It was the first day of the first test match held between Australia and Pakistan with the Dubai International Cricket Stadium serving as the neutral venue. The game on the first day though gifted a lot, yet has left the spectators of the United Arab Emirates in utter suspense. With Pakistan winning the toss and electing to bat first, keeping in mind the slow outcome of the dry pitch and the humid climate at the end of the fifth day of the test match, the match started. The match served as a launching pad for the four youngsters, two from each of the teams, namely M.R. Marsh and S.N.J. O’Keefe from Australia, and Imran Khan and Yasir Shah from Pakistan. Umpires M. Erasmus of South Africa and RA Kettleborough of England along with the TV umpire N.J. Llong of England, Match referee R.S. Madugalle of Sri Lanka and Reserve umpire Ahsan Raza of Pakistan were all of immense repute.

It was the early morning in the well-dressed Dubai International Cricket Stadium that the two Pakistan openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez came to bat. But luck did not favour them. The undue pace and swing of the Aussie pace-man Mitchell Johnson outnumbered the upcoming list of batsmen of Pakistan. Even Peter Siddle did not leave any stones unturned as the two lethal pace bowlers of Australia completely destroyed the Pakistan opening slots and catapulted Australia’s chances of winning the match. It was Mohammad Hafeez who was dismissed first by Mitchell Johnson. The speed of the ball measured 144.5 kph, as the searing yorker struck full on his toe. The in-swing had him in a right tangle, he had to play around his front pad, head falling over awfully. He seemed right in line with all three stumps. Should not have gone for the review, but he had and by all accounts, he had wasted one. Brutal pace and dangerous swing gets him. Then it was Ahmed Shehzad’s turn out to get back to the dressing room as Peter Siddle’s good length ball angled in at him and Shehzad tried to use it and clip it away through midwicket, but was jumped too far across outside off and exposed his stumps. Finally, the partnership that helped Pakistan come out of the initial tragedy of losing two wickets real quick is that of Azhar Ali and Younis Khan. Azhar scored 53 runs off 167 balls while Younis scored a mighty ton of 106 runs from 223 balls, before they were both been dismissed by the speed-star Mitchell Johnson.

At the end of the day when the stumps were down finally and the sun going to be masked by the sunset rather, the score deemed to be quite satisfying for Pakistan as compared to the horrifying start that they did at the early beginning of the day. Pakistan scored 219 for the loss of 4 precious wickets and still with hope remaining for them in the name of Misbah-ul-Haq (on the pitch with 34* runs off 103 balls) and Asad Shafiq (on the pitch with 9 runs off 36 balls) after the first day’s 90 dot overs and Australia firmly wishing to bowl well the next day as well, with attacks in store like Mitchell Johnson (having got 3 wickets today), Peter Siddle (having got a wicket today), O’Keefee, Marsh, Lyon and Smith.


SCORECARD:

 

Pakistan innings219/4(90.0)

R/R: 2.43

 

Batsman

Status

Runs

Balls

4s

6s

SR

Ahmed Shehzad

b Peter Siddle

3

9

0

0

33.33

Mohammad Hafeez

lbw b Mitchell Johnson

0

2

0

0

0.00

Azhar Ali

c Alex Doolan b Mitchell Johnson

53

167

6

0

31.74

Younus Khan

lbw b Mitchell Johnson

106

223

10

1

47.53

Misbah-ul-Haq (C)

Batting

34

103

1

0

33.01

Asad Shafiq

Batting

9

36

1

0

25.00

Sarfraz Ahmed (W)

           

Zulfiqar Babar

           

Imran Khan

           

Yasir Shah

           

Rahat Ali

           

 

 

Extras: 14 (b – 2, w – , no – 12, lb – , penalty – 0)

Fall of Wickets

1/1 (Mohammad Hafeez 0.5ov.)
2/7 (Ahmed Shehzad 3.1ov.)
3/115 (Azhar Ali 52.5ov.)
4/198 (Younus Khan 80.2ov.)

 

 

 

 

     Bowlers

O

M

R

WKT

NO

WD

ECON

Mitchell Johnson

20

13

22

3

0

0

1.1

Peter Siddle

17

8

27

1

0

0

1.59

Stephen O’Keefe

15

2

49

0

0

0

3.27

Mitchell Marsh

11

4

18

0

0

0

1.64

Nathan Lyon

24

3

78

0

0

0

3.25

Steven Smith

3

0

11

0

0

0

3.67