The first day of the first test which started at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on 7 October 2018, was a day of fluctuating fortunes.

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Overs 90: Pakistan 228/3 (Hafeez 126)

Pakistan wins the toss, bats first

The Aussies sweated it out in the first two sessions and Pakistan seemed to be on the way to build a massive total. However, as always, the Pakistani batsmen fettered away the advantage and lost wickets in quick succession. At stumps, Pakistan were 255 for the loss of three wickets with Haris Sohail, 15* and night watchman Mohammad Abbas at one* on the crease.

Pakistan chooses to bat after winning the toss, and it seemed to be a right decision. Pakistan got to a flying start and veteran all-rounder Hafeez gave Pakistan a solid start. He added 205 runs along with Imam-ul-Haq who made a quickfire 76. Hafeez made 126 before he was trapped LBW against pace bowler Peter Siddle.

Swinging fortunes

Australians toiled in the first two sessions and were wicketless. However, the Kangaroos got their act together after tea and Pakistan lost three wickets in quick succession. The first break came two over after tea when Imam-ul-Haq edged an out swinging ball off Nathan Lyon to end the 205 runs opening partnership with Mohammad Hafeez. Mohammed himself became victim to a ball from Peter Siddle.

Hafeez’s dismissal brought the Pakistani run blitzkrieg to a halt and to add to the agony lost another wicket when Azhar chipped Jon Holland to mid-off.

Australian fielding has deteriorated

The Australian fielding was a pale shadow of its former self. Catches were dropped at regular intervals, Hafeez granted two chances between lunch and tea.

Australia plays the test with three new faces, Queenslander Marnus Labuschagne and the comeback of veteran paceman Peter Siddle. Labuschagne has been assigned the Number 6 slot and came in place of opener Matthew Renshaw. The bowling lineup is composed of Peter Siddle who came in place of Michael Neser and spinners Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland.

The first Test between Pakistan and Australia will be live on Sony ESPN and live streaming on Sony Liv app.

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