Aamer Jamal’s sensational knock at No. 9 helped Pakistan reach 300 on Day 1 of the 3rd Test against Australia. David Warner received a guard of honor as he walked out to bat for just one over.
Welcome to our live coverage of the 3rd Test between Australia and Pakistan.
Australia will begin the second day of play with their two openers 307 runs behind. Aside from David Warner, the entire match will be in focus as Pakistan tries to attack the Aussies early and pick up early wickets. We will bring you all the action on Thursday at 5 am IST (11.30 pm GMT). You can also catch our build-up to Day 2 that will begin much earlier. Cheers!
Following the Lunch break, Mohammad Rizwan showed excellent progress and confidently faced Nathan Lyon, giving Agha Salman the chance to get comfortable at the crease. Together, they added an impressive 96 runs and helped Pakistan recover from a difficult situation. However, Australia fought back fiercely and took crucial wickets just before Tea. Despite falling short of a century by 12 runs, Rizwan’s efforts were commendable. After Tea, the team put up some resistance, but captain Pat Cummins quickly dismissed three more wickets. With Pakistan struggling at 227/9, Aamer Jamal defied the odds with an outstanding innings of 82 runs before ultimately getting out.
Day 1 began with Shan Masood choosing to bat first on a pitch that has seen high first innings scores in recent games. However, early movement from the pacers proved favorable for Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, each of whom secured a wicket in the opening over, resulting in Pakistan losing both their openers without scoring a run. Despite a promising partnership between Babar Azam and Masood, the Australian captain dismissed Babar with an impressive indipper. The game took an exciting turn when Masood and Mohammad Rizwan fought back with aggressive strokes. However, their efforts were short-lived as Mitchell Marsh managed to break their stand, forcing Pakistan to start over once again.
A big round of applause accompanies David Warner as he walks back from the SCG to a huge round of applause from his family, his teammates and the entire crowd of 34,000+. It has been an engrossing day of Test cricket, and after many ebbs and flows, Pakistan will feel much more optimistic going into Day 2 as they managed to pull themselves out of a hole and post a decent score.
At 2:36 IST:
Sajid Khan begins his over to David Warner. The bowler delivers a fuller ball targeting the stumps, and Warner’s attempt to defend results in a bottom edge off his pads that narrowly misses the stumps. Although unsure of where it went, Warner is relieved to have survived.
Sajid Khan to David Warner, Fuller and aiming at the off stump, Warner defends it to cover.
David Warner flicks the ball with his wrists through mid-wicket and square leg for a double from Sajid Khan.
David Warner to Sajid Khan, dragged length just around off, David Warner rocks back again to push it to point.
Sajid Khan bowls it short first up, outside off, and Warner rocks back and punches it through covers for a boundary. That’s a good start to his final Test match!