Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Day 2: Australia fight back after Sarfraz’s century

Warner remained unbeaten on 75 at the end of the day

Warner remained unbeaten on 75 at the end of the day

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Australia opening batsman David Warner smashed an unbeaten 75 to help his side fight back after Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed scored a quickfire century on the second day of the first Test in Dubai.

Ahmed was well supported by Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who made 69, and batsman Asad Shafiq, who scored 89.

Starting out the day on 219/4, ul-Haq and Shafiq converted their 21-run partnership into a 93-run partnership, during which ul-Haq brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Mitchell Johnson at long-on off the bowling of Steven Smith.

Ul-Haq’s excellent knock of 69 came off 182 balls and included two boundaries and two sixes.

Ul-Haq (left) scored a vital 69

Ul-Haq (left) scored a vital 69

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Shafiq and Ahmed kept the runs flowing with a 124-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Shafiq was caught by debutant Mitchell Marsh off the bowling of Australia’s other debutant, Steve O’Keefe.

Shafiq’s brilliant innings of 89 came off 151 deliveries and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Shafiq hit five boundaries and two sixes during his innings of 89

Shafiq hit five boundaries and two sixes during his innings of 89

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Pakistan debutant Yasir Shah only made two runs before he was caught by Chris Rogers off the bowling of O’Keefe.

Zulfiqar Babar managed to make seven runs before he decided to retire hurt. Towards the beginning of his innings, Babar suffered a nasty blow on his right hand off the bowling of Johnson and looked to be in a lot of pain as his middle finger was bleeding. However, he decided to continue on for a short while before he decided to call it quits.

Ahmed went on to score his second Test century before he was stumped by Brad Haddin off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Ahmed’s career-best knock of 109 came off 105 balls and included 14 boundaries.

Ahmed celebrates after scoring his second Test century

Ahmed celebrates after scoring his second Test century

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Lyon struck again just two balls later when Rahat Ali was caught by Rogers at deep midwicket for a duck.

Since Babar was unable to bat again, Pakistan finished on 454.

Johnson was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Lyon and O’Keefe snapped up two wickets apiece and Smith and Peter Siddle claimed one wicket each.

Trailing by 454, Australia got off to a superb start as Warner and Rogers amassed an unbeaten 113-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before stumps was called.

Warner ended up making 75 off 77 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Rogers remained undefeated on 31 off 110 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Australia ended day two on 113/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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