Pakistan Battle Back On Day One Against Australia

Pakistan had a solid, if not spectacular start to their Test series against Australia on Day One of the first Test on Wednesday in Dubai.  The hosts won the toss and batted but were in early trouble at 7/2 having lost both openers.  Mohammad Hafeez was first to go when he was trapped lbw by Mitchell Johnson for a duck.

Peter Siddle (1/27) bowled Ahmed Shehzad for 3 and the visitors were on top at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.  Azhar Ali and Younis Khan then knuckled down for the Pakistanis.  The pair added 108 for the third wicket in a testing atmosphere.

Ali got to 53 before Alex Doolan caught him off Johnson.  Captain Misbah-ul-Haq stayed with Khan for 83 runs before the former’s innings finally ended.  Khan’s 24th Test century included ten fours and a six before he was an lbw victim to Johnson (3/22) for 106.

At stumps the skipper was on 34 and Asad Shafiq had 9 with Pakistan on 219/4.