Pakistan posed a huge target for the Australians to chase in the fourth innings. Pakistan declared their second innings at a score of 286 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Younis Khan struck back to back centuries for them. Chasing a target of 438 runs, the Australians struggled right from the start. They were 4 down at a score of 59 runs at stumps of the 4th day. They had to bat incredibly well to save the test, but they continued to struggle against the Pakistan bowling.
It was Chris Rogers and Steve Smith who started off with the Australian innings today. Initially, they started off things well. Slowly, they were building a good partnership and played down the dangerous initial overs quite well. But the pitch was getting slower and slower as time passed. And the Australian batsmen did struggle to score. Yasir Shah was yet again bowling brilliantly and he looks intensely promising prospect for Pakistan. The first wicket of the day was brought by Imran Khan. Rogers failed to judge a good length delivery and was bowled. Soon after that, Mitchell Marsh was dismissed soon after that by Zulfiqar Babar. And he was followed by the dismissal of Haddin. Smith remained as lone spectator at one end. Australia were thus struggling intensely and they were 7 down at the score of 105 runs. They were thus on the verge of defeat. Mitchell Johnson and Steve Smith stayed at the crease till lunch and the score was 117 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
The second session started thus. But in this session, the Australians fought back strongly. Mitchell Johnson and Steve Smith got involved in building a strong partnership. They faced the spinners well. None of Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar managed to struggle the batsmen. A good partnership was being built between Johnson and Smith. Smith completed his half century. But after defending successfully for quite sometime, Smith was dismissed by Yasir Shah at a score of 55. The valiant knock of Smith thus came to an end. Johnson even played very well. After Smith was dismissed, Peter Siddle assisted him well. Johnson completed his half century. At tea, Australia were poised at 196 for the loss of 8 wickets with Johnson batting at 54 runs.
The Australian tailenders started the third session quite valiantly. They had to defend for over 25 overs. And the battle was getting interesting. But Johnson was dismissed at a score of 61 runs off 127 deliveries by Rahat Ali. He played a brilliant knock but could not stay till the end. The final wicket of the Australian innings fell shortly after that. Thus, Australia lost the first test by a mammoth margin of 221 runs. Zulfiqar Babar took 5 wickets by conceding 74 runs while Yasir Shah took 4 wickets by conceding 50 runs.
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