Oct 11 (Reuters) – Usman Khawaja and Travis Head mixed luck and pluck in an unbroken 128-run partnership for the fourth wicket to maintain alive Australia’s slim hopes of forcing a draw in the primary take a look at in opposition to Pakistan on Thursday.
Set an inconceivable victory goal of 462, Australia resumed on 136-Three hoping to bat out the ultimate day to drive a draw on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The in a single day pair of Khawaja and Head batted sensibly to disclaim the Pakistan assault in the morning session and information their staff to 215-Three at lunch.
Khawaja was batting on 82, having survived a bat-pad catch off spinner Yasir Shah after Pakistan determined to not evaluation the reprieve although snickometer noticed a faint edge. His affected person knock included eight boundaries.
Debutant Head additionally had his share of luck as he adopted his first innings duck with 70 not out.
He was on 44 when Shah’s lbw enchantment was turned down and Sarfraz Ahmed didn’t evaluation although replays urged the leg-spinner had trapped the batsman plumb in entrance.
Australia are nonetheless 247 behind the victory mark although a extra sensible goal for Tim Paine’s aspect can be to try to bat out the remaining two classes to salvage a memorable draw. (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; modifying by Sudipto Ganguly)