Opener and overnight batsman Imam ul Haq and new batsman Haris Sohail put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket before the duo were removed in successive overs.
Opener and overnight batsman Imam ul Haq and new batsman Haris Sohail put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket before the duo were removed in successive overs.

Starting the day at 45/3 Pakistan added runs at a brisk pace scoring 110 runs in 33.4 overs for the loss of two more wickets to reach at 155/5 at lunch on day four of the 1st Test against Australia at the Dubai international stadium.

Opener and overnight batsman Imam ul Haq and new batsman Haris Sohail put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket before the duo were removed in successive overs.

Imam, who has scored 76 in the first innings, added 25 runs to his overnight score of 23 before he played one back to Jon Holland giving him a simple catch. He departed for 48.

Imam came down the track to Holland and failed to get to the pitch of the delivery as the bounce spun off the rough and the extra bounce meant the ball hit Imam high on the bat and went straight back to the bowler.

In the next over, part-time leg spinner Marnus Labuschagne claimed his second Test scalp with a short delivery that did not rise as much as Sohail would have expected. Sohail rocked bat to pull the delivery but the ball sneaked through and hit him high on the thighs, ensuing a loud appeal from the Australians.

Tim Paine opted for the DRS challenging field umpire Richard Illingworth’s not out decision and the reviews showed the ball would have hit the stumps. Pakistan lost two wickets for zero.

But Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam took Pakistan’s lead past the 300-run mark and when lunch was taken Shafiq was unbeaten on 22 off 30 while Azam had added 23 off 32.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 155/3 (Imam ul Haq 48; Haris Sohail 39; Jon Holland 3/71) & 482 (Mohammad Hafeez 126, Haris Sohail 110; Peter Siddle 3/58) lead Australia 202 (Usman Khawaja 85, Aaron Finch 62; Bilal Asif 6/36) by 435 runs