PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
After a brilliant start in the morning session of the first day of the first Test against Australia, Pakistan self-imploded in the second session losing five wickets within 19 runs. But after anchoring around Asad Shafiq’s 76-run knock, Pakistan managed to score 240 in 86.2 overs. In their first assignment of the World Test Championship, Pakistan opted to bat first and followed it with a 75-run partnership between Azhar Ali (39) and Shan Masood (27). But soon after, the Australian pacers struck ferociously to scalp four wickets for just three runs. After the initial collapse, Asad Shafiq (76) formed partnerships with Mohammed Rizwan (37) and Yasir Shah (26) but lost their last four wickets for 13 runs. While Mitchell Starc bagged four wickets, Pat Cummins bagged three. Aussie batsman David Warner completed his second fifty in 11 innings since returning from a 12-month ban. The opener, who struggled for runs during the Ashes earlier this year, looked in fine touch as the hosts cut deep into Pakistan’s first innings tally of 240. Another opener Joe Burns also completed his half-century. After day 2 Australia trail by 121 runs with 10 wickets in hand.
Australia bowler dismissed Pakistan for 240 on the first day of the first Test. The pacemen found their length after lunch to take four wickets at the cost of three runs in one spell and leave Pakistan rocking at 125 for five at tea. Mithell Starc claimed four wickets – including the final dismissal of the innings – as Pakistan were bundled out for 240. The pick of the delivery from Starc came when he rattled Yasir Shah’s stumps with one of the best yorkers in recent times. Shah’s wicket fell as soon as the Australian skipper Tim Paine took the second new ball in the 81st over of the match and handed it over to Starc. The left-arm pacer didn’t waste time and fired in an in-swinging yorker straight into the blockhole to leave Shah gasping for air. After the ball rattled the off-stump, Shah was left amazed by the quality of the yorker and headed back to the pavilion.
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