When Day One of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia went underway in Dubai on Sunday, a rare instance in Test cricket was witnessed in which the captains of both the teams - Sarfraz Ahmed and Tim Paine -were wicketkeepers.
"I can't explain how happy I am to score my first Test hundred", Sohail said.
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Another run out resulted in the wicket of Safraz Ahmed (15) before the tourists wrapped up the tail and left their batsmen with an unenviable 13 overs to face after a long day in the field.
Paceman Peter Siddle gave Australia an early breakthrough when he bowled nightwatchman Abbas for one with a hint of reverse swing.
But Australia delaying the second new ball allowed Sohail and Shafiq to open up in the second hour, adding 55 more runs.
But Shafiq fell to the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne minutes before tea as he edged a turning ball to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for the debutant's first wicket.
Sohail, who raised his century off 223 balls, tried his favorite cut shot off Nathan Lyon (2/114) and was caught behind as Australia struck with regular intervals.