Haris Sohail registers maiden Test hundred as Pakistan make 482

Tim Paine

Tim Paine

Last time Australia played three debutants in the same Test was quite recent at Adelaide against South Africa in November 2016 - Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson.

Opener Usman Khawaja and Travis Head defied Pakistan with some solid batting to take Australia to 215-3 at lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test in Dubai on Thursday.

Usman Khawaja of Australia looks dejected after being dismissed by Bilal Asif of Pakistan during day three of the first test.

The 29-year-old left-hander scored a patient 110 off 240 balls with eight fours and two sixes before Pakistan was bowled out an hour before stumps.

"I didn't play test cricket for over two years, but I always backed myself", Hafeez said, after hitting 15 fours in his 208-ball 10th test hundred that spanned almost 4 1/2 hours.

"I used the crease to bring the ball in and got wickets from those deliveries", he said.

Khawaja and Finch had a tricky spell to get through and though both Yasir and Hafeez appealed to have the latter trapped in front, he survived through to stumps.

Khawaja, who was named man-of-the-match for his efforts, said it was a special feeling to win score hundreds for Australia.

If Australia still wish to win this match they will have to rewrite the history books as the highest chase in all Test cricket is West Indies´s 418-7, made against Australia at Antigua in 2003.

Head was given not out and Sarfraz decided against a review but replays showed he was plumb.

The visitors had lost all their ten wickets for just 60 runs giving Pakistan a handsome first innings lead of 280 runs.

Debutant Marnus Labuschagne then had Haris Sohail caught close to the slips for 39, leaving Pakistan at 110-4.

His fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq was a lot more aggressive in his knock of 76, as the first-wicket pair added 205 runs after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat on a dry wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Holland had figures of 3-83 from 20 overs while off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 2-58.

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