Australia's Usman Khawaja, Travis Head frustrate Pakistan victory charge

Australia's Usman Khawaja, Travis Head frustrate Pakistan victory charge

Australia's Usman Khawaja, Travis Head frustrate Pakistan victory charge

Khawaja took a single to short mid-wicket off to Mohammad Hafeez to complete his century. But the Aussies broke all the struggles and made a historic draw in the first Test of two-match Test series with Pakistan.

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, 22, has been ruled out of the second and final test after breaking his finger while fielding during Australia's second innings on Thursday.

Yasir had shaken the Australian innings with 4-114 but Australia clung on.

Pakistan had expected early wickets after jolting Australia to 136-3 at the close on the fourth day, but nothing worked for skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made multiple bowling changes. But all of a sudden Mohammad Abbas provided the much-needed breakthrough and that brought back to back wickets for Australia.

Finch, who took an unsuccessful review, hit five boundaries in his knock.


Debutant Head also had his share of luck as he followed his first innings duck with 70 not out. Then Shah claimed his first wicket of the match by snaring Marnus Labuschagne (13) lbw off a quicker legbreak.

The pair have added 128 runs for the fourth wicket to raise Australia's hopes of a draw, or even a world-record run chase.

At stumps, opener Usman Khawaja was batting on a fighting 50 and Travis Head on 34, as the pair had added an invaluable 49 for the unbroken fourth-wicket stand to prolong the visitors' resistance on a tired and spinning pitch.

Before the ninth wicket partnership with Lyon, Tim Paine had a 79 run partnership with Usman Khawaja for the sixth wicket.

Jon Holland, who took the key wicket of Azhar Ali for four on Tuesday, dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq for 48, caught and bowled off a flighted delivery. Finally, Paine and Lyon managed to deny a win for Pakistan with their stay till the conclusion of play. Usman Khawaja was awarded as the man of the match for his match saving knocks in both innings.

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