The Pakistani cricket fans were pretty happy as the Australian cricket team was visiting their country after a long gap of 24 years but all the excitement and enthusiasm got spoiled after the pitch in Rawalpindi test played the spoilsport.

The first test match of the 3-match test series started on March 4 and it was played at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi. The toss was won by the hosts and they decided to bat first, the decision was proved correct by the Pakistani batsmen as they put up a total of 476/4 with Imam-ul-Haq (157) and Azhar Ali (185) hitting centuries. The Aussies also responded well and they also put up a score of 459 runs in their first innings. On the last day of the game, Pakistan batted the whole day and its batters put up a total of 252 runs without losing a wicket as both the openers Abdullah Shafique (136) and Imam-ul-Haq (111) scored centuries.

The pitch of the first test match offered no help to the pacers as well as to the spinners and only 14 wickets were taken in the entire 5 days of the test match because of which the match ended in a draw. This was certainly one of the most boring test matches ever played and it won’t be wrong to say that it is because of such test matches in which result does not come out, people are losing interest in the purest format of the game.

Cricket fans and the former cricketers are pretty disappointed with the quality of the pitch of the first test match that can easily be called a dead pitch. Cricket fans expressed their opinion on the micro-blogging site Twitter and here are some of the selected reactions:

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The second test match between Australia and Pakistan will be played at National Stadium, Karachi, starting March 12 and other than the three test match series, Australia and Pakistan will also play 3 ODIs and 1 T20I.

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