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Pakistan vs Australia: Dubai witnesses a rare instance in Test cricket

Pakistan vs Australia: Dubai witnesses a rare instance in Test cricket

Concerns about Khawaja's poor record on turning tracks meant he was overlooked during last year's Test series in India and was dropped after one Test in Bangladesh.

Usman Khawaja was the top scorer with 85 runs and Aaron Finch made 62 runs for the Kangaroos.

Australia will be pleased with the way they have started in pursuit of what appears to be an improbable target to win the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Peter Siddle was the only successful bowler on Monday morning as Australia had yet to take the new ball.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 23 while nightwatchman Asif was dismissed for nought, unable to guard Azhar from coming to bat in a crucial stage.

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"I knew that my chance would come, so I waited and waited and thanks God I have done myself proud by getting six wickets on debut, it's a tremendous feeling", said Asif.

Australia batted for 100 overs against India in Ranchi past year to secure a draw, and a bigger effort will be required this time around, with Pakistan sensing an opportunity to go 1-0 up in two Test series.

Pakistan began day two at 255/3 with Haris Sohail and Mohammad Abbas on the crease.

Australia will resume on day five with Khawaja on 50 and debutant Travis Head on 34.

If the tourists are to pull off a victory they will have to surpass the highest chase in test cricket by West Indies, who managed 418-7 against Australia at Antigua in 2003.

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Pakistan earlier declared at 181-6 in their second innings, extending their lead after inflicting a dramatic first-innings Australian batting collapse.

Muhammad Abbas (R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Australian batsman Shaun Marsh during the third day of play of the first Test in Dubai on October 10, 2018.

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Left-arm spinner Jon Holland (3 for 83) dismissed Imam for 48, caught and bowled off a flighted delivery, before debutant Marnus Labuschagne trapped Sohail in front for 39 in the very next over.

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