Imam-ul-Haq crafted his maiden test hundred and was part of two century-plus partnerships to propel Pakistan to 245 for one on day one of the opening Test against Australia in Rawalpindi on Friday.

The bespectacled 26-year-old, who was not out on 132 at the close, added 105 runs with fellow opener Abdullah Shafique to give Pakistan a strong start after captain Babar Azam’s decided to bat first.

His 140-run stand for the unbroken second wicket with Azhar Ali, who was 64 not out, further consolidated Pakistan’s position on a flat pitch where Australia rued not playing a second spinner.

Imam’s 271-ball knock included 15 boundaries and two sixes.