Pakistan v Australia: Magnificent Usman Khawaja leads great escape in Dubai

Pakistan v Australia: Magnificent Usman Khawaja leads great escape in Dubai

Pakistan v Australia: Magnificent Usman Khawaja leads great escape in Dubai

The left-hander hit a solid 141 for his seventh Test hundred, while skipper Tim Paine (61 not out) and Travis Head (72) also hit half centuries as Australia finished at 362-8 late in the day with lights coming on at Dubai stadium. Then Shah claimed his first wicket of the match by snaring Marnus Labuschagne (13) lbw off a quicker legbreak.

It was a replay of the first innings as Australian openers put on 87 - they made 142 in their total of 202 on Tuesday - before Finch was trapped leg-before soon after tea with a sharp incoming delivery from Abbas.

Usman Khawaja played a knock of his life and scored 141 runs from 302 balls which laid the strong foundation for the draw.

The right-arm medium pacer dismissed Aaron Finch (49) and the Marsh brothers - Shaun and Mitch - for ducks as Australia slumped from 87 without loss to finish the fourth day at 136-3.

This ended a brilliant 132-run, fourth-wicket stand as Head dug in on a wearing pitch in his debut Test. He was trapped leg-before sweeping Yasir.

Khawaja has so far hit eight boundaries while Head has five.

His knock was the second-longest in the fourth innings of a Test, behind Mike Atherton's 185 not out in ten hours and 43 minutes for England against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1995.

But just after the left-handed Khawaja made the highest score by any visiting batsman in Asia, passing Daniel Vettori's 140 in 2009 in Colombo, he was out.

Pakistan started the day needing seven wickets to win but nothing worked for skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, despite multiple bowling changes.

Australia are now on their first Test series since the ban of their iconic players Steve Smith and David Warner due to the ball-tampering saga.

The second Test takes place October 16-20 in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq will miss the match after he suffered a fractured finger fielding on Thursday.

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