Yet another day had gone in favour of Pakistan in the Test match. However, Australia also fought their skin out in saving the game in Dubai. Though there are any notable performances by any certain individual, the game has been pretty much in the pocket of Pakistan vs Australia 2018.

Pakistan sets a target of 462:

Starting the day on 45/3, Pakistan kept playing the attacking cricket, as they had nothing to lose. However, the Australians played smart cricket by approaching the game defensively to kill enough time in the Test match.

Imam U Haq knocked 48 to his name while Asad Shafiq scored 41 before Sarfraz Ahmed declared the innings. In reply to the chase, Australians once again got the sterling start from Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja.

Asad Shafiq, Pakistan vs Australia 2018
Asad Shafiq Image Source Twitter

Mohammed Abbas shines again:

Just when things looked in control of Australia, Muhammad Abbas once again delivered the goods for the team. He got Aaron Finch by trapping him Leg Before Wicket (LBW) and then sent Marsh brothers in quick succession.

First, he got the nick of Shaun Marsh to Sarfraz Ahmed then followed it up by trapping Mitchell Marsh plumb in front of the wicket.  However, apart from Muhammad Abbas, none of the bowlers made an impact on the game on day four.

Muhammad Abbas, Pakistan vs Australia 2018
Muhammad Abbas picked up three wickets in the last session of the fourth day in Dubai. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, the senior campaigner, Usman Khawaja is battling it out for Australia in Dubai alongside the debutant, Travis Head, who registered duck in his first innings for Australia.

The fielding department was also not up to the mark, as they failed to convert those half chances into wickets. All in all, an interesting fifth day of the Test match is at the store on Thursday.

Brief scores of Day 4 play in the first Test of Pakistan vs Australia 2018:

Pakistan – 482-all-out.

Australia – 202-all-out (Usman Khawaja 85; Bilal Asif 6/36, Abbas 4/29)

2nd Innings:

Pakistan – 181/6 (Imam 48*, Shafiq 41, Holland 3/83)

Australia – 136/3 (Usman Khawaja 50*, Finch 49, Abbas 3/26)

Match Progress – Pakistan led by 326 runs at the end of Day 4 play

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