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Pakistan vs Australia - 2nd Test

Series: Australia v Pakistan in UAE, 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: 16-20 October 2018

Pakistan 282/10 (81 Ovs) RR: 3.48 | Day 1: Innings Break

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Australia have started their innings on a wobbly note. The unfortunate wicket of Khawaja, caught down the leg side, and then the dismissal of the nightwatchman Siddle on the last ball of the day has put the tourists on the back foot. Their batsmen will look to occupy the crease for a longer duration of time on Day 2 and try to get a decent lead. Join us at 1000 local (0600 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

Earlier, Pakistan fought back well after an initial collapse to get their total up to 282. Nathan Lyon was simply unplayable in the first session but made no impact after that. The surprise package of the day was Marnus Labuschagne, who was brought on by Paine to get a breakthrough and that's exactly what he did. The leggie got three and managed to restrict the hosts below 300.

A fairly even first day of this Test, however, you can argue that it is slightly tilting in favor of Pakistan. They have managed to close off the day, which did not start on an ideal note for them in the first session, on a high.

6.6
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6.6: Abbas to Siddle, OUT! Abbas strikes on the very last ball of the day. What a brilliant way to end the day for Pakistan. Abbas dishes this on a good length around off, Siddle again looks to block this off from within his crease. The ball hits the deck and deviates into the batsman. It beats Siddle's tentative push on the inside and raps him flush on the pads in front of the stumps. It's very close as Pakistan go up in a huge appeal. Surprisingly, the umpire turns it down. Sarfraz does not wait any time and goes for the review. replays roll in and display three reds on the screen which means that Siddle will not come out to bat tomorrow morning. That is STUMPS ON DAY 1.

Review taken by Pakistan for an LBW decision. The batsman in question is Peter Siddle.

6.5
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6.5: M Abbas to Siddle, Attacks the stumps with a good length delivery, Siddle though does well to keep it out from his crease.
6.4
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6.4: M Abbas to Siddle, Just too wide of off to entice the batsman into a shot.
6.3
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6.3: M Abbas to Siddle, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Three more to go for the day.
6.2
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6.2: M Abbas to Siddle, Fires this full and wide of off, Peter shoulders arms to let that one through.
6.1
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6.1: M Abbas to Siddle, Bouncer! Gets the short ball to rise sharply onto the batsman. Siddle does well to sway away from the line by leaning back.
5.6
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5.6: Y Shah to Finch, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Australia have survived the Yasir threat for the day.
5.5
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5.5: Y Shah to Finch, Similar ball is dealt with similarly by playing it towards point.
5.4
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5.4: Y Shah to Finch, Goes back to this loopy ball in line with the stumps, Finch taps it into the point region off the back foot.
5.3
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5.3: Y Shah to Finch, Tossed up ball again around off, Finch watchfully blocks it out off the back foot.
5.2
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5.2: Y Shah to Finch, Defended off the front foot by the Aaron presenting the full face of the bat.
5.1
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5.1: Y Shah to Finch, Flighted outside off, Finch shoulders arms to let that one through.
4.6
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4.6: M Abbas to Siddle, Abbas attacking the stumps drifts slightly down leg. Siddle plays it down the leg side and picks up a brace for it.
4.5
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4.5: M Abbas to Siddle, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
4.4
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4.4: M Abbas to Siddle, Waits for this flatter and a bit shorter ball outside off, opens the bat face and glides it through the point region to get a brace.
4.3
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4.3: M Abbas to Siddle, Siddle has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Peter Siddle, the nightwatchman, comes in to bat.

4.2
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4.2: M Abbas to Khawaja, OUT! Pakistan have drawn first blood. A bit lucky but this but a really good grab by the Pakistan captain. The hero from the last match has to walk back to the pavilion. Abbas keeps it on a good length on middle and leg and angling into the batsman. Khawaja looks to flick it but the ball takes the faintest of nicks and flies behind down the leg side. Sarfraz dives to his right fully stretched and pouches this low and one handed. The umpires want to check if the catch is clean and they go upstairs with the soft signal as out. Replays roll in and show that the edge carries easily to Sarfraz behind. This is also the 50th Test wicket for Abbas.

Both the umpires have a chat regarding a catch down the leg side and decide to go upstairs.

4.1
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4.1: M Abbas to Khawaja, Abbas starts the over from around the wicket. Lands this full around off, Usman drives it to covers from the crease.
3.6
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3.6: Y Shah to Finch, FOUR! That's smashed away. Tossed up right in the slot, Finch stands his ground and lofts it powerfully over mid off for a boundary.
3.5
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3.5: Y Shah to Finch, Slows this up as he bowls it full and just outside off, blocked from the front foot.
3.4
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3.4: Y Shah to Khawaja, Khawaja drills this full delivery down the ground and gets to the other end.
3.3
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3.3: Y Shah to Finch, Darted in full and quick, flicked past short mid-wicket by Finch for a single.
3.2
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3.2: Y Shah to Khawaja, Walks down the track and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
3.1
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3.1: Y Shah to Khawaja, Full and quick on off, Usman with a tame push on the off side.
2.6
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2.6: M Abbas to Finch, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
2.5
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2.5: M Abbas to Finch, FOUR! Nudged very fine onto the leg side for the first boundary of the innings. Abbas errs in line and fires this down the leg side. Finch does well to get some bat on it and to tickle it fine down the leg side to cross the rope there.
2.4
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2.4: M Abbas to Finch, Fuller on middle and leg stump line, Finch flicks it away with a wristy shot.
2.3
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2.3: Abbas to Finch, Big appeal for an LBW, given not out though. That is some good seam bowling from Abbas. He lands this on a good length on off. The ball nips back in to beat Finch's forward defense and rap him on the pads. The Pakistan team go up in an appeal in unison, the umpire refuses and the hosts decide not to go for the review.
2.2
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2.2: M Abbas to U Khawaja, Dishes this a bit fuller on off, Usman drives it towards mid off and gets a quick run for it.
2.1
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2.1: M Abbas to Khawaja, Continues in that corridor around off, Khawaja has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
1.6
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1.6: Mir Hamza to Finch, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
1.5
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1.5: Mir Hamza to Finch, On a good length again and straight in line with the stumps, Finch flicks it towards square leg.
1.4
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1.4: Mir Hamza to Finch, Not out. Finch goes for the pull to this short of a length ball angling into his body. The ball though rises a bit more than he expects on him. Gets the gloves and rolls fine towards fine leg. The batsmen run back for a second as the fielder throws it back to Sarfraz who takes the bails off and appeals for a run out. Replays show that Finch is comfortably in.

The third umpire called into action for a run out appeal against Aaron Finch. He looks safe though.

1.3
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1.3: Mir Hamza to Finch, Fires this one on his pads, Finch works it onto the leg side.
1.2
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1.2: Mir Hamza to Finch, A bit fuller and outside off, Finch drives this through covers to get a brace.
1.1
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1.1: Mir Hamza to Finch, Starts with a good length ball around off from over the wicket. Finch defends off the back foot and with a straight bat.

Mir Hamza to bowl from the other end.

0.6
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0.6: M Abbas to Khawaja, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
0.5
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0.5: M Abbas to U Khawaja, Rising off the deck, from a good length, Khawaja manages to defend it off the top half of the bat down on the off side.
0.4
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0.4: M Abbas to Khawaja, Stays back and keeps it out off the back foot.
0.3
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0.3: M Abbas to Khawaja, A bit further away from the off stick, another leave from the batsman.
0.2
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0.2: M Abbas to Khawaja, Shaping away from around off, on a good length once more, Khawaja lets it be.
0.1
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0.1: M Abbas to Khawaja, Length delivery on middle and off, Khawaja defends it well from inside the crease.