AUS vs PAK: At the end of the third day of the second Test match between Australia and Pakistan, the former is on course to win their first Test of the series. Australia added 51 runs in nine overs in the morning before declaring their innings. Pakistan lost the first wicket in the form of Abdullah Shafique via run-out. Imam Ul Haq then lost his wicket after scoring 20 runs in 64 balls.
Wickets kept falling at regular intervals as Pakistan failed to build any momentum. Babar Azam held firm at one end but eventually lost patience in the end. He top-scored for Pakistan with a 79-ball 36. The likes of Alam (0), Azhar Ali (14) and M Rizwan (6) failed to impress with the bat.
Nauman Ali (20 off 35) and Shaheen Afridi (19 off 25) added 30 runs for the final wicket to take Pakistan to 148 runs. Pakistan would be disappointed with their batting performance. Australia pacers made great use of the reverse swing and thereby take control of the match. Mitchell Starc led the way with the ball, picking 3 for 29 runs, while Swepson picked 2 for 32 in 9 overs. Cummins, Lyon and Green picked one wicket each.
Despite gaining a mammoth lead, Australia has opted to bat again and are currently at 81 for 1 in 17 overs. David Warner is the only wicket that fell for Australia on Day 3. He got out after scoring 7 runs in 16 balls. His partner Usman Khawaja is currently at the crease at 35 off 48 balls, while Marnus Labuschagne is unbeaten on 37 off 38 balls. Australia has taken a lead of 489 runs at stumps on Day 3.
AUS vs PAK, 2nd Test Day 3 Stumps Australia 81 for 1 (Labuschagne 37*, Khawaja 35*, Hasan 1-14) and 556 for 9 dec (Khawaja 160, Carey 93) lead Pakistan 148 (Babar 36, Starc 3-29, Swepson 2-32) by 489 runs