No ball controversy outshines Australia day one dominance against Pakistan

By Nadine Smith

BRISBANE, November 21, 2019 ( – The day one of first test of Domain test series overshadowed by the no-ball controversy which caused the demise of Pakistan wicket keeper Muhammad Rizwan (37 off 34) off Pat Cummins in the 55th over of the day as it was evident that it was a no-ball but in a shocking decision third umpire from England Michael Gough ruled in favor of the host team.

Earlier Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat first. Both openers Azhar Ali (39 off 104) and Shan Masood (27 off 97) laid a solid foundation as Aussie had to settle for wicketless first session. The pair added 75 runs for the first wicket before Cummins removed Shan Masood. Hazlewood got skipper with beauty on same score. The out of form Hairs Sohail and in-form Babar Azam out while playing careless shot for 1.

Iftikhar Ahmed also failed to impress on his comeback test as he perished for 7 to Nathan Lyon when the score was 94. Rizwan and Asad Shafiq (76 off 134) added 49 runs for the sixth wicket. Rizwan was looked in excellent form as he played some superb cover drives during his counter attack but he was removed by Cummins on no-ball which was not called even by third umpire which was a shocker for everyone.

Asad Shafiq continued his good form at Brisbane as he found support from Yasir Shah (26 off 83) and pair added 84 runs for the seventh wicket. Pakistan lost the last four wickets for just 13 runs. Starc was pick of the Aussie bowlers as he took 4/52 while Cummins took 3/60 and Hazlewood 2/46.

Australia will start their first innings on day two of the first test at Brisbane. Pakistan cricket team have very inexperienced pace attack for first test as they only played 12 tests between them and only Imran Khan had played a test match in Australia before.

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