Comeback man Hafeez puts Pakistan on top

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Mohammad Hafeez dazzled in his comeback game to bring up his tenth Test century that put Pakistan completely on top at Tea on the opening day of the first Test in Dubai. Hafeez, a last-minute addition to the squad, vindicated his inclusion, providing Pakistan cushion and solidity at the top of the order to deflate the Australians on a track that has barely provided any assistance to the bowlers.With the openers remaining unscathed until lunch, Australia were desperately hoping for Mitchell Starc to make a difference post the break. But even a hint of reverse swing wasn’t enough to trouble both Imam-ul-Haq and Hafeez. The veteran batsman brought up his half-century in the very first over of the session and in the very next over, he nailed a sweep to perfection off Nathan Lyon.
Imam then got into the groove by lofting Lyon for another boundary. While the offspinner found some purchase every now and then, the openers still continued to fetch boundaries off his bowling with Imam eventually going past his fifty as well. Australia’s one big chance came off the bowling of Jon Holland when Hafeez mistimed a loft only for Mitchell Marsh to misjudge the timing of his jump at the boundary rope.
Even the introduction of debutant Marnus Labuschagne didn’t help Australia as the openers continued to milk the bowling attack. With the spinners looking ineffective, Starc was brought back into the attack and even though he forced Hafeez to edge the ball twice, the fielders had no chance of grabbing either of the chance as the 37-year-old brought up his ton in the following over.