Twitter reactions on Pakistan-Australia’s first Test: Sportsrush presents before you the crazy Twitter reactions from Pakistan’s first Test vs Australia.
During the fifth day of the first Test of Australia’s tour of UAE at Dubai, both the teams were involved in a cliffhanger of a Test match, a riveting contest which ended up in a draw as Australia managed to survive some highly-intense moments in the last session.
Chasing 462 runs to win, Australia scored 362-8 in 139.5 overs. Resuming their day at 136-3, opening batsman Usman Khawaja and debutant Travis Head had put on a fantastic display of batting as they survived the first session without losing any wickets. The duo added 132 runs for the fourth wicket.
In Head (72) and another debutant in Marnus Labuchagne (13), Australia lost a couple of wickets in the second session but were still looking comfortable to draw the match, courtesy of Khawaja and captain Tim Paine, who shared a 79-run partnership until Khawaja was trapped in front of the stumps by Yasir Shah.
Runs were never the requirement for Australia, surviving the day was. It was exactly what Khawaja did throughout his stay in the middle. He ended up scoring a resolute 141 (302) with the help of 11 fours. After Khawaja’s dismissal, Australia lost a couple of wickets in quick succession to make matters worse for them.
It was Paine and Nathan Lyon, who eventually batted with utter determination for more than 12 overs during the business end of the tournament.
Full credit to the Pakistani bowlers for building such a pressure on the opposition. Had Pakistan been more attacking upfront, you never know if they might have been successful in yielding out a result. With bowling figures of 43.5-9-114-4, Yasir Shah was the pick of their bowlers in the second innings.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions from the last day of the match:
If ever a draw was as good as a win. Monumental effort from the Aussies, Pakistan was brilliant but couldn’t close the game after dominating most parts of it #PAKvAUS
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) October 11, 2018
What a test match! #PAKvAUS. Must have been riveting to watch. I was stuck in traffic in Delhi and following it on the @cricbuzz app. Literally couldn’t wait for the next ball to appear, even if in text!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 11, 2018
Brilliant. Worth staying up for. Great fight Australia
— Shaun Tait (@shaun_tait32) October 11, 2018
— Jason Gillespie 🌱🌈 (@dizzy259) October 11, 2018
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) October 11, 2018
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) October 11, 2018
IT’S A DRAW! The Aussies hang on!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 11, 2018
Australia pull off a great escape – it’s a draw!
Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon hold on to survive a thrilling final session in Dubai! Australia end the Test on 362/8 – this is Test cricket!#PAKvAUS scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/sRNIJtvl02 pic.twitter.com/qViCKLKGoP
— ICC (@ICC) October 11, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 2018
Final over, 2 wickets for Pakistan to win. Edge of seat stuff. Memorable match. Heroic performannce by Aus if they save this Test
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 11, 2018
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) October 11, 2018
Australia bat 140 overs in Asia for a heroic draw. Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head and Aaron Finch are the key batsmen. Just stare at those words and let them sink in, because 12 months ago they would have sounded completely insane. #PAKvAUS
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) October 11, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 11, 2018
This draw says a lot about this group of players. Demonstrated the character that is needed to be successful. Fight, passion and temperament!! #PAKvAUS
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 11, 2018
Most consecutive Tests without a draw:
26 Zim (2005-17)
23 Aus (1999-01)
22 Eng (1884-92)
22 Aus (2001-03)
22 Pak (2015-18) – streak ended today#PAKvAUS
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 11, 2018
What. A. Test. Match! 😍 That is exactly what that was, a true test. Had me on the edge of my seat. Credit to the @cricketcomau boys 🙌🏼🇦🇺 what a comeback. Start of an exciting series 🏆 #PAKvAUS #testisbest #nervesofsteel
— Megan Schutt (@megan_schutt) October 11, 2018
Khawaja has now batted longer in this knock than he had in nine Test innings in Asia combined before entering this match #PAKvAUS
— Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) October 11, 2018
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 10, 2018
Khawaja just the fifth Aussie to score a 4th inns ton in Tests in Asia (after Simpson, Taylor, Ponting, Warner) #PAKvAUS
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) October 11, 2018
That is a monumental effort from Australia. Their innings lasted 139.5 overs making it the fourth longest fourth innings in Asia by any team, Australia’s sixth longest fourth innings & their longest fourth innings in Asia. #PAKvAUS
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 11, 2018
It’s been an enthralling battle between Mohammad Abbas and Usman Khawaja. Two competitors just giving it absolutely everything #PAKvAUS
— Louis Cameron (@LouisDBCameron) October 11, 2018
Absolutely brilliant batting by Australia to keep this Test match alive. But the hard work starts now …
Wickets per session in this Test:
Evening: 19 #PAKvAUS
— Martin Smith (@martinsmith9994) October 11, 2018
Usman Khawaja with 50s in both innings. The last Australian opener to do it in Asia was Shane Watson in Mohali in 2010. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 10, 2018
Khawaja has now faced more balls than Ricky Ponting did in his epic Ashes 156 in ‘05. His 276 deliveries are the most faced by any Australian in the 4th inns of a Test this century #PAKvAUS
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) October 11, 2018
— Adam White (@White_Adam) October 11, 2018
Australia, that was magnificent. A draw. You wouldn’t read about it #PakvAus
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) October 11, 2018
If you’re still up and watching the cricket you’re not allowed to move from now until stumps. Ok? #PAKvAUS
— Andy Maher (@AndyMaherDFA) October 11, 2018
Another example of why test cricket is the best format #PakVAus
— Brad Tilbury (@btilbs) October 11, 2018
Some Draw by the Aussies …. !! #PakVAus
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 11, 2018
A draw in those circumstances – not just this match but this whole wretched year – must feel as good as a win. #PAKvAUS
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 11, 2018