Current Match Report – Australia vs Pakistan third Take a look at 2023/24

Australia 116 for two (Khawaja 47, Labuschagne 23*, Salman 1-18, Jamal 1-26) path Pakistan 313 by 197 runs

Retiring opener David Warner rode his luck earlier than falling for 34 because the third Take a look at between Australia and Pakistan was evenly poised after a truncated second day.

Australia made gradual progress in opposition to a disciplined Pakistan assault, however solely 46 overs have been bowled within the day’s play attributable to dangerous gentle and rain. Marnus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 23 and Steven Smith 6 not out, and they’ll get the prospect to reset in what must be higher situations on day three.

Despite the fact that the SCG’s gentle towers have been on, play stopped simply after drinks within the second session after Pakistan refused to solely bowl their spinners.

Play was unable to renew with persistent rain falling within the afternoon as dangerous climate continues to plague the normal New 12 months’s Take a look at in Sydney. However the forecast is for largely clear situations for the rest of the match.

Opener Usman Khawaja fell for a affected person 47 off 143 to tireless fast Aamer Jamal in the one wicket of the second session. Australia scored at simply 2.46 runs an over and been shackled by an correct Pakistan assault.

All eyes earlier had been on Warner, who’s taking part in in his 112th and last Take a look at. He survived a tense last over earlier than stumps on day one after receiving a guard of honour from the Pakistan crew. He began the innings with a first-ball boundary off spinner Sajid Khan earlier than virtually taking part in the ball onto his stumps in a slim escape.

Warner once more got here out to a standing ovation to start out day two and shared a hug together with his shut pal Khawaja earlier than strolling to the crease. There was intrigue over whether or not Warner would come out swinging, however he appeared to eye the lengthy haul as he performed fastidiously.

Warner did hit a fantastic cowl drive off veteran seamer Hasan Ali, who was bowling at pedestrian speeds. Stepping down the crease, Warner was treating him with disdain however he did have one other nervous second when he edged via a vacant third slip and to the boundary.

Pakistan’s bid for early wickets with the brand new ball have been made more durable with out spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, who has been contentiously rested for the match forward of their T20I tour of New Zealand after a heavy workload over the opening two Assessments.

Warner seemed prone to bat via to lunch after being badly dropped on 20 at first slip by debutant Saim Ayub off Jamal. However he did not capitalise and fell when he edged a pointy supply from offspinner Agha Salman that had chew and turned sharply as Babar Azam took a nice catch at slip.

The group groaned as Warner ripped his gloves off and berated himself earlier than trudging off to a standing ovation and loud applause.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist primarily based in Perth

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