Haris Sohail struck his maiden worldwide century as Pakistan piled up 482 runs in their first innings on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Monday. 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. This is the first time that the Aussies are playing with three debutants in a Test in Asia.
Another run out resulted in the wicket of Safraz Ahmed (15) before the tourists wrapped up the tail and left their batsmen with an unenviable 13 overs to face after a long day in the field.
"I was struggling a bit in the first session, but all my team-mates and coaches gave me confidence and that increased my energy which helped me get six wickets".
The off-spinner (6-36) ripped through the Baggy Greens' middle order after seamer Mohammad Abbas (4-29) had ended a first-wicket partnership of 142 between Usman Khawaja (85) and Aaron Finch (62) by having the latter caught brilliantly by Asad Shafiq at short mid-on.
In a spell of 22 balls Asif took four wickets as Australia slumped to 180-5 by tea.
Australia negotiated the 13 overs and were 30/0 at stumps with Usman Khawaja not out on 17 and Aaron Finch batting on 13.
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.
Yasir went wicketless after 28 probing overs.
The second match of the two-Test series will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 16-20).