Spinner Babar reduces Australia to 117-7 at lunch
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar brought Pakistan closer to victory in the first test Sunday by reducing Australia to 117-7 at lunch on the fifth and final day.
Babar (4-38), claimed the wickets of Mitchell Marsh (3) and Brad Haddin (0) cheaply after fast bowler Imran Khan ended Chris Rogers resistance by clean bowling the left-hander for 43 off 131 balls.
Smith was fighting a grim battle, unbeaten on 31 off 105 balls with Australia, chasing a stiff target of 438 runs. Australia still needs another 321 runs with only three wickets in hand.
Mitchell Johnson was batting on 7 at the break.
Resuming on a precarious 59-4, Rogers and Smith defied Pakistan for over an hour and took the score to 92 before Imran, coming round the wicket, struck with a full delivery that knocked back Rogers’ stumps.
Marsh, playing his first test, didn’t look at ease against the spinners on a turning wicket before Azhar Ali took a brilliant reflex catch at silly point for his dismissal.
Haddin also struggled for 10 deliveries and was bowled by Babar off a straight delivery for a duck when he left a big gap between bat and pad.
Pakistan didn’t concede a single boundary in the morning session with both Rogers and Smith trying to see off the Pakistan spinners by playing cautiously.