Australia are locking horns with Pakistan in the third and final Test match, which is being held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The first two games went in favour of the hosts as they won the first Test by a humongous margin of 360 runs at Perth before they won the second Test by 79 runs at Melbourne.
With the series already done and dusted, Australia are looking to inflict a 3-0 whitewash on Pakistan. On the contrary, Shan Masood and Co will be playing for pride in a bid to steer clear of a whitewash. Meanwhile, the third Test match witnessed a never-before-seen incident on Day 1.
Mitchell Marsh got rid of Pakistan captain Shan Masood in the 26th over as Steve Smith took a sharp catch at slip. However, Australia’s celebration was short-lived before the umpire signalled “no-ball”. Pakistan were stuttering at 87/4 and they were gifted with a lifeline after Mitchell Marsh overstepped.
Mitchell Marsh gives a high-five to the umpire after dismissing Shan Masood four overs later
Just as when Shan Masood thought he was relieved, Mitchell Marsh came back to haunt the Pakistan captain four overs later, getting rid of him in a similar fashion. Shan Masood departed after scoring 35 runs. Soon after the dismissal, Mitchell Marsh went up to the umpire and gave him a big high-five.
The video clip of the same has been doing the rounds on social media. At one stage, Pakistan were 96/5 and were en route to a batting collapse. Despite a shaky start to the game, Pakistan still managed to build a foundation, courtesy of pivotal contributions from Mohammad Rizwan, Aamer Jamal and Agha Salman.
Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with 88 including 10 fours and 2 sixes. Aamer Jamal scored 82 including 9 fours and 4 sixes whereas Agha Salman scored 53 including 8 fours. These key contributions helped Pakistan score 313 in the first innings.