Dubai Test: Australia deny Pakistan victory after Khawaja 141

Marcus Newton
October 12, 2018

Usman Khawaja batted bravely for almost nine hours to make 141 and help Australia salvage a draw in the first test against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.

Khawaja made the highest score in the fourth innings of a Test in the United Arab Emirates, spending 524 minutes at the crease - taking him to 767 in total - in a heroic 302-ball knock, but the tourists looked to be heading for defeat when Yasir Shah took three late wickets.

Khawaja followed up his first innings score of 85 with a fighting 82 not out while debutant Head was unbeaten on 70 for his maiden half-century, both blunting Pakistan's spinners. He hit five fours in his 175-ball knock.

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.

Pakistan, who were 45-3 overnight, declared 7.5 overs after lunch on 181-6 at the fall of Asad Shafiq's wicket for 41.

But Paine and Lyon thwarted Pakistan bowlers over the last 12 overs to pull off a remarkable draw.

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

But Paine and Lyon batted resolutely against Shah (4-114), seamer Mohammad Abbas (3-56), and offspinner Bilal Asif, who took six wickets in the first innings but none in the second.

Pakistan were only rewarded when they took the second new ball as soon as it was due and Hafeez trapped Head leg-before with the first ball.

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. After the quickfire from the leg-spinner Yasir Shah, the captain Tim Paine took the responsibility himself.

Khawaja completed his century off 224 balls with 10 fours.

Pakistan failed to get a single wicket in the first session after Australia resumed at 136-3.

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