Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia

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Pakistan opted to bat after winning the toss against Australia in Dubai.

Sohail and Shafiq are unbeaten at 46 and 43 runs respectively.

A brilliant 150-run partnership between Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq put Pakistan in a very strong position at tea on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai.

Usman Khawaja completed his first century in Asia as Australia foiled Pakistan's hopes of winning the first Test on a gripping day five in Dubai. With a mountain to climb, the openers once again looked solid and played risk-free cricket to lay a good foundation.

"I didn't play test cricket for over two years, but I always backed myself", Hafeez said, after hitting 15 fours in his 208-ball 10th test hundred that spanned almost 4 1/2 hours. Like he did in the first innings, captain Sarfraz Ahmed turned to Abbas and the right-arm fast bowler once again delivered.

Shaun was caught behind off a well directed delivery, while a darting inswinger downed Mitchell plumb in front of the stumps. His sorry form continued as he edged one to the keeper without opening his account.

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Earlier, Pakistan overcame a slow start to consolidate their position in the morning session.

Khawaja had added an invaluable 132 runs for the fourth wicket with Travis Head (72) as Pakistan failed to get a single wicket in the first session after Australia resumed at 136-3.

Australia have only won on three occasions in test cricket after conceding at least 482 runs in the first innings.

But the tourists focused on procuring the draw once debutant Marnus Labuschagne (13) fell lbw to Shah in the middle session as they were reduced to 252-5 in the Emirates.

Khawaja was clearly Australia's star in the match: he scored 85 in the first innings and a superb 141 in the second to hold the Aussie innings together.

Holland had figures of 3-83 from 20 overs while off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 2-58. However, the off-spinner got his revenge when Shafiq hit one straight into the hands of the deep mid-wicket fielder, and that's when Sarfraz made the declaration.