Day 1: Pakistan bowled out for 240 in first Australia Test

Pakistan in trouble after electing to bat first against Australia
Brisbane: Pakistan batting line collapsed after a solid start by openers Azhar Ali and Shan Masood on the opening day of the first Test match against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane. The visitors were subsequently bowled out for 240 runs in 86.2 overs.

After the visitors resisted stubbornly in the first session, Azhar Ali and Shan Masood reached 57 without loss at lunch, pace trio Mitchell Starc (4-52), Josh Hazlewood (2-46) and Pat Cummins (3-60) tore through the Pakistan batting order to put the home side in charge at the close of play.

Australia seized the initiative after lunch when they reduced Pakistan from 75 for none to 78 for four, then 94 for five.

Pakistan – who at one stage were 75 without loss – collapsed to 94/5 and lost four wickets for three runs at one point. Asad Shafiq remained the top-scorer with 76 runs which included seven boundaries.

Skipper Azhar Ali (39), Mohammad Rizwan (37), Shan Masood (27) and Yasir Shah (26) were the other batsmen to have entered double-figures.

Australia will start their batting innings on Friday (tomorrow) as stumps was called on day one.

Earlier, Pakistan had won the toss and chose to bat on a hot and humid morning in Brisbane, but Azhar Ali saw no demons in the notoriously lively Gabba wicket.

Squads

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (captain), Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Imran Khan.

Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc