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The first Test of the three-match series between Australia and Pakistan ended in a draw. The pitch did not help the bowlers. The curator faced a lot of criticism for making a dead pitch. The Australian bowler could take only four wickets in the entire Test match. Pakistan batted first in that game and managed to score 476 runs at the end of the first innings.
Imam ul Haq and Azhar Ali led with the bat. Imam-ul-Haq played a brilliant innings of 157 runs in 358 balls, while Azhar Ali managed to score 185 runs in 361 balls. For the Australian bowling attack, Lyon, Cummins and Labuschagne took a wicket each.
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cameron Green could not take a single wicket in the match. Given that the Karachi pitch is likely to help the spinners, Mitchell Swepson should make his Test debut.
However, Australia batted brilliantly in the second innings. All the four top-order batsmen made valuable contributions with the bat. Khawaja was just 3 runs away from a century, while Marnus Lubuschagne was 10 runs short of a century.
David Warner also made a valuable contribution of 68 runs in 114 balls, while Steven Smith also scored 78 runs in 196 balls. All four are likely to break into the top four once again before the second Test.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, you don’t expect any change in the top five. Faheem Ashraf, however, has passed the rapid antigen test and is likely to make a comeback in the test team. Also, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf have recovered and will be in contention for the second Test.
Pakistan and Australia have played 67 Test matches in the history of the longest format. Australia dominated the rivalry, winning 33 Tests, while Australia emerged victorious on 15 occasions. 19 matches were drawn.
Both the teams are currently playing a three-match Test series in Pakistan. The first test match ended in a draw. The second Test is to be played from 12 to 16 March 2022 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
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