Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights

Pakistan vs Australia 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights

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22 Mar 2022
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Australia got off to a good start on the first day of the third Test between Pakistan and Australia in Lahore. At the end of the first day’s play, Australia scored 232/5. Alex Carey (8*) and Cameron Green (20*) remain at the crease for Australia till the end of the day’s play.

However, the beginning wasn’t the same as the end of day 1. Shaheen Afridi gave early blows to the Australian batting line-up, at instances, it looked that Australia was in deep trouble having lost 2 for 8 but Smith and Khawja batted outstandingly well and kept everything on track for Australia.

A wonderful inswinging ball got David Warner out on the total of eight runs. After two balls, Marnus Labuschagne was also dismissed without opening the account playing a cover drive which he nicked behind.

Labuschagne has been dismissed for zero for the second time in this series. Overall, he has been dismissed for zero for the third time in Test cricket.

Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja did the job of handling the innings after two wickets fell on the score of eight runs. These two batsmen did not let Australia get any further blow till tea time. Both batted together for 53.3 overs.

There was a partnership of 138 runs between the two for the third wicket. At the start of the third session, Australia had lost the third wicket when Steve Smith was given LBW off Naseem Khan.

Khawaja, who missed his century by three runs in the first innings of the first Test, missed a century again on Day 1. Sajid Khan made him his victim on a personal score of 91. Khawaja faced 219 balls in his innings. He hit nine fours and one six in his innings.

In the current series, Khawaja has scored the highest 392 runs in four innings with an average of 130.67. After starting with two wickets, Pakistan did not get any wickets for more than the next 50 overs, but they made a great comeback with three wickets in the final session.

For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah have taken two wickets each while Sajid has taken one wicket.

Sajid has also bowled the most 25 overs. Hasan Ali and Nauman Ali have not got any wickets.

There have been early signs of reverse swing which will be a great attacking benefit to both teams.

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