Australia surprised everyone by batting for 139.5 overs to secure a draw in the first Test against Pakistan. The rescuers were Usman Khawaja, who scored his maiden century in Asia, debutant Travis Head who made 70 odd and skipper Tim Paine, who showed why he was picked as the captain.
Chasing a world-record 462 for a victory, Australia were off to a solid start, which was rocked by three quick wickets, including the Marsh brothers being dismissed for ducks; put Paine’s Australia on the backfoot.
Resuming on their overnight score of 136/3, Khawaja and Head batted more freely and put on a 132 run-stand for the fourth wicket. Khawaja was involved in two more important stands of 33 with Marnus Labuschagne and 79 with skipper Paine.
Khawaja showed immense concentration by making 141 off 302 balls an innings that lasted 524 minutes; while Paine batted with the tail for the last 14 overs of the day to secure a draw.
In the final 6-7 overs on Day 5, Paine and Lyon were involved in a very important conversation. How they will celebrate after the match?
"Apparently we're going to order a pizza tonight (Thursday night), go down to the team room and put The Inbetweeners on. That's our reward," Paine said.