Australia have made a great start to their Test summer against Pakistan after the visitors opted to bat first at the Gabba in Brisbane. Pat Cummins was once again back to his normal duties as he led the pace attack alongside Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc. But the top-ranked fast bowler got the benefit of the doubt from the third umpire as he dismissed Pakistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan to have the visitors in deep trouble.
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The ongoing Test match which underwent from today will be remembered as the first Test of Steve Smith and David Warner at home after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018. While they are yet to showcase their skills with the bat, the bowlers help Australia take early honours in the match as they broke Pakistan’s backbone in the batting order after making a good start.
Shan Masood and skipper Azhar Ali got Pakistan off to great start seeing off the difficult first hour. They added 75 runs for the first wicket before Pat Cummins drew the first blood before Masood for 27. Josh Hazlewood struck in the very next over to remove Ali to have Pakistan at 75 for two from 75 for no loss. Harris Sohail, Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed followed the suit as the visitors were reeling at 94 for five.
Pat Cummins gets the benefit of the doubt
Mohammad Rizwan started the counter-attack taking on the Aussie bowlers while Asad Shafiq played a patience game. Rizwan struck seven boundaries in his 37-run knock before Pat Cummins had the last laugh. But did Cummins got lucky? It seems so.
The Aussie quick floated this one at a length and got it to shape away from wide of off. The Pakistan batter could have let it go, but Mohammad Rizwan was batting positively. With minimal footwork, he went chasing it, got a thick edge and Tim Paine did the rest. This was coming, one shot too many from Rizwan and Pat Cummins has his man. But the umpire wanted to check the front-foot no-ball. It looked like a tight encounter with nothing behind the popping crease but the third umpire gave the benefit of doubt to the bowlers as Australia had Pakistan at 143 for six.
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