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Younis Khan remains unbeaten on 134 but Australia in firm control

Nathan Lyon (centre) picked three wickets on day three
Nathan Lyon (centre) picked three wickets on day three

Australia 538-8 dec (Renshaw 184) v
Pakistan 271-8 (Younis 136no)
Third Test, Sydney, day three

Younis Khan slammed his 34th Test century but it is Australia, who are dominating the third Test in Sydney after restricting Pakistan to 271 for eight on a rain hit day three, thereby maintaining a first innings lead of 267 runs over the visitors.

Pakistan had to remain with their overnight score of 126 for two for quite a while as rain washed out the entire first session. After losing nearly four hours, the play finally resumed at 2:30pm local time.

Khan (136 not out) started the proceedings with a boundary off the first ball bowled by Mitchell Starc (1-65). The third over of the day Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade leaving the field with nausea and diarrhoea with Peter Handscomb taking over the gloves.

Azhar Ali (71) survived a tight LBW review from Australia in the 45th over but was run out in a bizarre manner in attempting a reluctant single. Pakistan went into tea at 177 for three after adding 51 runs in the 23 overs of play possible.

In the second over of the final session, Misbah-ul-Haq (18) holed out to deep midwicket to give Nathan Lyon (3-98) his first wicket. Asad Shafiq (4) failed to make significant contribution after he edged a Steve O'Keefe (1-37) delivery to first slip.

Younis completed his 34th Test century with a boundary and became the only batsman to score a ton in all 11 countries.

Australia took the second new ball and it straightaway paid them dividends as Starc had Sarfraz Ahmed (18) caught at gully while Lyon had Mohammad Amir (4) caught at mid off and few overs later castled Wahab Riaz (8) with a peach of a delivery that turned sharply.

At stumps, Pakistan were placed 271 for eight, trailing Australia by another 267 runs.

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