Pakistan 82-1 at lunch on day 1 vs Australia, 2nd testAbu DhabiI, United Arab Emirates: Pakistan made a steady start to the second test against Australia on Thursday 82 for the loss of just one wicket at lunch on the first day. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq
Abu DhabiI, United Arab Emirates: Pakistan made a steady start to the second test against Australia on Thursday 82 for the loss of just one wicket at lunch on the first day.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss for the second successive time and had no hesitation in batting first on a Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch that is expected to deteriorate as play progresses.
There was already appreciable turn for offspinner Nathan Lyon, who took the only wicket of the session when he trapped Ahmed Shehzad lbw for 35.
Mohammad Hafeez was unbeaten on 36 with Azhar Ali on 11 not out at the break.
Clarke introduced Lyon in the 14th over after his three fast bowlers failed to make an impression in their opening spells.
Lyon could have claimed Shehzad in his first over, but wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was unable to hold on to the outside edge. Shehzad was on 20 at the time with Pakistan on 32-0.
Shehzad, who made a fine 131 in the second innings of the Dubai test, made the most of the reprieve with two successive off-driven fours in Starc's next over.
Lyon made amends two overs later went Shehzad tried to turn a straight delivery to the leg side and missed completely to be lbw.
Earlier, Pakistan announced an unchanged team from the one that won the first test in Dubai by 221 runs last week.
Australia made two changes, bolstering its pace attack by bringing in fast bowler Mitchell Starc in place of left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, while allrounder Glenn Maxwell replaced specialist batsman Alex Doolan, who failed in both innings in Dubai.