The romantics of Test cricket were treated to attritional sessions as Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq played with a lot of discipline. Sohail brought up his maid Test century and was well assisted by Asad Shafiq's 80.
However, once the two got out, as many as three run-outs triggered a collapse of the lower order. Two recognised batsmen in Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam did not judge their run well and this cost the team at least 70 to 80 runs as they bundled out for 482.
The first hour will be extremely crucial for Australian openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. They looked in a lot of trouble in the 13 overs that they had to negotiate on day two. However, the two have a positive approach and that possibly will see them through. Also, to their advantage, the ball has got 13 overs old and would make batting easier for a while before it starts to reverse.
In the place in which Pakistan have put themselves, it would be very tough for them to lose the match from here on. Australia will have to bat one and a half days to get these runs, if they do manage to get them. The likes of Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas would be licking their fingers as they have runs on the board to put pressure on the inexperienced Australian batting line up.
Pakistan- Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas
Australia- Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jon Holland
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Pakistan
Head to Head – Tests 62, Australia 31, Pakistan 14, Draw 17
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan), Usman Khawaja (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Yasir Shah (Pakistan), Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Most Fours – Haris Sohail (Pakistan), Aaron Finch (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 3 –
Australia 300 for 4
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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