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Pakistan suffer innings defeat in first Test against Australia

Right-hander makes 104 before being dismissed

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Photo: AFP

Babar Azam’s 104 and Muhammad Rizwan’s half-century helped keep Australia at bay for a while but it merely delayed the inevitable as the Men in Green lost by an innings and five runs in Brisbane.

The visitors were dismissed for 335 in the second innings in response after they had conceded a massive 340-run lead in the first innings.

The visitors were trailing by 72 runs with only four wickets in hand at tea but could by then harbour realistic hopes of avoiding an innings defeat.

The visitors had been 196 runs as they went into lunch at 144-5 but Babar and Rizwan’s 132-run stand helped bring some respectability to the score before Babar was dismissed by Nathan Lyon when he nicked one through to Tim Paine behind the stumps for 104.

Rizwan has found impressive support in Yasir Shah as well and the two are currently involved in an unbeaten 42-run partnership.

The side had been reduced to 94-5 after Asad Shafiq and then Iftikhar Ahmed had both been dismissed on ducks but a 50-run stand between wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan and Babar has helped Pakistan settle the ship a bit.

Centuries by David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne had helped Australia amass 580 in response to Pakistan’s 240.

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