinner Bilal Asif, with 26-test seamer Wahab Riaz selected ahead of Mir Hamza.

If an lbw appeal shows the point of impact between the stumps and pads is more than 2.5 metres, an umpire's decision can not be overturned.

Yasir looms as a major weapon for Pakistan with the pitch already showing signs it is beginning to deteriorate.

The absence of Smith and Warner was certain to be a significant factor with three debutants among the visitors' top six for the first Test in Dubai.

The part-time legspinner struck minutes before tea, removing Asad Shafiq (80) with a ripping delivery which caught the right-hander's edge. Azam was slow off the blocks and unfortunately for him, Labuschagne fired a clean throw right over the stumps finding the batsman a few inches short. Labuschagne has been assigned the Number 6 slot and came in place of opener Matthew Renshaw. "So I wanted to get out of that panic situation and I am happy that I have done that today". At stumps, Pakistan were 255 for the loss of three wickets with Haris Sohail, 15* and night watchman Mohammad Abbas at one* on the crease.

It was a welcome change of fortunes for Lyon after he was earlier foiled by the DRS.

Australia delayed taking the new ball which eventually worked in Pakistan's favour with both Shafiq and Sohail getting a measure of the surface.

Paine called for a review and replays showed the ball was projected to hit the wicket but the umpire's call could not be overturned because Sohail was too far down the pitch. Nathan Lyon also chipped in with two wickets for 114 runs in 54 overs.

"I would've taken it after four overs, so I'm about an hour-and-a-half out", former Test batsman Mark Waugh said on Fox Sports.

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test: Hafeez hits hundred as Pakistan dominate Australia