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Pakistan lose two wickets in an improbable chase of 490

Usman Khawaja top scored for Australia with 74 in the second innings
Usman Khawaja top scored for Australia with 74 in the second innings

Australia 429 & 202-5 dec (Khawaja 74) v
Pakistan 142 & 70-2 (Azhar 41no)
First Test, Brisbane, day three

After a strong batting performance in the second innings helped Australia set a target of 490 runs in the final innings, Pakistan managed to end day three at 70 for two in the first Test in Brisbane.

Pakistan started the day at 97 for eight, trailing Australia by 332 runs. After bringing the 50-run stand wtih Sarfraz Ahmed (59 not out), Mohammad Amir (21) was caught behind off Jackson Bird (3-23).

Sarfraz completed his fifty but Rahat Ali (4) was run out at the other end leaving Pakistan dismissed for 142. With a lead of 287 runs, Australia decided to bat again.

David Warner (12) started the innings with a couple of boundaries but mistimed one to mid on off Amir (1-37) in the third over.

Rahat (2-40) had Matt Renshaw (6) caught in the slips. Just when Australia were reeling at 24 for two, Smith (63) and Usman Khawaja (74) ensured Australia reached 40 for two at tea.

Australia switched gears in the second session and Smith brought the 50-run stand with Khawaja off just 77 deliveries.

After completing his fifty off 59 deliveries, Smith perished but Khawaja carried on and shared another quick 53-run stand with Peter Handscomb (35 not out) and in the process also completed his fifty.

Australia declared their innings at 202 for five, setting a target of 490 for Pakistan in the final innings.

After a cautious start of 31 for naught in the first 10 overs, Mitchell Starc (1-28) had Sami Aslam (15) caught in the slips while Nathan Lyon (1-13) dismissed Babar Azam (14) to leave the visitors reeling at 54 for two.

Azhar Ali (41 not out) and Younis Khan (0 not out) ensured Pakistan ended the day at 70 for two, needing an improbable 420 more runs to win.

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