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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australia Starts Fast In Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan -- Debutante Michael Bevan, with a brilliant 82, hit Australia out of a sluggish position at stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Pakistan here Wednesday.


Bevan, 24, the left-hander, had a timely innings and fitted comfortably into the batting position that became available with the retirement of record-breaker Allan Border. Bevan produced the better half-century of the day and was unlucky to have missed out on a debut century. He was brilliantly caught at extra cover, as Aamir Sohail intercepted a scorching cover drive, diving full length to his left.


At 95 for four, joined by the experienced Steve Waugh, the fifth wicket pair put the Pakistan attack to sword with over a run a minute to put on 121-run stand during the post-lunch session.


Bevan batted for nine minutes over three hours and faced 84 deliveries.


Ian Healy remained unbeaten at close as stumps were drawn at the fall of Shane Warne's wicket in the last over of the day after a resistive 44-run stand.


Skipper Mark Taylor, who had called correct and decided to bat first, lasted just four deliveries before lobbing a return catch to Akram in his second over.


In the first hour, the visitors lost another wicket when David Boon (19) chopped on an Ahmad flipper.