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Pakistan Fights Back, Trails Australia by 355 Runs in Perth Test

In the ongoing first Test match between Pakistan and Australia in Perth, debutant Aamer Jamal made a remarkable entry into Test cricket by claiming six wickets. Australia, after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, were dismissed for 487 in their first innings.

David Warner, despite recent criticism over his form, responded with a swashbuckling 164-run knock, hitting 16 fours and four sixes. Mitchell Marsh also played an aggressive innings, remaining unbeaten on 90 runs at lunch on the second day.

Pakistan, in response, made a steady start, reaching 132-2 at stumps on the second day. They still trail by 355 runs in their first innings. Openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq added 74 runs for the first wicket, providing a solid start for Pakistan. However, Australia’s Nathan Lyon provided the breakthrough by dismissing Shafique for 42.

Captain Shan Masood contributed 30 runs off 43 balls but was dismissed towards the close of play. Despite the setbacks, Imam-ul-Haq played a resolute knock and remained unbeaten on 38 runs. Nightwatchman Khurram Shahzad, another debutant for Pakistan, was not out on seven runs.

The debutant pacers for Pakistan, Aamer Jamal and Khurram Shahzad, made their presence felt. Jamal claimed six wickets, including four out of five that fell on the second day. Shahzad also claimed two wickets, while Shaheen Afridi and Faheem Ashraf bagged one each.

This Test match is crucial for Pakistan, who have been whitewashed in each of their last five Test tours of Australia. The last time Pakistan won a Test Down Under was in late 1995. With new captain Shan Masood at the helm, Pakistan faces the reigning world Test champions, Australia, led by Pat Cummins.

The match continues to unfold with both teams demonstrating competitive spirit and resilience. As the Test progresses, cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world eagerly anticipate the outcomes of the following days.

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