Mohammad Hafeez who is playing his first Test after more than two years played an awesome knock of 126 runs and his 205 runs opening stand with Imam ul Haq (76) put Pakistan in a good position as they ended on 255/5 on the first day of Dubai Test against Australia.
Earlier Pakistan opted to bat first and openers gave them a solid start on a batting beauty and added 205 runs for the first wicket and put Australia on the backfoot but after Imam's dismissal Australia bounced back and picked two more wickets in the evening session. Both Australian pacers and spinners did well to keep things tight.
All the major stats and facts from the first day of First Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai :
5 - Mohammad Hafeez became the 5th Pakistani batsman to score 10 or more hundreds in both Test and ODIs.
Players who have scored 10 or more hundreds in both Test and ODIs for Pakistan -
Inzamam ul Haq (25 in Tests + 10 in ODIs)
Mohammad Yusuf (24 + 15)
Saeed Anwar ( 11 + 20)
Ijaz Ahmed (12 + 10)
Mohammad Hafeez (10 + 11)
8 - This is the 8th Test match where both sides are being led by wicketkeepers. Sarfraz Ahmed is leading Pakistan while Tim Paine is leading Australia.
Both sides led by wicketkeepers in Tests -
Lee Germon (NZ) & Andy Flower (ZIM) in 1995/96 (2 Tests)
Khalid Masud (BAN) & Ridley Jacobs (WI) in 2002/03 (2 Tests)
Mark Boucher (SA) & Khalid Masud (BAN) in 2002/03 (1 Test)
Dinesh Ramdin (WI) & Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN) in 2014 (2 Tests)
Sarfraz Ahmed (PAK) & Tim Paine (AUS) in 2018
55.27 - Mohammad Hafeez's Test batting average in UAE. He has scored 1603 runs at this average in 18 Tests he played in UAE so far with 4 hundreds.
Highest Test batting average in UAE (Min 1000 runs) -
Misbah ul Haq - 59.70
Mohammad Hafeez - 55.27
Younis Khan - 55.20
Azhar Ali - 55.05
205 - Runs opening partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Imam ul Haq - the fifth highest opening partnership for Pakistan in Test cricket.
Highest opening partnerships for Pakistan in Test cricket -
298 - Aamer Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed vs West Indies at Karachi, 1997
249 - Abdul Kadir and Khalid Ibadulla vs Australia at Karachi, 1964
219 - Imran Nazir and Mohammad Wasim vs West Indies at Bridgetown, 2000
215 - Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam vs West Indies at Dubai, 2016
205 - Mohammad Hafeez and Imam ul Haq vs Australia at Dubai, 2018
Highest opening partnerships for Pakistan against Australia in Tests -
249 - Abdul Kadir and Khalid Ibadulla at Karachi, 1964
205 - Imam ul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez at Dubai, 2018
123 - Mohsin Khan and Mudassar Nazar at Faisalabad, 1982
113 - Majid Khan and Sadiq Mohammad at Melbourne, 1977
Highest opening partnerships in Tests in UAE -
215 - Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam (PAK) vs WI at Dubai, 2016
205 - Imam ul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) vs AUS at Dubai, 2018
178 - Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) vs NZ at Abu Dhabi, 2014
153 - Alviro Petersen and Graeme Smith (SA) vs PAK at Dubai, 2010