Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test Day 4: Australia trail by 27 runs
The opening Test of the series in Rawalpindi for the recently launched Benaud-Qadir Trophy, named after two great wrist spinners from Australia and Pakistan respectively, is heading for a high-scoring draw with only 11 wickets claimed by bowlers thus far in four days. There will not be any complain from batsmen from both sides though.
Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Australia tour of Pakistan
Pakistan 476/4d (162 ov)
Australia *449/7 (137 ov)
Day 4 - Australia trail by 27 runs.
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Pakistan picked up five wickets in the day but Australia managed to reduce the first innings deficit.
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A wet outfield particularly with the bowlers’ run-up area, ended any hopes for the players to get on the field and there was no play before lunch. Australia on 271-2 had no concerns going into the fourth day. The new schedule, light permitting in Rawalpindi, was to have 67 overs and play to go on till 5.45pm local time. At stumps they had reached 449-7, trailing by 27 now.
It would be the second new ball, taken immediately after 80 overs, for Shaheen Afridi to strike for Pakistan as Labuschagne was caught brilliantly at first slip by Abdullah Shafique. He became the second Aussie to miss out on a hundred in this innings as he departed with 90 to his name and having added 108 for the 3rd wicket with Steve Smith. The slow wicket didn’t offer any variable bounce and Australian line-up was certainly up to if asked to counter any. Smith following a poor Ashes series was happy to reach his fifty off 112 balls and applied himself well against accurate left-arm spin of Nauman Ali.
All-rounder Cameron Green, survived a close leg-before shout in Naseem Shah’s hostile spell and after hitting two boundaries off Nauman’s over, looked set for a substantial innings. At tea Australia had progressed to 364-4 and happy to carry on, watched by a sizeable crowd happy to be at the Test match, despite the slow tempo of the game. Green after scoring 48 with 4 fours in 82-run stand with Smith was caught of Nauman, who had toiled hard for his third wicket. He would also send back Smith, clearly annoyed at being caught off his glove for 78 and his has so far picked up 4-107 off 37 overs.
Pakistan 1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-105 (Abdullah Shafique - 33.6 ov), 2-313 (Imam ul Haq - 120.5 ov), 3-414 (Babar Azam - 147.1 ov), 4-442 (Azhar Ali - 155.4 ov)
Australia 1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-156 (David Warner - 40.4 ov), 2-203 (Usman Khawaja - 53.3 ov), 3-311 (Marnus Labuschagne - 84.6 ov), 4-326 (Travis Head - 87.4 ov)
Pakistan - Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (C), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
Australia - David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Date - 4th March, 05:00 AM
Venue - Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Toss - Pakistan won the toss & elected to bat
Umpires - Ahsan Raza, Aleem Dar
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