Australia outdid themselves on the fifth day of the first test at the Dubai stadium to earn themselves a well deserved draw. With 3 wickets down at the score of 87 on Day 4, and with a target of 462 set for the Australian lineup, things looked bleak for the for Tim Paine’s men as they went ahead to survive it out on Day 5.
Travis Head hanged in there on the fifth day after a well made 72 (175) before getting out LBW by Mohammed Hafeez, and provided necessary support to Usman Khawaja, whose crucial knock of 141 (302) was pivotal for Australia to withstand the pressure from the Pakistani bowlers.
Things started to look challenging for the Aussies yet again, after losing the wicket of Khawaja by the wrist spinner Yasir Shah.
The Aussie skipper – Tim Paine’s 61 (194) resistance on the crease, along with Nathan Lyon’s 5 (34) towards the end was enough for the Kangaroos to earn a hard fought in the first Test, which left the Pakistani captain and his men frustrated at the Dubai stadium.
Australia will be the happier out of the two teams and will take this draw as a major morale boost, as the series moves to the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on the 16th of October.