BRISBANE: Australian skipper Tim Paine attempted to sledge Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan during the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba.

Tim Paine has become notorious for his witty sledges since his return to the test arena in 2017.

From reminding Ben Stokes of his Kiwi heritage with a knighthood jibe to famously asking Indian keeper Rishabh Pant about his babysitting qualifications,  Paine will go to extreme lengths to try and get under a batsmen’s skin.

Clearly feeling good after Australia took 5/19 to have Pakistan reeling at 5/94, Paine dropped another cute sledge to start the summer.

“Sarfaraz would have dispatched that for a boundary. Sweep shot, bang, four,” Paine was caught on stump mic saying to short leg Marnus Labuschagne after Rizwan blocked a shot off Nathan Lyon.

After Rizwan appeared unfazed by the remarks and defended another delivery with precise timing and accuracy, Paine said: “Smells good though, smell’s very nice.”

Rizwan’s dismissal was almost as comical as well as Pat Cummins appeared to deliver a no-ball that the technology didn’t even pick up on.

Paine was much happier by the end of the day as Australia bowled out Pakistan for 240.

Pakistan’s first innings

In the ongoing, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first against Australia.

Pakistan openers Shan Masood and Azhar Ali gave the side a solid start and saw off the first session to keep Australia bowlers at bay.

Pakistan went into the lunch break with a score of 57/0 and this was the first time that Australia failed to take a single wicket in the first session of a match being played at The Gabba.

Following a wicket-free first session, the visitors lost five wickets in a hellish hurry before Asad Shafiq forged partnerships with the lower-order on his way to an innings high 76.

Shafiq came to the crease with his side 75 for two, then saw Haris Sohail (1) and Baba Azam (1) fall for the addition of only two runs.

But good partnerships of 49 between Shafiq and Mohammed Rizwan, who made 37, and then 84 with Yasir Shah (26) enabled the visitors to achieve a respectable score.

Australian pace trio Mitchell Starc (4-52), Josh Hazlewood (2-46) and Pat Cummins (3-60) tore through the Pakistan batting order to put the hosts in charge at the close of play.

Originally Posted on Abbtak Tv

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