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24-Mar-2022 14:58:00 GMT
Pak vs Aus - 3rd Test, Lahore, day 4

Openers lead confident start for Pakistan in 351-chase

Pakistan 268 (Shafique 81, Azhar 78, Babar 67, Cummins 5-56, Starc 4-33) and 73 for 0 (Imam 42*, Shafique 27*) need 278 more runs to beat Australia 391 (Khawaja 91, Green 79, Carey 67, Smith 59, Naseem 4-58, Afridi 4-79) and 227 for 3 dec (Khawaja 104*, Warner 51)

Lahore: After Australia declared their second innings on 227/3 late on Day 4, setting Pakistan a target of 351, the hosts' openers took them to stumps on 73/0.

Australia were looking strong with the bat for the most part of the day, with Usman Khawaja leading the attack with a fine Test hundred. After the declaration came from the visitors, Pakistan openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq battled for 27 overs.

The hosts' openers didn't give away any wickets and also showed their intent of going for victory, with 73 runs on the board, and 278 more runs for a win on the final day. Iman went to stumps on 42* with Shafique keeping him company on 27*.

Earlier, having taken a 123-run lead in the first innings, Australia resumed Day 4 on 11/0. Openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja continued their dominating momentum as they kept increasing Australia's lead.

After surviving three tricky overs in the final session of Day 3, the contest between bat and ball continued on Day 4.

Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali bowled accurately in their first stint and occasionally made the batters uncomfortable. Their disciplined bowling had almost paid off when Warner in the sixth over edged one to the 'keeper but was lucky as none of the Pakistan players appealed.

Afridi bowled some bouncers to test Warner, but he responded with some superb pull shots, demonstrating his aggressive approach.

Warner also used his feet against spinners and collected some easy runs off them.

Khawaja, on the other hand, struggled a bit with his fluency at the start but later continued his good form.

Naseem Shah, who was spectacular in Australia’s first innings, continued to bowl tight lengths as he kept the batters in check. But things got worse for Pakistan when Naseem clean bowled Khawaja with a cracker of delivery, only to have overstepped.

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