Tim Paine after Australia hold Pakistan for thrilling draw

Aaron Finch will make his Test debut against Pakistan on Sunday

Aaron Finch will make his Test debut against Pakistan on Sunday

Missing suspended trio Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Australia will take plenty of positives from the start of their new era under Paine and coach Justin Langer.

(Dunya News) - The first Test match of two-match series between Australia and Pakistan ended in draw as Australian skipper Paine defied odds to survive almost fifteen overs with the tail.

Chasing 462, Australia were reduced to 87/3 on the fourth evening before Usman Khawaja and Travis Head launched a gritty fightback.

The 33-year-old helped Pakistan derail Australia from a solid 142-0 to 202 all out on the second day in the first test, just behind Mohammad Zahid 7-66 against New Zealand at Rawalpindi in 1994 and 7-99 by Mohammad Nazir against New Zealand in Karachi in 1969.

Khawaja faced 302 balls for his 141, grinding out the second-longest knock ever in the fourth innings of a test.

Two balls later Abbas had the elder Marsh caught behind and in his next over trapped Mitchell right in front of the stumps only to get the decision on review.

Khawaja, who was named man-of-the-match for his efforts, said it was a special feeling to win score hundreds for Australia.

Pakistan kept their nerve as they are set for a win against Australia in 1st Test played at Dubai, however, they are still miles away. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who took only four wickets in the match, was defended by his skipper after Pakistan failed to close out victory. At stumps on day three, Pakistan was at 45-3 with a lead of 325 runs.

Left-arm spinner Jon Holland trapped Azhar Ali (four) lbw with the final ball of Tuesday's (Wednesday NZ Time) play after earlier dismissing first-innings centurion Mohammad Hafeez (17) courtesy of a sharp catch by Marnus Labuschagne at silly point.

Shafiq joined Sohail in the middle and both batsmen were cautious against the Australian bowlers, as Pakistan added just 19 runs in the first hour. Shafiq commenced with a stylish drive and conventional sweep before smoking Nathan Lyon (2 for 58) for a six over mid-wicket.

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