Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Day 4: Abbas strikes thrice after Pakistan set Australia 462 to win

Mohammad Abbas three wickets Pakistan Australia 1st Test Day 4 Dubai cricket

Mohammad Abbas ended the day with figures of 3-26 off 11 overs

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Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas struck three times in quick succession to keep his side in control over Australia on the fourth day of the first Test in Dubai.

Starting off the day on 45/3, Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq and batsman Haris Sohail forged a 65-run partnership before Imam was caught and bowled by Jon Holland for 48.

Sohail followed in the next over as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of debutant Marnus Labuschagne for 39.

Sohail was not given out initially, but Australia decided to review the decision. It ended up working in their favour as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to crash into the stumps.

Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam stabilised the innings with a 71-run stand before Shafiq was caught by Mitchell Marsh at deep midwicket off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 41.

As soon as Shafiq was out, Pakistan declared on 181/6, which set Australia a target of 462 to win.

Holland was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Lyon snapped up two and Labuschagne chipped in with one.

Chasing 462 to win, Australia got off to a great start as debutant Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja amassed an 87-run partnership before Finch was given out lbw off the bowling of Abbas for 49.

Finch opted to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and hitting the stumps.

Abbas struck again two balls later as he had Shaun Marsh caught behind for a duck.

Mitchell Marsh departed in Abbas’ next over as he was trapped lbw without troubling the scorers.

Marsh was not given out initially, but Pakistan called for a review. Their gamble paid off as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump.

Khawaja and debutant Travis Head ensured Australia made it safely to stumps as they amassed an unbeaten 49-run partnership, during which Khawaja brought up his half-century.

Usman Khawaja 50 Pakistan Australia 1st Test Day 4 Dubai cricket

Usman Khawaja struck six boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 50

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Khawaja finished on 50 off 120 balls, which included six boundaries, while Head remained undefeated on 34, which came off 75 deliveries and included four boundaries.

Abbas was the only bowler to take any wickets.

Australia ended day four on 136/3, which still leaves them 326 runs away from victory, and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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