Australian fast bowlers finished first day’s play with utter dominance. They bowled out Pakistan for just 240 on the opening day of Gabba’s Test. Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, after winning the toss, decided to have first go with bat against Australia.
Pakistan openers were solid against Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. Azhar Ali and Shan Masood gave their national side a slow but steady start before they saw familier collapse. Ali’s team lost 4 wickets for just 3 runs afte putting a healthy opening partnership of 75.
It was Pat Cummins who seize the first wicket of the Australian Test season. The No. 1 bowler in the world got the wicket of Masood (27). It did not take too long for Azhar (39) who joined his partner on the bench after two balls. Haris Sohail (1) and Babar Azam (1) could not disturb the scoreboard that much and lost their wickets to Starc and Hazlewood respectively.
Australia’s fast bowling trio was dominating over Pakistani batsmen but Asad Shafiq, who scored one of the most memorable hundreds of his career on last trip, tried to save his team with very well compiled 76. Shafiq was helped by wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan with a quick 37 off 34 balls after being given caught behind on Cummins’ controversial front foot ball.
Legspinner Yasir Shah aslo built a major partnership of 84 with Asad Shafiq to give Pakistan something against the dangerous Australia team. From the hosts, Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 52 on his comeback to the Test side. Starc was helped by Cummins who collected 3 wickets for 60.