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Pakistan Build 189-Run Lead After Warner Century

David Warner
David Warner scored his ninth Test century before Pakistan took control on day three
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Pakistan 454 (Sarfraz Ahmed 109) & 38-0 v
Australia 303 (Warner 133)
First Test, Dubai, day three

David Warner struck a century before Australia collapsed, losing five wickets for 54 runs, enabling Pakistan to close day three of the first Test in Dubai 189 runs ahead.

Replying to Pakistan's 454 all out, Warner hit 133 before his side went from 249 for five to 303 all out.

Yasir Shah marked his debut with a haul of three for 66 with Rahat Ali and Zulfiqar Babar also taking two wickets.

Pakistan then closed on 38 without loss in their second innngs as they began to build a healthy lead with two days still remaining.

Australia resumed the day on 113 without loss but Pakistan struck early to remove Chris Rogers for 38 and Warner's innings aside, went on to dominate proceedings.

Rogers was bowled by Rahat, who also ran out Alex Doolan for five and had Mitchell Johnson caught by substitute Shan Masood for 37.

Warner hit 11 fours and two sixes in all during his 174-ball innings but by lunch, taken with them on 208 for four, they had also lost the wickets of Michael Clarke for two and Stev Smith for 22.

The former was caught by Azhar Ali off Zulfiqar and the latter caught by Mohammad Hafeez off Yasir.

Four more wickets fell before tea, including that of Warner's, who was the first to go when he was bowled by Yasir's googly.

Mitchell Marsh (27) and Brad Haddin (22) steered Australia towards the 250-mark and almost got them past the follow-on target before Haddin was bowled by Imran Khan.

Marsh followed soon after when he was trapped in front by Zulfiqar, Hafeez trapped Peter Siddle in front for nought and Shah had Steve O'Keefe caught by Misbah-ul-Haq for four.

Tea was taken at 282 for eight and a few more runs came from Johnson in the final session, getting Australia past 300 until they were bowled out, leaving Nathan Lyon unbeaten on four.

Rahat finished with two for 55, Hafeez one for 54, Imran one for 41 and Zulfiqar two for 81.

Ahmed Shehzad (22 in 42 balls) and Azhar (16 in 36) then batted steadily as Pakistan made it to stumps closing in on a lead of 200.

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