Babar Azam's Blinder During Pakistan-Australia Test Sends Twitter Into A Frenzy

Babar Azam's Blinder During Pakistan-Australia Test Sends Twitter Into A Frenzy

Babar Azam's Blinder During Pakistan-Australia Test Sends Twitter Into A Frenzy

Usman Khawaja batted bravely for almost nine hours to make 141 and help Australia salvage a draw in the first test against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday. Khawaja batted for eight hours and 44 minutes, facing 302 balls en route to his 141.

Khawaja, 31, who spent nearly nine hours at the crease for his 141 and also scored 85 in the first innings, helped the Aussies survive 140 overs as they chased an improbable 462 to win.

The overnight pair of Khawaja and Travis Head played sensibly to deny the Pakistan attack in the morning session and guide their team to 215-3 at lunch.

Needing an improbable 462 runs for victory, Australia batted for a draw and survived a testing last hour eight wickets down.

Pakistan scored 482 and 181-6 declared.

After looking vulnerable against the spinners for the first half hour on a deteriorating pitch, Australia captain Tim Paine settled down and built a crucial partnership with Khawaja.

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Khawaja and Paine seemed to be carrying Australia to safety in their sixth-wicket stand lasting 36 overs. It was the highest fourth-innings score by any visiting batsman in Asia, beating New Zealand's Daniel Vettori's 140 made at Colombo against Sri Lanka nine years ago.

Jon Holland, who took the key wicket of Azhar Ali for four on Tuesday, dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq for 48, caught and bowled off a flighted delivery.

Khawaja completed his century off 224 balls with 10 fours, becoming only the fifth Australian to score a hundred in the fourth innings of a test match in Asia. Then Shah claimed his first wicket of the match by snaring Marnus Labuschagne (13) lbw off a quicker legbreak.

At stumps, opener Usman Khawaja was batting on a fighting 50 and Travis Head on 34, as the pair had added an invaluable 49 for the unbroken fourth-wicket stand to prolong the visitors' resistance on a tired and spinning pitch.

Australia's hero was Khawaja, who started the day on 50 not out as Australia resumed on 136-3.

Khawaja and Head added 79 runs together in the first session, and Khawaja led them in gathering 74 more in the second session.

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