Debutant Marnus Labuschagne was happy that his hardwork on his bowling over the past few months paid off on Day 2 of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai.Labuschagne dismissed Asad Shafiq just before tea and then ran out Babar Azam soon after the break to turn the match on its head.
Mitchell Starc, who toiled for over 32 overs and gave away 90 runs, finally got his first wicket when last man Yasir Shah got a thin edge while Siddle had Bilal Asif clean bowled. Things will get tougher for Australia on a crumbling pitch and their biggest hurdle - the spin.
Resuming on 255/3 on the second day, Pakistan were reduced to 260/4 before Shafiq joined forces with Sohail to revive Pakistan's innings. "So it was pleasing to see it come off today, I was able to come on and not go for too many runs and also lucky enough to get a wicket as well", he added.
The pair frustrated the Australian attack with some solid batting as Pakistan reached 329-4 at lunch, with both in sight of centuries.
Khawaja hit eight fours before miscuing a premeditated sweep and was caught at short leg while Finch had five boundaries and a six in his knock.
"It's always a big pride to score a Test hundred for your country and I have worked really hard to reach this far", said Sohail, who was sidelined for a two-year period with a knee injury in 2015. Pakistan lost nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas in the fifth over of the day, bowled by fast bowler Peter Siddle for one in the fifth over of the day.