PAK vs AUS: Imam’s maiden Test century put hosts in command after Day 1 of series opener
PAK vs AUS: After Day 1 of the first Test against Australia in Rawalpindi on Friday, Pakistani opener Imam ul-maiden Haq’s Test century placed Pakistan in command.
As day one of the series opener finished on 1-245, Australia claimed a single wicket while limiting Pakistan’s run rate below three per over. Abdullah Shafique (44) and Azhar Ali (64*) both contributed strong knocks to Imam’s innings.
Having won the toss and opted to bat first. Pakistan hitters made full use of the flat batting paradise on offer in Rawalpindi. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood, the legendary Australian speed trio, were unable to produce any movement off the surface as the openers breezed through the opening exchange.
The openers almost made it through the first session unscathed before Shafique’s rush-of-blood moment took him down.
With one over remaining before lunch, the right-handed batter was one huge hit away from a half-century. And decided to go for broke against Nathan Lyon. Pat Cummins covered decent ground to collect a diving catch charging to his right from mid-off. After he didn’t make the intended connection. Pakistan went into the break at 105/1 as the wicket shattered the 105-run opening stand.
Pakistan went 171/1 for tea after having no victory in the middle session for visitors. Imam started calmly after the interval, barely eight runs short from his first test century. With a check drive off Starc in the 66th over, he finally got his maiden Test tonne.
Lyon assisted the visitors in completing the day’s quota by allowing Imam (132*) and Azhar (64*) to bat to stumps at 245/1.
Pakistan 245/1 in 90 overs (Imam ul-Haq 132*, Azhar Ali 64*; Nathan Lyon 1-87) vs Australia.