The first two Tests between Pakistan and Australia ended in a draw. Now, both teams are giving it all in a bid to win the game and the series. The Test series decider is taking place at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Batting first, Australian national cricket team posted 391 in the first innings.
Usman Khawaja was the pick of the batters for Australia as he scored 91 with the help of 9 boundaries and a six. Cameron Green had a pretty decent day at the office as he scored 79 with the help of 9 fours. Alex Carey scored 67 while Steve Smith scored 59 runs respectively.
Australia pushed themselves in the comfort zone with the kind of total they posted in the first innings. On the other hand, Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah turned up the ante for Pakistan cricket team as they picked up four wickets apiece.
Australian skipper Pat Cummins grabs a stunner
Australia got off to a terrific start in the form of the captain Pat Cummins as the latter got rid of Imam-ul-Haq for just 11 runs. However, Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali took the game away from the visitors with a 150-run partnership.
Nathan Lyon dismissed Abdullah Shafique for 81 runs including 11 boundaries. Just as when Azhar Ali and Babar Azam were looking to add runs on the board, Pat Cummins got rid of Azhar Ali. The incident happened during the fourth ball of the 87th over.
The Australian Test captain bowled a straight delivery to Azhar Ali. The right-handed batsman played it down the ground but ended up hitting the ball towards Cummins. Meanwhile, Cummins reacted to it quite perfectly as he took a terrific reflex catch.
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— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 23, 2022
Commentators ran short of superlatives to describe the catch as Australian players went up to the skipper and congratulated him. Azhar Ali departed for a well-made 78 (7 fours and a six). Babar Azam is batting on 67 (5 fours, 1 six) as Pakistan scored 268/6 in 115 overs.