Starc puts Pakistan on the ropes after Labuschagne century hands 1st Test advantage to Australia
Marnus Labuschagne scored a magnificent century for Australia (185), on the 3rd day of the 1st Test, and then Mitchell Starc took the wickets of Pakistan captain Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail, to put Australia firmly in control at the close of play with a lead of 276 over Pakistan.
Pakistan - 240 (Asad Shafiq 76; Mitchell Starc 4-52)
Australia – 580 ( 157.4 Overs) – (Joe Burns 97, David Warner 151*, Marnus Labuschagne 185, Matthew Wade 60; Yasir Shah 4-205)
At the Close - Pakistan trail Australia by 276 runs with 7 wickets remaining
Australia in the driver's seat at stumps on day three. Labuschagne's 185 extended their score to 580 before Starc and Cummins ran through the top order to leave Pakistan at 64/3.#AUSvPAK LIVE ??https://t.co/0d3zlDrR8C pic.twitter.com/4hDEsdXq8X— ICC (@ICC) November 23, 2019
Comment by Salim Parvez - Australia remain on top at Gabba
Barring a miracle, Australia are the only team that can win the opening Test at Gabba, as it took complete control of the proceedings on the third day. By claiming three second innings Pakistan wickets – including two key batsmen, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq – before the close, the home side are on its way to wrapping up the match inside four days. Still 276 ahead, they need to pick up the remaining seven wickets, to extend its unbeaten record on the ground to 31 years.
If David Warner was the hero for Australia on the second day, today it was Marnus Labuschagne, who stretched his first Test hundred, to a final score of 185, having faced 279 balls and hit 20 fours. A magnificent innings from a young batsman in form. His second wicket stand worth 129 came to an end when Warner on 154 was caught behind off a short ball to give Naseem Shah, his first Test wicket. A great moment for a young paceman who has bowled with good heart and looks a good bet for the future.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, still not quite in his element in the given conditions, picked up four wickets but at the cost of 205 runs, thus becoming the first bowler in the history to concede two hundred runs in a Test innings, on three occasions, ahead of India’s ‘Vinoo’ Mankad and Pakistan’s Mushtaq Ahmed, who twice went for two hundred runs. Amongst his wickets, was the dismissal of Steven Smith for 4, who against all odds failed with the bat and now has been dismissed by the spinner on seven occasions. Even the dismissals of Warner and Smith, in short space of time, failed to lift Pakistan. It is to be said that Yasir’s workload was managed quite well by captain Azhar Ali, as two part-time slow bowlers – Iftikhar Ahmed and Haris Sohail – collectively bowled 31 overs.
Australian total of 580, earned them a huge first innings lead of 340 and push her opponents on the back foot. Even in claiming the last five Australian wickets for 35 runs, Pakistan bowlers could not give their side much hope of surviving as they are still another two days of cricket left. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have shared the three wickets to fall in the second innings, leaving Shan Masood and Babar Azam, now at the crease, to continue the fight on the fourth morning.
Australia - Joe Burns, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Azhar Ali(c), Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam
Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan
Start Time: 00:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane
Officials: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough, Sam Nogajski, Jeffrey Crowe
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