Century Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith stunned

Steve Smith’s quest to end his century’s drought was denied after an ‘out of this world’ take in the penultimate as Usman Khawaja walked away after a mind-boggling century.

The Australian vice-captain fell in the penultimate as he was spectacularly caught on the second slide by Faheem Ashraf wide of Hasan Ali.

Smith, who hasn’t hit a century in over a year, was forced to go for a 214-ball 72 patent.

His late start on the first day ended his 159-run partnership with Khawaja, which hit triple digits – its third century of the year – shortly after tea in Karachi.

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It was the 11th century of Khawaja, but few people will be so memorable after reaching the milestone in the town where his family is from.

“This is my home,” Khawaja said after the century.

“That’s where the Khawajas come from. All my family members were born in Karachi except me.

“It’s good to have a hundred. It would have been nice to have a hundred both there (Rawalpindi) and here, but I’ll take this one.

Khawaja finished 127 not out, as Australia went into the stumps 3-251 with Nathan Lyon (0 not out) sent in to protect the middle order.

Smith’s last wicket gave Pakistan something to celebrate, after they were criticized for their negative tactics on day one.

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But their tactics have been criticized since the tea break.

This became evident when Pakistani bowlers were seen as bowlers for negative tactics.

In session three, spinner Nauman Ali called for an lbw after touching Smith’s pads.

Except the ball hit Smith well outside the leg stump, automatically not going out.

“Can we take this as entertainment?” Fox Cricket commentators asked.

Australia’s Usman Khawaja (C) celebrates after scoring a half mark on the opening day of the Second Test against Pakistan at Karachi National Cricket Stadium. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

Former Pakistani captain Waqar Younis was not happy, slamming captain Babar Azam’s tactics.

“It’s the only entertainment we’re going to have right now because the tactic I’m seeing right now is like we’re looking for a draw on day one,” Younis said.

“It’s ridiculous.”

Respected South African voice Mike Haysman agreed: “I wonder if the referees are considering getting involved here because there’s a situation they can get involved in if they think it’s too negative? “

Former Australian bowler Michael Kasprowicz said Pakistan’s tactics had lowered the run rate but they were nowhere near a breakthrough.

“If the plan was to reduce the points rate, they achieved that and succeeded, it’s less than three right now,” Kasprowicz said.

“It’s created a bit of a change there, but it looks like they’re waiting for the Aussies to pull through.”


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Khawaja, who scored 97 in the first Test in Rawalpindi, continued where he left off in the first draw.

The Pakistan-born southpaw scored nearly a run-a-ball in the first hour of play, before runs dried up as tea time approached on Saturday.

But his resistance alongside Smith puts Australia ahead for the first time in the series.

Smith came to the crease at 2-91 after Australia gave Pakistan an “opening” heading into lunch.

After David Warner came across a brilliant piece of bowling for 36, Marnus Labuschagne ran away for a duck.

The world No. 1 Test batsman pushed halfway but was chased away by Sajid Khan, who hit the stumps and left Labuschagne just short.

Earlier, tourists were flying after Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to bat.

While Warner survived a few lbw shoutouts close to Hasan Ali, Khawaja looked sublime from the start and eventually his opening partner found his touch as well.

The pair hit Khan for 14, including two sixes in an ominous warning.

“What worries me about Pakistan is the pace at which they (Australia) score,” said former Pakistan captain and world-class speedster Younis at the start of the first session.

“The execution rate of 4.5 is really good.

“He struggled a bit in Warner’s early overs, then he just feels like he belongs here, using his feet well – and that should be a bit of a worry for Pakistan.”

“But Faheem Ashraf then pulled a rabbit out of a hat as he formed one and kissed the outside edge of Warner to leave Australia 1-81.

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Mitchell Swepson is the first leg batsman to be selected by Australia’s Test squad in 13 years as Cummins’ men seek a steadfast batting response from Pakistan in the series opener.

He is the only change in Australia’s XI, while Pakistan have recalled quick Hassan Ali and versatile Faheem Ashraf.

It’s an interesting selection from Pakistan, who called up another quick as Australia dropped Hazlewood.

“I feel, a whiff, that they think the reserve is going to play a big role,” said former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds. fox cricket.

Pakistan racked up over 700 runs in two innings for the loss of just four wickets, with Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood losing his place in the XI to Swepson as rotation looms as the factor decisive in Karachi. Queensland teammate Khawaja presented Swepson with his baggy green on Saturday.

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After a relatively boring and batter-dominated first Test in Rawalpindi, there were fears that the Karachi pitch would provide a similarly lopsided contest between bat and ball.

But recent history suggests the game should provide plenty for both sides of the wicket.

When Pakistan hosted South Africa just over a year ago – the last test held there – even the tailors had joy at the box office.

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