Australian bowlers decimate Pakistan

Australia's three-man pace attack -- Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird -- decimated the tourist's first innings under the Gabba lights. Starc and Hazlewood took three wickets each and Bird chimed in with two for seven to leave skipper Steve Smith pondering whether to enforce the follow-on after a seven-wicket final session.

Rookie Peter Hanscomb hit a maiden century in Australia's first innings score of 429.   -  AP

A withering spell of fast bowling backed up by some exceptional catching had Pakistan on its knees as Australia took charge of the day-night first Test in Brisbane on Friday.

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Australia's three-man pace attack -- Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird -- decimated the tourist's first innings under the Gabba lights. Starc and Hazlewood took three wickets each and Bird chimed in with two for seven to leave skipper Steve Smith pondering whether to enforce the follow-on after a seven-wicket final session.

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At the close, Pakistan was hanging on at 97 for eight and trailing by 332 runs with Sarfraz Ahmed on 31 and Mohammad Amir not out eight.

Rookie Peter Hanscomb hit a maiden century in Australia's first innings score of 429, but it was the bowlers coupled with inept Pakistan batting which had the pink ball hurtling to an early resolution. Hazlewood put the tourist on the skids with two wickets in two balls in his fifth over.

Babar Azam got a thick edge which flew to Steve Smith at second slip for 19 and next ball veteran Younis Khan feathered to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade for a duck. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was never comfortable under the lights and played well away from his body, nicking to Matthew Renshaw at first slip off Bird for four.

Asad Shafiq soon followed prodding at Starc to give Khawaja another slips catch for two. Sami Aslam, who was twice clocked on the helmet as he turned his head away from rising Hazlewood deliveries, was caught behind off Bird for 22 off 100 balls.

Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah followed within minutes of each other but Sarfraz and Amir saw out play to stumps.

Handscomb made the most of his opportunity and followed up a half-century on debut against South Africa in Adelaide last month with a polished 105 in Australia's first innings of 429. He was out shortly after tea when he chopped a Wahab delivery on to his stumps, one ball after Josh Hazlewood was caught at first slip in Mohammad Amir's previous over.

Tailenders Nathan Lyon (29) and Bird (19) hit out in a crowd-pleasing last-wicket stand of 49, while Wahab Riaz and Amir both finished with four wickets each.

he jumped down the wicket to luckless leg-spinner Yasir Shah and skied to long-off, where Amir made a hash of the catch.