Pakistan take ‘rare’ lead in third Test against Australia

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Pakistan take 'rare' lead in third Test against Australia

In their first test, Pakistan bowled Australia out for 299 runs. Due to Aamer Jamal’s heroic bowling, Pakistan took a 14-run lead in the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

After Australia looked like they were in charge, Aamer took six wickets and let 69 runs score.

WHAT THE TEA

The score at tea was 289 for 6.

Australia slowly got an important first-innings lead in the third Test at the SCG, thanks to Mitchell Marsh’s good form and Pakistan’s bad fielding.

Marsh got his fourth fifty in five innings, and he and Alex Carey put together an 84-run stand for the sixth wicket to give Australia the lead. Sajid Khan, an off-spin bowler, got Carey out for 38 on the stroke of tea, which was a very important wicket for Pakistan.

A debutant Saim Ayub gave Marsh an extra life on 7 when he dropped a chance at mid-off after diving forward off Salman Agha’s bowling. Pakistan could have been in a good situation. It was Ayub’s first time playing Test cricket, and it wasn’t easy. Earlier in the game, he dropped retiring opener David Warner when he should have been out at first slip after Pakistan’s second-ball duck.

Marsh was given a chance on 20 on the third day of the Boxing Day Test when Abdullah Shafique dropped a simple catch at first slip. This was a big moment. Marsh made Pakistan pay with a 90, and he’s on track to do the same thing in a game in which he played both tough defence and carefree strokeplay.

Australia will be looking to take a big lead on the SCG track, which is going to get worse as the game goes on. The growing rough spots will be great for spin.

When Australia was down to 205 for 5 early in the second session, the game was leaning towards Pakistan. No. 5 Most of the time, Travis Head is aggressive, but for 20 minutes before lunch, he kept quiet and only got six runs off of 25 balls. Head never got going, and he was out lbw soon after the break because quick Aamer Jamal trapped him on the front pad. This decision was confirmed by the DRS.

To get Marsh to play a hasty shot, Salman tried to get Pakistan to refuse to take the second new ball. But Marsh was calm and caught a few loose balls to keep up his great form that began with a memorable hundred in his first Test match back during the Ashes at Headingley.

Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith survived a barrage of short balls before falling late in the first session of the third day, as Pakistan made a comeback in the third Test.

Labuschagne and Smith had put together a 79-run third-wicket stand and looked like they would be batting until lunch. Smith was out on 38 when he chipped left-arm quick Mir Hamza to cover after a change in strategy put more fielders on the wrong side. He had overcome Pakistan’s hostile attack.

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