1st test: Pakistan moves to 328-5 v Australia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq returned to batting form with a resilient half century as Pakistan moved to 328-5 against Australia at lunch on the second day of the first test cricket on Thursday.
Misbah, who scored 67 runs in two tests against Sri Lanka in August, made a defiant 69 from 182 balls before playing a loose drive to legspinner Steve Smith to give Australia its only wicket of the morning session.
Asad Shafiq (56), dropped by Alex Doolan from offspinner Nathan Lyon’s first ball of the day, was batting with Sarfraz Ahmed (27 from 18 balls) at the interval.
Resuming at 219-4, Misbah and Shafiq swelled the fourth-wicket stand to 91 and kept Australia at bay on a slow pitch until the Pakistan captain, who hit two fours and two sixes, threw away his wicket.
Australia’s pick of the bowlers, Mitchell Johnson with 3-33, opened the day with two successive maiden overs, but Misbah and Shafiq showed aggression against Lyon and the other bowlers by putting on 48 runs in the first hour.
Misbah, 34 overnight, reached his 26th test half century by sweeping Lyon for a single, and also hit Smith for a straight six before perishing late in the first session.
Shafiq, who scored a century and led Pakistan A to victory in the warm-up match against Australia last week, completed his half century just before lunch, and has hit four boundaries.
Ahmed made his intentions clear quickly when he straight drove and then cut Smith for two boundaries off his first four deliveries, and also struck two more fours off Johnson and Lyon.