Pakistan to chase 351 in series decider to win
CRICDOT DESK : Today is the fourth day of the third and final Test of the three-match series between hosts Pakistan and Australia. Aussies declared his second innings at 226 for three in the series-determining Test at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore today. As a result, Pakistan, trailing by 123 runs in the first innings, will have to score 351 runs to win this Test.
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.
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.
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In the meantime, Pakistan has come down to chase the run. At the time of writing, their collection was 10 runs without wickets. Abdullah Shafiq is batting for 4 and Imam-ul-Haq for 3. In the fourth innings, Pakistan will have the opportunity to bat at least 121 overs.
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’.