Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test: Hafeez hits hundred as Pakistan dominate Australia

Tim Paine

Tim Paine

Ever since the very bad incident in March, the Australian team and the players have received a hostile reception especially ahead of the Test series in Dubai.

Mohammad Hafeez (48) and Imamul Haq (36) are unbeaten at lunch on day one as Pakistan reach 89/0 against Australia.

Left-hander Haris Sohail (15, 53 balls, 1 six) and night-watchman Mohammad Abbas (1, 13 balls) will resume Pakistan's first innings on Monday.

Openers Mohammad Hazeef (126) and Imam-ul-Haq (76) earlier combined for a 205-run stand to leave the hosts in a commanding position.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and made a decision to bat, and Hafeez and Imam laid the platform for a big first innings as Australia´s pace-cum-spin attack was held wicketless before tea.

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Hafeez, whose last of 50 Test appearances came in England two years ago, brought up his tenth Test century with two boundaries off Mitchell Starc before pushing spinner Jon Holland for two. Holland could have had Hafeez caught in the deep for 74 but Mitchell Marsh dropped a hard chance in the 45th over. Pakistani opener and veteran Mohammad Hafeez is returning to the national team after almost two years. "I would have been doing something else had I not been stopped".

Pakistan went to tea at 0-199 but their scoring slowed to a crawl after Nathan Lyon broke the drought in the second over of the final session, luring Imam (76) into a false shot with the faint edge well held by Tim Paine behind the stumps. Azhar Ali departed with a little over three overs remaining, caught at mid-off by Mitchell Starc for an 80-ball 18 while trying to hit Holland out of the ground.

Spin duo Lyon (1-63) and Holland (1-72) shouldered the bulk of the workload with Starc and Siddle both appearing to struggle at times in the punishing conditions.

Three Australian players are making Test debuts in this match - Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.

Australia's most prolific offspinner continued to ask questions of the Pakistani openers but Holland made a nervous start to his Test return, going for eight off his first over and conceding an Imam six over midwicket in his fourth over.

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