Test Cricket: Day 3 of the 2nd Test Write-Up: Pakistan v Australia in Abu Dhabi

With Usman Khawaja suffering a knee strain in the warm-up drills before Day 3, Australia moved on without him.

Though, they had a big task with the ball following their massive batting chaos.

On the other hand, Pakistan resume with 2-144 and lead by 281 runs.

Though, Australia did get two early wickets in the morning session.

Again, credit to the bowlers who got the job done well.

Nathan Lyon produced the revs where Haris Sohail tried to bat deep and whack big.

But it’s a swing & a miss as credit to Tim Paine’s sublime stumping to send H.Sohail back on 17.

Not long later, Azhar Ali thought he cut nicely into the third man for four through the missed catch at gully.

But Mitchell Starc saw the ball stopped short of the rope.

And A. Ali will have to remember this for the rest of his life when he got run out on 64.

LUNCH BREAK: Pakistan 4-232 & leads by 369 runs.

Asad Shafiq contributed well to bring up his innings of 44 alongside Babar Azam.

He tried to cut it when he used most of the space in the crease.

But poor balance & footwork saw Shafiq misjudged that shot straight to Ashton Agar.

With fantastic revs on the ball, Marnus Labuschagne may still have work to do with the bat.

But as the part-time leg-spinner, he’s at least taking wickets.

Never mind Shafiq, Babar Azam led the innings of his own and got off the mark.

So did Sarfraz Ahmed in a building a partnership alongside Azam heading into Tea.

TEA TIME: Pakistan 5-350 & leads by 487 runs.

Azam batted plenty of time & did very well to answer his critics after a recent run of inconsistency.

He may be only one run away from securing his maiden Test hundred on 99.

But, it’s, unfortunately, a bummer as Peter Siddle gets that breakthrough for Australia.

He made a gentle block for all the wrong reasons as the ball hit just above of his knee roll.

Without massive movement with the feet, the umpire had to give Babar Azam the LBW.

Nathan Lyon swooped two more wickets to wipe off the tail of Bilal Asif & Yasir Shah.

And at last, Labuschagne denied Sarfraz Ahmed’s 100 before Pakistan’s declaration.

S. Ahmed swept too early trying to find the gap for 4 before quickly hit the middle of his pad, signaling an LBW.

Final 3rd Innings Score: Pakistan 9d-400 & leads by 537 runs.

Shaun Marsh filled-in the opening spot as Usman Khawaja continues to work on his stiff left knee.

Unfortunately, his time in the middle ended early for only four.

S. Marsh just defended poorly at the wrong time with no protection of his crease.

Mir Hamza demolished the stumps to push further doubt on S. Marsh’s unfortunate time in the UAE.

Aaron Finch continued to bat on 24* while Travis Head’s so far help Finch build a stand on 17*.

Stumps Day 3: Australia 1-47 & needs 490 runs to win.

Pakistan who won’t rush with the ball too fast to eventually eat the visitors up with the lone win & the Series.

They have plenty of bowling armor that Australia need to escape this time around.

Australia did this before in Dubai last week with their 4th innings stand.

Though, Meeting a target of 538 is a challenging task.

But Finch needs Head’s & the whole of Australia’s support to help defy the odds.

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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