Dubai (October 07, 2018): Pakistan were at 255 for 3 as they ended the first day of the first Test against Australia in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
Hafeez, a late inclusion in the squad after a double hundred in a domestic match, led the run-feast with a knock of 126 — his 10th Test hundred — during a 278-minute stay at the crease and put on 205 runs for the opening stand with Imam-ul-Haq, who made a career-best 76.Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat, and Hafeez and Imam laid the platform for a big first inning as Australia s pace-cum-spin attack was held wicketless before tea.
Hafeez, whose last of 50 Test appearances came in England two years ago, brought up his hundred by pushing spinner Jon Holland for two after hitting a pair of boundaries off Mitchell Starc the previous over.
He was given a life on 74 when Mitchell Marsh could not hold on to a tough chance on the boundary off the bowling of Holland having covered some 20 yards in the outfield.
Hafeez, whose innings included 15 boundaries, was finally trapped leg before wicket by Peter Siddle by a ball which beat him on the front push.It was only after tea that Australia were able to take wickets, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon getting Imam caught behind in the 63rd over of the day.
Imam hit seven boundaries and two sixes — both off Holland — to improve on his previous best score of 74 not out made against Ireland at Malahide in May.
Azhar Ali scored 18 before giving away his wicket to Holland, caught at mid-off by Starc.
Australia captain Tim Paine brought on Lyon in the ninth over but Pakistan reached lunch at 89-0 before adding a further 110 runs in the second session.
Lyon, Holland and Siddle finished a challenging opening day with a wicket apiece.
Australia handed Test caps to Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne while Pakistan included off-spinner Bilal Asif for his first Test at the age of 33.
Earlier, Professor Muhammad Hafeez had smashed ton in a comeback test match against Australia in Dubai Test. Sarfaraz Ahmed after winning the toss choose to bat first.
Both Openers Muhammad Hafeez and Imamul Haq playing confidently and were on the screen solid as a rock.
Muhammad Hafeez smatched ton with the help of 12 fours after facing 171 balls.
However, In their previous Test series in UAE (2014), Pakistan completely outplayed Aussies by a fascinating 2-0 margin. Buoyed by the batting of Azhar Ali, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, the hosts went on to win those games by 221 and 356 runs.Aussies bowling will mostly rely on Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc. Lyon has been their key wicket taker in recent times.
Pakistan has played just three Tests this year two against England and one against Ireland. Their most recent saw them draw with England 1-1.After winning the first Test by nine wickets at Lord’s, they succumbed to an innings defeat inside three days at Headingley. Prior to that, they defeated Ireland in their first Test by five wickets.
Pakistan Playing XI: Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Imamul Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz.
Australia Playing XI: AJ Finch, UT Khawaja, SE Marsh, TM Head, MR Marsh, M Labuschagne, TD Paine (c) †, MA Starc, PM Siddle, NM Lyon, JM Holland.