33 year old off-spinner Asif Bilal made a dream Test debut by snatching six wickets to cause a dramatic Australian collapse. At one point Australia were 142 for no loss and than collapse happened. They managed just 60 runs to be bowled out for 202 on day three of the first test in Dubai on Tuesday. Bilal finished the day with 6-36. Pakistan closed the day on 45-3 though they were jolted by spinner Jon Holland who took the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez (17) and Azhar Ali (4). Opener Imam-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 23 while night watchman Asif was dismissed for nought that forced Azhar to come out to bat. Now Pakistan have an overall lead of 325 with seven second-innings wickets intact to force a win.
It was a day highlighted by Asif who triggered a memorable Australian collapse against spin in Asia. By lunch Australia were well-placed at 137 without loss with Usman Khawaja (85) and debutant Aaron Finch (62) looking in total control. But the collapse followed shortly after as Aussies lost all 10 wickets for just 60 runs. Asif, who had previously played three one-day internationals in 2015, came into his own after pacer Mohammad Abbas removed Finch following an opening stand of 142.
In a spell of 22 balls Asif took four wickets as Australia slumped to 180-5 by tea. The second session belonged to Asif, who dismissed Khawaja, Shaun Marsh (seven), Travis Head (nought) and Marnus Labuschagne (nought) in the space of 29 runs.
Asif's feats on debut had only been bettered by fast bowler Mohammad Zahid (7-66 vs New Zealand in Rawalpindi in 1994) and spinner Mohammad Nazir (7-99 against New Zealand in Karachi in 1969). Asif is the 11th Pakistani bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings on Test debut.
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