Khawaja Misses Century As Pakistan Spinners Strike In First Test

Rawalpindi, Pakistan, March 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – sixth Mar, 2022 ) :Australian opener Usman Khawaja missed out on a century as Pakistan’s spinners managed a double breakthrough on the third day of the opening Test in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

At tea, Australia have been 222 for two with Marnus Labuschagne unbeaten on 33 and Steve Smith on 12.

Australia path by 254 runs with eight wickets remaining after Pakistan declared their first innings at 476-4.

Pakistan-born Khawaja was caught at ahead brief leg by Imam-ul-Haq for 97 as he gloved a reverse sweep off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali.

Umpire Aleem Dar dominated him not out, however Pakistan got the wicket on evaluation.

Khawaja’s 219-minute knock included 15 boundaries, and he placed on 156 for the opening wicket with David Warner, who made a pretty 68.

Warner fell within the eighth over after lunch when he missed a sq. drive and was bowled by off-spinner Sajid Khan.

Earlier, Khawaja and Warner scored at greater than 4 an over within the morning session, a distinction to the Pakistan first innings which lasted two days and 162 overs.

Pakistan’s seam bowling duo and their three sluggish bowlers discovered the Rawalpindi cricket Stadium pitch as unresponsive because the vacationers did on the primary two days when solely 4 wickets fell, with little spin and no reverse swing.

But Pakistan solely had themselves responsible for not making a vital breakthrough as Khawaja was dropped twice in a slipshod fielding show by the hosts.

Fawad Alam spilled an easy likelihood at gully off a miscued minimize when Khawaja was on 22, a lot to the frustration of bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Khawaja took full benefit of the reprieve, hitting three successive boundaries earlier than reaching his fifteenth Test half-century off simply 67 balls.

He was additionally let off by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan this time when Khawaja, on 62, gloved an opportunity whereas attempting to reverse-sweep a Nauman supply.

Australia are on their first tour to Pakistan since 1998, having beforehand refused to tour the nation over safety fears.

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