Pakistan make Australia pay for bowling selections with dominant display

  • First Test D1: Pakistan 245-1 v Australia in Rawalpindi
  • Nathan Lyon bowls 31 overs but lacks spinning support

Australia were left to rue the decision to go without a second spinner in Rawalpindi after Pakistan closed at 245 for one on the opening day of the first Test. On a wicket with no grass that is proving particularly slow, Australia endured their hardest day opening in the field in more than three years.

The Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq was the star for the hosts on one of their biggest days of cricket in decades, scoring his maiden Test ton with an unbeaten 132. He combined in stands of 105 and 140 with Abdullah Shafiq (44) and Azhar Ali (64 not out), with the latter on track for his third century against Australia. More worrying than the score for Australia will potentially be the surface. They are set to bat fourth on a wicket that already showed signs of staying low, with Pakistan playing two specialist spinners to their one in Nathan Lyon.

Continue reading…First Test D1: Pakistan 245-1 v Australia in RawalpindiNathan Lyon bowls 31 overs but lacks spinning supportAustralia were left to rue the decision to go without a second spinner in Rawalpindi after Pakistan closed at 245 for one on the opening day of the first Test. On a wicket with no grass that is proving particularly slow, Australia endured their hardest day opening in the field in more than three years.The Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq was the star for the hosts on one of their biggest days of cricket in decades, scoring his maiden Test ton with an unbeaten 132. He combined in stands of 105 and 140 with Abdullah Shafiq (44) and Azhar Ali (64 not out), with the latter on track for his third century against Australia. More worrying than the score for Australia will potentially be the surface. They are set to bat fourth on a wicket that already showed signs of staying low, with Pakistan playing two specialist spinners to their one in Nathan Lyon. Continue reading…[#item_full_content]

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