Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia

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Catch all the live updates from Day 2 of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai. The wicket did boost the visitors just before the Tea break but Pakistan will aim for the 500-run mark in the final session before giving Australia a few tricky overs to deal with before stumps.

His fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq was a lot more aggressive in his knock of 76, as the first-wicket pair added 205 runs after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat on a dry wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Hafeez enjoyed his share of luck as Mitchell Marsh dropped him at long off off left-arm spinner Jon Holland when he was on 78. Haq reached his 50 off 128 deliveries after hitting six boundaries. Lyon, Holland and Siddle finished a challenging opening day with a wicket apiece.

Pakistan lost nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas in the fifth over of the day, bowled by fast bowler Peter Siddle for one in the fifth over of the day.

Eventually the experienced Azhar Ali (18, 80 balls) succumbed to the pressure, losing his wicket to a poor shot off Holland in the 87th over.

They lost 2-0 to Pakistan in the UAE in 2014, with Yasir Shah taking 12 wickets and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who is no longer in the worldwide set-up, claiming 14.

Travis Head, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne are making their debut for Australia.

Australian captain Tim Paine introduced their best spinner, Lyon, in the ninth over of the innings. The teams will play three Twenty20 internationals after the Test series. Hafeez, who turns 38 later this month, was thrilled to be able to aid the team on his comeback.

Australia has lost four of its last five test series in Asia, including a 2-0 series defeat on its last tour of the UAE to play Pakistan in 2014.

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