In a rain interrupted match, Younis Khan played unbeaten knock, while Warner scored 2nd fastest fifty in Test. Australia are favorite to clean sweep the series.
A fire quick innings by David Warner after Younis Khan’s knock and then intelligent innings from skipper Steve Smith and the other Australian batsmen give Australia the upper hand to win the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). It was a day Pakistani bowlers will never forget when Smith and company dominated against one of the top class bowling attack.
The first session lost some overs due to rain interruption. Younis Khan with tail ender Yashir Shah lasted for more than an hour at the crease in an attempt to reduce the lead set by Australia in first inning. Josh Hazlewood picked Shah who contributed just 10, but shared an important partnership of 51 with Younis for ninth wicket. A ball later, he bowled Imran for duck and picked his fourth wicket in the inning.
Smith did not asked Pakistan to bat again and asked his explosive Warner to go for bat with Usman Khawaja ahead of Matt Renshaw who will miss the rest of the match due to the symptoms of concussion after being struck twice in the helmet in the first three days.
Warner fully entertained the SCG crowd with a fiery inning , he slammed a half century from 23 balls, he holds the second fastest Test fifty where opposition captain Misbah-Ul-Haq holds the top spot. After Warner’s dismissal, Smith continued scoring runs over 100 strike rate and from other end Khawaja stuck on crease with his master strokes. Peter Handscomb who came after Smith’s quick inning, showed the same attitude towards the Pakistani bowlers and helped Australia to reach 241 runs in just 32 overs
Their run rate in second innings was 7.53 which way high by a team scoring at least 100 runs in an inning. Next best is by West Indies (6.82) in 1982-83 against India.
23 balls 50 by David Warner, second fastest in Test cricket
Pakistan, in they of chase Australia’s massive target of 465 started their campaign bit well. Debutant Sharjeel Khan who failed to impress his selectors in first inning played short but quick inning. He scored 40 runs in 38 deliveries with 6 boundaries and 1 six before Nathan Lyon removed him. Pakistan after this first blow, managed to keep their pair before end of day’s play and finished on 55 for 1. On final day, it will be their test to stick on crease unlike they collapsed last time in final session.