Pak vs Aus, 1st Test: Despite centuries from Pakistan’s top openers, the match ended in a draw

On March 6, the first test between Pakistan and Australia concluded a draw. After Australia led by 27 runs at the end of day 4, the game was heading in that way.

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On Day 5, openers Abdullah Shafique (136 not out) and Imam-ul-Haq (111 not out) overwhelmed visiting bowlers and hammered undefeated hundreds as Pakistan and Australia drew the first Test of the three-match series here on Tuesday. 

Abdullah, who was in command during the second session of the day, added a single to his maiden Test century. Australia’s all-rounder Cameron Green was reintroduced into the attack in the hopes of extracting some positives from the last day and in pursuit of the maiden wicket. 

Imam, on the other hand, struggled to achieve his century, surviving many close calls and was fortunate enough to not be given out off a nick on 94. But he finished his second century with a double over mid-off, becoming Pakistan’s tenth hitter to achieve two centuries in a Test match.

With an hour left on the last day, the draw that had loomed big for much of the first Test was confirmed. With Pakistan’s second innings total of 252/0, the two teams eventually shook hands.

The visitors’ chance to wear down the opposition came next, as Australia began similarly, with David Warner and Usman Khawaja sharing a 150-run opening partnership. The game was being played at such a fast speed that it was clear what direction it was headed in: likely a draw. Australia were bowled out for 459 runs, with Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne coming dangerously near to hundreds. Khawaja was out for 90 pitches, while the first hitter missed his milestone by three runs.