Sydney, Australia: Veteran batsman Younis Khan scored his 34th century but Australia had the advantage at the close on a rain affected third day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thurday.

The evergreen batsman swept the ball to deep squareleg for his 12 boundary in the first hour after tea  to registered his first Test century in Australia at the age of 39.

He will resume on 136 with tailender  Yasir Shah who is on 5 not out. At stumps the tourists were 271 for eight, still 68 runs short of the follow on. Persistent rain prevented Pakistan from resuming on 126 for 2 four hours after the scheduled start of play.

Younis had shared a third wicket partnership of 120 with Azhar Ali on Wednesday and Australia  were desperate to end it. The partnership was broken when Younis slapped a ball from off spinner Nathan Lyon  pass a close fielder and called for a quick single, Azhar hesitated and was left stranded when Mitchell Staff swooped and hurled the ball to Peter Handscomb, who was filling in behind the stumps for a sick Matt Wade.

Azhar was ran out for 71 during his inning he had surpassed Mohsin Khan’s 33 year old record for the most runs in a Test series in Australia. His 395 runs  in five innings better the 390 Mohsin managed in five Test in 1983/84. Captain Misbah ul Haq was dismissed shortly after tea for 18, and Asad Shfiq was brilliantly caught by Steve Smith for four.

Lyon was the best bowler for Australia with three wickets for 98 runs from 27 overs.

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