Bilal Asif claimed 6 for 36 - the third best among Pakistan debutants in Tests.
Bilal Asif claimed 6 for 36 – the third best among Pakistan debutants in Tests.

Pakistan bundled out Australia for 202 in their first innings in the first session of day three of the 1st Test at the Dubai international stadium, with debutant off spinner Bilal Asif  claiming 6 for 36 – the third best among Pakistan debutants in Tests, taking a lead of 280 runs.

Australia slumped from a strong 142/0 to 202 all out losing their ten wickets for just 60 runs. Australia had started the final session on 180/5, but Asif, ably supported by pacer Mohammad Abbas 4/29, picked two wickets in the final session, with Abbas adding three scalps.

Asif  had earlier triggering a dramatic collapse of four wickets for 11 runs just before the tea break that saw Australia’s latest opening pair of Usman Khawaja and the debutant Aaron Finch’s 142-run stand, going in vain.

After the break, Abbas removed Mitchell  Marsh in his first over trapping the allrounder in front for 12. An over later, Asif had Australian skipper Tim Paine caught at short leg by Imam ul Haq, as the 33-year-old completed his maiden five-wicket haul.

Abbas was rewarded for his discipline outside the off stump and induced an edge off Mitchell Starc to which wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed obliged. In the third over after taking the new ball, Abbas tailed one in and breached Peter Siddle’s defence to send him back for 10.

Asif completed the proceedings when he had Nathan Lyon caught at square leg on a sweep by Azhar Ali. Despite a lead of 280, Pakistan decided against following on.

Brief Scores: Australia 202 (Usman Khawaja 85, Aaron Finch 62; Bilal Asif 6/39) trail Pakistan 482 (Mohammad Hafeez 126, Haris Sohail 110; Peter Siddle 3/58) by 280 runs