Alex Doolan played three Test matches for Australia before © Getty Images
Alex Doolan played three Test matches for Australia before © Getty Images

Oct 16, 2014

Pakistan A made a comeback into the match late in the day through their spinners as the Australians reached 273 for eight at stumps on day two of the four day practice match at the Sharjah Sports Complex. Earlier the Pakistan A side declared on 305 for eight on the opening day.

In pursuit of Pakistan A’s score, the Australians were in trouble as they find themselves three down for just 58 runs. Chris Rogers was the first Ausssie batsman to get out in the innings. He was dismissed for an unfortunate duck after he was given lbw of Mohammad Talha who was followed by Phil Hughes for 14 off Rahat Ali. Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, who was making a comeback in the team after a injury also failed to get a big score under his belt, before the Test series. He was dismissed for 58 in the bowling of  Ehsan Ad after just scoring 10.

From there in form Steve Smith and number three batsman Alex Doolan took over. Their 106 run partnership helped the visitors to reach in a comfortable position somewhat. Doolan, who played three Tests for Australia before, started his tour of United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a well comprised hundred. Apart from them, wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin also chipped in with a 38 not out. He remained not out at stumps.

For Pakistan A, Talha, Adil, Ali, Raza hasan, Attaullah were the successful bowlers, they all took one wicket each. Australians still trail by 32 runs with two wickets remaining in the first innings. However it has been a good work out for them before the all important Test series begins from 22 October.

Brief score:

Pakistan A 305 for 8 (Ahmed Shehzad 55, Asad Shafiq 108*; Stephen O’Keefe 3 for 76) lead Australians 273 for 8 (Alex Doolan 104, Steve Smith 58 retired out; Ehsan Adil 1 for 14) by 32 runs at stumps on day 2.

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