Hello and welcome to the second-day highlights of the Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test match from Rawalpindi. The game of Day 1 absolutely goes to hosts Pakistan as Imam ul Haq slammed a load as Australian pacers struggled miserably on the flat track.
How’s the time difference?
As you know Pakistan is presently six hours behind the eastern seaboard of Australia, which makes it quite good for Aussie viewers. Match will start at 10 am local for every of the Test matches, which is 4 pm AEDT, 3.30 pm in Adelaide, and 1 pm in Perth.
Stumps is planned at 11 pm AEDT every night (10.30 pm Adelaide, 8 pm Perth) but we all be familiar with there’ll likely be an extra half-hour used to get them over in. Daylight reserves end in Australia on April 3 this year, so it won’t influence the Test series.
The Australians will carry black armbands and there will be one-minute silence before the start of the game to remember Rod Marsh, the famous Australian wicketkeeper-batter who passed away Friday morning, aged 74.
Highlights of match day 2:
As the game proceed we all know Imam-ul-Haq hit a brilliant first Test century on Friday and guided Pakistan to a strong 245-1 in its former home test next to Australia in 24 years.
The left-hander stopped up the opening day of the first test on 132 not out on a usually slow and grassless subcontinent wicket. Veteran Azhar Ali is also remained solid on 64 not out.
“It’s been a hard day for me, but that’s how you progress,” said Imam, who played his previous test against Australia in December 2019 before returning Friday to face 271 balls in his marathon comeback innings.
Australia might have ignored a trick by picking to go with its three frontline fast bowlers, who barely troubled the hit with both the latest and old ball. Australia still used its three casual spinners — Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, and Steve Smith — without any incentive.
“In conditions of selection, it’s like some other selection,” Australia’s interim head coach Andrew McDonald said. “I’d like to think that we can judge (selection) over five days and not in isolation of one day.”
Imam and Azhar left without Australia any hope of a get through with the changed ball in the 10 overs before stumps and stretched their second-wicket companionship to 140.
“I thought Pakistan played really well,” McDonald said.
The isolated Australian professional spinner, Nathan Lyon (1-87), got the bare success of the day for the guests when he send away Abdullah Shafique for 44 just before lunch, but not earlier than a 105-run opening wicket place with Imam. Azhar and Imam then bothered Australia for the complete two sessions by supporting up to one more century stand.
After 27 months, Imam, playing in his 12th test and showed grit all over the day against fast bowlers and spinners once Captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bat.
Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and skipper Pat Cummins barely disturbed the top order of Pakistan in their dumpy spells as they bowled 45 overs between them.
Lyon earlier extorts a brief exit the wicket with the new ball but both openers conquered the spinner via using their feet and increasing a century stand. Imam raised his century in the previous match when he drove Starc through the wrap for his 13th boundary moreover hitting two straight sixes against Lyon.
Shafique also had a narrow escape but Head dropped a tricky chance at leg slip in Lyon’s second over, a ball after the spinner was spank for a straight six.
Imam had before raised his half-century by dragging Cummins to square leg boundary for a four and passing his batting partner formerly Australia temporarily applied the offspin of Head and Lyon.
It’s the initial time Australia has played a test match in Pakistan since 1998 because of concern over protection from some attacks in Pakistan. It’s a three-match test series.
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