Pakistan Fight to Avoid Defeat as Australia Dominate on Day 3 at Adelaide

Adelaide: Pakistan was battling to stave off defeat within the day-night second Check in opposition to Australia on Sunday after being pressured to comply with on, with Tim Paine’s males needing seven wickets to clinch the sequence 2-0.

The guests, who’ve misplaced 13 consecutive Assessments in Australia, have been in massive bother at 39 for 3 when rain pressured an early finish, 248 runs behind with two days left and their high order decimated.

That they had resumed on an overcast and chilly afternoon teetering at 96 for six of their first innings, in reply to Australia’s 589 for 3 declared, constructed on the again of David Warner’s monumental 335 not out.

Yasir Shah smacked a dogged maiden Check century and Babar Azam hit 97 however they have been all out for 302 and nonetheless 287 runs adrift, with Mitchell Starc the hero, taking 6-66.

Australian skipper Tim Paine enforced the comply with on and it began badly for Pakistan, whose first job was to outlive intact for 15 minutes earlier than the dinner break.

They failed with opener Imam-ul-Haq — recalled after being neglected for the primary Check in Brisbane, which they misplaced by an innings and 5 runs — out lbw for a duck to Josh Hazlewood.

It was rapidly 11 for 2 with Starc tempting skipper Azhar Ali right into a thick exterior edge and Steve Smith taking a high quality catch simply seconds earlier than a bathe pressured them off.

The rain had been threatening all day and after they returned after 30 minutes Hazlewood bagged the important thing wicket of dangerman Azam for 2, caught behind by Paine.

However extra rain quickly blew in, to Australia’s frustration, and the umpires known as it a day.

Earlier, Yasir and Azam had stored Pakistan’s slim hopes alive with disciplined first innings batting.

Higher often called a spin bowler, Yasir had by no means gone higher than 42 in his earlier 36 Assessments, making his 113 in opposition to one of many world’s most fearsome tempo assaults much more exceptional.

Gloomy Situations

In a scintillating spell underneath lights on Sunday night time, left-armer Starc snapped up 4 fast wickets and the omens for Pakistan didn’t look good.

However the gloomy circumstances at Adelaide Oval provided little for the bowlers throughout daytime on Sunday and Azam and Yasir took benefit.

They placed on a 105-run stand and Azam seemed destined for a 3rd Check century till Starc pounced once more, with the 25-year-old edging an tried drive to Paine behind the stumps on 97.

Azam — who scored a century within the first Check at Brisbane and is quickly rising as his nation’s high batsman — left the sphere dejected however to a standing ovation.

The very subsequent ball Starc grabbed his sixth, with Shaheen Afridi plumb lbw earlier than Mohammad Abbas fended off the hat-trick ball.

Abbas made a gutsy 29 earlier than he was undone by a Pat Cummins bouncer, caught at gully by Warner.

On the different finish, Yasir confirmed composure to compile his first-ever ton, mentioning the milestone off 192 balls, clattering 12 fours and kissing the turf in celebration.

He had a near-miss off the bowling of Marnus Labuschagne on 33. Steve Smith believed he caught him at slip and made an enormous attraction, however replays confirmed the ball fell simply wanting his fingertips.

Yasir was then dropped by Labuschagne off his personal bowling on 43.

He was lastly out hooking a Cummins supply to Nathan Lyon.

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