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Khawaja ton leads Australia to 251-3 in 2nd test vs Pakistan

Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, right, and teammate Fahim Ashrar attend a practice session at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March ...
Security personnel escort a convoy carrying Pakistani and Australian cricketers into the National Stadium for practice session in Karachi, Pakistan, F...
Players of Pakistan, right, and Australia attend a practice session at the National Stadium, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 11, 2022. Australia a...
Players of Pakistan, right, and Australia attend a practice session at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 11, 2022. Australia an...
Australia's Mitchell Swepson attends a practice session at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 11, 2022. Australia will play thei...
Australia's David Warner bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan,...
Australia's Mitchell Swepson looks to teammates after receiving test debut cap during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Austra...
Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, Australia's Pat Cummins, center, and match referee Ranjan Madugalle wait for coin toss on the 1st day of the second test ...
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, left, bumps his fist with his Australian counterpart Pat Cummins after toss on the 1st day of second test match between...
Australia's skipper Pat Cummins and Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam leave the pitch after a coin toss on the 1st day of the second test match between Pa...
Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, and Australia's Pat Cummins wait for the coin toss on the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia...
Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, and Australia's Pat Cummins look the coin during toss on the 1st day of second test match between Pakistan and Australia ...
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, left, bumps his fist with his Australian counterpart Pat Cummins after the coin toss on the 1st day of second test matc...
Australia's Marnus Labuschagne walks back to pavilion after his dismissal during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia a...
Pakistan Said Khan, center, celebrates with teammates after he run out to Australia's Marnus Labuschagne during the 1st day of the second test match b...
Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, right, attempts to save his run out during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the ...
Pakistan Said Khan, center, is congratulated by teammates after the dismissal of Australia's Marnus Labuschagne during the 1st day of the second test ...
Australia's Marnus Labuschagne attempts to save his run out during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National...
Australia's David Warner avoids a ball during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, ...
Australia's Steven Smith, right, follows the ball after playing a shot while Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan watches during the 1st day of the second test ...
Australia's Steven Smith, right, and Usman Khawaja run between the wickets during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia ...
Australia's Steven Smith bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan,...
Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...
Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...
Australia's David Warner bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan,...
Australia's David Warner walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at ...
Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf, second right, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's David Warner reacts after his dismissal durin...
Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's David Warner reacts after his dismissal during the ...
Cricket fans cheer during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, ...
Cricket fans take photographs of players with their mobile phones during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the Na...
Australia's Usman Khawaja celebrates after completing his century during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the Na...
Australia's Steven Smith, center, plays a shot while Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan, right, watches during 1st day of second test match between Pakistan a...
Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...
Australia's Usman Khawaja, left, and Steven Smith run between the wickets during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia a...
Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...

Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, right, and teammate Fahim Ashrar attend a practice session at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March ...

Security personnel escort a convoy carrying Pakistani and Australian cricketers into the National Stadium for practice session in Karachi, Pakistan, F...

Players of Pakistan, right, and Australia attend a practice session at the National Stadium, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 11, 2022. Australia a...

Players of Pakistan, right, and Australia attend a practice session at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 11, 2022. Australia an...

Australia's Mitchell Swepson attends a practice session at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 11, 2022. Australia will play thei...

Australia's David Warner bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan,...

Australia's Mitchell Swepson looks to teammates after receiving test debut cap during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Austra...

Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, Australia's Pat Cummins, center, and match referee Ranjan Madugalle wait for coin toss on the 1st day of the second test ...

Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, left, bumps his fist with his Australian counterpart Pat Cummins after toss on the 1st day of second test match between...

Australia's skipper Pat Cummins and Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam leave the pitch after a coin toss on the 1st day of the second test match between Pa...

Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, and Australia's Pat Cummins wait for the coin toss on the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia...

Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, and Australia's Pat Cummins look the coin during toss on the 1st day of second test match between Pakistan and Australia ...

Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, left, bumps his fist with his Australian counterpart Pat Cummins after the coin toss on the 1st day of second test matc...

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne walks back to pavilion after his dismissal during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia a...

Pakistan Said Khan, center, celebrates with teammates after he run out to Australia's Marnus Labuschagne during the 1st day of the second test match b...

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, right, attempts to save his run out during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the ...

Pakistan Said Khan, center, is congratulated by teammates after the dismissal of Australia's Marnus Labuschagne during the 1st day of the second test ...

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne attempts to save his run out during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National...

Australia's David Warner avoids a ball during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, ...

Australia's Steven Smith, right, follows the ball after playing a shot while Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan watches during the 1st day of the second test ...

Australia's Steven Smith, right, and Usman Khawaja run between the wickets during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia ...

Australia's Steven Smith bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan,...

Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...

Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...

Australia's David Warner bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan,...

Australia's David Warner walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at ...

Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf, second right, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's David Warner reacts after his dismissal durin...

Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's David Warner reacts after his dismissal during the ...

Cricket fans cheer during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, ...

Cricket fans take photographs of players with their mobile phones during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the Na...

Australia's Usman Khawaja celebrates after completing his century during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the Na...

Australia's Steven Smith, center, plays a shot while Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan, right, watches during 1st day of second test match between Pakistan a...

Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...

Australia's Usman Khawaja, left, and Steven Smith run between the wickets during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia a...

Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during the 1st day of the second test match between Pakistan and Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan...

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Opening batter Usman Khawaja didn’t miss out on a second chance to score a century in the country of his birth and led Australia to 251-3 at stumps on the first day of the second test against Pakistan on Saturday.

Khawaja made an unbeaten 127 off 266 balls on another flat wicket after narrowly missing out on a hundred in the first test at Rawalpindi which ended in a tame draw. Later the docile pitch of the Pindi Cricket Stadium was declared “below average” by the ICC.

“It (century) meant a lot to me," said Khawaja, who moved to Australia with his family when he was 4 years old. “Obviously my family is from Karachi, I was born in Islamabad and I would have loved to score a hundred in Pakistan."

Khawaja and Steve Smith (72) shared a 159-run third-wicket stand before Pakistan broke it with the second new ball when Faheem Ashraf took a brilliant one-handed low catch in the slips to dismiss Smith off Hasan Ali (1-31).

Nightwatchman Nathan Lyon was yet to score and survived a dropped catch when Imam-ul-Haq couldn’t hold on to a tough chance at forward short leg off Shaheen Afridi’s last ball of the day.

Pakistan also went for an unsuccessful caught behind television review of Khawaja in Afridi’s first over with the new ball before Hasan struck in the penultimate over of the day.

Pakistan deployed its spinners for 26 overs in the last session, but their negative tactic of bowling down the legside to both batters did nothing else but to slow down the Australian scoring rate.

“It wasn’t a negative bowling, we just tried to dry up the runs because they had benefitted from a dry wicket and scored 100 runs in the first session,” Pakistan vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan said.

“I still believe we can have result on this pitch and there will be turn for the spinners later on.”

Khawaja, who raised his half-century off 69 balls in the first session, didn’t get frustrated and waited patiently before completing his century in the last session off 193 balls with 12 fours and a six.

Smith hasn’t scored a test hundred for the last 27 test innings, but made his second successive half-century in Australia’s first tour to Pakistan since 1998 off 214 balls with seven fours before Ashraf plucked an impressive catch.

Earlier, Pakistan had got two quick wickets before lunch before Khawaja and Smith toyed with the bowlers on a docile wicket, which both teams expect to help out spinners as the game progresses.

Khawaja was especially strong off his pads on the leg side against fast bowlers and even swept the two spinners with comfort as the wicket offered no assistance to the bowlers.

Khawaja and David Warner (36) provided Australia a brisk start of 82 runs after skipper Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bat. Pakistan hit back with two wickets, but Australia still managed to reach 100-2 in the first session.

Pakistan came back in the last hour before lunch when Ashraf (1-32) found the outside edge of Warner’s bat off a delivery that moved a fraction away from the left-hander.

Marnus Labuschagne, who faced nine balls, was run out without scoring when he couldn’t beat the direct throw from Sajid Khan at mid-off and fell short of his crease at the non-striker’s end.

Khawaja, who was dismissed for 97 in the first test, and Warner had earlier dominated the first hour by scoring a rapid 63 off 14 overs.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali, one of the two changes Pakistan had made from the first test along with Ashraf, and Afridi couldn’t find any movement off a flat, grassless surface.

Both batsmen weren’t troubled by fast bowlers and also took early charge against spinners by hitting straight sixes off off-spinner Sajid Khan before Pakistan chipped in with the two quick wickets.

Earlier, leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was awarded a test debut as the 28-year-old Queenslander replaced fast bowler Josh Hazlewood in the only change Australia made from the first test which ended in a draw on a docile wicket at Rawalpindi.

Pakistan also made two changes but retained both its specialist spinners Sajid (0-71) and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (0-56), who took a career-best 6-107 in the first test but not before Australia had made a solid reply by racking up 449.

Hasan and Ashraf both returned after missing out the first test due to injuries. They replaced fast bowler Naseem Shah and all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed.

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