Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Highlights
Australia’s tour of UAE started with 1st Test match at Dubai which ended in a draw. A Pakistan victory seemed very likely till the 4th day of the Test. Australia’s Usman Khawaja showed great resilience which saved the day and the match for Australia.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.
Pakistan 1st Innings
Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez gave the right start to the Pakistan innings putting together 205 runs for the 1st wicket. The partnership came to an end when Nathan Lyon dismissed Imam-ul-Haq.
Pakistan’s fall of 1st wicket at 205 runs meant that all the bets in the Pakistan Fall of 1st Wicket 1st innings market on the Over 28.5 runs selection won returns at 1.83 odds. If a punter had bet Rs.100 on this selection at 1.83 they should have won Rs.183.
We had discussed this market and the odds in our Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Prediction post.
Other markets the odds for which we had discussed before Day 1 started were the individual player markets that included Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, and Imam-ul-Haq.
Asad Shafiq scored 80 runs off 165 balls with 9 fours and 1 six.
The market for Asad Shafiq Total Runs 1st innings offered 2 selections – Over 27.5 and Under 27.5 at the odds of 1.83 each. If a punter had bet Rs.100 on Over 27.5 at 1.83 he should have won Rs.183.
Mohammad Hafeez was dismissed for 126 runs and was the second wicket to fall.
Haris Sohail was the second centurion the Pakistan innings and scored 110 runs and along with Asad Shafiq (80) built a 150-runs partnership for the 5th wicket.
Pakistan innings finished 482 all out.
P Siddle picked 3 wickets and was the top team bowler for Australia.
Australia 1st Innings
Usman Khawaja and Aron Finch started off things in a great way for Australia with a 142-runs opening stand. Usman Khawaja scored 85 and Aron Finch was out for 62.
After the two batsmen were out, Australia lost wickets regularly and the middle order consisting the Marsh brothers, Travis Head and Tim Paine collapsed.
After the 142-runs partnership for the 1st wicket, Australia were all out for 202 runs.
Mohammad Abbas picked 4 wickets for 29 runs and Bilal Asif who picked 6 for 36 runs cleaned up the Australian side cheaply.
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Australian bowlers made a comeback in the 2nd innings and dismissed the Pakistan top order quickly. Imam ul-Haq was the top team batsmen scoring 48 runs, the highest in the innings.
Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq scored 39 and 41 runs respectively. Babar Azam was not out on 28 runs when Pakistan declared their innings for 181-6.
J Holland picked 3 wickets for 83 runs along with Nathan Lyon who picked 2 for 58.
Pakistan had set a target of 462 runs for Australia.
Australia 2nd Innings
When Australia came out to bat on the 4th day, the betting odds seemed to show Pakistan as the clear favourites to win the match.
When Australia were 72-0 the odds for Australia to win the match were set at 15.00 and for Pakistan, they were set at 1.18. Whereas a Draw had the odds of 6.00.
The betting odds for Usman Khawaja to score over 62.5 runs were set at 2.10. If a punter had bet Rs.100 on the Over 62.5 selection he should have won Rs.210.
In the 3rd session of Day 4, when Australia had lost 3 wickets and were 136-3, the odds in the match winning market for a Draw had climbed up to 8.00. If a punter had bet Rs.100 on a Draw, he should have won Rs.800.
After Australia had lost 5 wickets and were 254-5 in the 2nd session of Day 5, the odds for Pakistan had dropped to 1.15 and those for a Draw were set at 6.00. If you had bet Rs.100 on Draw at this point, you should have won Rs.600.
As Australia crossed 300 and the 3rd session of the final day had started and Australia still had Usman Khawaja batting on the crease and the scoreboard read 320-5, a Draw had the odds of 1.40, while a Pakistan win had the odds of 3.00.
If you had bet Rs.100 on Draw at this point, you would have won Rs.140.
The odds for a Draw climbed up again to 2.00 when Australia were 8 wickets down for 339 while the odds for an Australian win were set at 201.00.
Australia finished 362-8 and the 1st Test match ended in a draw. Usman Khawaja was awarded man of the match.
There were many instances where the match winner market changed drastically opening up window of opportunity for the punters to win high returns on their bets during the in-play betting.
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