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Shahid Afridi Lauds Australia’s “Top Effort” As They Manage A Draw vs Pakistan In 1st Test

Opening batsman Usman Khawaja struck a marvelous century and helped Australia draw the primary Check in opposition to Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday. To win, Australia wanted 326 runs at the ultimate day, whilst Pakistan wanted seven wickets to script a well-known victory. However new-look Australia stood tall and controlled a draw. Applauding Australia’s combating effort, former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi took to Twitter and praised their “combating effort”. He additional stated this used to be “Check cricket at its highest”.

Khawaja hit a forged 141 to notch up his 7th Check hundred, whilst skipper Tim Paine (61 no longer out) and Travis Head (72) additionally scored half-centuries as Australia completed at 362/eight overdue within the day with lighting approaching on the Dubai World Cricket Stadium.

Showering reward at the “new Australian staff” for his or her never-say-die-attitude, cricketers too took to Twitter and congratulated the Australian staff for a gutsy efficiency.

After Khawaja used to be brushed aside with 14.three overs left. Spinner Yasir Shah temporarily got rid of Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle however captain Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon survived the day.

Khawaja, who used to be born in Pakistan however moved to Australia as a kid, batted for 8 hours 44 mins and confronted 302 balls. He hit 11 barriers right through his keep within the center.

His innings used to be the second one longest within the fourth innings of a Check, in the back of England’s Michael Atherton’s 645 minute vigil in scoring 185 no longer out in opposition to South Africa in Johannesburg in 1995.

The left-handed cricketer additionally registered the easiest fourth-innings ranking by means of any visiting batsman in Asia, beating New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori’s 140 made at Colombo in opposition to Sri Lanka 9 years in the past.

(With AFP inputs)

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