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Imam-Azhar ton put Pakistan on the roll against Aussies

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CRICDOT DESK : Opener Imam-ul-Haq and third-ranked Azhar Ali’s double century helped Pakistan to a big collection in the first innings of the first Test of the series against Australia.

Pakistan declared the first innings at 47 for 4 in 162 overs. Imam scored 156 and Azhar 165 runs. In reply, Australia scored 5 runs without wicket in 1 over at the end of the second day.

Imam-ul-Haq scored a century on the first day of the Rawalpindi Test. At the end of the first day of his century, Pakistan scored 245 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 90 overs. Imam was unbeaten on 132 with the first century of his Test career. Azhar was unbeaten on 64 runs.

Azhar hit a boundary in the second ball of the 30th over of the second day. He played 256 balls to score the 19th century of his Test career.

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Imam was out in the next over after Azhar’s century. Azhar-Imam’s wicket was broken by Australia’s Pat Cummins for 313 runs. Cummins kicked Imam out before. Imam made 156 off 358 balls with 16 fours and 2 sixes in 529 minutes. Imam-Azhar added 207 runs off 522 balls.

Then captain Babar Azam returned for 36 runs. Azhar was on his way to a double-century. But Marnus Labushan dismissed Azhar for 175 runs. Azhar played 371 balls from the crease in 535 minutes. He hit 15 fours and 3 sixes.

Pakistan declared the innings at the end of the 182nd over. Mohammad Rizwan was unbeaten on 29 and Iftekhar Ahmed on 13. He took 1 wicket each in Lion-Cummins and Labushan of Australia.

Short score

Pakistan: 47/4D, 162 overs (Azhar 165, Imam 156, Labushan 1/53)
Australia: 5/0, 1 over (Khwaja 5 *, Warner 0 *)

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