Haris Sohail scored 110 off 240 balls, an innings that was laced with eight boundaries and two hits over the fence. @ Getty Images
Haris Sohail scored 110 off 240 balls, an innings that was laced with eight boundaries and two hits over the fence. @ Getty Images

Haris Sohail, playing in his sixth Test, scored his maiden century, while Asad Shafiq’s 80 ensured Pakistan stay in control of the first Test in Day 2 against Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday. Australia, replying to Pakistan’s first innings total of 482, finished the day at 30-0.

Resuming their first innings at their overnight score of 255/3, Pakistan lost Mohammad Abbas (1), who was sent as the night watchman on Day 1, early in the day to Peter Siddle. Pakistan were 260/4 when Abbas departed. Shafiq and Sohail made up for the early loss and stitched a 150-run stand for the fifth wicket as the duo made the Aussies bite the Dubai dust.

The dangerous-looking partnership was broken by Marnus Labuschangne, who dismissed Shafiq, his first Test wicket in his debut match. Shafiq scored 80, which came in 165 deliveries, that included nine boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind by skipper and wicketkeeper Tim Paine off Labuschagne.

Babar Azam failed to impress with the bat as he was run out by Labuschagne for four runs. In the meanwhile, Sohail went on to score 110 off 240 balls, an innings that was laced with eight boundaries and two hits over the fence, before he was caught behind off Nathan Lyon.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who was run out by Aaron Finch, was off colour as he mustered only 15 runs. Pakistan’s debutant Bilal Asif departed for 12 to give Siddle his third wicket. Pakistan were bowled out for 482 after Yasir Shah, making his comeback to Tests after a year, was caught behind to give Mitchell Starc his first wicket of the innings.

For Australia, Siddle returned with three wickets, while Lyon and Starc snapped two and one each respectively. Jon Holland and Labuschagne claimed one wicket apiece.

Australia’s openers, debutant Aaron Finch (13) and Usman Khawaja (17) survived a tricky 13 overs, that included four overs of leg spin from Shah, as ended their day trailing Pakistan by 452 runs.

Brief scores: Australia 30/0 trail Pakistan 482 (Mohammad Hafeez 120, Haris Sohail 110, Asad Shafiq 80; Peter Siddle 3/58) by 452 runs