11th October 2018
Abbas continues amazing test form
Leicestershire CCC overseas player Muhammad Abbas took seven wickets in the first test match against Australia to leave him on the verge of 50 wickets.
On day two of a game where Abbas dominated proceedings, Pakistan took the final ten Australia first innings wickets for just 60 runs in Dubai.
Abbas collected four for 29 from 19 overs as Australia, who were 142 without loss at one stage, slipped to 202 all out in reply to Pakistan’s 482.
The seamer started the ball rolling by having Aaron Finch (62) caught at silly mid-on before off-spinner Bilal Asif, who claimed six-for on debut, took the next four wickets.
Abbas trapped Mitch Marsh leg before and also claimed the eighth and ninth wickets of the innings, having Mitchell Starc caught behind before bowling Peter Siddle.
It was his fifth four-wicket haul in test cricket, and Abbas has also claimed a brace of five-fors. Abbas took three second innings wickets before stumps on day four before Australia held out for a draw on a gripping final day.
The ever-accurate Abbas took the second innings wickets of Finch (49) and the Marsh brothers - Shaun and Mitch - and ended the match with analysis of seven for 85 from 46 overs in the scorching heat.
Our overseas star now needs just one more wicket to reach the 50 mark inside ten matches, which would be a fantastic achievement.
Photo credit: Ryan Pierse, Getty Images.
* Follow Muhammad Abbas and the Foxes throughout the 2019 season by becoming a Member of the club. More details about the new season are coming soon!