The first two games of the ongoing Test series between Pakistan and Australia saw no result between the two teams as it ended in draws. However, both teams can make a statement in the series by winning the third and final game.
The winner of the game would walk with a series win. The third and final Test is taking place at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Australia won the toss and elected to open the face of the blade first. The visitors posted 391 in the first innings.
Usman Khawaja who has been in the top form of his Test career once again turned up the ante for Australia. The Pakistan-born Australian cricketer scored 91 runs including 9 fours and a six. Cameron Green scored 79 while the likes of Alex Carey and Steve Smith scored 67 and 59 respectively.
Australia tried their maximum best to post a good total as far as the first innings is concerned. Meanwhile, Pakistan got wickets in the form of Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah. The duo picked up four wickets each.
A friendly moment between David Warner and Shaheen Afridi
In reply, Pakistan were bowled out for 268 runs in the first innings. Abdullah Shafique top-scored with 81 including 8 boundaries. On the other hand, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam scored 78 and 67 runs respectively. Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he bagged a five-wicket haul whereas Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets.
As far as the second innings is concerned, Australia got off to a steady start in the form of David Warner and Usman Khawaja. During the last ball of the third over, Warner and Shaheen Afridi engaged in a light banter that took everyone by surprise.
The drama unfolded when the left-arm pacer bowled a short-pitched delivery to Warner. Meanwhile, the southpaw defended the ball and then screamed at the non-striker to get back to his crease.
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During that time, Shaheen Afridi went up to Warner and then both cricketers looked at each other and smiled. Australia end Day 3 with 11/0 with Warner and Khawaja batting on 4 and 7. The visitors are leading by 134 runs.