Pak-Aus series decider Test turns into thriller again
CRICDOT DESK : The third and final Test of the three-match series between hosts Pakistan and Australia has come to a standstill. In the series-determining Test at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan ended the fourth day with 73 runs without losing a wicket after reaching the target of 351 runs given by Ajit. As a result, Dudal has a chance to win on the fifth day. Pakistan need 26 runs to win on the last day, and Australia need 10 wickets.
Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafiq, Pakistan’s two openers, spent the last 26 overs of the fourth day chasing runs. Imam is unbeaten on 42 off 93 balls and Shafiq is unbeaten on 28 off 69 balls.
Earlier, Australia started today’s game with 11 runs without wickets. Usman Khawaja and David Warner, the two unbeaten openers of the previous day, continued to play well, scoring 96 runs in the opening over. Warner was bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi for 51 runs. Khwaja then put on a 75-run stand with Marnus Labushan in the second wicket. Labushan also took leave for a personal 37 runs.
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Steve Smith could not take advantage. He fell victim to Noman Ali for 16 runs. However, Khwaja remained steadfast and picked up the twelfth century of his Test career. Aussie captain Pat Cummins declared the second innings when Australia were 226 for three. Khwaja remained unbeaten on 104 off 16 balls. Travis Head remained unbeaten on 11 runs.
Note that the first two Tests between the two teams have been drawn. So the winners of this test will get the ‘Beno-Qadir Trophy’.