Pakistan v Australia: Haris Sohail scores maiden Test century in Dubai

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Imam-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 23 while Azhar Ali was dismissed for four in the last over of the day after Test debutant Bilal Asif snatched six wickets to spark a spectacular Australian collapse from 142-0 to 202 all out and put Pakistan in firm command of the first Test in Dubai on Tuesday.

Resuming overnight at 3-255, both Sohail and Shafiq batted resolutely with Australia captain Tim Paine delaying the second new ball until lunch with Pakistan moving to 4-329.

The milestone capped a remarkable return for Hafeez, who was overlooked from Pakistan's original 17-man squad and has not played Test cricket since 2016.

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DUBAI: Pakistan were 45 for three in their second innings of the first Test against Australia, having an overall lead of 325 runs.

Nathan Lyon finally broke the 205-run partnership when he had Imam caught behind in the second over after tea as the left-hander got a faint edge while going for a hard cut against the off-spinner. The wicket ended the stubborn 150-run stand between Shafiq and Sohail also ensuring Australia went into slightly relieved.

Pakistan then made a decision to pile on the agony by forcing the Australian bowlers to take the field for the third time in three days by not enforcing the follow on.

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The 29-year-old left-hander scored a patient 110 off 240 balls with eight fours and two sixes before Pakistan was bowled out an hour before stumps.

Siddle was the pick of the bowlers with 2-28. Sarfraz, then who was dropped by Aaron Finch on 8 couldn't make much of the chance as he ran himself out for 15 with Finch making amends for his earlier lapse by firing a direct throw from point to find the Pakistani captain millimetres short of his ground.

Hosts Pakistan handed a debut to offspinner Bilal Asif, with 26-test seamer Wahab Riaz selected ahead of rookie Mir Hamza. The surface has still not started acting up but with Yasir Shah and Mohammad Hafeez to tackle, the Australians will want to see these two to stay on for as long as possible.

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