Australia hold on for first Test draw

12 October 2018 22:19:39 GMTPlus11

Australia forced a draw in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai, thanks to the day-five form of Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine.

The tourists were set a world-record 462 to win, and had to produce an unprecedented effort even to save the match.

They survived 140 overs, something no previous Australia team had done in a Test to earn a draw, and finished on 8-362.

It needed a valiant effort from Khawaja and skipper Paine's unbeaten 61 to earn them a share of the spoils.

Paine was still there at the end along with Nathan Lyon, who was five not out.

The captain survived 194 balls and a big test of his character. He kept the strike during the final over of the match when ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah went looking for the kill.

Shah began the final hour of play by snaring three quick wickets but when he had Paine surrounded by fielders in the final over the skipper stood firm.

Khawaja batted for eight hours and 44 minutes, scoring 141 off 302 balls in the second-longest knock ever in the fourth innings of a Test.

He had also scored a determined 85 in the first innings, and had the satisfaction of compiling his maiden Test century in Asia.

The left-hander was given out lbw in attempting to sweep Yasir, with his review confirming his dismissal.

Khawaja spent almost 13 hours at the crease in total during the match.

Having removed him, Yasir struck twice more in his next over with Mitchell Starc caught for 1 at bat pad and Peter Siddle out lbw for a duck.

Pakistan suffered an injury blow with opener Imam-ul-Haq ruled out for the second Test after fracturing a finger while diving in the field.

Australia are 6.00 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Australia are 2.20 to win the 2019 Ashes Series, with England 2.10 and the draw 6.00.

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