BRISBANE: Australia se t a daunting 490-run target for Pakistan to chase in the first test of the three match series in Brisbane on Saturday.
Half centuries form Usman Khwaja (74) and captain Steven Smith’s (63) help Australia to amass 490 runs target. Pakistan has two days and one session in the first day-night Test to chase down the mammoth total.
Pakistan managed to score 142 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 429 courtesy Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 59, however, their bowlers, in the second innings, were again unable to restrict the hosts.
At dinner, Peter Handscomb (35) and Matthew Wade (one) were unbeaten when Australia declared their innings on 202-5.
For Pakistan, Rahat Ali was the most successful bowler with two wickets from his 10 overs for 40 runs. Leggie Yasir Shah and left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir bagged one wicket each.
Pakistan’s first innings total was 88 runs short of the 230 required to avoid the follow-on but captain Steve Smith elected not to enforce it and put his team in to bat the touring side out of the game.
Pakistan’s pacemen took two early wickets, but captain Smith (eight not out) and Usman Khawaja (13) survived to tea, with Australia on 40 for two. Opener David Warner was out for a free-swinging 12, skying a pull shot off Mohammad Amir for an easy catch at mid-on for Wahab Riaz.
Rahat Ali grabbed his first wicket of the match when he had opener Matt Renshaw edge to Younus Khan for six in the slips. Pakistan lost an early review for caught behind on Smith on his first ball and the Australian skipper smashed a boundary on his next.