It was a stunning effort by the Australians in Dubai to draw the game against Pakistan on the day five of the first Test. The brilliant batting display by Usman Khawaja and the spirited knock by the skipper Tim Paine helped Australia to save the Test match. The effort from the duo helped Australia head into the second game of Pakistan vs Australia 2018 Test series without any pressure.
Pakistan would be the disappointed team after sitting on the driver’s position throughout the game. However, Usman Khawaja registered a sensation hundred to battle the first two sessions of the game while Tim Paine carried on throughout the day.
Usman Khawaja knocks 141:
The southpaws Usman Khawaja and Travis Head batted sensibly in the first session of the day by putting Pakistan players chasing the leather more often than not. They both went on to stitch a superb 132-run partnership for the fourth wicket thus giving hope to the team.
The wicket was needed, and Mohammed Hafeez provided the breakthrough for Pakistan. Meanwhile, Marnus Lambuschagne too walked back with 13 runs to his name thus letting Pakistan make a comeback into the game.
However, Tim Paine stood tall for Australia when it mattered the most. He stitched a 79-run partnership with Usman Khawaja to kill the overs in the middle.
Just when things looked like turning in Australia’s way, Yasir Shah got the better of Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle in quick succession.
Once again the game drifted in Pakistan’s way, as they were required only two wickets to bag the Test match. However, Tim Paine played with the firm determination by saving the wicket of Nathan Lyon, who also played 34 deliveries on the other end.
All in all, it was the heroic knocks from Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine to save the Test match. The Australian skipper walked back with an unbeaten 61* runs to his name.
Brief scores of Pakistan vs Australia 2018 first Test:
Pakistan – 482-all-out.
Australia – 202-all-out (Usman Khawaja 85; Bilal Asif 6/36, Abbas 4/29)
Pakistan – 181/6 (Imam 48*, Shafiq 41, Holland 3/83)
Australia – 362/8 (Usman Khawaja 141, Tim Paine 61*; Yasir Shah 4/114)
Match Result – The game ended in a Draw