Pakistan In Control In Dubai Against Australia

Pakistan are on top at stumps on Day Three of the first Test against Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.  Chris Rogers and David Warner resumed with the Australians 113/0 overnight.  After adding 15 more Rogers was bowled by Rahat Ali for 38.  Alex Doolan only scored 5 before he was run out.

Next to go was captain Michael Clarke for just 2.  Clarke was caught by Azhar Ali off Zulfiqar Babar.  The fourth wicket of the morning fell when Yasir Shah had Steven Smith caught by Mohammad Hafeez for 22.

After lunch, the Pakistanis continued to tighten the noose when Shah bowled Warner for a fine 133 off 174 balls, which included 11 fours and two sixes.  After a 42-run partnership betweeen Brad Haddin and Mitchell Marsh it was 249/6 when Haddin was castled by Imran Khan (1/41).  Marsh was next when he was trapped lbw by Babar (2/81) for 27.

Hafeez (1/54) then had Peter Siddle out lbw without troubling the scorers.  Mitchell Johnson offered real resistance and became the innings’ second-highest scorer with 37.  Johnson was eventually dismissed by Rahat Ali (2/55) after being caught by substitute fielder Shan Masood.

Steve O’Keefe was last man out for 6, caught by Misbah-ul-Haq of Shah (3/66) as Australia crumbled to 303 all out handing the hosts a handy 151 run first innings lead.  By the close Ahmed Shehzad was on 22 with Azhar Ali on 16 and Pakistan were 38/0; a total advantage of 189 runs going into the fourth day.