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Australian onslaught leaves Pakistan with an uphill task

David Warner smashed the fastest 50 for Australia in Tests
David Warner smashed the fastest 50 for Australia in Tests

Australia 538-8 dec & 241-2 dec (Khawaja 79no) v
Pakistan 315 & 55-1 (Sharjeel 40)
Third Test, Sydney, day four

Australia scored 241 runs in just 32 overs to set a target of 465 runs in the final innings following which Pakistan lost Sharjeel Khan and were restricted to 55 for one at stumps on day four of the third Test in Sydney.

After rain washed out the first session of play, Pakistan resumed their first innings at 271 for eight. Matthew Renshaw was withdrawn from the game after showing signs of concussion but Matthew Wade returned back to the field.

The second over of the day saw Younis Khan (175 not out) dropped by Wade and the veteran batsman got to his 150 with a six. Younis upped the ante when he smashed Steve O'Keefe (1-50) for a six and a four in the 110th over.

However, Josh Hazlewood (4-55) picked two wickets in a span of three deliveries to dismiss Yasir Shah (10) and Imran Khan (0) to wrap up Pakistan for 315.

Australia decided to bat again after having 223-run first innings lead.

David Warner (55) opened the innings along with Usman Khawaja (79 not out) after Renshaw was ruled out due to concussion earlier by the Australian medical team.

Warner did what he does best. Some exceptional attacking stroke play saw the Aussies put up 71 runs on board by the ninth over. Warner as expected did the bulk of heavy lifting by contributing 55 to the partnership after completing his 23rd Test fifty in just 23 balls.

Wahab Riaz (1-28) finally struck to dismiss Warner by getting one past his bat while attempting another slog.

Steven Smith (59) ensured he carried on Warner's start by adding 103 for the second wicket partnership stand along with Khawaja. He was dismissed on 59 by Yasir Shah (1-124).

Peter Handscomb (40 not out) along with Khawaja contributed 67 runs more to the Australian tally in just 42 balls with Handscomb scoring unbeaten 40.

Khawaja on the other end remained unbeaten on 79 as Australia declared their innings on 241 for two in 332 overs after setting a 464 runs target for the visitors with around 114 overs to go for the end of the Test match.

Azhar Ali and Sharjeel (40) started Pakistan's innings in a positive fashion. The duo scored 51 in just 12 overs before Nathan Lyon (1-27) dismissed Khan caught at mid wicket after the latter failed to take on the spinner.

Shah (3 not out) was sent as nightwatchman to see through the remaining overs in the day. Ali, unbeaten on 11 along with Shah ensured the visitors sustained no further damage as they continue to trail by 410 runs with 98 overs to bowl on the final day of the Sydney Test.

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