Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia
Oct 10 2018
Earlier in the day Finch was more confident as he punched two boundaries and a six off Yasir before sweeping Asif for a boundary to reach his half-century.
Peter Siddle, pick of the Australian bowlers with 3-58, got the lone success in the first session when he had nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas clean bowled.
Pakistan then chose 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.
Pakistan won the toss and cruised to 0-165 from 55 overs on day one on Sunday, with veteran allrounder Mohammad Hafeez unbeaten on 89 and Imam-ul-Haq 65 not out.
Australia's hopes of salvation had rested on the shoulders of Paine and vice-captain Mitch Marsh after tea.
Australia's most prolific offspinner continued to ask questions of the Pakistani openers but Holland made a nervous start to his Test return, going for eight off his first over and conceding an Imam six over midwicket in his fourth over.
Asif dismissed the inexperienced Australia top order, and fast bowler Mohammad Abbas chipped in with 4-29 as the batsmen couldn't cope with seam or spin on a pitch where Pakistan compiled 482 in their first innings.
Marsh was lucky to still be at the crease at tea after Yasir Shah failed to get his hands to a caught-and-bowled opportunity while the Australian was on three.
Australia named three debutants with batsmen Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne coming into the team for its first test since the ball-tampering incident at Newlands, South Africa in March that saw captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft receive lengthy bans for their part in trying to change the condition of the ball with a piece of sandpaper. Finch played a couple of cut shots for boundaries off Yasir which was followed by Khawaja putting away a short and wide delivery off Wahab Riaz.
Holland could have had Hafeez caught in the deep for 74 but Mitchell Marsh dropped a hard chance in the 45th over.
Australia will now heavily depend on Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland to trigger a collapse but with 325 runs already in their kitty, Pakistan will fancy their chances clearly having already caused a psychological dent in the first innings. The opening wicket produced 205 runs with Imam-ul-Haq who scored 76.