Bilal Asif sparks spectacular Australian collapse, puts Pakistan in control

Tim Paine

Australia had put on 142 for the opening wicket, their second highest opening partnership in Asia, before a horrific collapse, losing all 10 wickets for just 60 runs. Answering their critics in style at the start of the day with a century stand for the opening wicket, Australia lost their momentum in the second session after a flurry of wickets saw them concede a massive 280-run lead in the first innings.

Finch dropped Ahmed in the first slip but made amends through a direct throw at the non-striker's end to run out the Pakistan captain.

All seemed to be well for the Australians at lunch with openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja batting solidly against Pakistan's spinners to take their team to 137 without loss at lunch.

"I knew that my chance would come, so I waited and waited and thanks God I have done myself proud by getting six wickets on debut, it's a tremendous feeling", said Asif.

While the 30-year-old managed to keep things tight, Holland gave away 32 runs in his six overs.

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Pakistan, though, were put on track by seamer Mohammad Abbas, who forced Finch to drive straight into the hands of Asad Shafiq at short mid-on after scoring 62.

In a spell of 22 balls Asif took four wickets as Australia slumped to 180-5 by tea.

But Marsh (12) was trapped lbw by paceman Mohammad Abbas shortly after the interval and Paine (seven) soon followed, unsuccessfully reviewing his dismissal from offspinner Bilal with replays confirming a faint edge to short leg.

Their quicks bowled tight overs in the first hour to stifle the Pakistan batsmen who had little difficulty in negotiating the spin of Nathan Lyon or Jon Holland. Usman Khawaja covered the line of the ball bowled by Yasir and that blinded Sarfraz Ahmed, who couldn't gather the ball down the leg in order to stump the batsman.

Earlier in the day Finch was more confident as he punched two boundaries and a six off Yasir before sweeping Asif for a boundary to reach his half-century.

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