The joint efforts of the Australian batsmen Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, and skipper Tim Paine helped Australia pull off a massive draw against Pakistan on Thursday, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan remained two wickets away from victory at the end of the first test as the match was wrapped up in a Draw on October 16.
Paine followed Khawaja’s footsteps even after the latter’s dismissal and put up a gallant show against the Pakistani bowlers. The endurance, the grace, the patience, and temperament exhibited by them was no less than a piece of art. Although the game was drawn, these are the matches have helped revive the beauty of Test Cricket.
Australia had a full 5th day to bat with only seven wickets in hand and Khawaja and Head on the crease. The scorecard at Stumps Day 4 read as follows:
Australia 202 and 138 for 3 (Khawaja 50*, Finch 49, Abbas 3-26) need another 326 runs to beat Pakistan 482 and 181/6d
What Day 5 had in store was unforeseen by Pakistan but they got a taste of their own concocted medicine. Pakistan batted really slow in their first innings, scoring 482 in 164.2 Overs at 2.93. Even after they had obtained a lead of 280 runs, they batted with a run rate of 3.12 before declaring on 181/6. This killed more time in favor of Australia, and although it seemed highly unlikely for Australia to sustain for over 120 overs the batsmen did make it happen.
Usman Khawaja batted for 524 minutes, facing 302 deliveries before getting dismissed by Yasir Shah in the 126th over. Khawaja(141) built significant partnerships with Travis Head(72 off 175) and Tim Paine, who remained undefeated till the end. The last delivery of Australia’s longest innings in Asia was faced by their skipper who blocked his last of 163rd dot ball of the innings to secure a draw for his team. The scoreboard read 362/8 (139.5 overs) as Australia’s 4th innings. Result: The Match was Drawn.
The resilience and disposition exhibited by Khawaja and skipper Tim Paine helped Australia pull off their biggest moment in Test Cricket since the debacle in South Africa. The second and final Test match of the series is scheduled for October 16 at Abu Dhabi.