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On the day one of the first Test against the hosts Australia, Pakistan batting has faced a massive struggle despite getting a good start. After facing a quick batting collapse, Pakistan batsmen Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan were building up a strong partnership before the wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan suffered an unlucky dismissal.
Struggling on 94/5, Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan were trying hard to recover Pakistan’s first innings. They also finally managed to put 49 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. However, their hard-work finally became a victim of a surprising decision.
It was just the third over of the third session of the opening day of this Test match when the pacer Pat Cummins finally broke that partnership. The wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan managed a thick outside edge against Cummins’ outside off delivery which generated an extra bounce. That edge easily carried to the wicketkeeper Tim Paine and the Aussie Test captain made no mistake to grab that opportunity. At that point everything was fine. However, the third umpire went to check for a front-foot no-ball and it created a big tension in the Aussie camp.
During Mohammad Rizwan’s dismissal, many couldn’t find anything of Pat Cummins’ foot behind the crease
In the replay, Pat Cummins’ foot was seemed to land on the bowling end crease. Even after the close look, many haven’t found anything of Cummins’ left-foot behind the crease. So, it was expected that Mohammad Rizwan will be saved due to the no-ball call.
But surprisingly, the present no.1-ranked Test bowler won that battle. The on-field umpires confirmed that it was a legitimate dismissal as it was not a no-ball. Many were very surprised by that decision.
Mohammad Rizwan finally lost his wicket on 37 runs off 34 balls (7 fours) while Pakistan were struggling again on 143/6 after his dismissal.
Earlier, on the same day, Pakistan openers Shan Masood and the captain Azhar Ali provided a good start after winning the toss at the Gabba (Brisbane). They put the first wicket partnership of 75 runs. But after that partnership was broken, they lost some quick wickets and went down to 78/4 as well as 94/5.