Pakistan can sense victory after a dominant Day Four display at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium against Australia on Saturday in the first Test. Resuming on 38/0 Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali ultimately put on 71 for the opening wicket before Ali was caught by Brad Haddin off Steve O’Keefe for 30. Younis Khan then joined Shehzad and constructed a strong 168-run partnership.
O’Keefe (2/112) would eventually trap Shehzad lbw for 131, but not before the Pakistani opening batsman ten fours and four sixes for a superb century. Sarfraz Ahmed played a cameo 15 from 18 in support of Khan who brought up a ton of his own. His superb 103 included six fours and two maximums as Pakistan declared on 286/2, setting the tourists 438 for victory.
A decent 44-run stand opened proceedings for the Australians before David Warner departed. Warner was stumped by Ahmed off Zulfiqar Babar for 29, which in typical Warner fashion came off 27 deliveries. Alex Doolan lasted five balls before Babar (2/22) bowled him out for a duck.
Spin twin Yasir Shah then joined the fun to dismiss Michael Clarke for 3 lbw. Nathan Lyon was sent in as a nightwatchman but the ploy backfired as Lyon was also an lbw victim to Shah (2/8) without scoring as the Australians plunged into further trouble.
At stumps Steven Smith was on 3 and Chris Rogers on 23 with the Aussies 59/4 and left with a huge task to save the match.