Great Ending Day for Pakistan Against Aussies

BRISBANE: Pakisan were 70-2 at stumps on day three in pursuit of Australia’s mammoth 490-run target at Gabba in the first of the three-Test series. Opener Sami Aslam and one-down Babar Azam were sent back to the pavillion by the Kangaroos before day’s end.

Aslam was caught by Matt Renshaw off Mitchell Starc, while Babar was caught at first slip by captain Steven Smith off Nathan Lyon. Earlier, Australia, riding on the back of 111-run partnership between Usman Khwaja (74) and Smith (63), stretched their first innings lead to 489 before declaring their innings.

Pakistan now have two days left to save the day-night Test by chasing a historic target. Australia were helped by Usman Khwaja (74) and captain Steven Smith’s (63) partnership of 111 runs as the hosts set a daunting 490-run target for Pakistan to chase with two days and one session left in the first day-night Test at Gabba.

Pakistan managed to score 142 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 429 courtesy Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 59, however, their bowlers, in the second innings, were again unable to restrict the hosts.  At dinner, Peter Handscomb (35) and Matthew Wade (one) were unbeaten when Australia declared their innings on 202-5.

For Pakistan, Rahat Ali was the most successful bowler with two wickets from his 10 overs for 40 runs. Leggie Yasir Shah and left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir bagged one wicket each.

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