Pakistan opener Abdullah Shafique has thrown away his wicket simply minutes earlier than the lunch break to reward Australia its first breakthrough.
Australia’s first Test in Pakistan in 24 years is lastly right here.
The historic fixture is Usman Khawaja’s first style of cricket in his nation of delivery and can also be Australia’s first Test following the departure of coach Justin Langer.
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The match will start shrouded by the demise of Aussie cricket legend Rod Marsh with the Aussie group indicating it is going to be sporting black armbands this take a look at to honour the 74-year-old.
Pakistan has received the toss and elected to bat first in Rawalpindi.
Second session underway
After a one-hour lunch break, the gamers are again out within the center.
Pat Cummins and the Australians can be determined for an early breakthrough, whereas Pakistan’s Imam-Ul-Haq can be eyeing a maiden Test century.
Lyon will get breakthrough after opener’s mind fade
Pakistan opener Abdullah Shafique has thrown away his wicket simply three minutes earlier than the lunch break, making his manner again to the pavilion for 44.
Shafique charged down the pitch and regarded to slap Nathan Lyon via mid-wicket, however the free shot as an alternative flew straight up within the air. Australian skipper Pat Cummins claimed an aesthetic catch at mid off.
Pakistan No. 3 Azhar Ali makes his manner out to the center needing to outlive one over earlier than the interval.
Fifty partnership up for Pakistan openers
Pakistan openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq have introduced up their fifty-run partnership in Rawalpindi, reaching the feat within the 18th over.
After simply 16 overs, the Australians turned to Travis Head’s part-time off-spin in hope of unearthing a breakthrough on the turning wicket.
Lyon into the assault early
After simply seven overs, off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been launched to the assault.
And he’s producing loads of flip in his first over — manner too early to inform, however maybe deciding on only one strike spinner was a mistake.
Lyon didn’t bowl a single supply in Australia’s most up-to-date Test at Hobart.
Soon after, skipper Pat Cummins discovered the skin fringe of Abdullah Shafique’s bat, nevertheless it didn’t carry to David Warner at first slip.
Pakistan opener survives early assessment
Australia have already wasted a assessment, with Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq surviving an LBW shout within the fifth over.
Mitchell Starc struck the left-hander excessive on the pad, and captain Pat Cummins known as for the assessment after the umpire shook his head.
But Hawkeye replays confirmed the Kookaburra was going over the stumps, and the Aussies have two unsuccessful critiques remaining.
And we’re underway in Rawalpindi
Opener Abdullah Shafique survives the primary supply from Mitchell Starc, and Pakistan are already off to a greater begin than England within the Ashes.
There have been 11 Tests performed at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, and solely twice has the group that batted first received the match.
Ashes hero Scott Boland axed
Australia has confirmed its beginning XI for the primary Test in opposition to Pakistan, with three tempo bowlers named for the collection opener in Rawalpindi.
Ashes hero Scott Boland, who claimed 18 wickets at 9.55 in opposition to England this summer time, has been changed by Australian stalwart Josh Hazlewood.
Nathan Lyon will function the lone tweaker, regardless of hypothesis Australia would play two strike spinners for the primary Test — Queensland’s Mitch Swepson will as soon as once more have to attend for a Baggy Green.
Meanwhile, David Warner and Usman Khawaja will open the batting.
Play is scheduled to get underway at 4pm AEDT. Pakistan has received the toss and elected to bat first.
Australian XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Pitch ambush isn’t what was predicted
Aussie captain Pat Cummins has performed down fears his group is beginning at a drawback whereas enjoying on a Pakistan pitch for the primary time.
Australia haven’t toured Pakistan since 1998 as safety points stored worldwide groups from visiting, and because of this are unfamiliar with the native pitches.
However, Cummins stated the wicket doesn’t look like something out of the peculiar.
“It looks like a good wicket … as expected,” Cummins advised reporters on the eve of the match.
He stated Australia would in all probability go into the Test with three fast bowlers or two spinners.
“We just want to have another look at the wicket,” he stated.
Rain pressured each groups to cancel their apply classes on Thursday, however the forecast is obvious for Friday and most of Saturday, with showers seemingly on the final three days of play.
Despite the climate, Cummins and Azam have been equipped for the historic Test — to be performed in entrance of a sellout 16,000 crowd in Rawalpindi, the garrison metropolis simply south of the capital, Islamabad.
The Aussie skipper refused to simply accept that Pakistan can be fielding a depleted aspect because of accidents to star quick bowler Hasan Ali and all-rounder Faheem Ashra.
“It’s a loss for the Pakistan side, but there’s always another guy that can step up,” he stated.
The second Test is in Karachi from March 12 whereas the third match is in Lahore beginning on March 21.
Australia and Pakistan may also play three one-day internationals and one Twenty20.
— with AFP