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Pakistani off-spinner Bilal Asif rattles Australian batting!

With his 6 for 36, Bilal is the third Pakistani spinner with a five-wicket haul on Test debut.

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Excellent performance with the ball by the newcomer which really makes the Pakistani’s back home jubilant. The debutant off-spinner Bilal Asif led the Australian batting collapse after a stable first hundred. Bilal took six wickets on the third day of the first Test in Dubai.

Australia were all out for 202 after a solid opening stand of 142-0. On the third day of match Dubai stadium pitch started to take a sharp turn aiding the off-spinner to take 6 wickets for only against 36 runs.

With his 6 for 36, Bilal Asif is the third Pakistani spinner with a five-wicket haul on Test debut. At the age of 33 years and 13 days, Bilal Asif is oldest Pakistani to claim 5 wickets on a Test debut. Overall, he’s 11th Pakistani bowler to get 5 wickets on test debut.

Match after the lunch break went in Pakistan’s favour. It was a total contrast from the pre-lunch session when Australia resumed its batting at 30-0 and reached 137 without any loss. As both Usman Khawaja and debutant Aaron Finch defied Pakistani spinners.

And in the second session, Bilal Asif dominated the match. He dismissed Usman Khawaja (85), Shaun Marsh (7), Travis Head (0) and Marnus Labuschagne (0) in the space of 29 runs.

Pakistan decided not to enforce follow-on and came to bat again with a lead of 280 runs.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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