Pakistan And Australia Delicately Poised

It was a case of honours even at stumps on Day Two of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.  The Pakistanis resumed on 219/4 with Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq at the crease.  The pair continued from where they had left off and ultimately put on 93 runs for the fifth wicket.

The skipper was first to go when Steven Smith (1/50) had him caught by Mitchell Johnson for 69.  Sarfraz Ahmed then joined Shafiq and piled on the misery.  The pair added 124 for the sixth wicket before Shafiq departed for 89 when he was caught by Mitchell Marsh off Steve O’Keefe.

Yasir Shah only scored 2 before O’Keefe (2/107) had him caught by Chris Rogers but Shah hung around long enough to help Ahmed notch his century.  The wicketkeeper was next out when his Australian counterpart Brad Haddin stumped him off Nathan Lyon for a lightning 109 off 105 balls.    Ahmed clubbed 14 fours along the way.

Lyon (2/148) then dismissed Rahat Ali without scoring, caught by Rogers.  Zulfiqar Babar was forced to retire hurt when on 7 and so the Pakistani innings ended on 454 all out.  Peter Siddle finished on 1/50 while Mitchell Johnson grabbed 3/39.

Rogers and David Warner then dominated during their 31 overs at the wicket.  At the close Rogers had ambled to 31 while Warner powered 75 from 77 deliveries with the Aussies on 113/0.