Australia have lost their only warm-up game ahead of the first Test by 153 runs against Pakistan A.

The Australians, chasing 339 to win, were bowled out for 185 in their second innings with paceman Mohammad Talha (3 for 32) and left-arm spinner Raza Hasan (3 for 60) destroying Australia’s plans for some useful practice.

Pakistan ‘A’ had made 8 for 305 (dec) and 3 for 306 (dec) in their two innings. Australia had made 8 for 273 (dec) in their first knock.

Needing 339 runs for victory in a minimum 90 overs on the last day, Australia’s top order crumbled to 49-3 before opening batsman Phillip Hughes (65) and Mitchell Marsh (35) added 68.

Opening batsman Chris Rodgers was run out in the first over, Clarke departed in the third while Glenn Maxwell (18) hit three boundaries before Mohammad Talha (3-32) found the outside edge inside the first hour.

Australia’s middle-order collapsed against left-arm spinner Raza Hasan (3-60), who struck off successive deliveries by getting edges off Marsh and James Faulkner to the slips.

Hasan brightened his chances of making his test debut in the absence of the suspended Saeed Ajmal when he had Peter Siddle (41) caught behind. Talha then quickly folded the innings by claiming the last two wickets as Australia was bowled out just before tea.

It was Australia’s first defeat on the tour after beating Pakistan in the one-off Twenty20 and also recording a 3-0 win in the one-day series.

The Australians were due to return to Dubai ahead of the First Test against Pakistan on Oct 22nd.


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