Asad Shafiq fights, Australia bowls out Pakistan for 240

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The middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq showed some fight by scoring 76 runs off 134 balls after Pakistan’s batting line fell prey to the strong Australian pace attack.

Pakistan were bowled out for 240 runs on in the opening day. Mitchel Starc with some generous pace, averaging 143km/h, took four wickets for 52 runs.

The green shirts started off well with Azhar Ali and Shan Masood providing a steady start to their team. An opening 75-run partnership in first-session gave immense confidence to the tourists.

But two wickets in a row put pressure on Pakistan. Both openers walked off, Masood fell to Pat Cummins while Azhar missed out on Josh Hazlewood. Hairs Sohail made just a run to leave Pakistan struggling at 77-3.

Shafiq, thereafter, carried the inning for Pakistan despite wickets falling at the other hand. Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan partnered with him to score 49 runs together before a controversial decision sends him back to the pavilion.

Yasir Shah scored fighting 26 runs off 83 balls.

Apart from Starc, Cummins bagged three wickets, Josh Hazlewood finished with 2-46 and Nathan Lyon managed a wicket for Australia.

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