Abbas' triple bring Pakistan closer to win over Australia

The veteran all-rounder's Test batting average climbs up to 52.75 13 better than his overall career average in the UAE

Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket.

Mohammad Hafeez marked his return to Test cricket with a century as Pakistan reached 255 for three at stumps on the first day of the series-opening test match against Australia on Sunday.

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

Asif became the 11th Pakistani bowler to get five wickets in a Test inning, fetching the third best figures with 6-36 against Australia.

Last time Australia played three debutants in the same Test was quite recent at Adelaide against South Africa in November 2016 - Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson.

Hafeez was drafted late in the Pakistan test squad and grabbed the opportunity on a gentle wicket after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat.

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It was an action replay of the first innings as Australian openers put on 87 - they made 142 in their total of 202 on Tuesday - as Finch was trapped leg-before soon after tea with a sharp incoming delivery from Abbas.

Two balls later Abbas had the elder Marsh caught behind and in his next over trapped Mitchell right in front of the stumps only to get the decision on review.

Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan but emigrated to Australia in his childhood, said he was proud to have scored a hundred for his adopted country.

No team has successfully chased more than the 418-7 West Indies made against Australia in the Antigua Test in 2003.

Earlier, opener Imam-ul-Haq added 25 runs to his overnight score of 23 and also shared a 65-run stand with first-innings centurion Haris Sohail. Then Shah claimed his first wicket of the match by snaring Marnus Labuschagne (13) lbw off a quicker legbreak. Shafiq commenced with a stylish drive and conventional sweep before smoking Nathan Lyon (2 for 58) for a six over mid-wicket.

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