Pakistan vs Australia: Dubai witnesses a rare instance in Test cricket

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At 418 for 6, Pakistan still had a good total on the board but needed a few more to feel absolutely safe. They looked in a lot of trouble in the 13 overs that they had to negotiate on day two.

Mitchell Starc, who toiled for over 32 overs and gave away 90 runs, finally got his first wicket when last man Yasir Shah got a thin edge while Siddle had Bilal Asif clean bowled. Khawaja was once again lucky a few overs later when Pakistan failed to review the umpire's decision to rule the batsman not out when he had inside-edged it to short leg. Finch fell prey to Pakistan's plan and hit one straight to short mid on and that was followed by Shaun Marsh edging one to slip.

Australia named three debutants with batsmen Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne coming into the team for its first test since the ball-tampering incident at Newlands, South Africa in March that saw captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft receive lengthy bans for their part in trying to change the condition of the ball with a piece of sandpaper. The first over after the interval brought the visitors even more joy with Babar Azam run out for 4. Sohail moved through the 90s quickly thwacking Holland for a huge six down the ground before a late-cut of the same bowler brought him a century for the very first time in Test cricket.

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An early Peter Siddle breakthrough was the only highlight of the day, bowling nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas on day two. The decision made sense with the pitch expected to deteriorate further in the last two days.

Imam-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 23 while Azhar Ali was dismissed for four in the last over of the day after Test debutant Bilal Asif snatched six wickets to spark a spectacular Australian collapse from 142-0 to 202 all out and put Pakistan in firm command of the first Test in Dubai on Tuesday.

Australia will now heavily depend on Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland to trigger a collapse but with 325 runs already in their kitty, Pakistan will fancy their chances clearly having already caused a psychological dent in the first innings.