Pakistan strike with new ball against Australia after first Test hit by weather – Sport

Pakistan caught two Australian wickets with new balls on Monday, but the first test headed to a draw after the entire morning session was defeated by the weather.

Australia went 364-4 from the car after losing to Marnus Labuschagne by 90 and Travis Head by eight on the in-form. Pakistan announced a total of 476-4 innings, still 112 strokes away.

At the break, Steve Smith was 61 and Cameroon Green was 18, and the results grew darker and darker over time.

Overnight rain flooded the outfielder at Rawalpindi Cricket Ground, and after three checks, the referee finally allowed the game to begin after lunch.

Australia, who won the night 271-2, was rewarded right away with a 288-2 tie as Pakistan received the second new ball in over par 80.

Left arm paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi pushed the edge of Labuschagne, which Abdullah Shafique took while diving to his right from a slip.

World No. 1 test hitter Labuchanho hit 12 boundaries in 190 minutes.

He added 108 for the third wicket with Smith hitting seven boundaries so far in half a century of his 34th test.

Head, who had just become the best of the series in Australia’s 4-0 Ashes game back home in January, met two boundaries before misrepresenting drive-off spinner Nauman Ali and falling behind wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan.

Nauman is Pakistan’s best bowler with a 2-1 record at 29 over par.

Australia has been to Pakistan for the first time since 1998, and has previously declined due to security concerns.

The second test in the series will take place in Karachi from March 12-16, and the third test in Lahore from March 21-25.

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