Australia collapse as first Test slips away

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The two-match Test series between Pakistan and Australia got underway today in Dubai.

Pakistan's batsmen reached 359-4 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Monday.

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.

Australia trail Pakistan by 452 runs with all ten wickets intact, but they face a big battle ahead of them with Yasir expected to pose the main threat.

Haris Sohail was batting on 15 with night watchman Mohammad Abbas on one at the end of the day's play.

"I can't explain how happy I am to score my first Test hundred", Sohail said.

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Lyon finished with figures of 2-114, while paceman Peter Siddle returned 3-58 as the Pakistan tail crumbled, with the last six wickets going down for 72 runs.

Australia openers Usman Khawaja (17) and Aaron Finch (13) negotiated that session well but there are signs the ball is beginning to turn which will encourage Pakistan's trio of slow bowlers.

Sohail and Shafiq grafted through the afternoon session until Marnus Labuschagne's occasional leg-break proved Shafiq's downfall as he edged to keeper Tim Paine.

Sohail, who raised his century off 223 balls, tried his favorite cut shot off Nathan Lyon (2/114) and was caught behind as Australia struck with regular intervals.

Pakistan handed a debut to allrounder Bilal Asif, while Mohammad Hafeez returned to the Test side after a two-year absence.

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