PAK vs AUS: Imam, Abdullah set new records, Pakistan end Pindi Test in a draw against Australia

Nauman, who bagged his third Test fifer, helped Pakistan get Australia bowl out for 459

By Web Desk
March 08, 2022
Source: PCB

RAWALPINDI: Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique played throughout Day 5 to set some new records but Pakistan ended Pindi Test in a draw against Australia. 

After gaining 17-runs lead thanks to Nauman Ali's six-fer, Pakistani openers looked to score some quick runs initially but due to limited time left, the batters went on to register some records.

Returning from Tea, Abdullah scored his maiden Test hundred followed by Imam's consecutive century which made him the 10th Pakistani batter to score a century in both innings of a Test.

The two batters led Pakistan to 252-0 which is also the highest-ever partnership by the Green Caps against Australia. The previous highest was 249 between Abdul Qadir and Khalid Abdullah which they scored back in 1964. 

At Lunch, Pakistan scored 76-0 (93 lead) after charging Australian bowlers for nine boundaries and a six altogether. Imam scored 40 off 61 while Abdullah made 33 off 78.

Earlier, Nauman, who bagged his third Test fifer, helped Pakistan get Australia bowl out for 459. At one stage, it looked like Australia will take lead over Pakistan, the way Steve Smith((78), Labuschagne (90) and Cameron Green (48) rescued the visitors on Day 4. 

But, Nauman bagged Smith and Green whereas Shaheen Shah Afridi removed Labuschange on Day 4 to once again take control of the game. 

In early morning on the last day, Nauman once again started the proceedings by bagging skipper Pat Cummins (8). Afridi then removed Mitchell Starc (13) to reduce Australia to 459-9. In just the next over of Nauman, Nathan Lyon (3) fell prey to the spinner which helped Pakistan take 17-runs lead. 

Nauman finished with the figures of 107-6, Afridi bagged two for 88 while Naseem Shah and Sajid Khan managed to take a wicket each.