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Australia vs Pakistan Benaud-Qadir Trophy, 2023/24

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3rd Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, 03 Jan, 2024

Pakistan

PAK

313/10

(77.1) overs

115/10

(43.1) overs

Australia

AUS

299/10

(109.4) overs

130/2

(25.5) overs

Australia beat Pakistan by 8 wickets

Player Of The Match

Aamer Jamal,
Pakistan
Pakistan
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Right then, Pat Cummins now goes on to collect the Benaud-Quadir Trophy from the hands of Daphne Benaud, the spouse of the late great Richie Benaud and then the whole team joins him on the podium for the celebrations and they pose for a team photo as well. Pakistan's tour to Australia has come to an end on a bitter note but it was a series that was fought with great spirit and camaraderie. In the end, the WTC champions reigned supreme as the longest format of the game bid adieu to a modern great. That is it from this series but both teams have another series coming up as Pakistan will now go down south to Australia's Trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand with a five-match T20I series starting on 12th January. As for Australia, they will gear up for a two-match Test series against West Indies starting on the 17th of January. You can simply switch tabs and check all the upcoming fixtures. Hope you enjoyed our coverage, until next time. Take care and goodbye!

Pat Cummins, the skipper of Australia has been adjudged the Player of the Series for his sensational bowling performances throughout the three matches. He starts off by saying that it was great to get wickets for the side and then says that everything seems to work well although there were a couple of moments where they felt like they were behind the game but the boys stepped up well and found ways to get back. He then says having Pakistan 4 down on the first day was crucial which set the game up after which the pitch sort of two paced a bit but the boys did well at crucial points. He then says it's important to put pressure on the bowlers and not get caught up on the defense which David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne did exceptionally well. He then talks about the last over from Josh Hazlewood and says it was extraordinary in front of such a big crowd. He also talks about Mitchell Marsh and says it was a huge series for him and he has yet again proved how good he is with an all-round performance on a tricky wicket. He concludes that it will be hard to replace David Warner and how he has been a key player for the past decade or so.

Shan Masood, the captain of Pakistan is down for a chat now. Shan says that they are learning things the hard way. They dropped catches which is criminal, made silly mistakes and couldn't capitalize on the openings they created. Says that the thinking was to have the spinner pick up a wicket. Adds that they wanted anything more than 200 as the target as the pitch was a bit identical to what it is in the subcontinental conditions. With 130 on the board, he says that it was not too much to defend. Adds that there are a few positives as well but in the end the results matter which didn't go their way in all the matches. He then appreciates Mohammad Rizwan that he was the only player who stood up and got more than 200 runs. Says that they need to grab the opportunities and convert three-fers into fifers. Says that their next match is about 10 months away so it's a good time to prepare and come back strongly. Adds that they want to keep playing positive cricket. And at last, he gives a token of appreciation to David Warner with a jersey of Babar Azam signed by all the current Pakistani players.

Aamer Jamal has been adjudged the Player of the Match for his brilliant 82 in the first innings and a six-wicket haul. Jamal says he waited for too long to be here at this stage. He starts off by congratulating Australia for the win and mentions they were good in all the 3 departments of the game. He then says the feelings are overwhelming and over the moon about his performance in this series. He further adds that he sticks to the basics and that is what gave him success. He also says that he loved every moment at SCG and knew Australia would come hard at him but he kept focusing well. He concludes that he doesn't mind not being given the new ball with the kind of pace bowlers in the squad.

The Presentation cremony...

The man of the moment, a great warrior of the game, also known as 'The Bull',' David Warner is down for a chat. Warner says that it's pretty much a dream come true to win by 3-0. Adds that the guys have worked immensely hard and have worked tirelessly for this series and that hard work has generated the results for them. Says he woke up just like any other morning and headed to the cafe nearby with his little one and just came to the match. He says that he feels happy and extremely proud of himself and feels content to end his career on a high note and most importantly, in front of his home crowd. Says it's been a long journey and a good one. Adds that without the family's support, this wouldn't have been possible and thanks his parents for a fantastic upbringing. He then thanks his wife for always supporting him throughout his ups and downs. He thinks he will be too emotional that he won't be part of the West Indies series as he was able to do what he could do and will miss opening the batting for Australia. Says that time goes by and there's an end to everything. He further adds that he wants himself to be remembered as an exciting and hard-working human being who put smiles on people's face with the way he played. Gets emotional in conclusion and thanks the crowd again. He gets a huge applaud again from the crowd.

Day 4 of the final Test match produced some great action and emotional drama. First up, Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal put on a 42-run stand to irritate the Aussies a bit early in the day but once Lyon got rid of Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan soon enough crumbled and set a target of 130 runs for Australia. David Warner walked out with his good mate Usman Khawaja whom he has known since the age of 6 but unfortunately, Khawaja couldn't stick alongside him and was dismissed in the very first over. After that, it was an onslaught by Warner and Marnus Labuschagne with the latter looking really charged up. Both brought up half-centuries but Warner simply couldn't hold on till the end and fell with just 11 runs needed for the win. Labuschagne hit the winning runs and it was a memorable final game for Warner and his family, friends, and especially the crowd.

Talking about the match itself, it really could have gone either way at the end of the first two innings but Australia as they generally do, found their best cricket when it mattered most. Pakistan put on a resolute 313 on the board in the first innings after being down and out early on thanks to a couple of riveting knocks by Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal and for Australia, ​​​​Pat Cummins picked up a third straight five-wicket haul. Australia seemed to be on course of taking a first-innings lead at 289/5 but they were bundled out for 299 and handed the opposition a slender lead with Aamer Jamal yet again proving to be the man for Pakistan, this time with a six-wicket haul. Pakistan's second innings started pretty similar to their first one as they lost two early wickets but then debutant Saim Ayub and Babar Azam put on a steady stand to get them back on track. However, it was Nathan Lyon who broke that stand and all of a sudden, there was a collapse. Josh Hazlewood ripped through the middle order and Pakistan ended Day 3 with 68/7 with a small lead of 82 runs.

The New Year's Test which was the Pink Test match at the SCG served as the perfect occasion to send off their hometown hero David Warner but with all the narrative around Warner and the Jane McGrath Foundation, Australia put on yet another solid performance. What a fairytale ending to David Warner's illustrious Test career and he finishes as the top-scoring opening batter for Australia in Test cricket, which given the players Australia has produced throughout the years, is a staggering achievement in itself. Coming to the game though, Australia have once again overpowered a hapless Pakistani side who simply cannot hold onto chances and take advantage of a positive situation and the hosts have swept them away 3-0. Warner walks back on the field with his teammates behind him and greets the opposition players and the umpires as the crowd keeps on cheering for him.

25.51

And that's it! Australia win! Jamal bowls a hard-length delivery outside off, Marnus Labuschagne opens his bat's face and guides it to the left of covers for a single. Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets and take the series whitewashing Pakistan by 3-0.

25.40

Nails a yorker this time on the stumps with a bit of inward movement, Marnus Labuschagne digs it out to mid off by bringing his bat down in time.

25.34

EDGED AND FOUR! And the scores are level now! Aamer Jamal bangs in short outside off which further shoots after pitching, Marnus Labuschagne looks to defend it on the up but gets deceived by the extra bounce off the back foot and gets a thick outside edge of his blade. The ball flies past the gully fielder for a boundary.

25.20

Hits the deck hard around the off stump line, Marnus Labuschagne stays in the crease and defends it solidly back to the bowler.

25.12

Sprays on the pads and on a back of a length, Marnus Labuschagne clips it to fine leg for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 123/2

S Smith4 (1)

M Labuschagne55 (68)

S Khan11-1-49-2

24.64

FOUR! What a way to begin for Steven Smith. A tossed-up delivery, just outside off, Steven Smith presses forward and leans onto the drive past cover for a boundary. Only 7 runs are needed now for Australia.

Steven Smith walks out to bat next.

24.5W

OUT! LBW OUT! Sajid Khan finally gets his man and will go down as the last bowler to dismiss David Warner in Test cricket. This is a length delivery down around middle and comes in with the angle. David Warner looks to defend it on the front foot and gets beaten on the inside edge and the ball wears on his back leg. Another loud appeal is turned down by the umpire Michael Gough. The review is taken and the UltraEdge displays no bat is involved on it. The ball is pitching outside off and the impact is in line. The ball is hitting the stumps as the Ball Tracker confirms. The on-field decision is reversed and that's it for David Warner who walks back to a huge round of applause and gets a pat on the back from the opposition players. Warner hugs the incoming batter Steven Smith and a lucky boy in the crowd gets Warner's gloves and helmet, surreal atmosphere.

24.40

Close but not close enough! Sajid Khan comes from around the stumps and tosses it up full and outside the off stump. David Warner steps down the pitch and looks to go up and over covers but is well beaten by the massive turn away from him. Mohammad Rizwan has to reach for it a bit before dislodging the bails. Rizwan appeal half-heartedly for a stumping and the umpire does go upstairs. The replays show that Warner did just get back in time and he will stay Not Out for the time being.

24.31

A tad shorter this time, around middle and off, Marnus Labuschagne gets down the pitch and knocks it long on for a single.

24.20

Tossed up, into the line of the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne blocks it well from the crease.

24.10

Quicker, into the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne gets down the pitch and taps it to mid on.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 118/1

M Labuschagne54 (65)

D Warner57 (73)

A Jamal3-0-15-0

23.61

Bangs in short around the off-channel, Marnus Labuschagne pulls this one on the bounce towards fine leg for a single to end the over.

23.54

FOUR! 19th FIFTY for Marnus Labuschagne and 2nd in this match! Aamer Jamal sprays this one on the pads on a back of a length, Marnus Labuschagne stays in the crease and times the glance perfectly towards the deep backward square leg region for a boundary. The fielder from deep mid-wicket chases the ball on the dive to his left but the ball wins the race. Australia four more runs close to the win. This has been a fine knock from Marnus Labuschagne at number 3 and has accompanied David Warner pretty well.

23.40

Over the wicket this time and bowls on the stump line, Marnus Labuschagne defends it solidly to mid on.

23.31

Length delivery on the off stump line this time, David Warner plays it with an open face of his willow towards deep backward point for a single.

23.22

Cannons on a fuller length outside off which slants in with the angle, David Warner clears his front foot and smashes it to the widish deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

23.10

Comes from around the wicket and pitches on a good length around off, David Warner takes a gentle stride ahead and drives it firmly to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 110/1

M Labuschagne49 (62)

D Warner54 (70)

S Khan10-1-44-1

22.60

Fuller again, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne blocks it off the backfoot.

22.50

Loud appeal for a catch. They don't review it though. Floated fuller, on off, Marnus Labuschagne gets down to the pitch of the ball to tuck it but misses. The ball thuds the top of his front pad and loops up in the air. Short leg gets the catch.

22.40

Quicker, around off, spinning in, Marnus Labuschagne works it to mid on.

Commentary

We are back for the run chase! We can see a lovely moment as David Warner walks out to bat one last time in a Test match alongside his childhood friend and he gives Usman Khawaja a hug before stepping on the field of play. The Pakistani players shake his hands and so do the umpires. The target is fairly small but a lot will depend on how the openers go about their business. It will be Sajid Khan to take the new ball and start with his off-breaks. A slip and a short leg in place, let's play...

... FOURTH INNINGS ...

Right then, the stage is set for David Warner in his farewell Test match that too at his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground and he will be nervous and excited to come to bat for one last time and try and take his team to the win. The pitch though has a lot of rough patches now and the Pakistani bowlers certainly won't make it easy for him and the other Aussie batters. Join us in a few minutes time for the all-important run chase.

A fascinating passage of play early on Day 4 but in the end it is Australia who have a big chance of sweeping the series 3-0 as they need 130 runs to win. It wasn't the start the hosts were expecting with the ball when Day 4 began as Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal put on a gritty stand of 42 runs and even scored freely at times. After persisting for a long time, Nathan Lyon finally broke the stand by dismissing Rizwan, and then almost instantly, Pat Cummins got rid of Jamal as well. Hasan Ali and Mir Hamza then hung around for a few more overs before Lyon finished proceedings with his third wicket.

43.1W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! Nathan Lyon gets his third and it's curtains for Pakistan. Tossed up delivery just outside off, Hasan Ali gets down on his knee for a sweep shot but misses entirely on it as the ball spins sharply into the batter and disrupts the middle stump by sneaking through the gap between the bat and the pad. Pakistan have lost their last three wickets in a hurry and have been bundled up on 115 and have ended with a lead of just 129 runs. There's a huge cheer from the SCG crowd as it's now time for David Warner to walk out in the middle for one last time to bat.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 115/9

M Hamza1 (11)

H Ali5 (8)

P Cummins7-0-24-1

42.60

Beaten. On a good length, outside off, Mir Hamza goes in with a full swing of bat for the drive but gets beaten on all ends.

42.50

Pitches this on the hard length, around the channel of off, Mir Hamza tries to push at it but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

42.40

That one seemed to have stuck to the pitch. Short of a length, down the leg side, Mir Hamza lets it go past to the keeper.

42.30

On a length, around middle and off, Mir Hamza blocks it with a straight bat.

42.21

Short of a length, drifting down the leg side, Hasan Ali swives across to pull and manages to get a glove to it. The ball trickles through to fine leg for a single.

42.10

Bang on. Pitches on the hard length, into the stumps, Hasan Ali does well to block it on the back foot.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 114/9

M Hamza1 (7)

H Ali4 (6)

N Lyon17-2-36-2

41.60

Floats it up and drops it down the leg side on a fullish length, Mir Hamza goes for a flick shot but gets late on it and takes the leading edge which falls just short of David Warner at second slip.

41.50

Drags his length this time outside off, Mir Hamza defends it and gets the leading edge of the bat to silly point.

41.40

How has that missed the stumps? Bowls from around the wicket this time and drops it on the stump line which explodes a bit from the deck, Mir Hamza strides for a defence and gets beaten on the outside edge and the ball just goes past flirting with his bat over the middle stump and to the keeper. That has been missed by a few milimeters.

41.31

Shorter in length and on the pads, Hasan Ali stays in the crease and swivels for a pull towards backward square leg for a single.

41.20

Bowls a fullish delivery around the off stump, Hasan Ali defends it this time towards the bowler off the front foot.

41.10

Drops it on a fuller length around off, Hasan Ali goes for a reverse sweep but misses out to connect.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 113/9

M Hamza1 (4)

H Ali3 (3)

P Cummins6-0-23-1

40.60

Great ball. Pitched on a length, nipping a bit, outside off, Mir Hamza tries to poke at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

40.53

Oh wow, those are very handy runs. Pat Cummins bowls this wider on off, just a fraction short, Hasan Ali guides the ball through the gap past point. The batters get three runs to take the lead to 127 now.

40.41

Goes fuller, into the stumps, Mir Hamza flicks it nicely to deep square leg and gets a single.

40.30

Back of a length, into the bodyline, Mir Hamza awkwardly keeps it out.

40.20

Hurls from around the wicket, pitches it on the hard length, nipping in, around off, Mir Hamza watchfully blocks it with a dead straight bat.

Mir Hamza is the last man in for Pakistan.

40.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! One brings two and Pakistan are on the verge of getting bundled out now. Pat Cummins steams in from over the stumps and digs in a short ball over the middle stump, Aamer Jamal is aware of the field set in the deep on the leg side but backs himself to clear the fence and goes for the pull. The connection is decent but the ball goes straight to deep square leg where Travis Head doesn't have to move an inch and gobbles up the chance. Both set-batters are now back in the hut and the lead still stands at 123 runs.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 109/8

H Ali0 (2)

A Jamal18 (46)

N Lyon16-2-35-2

39.60

Flighted delivery outside off, Hasan Ali leans ahead and defends it to point. A successful over from Nathan Lyon comes to an end.

39.50

Over the wicket now on a dragged length, at the stumps, Hasan Ali nudges it to short leg.

Hasan Ali is the next man in.

39.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Nathan Lyon strikes for the hosts finally! Bowls on a fuller length which spins extra after pitching on the leg stump line, Mohammad Rizwan leans onto it and tries to flick it with the wrists but gets an inside edge instead and the ball lobs straight toward David Warner who is stationed at the leg slip region. He takes a good reaction catch. It looked like Mohammad Rizwan wanted to sweep it away but changed his mind in the end. Garry breaks a crucial partnership and creates an opening for Australia as Rizwan departs.

39.31

Flights it up well on the stumps on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal gets a leading edge on his defence towards point for a quick single.

39.20

Tossed up delivery on the leg stump line and fuller a bit, Aamer Jamal strides and defends it back to the bowler.

Commentary

We are back! The umpires are set and so are the players of Australia. It will be Abdullah Shafique and Saim Ayub to open the innings for Pakistan. Mitchell Starc has the new ball in hand and is raring to go. Let's play...

... THIRD INNINGS ...

Right then, with not much separating the two sides heading into the second innings, it will all come down to how the pitch plays and how the teams combat the difficulty of the second innings. Pakistan will take a lot of confidence with that bowling effort and will hope to do well with the bat now. Australia will know that wickets with the new ball will be key and will have their tail up. Join us as Pakistan's second innings is up next.

The man of the moment, Aamer Jamal is down for a quick chat. Ameer Jamal says he is over the moon and is happy with his performance for his side. He recalls the times when he came to the SCG to watch the matches of Pakistan and is now happy to be here playing for the country. He further talks about the reason for his success in the series and credits the backing he has received from the captain and management. He adds that he backs himself even if he is hit for runs which makes him get those crucial wickets. He finally concludes by talking about his partnership with Hamza that brought Pakistan back into the game.

Right then, that was a fast and furious 20-odd minutes to kick off the final session on Day 3 and amazingly, it is Pakistan who have a slender first-innings lead of 14 runs as Australia have simply self-destructed. Australia have been knocked over on 299 with a deficit of 14 runs. A dramatic collapse and they have lost six wickets in quick succession just before and after the Tea break as they went from being 289/5 to 299 all out. Australia were looking all set to take the lead with Mitchell Marsh on the crease but Aamer Jamal had some other plans and disrupted the Australian party with simply brilliant figures with an impressive 6-fer and wrapped up the Australian tail quickly.

109.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! That's it, it's all over, Australia have collapsed and have conceded a lead of 14 runs. Aamer Jamal bangs this one short and around off, angling it across the left-hander. Josh Hazlewood hops on the back foot and looks to uppercut it but ends up getting an outside edge. The ball goes quickly to third slip where Agha Salman takes a sharp catch right around his face and Jamal ends up with 6 wickets to his name and makes it 18 wickets in his debut Test series as well. Australia bundled out for 299 runs.

109.30

On a good length from around the wicket onto middle and leg, Josh Hazlewood tucks it away in front of mid-wicket.

Josh Hazlewood is the last man in for Australia.

109.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! There it is, a five-for for Aamer Jamal and his series just keeps on getting better and better. Jamal steams in again and serves it on a good length on off stump, getting it to straighten a bit off the deck. Nathan Lyon gets squared up and jars at it with hard hands. The ball goes off the outside edge and down towards gully where Saud Shakeel leans forward and misses the ball. The ball goes through the hands and onto the boot before Shakeel manages to hang on. Australia going down in a hurry here.

Is that a fair catch? The Pakistani players think so but Nathan Lyon isn't going anywhere. The umpires have a chat and go upstairs. The third umpire checks it from a couple of different angles and we can see that the ball went through the hands of the fielder and onto the boot before the fielder gobbled it up once again. The ball doesn't hit the ground and the decision on the big screen is OUT!

109.14

FOUR! Short and wide, there to be put away and Nathan Lyon cuts it off the back foot past point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 109 overs : 295/8

M Starc1 (9)

N Lyon1 (1)

S Khan26-5-73-1

108.60

Beaten! Nice bit of flight and drift on that one as the ball drops in and around the off stump and the grips and turns away with some extra bounce as well. Mitchell Starc leans on to block but is beaten past the outside edge.

108.51

Flighted up and angled across the off stump on a fuller length, Nathan Lyon looks to block but gets an outside edge that runs down to third man. They get a single.

108.41

Full on middle, driven along the ground down to long on for a run by Starc.

108.30

Drops it a bit short now and bowls it around off, Mitchell Starc plays it off the back foot to point.

108.20

Quicker delivery onto off and middle, Starc pushes it away to covers.

108.10

Flatter one around off stump, Mitchell Starc keeps it out to covers.

Nathan Lyon comes out to the middle at number 10.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 108 overs : 293/8

P Cummins0 (2)

M Starc0 (4)

A Jamal21-2-65-4

107.6W

OUT! LBW! Oh, that looks dead straight but the umpire turns down the appeal for LBW! Shan Masood takes the review and the only thing that could save Pat Cummins here is an inside edge but hotspot and UltraEdge confirm that there's no bat involved. Aamer Jamal steams in and looks for the inswinging yorker but misses his mark and ends up serving a full toss instead. This one dips and tails back in and beats the inside edge as Cummins looks to block. Ball Tracking comes up with three reds and Jamal has four wickets to his name, excellent bowling.

107.50

A hostile welcome to the crease for Pat Cummins by Aamer Jamal. Jamal, with his tail up, bangs in a short one around off, right on the money. Cummins gets hurried on and hops back but does well to keep his hands down and sway away from the line of the ball.

Pat Cummins, the Australian skipper walks out to the middle at number 9.

107.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and that is a soft dismissal for 'The Bison'. Aamer Jamal pitches this one up full and around the line of off stump. Mitchell Marsh looks to drive on the up and looks to get it over the fielder at mid off but ends up hitting it a bit inside out and the ball holds a bit in the deck as well. In the end, the ball just gets chipped in the air by Marsh to mid off where Shan Masood takes a simple catch. Marsh departs after another solid knock and Australia are now 7 down with still being 20 runs behind.

107.30

Bowled back of a length and over the stumps, Mitchell Marsh blocks it off.

107.24

FOUR! Put away with disdain! Too full and wide, Mitchell Marsh gets on the front foot and latches onto the width before slashing it away into the deep point fence for a boundary.

107.10

On a hard length around off and middle, Mitchell Marsh stands tall and defends it out.

Aamer Jamal to continue from the other end.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 107 overs : 289/6

M Starc0 (4)

M Marsh50 (109)

S Khan25-5-71-1

106.60

Shorter and on the stumps, Mitchell Starc defends it out.

106.50

A loud appeal for LBW but this is turned down. The Pakistani players have a long discussion but decide against the review and this one seems to be just missing. Flatter delivery on middle and leg stump, angled into the left-hander. Mitchell Starc gets pushed onto the back foot and plays all around the ball getting rapped on the pads. The replays show that the ball was just missing leg stump.

106.40

Nice and full on the legs, Mitchell Starc nudges it away to short leg.

106.30

Tosses it up full and on the stumps, Mitchell Starc gets on the front foot and strokes it away to silly mid off.

Commentary

We are back for Australia's first innings! The umpires and the players of Pakistan are out in the middle with Nathan Lyon padded up in the dressing room. It will be the regular opening pair of Usman Khawaja and David Warner to come out and face the music. Warner gets a resounding welcome as this could well be his final Test knock and a lovely gesture from the Pakistan team as they give him a guard of honour. We might get just an over or two at best and it will be the off-spinner Sajid Khan to bowl to David Warner first up. Four fielders in and around the bat, let's go...

... SECOND INNINGS ...

Australia will be thoroughly disappointed with how things ended but will have to shrug it off when they come out to bat in a few minutes' time. They started off brilliantly with ball in hand as all three frontline pacers got into the wickets but every now and then, they let things slip. But when the ball got older and the pitch lost the little bite it had to begin with, the bowlers struggled. Skipper Pat Cummins though bowled really well and picked up a third five-wicket haul in a row. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and particularly Nathan Lyon were unimpressive after Tea but Lyon did finish things up. The onus is now on the opening pair of Australia to see them through to Day 2. Stick around as Australia's reply is up next.

Pakistan went into Tea being 198/6 and with Sajid Khan and Agha Salman at the crease and they added a few vital runs before Khan got out and then Salman too fell just as he brought up his fifty. All of a sudden they were 9 down but Jamal managed things pretty well and played some eye-catching shots as well. What looked like a stellar cameo ended up being a knock to remember as he took the Aussie bowlers apart one by one and a big mention has to go to Mir Hamza as well who hung on and gave Jamal the opportunity to express himself. The Pakistani bowlers will surely be fired up after that.

Take a bow, Aamer Jamal and he has changed the entire game with that unreal 82-run knock. Right then, Australia have eventually been able to bowl out Pakistan for 313 runs and that is surely way more than they would have wished for 47/4 and then 227/9 as well. Given the nature of the pitch, it is still a slightly under-par score but Aamer Jamal has really given his side something to bowl at.

77.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! Finally, finally Aamer Jamal finds the fielder and Nathan Lyon does get his man. This is tossed up on the stumps yet again and Jamal does skip down the track and go after it. Jamal heaves it away but doesn't quite get the timing and finds Mitchell Starc at long on who makes no mistake. A phenomenal inning though from the number 9 and Pakistan have been bundled out for a decent total of 313 runs.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 313/9

M Hamza7 (43)

A Jamal82 (96)

T Head1-0-1-0

76.60

Goes full and tries to spear it in on off stump, Mir Hamza digs it out well.

76.50

Comes from around the wicket and bowls it flatter on the stumps, Mir Hamza solidly keeps it out.

76.41

Full and at the stumps, Aamer Jamal steps out and heaves it on the bounce to the man at deep mid-wicket for a single.

76.30

Half an appeal for LBW but the umpire says no and that might have been going down leg. Quick again and on a nagging length around off. This one turns in sharply and Aamer Jamal is pushed on the back foot before getting pinged on the pads.

76.20

Quicker and fired in well outside off, turning in a bit, Aamer Jamal leaves it alone.

76.10

Fuller in length and turning in from outside off, Aamer Jamal leans on and fends it away to cover-point.

Travis Head comes into the attack and he replaces Pat Cummins from the other end. Can he provide the breakthrough for Australia?

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 312/9

M Hamza7 (41)

A Jamal81 (92)

N Lyon17-0-74-0

75.60

Flatter one angled into the pads, Mir Hamza stays back to defend.

75.51

Comes from around the wicket and fires it in across the off stump, Aamer Jamal misses the sweep and gets an under edge back onto the pads. The ball rolls away past gully and they get a single.

75.44

FOUR! That has been smashed and Nathan Lyon is getting taken to the cleaners here. Floats this one up around off, Jamal steps out and thumps it right back over the bowler's head and into the long off fence.

75.36

SIX! BANG! Aamer Jamal is eyeing up a hundred here. This is tossed up on the stumps, Jamal skips down the track and heaves it away over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

75.20

Slightly shorter and turning into middle and leg, Aamer Jamal rocks back and tucks it to mid-wicket.

75.10

More of a hopeful appeal from Nathan Lyon for LBW but the umpire says no. This is tossed up on a length around off and turning back in a long way. Aamer Jamal looks to lean on and defend but misses and gets rapped on the pads.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 301/9

M Hamza7 (40)

A Jamal70 (87)

P Cummins18-1-61-5

74.60

Slower and shorter around leg stump, Mir Hamza stays put and nudges it just behind the short leg fielder.

74.50

Switches to over the wicket and tries angling across a short ball to the left-hander. Mir Hamza stays back and just blocks it down the pitch.

74.40

Short of a length from around the wicket and over middle and leg, Mir Hamza hops and drops it in front of short leg with soft hands.

74.31

This time he does take the single. Banged in well short and over off, Aamer Jamal gets on top of the bounce well and pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a run.

74.20

Banged in a bit and well outside off, Aamer Jamal goes after it and slashes it away to deep cover for no run.

74.10

Slower delivery, on a hard length and over the stumps, Aamer Jamal watchfully keeps it out.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 300/9

M Hamza7 (37)

A Jamal69 (84)

N Lyon16-0-63-0

73.60

Again this is tossed up around off and middle, Mir Hamza gets on the front foot and keeps it out.

73.50

Fired in full and on middle stump, Mir Hamza solidly blocks it off the front foot.

73.41

Aamer Jamal picks up a single and would you believe it? The 300 comes up for Pakistan and this last-wicket stand has now stretched to 73 runs. This is flighted on the stumps, Aamer Jamal nails the conevntional sweep this time and gets it to deep backward square leg for one.

73.36

SIX! Oh, wow! That is a remarkable shot from Aamer Jamal and even Marnus Labuschagne is in awe of it. Another one that is tossed up well outside off and turning in. Jamal goes for the reverse-hit and smokes it against the turn over the cover-point fence for a biggie.

73.24

FOUR! In the air but well wide of Mitchell Starc at long on. Nicely flighted around off, Aamer Jamal gets down on one knee and fetches the ball to heave it away without much timing. The ball lands just inside the ropes and goes into the fence.

Australia
Pakistan
Australia
Pakistan
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
U Khawaja

lbw b S Khan

0 6 0 0 0
D Warner

lbw b S Khan

57 75 7 0 76
M Labuschagne

not out

62 73 9 0 84.93
S Smith

not out

4 1 1 0 400
Extras

(b 5,lb 2,w 0,nb 0,Penalty 0)

7
Total 25.5 (RR: 5.03)
130/2

Did not bat: T Head, M Marsh, A Carey, M Starc, P Cummins, N Lyon, J Hazlewood

Fall of wickets:

(U Khawaja, 1 ov) (D Warner, 24.5 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Khan
11 1 49 2 4.45
M Hamza
2 0 9 0 4.50
H Ali
4 0 15 0 3.75
A Salman
5 0 28 0 5.60
A Jamal
3.5 0 22 0 5.73
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
A Shafique

b M Starc

0 6 0 0 0
S Ayub

lbw b N Lyon

33 53 3 1 62.26
S Masood

c A Carey b J Hazlewood

0 1 0 0 0
B Azam

c A Carey b T Head

23 52 1 0 44.23
S Shakeel

c S Smith b J Hazlewood

2 19 0 0 10.52
M Rizwan

c D Warner b N Lyon

28 57 1 0 49.12
S Khan

b J Hazlewood

0 2 0 0 0
A Salman

c D Warner b J Hazlewood

0 2 0 0 0
A Jamal

c T Head b P Cummins

18 47 2 0 38.29
H Ali

b N Lyon

5 9 0 0 55.55
M Hamza

not out

1 11 0 0 9.09
Extras

(b 2,lb 3,w 0,nb 0,Penalty 0)

5
Total 43.1 (RR: 2.66)
115/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(A Shafique, 1 ov) (S Masood, 1.2 ov) (S Ayub, 17.4 ov) (B Azam, 20.1 ov) (S Shakeel, 24.1 ov) (S Khan, 24.3 ov) (A Salman, 24.5 ov) (M Rizwan, 39.4 ov) (A Jamal, 40.1 ov) (H Ali, 43.1 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Starc
4 1 15 1 3.75
J Hazlewood
9 2 16 4 1.77
P Cummins
7 0 24 1 3.42
N Lyon
17.1 2 36 3 2.09
T Head
6 1 19 1 3.16
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
D Warner

c B Azam b A Salman

34 68 4 0 50
U Khawaja

c M Rizwan b A Jamal

47 143 4 0 32.86
M Labuschagne

b A Salman

60 147 6 0 40.81
S Smith

c B Azam b M Hamza

38 86 3 0 44.18
T Head

lbw b A Jamal

10 29 0 0 34.48
M Marsh

c S Masood b A Jamal

54 113 6 0 47.78
A Carey

b S Khan

38 58 3 0 65.51
M Starc

not out

1 9 0 0 11.11
P Cummins

lbw b A Jamal

0 2 0 0 0
N Lyon

c S Shakeel b A Jamal

5 3 1 0 166.66
J Hazlewood

c A Salman b A Jamal

0 2 0 0 0
Extras

(b 1,lb 7,w 2,nb 2,Penalty 0)

12
Total 109.4 (RR: 2.73)
299/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(D Warner, 24.3 ov) (U Khawaja, 43.3 ov) (S Smith, 73.2 ov) (M Labuschagne, 74.2 ov) (T Head, 83.2 ov) (A Carey, 106.2 ov) (M Marsh, 107.4 ov) (P Cummins, 108 ov) (N Lyon, 109.2 ov) (J Hazlewood, 109.4 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Khan
26 5 73 1 2.80
M Hamza
21 9 53 1 2.52
H Ali
21 6 53 0 2.52
A Jamal
21.4 2 69 6 3.18
A Salman
20 3 43 2 2.15
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
A Shafique

c S Smith b M Starc

0 2 0 0 0
S Ayub

c A Carey b J Hazlewood

0 2 0 0 0
S Masood

c S Smith b M Marsh

35 70 3 0 50
B Azam

lbw b P Cummins

26 40 4 0 65
S Shakeel

c A Carey b P Cummins

5 12 0 0 41.66
M Rizwan

c J Hazlewood b P Cummins

88 103 10 2 85.43
A Salman

c T Head b M Starc

53 67 8 0 79.10
S Khan

c N Lyon b P Cummins

15 23 2 0 65.21
A Jamal

c M Starc b N Lyon

82 97 9 4 84.53
H Ali

c M Starc b P Cummins

0 5 0 0 0
M Hamza

not out

7 43 1 0 16.27
Extras

(b 0,lb 1,w 0,nb 1,Penalty 0)

2
Total 77.1 (RR: 4.06)
313/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(A Shafique, 0.2 ov) (S Ayub, 1.2 ov) (B Azam, 10.5 ov) (S Shakeel, 14.3 ov) (S Masood, 29.3 ov) (M Rizwan, 46.2 ov) (S Khan, 52.2 ov) (A Salman, 53.4 ov) (H Ali, 55 ov) (A Jamal, 77.1 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Starc
16 2 75 2 4.68
J Hazlewood
15 2 65 1 4.33
P Cummins
18 1 61 5 3.38
N Lyon
17.1 0 74 1 4.31
M Marsh
7 1 27 1 3.85
M Labuschagne
3 1 9 0 3.00
T Head
1 0 1 0 1.00
Australia
Pakistan
Australia
Pakistan

Commentary

Right then, Pat Cummins now goes on to collect the Benaud-Quadir Trophy from the hands of Daphne Benaud, the spouse of the late great Richie Benaud and then the whole team joins him on the podium for the celebrations and they pose for a team photo as well. Pakistan's tour to Australia has come to an end on a bitter note but it was a series that was fought with great spirit and camaraderie. In the end, the WTC champions reigned supreme as the longest format of the game bid adieu to a modern great. That is it from this series but both teams have another series coming up as Pakistan will now go down south to Australia's Trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand with a five-match T20I series starting on 12th January. As for Australia, they will gear up for a two-match Test series against West Indies starting on the 17th of January. You can simply switch tabs and check all the upcoming fixtures. Hope you enjoyed our coverage, until next time. Take care and goodbye!

Pat Cummins, the skipper of Australia has been adjudged the Player of the Series for his sensational bowling performances throughout the three matches. He starts off by saying that it was great to get wickets for the side and then says that everything seems to work well although there were a couple of moments where they felt like they were behind the game but the boys stepped up well and found ways to get back. He then says having Pakistan 4 down on the first day was crucial which set the game up after which the pitch sort of two paced a bit but the boys did well at crucial points. He then says it's important to put pressure on the bowlers and not get caught up on the defense which David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne did exceptionally well. He then talks about the last over from Josh Hazlewood and says it was extraordinary in front of such a big crowd. He also talks about Mitchell Marsh and says it was a huge series for him and he has yet again proved how good he is with an all-round performance on a tricky wicket. He concludes that it will be hard to replace David Warner and how he has been a key player for the past decade or so.

Shan Masood, the captain of Pakistan is down for a chat now. Shan says that they are learning things the hard way. They dropped catches which is criminal, made silly mistakes and couldn't capitalize on the openings they created. Says that the thinking was to have the spinner pick up a wicket. Adds that they wanted anything more than 200 as the target as the pitch was a bit identical to what it is in the subcontinental conditions. With 130 on the board, he says that it was not too much to defend. Adds that there are a few positives as well but in the end the results matter which didn't go their way in all the matches. He then appreciates Mohammad Rizwan that he was the only player who stood up and got more than 200 runs. Says that they need to grab the opportunities and convert three-fers into fifers. Says that their next match is about 10 months away so it's a good time to prepare and come back strongly. Adds that they want to keep playing positive cricket. And at last, he gives a token of appreciation to David Warner with a jersey of Babar Azam signed by all the current Pakistani players.

Aamer Jamal has been adjudged the Player of the Match for his brilliant 82 in the first innings and a six-wicket haul. Jamal says he waited for too long to be here at this stage. He starts off by congratulating Australia for the win and mentions they were good in all the 3 departments of the game. He then says the feelings are overwhelming and over the moon about his performance in this series. He further adds that he sticks to the basics and that is what gave him success. He also says that he loved every moment at SCG and knew Australia would come hard at him but he kept focusing well. He concludes that he doesn't mind not being given the new ball with the kind of pace bowlers in the squad.

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The man of the moment, a great warrior of the game, also known as 'The Bull',' David Warner is down for a chat. Warner says that it's pretty much a dream come true to win by 3-0. Adds that the guys have worked immensely hard and have worked tirelessly for this series and that hard work has generated the results for them. Says he woke up just like any other morning and headed to the cafe nearby with his little one and just came to the match. He says that he feels happy and extremely proud of himself and feels content to end his career on a high note and most importantly, in front of his home crowd. Says it's been a long journey and a good one. Adds that without the family's support, this wouldn't have been possible and thanks his parents for a fantastic upbringing. He then thanks his wife for always supporting him throughout his ups and downs. He thinks he will be too emotional that he won't be part of the West Indies series as he was able to do what he could do and will miss opening the batting for Australia. Says that time goes by and there's an end to everything. He further adds that he wants himself to be remembered as an exciting and hard-working human being who put smiles on people's face with the way he played. Gets emotional in conclusion and thanks the crowd again. He gets a huge applaud again from the crowd.

Day 4 of the final Test match produced some great action and emotional drama. First up, Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal put on a 42-run stand to irritate the Aussies a bit early in the day but once Lyon got rid of Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan soon enough crumbled and set a target of 130 runs for Australia. David Warner walked out with his good mate Usman Khawaja whom he has known since the age of 6 but unfortunately, Khawaja couldn't stick alongside him and was dismissed in the very first over. After that, it was an onslaught by Warner and Marnus Labuschagne with the latter looking really charged up. Both brought up half-centuries but Warner simply couldn't hold on till the end and fell with just 11 runs needed for the win. Labuschagne hit the winning runs and it was a memorable final game for Warner and his family, friends, and especially the crowd.

Talking about the match itself, it really could have gone either way at the end of the first two innings but Australia as they generally do, found their best cricket when it mattered most. Pakistan put on a resolute 313 on the board in the first innings after being down and out early on thanks to a couple of riveting knocks by Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal and for Australia, ​​​​Pat Cummins picked up a third straight five-wicket haul. Australia seemed to be on course of taking a first-innings lead at 289/5 but they were bundled out for 299 and handed the opposition a slender lead with Aamer Jamal yet again proving to be the man for Pakistan, this time with a six-wicket haul. Pakistan's second innings started pretty similar to their first one as they lost two early wickets but then debutant Saim Ayub and Babar Azam put on a steady stand to get them back on track. However, it was Nathan Lyon who broke that stand and all of a sudden, there was a collapse. Josh Hazlewood ripped through the middle order and Pakistan ended Day 3 with 68/7 with a small lead of 82 runs.

The New Year's Test which was the Pink Test match at the SCG served as the perfect occasion to send off their hometown hero David Warner but with all the narrative around Warner and the Jane McGrath Foundation, Australia put on yet another solid performance. What a fairytale ending to David Warner's illustrious Test career and he finishes as the top-scoring opening batter for Australia in Test cricket, which given the players Australia has produced throughout the years, is a staggering achievement in itself. Coming to the game though, Australia have once again overpowered a hapless Pakistani side who simply cannot hold onto chances and take advantage of a positive situation and the hosts have swept them away 3-0. Warner walks back on the field with his teammates behind him and greets the opposition players and the umpires as the crowd keeps on cheering for him.

25.51

And that's it! Australia win! Jamal bowls a hard-length delivery outside off, Marnus Labuschagne opens his bat's face and guides it to the left of covers for a single. Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets and take the series whitewashing Pakistan by 3-0.

25.40

Nails a yorker this time on the stumps with a bit of inward movement, Marnus Labuschagne digs it out to mid off by bringing his bat down in time.

25.34

EDGED AND FOUR! And the scores are level now! Aamer Jamal bangs in short outside off which further shoots after pitching, Marnus Labuschagne looks to defend it on the up but gets deceived by the extra bounce off the back foot and gets a thick outside edge of his blade. The ball flies past the gully fielder for a boundary.

25.20

Hits the deck hard around the off stump line, Marnus Labuschagne stays in the crease and defends it solidly back to the bowler.

25.12

Sprays on the pads and on a back of a length, Marnus Labuschagne clips it to fine leg for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 123/2

S Smith4 (1)

M Labuschagne55 (68)

S Khan11-1-49-2

24.64

FOUR! What a way to begin for Steven Smith. A tossed-up delivery, just outside off, Steven Smith presses forward and leans onto the drive past cover for a boundary. Only 7 runs are needed now for Australia.

Steven Smith walks out to bat next.

24.5W

OUT! LBW OUT! Sajid Khan finally gets his man and will go down as the last bowler to dismiss David Warner in Test cricket. This is a length delivery down around middle and comes in with the angle. David Warner looks to defend it on the front foot and gets beaten on the inside edge and the ball wears on his back leg. Another loud appeal is turned down by the umpire Michael Gough. The review is taken and the UltraEdge displays no bat is involved on it. The ball is pitching outside off and the impact is in line. The ball is hitting the stumps as the Ball Tracker confirms. The on-field decision is reversed and that's it for David Warner who walks back to a huge round of applause and gets a pat on the back from the opposition players. Warner hugs the incoming batter Steven Smith and a lucky boy in the crowd gets Warner's gloves and helmet, surreal atmosphere.

24.40

Close but not close enough! Sajid Khan comes from around the stumps and tosses it up full and outside the off stump. David Warner steps down the pitch and looks to go up and over covers but is well beaten by the massive turn away from him. Mohammad Rizwan has to reach for it a bit before dislodging the bails. Rizwan appeal half-heartedly for a stumping and the umpire does go upstairs. The replays show that Warner did just get back in time and he will stay Not Out for the time being.

24.31

A tad shorter this time, around middle and off, Marnus Labuschagne gets down the pitch and knocks it long on for a single.

24.20

Tossed up, into the line of the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne blocks it well from the crease.

24.10

Quicker, into the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne gets down the pitch and taps it to mid on.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 118/1

M Labuschagne54 (65)

D Warner57 (73)

A Jamal3-0-15-0

23.61

Bangs in short around the off-channel, Marnus Labuschagne pulls this one on the bounce towards fine leg for a single to end the over.

23.54

FOUR! 19th FIFTY for Marnus Labuschagne and 2nd in this match! Aamer Jamal sprays this one on the pads on a back of a length, Marnus Labuschagne stays in the crease and times the glance perfectly towards the deep backward square leg region for a boundary. The fielder from deep mid-wicket chases the ball on the dive to his left but the ball wins the race. Australia four more runs close to the win. This has been a fine knock from Marnus Labuschagne at number 3 and has accompanied David Warner pretty well.

23.40

Over the wicket this time and bowls on the stump line, Marnus Labuschagne defends it solidly to mid on.

23.31

Length delivery on the off stump line this time, David Warner plays it with an open face of his willow towards deep backward point for a single.

23.22

Cannons on a fuller length outside off which slants in with the angle, David Warner clears his front foot and smashes it to the widish deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

23.10

Comes from around the wicket and pitches on a good length around off, David Warner takes a gentle stride ahead and drives it firmly to cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 110/1

M Labuschagne49 (62)

D Warner54 (70)

S Khan10-1-44-1

22.60

Fuller again, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne blocks it off the backfoot.

22.50

Loud appeal for a catch. They don't review it though. Floated fuller, on off, Marnus Labuschagne gets down to the pitch of the ball to tuck it but misses. The ball thuds the top of his front pad and loops up in the air. Short leg gets the catch.

22.40

Quicker, around off, spinning in, Marnus Labuschagne works it to mid on.

22.30

Fuller, into middle and off, Marnus Labuschagne gets down the pitch and blocks it well.

22.24

FOUR! Glorious shot! Overpitched delivery, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne steps forward and drives it past covers against the spin for a boundary.

22.10

Floated in the rough, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne gets down the pitch to block but gets beaten onto the pads.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 106/1

D Warner54 (70)

M Labuschagne45 (56)

A Jamal2-0-7-0

21.60

Comes from around the wicket and guns a hard length delivery just around off, David Warner confidently prods ahead and blocks it under his eyes.

21.51

Bowls on a short length on off, Marnus Labuschagne just guides it towards deep point for a single off the back foot.

21.40

Short again and around off, Marnus Labuschagne stands tall and defends it off the back foot straight to the bowler.

21.30

Pitches this one on an identical length around off, Marnus Labuschagne stays in the crease and punches it solidly off the back foot underneath the bat.

21.20

Back of a length ball on the stumps which nips further in after pitching, Marnus Labuschagne stands tall on the bounce in the crease and punches it off the back foot.

21.10

Hurls from over the wicket and bowls on the back of a length slightly drifting the leg side, Marnus Labuschagne comfortably drives it towards mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 105/1

M Labuschagne44 (51)

D Warner54 (69)

S Khan9-1-40-1

20.61lb

NOT OUT! A lot going out in the middle currently but at the end of it all, it will just be a leg bye and Pakistan will lose a review. Sajid Khan flights this one up on a length on the off stump, gets it to dip and bit and turn in quickly. Marnus Labuschagne looks to come forward and defend it out with soft hands but the ball spins past the inside edge and catches him on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW which is yet again turned down but Shan Masood takes the review. Nothing on UltraEdge and Ball Tracking shows wickets as missing. In the midst of it all, before the review was taken a sloppy bit of work from the short leg fielder allowed the batters to pick up a leg bye.

After a long chat, another review has been taken for LBW by Pakistan. Sajid Khan yet again beats the bat and catches the pad, this time of Marnus Labuschagne but his appeal is turned down. The decision is sent upstairs and there's no bat involved but Ball Tracking shows that the ball would have turned past the leg stump. The original decision of Not Out stands.

20.50

That was quicker in the air, fuller outside off, Marnus Labuschagne keeps it down.

20.40

DROPPED! That's like the 11th or 12th catch dropped by Pakistan in the series which is staggering. Overpitched, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne stretches out and whips this aerially to short mid-wicket. Shan Masood moves to his left and shills this one, a poor miss from the skipper.

20.31

Overpitched, on the stumps, David Warner walks down the track and tucks it straight past the bowler for a single.

20.20

Tossed up, at the stumps, David Warner prods and blocks it well.

20.10

Sajid Khan comes from around the stumps and drifts it into middle and leg, the ball hits the rough and turns away sharply. David Warner looks to play down the line but gets beaten past the outside edge and gets hit high on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW but it is turned down. Sajid Khan yet again seems fairly convinced and eventually, the review is taken. Nothing on Hotspot or UltraEdge and Ball Tracking shows the wickets as the umpire's call, close but Warner survives.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 103/1

D Warner53 (66)

M Labuschagne44 (48)

A Jamal1-0-6-0

19.61

Comes from around the wicket and bangs it in a bit outside off, angling it in, David Warner stays on the back foot and taps it in front of point for an easy single.

19.53

Nicely bowled but Labuschagne has squeezed it away for three runs and the 100-run stand also comes up between these two. Nagging length in and around the off stump, Labuschagne gets pressed back and ends up guiding it with soft hands off the outside edge and through backward point for three runs.

19.40

Keeps it a bit full on off stump and this one angles back in sharply, Labuschagne remains unfazed and pushes it down to mid on.

19.30

Pitches this one up a bit on the stump line, Labuschagne looks to drive it straight but mistimes it back to the bowler.

19.22

Hard length again outside off, Labuschagne gets on the front foot and with a gentle push, he gets it through the gap at covers for a couple of runs.

19.10

Begins on a hard length at just 129 clicks and serves it over off stump, Labuschagne hops on the back foot and nudges it down to square leg.

Aamer Jamal is into the attack for the first time in the second innings, so, he definitely isn't injured and at this stage, he can barely make an impact.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 97/1

M Labuschagne39 (43)

D Warner52 (65)

A Salman5-0-28-0

18.61

Floated up on off and middle, Labuschagne blocks it with soft hands to the off side and runs an easy single.

18.54

FOUR! Marnus Labuschagne with another assured reverse sweep and he picks up a boundary. Too full on middle and leg and drifting further down, Labuschagne gets in position quickly and gets it well wide of leg slip for four runs.

18.41b

A bit of hesitation there but they do get the bye eventually. Agha Salman drifts down the leg side again and David Warner misses the glance. The ball goes off the keeper's pad past leg slip and they get a bye.

18.30

Flatter delivery on the pads, David Warner tucks it 'round the corner for no run.

18.20

Angles this one in on a length from middle, David Warner advances down the pitch but misses the tuck and the ball goes off the pads onto the off side.

18.10

Starts from around the wicket and tosses it full on off and middle, David Warner lunges forward a bit and blocks it to covers.

We are back for the post-Lunch session on Day 4! The umpires are out in the middle and David Warner strides out to the middle as well filled with positive energy and he is accompanied by Marnus Labuschagne. The Pakistani players take their places on the field and it will be Agha Salman to get things going with the ball after the resumption. Let's play...

... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...

Right then, as the conclusion of the 3rd Test between Australia and Pakistan, all eyes will once again be on David Warner and the narrative around his farewell. With just 39 runs needed, Australia should come back after the break and finish things off quickly. Join us at 7.40 am IST (2.10 am GMT) for the action.

Pakistan, in the past two Test matches, have had opportunities to take the bull by the horns but it looks 'The Bull' on the other side is going to bring about their demise in this game. They didn't have the lead they would have liked but Sajid Khan provided them with a big breakthrough in the very first over after which they couldn't pile on the pressure and were instead put under pressure by the Aussie batters. The decision not to bring on their leading wicket-taker Aamer Jamal early in the innings proved costly and Jamal didn't bowl a single delivery in this innings which other than a case of injury seems absolutely bonkers. They have their backs firmly against the wall and all they can do now is delay proceedings a bit.

Wow, now that is how you write your own script and David Warner seems to be leaving the Test stage just as he joined it - with flair. Time for Lunch on Day 4 and it will in all certainty be the last break in play in this Test match and of the series as well. After Pakistan were bundled out for 115 runs, the pair of David Warner and Usman Khawaja walked out to bat to resounding applause from the SCG crowd but Sajid Khan bowled a lovely first over that ended with the wicket of Khawaja. This might have got on the nerves of Warner but instead, he soon started to counter-attack. Marnus Labuschagne too came in and looked positive and the pair simply blew away the opposition with their positive and at times, cheeky stroke play. Warner brought up a 37th Test Fifty and Australia now only need 39 more runs for the win.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 91/1

M Labuschagne34 (41)

D Warner52 (61)

S Khan8-1-39-1

17.60

Last ball before Lunch. Tossed up, quicker and into the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne does well to keep it out.

17.50

Fuller again, around off, Marnus Labuschagne defends it back to the bowler.

17.41

Fuller this time, into the off stump line, David Warner taps it to mid off and gets a single.

17.30

Quicker, into the stumps, David Warner keeps it out to the off side.

17.20

Tossed again in the rough, spinning away from the off stump line, David Warner misses the cut again.

17.10

Tossed up around middle and off, gets the ball to grip and rip off the deck, David Warner tries to cut but gets beaten.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 90/1

M Labuschagne34 (39)

D Warner51 (57)

A Salman4-0-23-0

16.60

Short and around off, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and flicks it to mid-wicket to end the over.

16.51

Fuller and around off, David Warner pushes it down the ground towards long off for an easy single.

16.41

Tossed up fuller on the stump line, Marnus Labuschagne works it to long on for a single.

16.31

FIFTY FOR WARNER IN HIS LAST TEST MATCH! Bowls on a shorter length down leg, David Warner flicks it towards deep square leg for a single. He gets to his 37th Test Fifty on what is a monumental occasion for him and raises his bat in the air as he gets a huge appreciation from the Sydney crowd. A brilliant and quick knock from this southpaw and is looking absolutely unbothered. He displayed a superb counterpunch after the early dismissal of his partner Khawaja.

16.20

Quicker and on the stumps on a fuller length, David Warner defends it straight to the bowler.

16.14

FOUR! This is a classic inside-out stroke! Bowls outside off and fuller in length, David Warner advances down the track and creates some room for himself and lofts it up with the spin over covers for a boundary. He moves onto 49 with that.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 83/1

M Labuschagne33 (37)

D Warner45 (53)

S Khan7-1-38-1

15.60

A touch shorter, on middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne taps it to short leg region.

15.50

Quicker, fuller and on off, Marnus Labuschagne prods and defends.

15.44

FOUR! Two in a row. Marnus Labuschagne putting on a show here. Sajid Khan pitches this one fuller, on the off stump line, Marnus Labuschagne reverse sweeps it past gully for another boundary. He is making batting look ridiculously easy here.

15.34

FOUR! That's a top shot. Sajid Khan goes fuller this time, around the off stump line, Marnus Labuschagne presses to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over Sajid Khan for a boundary.

15.20

Fuller, spinning in from off stump line, Marnus Labuschagne prods and blocks it back to the bowler.

15.10

Floated fuller, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne taps it to mid off on the front foot.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 75/1

D Warner45 (53)

M Labuschagne25 (31)

A Salman3-0-16-0

14.60

Flighted delivery on the stumps and David Warner defends it right underneath his eyes with a huge stride ahead.

14.50

Drifts down the pads this time on a fuller length, David Warner looks to defend it but gets beaten on the outside edge and wears it on the front pad.

14.44b

FOUR BYES! Pakistan leaking runs at the moment. Salman drops this one down the leg stump on a too fuller length David Warner sits on his knee for a lap shot but misses. Mohammad Rizwan behind the wickets too, misses to collect it and it trickles down the ground for a boundary towards deep fine leg. Four Byes called by the umpire.

14.30

Short this time on the leg stump line, David Warner nudges it to short leg.

14.20

Comes from around the wicket and pitches it full and on off, David Warner strides ahead for a defence.

14.11

Drops it on a fuller length in front of the sticks, Marnus Labuschagne drives it with the turn towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 70/1

D Warner45 (48)

M Labuschagne24 (30)

S Khan6-1-30-1

13.60

Flighted delivery on middle, David Warner tries to make room and cut it square on the off side, but gets hurried. Works it back to the bowler.

13.53

Dropped short, down the leg stump, Marnus Labuschagne with a cheeky reverse sweep through backward point. The batters get three runs with ease.

13.40

Fuller again, on off, Marnus Labuschagne advances down the track and knocks it back to the bowler. Sajid Khan collects the ball and throws it back at Labuschagne trying to keep him in check. A bit of fire in the belly from Sajid.

13.30

Tossed fuller and quicker this time, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne tries to cut it fine but fails to connect well. The ball gets an inside edge and back to his pads.

13.24

FOUR! Takes the aggressive route now. Sajid Khan tosses this one up, around off, Marnus Labuschagne walks down and gets to the pitch of the ball. He lofts it over mid off for a good looking boundary.

13.10

Oh that's close and Sajid Khan thinks there is an edge on it. Pakistan have nothing to lose and Shan Masood does review it. This is a lovely delivery from Sajid as he bowls it on a nagging length and gives it a nice bit of flight around off, Marnus Labuschagne leans on to block but the ball dips and goes straight on beating the outside edge. The replays roll in and there is nothing on hotspot or UltraEdge and it will stay NOT OUT.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 63/1

D Warner45 (47)

M Labuschagne17 (25)

A Salman2-0-15-0

12.64

FOUR! There's no stopping this man! Tosses it up nicely and serves a juicy half-volley outside off, David Warner takes a huge stride ahead and crisply drives it with the spin through the gap between cover-point region for a boundary. He inches closer to his 50.

12.52

Flighted delivery on the stumps, David Warner defends it and gets an outside edge of his blade and to his front pad. The ball lobs at short leg and scampers back for the second as the fielder is too slow to get to the ball.

12.40

Slower and an off-break outside off, David Warner pushes it away from his body and gets beaten on the outside edge on that one.

12.30

A low full toss outside off, David Warner drives it to the cover fielder.

12.24

FOUR! Easy pickings! Serves a full toss delivery around the off, David Warner shimmies down the pitch and just whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary. One bounce and it runs to the fence.

12.12

Loops it outside off and full, David Warner waits for it and dabs it delicately past the first slip for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 51/1

M Labuschagne17 (25)

D Warner33 (41)

H Ali4-0-15-0

11.60

Short of a length just outside off, Marnus Labuschagne watchfully blocks it.

11.51

Back of a length again, around leg stump line, David Warner covers the line and guides the ball to square of fine leg for a single.

11.40

Back of a length, angling into the stumps, David Warner waits on and blocks it right under his eyes.

11.30

Oh that's beaten the outside edge. Hasan Ali pitches this on a hard length, around off, nipping in, David Warner gets down the pitch and tries to cut it square on off, but gets beaten on the outside edge.

11.21

On a length, drifting down middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne flicks it to fine leg and gets to the other end.

11.10

Starts well here. On a good length, into the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and blocks it.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 49/1

D Warner32 (38)

M Labuschagne16 (22)

A Salman1-0-3-0

10.60

Drags his length a bit on the stumps, David Warner just gets in the line of the ball and blocks it off the back foot to the bowler to end the over.

10.51

Tosses it up around the rough on the stump line, Marnus Labuschagne steps out and drives it straight down past the bowler to long on for a single.

10.40

On a dragged length outside off, Marnus Labuschagne prods ahead for a defence and gets an inside edge on his front pad.

10.30

Flights it well outside off and full, Marnus Labuschagne presses forward for a defence and gets beaten on the outside edge as the ball skids on straight.

10.21

Around the wicket this time and on a fuller length on the stump line, David Warner creates room for him clearing his front foot and drives it inside out with the turn towards extra cover for a single.

10.11

Agha Salman comes to the attack from over the wicket and drops it fuller outside off, Marnus Labuschagne drives with the spin off the front foot towards long on for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 46/1

M Labuschagne14 (18)

D Warner31 (36)

H Ali3-0-13-0

9.61

Back of a length, but outside off, Marnus Labuschagne hops back and taps it to point and gets a single.

9.50

On a length, just outside off, Marnus Labuschagne tries to drive it square on off, gets a faint inside edge onto his pads.

9.40

That's beaten. Pitched on a hard length, just around the corridor of off, Marnus Labuschagne plays it straight but the ball nips away a bit beating the outside edge.

9.30

Fuller, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne lets this one alone.

9.20

Hard length, on top of off, Marnus Labuschagne blocks it back to the bowler with a straight bat.

9.10

Pitches this on a length, angling into middle and leg, Marnus Labuschagne nudges it to backward square leg.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 45/1

D Warner31 (36)

M Labuschagne13 (12)

S Khan5-1-23-1

8.64

FOUR! He's just brilliant at it. Tossed-up delivery by Sajid Khan on a tad fuller length outside off, David Warner gets on his knee and generates the reverse sweeps it through backward point along the ground for a boundary. He looks in no mood to slow down a bit.

8.50

Tossed up on the stumps and fuller, David Warner steps out and pushes it towards cover.

8.40

Quicker this time which slides on, David Warner gets the inside half od the bat on the defence.

8.30

Off-break delivery on the stumps, David Warner defends it well off the front foot.

8.22

Follows up with a poor delivery outside off and short, David Warner waits for it and cuts it delicately past the first slip fielder for a couple of runs.

8.10

Comes from around the wicket and drops it flatter outside off on a short length, David Warner rocks back and hits it straight to cover.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 39/1

D Warner25 (30)

M Labuschagne13 (12)

H Ali2-0-12-0

7.61lb

On a hard length, shaping into middle and leg, David Warner goes across the line trying to flick it but gets hit on the pads. The ball trickles down to fine leg for a single. Leg Byes called.

7.50

Fuller again, angling into the stumps, David Warner flicks it to mid-wicket.

7.40

Fuller around off, David Warner works it to point on the front foot.

7.30

Oh my, that could've been close. Lucky for David Warner. A good length delivery, outside off, David Warner gets innovative and tries to reverse sweep it over third man but fails to connect. The ball thuds his pads on the flap and lobs behind well in front of the keeper.

7.21

A fraction fuller, around off again, Marnus Labuschagne guides the ball to backward point and gets a single.

7.14

FOUR! Runs flowing quickly now. Hasan Ali misses his length and serves a half volley, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne makes full use of it and drives it firmly through covers for another boundary.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 33/1

D Warner25 (26)

M Labuschagne8 (10)

S Khan4-1-17-1

6.62

DROPPED! Flighted delivery around the leg stump line on a shade fuller length, David Warner advances down the track to slog it over mid-wicket but gets the toe-end of the bat and the ball balloons up and Aamer Jamal at mid on. Jamal runs back to grab it over his shoulder but fails eventually. He never looked like getting under it and the batters get two runs as well.

6.50

Shorter and on off, David Warner rocks back and defends it short cover.

6.40

Quicker and off-break outside off, David Warner hangs back and defends it to the off side.

6.30

Short and outside off, David Warner chops it to Babar as the ball keeps a bit low towards short cover.

6.24

FOUR! Now that's a calculated use of the feet. Drops it pretty much on a half-volley in front of the stumps, David Warner shimmies down the track and lofts it against the spin over mid on for a boundary. He makes it look so easy.

6.10

Drops it slower and on a shortish length around off, David Warner rocks back and punches it straight to cover.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 27/1

M Labuschagne8 (10)

D Warner19 (20)

H Ali1-0-7-0

5.64

FOUR! Put away nicely. Hasan Ali overpitches this one fuller, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne leans forward and drives it with some wrist work, opening the face of the bat, through the gap at backward point for a boundary.

5.50

On a length, outside off, Marnus Labuschagne shoulders arms at this one.

5.41

A touch fuller, nipping in, David Warner walks down the pitch and taps it to mid on and squeezes a single.

5.30

On a good length, around off, David Warner blocks it well on the front foot.

5.22

Almost chopped on. Pitched a touch fuller, just around off, David Warner tries to tap it across the line getting a thick inside edge. The ball zips past the leg stump and the batters pick up a brace.

5.10

Pitches this one on a good length but has missed the line as the ball goes down the leg side. David Warner stays unmoved as the ball goes past to the keeper.

Hasan Ali comes into the attack and replaces Mir Hamza from the other end.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 20/1

M Labuschagne4 (8)

D Warner16 (16)

S Khan3-1-11-1

4.60

Tossed up again, full and on the off stump line, Labuschagne gets forward nicely to defend.

4.52

Nicely flighted, full and around off, Labuschagne gets on the front foot to block with soft hands but the ball takes a bit of an outer edge and rolls past gully for a couple of runs.

4.40

Tossed-up delivery around off, Labuschagne dances down the track and hits it straight to mid off.

4.31

On a shorter length and around off, David Warner gets on the back foot again and cuts it to the left of point where Saim Ayub dives and makes a half-stop. The batters pick up a single.

4.20

Pushed through quicker and flatter on the stumps, David Warner rocks back to defend.

4.14

FOUR! David Warner doesn't look fazed one bit and brings out a cheeky shot now. This is tossed up full on the stumps, Warner brings out the reverse paddle and hits it firmly through short third man for a boundary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 13/1

M Labuschagne2 (5)

D Warner11 (13)

M Hamza2-0-9-0

3.60

Fuller one, close to the off stump and slanting across the right-hander, Labuschagne shoulders arms at it.

3.51

Good length in the channel angling away, David Warner hangs back and just dabs it away wide of the slip cordon down to third man for an easy single.

3.44

FOUR! That sounded so good off the bat! Short and outside off, sitting up for the batter at a gentle pace, David Warner stands tall and latches onto it by slapping it away well in front of square on the off side for a boundary and the crowd roars again.

3.30

Hits the deck hard and bowls it on off and middle with the angle in towards the left-hander. David Warner stays on the crease and keeps it out to the bowler.

3.20

On a hard length and around off, David Warner walks down the pitch and just pushes it away to the right of short cover.

3.10

Nice and full on off stump, shaping away late, David Warner blocks it well under his eyes.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 8/1

D Warner6 (8)

M Labuschagne2 (4)

S Khan2-1-4-1

2.61

Comes from around the stumps and bowls it really short and outside off, Warner walks across and slaps it away to the left of deepish cover for a quick single.

2.51

Nicely tossed up on middle turning back in, Labuschagne looks to block it with soft hands but gets a bit of an inside edge past short leg for a single.

2.40

A bit fuller and quicker on middle stump, Labuschagne defends it out with soft hands.

2.30

Flighted again on a length and around off, Labuschagne looks to use his feet and adjusts well to nudge it onto the leg side.

2.21

Good, aggressive running! Tossed up on the stumps, David Warner steps out and drives it firmly on the full to a deepish mid on and pinches a quick single.

2.11

Nicely flighted delivery, full and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to lean on and stroke it through covers but smothers it off the inside edge towards mid-wicket. Labuschagne is off the mark with a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 4/1

D Warner4 (6)

M Labuschagne0 (0)

M Hamza1-0-4-0

1.62

Slightly short again outside off, David Warner takes a step ahead and walks past the off stump before playing it with an angled bat through backward point for a couple of runs more.

1.50

Nicely bowled! Nagging length angled onto middle but Hamza gets this one to shape away pretty well, David Warner stays watchful and blocks it onto the off side.

1.42

David Warner is off the mark and Australia have their first runs of the chase as well. Short of a length, gently nipping away from outside off, Warner gets on the back foot and pats it away through the gap at cover-point and pinches a couple of runs.

1.30

Warner tries to be proactive by advancing down the track but Hamza sees him coming and angles in a shortish ball at the body. Warner tucks it away behind square leg.

1.20

Pitches this one up on the stumps, trying to shape it in, David Warner gets nicely on the front foot and defends it back to the bowler.

1.10

Begins from over the wicket and bowls it back of a length over the off stump line, David Warner hops back and keeps it down to mid on. A cheer from the SCG crowd as Warner gets bat to ball first up.

Marnus Labuschagne comes out to the middle at number 3 in the very second over of the run-chase. Also, it will Mir Hamza with the second new ball from the other end.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 0/1

U Khawaja0 (6)

D Warner0 (0)

S Khan1-1-0-1

0.6W

OUT! LBW! A huge appeal and given! Sajid Khan seems to have provided Pakistan a perfect start but Usman Khawaja has reviewed. Beautifully bowled by Sajid as he flights this one up on a nagging length onto off and middle, gets it to really dip and turn away sharply. Khawaja with his old habit goes on the back foot to a fairly full delivery and is beaten all ends up. The ball goes past the outside edge and hits the pads. Nothing on UltraEdge and the wickets are umpire's call on Ball Tracking. Khawaja walks back for a duck and Australia have been rocked early here as Sajid Khan starts with a wicket-maiden.

0.50

Quicker and flatter, coming on with the arm onto the stumps, Usman Khawaja goes on the back foot to keep it out.

0.40

Nicely flighted this time around off, Usman Khawaja leans on and makes the block.

0.30

Flatter again and on off and middle, Usman Khawaja stays back in his crease and keeps this one out.

0.20

Flatter delivery this time, on a nagging length and around off, Usman Khawaja hops back to defend.

0.10

A lovely delivery to start with! Comes from around the stumps and tosses it up at 83.4 clicks outside off, gets the ball to grip and really rip away off the deck. Usman Khawaja looks to drive but is well beaten.

Commentary

We are back for the run chase! We can see a lovely moment as David Warner walks out to bat one last time in a Test match alongside his childhood friend and he gives Usman Khawaja a hug before stepping on the field of play. The Pakistani players shake his hands and so do the umpires. The target is fairly small but a lot will depend on how the openers go about their business. It will be Sajid Khan to take the new ball and start with his off-breaks. A slip and a short leg in place, let's play...

... FOURTH INNINGS ...

Right then, the stage is set for David Warner in his farewell Test match that too at his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground and he will be nervous and excited to come to bat for one last time and try and take his team to the win. The pitch though has a lot of rough patches now and the Pakistani bowlers certainly won't make it easy for him and the other Aussie batters. Join us in a few minutes time for the all-important run chase.

A fascinating passage of play early on Day 4 but in the end it is Australia who have a big chance of sweeping the series 3-0 as they need 130 runs to win. It wasn't the start the hosts were expecting with the ball when Day 4 began as Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal put on a gritty stand of 42 runs and even scored freely at times. After persisting for a long time, Nathan Lyon finally broke the stand by dismissing Rizwan, and then almost instantly, Pat Cummins got rid of Jamal as well. Hasan Ali and Mir Hamza then hung around for a few more overs before Lyon finished proceedings with his third wicket.

43.1W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! Nathan Lyon gets his third and it's curtains for Pakistan. Tossed up delivery just outside off, Hasan Ali gets down on his knee for a sweep shot but misses entirely on it as the ball spins sharply into the batter and disrupts the middle stump by sneaking through the gap between the bat and the pad. Pakistan have lost their last three wickets in a hurry and have been bundled up on 115 and have ended with a lead of just 129 runs. There's a huge cheer from the SCG crowd as it's now time for David Warner to walk out in the middle for one last time to bat.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 115/9

M Hamza1 (11)

H Ali5 (8)

P Cummins7-0-24-1

42.60

Beaten. On a good length, outside off, Mir Hamza goes in with a full swing of bat for the drive but gets beaten on all ends.

42.50

Pitches this on the hard length, around the channel of off, Mir Hamza tries to push at it but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

42.40

That one seemed to have stuck to the pitch. Short of a length, down the leg side, Mir Hamza lets it go past to the keeper.

42.30

On a length, around middle and off, Mir Hamza blocks it with a straight bat.

42.21

Short of a length, drifting down the leg side, Hasan Ali swives across to pull and manages to get a glove to it. The ball trickles through to fine leg for a single.

42.10

Bang on. Pitches on the hard length, into the stumps, Hasan Ali does well to block it on the back foot.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 114/9

M Hamza1 (7)

H Ali4 (6)

N Lyon17-2-36-2

41.60

Floats it up and drops it down the leg side on a fullish length, Mir Hamza goes for a flick shot but gets late on it and takes the leading edge which falls just short of David Warner at second slip.

41.50

Drags his length this time outside off, Mir Hamza defends it and gets the leading edge of the bat to silly point.

41.40

How has that missed the stumps? Bowls from around the wicket this time and drops it on the stump line which explodes a bit from the deck, Mir Hamza strides for a defence and gets beaten on the outside edge and the ball just goes past flirting with his bat over the middle stump and to the keeper. That has been missed by a few milimeters.

41.31

Shorter in length and on the pads, Hasan Ali stays in the crease and swivels for a pull towards backward square leg for a single.

41.20

Bowls a fullish delivery around the off stump, Hasan Ali defends it this time towards the bowler off the front foot.

41.10

Drops it on a fuller length around off, Hasan Ali goes for a reverse sweep but misses out to connect.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 113/9

M Hamza1 (4)

H Ali3 (3)

P Cummins6-0-23-1

40.60

Great ball. Pitched on a length, nipping a bit, outside off, Mir Hamza tries to poke at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

40.53

Oh wow, those are very handy runs. Pat Cummins bowls this wider on off, just a fraction short, Hasan Ali guides the ball through the gap past point. The batters get three runs to take the lead to 127 now.

40.41

Goes fuller, into the stumps, Mir Hamza flicks it nicely to deep square leg and gets a single.

40.30

Back of a length, into the bodyline, Mir Hamza awkwardly keeps it out.

40.20

Hurls from around the wicket, pitches it on the hard length, nipping in, around off, Mir Hamza watchfully blocks it with a dead straight bat.

Mir Hamza is the last man in for Pakistan.

40.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! One brings two and Pakistan are on the verge of getting bundled out now. Pat Cummins steams in from over the stumps and digs in a short ball over the middle stump, Aamer Jamal is aware of the field set in the deep on the leg side but backs himself to clear the fence and goes for the pull. The connection is decent but the ball goes straight to deep square leg where Travis Head doesn't have to move an inch and gobbles up the chance. Both set-batters are now back in the hut and the lead still stands at 123 runs.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 109/8

H Ali0 (2)

A Jamal18 (46)

N Lyon16-2-35-2

39.60

Flighted delivery outside off, Hasan Ali leans ahead and defends it to point. A successful over from Nathan Lyon comes to an end.

39.50

Over the wicket now on a dragged length, at the stumps, Hasan Ali nudges it to short leg.

Hasan Ali is the next man in.

39.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Nathan Lyon strikes for the hosts finally! Bowls on a fuller length which spins extra after pitching on the leg stump line, Mohammad Rizwan leans onto it and tries to flick it with the wrists but gets an inside edge instead and the ball lobs straight toward David Warner who is stationed at the leg slip region. He takes a good reaction catch. It looked like Mohammad Rizwan wanted to sweep it away but changed his mind in the end. Garry breaks a crucial partnership and creates an opening for Australia as Rizwan departs.

39.31

Flights it up well on the stumps on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal gets a leading edge on his defence towards point for a quick single.

39.20

Tossed up delivery on the leg stump line and fuller a bit, Aamer Jamal strides and defends it back to the bowler.

39.11

Comes from around the wicket and drops it fuller and around the middle, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it well towards backward square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 107/7

A Jamal17 (44)

M Rizwan27 (55)

P Cummins5-0-19-0

38.60

Finishes this first over of the day well. Pitches this fuller into the stumps, Aamer Jamal blocks it well.

38.50

On a good length, around off, Aamer Jamal defends it to mid on.

38.41lb

Wider on the crease, angling in, on a good length and drifting down middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan tries to get across the line and flick it, but gets hit high on the thigh to square leg. Gets a single called as Leg byes.

38.32

On a length, just outside off, Mohammad Rizwan waits on and guides it well to deep point for a couple of runs.

38.20

Bowls back of a length again, just around off, Mohammad Rizwan hops and blocks it with a straight bat.

38.10

Starts from over the wicket, Back of a length, angling into the right-hander, around off, Mohammad Rizwan stays back and defends it well.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 104/7

A Jamal17 (42)

M Rizwan25 (51)

N Lyon15-2-33-1

37.62

Ends up with a shortish length on the stumps, Aamer Jamal whips it off the back foot past diving Usman Khawaja at mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Good running there.

37.50

Tossed up delivery outside off, Aamer Jamal reaches to the pitch and sweeps it towards backward square leg. Travis Head stops it by moving to his left.

37.40

Fuller and just around the off pole, Aamer Jamal strides ahead and defends it underneath his eyes.

37.30

Tossed up ball on the middle stump line, Aamer Jamal leans forward and nudges it straight to mid-wicket.

37.20

Short again which turns sharply into the batter from off, Aamer Jamal punches it off the back foot towards mid-wicket.

37.12

Bowls on a flatter trajectory into the stump line on a shorter length, Aamer Jamal rocks back and flicks it past leg slip for a couple.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 100/7

A Jamal13 (36)

M Rizwan25 (51)

T Head6-1-19-1

36.61

Fuller again, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it to extra cover. A slight midfield by Usman Khawaja gets Pakistan an extra single.

36.50

Tossed fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it to cover on the front foot.

36.43

Gets this one right does Rizwan. Tossed up, just outside off, Mohammad Rizwan drives it perfectly through covers. The batters get three runs.

36.30

Floated fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan tempted to go for the drive, but gets beaten on the outside edge.

36.20

Tossed up, around the off again, Mohammad Rizwan offers a solid front foot defence back to the bowler.

36.10

Quicker one, around off, Mohammad Rizwan stays back and blocks it to silly point region on the back foot.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 96/7

M Rizwan22 (47)

A Jamal12 (34)

N Lyon14-2-29-1

35.61

Tossed up delivery aiming at the sticks, Mohammad Rizwan steps out and steers it to long on for a single to retain the strike for the next over.

35.50

Switches to around the wicket and drops it on the stump line and shade fuller, Mohammad Rizwan defends it solidly off the back foot.

There was a slight hold-up before the previous delivery as one of the groundstaff was just chilling in the gap between the sightscreen. The bizarre sightscreen adventures continue in this Test match.

35.41

Tossed up delivery outside off on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal hits it to widish cover for a single.

35.30

On a dragged length this time outside off, Aamer Jamal defends it with a stride forward straight to Nathan Lyon.

35.20

Tossed up at the stumps, Aamer Jamal sweeps it again straight to backward square leg.

35.14

FOUR! That's a good reverse sweep shot! Serves a way too full delivery outside off, Aamer Jamal employs the reverse sweep through to backward point for a boundary. It was uppish but he will take it. Brave shot that by Jamal.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 90/7

M Rizwan21 (45)

A Jamal7 (30)

T Head5-1-15-1

34.60

Tossed up, around off, Mohammad Rizwan taps it to mid-wicket on the front foot.

34.54

FOUR! Swept away nicely. Travis Head bowls this one fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan fetches it with a sweep past square leg for a boundary. The lead now goes past 100 runs!

34.41

Tossed fuller, around off, Aamer Jamal rocks back and nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

34.30

Shorter one, turned sharply from off, Aamer Jamal tries to play it across but gets beaten onto his thigh. The ball lobs to Steven Smith at slip.

34.21

That's a better one. Pitched fuller, spinning in from the rough around off, Mohammad Rizwan gets back and blocks it off the back foot.

34.12

Starts off with a loose delivery. Tossed up fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan extends his arms and cuts it to deep point region for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 82/7

A Jamal6 (28)

M Rizwan14 (41)

N Lyon13-2-23-1

33.60

Slowish and outside off on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal defends and gets a leading edge to backward point to end the over.

33.50

Tosses it up outside off and full, Aamer Jamal takes a stride forward and defends it straight to the bowler.

33.40

Quicker and an off-break on offer outside off, Aamer Jamal gets down on his knee and employs a sweep shot but misses and it wears off on his gloves.

33.30

Floats it up well outside off and full, Aamer Jamal strides for a front foot defence and gets beaten all ends up on it on his outside edge. Alex Carey is lightning-quick behind the wickets and disrupts the stumps in a blink. The third umpire checks for the stumping and confirms that Jamal was way inside the crease. NOT OUT.

33.21

Flighted delivery around off and on a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan strides and sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a single.

33.10

Serves on a fullish length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan lunges ahead to defend it and gets an inside edge of the bat towards mid-wicket..

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 81/7

A Jamal6 (24)

M Rizwan13 (39)

J Hazlewood9-2-16-4

32.60

Shorter of a length, on top of off, Aamer Jamal rocks back and pulls it to David Warner at mid-wicket.

32.50

Fuller, into the stumps this time, Aamer Jamal takes away his front foot and flicks it nicely to mid-wicket. David Warner does great to stop the ball diving to his right.

32.40

Just fuller of a length, into middle and off, Aamer Jamal defends it well on the front foot.

32.30

On the hard length, just around off, Aamer Jamal blocks it back to the bowler on the front foot.

32.21

A tad fuller this one, just around off, Mohammad Rizwan taps it to with soft hands on the off side with an angled bat and sets off for a single.

32.10

Comes from over the wicket and hurls it on a length, angling in, around off, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it on the front foot.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 80/7

M Rizwan12 (37)

A Jamal6 (20)

N Lyon12-2-22-1

31.61

Flighted ball aiming at the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it away towards deep mid-wicket with a huge stride ahead for a single to end the over.

31.50

It pitches on the rough and explodes from the deck around off and on a shorter length, Mohammad Rizwan goes for a cut but gets cramped up due to excessive turn and ends up chopping it on his boot.

31.40

Flatter delivery outside off which spins considerably, Mohammad Rizwan defends it to the cover region off the back foot.

31.31

Tossed up delivery outside off, Aamer Jamal sweeps it well to square leg for a single.

31.21

A bit wide outside off and full, Mohammad Rizwan dances down the ground to drive it through covers but takes and inside edge towards leg slip for a single.

31.10

Continues from over the wicket and flights around off and full, Mohammad Rizwan advances down the pitch of the ball and pushes it to mid on.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 77/7

A Jamal5 (19)

M Rizwan10 (32)

J Hazlewood8-2-15-4

30.60

Pitches this on a good length, angling into the right-hander. Aamer Jamal watchfully blocks it off his front foot.

30.51

Shorter on a length, outside off Mohammad Rizwan waits for it and cuts it with a high bat past gully for a single.

30.40

Bowls a fraction fuller this time, on off, Mohammad Rizwan gets his bat ahead and taps it to mid off from the crease.

30.30

Similar length, around off, Mohammad Rizwan stays back and blocks it to mid on.

30.20

Fuller on length, angling into middle and off, Mohammad Rizwan keeps it down to mid on.

30.10

Starts the over on a hard length, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan taps it to gully on the back foot.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 76/7

A Jamal5 (18)

M Rizwan9 (27)

N Lyon11-2-19-1

29.60

On a nagging length, turning back into the stumps, Aamer Jamal goes back in his crease to negate the turn and keeps it out.

29.50

Slows it up nicely now and floats it up on a nagging length around off, Jamal gets well forward to block but is beaten past the inside edge due to the turn and gets hit on the pads.

29.40

Tossed up, again a bit quicker and onto the stumps, Aamer Jamal blocks it off the front foot.

29.30

Beaten! Full and quick at 90.5 clicks, dipping nicely outside off, Aamer Jamal leans on to block the turn but this one goes straight through and past the outside edge.

29.21

Quicker and flatter around off, going on with the arm, Mohammad Rizwan goes back in his crease and a bit across the off stump before angling it away past slip for a single.

29.10

Tossed up a bit fuller on the stumps, turning in, Mohammad Rizwan gets to the pitch of the ball and pushes it to the right of the bowler who dives and pouches it well.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 75/7

A Jamal5 (14)

M Rizwan8 (25)

J Hazlewood7-2-14-4

28.64

FOUR! Well played! Bangs it in a bit short and around off, Aamer Jamal hops and cuts it from close to the body, getting it well wide of the gully region for a crucial boundary. The lead now stretches to 89 runs.

28.50

Nice length that, in and around the off stump, Aamer Jamal doesn't quite get forward or on the back foot but does well to block it out.

28.40

Hard length cutting back in from outside off, Aamer Jamal stands tall and punches it away straight to point.

28.30

Goes a bit wider on the crease and serves it fuller around off, angling it back in, Aamer Jamal makes a watchful and assured leave.

28.20

Hard length over off stump and staying a touch low, Aamer Jamal negates it well and keeps it out.

28.10

Short of a length and in the channel, carrying through nicely, Aamer Jamal stays inside the line and brings his hands in as well to let the ball go through to the keeper.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 71/7

A Jamal1 (8)

M Rizwan8 (25)

N Lyon10-2-18-1

27.61

A bit too full and straight, nudged away past mid-wicket for a single and Aamer Jamal is off the mark.

27.50

Tosses this one up around off and almost lands it exactly on the rough, Aamer Jamal goes for the reverse sweep but gets it nowhere, brave attempt.

27.40

Flighted again on a length outside off, turning back in, Aamer Jamal gets a big stride in and blocks it solidly.

27.31

Nicely flighted outside off, Mohammad Rizwan leans on and smothers it off the leading edge past covers for a quick single.

27.20

Just pulls the length back a bit and turns it in from outside off stump, Mohammad Rizwan is able to get back in his crease and keep it out.

27.10

Flotas it up fuller at 88 clicks and around off stump, Rizwan leans ahead and pushes it back to the bowler.

Nathan Lyon will operate from the other end.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 69/7

A Jamal0 (5)

M Rizwan7 (22)

J Hazlewood6-2-10-4

26.60

A touch fuller and angling onto middle and leg, flicked away straight to mid-wicket. Just the single off the first over of the day.

26.50

On a good length outside off and going straight on this time, left alone by Aamer Jamal.

26.41

Back of a length over the stumps, Rizwan tucks it away from the crease in front of mid-wicket and looks for two right away but his knee doesn't allow him to come back.

26.30

Oh, that could have been very close! Fuller and straighter angling back in, Mohammad Rizwan looks to flick but plays all over it a bit and gets a slight inside edge onto the knee. That one was flush on the knee and Rizwan is hobbling a bit but is fine to continue.

26.20

On a hard length this one around off and jagging back in a bit, Rizwan hops and defends it down the pitch.

26.10

Starts with a slightly fuller delivery around the off stump line and angling back in. This one stays a shade low and Mohammad Rizwan watchfully blocks it off.

We are all set for the start of Day 4! The umpires are out in the middle as the Australian players walk out to the middle as well with David Warner getting a warm welcome from the home crowd. Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal are ready to resume their overnight stay on the crease. It will be Josh Hazlewood to begin proceedings with the ball here. Let's play...

Australia weren't at their finest with the bat as they couldn't score at a positive rate for most of their innings but were outstanding with the ball late in Day 3. Josh Hazlewood was the chief orchestrator as he picked up 4 wickets, including 3 in the very same over. They have Pakistan by the scruff of the neck and would want to finish things off quickly here. On the other hand, it was the same old story for Pakistan as everytime they looked to be ahead in the game, they simply couldn't press home the advantage and now find themselves on the verge of another defeat. Can Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal conjure up something special and turn the game on its head? We shall find out as cricketing action isn't far away now.

Hello and welcome to Day 4 of the 3rd and final Test match between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground where the visitors are on the verge of being clean swept as they lead by 82 runs and have just 3 wickets in hand. It could all be over in a couple of hours but Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal might have something to say about that.

... DAY 4, SESSION 1...

Right then, Pakistan have a decent lead of 82 runs and if they had more wickets in hand, they would be looking to stretch it to around the 200-run mark which would certainly be defendable given the current nature of the track but they are 7 down and will have to bat out of their skins to get to even a 150-run lead. Australia on the other hand will look to not repeat their mistakes from the first innings and uproot the tail at the earliest. A decisive Day 4 will begin on Saturday at 4.30 am IST (11 pm GMT) which is again 30 minutes earlier than scheduled. But you can join us sooner for the build-up. Cheers!

The man of the moment, Josh Hazlewood is down for a chat. He starts off by talking about his final over and says that a leg-side field and bowling on off created those chances, especially off the rough. He further says that a wobble seam is a good option typically in the second innings here at MCG. He explains that after the collapse with the bat they were looking to attack with the ball and Starc started off perfectly for them. He further says that batting was the easiest only on Day 1 after the ball got soft. He talks about the pitch and says it has become a bit patchy but is still decent. He then talks about Pat Cummins's captaincy to bring in Travis Head was a good call considering the number of wickets of right-handers he has claimed. He concludes by saying that the key wickets of Rizwan and Ameer Jamal will be crucial and they hope to end well.

Pakistan must have thought after that burst from Aamer Jamal that they have the slight advantage and could build on the slender first-innings lead. This wasn't the case though as Mitchell Starc sent Abdullah Shafique back on a pair and then skipper Shan Masood was caught fishing outside the off stump by Josh Hazlewood. Then came the counter-attack from debutant Saim Ayub who took on the pacers and Babar Azam accompanied him well. The spinners seemed to be in the game and although it took some time, Nathan Lyon got into his groove and got the big wicket of Ayub. Travis Head then sent Babar Azam packing almost instantly. The move to then bring on Josh Hazlewood with 10 minutes or so remaining proved to be decisive as he picked up three wickets in one over and ripped apart Pakistan. The two top-scorers from the first innings, Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal are on the crease but will face an uphill task when they come out to bat on Day 4.

Wow, wow and wow! What a final session we have had on Day 3! The game seemed to be stretching just before Tea with a partnership brewing between Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey but the latter just fell on the stroke of Tea. No one knew how big of a turning point that was as after Tea, Australia lost 4 wickets for just 10 runs and then Pakistan went on to lose 7 wickets with 5 of them falling quite late in the day. Day 3 is generally known as the moving day in Test cricket and that has held true as after just half a day's play possible on Day 2, the game has moved along at a brisk pace and even though the scoring rate might have been on the slower side, we have got a fine picture of the rest of the game. Australia completely in command and Pakistan are only ahead by 82 runs with 3 wickets remaining.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 68/7

A Jamal0 (3)

M Rizwan6 (18)

N Lyon9-2-16-1

25.60

Ends the day pitching it in the rough, outside off, Aamer Jamal gets forward and pushes it to backward point.

25.50

Fuller again, outside off, Aamer Jamal prods forward and blocks it well.

25.41

Overpitched into the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan drives it dead straight past the stumps for a single.

25.30

A touch fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and taps it to mid on.

25.20

In the rough, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan dances down the track and blocks it to mid on.

25.10

Fuller, outside the off stump line, Mohammad Rizwan taps it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 67/7

A Jamal0 (1)

M Rizwan5 (14)

J Hazlewood5-2-9-4

24.60

The crowd is cheering for Josh Hazlewood as he steams in and bowls on a back of a length outside off, Aamer Jamal leaves it alone through to the keeper. What a sensational over by Hazlewood! Three wickets from it and no runs. He has just turned this game on its head completely.

Aamer Jamal is the next man in. Can he be the saviour once again for Pakistan?

24.5W

OUT! CAUGHT! Could you believe it? That's three in this over for Josh Hazlewood. Bowls in the channel outside off on a hard length, Agha Salman strides ahead and looks to defend it but gets an outside edge that flies straight to the slip cordon. David Warner is stationed at the second slip and takes an absolute sitter. This is crazy stuff from Hoff. Australia lose their 7th wicket and Hazlewood gets his fourth. Pakistan would be dejected with this poor display of batting.

24.40

On a back of a length and shade outside off, Agha Salman defends it with soft hands and gets an outside edge that rolls to the widish gully. Mitchell Marsh dives to stop it and does well.

Agha Salman is the new man in.

24.3W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! The nightwatchman ploy fails for Pakistan and Hazlewood gets his third. Bowls on a back of a length this time around the off-stump line, Sajid Khan roots to his crease and goes to defend it but gets beaten all ends up on that one. The ball strikes the top of the off stump after brushing the pad. Pakistan are in a deep, deep trouble here.

24.20

Over the wicket this time and bowls a shorter delivery outside off, Sajid Khan goes for a cut and misses out completely.

Sajid Khan walks into a precarious situation now.

24.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! Hazlewood strikes again and what a bowling change from the skipper. Hurls from around the wicket and pitches it wide outside off on a fuller length, Saud Shakeel goes for an expansive and needless drive and the ball catches the outside edge of the blade and the ball flies straight to the second slip where Steven Smith is stationed. He takes an easy grab. That was a poor shot from Shakeel as he lost his shape completely. Pakistan lose half of their side just at the brink of the end of the day.

Josh Hazlewood (4-1-9-1) is back on.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 67/4

M Rizwan5 (14)

S Shakeel2 (18)

N Lyon8-2-15-1

23.60

Fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and cuts it late on the off side.

23.50

Pitched in the rough, outside off, spinning in sharply. Mohammad Rizwan tries to block it straight but gets a faint inside edge on to the pads and over short leg.

23.40

Fuller again, around off, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it right under the eyeline.

23.30

Fuller, outside the line of off stump, Mohammad Rizwan takes a big step out and defends this one.

23.21

Shorter, outside off, Saud Shakeel gets on the back foot and punches it with a straight bat past cover for a single.

23.10

Tossed up, in line with the middle stump, Saud Shakeel rocks back and taps it to the leg side off the back foot.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 66/4

M Rizwan5 (10)

S Shakeel1 (16)

T Head4-1-7-1

22.60

On a dragged length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan defends it to the off side with a huge stride forward.

22.52

Flighted delivery on the stumps from over the wicket, Mohammad Rizwan advances down the ground and plays it aerially over the bowler's head. Josh Hazlewood does well to cleanly stop it as he sprints to his left from long on. Two runs taken.

22.41

Fuller this time around the leg and middle corridor, Saud Shakeel nudges it past short leg for a quick single.

22.30

Drifts down the leg side this time on a fuller length, Saud Shakeel goes for a flick and closes his bat early and takes a leading edge to the off side.

22.20

Short this time outside off, Saud Shakeel punches it off the back foot to cover.

22.10

Head continues and drops a flighted delivery on off and full, Saud Shakeel strides ahead and drives it straight to the bowler.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 63/4

M Rizwan3 (8)

S Shakeel0 (12)

N Lyon7-2-14-1

21.60

That one spun sharp. Pitched fuller, outside off cutting Mohammad Rizwan into half as the ball shoots up with the bounce and craps Rizwan.

21.50

Tossed up in the patch outside off, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it to mid on on the back foot.

21.40

Shorter, outside off, spinning in, Mohammad Rizwan nudges it to covers on the back foot.

21.30

This one is fuller, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan takes a step out and bangs it straight to Nathan Lyon who dos well to hold on to it.

21.20

Fuller this time, around the line of off stump, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it off the front foot.

21.10

Tossed up, in the rough again, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan keeps it down to the off side.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 63/4

S Shakeel0 (12)

M Rizwan3 (2)

T Head3-1-4-1

20.60

Flights it up well around off and fuller, Saud Shakeel prods ahead and defends it. End of a successful over from Head.

20.50

Shorter and on the stump line, Saud Shakeel steers it to short leg by hanging back.

20.40

Comes from around the wicket this time and drops an off-break outside off, Saud Shakeel pushes it straight to covers.

20.31

Tossed up fuller and on off, Mohammad Rizwan works it down the ground to long on for a single.

20.22

Gets off the mark with a double. This is flighted outside off and fuller, Mohammad Rizwan employs the sweep towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.

Mohammad Rizwan is the next man in.

20.1W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! And it's Babar Azam walking back to the hut. This is pitched just outside off on a way too fuller length, Babar Azam goes for a drive with a stride forward and ends up getting an outside edge of his blade. Alex Carey does a fantastic job behind the wickets and takes a good reaction catch. The golden arm of Travis Head has provided a big wicket for Australia.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 60/3

S Shakeel0 (9)

B Azam23 (51)

N Lyon6-1-14-1

19.60

Tossed up, around middle and off again, Saud Shakeel defends it on the front foot.

19.50

Floated fuller, around middle and off,  Saud Shakeel steps out and defends it t the off side.

19.41

Shorter, outside off, Babar Azam taps it to mid on on the back foot and gets a single.

19.30

That's the one that surprises everybody. Lyon tosses it up, around off stump line, quicker. The ball keeps low after hitting the deck. Babar Azam does well to keep it out.

19.20

A bit shorter this time, outside off, Babar Azam tucks it down on the back foot.

19.10

Pitched in the rough, outside off, getting the ball to spin sharply into the right-hander. Babar Azam nudges the ball to the leg side.

There's another slight issue with the sightscreen as the cover seems to have crept up a fair bit exposing the black screen behind. Mitchell Starc quickly gets over the ropes and tucks the cover back in place and we are ready to continue.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 59/3

S Shakeel0 (7)

B Azam22 (47)

T Head2-1-1-0

18.60

A loud appeal but is turned down by the umpire. Drifts down to the pads on a shade fuller length, Saud Shakeel gets beaten on the back foot defence and the ball wears on his knee roll. It clearly looks like it is going down the leg side, Pat Cummins denies to take a review here.

18.50

Flatter and outside off, Saud Shakeel shoulders his arms to that one.

18.40

Flights it up well on the stumps, Saud Shakeel gets ahead and defends it to short leg.

18.30

Bowls a bit quicker and shorter outside off, Saud Shakeel hangs back and cuts it straight to the cover fielder.

18.20

Comes from around the wicket and drops a flighted delivery just around the uncertain line outside off, Saud Shakeel leaves it alone.

18.11

Continues and drops it outside off and tad shorter, Babar Azam rocks back and cuts it nicely in the gap towards deep backward point for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 58/3

S Shakeel0 (2)

B Azam21 (46)

N Lyon5-1-13-1

17.60

Quicker in the air this time, full and drifting into middle and leg, Saud Shakeel tucks it to short leg.

17.50

Fuller again, into the middle stump line, Saud Shakeel defends it on the front foot.

Saud Shakeel walks out to bat now.

17.4W

OUT! LBW! This time Nathan Lyon has his man but wait, it has been reviewed. Lyon comes from around the stumps and tosses this one up on a fuller length onto middle stump. The ball seems to have pitched and come on with the angle instead of turning away, Saim Ayub looks to lean on and block but is beaten on the inside edge and gets rapped on the pads. There is a loud appeal and the finger goes up. Nothing on UltraEdge and Ball Tracking comes up with three reds. Ayub departs after a fighting knock and Lyon gets the crucial breakthrough for his side. Pakistan currently lead by 72 runs.

17.30

Uppish again, on middle and leg, Saim Ayub blocks it off the front foot.

17.20

A touch shorter this time, into the stumps, Saim Ayub taps it back to Nathan Lyon on the back foot.

17.12

Tossed up, around off, Saim Ayub sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 56/2

B Azam21 (46)

S Ayub31 (49)

T Head1-1-0-0

16.60

Short and turning sharply into the batter from off, Babar Azam negotiates it well to push it away towards mid-wicket to end the over.

16.50

Quicker and flatter again on a shorter length, Babar Azam punches it off the back foot towards mid-wicket.

16.40

Flatter again and quicker on a shade fuller length, Babar Azam goes back and punches it to mid-wicket off the back foot.

16.30

Tosses it again and drops it in the stump line, Babar Azam works it towards mid-wicket.

16.20

Tosses it up and pitches it outside off, Babar Azam takes a huge stride ahead and drives it to covers.

16.10

Flatter trajectory around off and on a good length, Babar Azam stays in the crease and punches it to the leg side.

Travis Head to roll his arm over now.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 56/2

S Ayub31 (49)

B Azam21 (40)

N Lyon4-1-11-0

15.60

Oh that's a beauty by Lyon. Pitched short, around off, spinning away a bit. Saim Ayub tries to cut it square on the off side but gets beaten.

15.50

Fuller, on the middle stump line this time, Saim Ayub defends it with the straight bat.

15.40

Floated uppish, into the stumps, Saim Ayub blocks it to mid-wicket on the front foot.

15.31

Dropped short, outside off, Babar Azam drives it to covers on the back foot for a single.

15.20

Reviewed by Australia for caught behind as the umpire Michael Gough is unmoved. Flighted delivery outside off and targeting the rough, Babar Azam strides ahead and looks to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge and there is a loud appeal from the bowler and the keeper as well. Marnus Labuschagne short leg convinces Pat Cummins to take the review but the UltraEdge shows no bat involved at it. Australia lose a review here.

15.10

Tossed up, spinning into the off stump line, Babar Azam punches it to mid on.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 55/2

B Azam20 (37)

S Ayub31 (46)

P Cummins4-0-17-0

14.61

Good running again! Good length around off, Babar Azam reaches out and taps it into the gap between cover and point and gets across for a single.

14.51

Short ball at the body, just angling down, Saim Ayub stylishly lifts one leg up and helps the pull down to fine leg for a run.

14.40

Fuller delivery, hurled from around the stumps and onto off and middle, Saim Ayub blocks it off the front foot.

14.31

Good hustle from the batters. Back of a length and around off, Babar Azam hops and drops it down with soft hands past the keeper. Saim Ayub calls Babar for a single and they complete it with ease.

14.20

Good length again over the stumps, nudged away onto the leg side for no run.

14.10

On a good length and angling down leg, Babar Azam misses the flick and the ball just brushes the thigh pad on its way to the keeper.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 52/2

S Ayub30 (44)

B Azam18 (33)

N Lyon3-1-10-0

13.60

Oh, just out of reach! Much better from Nathan Lyon as he gives it a bit of air and floats it up on middle and leg, the ball dips and Saim Ayub gets an inside edge onto the pads as he looks to block. The ball lobs up and goes to the right of Marnus Labuschagne at short leg who puts in a desperate dive but can't get to it.

13.50

Full and straight, Saim Ayub keeps it out.

13.41

Too straight and flat from Nathan Lyon, the ball just doesn't seem to be leaving his hand well enough. Babar Azam works it away through mid-wicket for one.

13.32

Sloppy again from Australia in the field and Travis Head is the guilty party this time. Too full and straight, flicked away towards backward square leg where Head lets it through and allows the batters to pick up a brace.

13.20

On the shorter side and a bit quicker, turning back in from around off, Babar Azam has time to get deep in his crease and keep it out on the leg side.

13.11

Tossed up full and down on the pads, Saim Ayub leans on and nudges it past wide mid on for an easy single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 48/2

S Ayub29 (41)

B Azam15 (30)

P Cummins3-0-14-0

12.61

Shorter one at the body, Saim Ayub swivels on his hips and half-pulls it down to deep square leg for a single.

12.50

Pitched up again around off, angling back in, Saim Ayub solidly defends it out.

12.42

Pitched-up delivery around off stump, Saim Ayub with just a gentle push down the ground past mid off and he picks up a couple of runs more.

12.33

Hard length outside off, Babar Azam stays back and just plays away from the body a bit, dabbing it down past short third man. The outfield is slow and Nathan Lyon is able to catch up with the ball as the batters get three runs.

12.21

Dug in shorter and at the body, Saim Ayub gets a bit jammed up but manages to pull it away toward backward square leg for a single.

12.10

Back of a length angling in from outside off, Saim Ayub almost gets cut in half but does well to hop back and drop it onto the off side.

It's time for a quick hydration break in the last session. Pakistan was taken aback initially coming into the third innings as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood dismissed Abdullah Shafique and Pakistani skipper Shan Masood respectively on ducks. The debutant Saim Ayub and Babar Azam have counterpunched and they now lead by 55 runs. Australia will bat an eye to pick quick wickets before the end of day's play.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 41/2

B Azam12 (29)

S Ayub25 (36)

N Lyon2-1-6-0

11.60

Shorter one, pushed through quicker and turning in, Babar Azam tucks it away behind square leg.

11.50

A much more confident shout this time around for LBW but the umpire yet again turns it down. Lovely bit of dip on that flighted delivery for Nathan Lyon as he serves it on a length around off. Babar Azam plays all over the ball and gets beaten past the inside edge and wears it on the pads. That one was turning in sharply and might have missed leg stump.

11.40

A half-hearted appeal for LBW but only Marnus Labuschagne seems interested. This is tossed up outside off, Babar Azam looks to step out and block but gets beaten past the inside edge and gets hit on the pads. There might have been an inside edge as well.

11.34

FOUR! Top shot! Flighted delivery outside off and turning back in, Babar Azam leans on and creams it away against the turn through covers for a lovely boundary.

11.22

Drops it a tad shorter and turning into the pads, Babar Azam plays it off the back foot and tucks it right through the legs of short leg for a couple of runs. The lead goes past 50 now for Pakistan.

11.10

Tosses this one up on a length and turns it down the leg side, Babar Azam doesn't play at it.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 35/2

S Ayub25 (36)

B Azam6 (23)

P Cummins2-0-7-0

10.60

That one jagged back in late! Goes a bit wider on the crease and bowls it fuller outside off, angling it back in. Saim Ayub makes an assured leave and the ball goes past the off stump and keeps angling in through to the keeper.

10.50

Perfect length in and around the off stump line, Saim Ayub gets across a bit to cover the line and defends it under his eyes.

10.40

Length ball in the channel around off and sliding in a bit, Saim Ayub leaves it alone and the ball goes quite low through to the keeper.

10.30

Comes from around the stumps and hurls it across on a fuller length onto middle and leg, Saim Ayub blocks it with a straight bat.

10.21

Hits the deck hard and bowls it over the stumps at 137 clicks, Babar Azam stays back and just nudges it away in front of mid-wicket for a quick single.

10.10

Pitches it up on the off stump line, angling it in, Babar Azam solidly defends it off the front foot.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 34/2

S Ayub25 (32)

B Azam5 (21)

N Lyon1-1-0-0

9.60

Tosses it nicely around the leg, Saim Ayub gets ahead and defends it straight onto the pitch.

9.50

Comes from around the wicket this time and drops it on a dragged length which turns away from outside off, Saim Ayub leaves it alone as it bounces a bit extra off the deck.

9.41lb

Repeats the length which turns sharply into the leg side, Babar Azam rocks back and looks to flick it off with the wrists but misses. The ball thuds his pads and rolls off to short fine leg for a leg-bye single.

9.30

Shorter and outside off, Babar Azam goes back and defends it straight back to the bowler.

9.20

Flighted delivery outside off and with a good amount of turn into the batter, Babar Azam looks to work it to the leg side but takes the front pad as he misses to connect it.

9.10

Starts off from over the wicket and drops it on a fuller length around off which spins sharply, Babar Azam strides ahead and plays it with the spin towards mid on.

Nathan Lyon comes into the attack now.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 33/2

S Ayub25 (30)

B Azam5 (17)

P Cummins1-0-6-0

8.60

Again that up and down bounce but very well played by Saim Ayub. Pat Cummins digs it in halfway down the track and outside off, trying to angle it in. The ball seems to have hit a dead patch and just comes in at a much lower height. Ayub is taken aback but lifts his back leg and half-pulls it in front of mid-wicket.

8.50

Back of a length, angling into the left-hander. Saim Ayub hops and tucks it to the off side.

8.40

On the hard length again, around off, the ball stays low after pitching. Saim Ayub watches the ball go past to the keeper.

8.30

On a good length, angling into Saim Ayub who offers no shot.

8.22

Oh dear, That's sloppy from Australia. Back-of-a-length delivery, on the bodyline and Saim Ayub tucks it to mid off. Marnus Labuschagne gets to the ball and has a very casual throw at the stumps at the nonstrikers' end with nobody backing. The batter get two easy runs. Pat Cummins is fuming!

8.14

FOUR! Round the wicket and greeted well by the youngster. Pat Cummins serves this short, just around the off stump line, Saim Ayub��picks the bounce to perfection and pulls over mid-wicket for a boundary.

The skipper, Pat Cummins brings himself into the attack now.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 27/2

B Azam5 (17)

S Ayub19 (24)

J Hazlewood4-1-9-1

7.60

Ends up with a good length delivery outside off, it slightly nips into the batter but stays outside off, Babar Azam offers no shot at it.

7.50

This one stays low after pitching on a tad back of a length on off, Babar Azam brings his bat in time to block it off underneath the bat.

7.40

Pitches it outside off on a fullish length at 138.3 clicks, Babar Azam shoulders arms at it.

7.30

A gentle-paced delivery on a back of a length with a wobble seam, Babar Azam blocks it off the front foot covering his off stump.

7.20

On a good length at the fifth stump line, Babar Azam confidently defends it off the front foot to cover.

7.10

Comes from over the wicket and pitches it on a shade back of a length around off, it stays low and Babar Azam negotiates it well by bringing his bat in time to block it off.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 27/2

S Ayub19 (24)

B Azam5 (11)

M Starc4-1-15-1

6.60

Back of a length, a bit too wide outside the off stump, Saim Ayub shoulders arms.

6.50

Oh wow. That's beaten on the outside edge. Inviting Saim to play at the fuller length delivery, outside off. Saim Ayub prods forward for the drive and gets beaten.

6.40

On a good length, just outside off, nipping in. Saim Ayub judges the line well and leaves it alone.

6.30

Fuller this time, trying to shape it in, on the leg stump, Saim Ayub takes away his front foot and taps it to short mid-wicket.

Again the hammer is out! Mitchell Starc isn't pleased with the landing area and wants it taken care of. A slight halt in proceedings.

6.20

Back of a length, outside the off stump line, the ball keeps low off the deck. Saim Ayub watches the ball go through to the keeper.

6.16

SIX! That's gone away. Mitchell Starc starts off with width on offer outside off, pitching in shorter pleading to be put away. Saim Ayub stands tall and lofts it over the point fence for a biggie!

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 21/2

B Azam5 (11)

S Ayub13 (18)

J Hazlewood3-0-9-1

5.60

On a back of a length this time and slightly outside off, Babar Azam prods forward and defends it strongly to cover to end the over.

5.50

Over the wicket now and pitches it shorter and way outside off, Babar Azam leaves it alone.

5.41

Switches to round the wicket and bowls it on a shorter length on off, Saim Ayub dabs it off the back foot towards extra cover for a single.

5.30

Short and outside off, Saim Ayub punches it behind the square on the off side. Nathan Lyon stops it on a dive to his right. He hits the stumps at the striker's end as Saim Ayub is sent back by Babar Azam.

5.20

Cannons on a tad fuller length with a hint of movement into the batter, Saim Ayub advances and shuffles across and goes to leave it alone, the ball nips back and hits his thigh pad instead. Hazlewood is up with a tentative appeal but the umpire turns it down.

5.10

Steams and pitches this one on a back of a length around the leg stump line, Saim Ayub hangs back and punches it solidly off the back foot underneath the bat.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 20/2

B Azam5 (9)

S Ayub12 (14)

M Starc3-1-9-1

4.60

On a nagging length, into the stumps, Babar Azam blocks it well on the back foot.

4.50

Fuller, into the stumps, Babar Azam drives it to mid on for no runs.

4.41

Pitches this on a length, at the stumps, a bit of away movement off the deck, Saim Ayub taps it to cover on the back foot and gets a single.

Once again there's a bit of an issue with the bowler's landing area and one of the groundstaff comes out with the hammer to just level up the ground. We are now good to continue.

4.30

On the good length, outside off again, Saim Ayub leaves this one alone.

4.24

FOUR! Cut away with power. Mitchell Starc offers width on this one, pitching it on a good length but outside off, Saim Ayub rocks back and lofts it over point for a boundary.

4.10

Bowls this on a length, around off stump, Saim Ayub taps it to mid on on the front foot.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 15/2

S Ayub7 (10)

B Azam5 (7)

J Hazlewood2-0-8-1

3.61lb

On the pads on the back of a length, Saim Ayub fails to connect the flick and thuds his pads. They run a leg-bye single as the ball trickles down to fine leg.

3.52

Short pitched delivery on off, nips away a bit from off, Saim Ayub gets a thickish outside edge on that one which rolls past gully for a couple of runs. Mitchell Marsh dives to stop it and gets the fingertips but couldn't execute it cleanly.

3.40

Back of a length ball around off and moves away with the angle, Saim Ayub looks to defend and is beaten on the outside edge.

3.33

Fuller and outside off, Babar Azam plants his leg forward in the line of the ball and presents a full face of the bat and drives it straight down the ground to the left of the mid off fielder who sprints and slides to stop the ball before reaching to the fence. The batters run for three in the meantime.

3.22

Identical to the previous delivery on a back of a length down the leg, Babar Azam times the flick well towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.

3.10

Bowls on a nagging length which drifts down to leg, Babar Azam flicks it with soft hands to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 7/2

S Ayub5 (7)

B Azam0 (4)

M Starc2-1-4-1

2.60

Fuller this time, outside off, inviting Saim Ayub to play at it. Saim rightly leaves it alone.

2.50

Back of a length, outside off, Saim Ayub watches the ball go past to the keeper.

2.40

On the hard length, just outside the off stump, the ball nips away off the deck. Saim Ayub shoulders arms.

2.34

FOUR! That's the first boundary for Pakistan. Mitchell Starc overpitches this one on the leg stump line, Saim Ayub is quick to take his front foot off, and flicks it through square leg for a boundary.

2.20

On the hard length, into the stumps, Saim Ayub pushes this to the on side off the front foot.

2.10

Pitched a fraction fuller, shaping away, outside off, Saim Ayub holds his stance and watches the ball go past to the keeper.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 3/2

B Azam0 (4)

S Ayub1 (1)

J Hazlewood1-0-1-1

1.62b

Sprays down leg and Babar Azam lets it go through to the keeper. Alex Carey dives to grab it but can't collect it and fumbles it instead. The batters run for two byes.

1.50

Back of a length ball on the stumps, Babar Azam works it to mid on off the back foot.

1.40

Another beaut of a ball from Hoff there. Bowls a good length delivery around the channel of off, it moves further away after pitching and beats the outside edge of Babar Azam who has no clue how to deal with that one.

1.30

Steams in and pitches on a back of a length on off, Babar Azam hangs back in the crease and defends it with a straight bat.

Babar Azam walks in with his side in a spot of bother.

1.2W

OUT! EDGED AND CAUGHT! Australia wreaking havoc upfront! This is bowled on a shade back of a length outside off, which nips a bit away after pitching, Shan Masood hangs back and pokes and takes the outside edge of the blade. The ball carries to Alex Carey who doesn't make any mistake in grabbing an easy sitter. The Pakistan skipper departs on a duck after playing a poor shot. They are in a huge trouble now.

1.11

Starts off with a packed cordon and pitches on the leg stump line, Saim Ayub fails to connect the flick on a shorter delivery and takes the pads. The ball rolls off his pads to the fine leg region for a leg-bye single. However, there was an inside edge and it is later on signaled as runs which means Saim Ayub has his first runs in Test cricket.

Skipper, Shan Masood walks out to the middle as Josh Hazlewood comes in to bowl from the other end.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 0/1

A Shafique0 (6)

S Ayub0 (0)

M Starc1-1-0-1

0.6W

OUT! TIMBER! Mitchell Starc with a dream delivery to clean up Abdullah Shafique. Starc steams in and pitches it a bit up around the off stump line at 143.5 clicks. The ball just pitches and nips back in sharply and a long way too. Shafique leaves a big gap between bat and pad as he looks to block it off the front foot and the ball goes through the gap to knocks over the stumps. Shafique picks up a pair and Australia have a wicket in the first over yet again as Starc begins with a wicket-maiden.

0.50

On the good length, shaping away after pitching on the leg stump line, Abdullah Shafique stays unmoved and the ball goes past to the keeper.

0.40

Short of a length, pitched hard into the deck, over middle and off, Abdullah Shafique hops and tucks it down.

0.30

Right back on the money. On a length, just outside off, swinging in, Abdullah Shafique defends it on the front foot.

0.20

That's down the leg side. Pitched back of a length, just outside leg stump, Abdullah Shafique lets this one go past to the keeper.

0.10

Starts off over the wicket and on the perfect line and length. On a length, outside off, with the ball nipping in a bit, Abdullah Shafique shoulders arms at this one.

Commentary

We are back! The umpires are set and so are the players of Australia. It will be Abdullah Shafique and Saim Ayub to open the innings for Pakistan. Mitchell Starc has the new ball in hand and is raring to go. Let's play...

... THIRD INNINGS ...

Right then, with not much separating the two sides heading into the second innings, it will all come down to how the pitch plays and how the teams combat the difficulty of the second innings. Pakistan will take a lot of confidence with that bowling effort and will hope to do well with the bat now. Australia will know that wickets with the new ball will be key and will have their tail up. Join us as Pakistan's second innings is up next.

The man of the moment, Aamer Jamal is down for a quick chat. Ameer Jamal says he is over the moon and is happy with his performance for his side. He recalls the times when he came to the SCG to watch the matches of Pakistan and is now happy to be here playing for the country. He further talks about the reason for his success in the series and credits the backing he has received from the captain and management. He adds that he backs himself even if he is hit for runs which makes him get those crucial wickets. He finally concludes by talking about his partnership with Hamza that brought Pakistan back into the game.

Right then, that was a fast and furious 20-odd minutes to kick off the final session on Day 3 and amazingly, it is Pakistan who have a slender first-innings lead of 14 runs as Australia have simply self-destructed. Australia have been knocked over on 299 with a deficit of 14 runs. A dramatic collapse and they have lost six wickets in quick succession just before and after the Tea break as they went from being 289/5 to 299 all out. Australia were looking all set to take the lead with Mitchell Marsh on the crease but Aamer Jamal had some other plans and disrupted the Australian party with simply brilliant figures with an impressive 6-fer and wrapped up the Australian tail quickly.

109.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! That's it, it's all over, Australia have collapsed and have conceded a lead of 14 runs. Aamer Jamal bangs this one short and around off, angling it across the left-hander. Josh Hazlewood hops on the back foot and looks to uppercut it but ends up getting an outside edge. The ball goes quickly to third slip where Agha Salman takes a sharp catch right around his face and Jamal ends up with 6 wickets to his name and makes it 18 wickets in his debut Test series as well. Australia bundled out for 299 runs.

109.30

On a good length from around the wicket onto middle and leg, Josh Hazlewood tucks it away in front of mid-wicket.

Josh Hazlewood is the last man in for Australia.

109.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! There it is, a five-for for Aamer Jamal and his series just keeps on getting better and better. Jamal steams in again and serves it on a good length on off stump, getting it to straighten a bit off the deck. Nathan Lyon gets squared up and jars at it with hard hands. The ball goes off the outside edge and down towards gully where Saud Shakeel leans forward and misses the ball. The ball goes through the hands and onto the boot before Shakeel manages to hang on. Australia going down in a hurry here.

Is that a fair catch? The Pakistani players think so but Nathan Lyon isn't going anywhere. The umpires have a chat and go upstairs. The third umpire checks it from a couple of different angles and we can see that the ball went through the hands of the fielder and onto the boot before the fielder gobbled it up once again. The ball doesn't hit the ground and the decision on the big screen is OUT!

109.14

FOUR! Short and wide, there to be put away and Nathan Lyon cuts it off the back foot past point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 109 overs : 295/8

M Starc1 (9)

N Lyon1 (1)

S Khan26-5-73-1

108.60

Beaten! Nice bit of flight and drift on that one as the ball drops in and around the off stump and the grips and turns away with some extra bounce as well. Mitchell Starc leans on to block but is beaten past the outside edge.

108.51

Flighted up and angled across the off stump on a fuller length, Nathan Lyon looks to block but gets an outside edge that runs down to third man. They get a single.

108.41

Full on middle, driven along the ground down to long on for a run by Starc.

108.30

Drops it a bit short now and bowls it around off, Mitchell Starc plays it off the back foot to point.

108.20

Quicker delivery onto off and middle, Starc pushes it away to covers.

108.10

Flatter one around off stump, Mitchell Starc keeps it out to covers.

Nathan Lyon comes out to the middle at number 10.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 108 overs : 293/8

P Cummins0 (2)

M Starc0 (4)

A Jamal21-2-65-4

107.6W

OUT! LBW! Oh, that looks dead straight but the umpire turns down the appeal for LBW! Shan Masood takes the review and the only thing that could save Pat Cummins here is an inside edge but hotspot and UltraEdge confirm that there's no bat involved. Aamer Jamal steams in and looks for the inswinging yorker but misses his mark and ends up serving a full toss instead. This one dips and tails back in and beats the inside edge as Cummins looks to block. Ball Tracking comes up with three reds and Jamal has four wickets to his name, excellent bowling.

107.50

A hostile welcome to the crease for Pat Cummins by Aamer Jamal. Jamal, with his tail up, bangs in a short one around off, right on the money. Cummins gets hurried on and hops back but does well to keep his hands down and sway away from the line of the ball.

Pat Cummins, the Australian skipper walks out to the middle at number 9.

107.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and that is a soft dismissal for 'The Bison'. Aamer Jamal pitches this one up full and around the line of off stump. Mitchell Marsh looks to drive on the up and looks to get it over the fielder at mid off but ends up hitting it a bit inside out and the ball holds a bit in the deck as well. In the end, the ball just gets chipped in the air by Marsh to mid off where Shan Masood takes a simple catch. Marsh departs after another solid knock and Australia are now 7 down with still being 20 runs behind.

107.30

Bowled back of a length and over the stumps, Mitchell Marsh blocks it off.

107.24

FOUR! Put away with disdain! Too full and wide, Mitchell Marsh gets on the front foot and latches onto the width before slashing it away into the deep point fence for a boundary.

107.10

On a hard length around off and middle, Mitchell Marsh stands tall and defends it out.

Aamer Jamal to continue from the other end.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 107 overs : 289/6

M Starc0 (4)

M Marsh50 (109)

S Khan25-5-71-1

106.60

Shorter and on the stumps, Mitchell Starc defends it out.

106.50

A loud appeal for LBW but this is turned down. The Pakistani players have a long discussion but decide against the review and this one seems to be just missing. Flatter delivery on middle and leg stump, angled into the left-hander. Mitchell Starc gets pushed onto the back foot and plays all around the ball getting rapped on the pads. The replays show that the ball was just missing leg stump.

106.40

Nice and full on the legs, Mitchell Starc nudges it away to short leg.

106.30

Tosses it up full and on the stumps, Mitchell Starc gets on the front foot and strokes it away to silly mid off.

All in readiness for the final session on Day 3! The umpires are back out in the middle and so are the Pakistan players who can be seen in a huddle around the boundary rope. Mitchell Marsh is all set to resume his stay on the crease and it will be Mitchell Starc who will come out and face his first ball. Sajid Khan to continue after the break. Let's play...

... DAY 3, SESSION 3 ...

Pakistan will be rueing missed opportunities, particularly the dropped catch by Saim Ayub that let Mitchell Marsh off the hook. The pacers, especially with the second new ball, failed to maintain the right lines and lengths, allowing the set batters to score freely. They would be happy with the wicket of Alex Carrey just before the end of the Session and will look to turn the tides come the next passage of play. This serves as a crucial juncture for Pakistan to regroup and approach the next session with a bit more intent, aiming to put a lid on Australia's scoring. The balance of the game teeters on a knife's edge, with Australia holding a slight advantage. Can Pakistan restrict Australia from building a substantial lead, or will a new partnership flourish, pushing Australia further ahead? We will find out shortly as Session 3 of Day 3 comes to you in a bit.

As Tea is called on Day 3 of the Test match, Australia has inched closer to the target, trailing just by 24 more runs and have lost a couple of more wickets in the process. Their calculated approach has positioned them slightly ahead in the game, setting the stage for an intriguing continuation post-Tea. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh adopted a cautious start, negotiating the overs diligently. However, Head's dismissal, with the Umpire's call not in his favour, brought a temporary setback. The partnership between Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey proved pivotal as they steadied the ship, launching an offensive attack once the new ball was introduced. Mitchell Marsh has reached his 50 and looks set to get a big score. Their formidable 84-run partnership that ended with Alex Carey's wicket just at the stroke of Tea, has propelled Australia ahead in the game.

106.2W

OUT! TIMBER! Right on the stroke of Tea, Sajid Khan sends Alex Carey packing and boy, he is delighted. Sajid tosses this one up nicely on a length and on off stump. Alex Carey leans on and looks to block but the ball doesn't turn and goes straight on. Carey is beaten in flight and the ball goes between bat and pad to just caress the jumper and then hits the top of middle and leg stump, dislodging the bail. A huge wicket and that will be Tea on Day 3!

106.10

Flatter delivery, a tad short around off and this one hurries on with the arm, Alex Carey looks to cut but is a tad late and plays it straight to cover-point.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 106 overs : 289/5

M Marsh50 (109)

A Carey38 (56)

A Jamal20-2-61-2

105.60

On a hard length and angling back in from outside off, Mitchell Marsh stays back and punches it away to cover.

105.50

Good length on off and middle, Mitchell Marsh pushes it down to mid on.

105.42

That could have gone anywhere but Mitchell Marsh gets the rub of the green and brings up another fine FIFTY! A well-directed bumper from Aamer Jamal around off stump and around head height. Marsh looks to take it on but gets a top edge that flies down very fine towards fine leg. The fielder there dives in and just cuts the ball before it hits the ropes and they pick up a brace.

105.30

Width on offer and this is a bit short too, Mitchell Marsh frees his arms to hammer it away but mistimes it straight to the cover fielder.

105.20

Good length on off stump and angling back in, Mitchell Marsh gets on the front foot and pushes it back to the bowler.

105.10

Good area from Jamal, fuller in length on off stump, trying to straighten it off the deck, Mitchell Marsh solidly blocks it off the front foot.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 105 overs : 287/5

A Carey38 (56)

M Marsh48 (103)

S Khan24-4-71-0

104.60

A bit of flight again, Alex Carey leans on and looks to throw his hands at it but miscues it away to point.

104.50

Nicely flighted this time, Alex Carey looks to drive it away but hits it to cover-point.

104.40

Flatter trajectory on the off stump, Alex Carey pats it to the cover region.

104.30

Fired in a bit, full and on middle and leg, Alex Carey blocks it from his crease.

104.20

Full and around off, kept out by Carey.

104.10

Flighted up around off stump, Alex Carey goes for the reverse sweep but the ball holds in the pitch and Carey is early in the shot and gets hit on the arms.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 104 overs : 287/5

A Carey38 (50)

M Marsh48 (103)

A Jamal19-2-59-2

103.61

Full and around off, angling back in a fair bit, Alex Carey gets an inside edge as he looks to flick and the ball rolls towards backward square leg for one.

103.52

Bowled from around the wicket to the left-hander and digs it in a bit shorter outside off. Alex Carey slaps it away on the up and towards deep cover for a couple of runs more. At the moment, it is just too easy for these two batters.

103.41

Hard length over off stump, Mitchell Marsh hangs back and just dabs it down past backward point for a quick run.

103.32

Full and on the pads, Mitchell Marsh neatly clips this one away well wide of the man at fine leg and picks up a couple of more runs. Marsh moves to 47 and Australia now trail by just 30 runs.

103.20

Goes a bit fuller and tries angling it into the middle stump, Mitchell Marsh gets on the front foot and blocks it off.

103.10

Hurls it on a hard length and onto middle and leg stump, Mitchell Marsh stands tall and pushes it down to a straightish mid-wicket.

Aamer Jamal is back into the attack. Mitchell Marsh is having an adjustment to his contact lens as seen in the middle and is helped with hydration.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 103 overs : 281/5

A Carey35 (48)

M Marsh45 (99)

S Khan23-3-71-0

102.60

This is tossed up full on off and middle, Alex Carey makes another block off the front foot.

102.50

And again! Full and drifted onto the stumps, Alex Carey leans ahead and pushes it out on the off side.

102.40

Fuller and angled into middle and leg, Alex Carey leans on and keeps it out on the off side.

102.30

Nicely drifted onto middle and leg, Alex Carey blocks it out.

102.22

Drops it short and wide now, Alex Carey is quick to rock back and cuts it in front of the point region for a couple of runs more.

102.10

Tossed up from around the wicket and on off stump, Alex Carey gets a big stride in and keeps it out to cover-point.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 102 overs : 279/5

M Marsh45 (99)

A Carey33 (42)

H Ali21-6-53-0

101.60

On a good length and in the channel around off, Mitchell Marsh leaves it alone and the ball carries through to the keeper at a good height.

101.51

Slower delivery, full and outside off, Alex Carey waits well and opens the face of the bat to guide it down to third man for a single.

101.42

Good length around middle and angling in, Alex Carey walks ahead and whips it away behind square on the leg side for a couple of runs.

101.30

Right on the money again as this is bowled a touch fuller and angled onto the off stump, Alex Carey keeps it out from his crease.

101.20

Slightly fuller on off stump, slanting back in sharply, Alex Carey is late on the shot and gets an inside edge towards square leg.

101.10

Back of a length and around off, Alex Carey hops and keeps it down in front of covers.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 101 overs : 276/5

M Marsh45 (98)

A Carey30 (37)

S Khan22-3-69-0

100.62

Nagging length, flighted around off, Mitchell Marsh leans on to defend but gets an outside edge with soft hands and the ball goes down past the slip cordon for a couple of runs.

100.50

Fuller in length and around off stump, Marsh blocks it off.

100.40

Nicely floated up and around off, this one hits the rough and Mitchell Marsh gets beaten in the flight but manages to get some bat on it.

100.30

Tosses this one up on the stumps, Mitchell Marsh skips down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.

100.20

On a length an turning back quickly into the stumps, Mitchell Marsh stands tall and nudges it to the leg side.

100.10

Flighted ball outside off, Mitchell Marsh steps out and defends it on the full.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 100 overs : 274/5

A Carey30 (37)

M Marsh43 (92)

H Ali20-6-50-0

99.64

FOUR! That's pure elegance. Mir Hamza serves this one fuller, into the stumps, Alex Carey shuffles across the line and brings his bottom hand into play. Times this one straight past the bowler for a fine boundary.

99.50

On the good length, into the stumps, Alex Carey steps across the line and taps it to mid on.

99.40

Fuller on the off stump line, Alex Carey takes away his front foot and blocks it to mid off.

99.30

That's the line he is looking for. Pitched on a length, just around off, Alex Carey dabs it to the leg side.

99.22

Misses the line here, On a length, drifting down leg, Alex Carey flicks it well past square leg for a couple of runs.

99.10

Starts off round the wicket. Pitches this on a good length, just outside off, Alex Carey blocks it on the back foot.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 99 overs : 268/5

M Marsh43 (92)

A Carey24 (31)

S Khan21-3-67-0

98.60

This one spins sharply towards the stumps from off on a fuller length, Mitchell Marsh defends it prodding ahead. A maiden over for Sajid.

98.50

Flatter and quicker this time on off, Mitchell Marsh brings his bat down in time and punches it straight back to the bowler.

98.40

Fuller and outside off, Mitchell Marsh defends it to covers off the front foot.

98.30

Tossed up delivery on the middle stump line and fuller in length, Mitchell Marsh steps out and defends it to mid off.

98.20

Flighted delivery around off and on a dragged length, Mitchell Marsh rocks back and defends it off the back foot.

98.10

Sajid Khan comes back into the attack and drops it fuller into the stumps, Mitchell Marsh lunges forward and works it to short mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 98 overs : 268/5

M Marsh43 (86)

A Carey24 (31)

M Hamza21-9-53-1

97.61

Just short, outside off, Mitchell Marsh steps closer to the line and cuts it to deep point for a single.

97.50

Back of a length, angling into the right-hander. Mitchell Marsh rocks back and blocks it on the back foot.

97.44

FOUR! That's a glorious cover drive to bring the trail score to less than 50. Mir Hamza overpitches this one, outside off, Mitchell Marsh dries it with precise timing through covers for a boundary.

97.30

Just fuller, angling into the stumps, Mitchell Marsh stays back and blocks it off the front foot.

97.20

Back of a length, around off, Mitchell Marsh taps it to the off side on the back foot.

97.11lb

Starts off with the wrong line. Mir pitches this on a good length, drifting down leg, Alex Carey tries to flick it but misses. The ball hits his pads and rolls over to fine leg region. The batters get a single. Leg byes called.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 97 overs : 262/5

M Marsh38 (81)

A Carey24 (30)

H Ali19-6-44-0

96.60

Ends with a tad short delivery outside off which nips in after pitching, Mitchell Marsh watchfully punches it off the back foot underneath the bat.

96.51

This one angles into the pads and Alex Carey flicks it towards widish mid on for a single.

96.41

On the middle stump line on a fuller length this time, Mitchell Marsh defends it with a straight bat and gets an inside half his blade towards square leg for a single.

96.30

Bowls from over the wicket and pitches it on a fuller length outside off, Mitchell Marsh prods ahead and defends it solidly.

96.21

On a hard length outside off, Alex Carey taps it off the back foot to point gap for a single.

96.10

Comes from around the wicket and bowls on the channel of uncertainty outside off, Alex Carey gets beaten all ends up on that and the ball whizzes past his outside edge through to the keeper.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 96 overs : 259/5

M Marsh37 (78)

A Carey22 (27)

M Hamza20-9-48-1

95.60

On a hard length, angling into Mitchell Marsh, around off, Marsh defends it off his front foot.

95.50

Fuller on off, Mitchell Marsh steps out and offers a solid defence.

95.41

On a length, around leg, Alex Carey flicks it to deep mid-wicket off the back foot and gets to the other end.

95.30

Lucky that didn't go away to the boundary. Hamza bowls this one on a good leg, drifting down leg, Alex Carey tries to guide it fine but misses. Mohammad Rizwan puts in a dive to his right to stop the ball.

95.21

Fuller, into the stumps this time, Mitchell Marsh takes off his front foot and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

95.14

FOUR! That's a poor delivery and well served. Mir Hamza misses his line with an open off side field. Pitches this fuller, outside off, Mitchell Marsh makes full use of it and drives the ball through covers for another boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 95 overs : 253/5

M Marsh32 (74)

A Carey21 (25)

H Ali18-6-41-0

94.61

Short and outside off this time, Mitchell Marsh employs the square cut towards deep backward point for a single to end the over. A good over there for Pakistan.

94.50

Hard length outside off, Mitchell Marsh looks to cut it away but misses to connect it.

94.40

Back of a length ball on off, Mitchell Marsh defends it to mid off of the front foot.

94.30

Short and shad outside off which stays a bit low on the bounce, Mitchell Marsh goes for a pull again and misses through to the keeper.

94.20

A loud appeal from the fielders and up goes the finger. Mitchell Marsh opts for a review in a blink. This swings into the batter a bit on a tad back of a length, Mitchell Marsh stays in the crease and looks to pull it away but misses to connect and the ball thuds his pad. It's a fair delivery and no bat is involved as shown in the UltraEdge. The pitching is outside off and impacts in line but the ball is missing the stumps as Ball Tracker confirms. Mitchell Marsh survives on a good review. A sigh of relief for The Bison and the Aussie fans.

94.10

Pitches on a back of a length aiming the stumps, Mitchell Marsh defends it straight to the bowler.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 94 overs : 252/5

A Carey21 (25)

M Marsh31 (68)

M Hamza19-9-42-1

93.64

FOUR! Driven and how. Runs flowing now for Australia. Mir Hamza pitches this a fraction fuller, outside off, Alex Carey gets a good stride out and leans on the drive past cover for a beautiful looking boundary.

93.52

Fuller, into leg, Alex Carey takes out his front foot and flicks it well to deep mid-wicket for couple more runs.

93.40

Fuller again, around middle and off, Alex Carey drives it off the front foot to mid off.

93.32

Just short of a length, outside off, Alex Carey waits on and cuts it to deep point for a couple of runs.

93.20

That one was better. Fuller into the stumps this time, Alex Carey blocks it on the front foot.

93.11

A tab fuller, outside off, Mitchell Marsh cuts it away to deep point on the back foot for a single.

Drinks! This has been a much positive showing with the bat from Australia and even though they lost Travis Head early in the session, Mitchell Marsh is slowly starting to fire. Pakistan need to make things happen with the new ball otherwise, the Aussies will soon be in and around their first-innings total. The next hour of play will be crucial for both sides.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 93 overs : 243/5

A Carey13 (20)

M Marsh30 (67)

H Ali17-6-40-0

92.64

FOUR! That's nicely played! A good amount of width on offer this time by Hasan Ali outside off and on a back of a length, Alex Carey waits for it and thrashes it behind square past the backward point region for a crucial boundary. Australia upping the ante here.

92.50

This one angles into the batter from off on a fuller length, Alex Carey defends it straight back to the bowler.

92.40

Bowls a gentle cutter with scrambled seam on a good length at the fifth stump line and moves further away after pitching, Alex Carey goes to defend but the ball whistles past his outside edge.

92.32

Hurls from around the wicket and bowls on a length outside off, Alex Carey defends it with soft hands and gets an outside edge of the blade past the gully region for a couple of runs.

92.21

EDGED BUT SAFE! This is bowled full outside off, which shapes away a bit, Mitchell Marsh goes to slash it hard covering his off stump and gets a thickish outside edge towards deep backward point for a single.

92.10

Hasan Ali steams into the attack and pitches it on a fuller length, just around the off stump line, Mitchell Marsh prods ahead and defends it solidly.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 92 overs : 236/5

M Marsh29 (65)

A Carey7 (16)

M Hamza18-9-33-1

91.61lb

That one shot off the deck. Mir Hamza pitches this back of a length, around middle and leg, Mitchell Marsh tries to work it on the leg side but gets hit on the forearm. The ball rolls away towards short fine leg region. The batters get a single. Byes called by the umpire.

91.54

FOUR! Easy picking that for Mitchell Marsh. Mir Hamza overpitches this one, just outside off, Mitchell Marsh leans on to the drive and connects the ball sweetly past mid on for a boundary.

91.51wd

WIDE! Too wide on off, trying to angle it across to the right-hander.

91.41

Nearly chopped on. Back of a length, around off, Alex Carey caught up at the crease trying to cut it to the off side, gets an inside edge past the stumps. The ball trickles down to fine leg. The batter cross for a run.

91.30

Goes off the line here. Pitches this a fraction fuller, drifting down leg, Alex Carey stays unmoved as the ball rocks back to the keeper.

91.20

Right on the money with the new ball. Mir Hamza bowls this fuller, curving away, around off, Alex Carey blocks it right under his eyeline.

91.10

On a good length, just outside off,  Alex Carey defends it off his front foot.

The second new ball will now be taken and it will be Mir Hamza who will have the first bite at the cherry but for now, he is bowling with the old ball, maybe just to get into his stride.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 91 overs : 229/5

M Marsh25 (63)

A Carey6 (12)

A Salman20-3-43-2

90.64

Four! That's punched away strongly. Drops it shorter and outside off, Mitchell Marsh cashes onto the width and punches it strongly off the back foot through the cover-point gap for a boundary. It gets the treatment it deserves. A poor delivery to end the over and Mitchell Marsh won't miss on those.

90.50

On a dragged length this time on the stumps, Mitchell Marsh nudges it to mid-wicket off the back foot.

90.40

Flights it up around off and on a fuller length, Mitchell Marsh defends on the front foot and gets an inside edge on his pad.

90.30

Fuller and aims the stumps, Mitchell Marsh steps out and pushes it to the bowler.

90.20

Flatter and quicker this time on a dragged length, Mitchell Marsh defends it off the back foot.

90.11

Continues and flights it on a fuller length on off, Alex Carey clears his front leg and drives it inside out with the spin towards long off for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 90 overs : 224/5

M Marsh21 (58)

A Carey5 (11)

A Jamal18-2-53-2

89.64

FOUR! Cut away nicely with soft hands. Aamer Jamal bowls this one just wider outside off, on a length, Mitchell Marsh stays solid on the front foot and opens the face of bat at the very end guiding the ball past gully for a boundary.

89.50

On a length, around off, Mitchell Marsh taps it back onto the pitch off the front foot.

89.40

Similar length, into middle and leg this time, Mitchell Marsh takes a step towards off and pushes the ball off his pads to mid on.

89.30

On the good length again, angling into the stumps, Mitchell Marsh blocks it off the front foot.

89.20

On a hard length, at 136 clicks, angling into middle and leg, Mitchell Marsh stays back and blocks it well.

89.10

Oh dear, Mitchell Marsh missed out on that one. Aamer Jamal bowls this shorter, just outside off, Mitchell Marsh waits for it and pulls it well but into the hands of mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 89 overs : 220/5

A Carey5 (11)

M Marsh17 (52)

A Salman19-3-38-2

88.60

Round the wicket this time and drops it down leg, Alex Carey misses to connect the flick shot and wears on the thigh pad.

88.51

Short again this time outside off which turns into the batter, Mitchell Marsh wrists the flick shot towards mid-wicket for a single.

88.40

Flights it and drops it around off and fuller, Mitchell Marsh strides ahead covering his off stump and defends it well.

88.30

Shorter in length this time, Mitchell Marsh pushes it to mid-wicket off the back foot.

88.20

Off-break this time around off and full, Mitchell Marsh defends it on the front foot and gets an inside edge to the leg side.

88.10

Short and outside off, Mitchell Marsh rocks back and defends it gently underneath the bat.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 88 overs : 219/5

M Marsh16 (47)

A Carey5 (10)

A Jamal17-2-49-2

87.61

Fuller, into the stumps, Mitchell Marsh flicks it off his pads to deep backward square leg for a single.

87.50

Back of a length, at 134 clicks, around off, Mitchell Marsh blocks it from the crease.

87.41

A fraction fuller this time, into the stumps, Alex Carey cuts it to point and gets a single.

87.30

On a length, angling into the batter, around middle, Alex Carey offers a solid front foot defence.

87.21

Fuller this time, just outside off, Mitchell Marsh drives this one to deep point and gets to the other end.

87.10

Comes over the wicket and pitches the ball on the hard length, around middle and off, Mitchell Marsh defends it to mid on on the front foot.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 87 overs : 216/5

M Marsh14 (43)

A Carey4 (8)

A Salman18-3-37-2

86.61

Pulls his length on the stumps, Mitchell Marsh punches it off the back foot along the ground towards long on for a single to end the over.

86.53

Bowls from around the wicket and drops it down the leg on a fuller length, Alex Carey paddles this one fine towards fine leg. The ball rolls down the carpet and the batters complete three in the meantime.

86.41b

Oh dear! That's a bizarre delivery way down the leg side, Mitchell Marsh leaves it all and the ball deflects from the keeper's gloves down to the short fine leg region. The batters cross for a bye.

Mitchell Marsh is pretty unfazed by the blow on the previous delivery but as per protocols, the physio will come out and perform a mandatory concussion check. All good and the play can now continue.

86.30

Drags his length a bit around off, it spins into the batter, Mitchell Marsh sits on his knee for a sweep but gets the top edge of the blade and hits the grill of his helmet.

86.20

Goes fuller and at the leg stump line, Mitchell Marsh steps out and defends it on his front pad.

86.10

Drops it full and flights it up around off, Mitchell Marsh rocks back and defends it underneath the bat.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 86 overs : 211/5

A Carey1 (7)

M Marsh13 (38)

A Jamal16-2-46-2

85.60

Ends the over well with a Maiden! Back of a length again, pitching into the deck hard, around off, Alex Carey blocks it off the back foot.

85.50

On a good length, outside off, Alex Carey lets this one go past to the keeper.

85.40

Fuller into the middle and leg, Alex Carey pushes it to mid on.

85.30

Back of a length again, angling into the left-hander. Alex Carey tries to pull this one across the line and gets beaten.

85.20

Goes wider on off this time, just short of a length, Alex Carey tries to cut it square on the off side, but miscues it back onto the pitch.

85.10

On a good length, around off, Alex Carey blocks it off the front foot.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 85 overs : 211/5

M Marsh13 (38)

A Carey1 (1)

A Salman17-3-33-2

84.60

Well bowled! Agha Salman sees Mitchell Marsh advancing and drops it quick and short around off. Marsh gets cramped and can only manage to pat it down to short extra cover.

84.50

Nagging length in and around the off stump, Mitchell Marsh defends it from his crease this time.

84.42

Mitchell Marsh looks to use his feet but is beaten in flight a bit and tries to fend it off. The ball takes the outside edge and rolls past point for a couple of runs.

84.30

Full again and on middle this time, Mitchell Marsh blocks it down to mid on this time.

84.20

Bowled a bit quicker and fuller around off, Mitchell Marsh solidly blocks it off.

84.10

Tossed up on a length and outside off, Mitchell Marsh looks to step out but decides to just block instead.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 84 overs : 209/5

M Marsh11 (32)

A Carey1 (1)

A Jamal15-1-46-2

83.63

Full again on the stumps, a bit too straight and shaping onto the pads, Mitchell Marsh flicks it away in front of mid-wicket and Sajid Khan chases it down. The batters pick up three runs.

83.50

Full around off, honing in on the stumps, Mitchell Marsh gets across a bit and pushes it down to mid on.

83.40

Hard length around the off stump line, Mitchell Marsh solidly blocks it off.

83.31

Back of a length around off and angling in, the ball hurries onto Alex Carey who looks to play it off the back foot with an angled bat and gets an inside edge. The ball goes past the leg stump and they get a quick single.

Alex Carey is the new man in for Australia at number 7.

83.2W

OUT! LBW! Aamer Jamal steams in from around the stumps and bowled it slightly back of a length at 139.4 clicks. The ball pitches on off and jags back in a long way. Head is caught on the back foot and is beaten past the bat. The ball thuds into the pads. There is a huge appeal and the finger is raised. Travis Head does opt for the review and this looks to be very close. The replays show that there is no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows that the ball is clipping leg stump and the onfield call remains, Head has to walk back and Australia are five down.

83.10

Comes from around the stumps and hurls across a length ball around the top of off stump, Travis Head hangs back and nudges it down onto the on side.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 83 overs : 205/4

M Marsh8 (29)

T Head10 (27)

A Salman16-3-31-2

82.60

Quicker and flatter on off stump, Mitchell Marsh punches it off the back foot back to silly mid on.

82.53

Floated down the leg side from around the stumps, Travis Head looks to sweep and gets it fairly fine past backward square leg and picks up three runs with ease.

82.41

Fired in full on middle, hit away firmly down to long on for a single.

82.30

Floated up around off stump, Mitchell Marsh blocks it off.

82.20

Did that just fall short? No, it just carried and it is the second dropped catch from Saim Ayub. Tossed up around off, Mitchell Marsh looks to step out but yorks himself a bit and forces the off drive. The ball goes uppishly to mid off where Ayub is standing quite deep and is late to dive in front and ends up spilling it. Agha Salman is unimpressed.

82.10

Pushed through on a nagging length around off, turning it in, Mitchell Marsh decides to stay back and defend.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 82 overs : 201/4

M Marsh7 (24)

T Head7 (26)

A Jamal14-1-42-1

81.61

Slightly shorter and outside off, Mitchell Marsh waits back nicely and taps it away through backward point for an easy single.

81.50

Good length around the top of off stump, Mitchell Marsh with a solid front-foot block to the off side.

81.40

Slightly fuller on off stump, angling back in sharply, Mitchell Marsh takes a step back and punches it back to the bowler. Still, no reverse swing on offer for the Pakistani pacers.

81.30

On a hard length and around off at 132 clicks, Mitchell Marsh stands tall and lets the ball come on before defending it to Babar Azam at short cover.

81.20

Over the wicket now to the right-hander and serves it very full on middle, angling it in, Mitchell Marsh doesn't quite get the front leg out of the way and pushes it to mid on.

81.11

Shortish length to begin with and from around the stumps. Travis Head slaps this wider delivery to deep point for one and the 200 comes up for Australia.

Aamer Jamal will operate from the other end, still with the old ball though.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 81 overs : 199/4

M Marsh6 (19)

T Head6 (25)

A Salman15-3-27-2

80.60

A maiden to begin with! Nicely tossed up outside off, Mitchell Marsh skips down the track and plays it out to covers.

80.50

Flighted delivery on the stumps, Marsh with another solid block.

80.40

Tossed up outside off, Mitchell Marsh steps out and pushes it out to covers.

80.30

Just a tad fuller and outside off, this one does hit the rough and turn back in sharply. Mitchell Marsh rocks back and works it with the spin to mid-wicket.

80.20

Floated up full and outside off, Mitchell Marsh leans on to make the block.

80.10

Beaten! Starts from over the wicket and tosses it up around the off stump line. Mitchell Marsh is tentative to get on the front foot as the ball goes straight on and past the outside edge.

We are ready for the post-Lunch session on Day 3! The umpires are out in the middle and so are the players of Pakistan. Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head will resume their stay at the crease. The big question is whether Shan Masood will take the second new ball right away or continue for a few more overs with the old one. It will be Agha Salman to operate with the old ball right after the break.

... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...

Australia still trails by 114 runs. They would look to bat for the whole day and rebuild again from here. Pakistan will have their eyes set on bundling the hosts out as soon as possible before they cross the lead. A riveting second session awaits us. Join us at 7.40 am IST (2.10 am GMT) for the post-Lunch session.

Mir Hamza and Hasan Ali began the proceedings for the visitors and they bowled decently with uneven bounce on offer. Pakistan lost the hold a bit on the screws as Sajid Khan was expensive in his first couple of overs. Aamer Jamal ployed a barrage of short-pitch bouncers but he was all over the place but he did get rid of Steven Smith right before half an hour or so before Lunch and provided a much-needed breakthrough for them. Agha Salman, who looked in rhythm from the first delivery, exploited the conditions pretty well and dismissed Labuschagne on a vicious turn. Pakistan crept back well into the contest and would be the happier side after having a couple of quick wickets of well-settled batters right before the break.

SESSION SUMMARY - 33 overs, 83 runs and 2 wickets. The players head for Lunch on Day 3 after an early start of play to cover up the overs lost thanks to the rain which interrupted the proceedings on Day 2. The pitch got a bit slower with no hint of movement up front. Australia started off pretty alertly with Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in the first half an hour or so. Following the bowling change, they charged when the spin was introduced and steered the innings steadily after that. Steven Smith departed on 38 and their 81-run stand came to an end after a long run. The situation got a bit more precarious as Marnus Labuschagne departed in the very next over against Salman. Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head are the two out in the middle for the hosts and have their work cut out in the next session.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 80 overs : 199/4

T Head6 (25)

M Marsh6 (13)

S Khan20-2-67-0

79.60

Ends with a dot and that will be Lunch on Day 3! Nicely flighted around off stump and turning away, Travis Head leans forward well and smothers it with the turn to the off side.

79.50

Pushed through on a nagging length around off, angling in, Travis Head gets a bit caught on the crease and just about keeps it out.

79.40

Comes from around the stumps now and floats it up full on the middle stump line, Travis Head leans ahead and blocks it back to the bowler.

79.31

Nicely flighted outside off, Mitchell Marsh steps out and drives it past mid off for a single.

79.20

Pushed through quicker and fuller on the stumps, Marsh pushes it back to the bowler.

79.12

Flatter one, spinning into middle and leg, Mitchell Marsh rocks back and works it away past mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

Sajid Khan will bowl the last over of the session and is replacing Mir Hamza from the other end.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 79 overs : 196/4

T Head6 (22)

M Marsh3 (10)

A Salman14-2-27-2

78.60

Tossed up outside off, driven to cover.

78.52

Uppish but in the gap! This is drifted full and into the legs, Travis Head clips it away but a bit uppishly and the ball goes quickly to the right of the diving man at short leg. They get a brace.

78.40

Nice and full at the stumps, this is eased back to the bowler.

78.30

Nicely tossed up around off, Travis Head leans forward to defend.

78.20

Flatter delivery around off, punched away towards point.

78.10

Oh my word, what a delivery from Agha Salman! Nicely flighted on a fuller length and around off, this one drifts in and then just grips and rips away catching a faint outside edge that goes down to the right of first slip.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 78 overs : 194/4

T Head4 (16)

M Marsh3 (10)

M Hamza17-9-27-1

77.63

Full and on the pads this time, Travis Head flicks it away behind square leg. The two fielders from square leg and fine leg chase after it and Abdullah Shafique slides in and almost takes out Aamer Jamal before collecting the ball. The batters get three and that could have been a catastrophe for Pakistan. A straight red card that for Shafique!

77.50

Hard length over the stumps, Travis Head looks to play it off the back foot on the off side but gets an inside edge towards square leg.

77.40

Good length on off stump and slanting in, Travis Head hops and defends it with a straight bat back to the bowler.

77.31

Good length in the channel, jagging back in a bit, Mitchell Marsh gets caught on the back foot and gets an inside edge past square leg for one more.

77.21

Back to over the wicket to the left-hander and bowled a fraction short over off stump, Travis Head gets on the back foot and forces it away wide of mid off for a quick single to get off the mark.

77.11

Comes from around the stumps to the right-hander and angles in a full ball from outside off, Mitchell Marsh gets on the front foot and punches it away to deep cover-point for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 188/4

T Head0 (12)

M Marsh1 (8)

A Salman13-2-25-2

76.60

Another maiden! Speared in a bit around off stump, Travis Head gets a good stride in and eases it towards cover.

76.50

Bowled quicker and flatter, angling into the off stump, Travis Head pushes it out to covers.

76.40

A touch short and close to the off stump, Travis Head rocks back and punches it away to cover-point.

76.30

Gets it to drift a bit onto the off stump and gets a bit of turn as well, Travis Head leans on and pushes it out to mid off.

76.20

Fuller in length, tossed up around middle, Travis Head eases it to mid on.

76.10

Floats it on a nagging length around off stump, Travis Head gets pushed onto the back foot and keeps it out on the off side.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 188/4

M Marsh1 (8)

T Head0 (6)

M Hamza16-9-21-1

75.60

Slows it up now and pitches it up on the stumps, Mitchell Marsh reads it well and solidly blocks it off. Another maiden for Mir Hamza.

75.50

Full and outside off, slanting away, Mitchell Marsh drives it firmly and square on the off side but straight to cover-point.

75.40

Hard length this time in the channel and angling across, Mitchell Marsh looks to stand tall and punch it on the up but gets a big inside edge back onto the pads.

75.30

Slightly fuller on the stumps and angling across, Mitchell Marsh covers the line well and pushes it back to the bowler.

75.20

Nagging length again, around off and middle, Mitchell Marsh stays in his crease this time and blocks it out.

75.10

Pitches it up from over the wicket and right on the off stump, Mitchell Marsh gets a big stride in and defends it out.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 188/4

T Head0 (6)

M Marsh1 (2)

A Salman12-1-25-2

74.60

Drags his length a bit on the fuller length which spins considerably from off, Travis Head nudges it watchfully to mid-wicket. A successful over comes to an end for Pakistan.

74.50

Comes from around the wicket and drops it full around off, Travis Head pushes it back to the bowler.

74.41

Fuller and outside off this time, Mitchell Marsh opens the face of his bat and pushes it towards point-cover for a single to get off the mark.

74.30

Tosses it up outside off and full, Mitchell Marsh takes a long stride ahead and defends it to cover.

Mitchell Marsh is the next batter in.

74.2W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! What a ripper of a delivery this is! Beautiful presentation of the off-spin bowling and drops it from over the wicket on a fuller length, just on the rough outside the off stump line of the right-hander, it turns sharply as Marnus Labuschagne strides for a defence and the ball goes past the gap between the bat and pad and disrupts the sticks. Labuschagne is left bamboozled and has to depart after a good knock but Australia in a spot of some bother.

74.10

Tosses it up nicely outside off and full, Marnus Labuschagne presses forward and defends it to covers.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 187/3

T Head0 (4)

M Labuschagne60 (145)

M Hamza15-8-21-1

73.60

Ends the over with a back of a length ball aiming at the bodyline, Travis Head fails to connect the flick shot and it wears on his thigh pad. A wicket maiden over comes to an end.

73.50

Angles in further on the leg side on a fuller length, Travis Head pushes it uppishly to the widish mid-wicket region.

73.40

Mir Hamza continues and bowls on a good length around the uncertain line on off, Travis Head does well to defend it off the back foot.

Mir Hamza has fallen quite heavily on that left knee on the followthrough and the physio is out to have a look. The replays show that the landing was pretty heavy and Hamza looks to be in considerable pain but thankfully, he is up and raring to go again.

73.30

Fuller and outside off, Travis Head drives it to mid off. Mir Hamza is down on his followthrough and looks like he has hurt his left knee.

Travis Head is the new man in.

73.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Steven Smith has fallen into the tarp and he is stood there in disbelief as Mir Hamza strikes for Pakistan. Bowls it a bit fuller in length a bit outside off, Steven Smith gets well across the stumps and looks to drive it uppishly over the ring of short cover fielders but doesn't get the timing correct on this one and hits it straight towards Babar Azam who is stationed at short extra cover and he grabs it well over his head. Steven Smith departs on 38 and Australia lose their third wicket.

73.10

Bowls on a fuller length around middle and off, Steven Smith prods ahead and drives it to the cover fielder.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 187/2

M Labuschagne60 (145)

S Smith38 (84)

A Salman11-1-24-1

72.60

Drags his length on the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne easily defends it to the leg side off the front foot.

72.50

Short and on off, Marnus Labuschagne stays deep in the crease and defends it off the back foot.

72.42

Sluggish delivery around off on a fuller length, Marnus Labuschagne defends it with soft hands off the front foot and opens the face of the bat towards widish gully and runs a double.

72.30

Slower again and outside off on a tad fuller length, Marnus Labuschagne advances down the track and blocks it underneath his eyes.

72.20

Slower and in the stump line on a fullish length, Marnus Labuschagne waits for it and defends it to the leg side.

72.10

Flights it up around off and full, Marnus Labuschagne strides ahead and defends it nicely.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 185/2

S Smith38 (84)

M Labuschagne58 (139)

H Ali16-6-33-0

71.60

Changes his angle again and bowls from over the wicket on a shorter length around off, Steven Smith ducks underneath it to end the over.

71.52

Bowls from around the wicket and on a tad fuller length down the leg side, Steven Smith glances it nicely off the back foot towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.

71.41

Way too full and on off, Marnus Labuschagne flicks it to the gap between mid on and mid-wicket for an easy single.

71.30

Pace-off delivery on a fuller length and in the off and middle channel, Marnus Labuschagne waits for it and steers it to mid-wicket off the front foot.

71.20

Way down the leg side this time on a fuller length, Marnus Labuschagne misses out on a flick and the ball carries well through to the keeper.

71.10

Continues and bowls on a good length from around the wicket, Marnus Labuschagne defends it to the leg side.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 71 overs : 182/2

S Smith36 (82)

M Labuschagne57 (135)

A Salman10-1-22-1

70.60

Tosses it up nicely at the stump line on a fuller length, Steven Smith steers it to mid-wicket yet again for no run.

70.50

Fuller and in the stump line, Steven Smith flicks it to mid-wicket off the front foot.

70.40

Quicker and an off-break this time to follow, on a fuller length, Steven Smith nudges it to mid-wicket.

70.30

Full and on the stumps, Steven Smith works it to mid-wicket off the front foot.

70.24

FOUR! Oh hello! Quick and full outside off, Steven Smith shimmies down the track and lofts it up with no intention to keep it down over the mid off fielder for a boundary. Maybe just trying to prove that he was indeed distracted by that piece of rolled-up tape.

70.10

Flights it up on off and full, Steven Smith takes a long stride forward and drives it to mid on.

The groundtsaff have been summoned to the field of play by the umpire and it looks like Steven Smith isn't happy with the sightscreen or just behind it. It seems to be the glare but there is also a piece of rolled-up tape which is black in color. Pretty bizarre situation this and the ground staff sprint around with the brush to take that piece of tape off the sightscreen. One of the groundstaff gets on the screen and takes it down. Wow, we bet no one's ever seen something quite like it and there's a huge round of applause from the crowd and we are finally good to continue.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 70 overs : 178/2

M Labuschagne57 (135)

S Smith32 (76)

H Ali15-6-30-0

69.60

On a back of a length on the pads, Marnus Labuschagne tucks it to mid-wicket to end the over.

69.54

FOUR! That's cheeky! Bowls from around the wicket and down the leg side on a tad fuller length, Marnus Labuschagne patiently waits for it and glances it late past the leg gully and the ball races to the fence for four. Saim Ayub dives to his right but fails to stop it. It's not working for Hasan Ali to bowl from around the wicket.

69.41

Comes from around the wicket this time and bowls on a back of a length around off, Steven Smith dabs it to the vacant cover-point region for a quick single.

69.30

Changes his angle from over the wicket and pitches it on a fuller length outside off, Steven Smith prods ahead and comfortably defends it with a straighter bat.

69.20

Pulls his length on the middle stump line which slants across, Steven Smith hops back and punches it back to the bowler.

69.11

Bowls from around the wicket on the leg side and full, Marnus Labuschagne leans ahead and flicks it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 69 overs : 172/2

S Smith31 (73)

M Labuschagne52 (132)

A Salman9-1-18-1

68.60

Ends a quick over with an off-break on a fuller length, Steven Smith presses forward for a defence.

68.50

Slightly shorter and outside off, Steven Smith hangs back and blocks it underneath his bat.

68.40

Sluggish off-break this time around off, Steven Smith strides forward and defends it solidly.

68.30

Full and on middle stump line, Steven Smith flicks it to mid-wicket for no run.

68.20

Quicker this time around off and fuller, Steven Smith pushes it to mid-wicket.

68.10

Over the wicket and flights it around off and full, Steven Smith prods ahead and defends it well.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 68 overs : 172/2

M Labuschagne52 (132)

S Smith31 (67)

H Ali14-6-24-0

67.60

Ends with a back of a length ball on the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne defends it straight back to the bowler off the back foot.

67.54

FOUR! Marnus Labuschagne gets to his 18th TEST FIFTY in style! This is banged in short and around off, Marnus Labuschagne waits for it and pulls it with wrists towards backward square leg for a boundary. Excellent shot this.

67.40

On a nagging length and in front of the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne defends it solidly towards mid on off the front foot.

67.30

Tad short and nipping into the batter from off, Marnus Labuschagne tucks it to the leg side off the back foot.

67.20

Digs in a bumper outside off, Marnus Labuschagne sways away and lets it go alone through to the keeper.

67.10

On the back of a length drifting down the leg side, Marnus Labuschagne flicks it to mid-wicket on front foot.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 67 overs : 168/2

S Smith31 (67)

M Labuschagne48 (126)

S Khan19-2-64-0

66.60

Short and turns into the leg side, Steven Smith tucks it to mid-wicket to end the over.

66.50

Tosses it up well on the stumps on the fuller length, Steven Smith steps out and hits it straight back to the bowler.

66.40

Quicker and flatter on the leg side, Steven Smith rocks back and flicks it to mid-wicket.

66.30

Flights it up at the stumps on a fuller length, Steven Smith pushes it to mid-wicket.

66.20

Sluggish ball spinning down leg on full, Steven Smith steers it to the leg side off the back foot.

66.11

Serves a flighted ball on a fuller length at the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne advances ahead and works it with the spin towards long on for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 66 overs : 167/2

S Smith31 (62)

M Labuschagne47 (125)

H Ali13-6-20-0

65.60

Fuller, and in the middle-leg corridor, Steven Smith clips it towards forward square leg to end the over.

65.50

Much fuller and in front of the stumps, Steven Smith patiently defends it to mid on.

65.40

On a good length and down leg, Steven Smith shuffles and flicks it to square leg.

65.30

On a back of a length at the stumps, Steven Smith defends it with an open face of the bat to the on side.

65.20

Another one drifting down the leg on a fuller length, Steven Smith goes for a flick but misses to connect it and wears it on the outer half of his pad to the leg side.

65.11

Charges in from over the wicket and hurls down the leg side on a fuller length, Marnus Labuschagne flicks it behind square on the leg side for a quick single.

Hasan Ali (12-6-20-0) is back on as the groundstaff do a quick repair work of the area where Saim Ayub got his knee stuck into the surface.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 65 overs : 166/2

S Smith31 (57)

M Labuschagne46 (124)

S Khan18-2-63-0

64.60

Fuller on the off stump line and turning in, Steven Smith leans on and blocks it down the pitch.

64.50

Quicker and flatter around off, Steven Smith keeps it out from his crease.

64.40

Steven Smith looking a bit edgy here. Sajid Khan floats this one up nicely outside off, Smith goes for the expansive cover drive by leaning on and gets a big inside edge that alomost carries straight into the hands of the man at short leg.

64.30

Quicker and bowled onto the stumps, Steven Smith keeps it out.

64.22

Up and over! Oh, Saim Ayub gets his knee stuck in the surface and a big chunk of turf comes out but thankfully, Ayub seems fine. This is flighted around off, Steven Smith skips down the pitch and lofts it without much timing over mid off. Ayub keeps it down to two.

64.10

Tossed-up delivery around off, Steven Smith blocks it off the front foot.

It's time for a quick hydration break after the first hour and fifteen minutes or so of play. Australia started off on a sedate note in the first half hour or so. But sooner charged against the spin without losing any wicket so far. Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith stitched up a good 50-plus runs stand. Pakistan bowled decently in the first five overs with consecutive maidens but lost the grip as the play progressed.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 64 overs : 164/2

M Labuschagne46 (124)

S Smith29 (51)

A Jamal13-1-40-1

63.60

A good lifter in and around the off stump, Marnus Labuschagne hops on the back foot and gets his bat high up to keep the ball down on the deck.

63.50

A good short ball around off and above chest height, Labuschagne looks to take it on but mistimes it down to mid-wicket.

63.41

Short of a length around off, Steven Smith gets inside the line and pulls it nicely to a deepish backward square leg for an easy single.

63.30

Another one that is dug in short and outside off, Steven Smith leaves this one alone.

63.21

Short of a length again and outside off, lifting up off the deck, Marnus Labuschagne gets across the stumps, hops and pushes it down to silly mid on for another quick single, excellent running.

63.11

Banged in short and over the off stump, Steven Smith plays a well-controlled pull shot in front of square leg and gets across for a quick single. The fielder there picks up the ball and decides against having a shy at the stumps.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 63 overs : 161/2

M Labuschagne45 (121)

S Smith27 (48)

S Khan17-2-61-0

62.60

Slightly shorter this time and turning back in again, Labuschagne works it off the back foot behind short leg.

62.50

Flatter and pushed through on a nagging length around off, keeps low too. Labuschagne manages to block it off the back foot.

62.40

Tossed up on the stumps, turning back in a long way, Labuschagne nudges it past short leg.

62.30

Initially there was a shout of 'catch it' from the keeper but now, the bowler appeals for LBW which is turned down. Sajid Khan seems certain and Shan Masood does go for the review. This is tossed up on a length and around off, turning back in sharply, Labuschagne looks to block off the front foot but gets beaten past the inside edge and the ball goes off the pads to the right of slip. The replays roll in and the hotspot shows a faint mark on the inside edge and the review is wasted.

62.21

Tossed up on middle and leg, Steven Smith uses his feet well and whips it away down to long on for a single.

62.12

Floated up on a shorter length and turning down the leg side, Steven Smith goes back in his crease and works it away 'round the corner for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 62 overs : 158/2

M Labuschagne45 (117)

S Smith24 (46)

A Jamal12-1-37-1

61.60

Hard length around the off stump and angled in, Labuschagne gets right behind the line to block.

61.51

A real teaser and somehow that one finds the gap. Banged in short and outside off coming in at a difficult height, Steven Smith goes after it and looks to pull but miscues it off the toe end just over Saud Shakeel at mid-wicket and picks up a single.

61.40

A good bumper this time, over the stumps and rising high, Steven Smith ducks under it well.

61.31lb

Leg bye! Ouch, that must have hurt. Banged in short and around off, Labuschagne looks to get inside the line and get away from the line of the ball but it stays low and thuds into the back before rolling away to fine leg. They pick up a leg bye.

61.23

Bowled back of a length and outside off at 134.5 clicks, Steven Smith gets on the back foot and punches it away square through the vacant cover-point region for an easy three.

61.10

Bangs it in well short but angles it down the leg side, Steven Smith walks across the off stump and leaves this one alone.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 61 overs : 153/2

M Labuschagne45 (115)

S Smith20 (42)

S Khan16-2-58-0

60.60

Flatter again around middle this time, Labuschagne tucks it to the leg side.

60.50

Bowled flatter this time and drifted into the pads, nudged away 'round the corner for no run.

60.40

Flighted delivery again on the stumps, Labuschagne watchfully keeps it out.

60.30

Floated up on the middle stump line, Marnus Labuschagne leans forward to defend.

60.21

Flights it up around the pads, Steven Smith uses his feet and clips it away a bit uppishly to deep mid-wicket for one more.

60.11

Drifted down the leg side, Marnus Labuschagne goes back in his crease and nudges it right through the legs of the short leg fielder for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 60 overs : 151/2

S Smith19 (41)

M Labuschagne44 (110)

A Jamal11-1-33-1

59.60

Back of a length again which keeps a bit low outside off, Steven Smith shoulders arms at it to end the over.

59.50

Back of a length ball just around the off pole, Steven Smith leans ahead and defends it solidly off the front foot covering his off stump.

59.41

A touch short outside off, Marnus Labuschagne rides on the bounce off the back foot and punches it towards backward point for a quick single.

59.30

Streak of bouncers, this time just down the leg side, Marnus Labuschagne happily leaves it alone through to the keeper.

59.20

A good bouncer aiming the bodyline of the batter, Marnus Labuschagne gets in a weird position attempting for a pull but he backs away in the end.

59.21wd

WIDE! He will have to reload that one again. Too short and way above Marnus Labuschagne's head. The umpire stretches his arms and signals a Wide straight away.

59.10

Steams in and ploys a bumper outside off, Marnus Labuschagne hops and punches it off the back foot back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 59 overs : 149/2

S Smith19 (39)

M Labuschagne43 (106)

S Khan15-2-56-0

58.60

Flighted delivery on the stump line, Steven Smith strides ahead and defends it to mid-wicket.

58.51

Outside off and full, Marnus Labuschagne taps it to covers for a quick single.

58.40

Way outside off and full, Marnus Labuschagne strides ahead and drives it to the left of mid off.

58.30

Drifts down the leg on a fullish length, Marnus Labuschagne tucks it to the leg side off the back foot.

58.21

Tosses it up on a fuller length around off, Steven Smith steps out and works it towards mid-wicket for an easy single.

58.10

Serves a flighted delivery on a fuller length in the middle-leg channel, Steven Smith tucks it to the leg side with a long stride.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 58 overs : 147/2

M Labuschagne42 (103)

S Smith18 (36)

A Jamal10-1-31-1

57.60

On a nagging length outside off, Marnus Labuschagne shoulders arms at it to end the over. Four from it with a barrage of short deliveries.

57.50

With a silly point now, he bowls another bumper aiming at the bodyline, Marnus Labuschagne is happy to let it go by ducking underneath.

57.40

Shorter again but this time sprays down the leg side, Marnus Labuschagne leaves it alone to go through to the keeper.

57.30

Short again and around off from Jamal, Marnus Labuschagne defends it off the back foot.

57.24

FOUR! Runs coming in flow for the Aussies now! This is banged short and around off, Marnus Labuschagne stays in the crease and smokes a pull shot a bit uppishly past the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.

57.10

Bowls on a back of a length on off, Marnus Labuschagne solidly punches it off the back foot underneath his eyes.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 57 overs : 143/2

M Labuschagne38 (97)

S Smith18 (36)

S Khan14-2-54-0

56.61

Around the wicket and drops it on full length outside off, Marnus Labuschagne drives it to widish mid off and runs a single. Saim Ayub does well again with the dive to stop it and saves three.

56.51

Tossed up ball at the stumps, Steven Smith skips down the ground and works it to long on for a single.

56.41

Drags his length this time at the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne punches it off the back foot down the ground to long on for a single.

56.33

Flights it up well on a fuller length around off, Steven Smith drives it planting his front leg ahead past mid off. Saim Ayub is quick to chase it down before reaching the fence. The batters cross for three in the meantime. Good fielding there.

56.21

Fuller and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne leans ahead and opens the face of the bat for a defence towards vacant point for a quick single.

56.11

Drops it on a fuller length in front of the sticks, Steven Smith advances down the track and drives to towards long on for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 56 overs : 135/2

M Labuschagne35 (94)

S Smith13 (33)

A Jamal9-1-27-1

55.60

Ends up with another back-of-a-length ball outside off, Marnus Labuschagne solidly defends it off the back foot underneath the bat.

55.50

Back of a length ball into the stump line, Marnus Labuschagne stays deep in the crease and punches it off the back foot underneath the bat.

55.40

Angles in from the off stump line on a back of a length, Marnus Labuschagne waits for it and defends it solidly to the leg side.

55.30

Fuller this time and around the off stump channel, Marnus Labuschagne prods ahead and drives it straight to cover.

55.20

Hurls on a short length around off which nips back in a bit, Marnus Labuschagne punches it off the back foot from the crease.

55.11

Starts off from over the wicket and bowls a short-pitched delivery outside off which lifts from the deck a bit, Steven Smith watchfully punches it off the back foot towards covers and sprints a quick single.

A change from both ends now as Aamer Jamal comes into the attack.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 55 overs : 134/2

M Labuschagne35 (89)

S Smith12 (32)

S Khan13-2-46-0

54.60

Flighted delivery around off stump, Labuschagne blocks this one off the front foot.

54.54

FOUR! A sudden shift in gears from this pair and the runs are starting to flow now. A bit too full again from Sajid Khan and outside off. Marnus Labuschagne puts the half-volley away by driving it in between cover and mid off for a boundary.

54.40

Floated up around off stump, Labuschagne leans on to defend.

54.30

Quicker and flatter onto middle and leg, Labuschagne tucks it past short leg.

54.21

Tossed up on the stumps, this is driven through mid on for a single by Smith.

54.13

Tossed it up very full and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne brings his wrists into play a bit and drives it beautifully through the cover region. The ball slows down a bit and the batters get back for three runs as the sun starts poking through at the SCG.

The first change in bowling of the morning as Sajid Khan replaces Hasan Ali from the other end.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 126/2

S Smith11 (31)

M Labuschagne28 (84)

M Hamza14-7-21-0

53.60

The effort ball from Mir Hamza as he digs it in a bit short and onto middle, Steven Smith stays put and pushes it down to mid on.

53.54

FOUR! Steven Smith stays resolute and then just brings out a shot of real authority. This is way too full and outside off, Smith gets on the front foot and strokes it away with sublime timing square on the off side for a lovely boundary.

53.40

Oh, that was too close for comfort! Mir Hamza bowls this one on a good length and outside off, Steven Smith shoulders arms but this one darts back in a long way and late too, going just past the off stump.

53.30

On a good length and outside off, this one comes pretty slow off the deck and Steven Smith leaves it alone.

53.21

Finally, a run after more than five overs and the crowd gives a round of applause. Full and outside off, Labuschagne pushes it out to extra cover and sets off for a quick single. The fielder is a bit slow to pick up the ball and Labuschagne hustles across safely.

53.10

Top length on off stump, slanting back in sharply, Labuschagne stays watchful and keeps it out to short mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 121/2

S Smith7 (27)

M Labuschagne27 (82)

H Ali12-6-19-0

52.60

The maidens just keep piling up and this is a very cautious start from Australia. Slightly fuller, angling in from around off, Steven Smith nudges it gently to Babar Azam at short mid-wicket who slips a bit and has a laugh about it.

52.50

Full and outside off, Steven Smith makes another leave and the ball almost rolls through to the keeper.

52.40

Goes full now and tries to angle it in a long way into the stumps, Steven Smith gets on the front foot and gets his hands out in front to keep it out.

52.30

On a good length and in the channel around off, Steven Smith lets it through to the keeper.

52.20

Oh, that jagged back! Hasan Ali serves it on a shorter length and outside off, this one hits a rough patch or something and just angles back in sharply, almost cutting Steven Smith in half and Smith gets hit high on the pads. A lot of up and down bounce early on Day 3.

52.10

Good length on the fourth stump line, looking to shape it away this time, Steven Smith hangs back and blocks it off.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 121/2

M Labuschagne27 (82)

S Smith7 (21)

M Hamza13-7-16-0

51.60

A fourth maiden in a row here and Australia are getting a bit bogged down. Hard length in and around the off stump line, angling in, Labuschagne covers the line well and keeps it out again.

51.50

Hamza goes wider on the crease and angles it into middle and leg on a good length and this one keeps a bit low again. Marnus Labuschagne does well to negate the low bounce and keep it out.

51.40

Pitched up around off stump, angling in, Labuschagne gets on the front foot and solidly defends it on the off side.

51.30

Pretty full and in the channel, Labuschagne thinks about the drive but pulls out of the shot and the ball dies on its way to the keeper who does well to get his pads right behind the line of the ball.

51.20

Nice and full, angled in a long way into the middle stump, Labuschagne stays solid in his defense.

51.10

A bit wider on the crease and angled in sharply onto the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne gets across a bit and blocks it down to mid on.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 121/2

S Smith7 (21)

M Labuschagne27 (76)

H Ali11-5-19-0

50.60

Another maiden and Australia aren't going anywhere at the moment. Nagging length, pitched up a bit around the off stump, Steven Smith defends it from inside the crease.

50.50

Pitches it up this time around off, angling it in, Steven Smith gets a big stride forward and defends it out.

50.40

Pulls the length back a bit and bowls it around off, Steven Smith gets across the stumps and blocks it down the deck.

50.30

Nagging length in and around the channel outside off, Steven Smith has enough time to get behind the line and make another solid block.

50.20

On a hard length again and outside off, popping up off the deck a bit this time, Steven Smith gets taken aback but keeps it down well on the off side.

50.10

Serves it on a hard length angling it into the stumps, this one keeps low but Steven Smith negotiates it well and blocks it to silly mid on.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 121/2

M Labuschagne27 (76)

S Smith7 (15)

M Hamza12-6-16-0

49.60

Back-to-back maidens for Pakistan! Good length and bowled in that channel around off yet again, Labuschagne with yet another assured leave.

49.50

Even fuller this time and angled in from well outside off with a bit more zip on it, Labuschagne stays watchful and leaves it alone.

49.40

A touch full again and in the channel outside off, going straight on, Labuschagne shoulders arms at it.

49.30

Much better as this ie bowled on a good length and angled into the off stump, keeping a shade low as well. Labuschagne stays back in his crease to defend.

49.20

Full and wide again, Labuschagne isn't going to be drawn into playing that far away from the body. Hamza needs to tighten up his line a bit.

49.10

Hamza steams in and grunts before serving it full and wide outside off, trying to bring the ball back in, Labuschagne with an easy leave.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 121/2

S Smith7 (15)

M Labuschagne27 (70)

H Ali10-4-19-0

48.60

A maiden to begin with for Hasan Ali. Good length around the fifth stump line, Steven Smith gets across and nudges it down in front of point.

48.50

Keeps it full and bowls it in the channel outside off, Steven Smith stands across the off stump and shoulders arms at it.

48.40

Honing in and around the off stump line, pretty full again, Steven Smith with another slight shuffle and block off the middle of the bat.

48.30

Pitches this one up right at the stumps, just angling in a bit, Steven Smith gets across and keeps it out with a straight bat.

48.20

Keeps it full and bowls it a bit closer to the off stump line, Steven Smith gets on the front foot and blocks it out.

48.10

Comes from over the wicket and begins with a bit of a loosener as this is bowled full and wide and dying on its way to the keeper. Steven Smith doesn't play at it.

Hasan Ali to operate from the other end.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 121/2

M Labuschagne27 (70)

S Smith7 (9)

M Hamza11-5-16-0

47.60

Goes wider on the crease and angles it in sharply on a fuller length onto off and middle, Labuschagne covers the line well and defends it down the deck.

47.50

A shade full and on the fifth stump line, going straight on, Labuschagne leaves it alone.

47.44

FOUR! Tucked away with class and timing! Fuller delivery angling into the legs, Labuschagne uses his wrists and flicks it away just in front of the diving mid-wicket fielder to bring up the first boundary of the day.

47.30

On a nagging length and in the channel, angling back in late, Marnus Labuschagne makes a good leave.

47.21

Nice and full again outside off, Steven Smith leans on and edges it down with soft hands well wide of the slip cordon and picks up a single to get going on Day 3.

47.10

Starts from around the wicket and serves a full delivery at just 128 clicks, angling it in from outside off, Steven Smith drives it away to extra cover.

All in readiness for the start of Day 3! The umpires are out in the middle and so are the players of Pakistan who can be seen in a huddle. Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are all set to resume their overnight stay on the crease. Mir Hamza will begin proceedings with the ball here. 98 overs to be bowled in the day, let's play...

Pakistan on the other hand have done well to not let the Aussies get away in terms of the scoring rate but will be hoping to pick up early wickets in the first session to make things really interesting. There's still a long way to go in this Test match and the opening session on Day 3 could well shape up to be a crucial one. Don't go anywhere as cricketing action is set to begin real soon.

Australia come into Day 3 having lost just a couple of wickets but are still 197 runs behind and with a huge chunk of overs lost on Day 2, they will look to score a bit more freely and look to bat for the entirety of Day 3 on a pitch that seems excellent for batting but there might be some cracks opening up now.

Hello and a very warm welcome to one and all. We are at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the 3rd and final Test match between Australia and Pakistan and it is now time for Day 3. After Day 2 was well short due to Bad Light and then a persistent drizzle, Day 3 becomes the much more important.

... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...

Right then, the officials have waited long enough but the race against time has been lost and Day 2 has been called off due to bad light and some persistent rain. After an intriguing Day 1 of the New Year's Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the stage was set for another exciting day of cricket. Day 2 saw a steady battle between bat and ball with Australia not giving an inch to the Pakistani bowlers who bowled tight lines but just couldn't get the reward. There were a couple of dropped catches but Agha Salman did get the wicket of David Warner with a ripper of a delivery and that might be the last time we see 'The Bull' batting in a Test match. Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne remained resolute but Khawaja soon got bogged down and fell in the forties. Pakistan will be pleased but would have wanted the game to carry on. Australia trail Pakistan by 197 runs but have plenty of batting to come and will look to improve the scoring rate on Day 3. Given we lost a huge amount of overs on Day 2, Day 3 will begin at 4.30 am IST (11 pm GMT) on Friday which is half an hour earlier but you can join us for the build-up much sooner than that. Let's hope for a rain-free and well-contested Day 3. Cheers!

UPDATE 10.45 am IST (5.15 am GMT) - Nothing new to update here as it is still drizzling in Sydney and the covers are on. If this persists for a bit more, we might have an official word soon. Stick around for more updates. There is one update from the Australian squad though as Scott Boland has been released and will be available for the Melbourne Stars for their next Big Bash League game against Sydney Sixers.

UPDATE 10.10 am IST (4.40 am GMT) - Right then, it is still raining in Sydney and the radar shows that it is there to stay. Also, given that initially, the play was stopped for bad light, the chances of a resumption on Day 2 look very small even if the rain subsides. Let's still hope for the best but the forecast for the remaining 3 days looks solid. Stick around for further news.

UPDATE 9.40 am IST (4.10 am GMT) - Well, what we dreaded not to happen, has happened and it has started raining. It is not pelting down and is a drizzle but the covers are on and this will only delay proceedings further. Stay tuned for more updates.

Pakistan on the other hand, started off with spin from Agha Salman and pace from the other end, but couldn't trouble the batters in the first hour or so and also didn't let the hosts get away with the bat. Aamer Jamal, who is having a fantastic debut series continued to bowl on tight lines and lengths and provided another breakthrough for Pakistan by dismissing Usman Khawaja on a faint edge and creating an opening for the visitors to sneak into the game. Everyone is hoping for the weather to get cleared and so that the play resumes as soon as possible. Stay tuned with us as we bring you further updates on the weather and the next session of play.

It is official as early Tea has been taken! A good decision this to not wait for things to improve and take the break when play isn't possible. Australia has looked pretty sedate and cautious with their approach since the first ball of the session. Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne both took their time to settle in and looked unbothered. Both of them were sluggish with the bat but they were barred from playing any risky shots and also negotiated the spin pretty well as well. Usman Khawaja perished on 47 in the middle of the session. Steven Smith and Labushagne are in the middle for the hosts as Australia still trail by 197 runs.

Oh wait, the umpires are having a chat with the players and it looks like the light is not good enough to continue further. Here we go, the players are off the field as the sky has turned out to be too gloomy and overcast at SCG. Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan coach is seen having a chat with the Pakistani skipper Shan Masood near the ropes. The umpires are still out there in the middle and having a detailed discussion before eventually heading off. A bit strange given there was no indication of any harm to the batters as of yet but Shan Masood was asked to bowl spin from both ends which he didn't want to do and wanted to keep Aamer Jamal on from one end. All we can do now is wait and hope for things to get better but there is a bit of rain on the horizon as well which could make things worse. Stick around for further updates.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 116/2

M Labuschagne23 (66)

S Smith6 (7)

S Khan12-2-38-0

46.60

Bowls near the off stump line on a fuller length, Marnus Labuschagne presses ahead and defends it to mid-wicket.

46.50

Too full and a good amount of spin on that, Marnus Labuschagne goes for a reverse sweep and gets an inside edge back to the pad. Mohammad Rizwan is the lone person to appeal on that one but Sajid Khan clarifies that the bat was involved.

46.41

Drags his length a bit this time and gets a hint of purchase off the deck, Steven Smith turns across and works it towards square leg for a single.

46.30

Full and turns after pitching around off, Steven Smith defends it back to the bowler.

46.21

Airs the bowl on a fullish length outside off, Marnus Labuschagne pushes it square of the wicket to the off side for a single.

46.11

Bowls on a fuller length from over the wicket around off, Steven Smith shimmies down the track and plays it with the turn towards short mid-wicket where the skipper Shan Masood fumbles to pick it up cleanly. The batters steal a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 113/2

M Labuschagne22 (63)

S Smith4 (4)

A Jamal8-1-26-1

45.60

Pitches this on up and straight with pace. Marnus Labuschagne takes the front foot out and blocks the ball back to the bowler. A good contest going on right now for the viewers.

45.50

A very well-executed bouncer just on top of the off stump line. Marnus Labuschagne looks to pull the ball away on the leg side but is beaten by the extra pace and bounce of the ball.

45.40

Another good bouncer on the line of the stumps. Marnus Labuschagne ducks down and lets the ball go through.

45.30

Short ball again just outside the line of the off stump. Marnus Labuschagne walks across and taps the ball down to backward square leg. Another dot ball.

45.20

Another short ball on top of the off stump line. Marnus Labuschagne jumps up on the crease and blocks the ball off.

45.10

Short ball again around 138 clicks, on top of the middle stump line. Marnus Labuschagne flicks the ball straight to square leg off the back foot.

Drinks! Right then, another good session in the field for Pakistan as they haven't let Australia get away here and have managed to pick up a wicket as well. With the deficit still 200 runs, a lot will depend on the pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith for the Aussies.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 113/2

S Smith4 (4)

M Labuschagne22 (57)

S Khan11-2-35-0

44.60

Flights it and drops it on full and outside off, Steven Smith prods ahead and works it towards cover to end the over. And it will be Drinks.

44.51

Shortish and outside off which turns sharply into the batter from the rough, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and cuts it with soft hands towards widish point and steals a single.

44.40

Fuller again and around the off stump line, Marnus Labuschagne blocks it off the front foot.

44.30

Fuller and well tossed up delivery at middle and off-channel, Marnus Labuschagne presses forward and clips it to the leg side.

44.20

Sluggish delivery in front of the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and defends it off the back foot.

44.10

Drops it on a fuller length around the off pole, Marnus Labuschagne strides ahead and defends it well.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 112/2

S Smith4 (3)

M Labuschagne21 (52)

A Jamal7-0-26-1

43.60

Another short ball at around 140 clicks angling away from Steven Smith. The batter lets the ball go through to end the over.

43.54

FOUR! Welcome to the crease by Steven Smith. Absolutely creams it along the ground for four runs. Another short ball by Aamer Jamal with pace at the batter. Steven Smith stands tall and pulls the ball between short square leg and short backward square leg for a superb boundary.

43.40

Bangs it in short at the batter. Steven Smith ducks down and lets the ball to through.

Steven Smith is the next batter in.

43.3W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Huge appeal for Caught Behind. The umpire says no. Pakistan want to check it up. Shan Masood takes a review. Short ball doing the trick in the end for Aamer Jamal. Usman Khawaja looks to pull it through square leg and gets a faint edge of his gloves through to Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps. The Umpire says No, but there is a spike seen on Hotspot that confirms that Usman Khawaja has hit the ball. Australia lose another set batter.

43.21

Short ball again at the body of the batter. Marnus Labuschagne pulls it away along the ground to deep square leg for a single.

43.10

A good short ball around 135 clicks to start off with. Marnus Labuschagne pulls it away rolling the wrists to keep it down straight to mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 107/1

U Khawaja47 (142)

M Labuschagne20 (50)

S Khan10-2-34-0

42.60

Flatter and quicker this time down the leg stump, Usman Khawaja employs the paddle shot but misses to connect it.

42.50

Drags his length this time around off, the ball spins away from the rough and Usman Khawaja lets it go alone.

42.40

Gets an uneven bounce on that one as the ball keeps low after pitching around full and outside off, Usman Khawaja negotiates well to block it off the back foot.

42.30

Flighted delivery around off and full, Usman Khawaja blocks it alertly off the front foot.

42.20

Drops on a fuller length from around the wicket and outside off, Usman Khawaja drives it straight to the cover fielder.

42.11

Bowls with a slip and short leg on a fuller length around off, Marnus Labuschagne lunges with a big stride ahead and drives it towards long off for a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 106/1

M Labuschagne19 (49)

U Khawaja47 (137)

A Jamal6-0-21-0

41.61

Bowls on 135 clicks this time from over the wicket on the pads. Marnus Labuschagne flciks the ball to fine leg from the crease and runs a single.

41.50

Pitches the ball a little up on the off stump. Marnus Labuschagne hangs back on the crease and taps the ball out.

41.40

Pitches the ball a bit up on the off stump line. Marnus Labuschagne blocks the ball well from the crease.

41.30

Brings the length back a bit, on top of the off stump. Marnus Labuschagne defends the ball from the crease back to the bowler.

41.20

Moves the line away from the off stump this time, from length. Marnus Labuschagne lifts the arms up and lets the ball go.

41.10

Hits the good length on the off stump line with pace. Marnus Labuschagne stays on the crease and taps the ball out towards covers.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 105/1

U Khawaja47 (137)

M Labuschagne18 (43)

S Khan9-2-33-0

40.60

Fuller and around the off stump line, Usman Khawaja lunges with a big stride forward and defends it confidently. A maiden over comes to an end.

40.50

Pulls his length a bit near the off-stump line, Usman Khawaja gets behind the line and blocks it easily.

40.40

Tosses it up around the off stump on a fullish length, Usman Khawaja defends by leaning ahead.

40.30

Flights it up on a dragged length on the fifth stump line, Usman Khawaja leans forward and defends it well.

40.20

Short and spinning outside off, Usman Khawaja rocks back and cuts it straight to backward point.

40.10

Bowls from around the wicket on a tad fuller length which keeps low after pitching, Usman Khawaja brings his bat down in time to block it off the back foot.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 105/1

U Khawaja47 (131)

M Labuschagne18 (43)

A Jamal5-0-20-0

39.61

Just short again outside off and Usman Khawaja hangs back, tucks the ball to deep point and runs a single to keep strike.

39.50

Hits the good length hard just outside the off stump line from around the stumps. Usman Khawaja stays on the crease and offers a defence towards silly mid off.

39.40

Holds the length back on the off stump line from around the wicket. Usman Khawaja stays on the crease and blocks it off back to the bowler.

39.30

Another pitched up delivery on the off stump. Usman Khawaja taps it back to the bowler.

39.20

Pitched up on the off stump line. Usman Khawaja drives the ball back to the bowler off the front foot and Aamer Jamal stops the ball.

39.14

FOUR! Usman Khawaja welcomes back Aamer Jamal with a powerful shot over mid-wicket for a boundary. Just short with pace at the body of the batter and Usman Khawaja launches the pull over mid-wicket and had no intention to keep it along the ground. Moves on to 46.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 100/1

M Labuschagne18 (43)

U Khawaja42 (125)

A Salman8-0-18-1

38.60

This one stays low on bounce from a dragged length, Marnus Labuschagne does well to keep it out and brings his bat in time to block it.

38.50

Tosses it up on a fuller length outside off, Marnus Labuschagne drives it off the front foot straight to mid off.

38.42

Shorter and around the middle-leg corridor, Marnus Labuschagne flicks it towards deep square leg for a couple of runs. 100 up for the Aussies.

38.30

Short and turning in from the pads, Marnus Labuschagne negotiates this one which keeps a bit low on bounce off the back foot.

38.21

Slightly short and on the pads this time, Usman Khawaja attempts to flick it and gets a leading edge of his bat. The ball spoons to the right of mid-wicket for a single.

38.10

Pitches on a fuller length around the wicket and in front of the stumps, Usman Khawaja leans ahead and patiently defends it off the front foot.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 97/1

U Khawaja41 (123)

M Labuschagne16 (39)

M Hamza10-5-11-0

37.61

Pitches the ball up on the stumps. Usman Khawaja stays on the crease and flicks the ball to the left of mid on and runs a single to keep strike.

37.51

Comes back to over the wicket and bowls a bouncer at the body of the batter with pace. Marnus Labuschagne hits a well-controlled pull shot along the ground, straight to fine leg for a run.

37.40

Pitches the ball up this time but away from the off stump line. Marnus Labuschagne is not interested in playing at that.

37.30

Holds the length back on top of the off stump. Marnus Labuschagne stays back and blocks it off the backfoot.

37.20

Pitched up outside off this time, with pace. Marnus Labuschagne launches a beautiful cover drive but hits it straight to covers. No run.

37.10

Hits the deck hard just outside the off stump line. Marnus Labuschagne lifts his arms from the crease and lets it through.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 95/1

M Labuschagne15 (34)

U Khawaja40 (122)

A Salman7-0-15-1

36.61

Flights it up on the leg side on a tad full length, Marnus Labuschagne nudges it past short leg for a quick single to end the over.

36.50

Short and on the stump line, Marnus Labuschagne flicks it to short leg off the back foot.

36.41

Drags his length a bit around off with a good amount of turn, Usman Khawaja punches it off the back foot towards long off for a single.

36.30

Brings the line into the stumps this time on a fuller length, Usman Khawaja leans ahead and defends it off the front foot.

36.20

Tosses it up and pitches it outside off on a fuller length, Usman Khawaja lets it go.

36.11

Drops a flighted delivery outside off on a dragged length, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and punches it through the cover-point region for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 92/1

M Labuschagne13 (31)

U Khawaja39 (119)

M Hamza9-5-9-0

35.63

Beautiful cricket all around. Good fast ball on the middle stump line pitched up and Marnus Labuschagne walks across and flicks the ball with superb timing between mid-wicket and mid on. Extremely good fielding by mid-wicket to give the ball a chase and keep it inside saving a valuable run for the team. The batters pick up 3.

35.50

Bowls on top of the off stump line. Marnus Labuschagne stays on the crease and taps it out right under his eyes.

35.40

Pitches the ball further up outside off. Marnus Labuschagne lifts his arms and lets it go.

35.30

Holds the length back a little and bowls the ball outside off stump. Marnus Labuschagne covers the stumps and lets the ball go through.

35.22

Pitches it up on the off stump again. Marnus Labuschagne stays on the crease and blocks the ball, keeping his eyes under and gets a thick outside edge wide of the gully region and the batters pick up a couple.

35.10

Pitches on a good length on off from around the wicket to Marnus Labuschagne who takes the front foot out and offers a defence to the ball with a straight bat.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 87/1

U Khawaja39 (119)

M Labuschagne8 (25)

A Salman6-0-12-1

34.62

On a length and on the stumps, Usman Khawaja gets across again and paddles it away 'round the corner for a couple of runs.

34.50

Nicely bowled! Bowls it quicker at 93 clicks and bowls it more round arm around off stump. The ball is on a nagging length and Usman Khawaja gets in a bit of a tangle as he gets across and just about gets the bat down in time.

34.40

Tossed up a bit, on a nagging length and around middle, Usman Khawaja stays solid in defense.

34.30

Flighted delivery on off stump, Usman Khawaja gets on the front foot and eases it to cover.

34.20

Full again drifted onto middle and leg, Usman Khawaja leans forward to defend it back to the bowler.

34.10

Floats it up fuller and around off, Usman Khawaja watches it well and opts not to play at it.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 85/1

U Khawaja37 (113)

M Labuschagne8 (25)

M Hamza8-5-4-0

33.61

Back of a length around off, Usman Khawaja hops back and drops the hands late on it and plays it with an angled bat through backward point for a run.

33.50

Just a fraction short over middle and leg, Usman Khawaja fends it away in front of the man at short mid-wicket.

33.40

Very full on off, angling in at 136 clicks, Usman Khawaja looks to whip it leg side but mistimes the rive towards mid on.

33.30

Nice channel again from Mir Hamza, keeping it a bit full and close to the off stump, Usman Khawaja lets it through to the keeper again.

33.20

Very full and just outside off inviting the drive but Usman Khawaja is happy to leave that one alone.

33.10

Back of a length and outside off, Usman Khawaja punches it away firmly to cover-point.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 84/1

U Khawaja36 (107)

M Labuschagne8 (25)

A Salman5-0-10-1

32.61

Floated up full and around off, Usman Khawaja caresses it away to deep cover for one. Also, Hasan Ali can be seen walking back onto the field, Pakistan will be happy to see that.

32.50

Agonizingly close and Mohammad Rizwan cannot believe that the ball has missed the off stump there. Pretty full and close to the off stump, Usman Khawaja goes on the back foot to block but the ball rips past the outside edge and misses the off stump by a whisker.

32.40

Comes from around the stumps and spears one in on middle stump, Usman Khawaja remains unfazed and keeps it out.

32.31

Slightly short and wide, cut away off the back foot to deep point for a run.

32.20

Flatter delivery, turning in from outside off, Labuschagne punches it off the back foot but can't get it past Aamer Jamal at covers.

32.10

Oh, that was not far away! Drops it short and outside off, turning in a touch, Marnus Labuschagne makes room to cut but the ball beats the outside edge of his bat.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 82/1

U Khawaja35 (104)

M Labuschagne7 (22)

M Hamza7-5-3-0

31.60

Maiden! Back of a length and over off stump, too easy for Usman Khawaja to just hop on the back foot and defend it out.

31.50

Very full and on the leg stump line, angling in, Usman Khawaja looks for the flick but is well beaten and gets hit on the outside off the front pad.

31.40

Short of a length this time and around off, Usman Khawaja camps back and defends it with soft hands.

31.30

Full again and closer to the off stump, shaping away, Usman Khawaja pushes it out to covers. It is pretty gloomy and the lights are slowly coming on at the SCG.

31.20

Nice and full in the channel around off, nipping away a touch, Usman Khawaja makes an assured leave.

31.10

Comes from around the wicket and bowls it in the channel around off, Usman Khawaja gets on the front foot and pushes it out on the off side.

Mir Hamza will operate from the other end and just a few deliveries ago, Hasan Ali hobbled off the field most likely with a niggle he picked up just before the Lunch break. That could be a big blow to Pakistan.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 82/1

M Labuschagne7 (22)

U Khawaja35 (98)

A Salman4-0-8-1

30.60

Tossed up again around the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne makes another block.

30.50

Tossed up full and on the stumps, Labuschagne watchfully keeps it out.

30.44

FOUR! Too short and wide, Labuschagne has a lot of time to just rock back and cut it away hard past point for a boundary.

30.30

Flatter delivery, turning back in sharply into middle stump, Marnus Labuschagne rocks back and makes room and plays it to covers.

30.20

Floated up on the stumps, Labuschagne solidly blocks it off the front foot.

30.10

Loud shouts of 'catch it' but the ball falls safely and the replays show that there was no bat involved either. Tossed up on a length and on middle, turning it in, Labuschagne looks to lean on and defend but the ball lobs up off the pads and goes to the left of leg slip.

We are back for the post-Lunch session on Day 2! The umpires are out in the middle as Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne stride out to resume their stay on the crease. The Pakistani players take their places on the field as well. It will be Agha Salman to start with the ball after the interval.

... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...

The anticipation for the second session is palpable, promising an action-packed continuation of the contest. Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne, now steering the Australian innings, will seek to extend their partnership and put Australia in a commanding position. Conversely, Pakistan, armed with the determination to make further breakthroughs, will look to tighten its grip on the match by taking crucial wickets in the post-lunch session. Join us for the next session at 7.40 am IST (2.10 am GMT), where the excitement is bound to reach new heights in this captivating encounter between Australia and Pakistan.

Pakistan, on the other hand, experienced a mixed bag of performances in the morning session, both with the ball and in the field. The bowlers began a tad wayward but quickly found their rhythm, creating opportunities and even inducing chances for David Warner's wicket, which unfortunately slipped through the fingers at first slip off Aamer Jamal's delivery in his very first over. The team displayed commendable effort on the field, but to make inroads into the middle order of the Australian side, they must capitalize on the chances presented to them. As the players head to Lunch, Pakistan will be contemplating their strategy for the upcoming sessions, aiming to capitalize on any lapses in the Australian batting lineup and seize control of the match. The balance is delicately poised, and the question remains whether Pakistan can pick up quick wickets post-Lunch to turn the tide in their favor.

As the first session of Day 2 concludes of the Test match between Australia and Pakistan, the narrative unfolds with Australia standing at 78/1 after 30 overs, heading into the Lunch break. While the Australians still trail by 235 runs, the morning session has undoubtedly favored them. The loss of the prominent wicket of David Warner, playing in his Final Test Match, for 34 runs was a significant moment, but the opening pair of Warner and Usman Khawaja set a solid foundation with a resilient partnership of 70 runs. Agha Salman managed to break through the formidable opening pair, dismissing Warner, but Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne now occupy the crease, aiming to build on the positive start and anchor the Australian innings. Despite the one setback, Australia has reason to be pleased with their morning's work, and the stage is set for an intriguing day of cricket.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 78/1

M Labuschagne3 (16)

U Khawaja35 (98)

H Ali9-3-19-0

29.61

A single to end and that will be Lunch on Day 2! Goes a bit fuller and straighter, angling in, Marnus Labuschagne looks to block but gets an inside edge past square leg and picks up a run.

29.50

Perfect length again and closer to the off stump, angling in ever so slightly, Marnus Labuschagne makes a confident leave.

29.40

Slightly fuller and angling in a long way from outside off, Marnus Labuschagne gets on the front foot and defends it towards cover.

29.30

Right on the money as Hasan Ali bowls it on a good length on off stump, angling it in a bit. Labuschagne stays solid in his defense.

29.20

Good length in the channel around off and carrying through nicely, Labuschagne shoulders arms.

29.10

Nicely bowled! Hits the top of middle stump line and gets the ball to straighten off the deck. Labuschagne gets a bit squared up and edges it down to gully.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 77/1

U Khawaja35 (98)

M Labuschagne2 (10)

A Salman3-0-4-1

28.60

Gives it a nice bit of flight and loops it around off, Usman Khawaja leans on and defends it under his bat.

28.50

Slightly shorter around off, cut away off the back foot but straight to point.

28.40

Too full on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.

28.30

A bit more round-arm and tossed full on the pads, Usman Khawaja misses the flick and the ball goes off the pads straight into the hands of short leg.

28.21

Flatter again on off stump, Labuschagne goes back in his crease and pushes it back down the ground for one more.

28.11

Flatter delivery on a length and around off, played away off the back foot to a deepish cover-point for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 75/1

U Khawaja34 (93)

M Labuschagne1 (9)

H Ali8-3-18-0

27.61

Straighter line on the stumps, angling in, Usman Khawaja edges it down with soft hands through the point region and Sajid Khan makes a quick stop in the deep to keep it down to a single.

27.50

Keeps honing in around the off stump line, a smidge fuller this time, Usman Khawaja doesn't play at it again.

27.40

Length ball in and around the off stump, going straight on, Usman Khawaja makes another easy leave.

27.30

Fuller in length and in the channel outside off, angled in, Usman Khawaja leaves it alone.

27.22

Short of a length angling in from off stump, Usman Khawaja hops back and works it away through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

27.10

Comes from around the stumps and angles it in on a fuller length but the line it quite wide, left alone by Usman Khawaja.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 72/1

M Labuschagne1 (9)

U Khawaja31 (87)

A Salman2-0-2-1

26.60

This is tossed up again around middle, Labuschagne leans on and blocks it with soft hands.

26.51

Tossed up around off, eased away onto the off side for a single.

26.40

Oh, that one zipped through! Quicker one on a length and around off, this one hits the rough and turns away sharply with extra bounce as well. Usman Khawaja looks to cover the line but is beaten on the outside edge.

26.30

Flighted delivery on the off stump, Usman Khawaja leans forward to defend.

26.20

Floated up on a nagging length and on the stumps, Usman Khawaja makes another watchful block.

26.10

Nicely drifted on to middle, Usman Khawaja defends it off the front foot and with a dead straight bat.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 71/1

M Labuschagne1 (8)

U Khawaja30 (82)

H Ali7-3-15-0

25.60

Maiden! On a fuller length and outside off, swinging back in late, Labuschagne makes a good leave.

25.50

Good length in the channel, getting a bit of zip off the deck, Marnus Labuschagne looks to lean on but is quick to take his hands away and let it pass.

25.40

Slightly fuller and on off stump, angling back in, Labuschagne solidly blocks it off.

25.30

Hits the deck hard again and keeps it around the stumps, Labuschagne blocks it out.

25.20

Hard length over the stumps, Labuschagne tucks it away to mid-wicket.

25.10

Bowled back of a length and over the stumps, Marnus Labuschagne gets behind the line to make the block.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 71/1

U Khawaja30 (82)

M Labuschagne1 (2)

A Salman1-0-1-1

24.60

pitches the ball up on the stumps. Usman Khawaja blocks the ball well off the front foot.

24.51

Bowls a low full toss on the stumps. Marnus Labuschagne drives the ball to long on and takes a run to open his account in this Test match.

24.40

Short and wide, cut away straight to covers. No run.

Marnus Labuschagne walks in at number 3.

24.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! David Warner goes back to the hut on 34 in his FINAL TEST. Crucial blow for Australia on the brink of Lunch. Agha Salman brings the length back on the stumps line and gets the ball to drift in, bounce viciously and spin away from the left hander. David Warner stays stuck on the crease and looks to turn his bat to flick the ball on the leg side, in the end gets an outside edge leading to the left of slip where Babar Azam picks up a brilliant catch to dismiss David Warner who walks back to a huge standing ovation from his home crowd.

24.20

Flighted ball again on the stumps. David Warner steps down the crease and flicks the ball straight to short mid-wicket. No run.

24.10

Tosses the ball up on the stumps, slower through the air. David Warner stays back on the crease and blocks the ball well.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 70/0

U Khawaja30 (81)

D Warner34 (65)

H Ali6-2-15-0

23.60

Angles a bit into the batter around off and full, Usman Khawaja leans ahead for a front foot defence to short cover.

23.50

Length delivery on off, Usman Khawaja covers his off stump and defends it straight to the bowler.

23.40

Pulls his length around off with no hint of swing at all, Usman Khawaja comfortably punches it back to the bowler off the back foot.

23.30

Another one way too outside off and full, Usman Khawaja shoulders arms at it.

23.20

Bowls on a fullish length outside off which nips back a bit off the deck, Usman Khawaja is happy to not poke at it and lets it go through to the keeper.

23.11

Comes from around the wicket and pitches on a bit back of a length around off, David Warner rides on the bounce off the back foot and punches it towards deep point for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 69/0

U Khawaja30 (76)

D Warner33 (64)

S Khan8-1-33-0

22.60

Flights the ball up on the off stump line. Usman Khawaja stays on the crease and sees the ball off.

22.50

Pitches the ball up on the off stump. Usman Khawaja watchfully blocks it off the front foot.

22.40

Pitches the ball up on the off stump line. Usman Khawaja stays on the crease and blocks it off.

22.34

FOUR! A proper drag-down by Sajid Khan outside the off stump line. Usman Khawaja rocks back on the backfoot and cuts the ball hard to the right of covers and takes it through to the boundary for another FOUR runs.

22.20

Tosses this one up slow in the air. Usman Khawaja stays back and cuts the ball straight to point.

22.10

Drops the ball short on the off stump. Usman Khawaja stays back and taps the ball to covers.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 65/0

D Warner33 (64)

U Khawaja26 (70)

H Ali5-2-14-0

21.62lb

Short into the bodyline of Warner who misses the flick. It thuds his thigh pad and trickles behind to the left of keeper. The batters cross for a quick leg-bye double.

21.50

Comes from around the wicket this time on the back of a length outside off, David Warner defends it straight to covers.

21.43

Sprays down the leg on a tad fuller length, Usman Khawaja tucks it nicely behind square on the leg side. Mir Hamza sprints from the fine leg region and dives to his right to stop it. The third umpire checks for a clean stop and he is satisfied with it. A good effort there by Hamza. Saves one for his team.

21.30

Slants across from off on a good length, Usman Khawaja lets it go with no shot at offer.

21.20

Over the wicket this time and outside off on a full length, Usman Khawaja leaves it alone through to the keeper.

21.11

Hasan Ali comes back into the attack and bowls on a hard length from around the wicket aiming the stumps, David Warner defends off the front foot and gets an inside edge towards backward square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 59/0

D Warner32 (61)

U Khawaja23 (67)

S Khan7-1-29-0

20.61

Pitches the ball further up on the leg stump line. David Warner drives the ball to the right of mid on and takes a run.

20.50

Tosses the ball up slow on the off stump line. David Warner lunges forward and offers a defence.

20.41

Drops the length short on the stumps. Usman Khawaja taps it away for a single on the leg side.

20.30

Pitched up on the stumps. Usman Khawaja blocks it off the front foot.

20.22

Pitches the ball up on the of stump again. Usman Khawaja drives the ball through covers with good timing straight to Shan Masood, the skipper of Pakistan, who spills the ball through for the batters to collect a couple.

20.10

Pitches the ball up on the off stump. Usman Khawaja stays back and knocks it off back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 55/0

D Warner31 (59)

U Khawaja20 (63)

A Jamal4-0-15-0

19.60

Hurls from around the wicket and pitches on a fuller length aiming the sticks, David Warner confidently pushes it off the front foot to mid on. A good over by Jamal there.

19.50

On a hard length around off, David Warner goes for a defence but gets an inside edge instead and on his back leg.

19.40

On a back of a length around off, David Warner defends it off the front foot.

19.34

EDGED AND FOUR! Changes his angle this time from over the wicket and bowls on a hard length around off, David Warner closes the face of his bat quite early and takes the inside edge which goes past the gap between slip cordon and gully for a boundary. Aamer Jamal is asking tough questions here but luck is favouring David Warner.

19.22

Too fuller and sprays down the leg side, David Warner flicks it skillfully to widish mid on and runs another double. A 50-run stand comes up for these two.

19.12

Around the wicket and bowls on a fullish length just outside off, David Warner punches it solidly in front of the square in the off side and sprints back for the second. Good running there.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 47/0

U Khawaja20 (63)

D Warner23 (53)

S Khan6-1-25-0

18.60

Bowles a floater outside the off stump line. Usman Khawaja waves his arms at the ball. The ball ends up not missing the stumps by much.

18.54

FOUR! A lofted drive from Usman Khawaja, gets him another boundary. Flighted ball on the stumps and Usman Khawaja uses his feet to perfection, gets under the ball, and lofts the ball over the bowler's head to take it through to the long on boundary.

18.40

Pitches the ball up again on the stumps. Usman Khawaja taps the ball straight to the fielder.

18.30

Tosses up again on the off stump. Usman Khawaja stays back and cuts it hard but straight to point.

18.20

Pitched up, flat on the line of leg stump. Usman Khawaja steps down to play it on the leg side but misses the contact with the bat and the ball rushes on to the pads. Looks to be missing the leg stump.

18.11

Tosses the ball up outside the off stump line. David Warner steps down the wicket and punches the ball through to long off and runs a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 42/0

D Warner22 (52)

U Khawaja16 (58)

A Jamal3-0-7-0

17.61

Ploys another short delivery on the middle and off channel, David Warner stands tall and comfortably pulls it towards fine leg for a quick single to end the over.

17.50

Bangs in short and attempts to bluff the left-hander in the bodyline, David Warner ducks it in time and lets it go through to the keeper.

17.51nb

Way too full and outside off, David Warner gets an inner half of his blade on the drive straight towards mid on. And another No Ball by Jamal as he has clearly overstepped there. He will have to reload it again.

17.40

Back of a length ball around the off stump, David Warner presses it to mid off the front foot.

17.41nb

On a full-length outside off, David Warner shuffles early across the off stump and pushes it back to the bowler. Oh wait, Aamer Jamal has overstepped there and the umpire signals a No Ball.

17.30

A bit slow and outside off on a fullish length, David Warner watchfully lets it go through to the keeper.

17.20

Another one on a hard length and angling in from the off stump line, David Warner punches it straight to mid off.

17.10

Hurls on a hard length just around off, David Warner leans ahead and defends it solidly to gully.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 39/0

U Khawaja16 (58)

D Warner21 (44)

S Khan5-1-20-0

16.60

Pitched up slow on the off stump line. Usman Khawaja blocks it off from the crease to end the over.

16.50

Short and a little wide, allowing Usman Khawaja to cut the ball but straight to covers this time.

16.40

Pitched up on the off stump again. Usman Khawaja stays on the crease and knocks it off.

16.30

Pitched up again, on the off stump this time. Usman Khawaja blocks the ball to covers off the front foot.

16.20

Holds back the length this time on the stumps, drawing Usman Khawaja forward on the front foot to block it off.

16.10

Flighted one on the off stump, fuller in length. Usman Khawaja taps it straight to catching covers off the front foot.

Drinks! A fairly slow and steady first hour on Day 2 but it could have been a lot more interesting if Saim Ayub had held on to a regulation chance at first slip a couple of overs back and sent David Warner packing. Australia aren't going anywhere but Pakistan need wickets to make an impact or else soon enough, the Aussies will start scoring at a quicker rate.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 39/0

D Warner21 (44)

U Khawaja16 (52)

A Jamal2-0-4-0

15.60

Guns it on a back of a length at 141 clicks and in the off stump channel, David Warner prods ahead and defends it well to gully.

15.51

Bowls on a fuller length around the middle-leg channel, Usman Khawaja closes the face of his bat a bit early on flick and takes the leading edge towards deep point for a single.

15.40

Too full and in front of the stumps, Usman Khawaja drives it straight solidly which hits the left boot of the bowler. A good shot that.

15.30

This time he brings it into the bodyline on a fuller length, Usman Khawaja alertly defends it off the back foot and stays in the crease.

15.20

Pitches it on a bit back of a length this time, outside off, it nips further away after pitching, Usman Khawaja shoulders arms.

15.10

Continues and bowls on a much fuller length in front of the sticks, Usman Khawaja leans ahead and drives it to mid off.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 38/0

D Warner21 (43)

U Khawaja15 (47)

S Khan4-0-20-0

14.60

Holds the length back a little on the off stump line. David Warner stays forward and knocks it off to end the over.

14.51

Tossed up slow, on the line of the off stump. Usman Khawaja drives the ball to long off and runs a single.

14.40

Pitched up on the off stump line. Usman Khawaja blocks it off from the crease.

14.30

Holds his length back on the line of the stumps. Usman Khawaja stays back and taps the ball to catching covers.

14.21

Short and wide. David Warner cuts it away to the right of sweeper covers and runs a single.

14.11

Pitches the ball up on the off stump line. Usman Khawaja covers the line of the ball and drives the ball to the right of mid on and runs a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 35/0

D Warner20 (41)

U Khawaja13 (43)

A Jamal1-0-3-0

13.60

Back of a length and a shade outside off, David Warner presses forward and defends it nicely.

13.50

Back of a length around off at 138 clicks, David Warner solidly defends it to the cover fielder on front foot.

13.43

That's well played by Usman Khawaja! Aamer Jamal sprays on the pads on a fullish length, Usman Khawaja flicks it nicely through square leg. Sajid Khan is the one on the chase and picks it up before the fence. The batters cross for the third in the meantime.

13.31lb

Full and on the pads, David Warner misses the flick and thuds his pads. The ball rolls towards backward square leg and the batters cross for a leg-bye single.

13.20

DROPPED! Could you believe it? Bowls on a fuller length around the vicinity of the off pole, David Warner goes for a front foot defence and gets a thickish outside edge of his blade which flies straight to the second slip fielder. Saim Ayub the debutant spills an easy sitter and looks dejected, so as do the other fielders. Pakistan cannot afford such silly mistakes. This can prove to be a very costly drop. Poor display of fielding there.

13.10

Begins with a fuller delivery from around the wicket, outside off, David Warner presents the open face of his blade prodding ahead and drives straight to mid off.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 31/0

U Khawaja10 (42)

D Warner20 (36)

S Khan3-0-17-0

12.62

Tossed up delivery on the pads. Usman Khawaja flicks it late to take it fine towards the fine leg gap for a couple to end the over.

12.50

Tossed up on the stumps again. Usman Khawaja hangs back and blocks it away.

12.40

Short and wide, cut away but straight to covers.

12.34

FOUR! Superb shot for a boundary. Usman Khawaja playing the spinner well. Tossed up by Sajid Khan just outside the line of the off stump and Usman Khawaja gets down on a knee and sweeps the ball hard in front of square for four runs along the ground.

12.20

Tossed up on the middle stump again. Usman Khawaja stays back and keeps the ball out.

12.11

Gives it a riff on the stumps, fuller in length. David Warner flicks it to the left of mid on and takes a run.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 24/0

U Khawaja4 (37)

D Warner19 (35)

M Hamza6-4-3-0

11.60

Strays down the leg side on a fuller length, Usman Khawaja lets it go through to the keeper.

11.50

Jaffa! Bowls in the channel of uncertainty on a tad fuller length which moves a bit outside, Usman Khawaja gets squared up and is beaten all ends up on that one.

11.40

This time bowls an inswinger which drifts down the leg side, Usman Khawaja isn't interested to poke it and lets it go.

11.30

Way outside off and full, it nips further away from off, Usman Khawaja is happy to leave it alone.

11.20

Straight and aims the stumps on a tad fuller length, Usman Khawaja defends it to mid-wicket from the crease.

11.10

Starts with a beauty! Pitches on a tad fuller length which swings a bit away from off, Usman Khawaja lets it go through to the keeper.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 24/0

D Warner19 (35)

U Khawaja4 (31)

S Khan2-0-10-0

10.60

Pitches the ball up slow on the off stump. David Warner taps it straight to catching covers on the off side.

10.52

Holds the length back outside the off stump, slower in the air. David Warner waits on it and taps it late through the left of slip and runs a couple.

10.41

Short and wide, Usman Khawaja punches it to the right of covers and runs a single.

10.30

Tossed up slow on the off stump. Usman Khawaja offers a front foot defence.

10.20

Just short and a bit flatter through the air on the off stump. Usman Khawaja stays back and pushes the ball to covers.

10.11

Starts off fuller on the off stump. David Warner takes the front leg out and pushes the ball past covers, towards long off for a run.

Time for spin as Sajid Khan (1-0-6-0) is back on.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 20/0

U Khawaja3 (28)

D Warner16 (32)

M Hamza5-3-3-0

9.60

Nicely bowled! Goes full now and gets that one to shape back in a long, long way onto the pads. Usman Khawaja misses the flick and gets hit on the boot.

9.50

Excellent length, close to the off stump and swinging away sharply but late too. Usman Khawaja leaves it alone.

9.40

Very full and just down leg, looking for the magic delivery that swings away from the leg stump but this one just goes straight on.

9.30

Steams in, grunts and then serves a shortish delivery well wide of the off stump. Mohammad Rizwan has to dive down to his left to collect that one.

9.21

Shortish delivery onto middle and leg, David Warner hops and tucks it away just behind square leg for a quick single.

9.11

Full and straight, angling onto the pads, flicked away stylishly down to fine leg for a single by Usman Khawaja.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 18/0

D Warner15 (31)

U Khawaja2 (23)

H Ali4-2-10-0

8.60

Maiden! Hasan Ali seems to have found a bit of rhythm as he serves it full and angles it onto the stumps, Warner blocks it off.

8.50

Nice and full around the off stump, David Warner is a bit late on the block but gets more than enough on it. A pretty sedate half an hour or so till now.

8.40

Goes full and outside off, David Warner walks past the off stump and comes ahead before blocking it off the outer half of the bat to point.

8.30

Hard length around the line of off stump, David Warner gets across to defend.

8.20

Just pulls the length back a bit and gets this one to angle back in a long way off the deck. David Warner is standing too far outside the crease and gets caught on the crease once again as he gets an inside edge onto the pads.

8.10

Pitched up around off stump, David Warner gets on the front foot and defends it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 18/0

U Khawaja2 (23)

D Warner15 (25)

M Hamza4-3-1-0

7.60

An absolute ripper! Perfect length, angled onto off and middle at 139 clicks but shapes away beautifully and zips past the outside edge as Usman Khawaja looks to defend. Mir Hamza also falls on the followthrough.

7.50

Nagging length at 135 clicks, close to the off stump, Usman Khawaja stays back in his crease to make the block.

7.41lb

Leg bye! Full and just angling down leg, David Warner gets across to flick but misses. The ball goes off the pads towards backward square leg and they get a leg bye.

7.30

Looks to put in some extra effort and slide one full and into the legs but spills it down the leg side.

7.20

Pitched up again around middle and shaping away nicely, David Warner covers the line and defends it with a straight bat.

7.10

This is pitched up full and on the stumps at 135.5 clicks, David Warner defends it off the front foot.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 17/0

U Khawaja2 (21)

D Warner15 (21)

H Ali3-1-10-0

6.60

Goes a bit wider on the crease and angles it in on a fuller length onto middle, Usman Khawaja blocks it off.

6.50

A touch fuller and in the channel around off, Usman Khawaja leaves it alone.

6.41

Good length again in and around the off stump, David Warner taps it just behind point and picks up a quick single as the fielder there fumbles.

6.30

A touch fuller and angled into the off and middle stump, David Warner solidly defends it out.

6.24

EDGED AND FOUR! Nagging length and tight line around the off stump, David Warner looks to block but gets an outside edge that goes through the vacant third slip region and into the third man fence.

6.10

Better from Hasan Ali as he bowls it on a good length around off and gets this one to jag back in a long way. David Warner gets caught on the crease and gets an inside edge back onto the pads.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 12/0

U Khawaja2 (19)

D Warner10 (17)

M Hamza3-2-1-0

5.60

Maiden! Good length in the channel and gently seaming away, Usman Khawaja is happy to shoulder arms at it.

5.50

Much better from Mir Hamza as he pitches this one up on the middle stump and gets it to shape away nicely but the pace just isn't there and Usman Khawaja defends it to the off side.

5.40

Nagging length onto middle and leg, Usman Khawaja looks to block it with a dead bat but gets beaten on the inside edge and gets hit on the pads.

5.30

Gets an inch or two closer to the off stump and keeps it full, Usman Khawaja with another assured leave.

5.20

Even fuller and much closer to the off stump, shaping away a touch, another solid leave from Usman Khawaja. Pakistani bowlers need to hit the stumps much more often as this is bread and butter for Khawaja.

5.10

Pitched up outside off and shaping away, Usman Khawaja watches it well and lets it through.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 12/0

D Warner10 (17)

U Khawaja2 (13)

H Ali2-1-5-0

4.64

FOUR! There's the first boundary of the day and David Warner will feel much more confident after that. Full again and outside off, just angled in a bit, Warner hangs back in his crease and punches it with one knee on the deck and creams it through cover-point for four runs.

4.50

Fuller in length and outside off, swinging in late, too wide for David Warner to play at it.

4.40

Switches back to around the wicket and angles in a fuller delivery down the leg side, David Warner misses the flick. Hasan Ali hasn't quite got his lines right so far.

4.31

Drops it a fraction short around the leg stump, Usman Khawaja hangs back and nudges it down to fine leg for a single.

4.20

On a good length again and outside off, Usman Khawaja makes another easy leave.

4.10

Length ball from over the wicket in the channel around off and angling away, Usman Khawaja lets it through to the keeper.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 7/0

D Warner6 (14)

U Khawaja1 (10)

M Hamza2-1-1-0

3.60

Full on off stump, shaping away, David Warner defends it late and with soft hands towards cover.

3.50

Full and well outside off, David Warner leaves that one alone.

3.41

Usman Khawaja is off the mark! Hard length on the leg stump, nudged away behind square leg for a single and that's the first run of the day for Australia as well.

3.30

Pitches this one up at the stumps around middle, Usman Khawaja leans on and pushes it to mid on.

3.20

Nicely bowled, fuller and in the channel, shaping away late, Usman Khawaja stays watchful and makes another leave.

3.10

On a good length on the fifth stump line and seaming away gently off the deck, Usman Khawaja leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 6/0

D Warner6 (12)

U Khawaja0 (6)

H Ali1-1-0-0

2.60

Another one that is slipped down the leg side, David Warner doesn't bother playing at it. Another maiden.

2.50

A loose delivery as Hasan Ali spills this one well down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan does well to dive down to his right and get a glove on it.

2.40

Short and outside off, David Warner gets well across and makes the leave and even turns around to watch the ball go through the keeper.

2.30

A half-hearted appeal for LBW but the impact seems well outside off. Slightly shorter around off, sliding back into the off stump, David Warner gets caught on the crease and the ball beats the inside edge to hit him on the pads.

2.20

Good length again and in the channel, David Warner blocks it well off the front foot.

2.10

On a good length, angling in from outside off, David Warner gets across a bit and taps it to point and lets out a big shout of 'no run.'

Hasan Ali to operate from the other end.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 6/0

U Khawaja0 (6)

D Warner6 (6)

M Hamza1-1-0-0

1.60

Maiden! Hamza goes full and straight this time and bowls it yorker length, Usman Khawaja watchfully digs it out.

1.50

Pitched up in the channel around off and swinging away gently, Usman Khawaja shoulders arms to that one.

1.40

Back of a length in the channel, Usman Khawaja gets on the back foot and drops it with soft hands in front of cover-point.

1.30

Fuller in length again, looking to attack the pads but spills it down the leg side. Usman Khawaja misses out on the flick.

1.20

Beauty! Bowled full and in and around the off stump, swinging away nicely, Usman Khawaja looks to defend off the front foot but is beaten on the outside edge.

1.10

Begins from over the wicket and serves it a bit shorter over middle, Usman Khawaja hops and tucks it away to square leg.

We are all set for Day 2! The umpires walk out to the middle followed by the players of Pakistan. David Warner walks out alongside Usman Khawaja to resume his overnight stay on what looks like quite a muggy morning in Sydney. It will be Mir Hamza to begin proceedings with the ball on Day 2.

Pakistan maybe 2-0 down and may have lost the series but with every Test counting for something given the WTC format, they will feel they have a real chance of winning this game but will need to pick up wickets with the new ball as once the ball gets soft, there's not much in the pitch for the bowlers. The scene is set for a riveting Day 2 and at the end of the day's play, we might see which side has it's nose in front. Stick around as the cricketing action isn't far away.

In front of a 34,000 plus crowd inside the SCG, the Aussies delivered a terrific bowling performance in the first half of Day 1 but were punished for persisting with the short-ball tactics later in the day and they let a huge advantage slip. With the bat, they faced just one over which David Warner negotiated well but it will be a test for the openers early on Day 2. There are plenty of runs to be scored though once you get past the first few overs.

Hello and welcome to the Sydney Cricket Ground for Day 2 of the 3rd and final Test match between Australia and Pakistan. The 'Pink Test' started off with a bang on Day 1 and there was more than enough entertainment available to keep even the T20 enthusiasts engrossed. As Day 2 begins, all eyes will be fixated on a certain southpaw who is also the hometown boy and is playing his final Test match.

... DAY 2, SESSION 1 ...

Right then, Australia are 307 runs behind and will begin their innings fresh on Day 2 with their two openers. David Warner will once again be in the spotlight but so will this whole game as Pakistan will try to come hard at the Aussies and pick up early wickets. Join us on Thursday at 5 am IST (11.30 pm GMT) for all the action. However, you can also catch our build-up to Day 2 which will begin a lot sooner. Cheers!

After the Lunch interval, Mohammad Rizwan shifted gears extremely well and took on Nathan Lyon which allowed Agha Salman to settle in and the pair put on 96 big runs to get Pakistan out of trouble. However, Australia came back strongly and picked up wickets right before Tea and Rizwan fell short of a hundred by 12 runs. There was some resistance after Tea but once again skipper Pat Cummins ripped through the next three wickets in quick succession, leaving Pakistan at 227/9. With everything stacked against him, Aamer Jamal played one of the knocks of the series as he went on a rampage on scored 82 runs before eventually bowing out.

Day 1 started with Shan Masood opting to bat first on a ground where the average first innings total was above 400 runs in recent times but there was early movement for the pacers and the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood took advantage of that. Each of them picked up a wicket in the first over and Pakistan lost both their openers for a duck each. Babar Azam and Shan Masood then looked good but the Australian skipper came in and sent Babar packing with a big indipper. The battle though became exciting when Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan started to counter attack. Mitchell Marsh broke that stand too and Pakistan had to rebuild again.

That's it, David Warner has successfully negotiated the over and he walks back to a big round of applause from his family, his teammates and the whole 34,000-plus SCG crowd. What an engrossing day of Test cricket we have just witnessed and after a lot of ebbs and flows, it will be Pakistan who will go into Day 2 with a much more positive mindset as they really got out of a hole and posted a decent score on the board.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 6/0

D Warner6 (6)

U Khawaja0 (0)

S Khan1-0-6-0

0.60

And that's a wrap for the first day! Fuller and wide outside off, David Warner lunges ahead and defends it straight back to the bowler. He gets a huge reception and roar for that. And it's Stumps on Day 1.

0.50

Oh, how has that missed the stumps? On a fuller length at the sticks, David Warner moves back and gets a bottom edge which goes off the pads and just bounces over the stumps. Warner had no idea where that one went but he will be very happy to have survived there.

0.40

Fuller and aiming at the off stump, David Warner strides ahead and defends it to cover.

0.32

Fuller this time at leg stump, David Warner flicks it with his wrists through the gap between mid-wicket and square leg for a double.

0.20

Dragged length just around off, David Warner rocks back again and pushes it to point.

0.14

FOUR! Now that's some start to his final Test match! Sajid Khan bowls it short first up, outside off, David Warner rocks back and punches it through covers for a boundary off the very first delivery.

Commentary

We are back for Australia's first innings! The umpires and the players of Pakistan are out in the middle with Nathan Lyon padded up in the dressing room. It will be the regular opening pair of Usman Khawaja and David Warner to come out and face the music. Warner gets a resounding welcome as this could well be his final Test knock and a lovely gesture from the Pakistan team as they give him a guard of honour. We might get just an over or two at best and it will be the off-spinner Sajid Khan to bowl to David Warner first up. Four fielders in and around the bat, let's go...

... SECOND INNINGS ...

Australia will be thoroughly disappointed with how things ended but will have to shrug it off when they come out to bat in a few minutes' time. They started off brilliantly with ball in hand as all three frontline pacers got into the wickets but every now and then, they let things slip. But when the ball got older and the pitch lost the little bite it had to begin with, the bowlers struggled. Skipper Pat Cummins though bowled really well and picked up a third five-wicket haul in a row. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and particularly Nathan Lyon were unimpressive after Tea but Lyon did finish things up. The onus is now on the opening pair of Australia to see them through to Day 2. Stick around as Australia's reply is up next.

Pakistan went into Tea being 198/6 and with Sajid Khan and Agha Salman at the crease and they added a few vital runs before Khan got out and then Salman too fell just as he brought up his fifty. All of a sudden they were 9 down but Jamal managed things pretty well and played some eye-catching shots as well. What looked like a stellar cameo ended up being a knock to remember as he took the Aussie bowlers apart one by one and a big mention has to go to Mir Hamza as well who hung on and gave Jamal the opportunity to express himself. The Pakistani bowlers will surely be fired up after that.

Take a bow, Aamer Jamal and he has changed the entire game with that unreal 82-run knock. Right then, Australia have eventually been able to bowl out Pakistan for 313 runs and that is surely way more than they would have wished for 47/4 and then 227/9 as well. Given the nature of the pitch, it is still a slightly under-par score but Aamer Jamal has really given his side something to bowl at.

77.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! Finally, finally Aamer Jamal finds the fielder and Nathan Lyon does get his man. This is tossed up on the stumps yet again and Jamal does skip down the track and go after it. Jamal heaves it away but doesn't quite get the timing and finds Mitchell Starc at long on who makes no mistake. A phenomenal inning though from the number 9 and Pakistan have been bundled out for a decent total of 313 runs.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 77 overs : 313/9

M Hamza7 (43)

A Jamal82 (96)

T Head1-0-1-0

76.60

Goes full and tries to spear it in on off stump, Mir Hamza digs it out well.

76.50

Comes from around the wicket and bowls it flatter on the stumps, Mir Hamza solidly keeps it out.

76.41

Full and at the stumps, Aamer Jamal steps out and heaves it on the bounce to the man at deep mid-wicket for a single.

76.30

Half an appeal for LBW but the umpire says no and that might have been going down leg. Quick again and on a nagging length around off. This one turns in sharply and Aamer Jamal is pushed on the back foot before getting pinged on the pads.

76.20

Quicker and fired in well outside off, turning in a bit, Aamer Jamal leaves it alone.

76.10

Fuller in length and turning in from outside off, Aamer Jamal leans on and fends it away to cover-point.

Travis Head comes into the attack and he replaces Pat Cummins from the other end. Can he provide the breakthrough for Australia?

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 76 overs : 312/9

M Hamza7 (41)

A Jamal81 (92)

N Lyon17-0-74-0

75.60

Flatter one angled into the pads, Mir Hamza stays back to defend.

75.51

Comes from around the wicket and fires it in across the off stump, Aamer Jamal misses the sweep and gets an under edge back onto the pads. The ball rolls away past gully and they get a single.

75.44

FOUR! That has been smashed and Nathan Lyon is getting taken to the cleaners here. Floats this one up around off, Jamal steps out and thumps it right back over the bowler's head and into the long off fence.

75.36

SIX! BANG! Aamer Jamal is eyeing up a hundred here. This is tossed up on the stumps, Jamal skips down the track and heaves it away over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

75.20

Slightly shorter and turning into middle and leg, Aamer Jamal rocks back and tucks it to mid-wicket.

75.10

More of a hopeful appeal from Nathan Lyon for LBW but the umpire says no. This is tossed up on a length around off and turning back in a long way. Aamer Jamal looks to lean on and defend but misses and gets rapped on the pads.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 75 overs : 301/9

M Hamza7 (40)

A Jamal70 (87)

P Cummins18-1-61-5

74.60

Slower and shorter around leg stump, Mir Hamza stays put and nudges it just behind the short leg fielder.

74.50

Switches to over the wicket and tries angling across a short ball to the left-hander. Mir Hamza stays back and just blocks it down the pitch.

74.40

Short of a length from around the wicket and over middle and leg, Mir Hamza hops and drops it in front of short leg with soft hands.

74.31

This time he does take the single. Banged in well short and over off, Aamer Jamal gets on top of the bounce well and pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a run.

74.20

Banged in a bit and well outside off, Aamer Jamal goes after it and slashes it away to deep cover for no run.

74.10

Slower delivery, on a hard length and over the stumps, Aamer Jamal watchfully keeps it out.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 74 overs : 300/9

M Hamza7 (37)

A Jamal69 (84)

N Lyon16-0-63-0

73.60

Again this is tossed up around off and middle, Mir Hamza gets on the front foot and keeps it out.

73.50

Fired in full and on middle stump, Mir Hamza solidly blocks it off the front foot.

73.41

Aamer Jamal picks up a single and would you believe it? The 300 comes up for Pakistan and this last-wicket stand has now stretched to 73 runs. This is flighted on the stumps, Aamer Jamal nails the conevntional sweep this time and gets it to deep backward square leg for one.

73.36

SIX! Oh, wow! That is a remarkable shot from Aamer Jamal and even Marnus Labuschagne is in awe of it. Another one that is tossed up well outside off and turning in. Jamal goes for the reverse-hit and smokes it against the turn over the cover-point fence for a biggie.

73.24

FOUR! In the air but well wide of Mitchell Starc at long on. Nicely flighted around off, Aamer Jamal gets down on one knee and fetches the ball to heave it away without much timing. The ball lands just inside the ropes and goes into the fence.

73.10

Tosses this one up on a length but much slower through the air. Aamer Jamal reaches out well and sweeps it on the bounce and right into the body of Marnus Labuschagne at short leg. That must have stung a bit.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 73 overs : 289/9

M Hamza7 (35)

A Jamal58 (80)

P Cummins17-1-60-5

72.60

Bowled back of a length and over the stumps, Mir Hamza hops on the back foot and defends it down on the deck with soft hands. Hamza doing his job to perfection thus far.

72.50

Shorter again and over middle stump, Mir Hamza gets on the back foot and nudges it to the right of Travis Head at short leg.

72.40

Off the thigh pad! Comes from around the wicket to the left-hander and angles in a shortish ball at the body. Mir Hamza hops and looks to tuck it away but the ball goes right off the pads into the hands of Travis Head at short leg.

72.31

Slows it up now and bowls it back of a length outside off, Aamer Jamal waits on it well and pats it away through the cover region for a run.

72.20

Good length again around the top of off, Aamer Jamal stands tall and punches it crisply on the up to covers.

72.10

Good-length delivery, slanting it into middle and leg, Aamer Jamal flicks it off the inner half and gets it behind square leg for no run.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 72 overs : 288/9

M Hamza7 (32)

A Jamal57 (77)

N Lyon15-0-52-0

71.60

Tossed up delivery around off, Mir Hamza leans on and blocks it well to the off side.

71.50

Beaten! Flighted delivery, on a nagging length and floated up outside off. Mir Hamza is drawn forward but the ball grips and rips away past the outside edge.

71.40

Drifted in from around the stumps and into middle and leg, Mir Hamza watchfully defends it out.

71.31

Tossed up on a length and around off, Aamer Jamal strides out looking to defend but the ball turns in and catches the shoulder of the bat going past the vacant short leg region. Jamal picks up a single.

71.20

A bit quicker and fuller onto middle, Aamer Jamal leans on to defend but fails to get it away.

71.10

On the shorter side and turning in from middle. This one turns down the leg side and Aamer Jamal leaves it alone.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 71 overs : 287/9

M Hamza7 (29)

A Jamal56 (74)

P Cummins16-1-59-5

70.60

Ends with another short ball and this one is angled into the body, Mir Hamza fends it away off the hips and that might have taken the inside edge of the bat as well but it falls well wide of short leg.

70.52

Back of a length and outside off, Mir Hamza looks to defend off the back foot but edges it down with soft hands towards third man for a couple of runs.

70.40

Stayed low! Short of a length, banged into the pitch and outside off, Mir Hamza hops back but the ball stays low and goes off the cue end of the bat down to the left of the keeper who puts in the dive and stops it.

70.30

Another short ball that is angled in from outside off and this one doesn't rise quite high. Mir Hamza drops the hands well and bends it back to let it through to the keeper.

70.20

Changes the angle now by coming around the wicket and bangs in another bouncer. This is around off and angled in, hurrying the batter but once again Mir Hamza hops and is able to keep it down on the deck.

70.10

Pat Cummins comes back on and digs in a short ball over middle and leg. This one rises up a bit but Mir Hamza hops back and keeps it down in front of short leg.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 70 overs : 285/9

A Jamal56 (74)

M Hamza5 (23)

M Starc16-2-75-2

69.60

Ends with a bouncer on the leg stump, Aamer Jamal ducks underneath it. A valiant batting effort from these two for the last wicket.

69.54

FOUR! He steals another boundary! Attempted yorker from Mitchell Starc but ends up as a low full toss, Aamer Jamal drives it through covers for a superb boundary. What an over this is turning out to be for Pakistan!

69.40

Digs in a bumper way down the leg, Aamer Jamal is happy to let that go through to the keeper.

69.34

FOUR! That's a brave 50 for Aamer Jamal! Short and wide outside off, Aamer Jamal gets on top of it and drives it nicely through deep backward point for a boundary. What a resilient innings from him!

69.21

Short again outside off, Mir Hamza rocks back and taps it towards backward point. They steal a quick single and it brings up the 50-run stand for these two.

69.14

FOUR! That's through the slip cordon and gully and Mir Hamza is off the mark! Back of a length outside off, Mir Hamza hops on the back foot and guides it past slip cordon. Mitchell Marsh at gully dives to his right but does not reach to it. The ball races away to the fence for a boundary. Frustrating times for Aussies.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 69 overs : 272/9

A Jamal48 (70)

M Hamza0 (21)

M Labuschagne3-1-9-0

68.64

FOUR! Exceptional shot by Aamer Jamal as he has taken it on himself to get his side to a good score. Tossed up at the stumps by Marnus Labuschagne resulting in a low full toss on the stumps. Aamer Jamal flicks the ball hard beating short mid-wicket and the ball races away to the mid-wicket fence for four more.

68.50

Pitched short at the stumps. Aamer Jamal blocks it off the crease.

68.44

FOUR! Aamer Jamal is playing an exceptional innings for the Pakistan side. Hits another boundary. tossed up by Marnus Labuschagne outside the off stump line and Aamer Jamal gets down the track and slams the ball right past the bowler and the ball races away to the long off fence for a boundary.

68.30

Tosses the ball up and full at the batter. Aamer Jamal taps it back to the bowler.

68.20

Just short again at the stumps. Aamer Jamal flicks the ball through to deep mid-wicket. Another dot ball.

68.10

Tosses the ball up at the stumps. Aamer Jamal steps down the track and slams the ball hard and straight to long on. No run taken.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 68 overs : 264/9

M Hamza0 (21)

A Jamal40 (64)

M Starc15-2-62-2

67.60

A tad short ball drifting down the leg, Mir Hamza hops on the back foot to glance it to the leg side and the ball clips his thigh pad and carries to the keeper.

67.50

Attempts a yorker this time but drops it fuller outside off, Mir Hamza carves it towards the off side.

67.40

Another short pitch bounce well outside off, Mir Hamza sways away from it.

67.30

Short and wide outside off at 142 clicks, Mir Hamza tries to poke it away from his body and gets beaten on the outside edge.

67.20

DROPPED! Oh dear! Bangs in short and down the leg, Mir Hamza hops and fends it off his gloves. The ball lobs above Travis Head stationed at short leg who fails to catch it. Frustrations multiplying for the hosts at the moment.

67.10

Steams in and pitches it on a shorter length outside off which nips further away after pitching, Mir Hamza lets it go alone through to the keeper.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 67 overs : 264/9

A Jamal40 (64)

M Hamza0 (15)

M Labuschagne2-1-1-0

66.60

Pitches the ball up on the line of the stumps. Aamer Jamal looks to play the reverse sweep but gets a hit on the pads towards square leg. The batters dont get a single and its going to be Mir Hamza to face the next over.

66.50

Looped up again outside the off stump line. Aamer Jamal pushes the ball straight to point and looks to run a single, but in the end, is sent back by his partner.

66.40

Tosses it up on the off stump line. Aamer Jamal plays if off the front foot, back to the bowler.

66.30

Just short outside the off stump line. Aamer Jamal lets the ball go through.

66.20

Pitches the ball up on the off stump line. Aamer Jamal offers a perfect front foot defence.

66.10

Short ball outside the off stump line. Aamer Jamal strokes the ball to long on and denies the single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 66 overs : 264/9

M Hamza0 (15)

A Jamal40 (58)

N Lyon14-0-51-0

65.60

Off-break delivery around off and on a fuller length, Mir Hamza defends it with soft hands and gets a thickish leading edge which falls just short of Usman Khawaja at the second slip.

65.50

Quicker and flatter this time outside off and full, Mir Hamza leaves it alone with no shot at offer.

65.40

Dragged length outside off, Mir Hamza goes to defend it and gets beaten by the spin.

65.30

Around the wicket on a fuller length at the stumps, Mir Hamza does well to defend it off the front foot.

65.21

A bit quicker through the air on a fuller length outside off, Aamer Jamal advances down the track and mistimes the shot towards deep backward square leg for a single.

65.10

Lyon continues and drops it on a fuller length on the middle-leg line, Aamer Jamal steers it with soft hands to short fine leg.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 65 overs : 263/9

M Hamza0 (11)

A Jamal39 (56)

M Labuschagne1-0-1-0

64.60

Another low full toss to end the over dipping down at the batter on the middle stump line. Mir Hamza strokes the ball back to the bowler to end the over.

64.51

Pitched up on the off stump line. Aamer Jamal drives the ball into the gap and runs a single.

64.40

That spun away well, beating the outside edge of Aamer Jamal. Good turn and bounce for Marnus Labuschagne from the off stump line.

64.30

Full toss this time from Marnus Labuschagne on the middle stump line. Aamer Jamal taps it back to the bowler.

64.20

Short and wide outside the off stump. Aamer Jamal looks to cut the ball but misses out on any contact.

64.10

Starts off with a short ball on the stumps. Aamer Jamal pulls it away to deep mid-wicket but denies the run.

Marnus Labuschagne has now been tossed the ball.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 64 overs : 262/9

M Hamza0 (10)

A Jamal38 (51)

N Lyon13-0-50-0

63.60

Flighted ball outside off from around the wicket, Mir Hamza survives the last ball as he pushes it wide of mid off.

63.51

Flights it and drops it on the stumps on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal works it towards long on and accumulates another crucial single.

63.40

A touch short outside off and full, Aamer Jamal reverse sweeps it straight to backward point.

63.30

Tosses it up around off and a tad full, Aamer Jamal goes for a switch hit and loses his balance on it.

63.20

Drags his length a bit which spins into the pads, Aamer Jamal gets beaten on the defence and the ball wears on his thigh pad.

63.10

Bowls a flighted off-break on the stump line on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal confidently defends it with a long stride ahead.

Drinks break! Well, well, half an hour or so ago it seemed all over for Pakistan and the crowd was gearing up to see David Warner come out to bat in his farewell Test but Aamer Jamal has delayed that. Not just that but Jamal has proved to be a thorn in Australia's side and has given his team the much-needed boost. How much longer can he protect Mir Hamza and keep on raking up the runs at the same time? Let's find out.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 63 overs : 261/9

A Jamal37 (46)

M Hamza0 (9)

J Hazlewood15-2-65-1

62.61

Hits the length outside the off stump line. Aamer Jamal taps the ball to the right of point and takes a single to keep strike.

62.50

Pitches this on up outside the off stump line. Aamer Jamal looks to heave the ball through the leg side, but misses out on any connection with the bat. The ball misses the off stump but not by much.

62.40

Good short ball again by Josh Hazlewood, following the movement of the batter. Aamer Jamal ducks down and lets the ball go.

62.36

SIX! Second six for Aamer Jamal and what a shot to bring it up. Short ball at the body of the batter with pace and Aamer Jamal pulls it hard, not looking to keep the ball along the ground and sees it sail over the head to deep square leg for a massive six.

62.20

A perfect short ball at the batter, and Aamer Jamal goes at it but misses the contact once again.

62.10

Bowls a good length ball on top of the off stump line. Aamer Jamal stays at the crease and tucks the ball straight to point and refuses to take a single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 62 overs : 254/9

M Hamza0 (9)

A Jamal30 (40)

N Lyon12-0-49-0

61.60

Darts in the stump line on a fuller length, Mir Hamza defends it and gets an inside edge of the blade to short fine.

61.50

Bowls from around the wicket and drops it fuller around leg, Mir Hamza blocks it to silly point off the front foot.

61.41

A tossed-up delivery outside off and full, Aamer Jamal employs the reverse sweep but doesn't time it well. The ball rolls through short fine leg and the batters cross for a single.

61.30

Dragged length outside off, Aamer Jamal defends it off the outer edge off the back foot.

61.20

Tossed up delivery on the stump line, Aamer Jamal defends it off the front foot and gets a leading edge past first slip.

61.10

Drops it on a fullish length wide outside off, Aamer Jamal dances down the track and smashes it towards long on and denies a run.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 61 overs : 253/9

M Hamza0 (7)

A Jamal29 (36)

J Hazlewood14-2-58-1

60.60

Short ball again at the body of the batter from around the wicket angle. Mir Hamza gets a hit on the thigh pads and the ball goes straight to Travis Head at forward short leg. Dot ball to end the over.

60.51

A good short ball again at the body of the batter. Aamer Jamal pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a run.

60.40

Pitches the ball just short at the stumps line. Aamer Jamal moves aground and taps the ball back to the bowler on his follow through.

60.30

Another dot ball as Josh Hazlewood bowls a very well-directed bouncer and beats the attempt of Aamer Jamal to pull the ball.

60.20

Hits the good length again at the stumps. Aamer Jamal heaves the bat hard with no foot moment and gets an inside edge back to Alex Carey on the bounce.

60.10

Pitches the ball up outside the off stump line. Aamer Jamal drives the ball straight to deep covers and does not take the run.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 60 overs : 252/9

M Hamza0 (6)

A Jamal28 (31)

N Lyon11-0-48-0

59.60

Bowls fuller and at the stumps, Mir Hamza dances ahead and dead bats at it to the bowler.

59.50

Bowls from around the wicket and full aiming the off pole, Mir Hamza defends it off the front foot.

59.41

Fuller and outside off this time, Aamer Jamal reverse sweeps it along the ground towards deep point and runs an easy single.

59.30

Flighted ball outside off, Aamer Jamal leans ahead and blocks it back to the bowler.

59.20

Drags his length a bit this time and pitches outside off with a sharp spin again, Aamer Jamal rocks back and blocks it to the left of the bowler.

59.10

Lyon continues and drops it on a fuller length outside off, it turns sharply into the batter, Aamer Jamal sits on his knee and sweeps it away through towards deep square leg.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 59 overs : 251/9

M Hamza0 (4)

A Jamal27 (27)

J Hazlewood13-2-57-1

58.60

Another half-tracker outside the line of the off stump. The ball doesn't bounce as much as Josh Hazlewood would have liked and Mir Hamza watchfully leaves it on its way. The replays show that the ball hit a dead patch and just dies on its way to the keeper.

58.50

Bangs another on into the pitch straight onto the batter. Mir Hamza stands tall and blocks the ball well.

58.41

Another short ball at the batter and Aamer Jamal mistimes his pull shot, taking the ball just over short mid-wicket and the batters run a single.

58.36

SIX! That is a special shot taking the ball all the way over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum. Short bowling just not working for Josh Hazlewood as he has gone for 12 off the first three. Aamer Jamal clubs this one hard and takes it rows back over the boundary line for six runs.

58.22

Short again but wide off the off stump this time. Aamer Jamal taps the ball hard to the right of deep point and runs a couple.

58.14

FOUR! Beautifully hit for a boundary off the first ball of the over. Bangs in short at the body of the batter and Aamer Jamal pulls it away in the gap between deep square leg and fine leg for another boundary to add on to the total score of Pakistan.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 58 overs : 238/9

M Hamza0 (2)

A Jamal14 (23)

N Lyon10-0-47-0

57.60

Loops it up on the stump line on a fuller length, Mir Hamza strides ahead and blocks it to the leg side with the spin.

57.51

Drags his length now at the off stump, Aamer Jamal rocks back and works it towards square leg for a single.

57.40

DROPPED! Nathan Lyon flights it up well and drops it around off on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal shimmies down a bit and smashes it straight to the bowler. Its self-preservation first for Lyon but he does stick out both hands. The ball hits the right hand and pops out but Lyon is alive to the chance and dives back to grab it. The ball falls well out of his reach though.

57.30

Tosses it around the off stump line on a fuller length, Aamer Jamal blocks it off the front foot.

57.24

FOUR! That's sloppy from Josh Hazlewood in the deep and Nathan Lyon is not happy with that. Full and around the off pole, Aamer Jamal employs the reverse sweep towards the deep cover region where Hazlewood fails to stop it cleanly. It runs away for a boundary. Pakistan will take it with both hands. Crucial runs these.

57.10

Bowls on a good length around the off stump line, Aamer Jamal rocks back and punches it to short mid-wicket.

Nathan Lyon (9-0-42-0) is back on.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 57 overs : 233/9

A Jamal9 (18)

M Hamza0 (1)

P Cummins15-1-57-5

56.61

Bowls a short ball again, outside the line of the off stump. Aamer Jamal taps the ball into the covers gap and takes a run to keep the strike.

56.50

Another delivery pitched short of length on the stumps line. Aamer Jamal walks around and looks to heave the bat but misses out an the connection yet again.

56.44

FOUR! Valuable runs for Pakistan as Aamer Jamal strikes a welcome boundary. A good short ball again at the batter this time and Aamer Jamal pulls it away between deep square leg and fine leg to pick up four runs for his team.

56.30

Bowls a change of pace delivery, pitched up on the off stump line. Aamer Jamal reads it well and blocks it from the crease.

56.20

Another short ball at the batter, hits him on the right torso as he looks to pull the ball away on the leg side.

56.10

Bowls a short ball outside the line of the off stump this time. Aamer Jamal swings his bat hard in the hope for a connection but misses out on any.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 56 overs : 228/9

M Hamza0 (1)

A Jamal4 (12)

M Starc14-1-62-2

55.60

Back of a length yet again down the leg, Mir Hamza misses the glance to the keeper.

55.51

A direct hit would have been curtains for Pakistan. Back of a length ball by Starc who follows the batter backing away. Aamer Jamal somehow manages to push it towards mid on. Pat Cummins is quick on the ball and throws it on the non-striker's end but misses. They get a risky single.

55.40

Short again down the leg side, Aamer Jamal comes down to the pitch and misses a wild shot on the top edge to the keeper.

55.30

Gosh that's hostile from Starc! A barrage of short-pitch bouncers here. Bangs in a steep bumper into the bodyline of the batter and it thuds his right shoulder as he goes to duck it weirdly. A loud appeal for caught behind is turned down by the umpire.

55.20

Guns a short-pitched ball on the leg stump line, Aamer Jamal sways away at the right time to let it go through to the keeper.

55.10

Bowls on a short length in the stump line, Aamer Jamal slashes it off the back foot towards deep point but denies to run a single.

Mir Hamza is the last man in for Pakistan.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 55 overs : 227/9

H Ali0 (5)

A Jamal3 (7)

P Cummins14-1-52-5

54.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! That is the FIFTH wicket for the Australian skipper Pat Cummins, for the first time at the SCG. Hasan Ali walks back without scoring. The short ball working wonders for the Australian bowlers as the past 4 wickets have been dismissed to a short ball. Pat Cummins bangs another one at the body of the batter and Hasan Ali heaves it away in the air straight to Mitchell Starc standing at deep fine leg who takes a comfortable catch at the boundary line.

54.50

Short ball again, outside the off stump line. Hasan Ali ducks and lets the ball go through.

54.40

Short ball beats Hasan Ali outside the off stump and the Australian think there might be a feather. Appeal for caught behind is turned down and Pat Cummins takes a review. The Hotspot shows no connection with the bat and the ball and the Sniko confirms the same. That's a review wasted by the Australian skipper and he has none up his sleeve anymore.

54.31

Bumper again at the helmet of the batter. Aamer Jamal gets a connection with the bat this time down to fine leg for a single.

54.20

Swing and a miss again this time from Aamer Jamal. Short ball again by Pat Cummins and Aamer Jamal swings hard with no contact.

Aamer Jamal has been struck on the helmet here and looks a bit rattled. The physio is out for a concussion check. Thankfully, Jamal looks fine to continue.

54.10

Short ball with pace again by the skipper. Aamer Jamal swings his bat hard but misses the ball and the ball hits him on the helmet. The mandatory concession test coming up for Aamer Jamal.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 54 overs : 226/8

H Ali0 (2)

A Jamal2 (4)

M Starc13-1-61-2

53.60

Short pitched delivery outside leg, Hasan Ali shuffles inside the line of the ball and misses out on the pull shot through to the keeper. A successful over comes to an end. Mitchell Starc has been nothing short of lethal in this spell.

53.50

Short and around middle-off stump line, Hasan Ali goes on the back foot and fends it after getting hit on the high end of the bat. The ball falls short of the backward point fielder.

Hasan Ali walks out to bat next.

53.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! The short ball ploy has worked for the Aussies and Mitchell Starc has a broad smile on his face. This is banged short and in the stump line, Agha Salman goes on the back foot for a pull and gets beaten by the pace and miscues it straight towards Travis Head who is stationed at square leg. He takes an easy grab there. Agha Salman's fine knock comes to an end. Pakistan loose their 8th wicket and Mitchell Starc gets his second wicket.

53.31

Short of a length in the middle stump line, Aamer Jamal stays deep in the crease and clears his front leg and clips it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

53.21

Back of a length ball around the middle and leg stump line, Agha Salman easily pulls it along the ground towards deep backward square leg and accumulates another single.

53.10

Steams in from over the wicket and bowls on the back of a length in the stump line, Agha Salman stays on the back foot and dabs it to gully.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 53 overs : 224/7

A Jamal1 (3)

A Salman52 (64)

P Cummins13-1-51-4

52.60

Another back of a length delivery, outside the line of the off stump this time. Aamer Jamal looks to play the upper cut but misses the ball completely.

52.53

Short and wide by Pat Cummins to bring up the FIFTY for Agha Salman. His second on the trot as Salman cuts this one away nicely wide of third man where the fielder dives in and they get three runs. A knock of real grit this.

Just a slight halt in play as Aamer Jamal is stung on the right thumb by a vicious delivery from Pat Cummins but he looks fine to continue.

52.41

Ouch, that must have hurt! Another banger from the off stump line, hitting Aamer Jamal straight on the gloves. The ball rolls over towards point and runs a single to open his account.

52.30

Another short ball at the batter to welcome him at the crease. Aamer Jamal ducks down and lets the ball go through.

Aamer Jamal walks out to bat next.

52.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Pat Cummins gets his man this time and Sajid Khan has to walk back. Pakistan now 7 down. Continuous use of the short delivery from both the ends doing the trick for the skipper. Bangs in short again at the body of the batter and this time Sajid Khan pulls it hard but straight into the hands of Nathan Lyon who is standing at mid-wicket, waiting for Sajid Khan to make a mistake.

52.10

Bowls a good bouncer on top of the off stump line. Sajid Khan looks to play the upper cut from the backfoot but misses out on any contact with the bat. There is a slight appeal for caught behind, turned down by the umpire in the end.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 52 overs : 220/6

A Salman49 (63)

S Khan15 (21)

M Starc12-1-59-1

51.60

Cannons a short-pitched delivery at the leg stump, Agha Salman smashes the pull shot along the ground towards backward square leg.

51.50

Short again aiming the helmet of the batter, Agha Salman plays a controlled pull shot towards backward square leg.

51.44

FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Salman! Shortish way down the leg, Agha Salman prepares himself for another pull shot staying deep in the crease and helps it race away towards the fine leg fence using the pace of the ball. He moves on to 49 with that one.

51.34

FOUR! Shot! Mitchell Starc pitches on a shorter length into the bodyline, it keeps a bit low and Agha Salman alertly waits for it and pulls it through deep backward square leg for a boundary.

51.21

Pitches on a back of a length around off, Sajid Khan rides on the bounce and drops it ahead of short cover and calls for a quick single. Good running there.

51.10

Steams in and bowls on a shorter length but down the leg, Sajid Khan misses out on the pull through to the keeper.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 51 overs : 211/6

S Khan14 (19)

A Salman41 (59)

P Cummins12-1-47-3

50.61

Just short this time, at the body of the batter. Sajid Khan pulls it away, along the ground to deep square leg for a run to end the over.

50.50

Comes around the wicket this time, Pat Cummins and bowls another bouncer at the batter this time. Sajid Khan ducks down and sees it through.

50.40

Another well directed bouncer by the Australian skipper, just outside the line of the off stump. Sajid Khan gets down at the crease and watchfully lets the ball go through.

50.30

Bangs in short over the off stump line this time. Sajid Khan ducks down and lets the ball go.

50.21

Good short ball at the batter. Agha Salman pulls it away to deep square leg for a run.

50.10

Hits the good length on the stumps line. Agha Salman stays on the crease and blocks it off well.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 209/6

A Salman40 (57)

S Khan13 (15)

M Starc11-1-50-1

49.61

Back of a length and close to the off stump at 144 clicks, Agha Salman hangs back and chops it down past the man at gully for a single and he will retain strike for the start of the next over.

49.51

On a good length outside off and angled across, Sajid Khan stands tall and strokes it away nicely to deep cover for a run.

49.40

Banged in way too short and around leg stump, Sajid Khan ducks under it with ease.

49.31

Another short ball that is angled at the bodyline, Agha Salman tucks it away neatly off his hips in between fine leg and deep backward square leg for one more.

49.21

A nasty bumper but Sajid Khan deals with it. A well-directed bumper at the helmet, Sajid gets hurried on and gets his eyes off the ball and ends up hooking it flat to deep backward square leg for one.

49.11

Hard length around off, Agha Salman stands tall and pats it down in front of covers for a single.

Mitchell Starc to steam in from the opposite end.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 204/6

S Khan11 (12)

A Salman37 (54)

P Cummins11-1-45-3

48.64

FOUR! Sajid Khan with a good-looking shot and the ball trickles away into the fence. This is pitched up around off stump, Sajid drives it on the up and gets it through the vacant mid off region. Marnus Labuschagne tries to chase it down from covers but the ball wins the race.

48.50

Bowled back of a length and around off, angling in, Sajid Khan gets right behind the line of the ball and blocks it down the pitch.

48.40

Good length around middle and angling in, Sajid Khan hops and nudges it away to mid-wicket.

48.30

Banged in short again, even shorter this time and just angled down leg, Sajid Khan looks to hook but is well beaten.

48.20

Hostile delivery from Pat Cummins as he digs it in short but it is much more well-directed and right at the face. Sajid Khan does well to duck under it.

48.11

Starts with a shortish ball over middle and leg, Agha Salman helps the pull shot to deep backward square leg and picks up a single.

We are back for the final session on Day 1! The umpires are out in the middle and so are the Australian players on what is quite a muggy afternoon at the SCG. Sajid Khan and Agha Salman are all set to resume their stay on the crease. Skipper, Pat Cummins with his tail up is raring to get proceedings underway with the ball after the break.

... DAY 1, SESSION 3 ...

Pakistan have crept back slightly into the game and will look to pile up as many runs as possible. Whereas, Australia will look to get them out quickly and get more than a few overs of batting themselves in the final session. A riveting final session of play awaits. Stay tuned.

Australia, on the other hand, started right on the money with the introduction of Mitchell Marsh, who created an opportunity and got a wicket off his first over, but the No Ball disrupted his celebrations. But soon enough he did dismiss Shan Masood and broke the partnership. Nathan Lyon was taken to the cleaners by Rizwan and Salman and the Aussies leaked runs in the middle of the session. But it was Pat Cummins, the man with the golden arm yet another time who provided another crucial breakthrough as he dismissed Mohammed Rizwan and picked his third wicket. Australia dropped a couple of catches and were sloppy going by their standards. But they would be happy to have seen the back of Rizwan.

This brings us to the end of the Second Session of Day 1 as the players head for Tea. Pakistan began cautiously negotiating with the lethal pace battery of the hosts. Of what looked like a pretty good surface to bat on, Pakistani batters were tentative in their approach. Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood weaved a good partnership for the fifth wicket for 49 runs. But Masood perished sooner after surviving on a No Ball and Pakistan were taken aback with the long tail to follow. Rizwan was the only batter who looked comfortable and kept accumulating runs with timely crucial boundaries. He counterattacked with Agha Salman and cruised to his fifty in quick time but couldn't convert it into a ton and fell against Cummins on 88. Salman Agha equally batted well with Rizwan and he stands unbeaten on 35 runs.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 199/6

S Khan7 (7)

A Salman36 (53)

M Marsh7-1-27-1

47.60

Ends with a dot does Mitchell Marsh and that will be Tea on Day 1! Fuller in length and just slipped down the leg side, Sajid Khan misses the flick and the ball dies on its way to the keeper. Pakistan are 198/6!

47.51

Short of a length and over the stumps, Agha Salman with a miscued pull shot towards square leg and he picks up a single.

47.40

Back of a length over the stumps, kept down in front of mid on.

47.31

Slightly shorter again and angling down leg, glanced away down to long leg for a single.

47.20

Short ball over middle, Sajid Khan keeps it down in front of mid-wicket.

47.10

DROPPED! Catching practice for Usman Khawaja but he is caught napping there. Hard length outside off, Sajid Khan stays back and pushes at the ball and ends up getting an outside edge that goes flat and down towards gully where Khawaja doesn't quite get low and is unable to pouch it.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 197/6

S Khan6 (3)

A Salman35 (51)

P Cummins10-1-40-3

46.61

The fly slip is put back in place and Sajid Khan almost picks out Steven Smith to perfection. Another short ball around off, Sajid sees the fly slip and looks to ramp it much squarer but miscues it. Smith scurries across to his right but the ball falls just short and they get a single.

46.54

FOUR! Oh, that is a class shot from Sajid Khan. Banged in short and around off, coming in at a good height, Khan lets the ball come on and ramps it over the slip cordon for a lovely boundary.

46.41

Short again over off stump, Agha Salman with a half-pull along the ground to deep square leg for one.

46.31

Another short, dug in at the bodyline, Sajid Khan lifts his back leg and pulls it away to fine leg for a single.

Sajid Khan walks into bat.

46.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Pat Cummins is the gift that just keeps on giving for Australia and what a masterstroke this has been from the skipper. Shuffles the field which indicates that there might be some short stuff on offer and Cummins digs it in short over middle stump. Not much bounce on it and Mohammad Rizwan goes for the pull but doesn't go through with it completely. The ball goes off the top edge to fine leg where Josh Hazlewood takes a fine catch low to his left. Rizwan should have really gone hard at it rather than trying to paddle it around and he departs from a brilliant 88.

46.10

Good length in the channel, straightening a touch off the deck, Mohammad Rizwan watchfully keeps it out towards cover.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 190/5

A Salman34 (50)

M Rizwan88 (101)

M Marsh6-1-25-1

45.60

Manages to keep it down! Banged in short and at an awkward height angling into the bowler, Agha Salman gets cramped for room but does well to bend his back and dab it just in front of the man at gully.

45.50

Hard length over off and middle, Agha Salman stands tall and nudges it to square leg.

45.40

Good length on off stump and angling back in, Agha Salman flicks it straight to mid-wicket.

45.34

FOUR! The boundaries keep on flowing for Pakistan in this session and this partnership is really turning the tide. Slightly short but well wide and Agha Salman pounces on it, slapping it past point for another boundary.

45.20

Pitches this one up on the off stump, Agha Salman gets on the front foot and eases it away to mid off.

45.10

Good length over the top of off stump, Agha Salman blocks it solidly from his crease.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 186/5

A Salman30 (44)

M Rizwan88 (101)

M Starc10-1-45-1

44.61lb

Leg bye! A touch fuller and angled well into the legs, Agha Salman misses the flick and the ball goes off the pads in front of square leg. They pick up a leg bye.

44.50

Shorter and angled in from middle, Agha Salman is taken aback but manages to block it down on the pitch.

44.40

Fullish length and outside off at 141.2 clicks, Agha Salman drives it without any timing and straight to cover.

44.31

Short ball on the bodyline, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it away to deep square leg for a single.

44.24

FOUR! Up and over! Hard length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan crouches and looks to cut it away but the ball takes the toe end of the bat and flies over the slip cordon for a boundary down to third man.

44.10

Comes from around the wicket and angles in a full ball from well outside off, Mohammad Rizwan connects with the cover drive well but can't get it past Marnus Labuschagne.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 180/5

A Salman30 (41)

M Rizwan83 (98)

M Marsh5-1-21-1

43.64

FOUR! That's pulled away! Poor delivery on a shorter length and outside off by Mitchell Marsh, Agha Salman stands tall and pulls it well in front of the square for a boundary to the leg side. A good positive way to end the over.

43.50

Pitches this one on a tad fuller length and around off, Agha Salman prods ahead and drives it straight to mid off.

43.40

Hurls on a back of a length around off, Agha Salman steers it towards short mid-wicket off the back foot.

43.30

Back of a length ball aiming at the stumps, Agha Salman stays in the crease and punches it off the back foot underneath the bat.

43.21

Bowls this one closer to the off stump line on a back of a length, Mohammad Rizwan cuts it delicately towards the vacant point region for a quick single.

43.12

Mitchell Marsh comes to the attack a digs a bumper outside off, Mohammad Rizwan stands tall on the bounce and drags it with a pull towards deep backward square for a double.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 173/5

M Rizwan80 (96)

A Salman26 (37)

M Starc9-1-40-1

42.61

Pitches the ball just outside the off stump line. Mohammad Rizwan taps the ball between covers and point and runs a quick single to end the over.

42.50

Hits the length hard on top of the stumps. Mohammad Rizwan stays at the crease and blocks the ball well.

42.41

Pitches the ball up outside the line of the off stump this time Mitchell Starc. Agha Salman plays the square drive with good timing straight to deep point and the batters run a single.

42.31

Short and wide again, cut away again by Mohammad Rizwan, this time straight to deep point, for a single.

42.24

FOUR! Cut away hard to find another boundary. Short ball outside the line of the off stump this time for Mitchell Starc. Mohammad Rizwan stands tall at the crease and cuts the ball hard to beat deep point to his right. What a shot.

42.10

Pitches the ball up again at the leg stump line. Mohammad Rizwan punches the ball straight to mid on, off the front foot to start the over.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 166/5

A Salman25 (36)

M Rizwan74 (91)

N Lyon9-0-42-0

41.60

Flights an off-break outside off and full, Agha Salman strides ahead and defends it off the front foot towards the leg side. Another expensive over from Nathan Lyon comes to an end. 11 from it.

41.51

Drags his length this time outside off, Mohammad Rizwan mistimes the front foot drive towards mid off and takes a single.

41.42

Follows up with a fuller length ball around off, Mohammad Rizwan nudges it with soft hands towards deep mid-wicket and runs a double as Mitchell Marsh fumbles in the deep.

41.36

SIX! BANG! Bowls on a fuller length in the stump line, Mohammad Rizwan clears his front foot and slogs it with the spin over deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. He gets the middle of the blade this time. Runs flowing easily for the visitors at the moment.

41.21

Flighted delivery outside off and full, Agha Salman gets forward and steers it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

41.11

Drops it on a fullish length around off, Mohammad Rizwan drives it with the spin towards long for an easy single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 155/5

A Salman24 (34)

M Rizwan64 (87)

M Starc8-1-33-1

40.60

Pitches the ball up at the batter. Agha Salman takes the front leg out and blocks the ball to end the over.

40.50

A good short ball at the batter this time. Agha Salman ducks down and lets the ball go through.

40.41

Just short outside the off stump line. Mohammad Rizwan taps it down between covers and point for a quick single.

40.30

Pitched up again on the stumps. Mohammad Rizwan pushes the ball straight to mid on this time.

40.24

FOUR! With comfort and control, picks up another boundary this time. Pitched up with pace on the middle stump line this time, Mitchell Starc. Mohammad Rizwan takes the front foot out and punches the ball straight past the bowler, beating mid on to his left and the ball races away to the fence for four more runs.

40.10

Just short to start off with, on top of the off stump line with pace. Mohammad Rizwan stays on the crease and taps the ball to the left of covers. Looks for a single but is sent back by Agha Salman.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 150/5

A Salman24 (32)

M Rizwan59 (83)

N Lyon8-0-31-0

39.60

Slower off-break this time from Garry around off and middle channel, Agha Salman flicks it uppishly and it falls short of David Warner who is stationed at mid-wicket. A good over for Pakistan with a couple of boundaries.

39.54

FOUR! That's two in two for Salman! Tossed up delivery on a dragged length down the leg side, Agha Salman shimmies down the track and frees his arms by lofting it above mid-wicket and the ball races through to the fence at the vacant deep mid-wicket. He looks confident and this partnership is growing well now.

39.44

FOUR! Swept away nicely! Flights it up and drops it around the off on a fuller length, Agha Salman shuffles across and gets down on his knee and sweeps it along the ground towards deep backward square leg for a boundary. A 50-run partnership between the two comes up with that.

39.31

Tosses it up around off and full, Mohammad Rizwan leans forward and works it with the spin towards long on for an easy single.

39.20

Fuller and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan leans ahead and defends it solidly.

39.10

Drops it on a dragged length outside off which spins into the batter, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and punches it off the back foot.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 141/5

A Salman16 (29)

M Rizwan58 (80)

J Hazlewood12-2-44-1

38.60

Pitched up on the off stump line. Agha Salman watchfully taps the ball towards covers to end the over.

38.50

Justs hort at the stump, by Josh Hazlewood this time. Agha Salman watchfully blocks the ball off from the crease.

38.42

Just short by Josh Hazlewood but outside the line of the leg stump. Agha Salman pulls it away to the right of fine leg, along the ground, and picks up a couple.

38.30

Pitches the ball further up on the off stump line. Agha Salman punches the ball off the front foot towards mid off.

38.20

Hits the length hard on the stumps line again. Agha Salman blocks if off watchfully from the crease.

38.14

FOUR! Brilliant shot by Agha Salman for a boundary. Good signs for Pakistan. Josh Hazlewood looks to target the stumps as he pitches the ball up on the middle and leg stump line with pace. Agha Salman takes the front foot out and flicks the ball with beautiful timing, taking it between mid-wicket and mid on for a superb boundary.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 135/5

M Rizwan58 (80)

A Salman10 (23)

N Lyon7-0-22-0

37.60

Tosses it up, and drops it around off and on a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan leans forward and tucks it towards mid-wicket.

37.52

Turns into the batter on a shorter length and from around off, Mohammad Rizwan clips it and plays with the spin towards the leg side for a couple of runs.

37.41

Flights an off-break delivery on the stumps, Agha Salman flicks it past mid-wicket and jogs a single.

37.30

Shorter and outside off which turns back sharply from the deck, Agha Salman blocks it straight to the bowler.

37.20

Flatter and shorter this time in the middle stump line, Agha Salman shimmies down the track and dabs it towards short mid-wicket.

37.11

Bowls on a fuller length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan covers his off-stump and drives it towards long on for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 131/5

M Rizwan55 (77)

A Salman9 (20)

J Hazlewood11-2-38-1

36.61

Pitched up on the stumps with pace. Mohammad Rizwan flicks the ball through the mid-wicket gap and runs a single.

36.53

Over pitched this time on  the off stump line and Agha Salman punches the ball with authority off the front foot beating the bowler, to the right of mid off and runs three runs for his team.

36.40

Another beauty from Josh Hazlewood, this time beating the outside edge of Agha Salman. Hits the length again and the ball nibbs away from the right hander. Agha Salman has no answers.

36.31

Short ball again at the batter. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away through mid-wicket and takes a single.

36.20

Beautiful comeback delivery by Josh Hazlewood. Pitches the ball up on the off stump and makes the ball leave the batter. Mohammad Rizwan gets beaten as he looks to block the ball without much foot movement.

36.14

FOUR! A brilliant FIFTY for Mohammad Rizwan under the circumstances. Gets it in style too! Short ball by Josh Hazlewood at the batter this time and Mohammad Rizwan pulls it along the ground towards backward square leg where the fielder mis fields the ball and it results in a boundary.

Drinks! This has been a pretty well-fought hour of play post-Lunch but Australia still well in front. Mohammad Rizwan is fighting hard and alongside Agha Salman will be looking to take Pakistan to the Tea break. Australia know this is the last known partnership and if they can break it, the lower order will be exposed.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 122/5

M Rizwan49 (73)

A Salman6 (18)

N Lyon6-0-18-0

35.61

Flighted ball drifting down the leg side, Mohammad Rizwan again generates a one-handed sweep shot towards deep backward square leg for a single. A good over for Pakistan comes to an end.

35.54

FOUR! Dealing with boundaries! Lyon bowls from around the wicket and drops a flighted delivery at the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan gets down for a sweep through the square leg region and the ball races away for a boundary. Second boundary of the over.

35.40

Tosses it up and drops it in front of the stumps on a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan pushes it straight back to the bowler.

35.30

Follows a flatter delivery around off, Mohammad Rizwan hangs back and looks to flick it but gets an inside edge of the blade on that one.

35.24

FOUR! That's driven neatly! Lyon drops a flighted delivery outside off, Mohammad Rizwan waits for and gets on top of it for a drive through the covers for a boundary. Good looking shot that.

35.10

Bowls from over the wicket and pitches on a dragged length outside off, the ball spins sharply into the batter, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back on the back foot and blocks it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 113/5

A Salman6 (18)

M Rizwan40 (67)

J Hazlewood10-2-29-1

34.64

FOUR! Fantastic shot to bring up his first boundary of the innings by Agha Salman. Josh Hazlewood pitches the ball up with pace on the off stump line and Agha Salman stands tall on the crease and punches the ball straight past back the bowler, beating mid off convincingly to his right. Superb straight drive for a boundary to end the over.

34.50

Holds the length back, outside the off stump this time again. Agha Salman takes a foot out and knocks the ball off to covers.

34.40

Pitches this further up on the middle and off stump line with three slips waiting. Agha Salman watchfully plays it off the front foot.

34.30

Bowls another length ball on the off stump line. Agha Salman blocks it off the front foot with ease.

34.20

What a peach of a delivery by Josh Hazlewood. Bangs on the length just outside the off stump line, drawing Agha Salman forward and then making the ball to leave him, beating the outside edge of the bat.

34.11

Pitches the ball up at the stumps. Mohammad Rizwan gently flicks the ball to the left of mid on and runs a quick single.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 108/5

A Salman2 (13)

M Rizwan39 (66)

N Lyon5-0-9-0

33.60

Drags his length a bit which spins well into the batter from off, Agha Salman nudges it past short leg with soft hands.

33.51

Tosses it up well and drops it around the stump line, Mohammad Rizwan plays it with the spin and works it towards long on for a single.

33.40

Loops an off-break this time around off, Mohammad Rizwan goes for a sweep shot but takes an inside edge on it. The ball lobs from his left foot and falls wide of short leg.

33.30

Fuller and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan defends it off the front foot.

33.20

Tosses it up and pitches it around the off and middle stump line on a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan lunges ahead and defends it to mid-wicket.

33.10

Drops it on a fuller length from over the wicket in the stump line, Mohammad Rizwan takes a huge stride forward and pushes it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 107/5

A Salman2 (12)

M Rizwan38 (61)

J Hazlewood9-2-24-1

32.60

Hits the deck hard on the off stump this time around, Josh Hazlewood. Agha Salman taps it straight to covers to end the over.

32.50

Pitches the ball further up on the stumps. Agha Salman gets a thick inside edge towards square leg for no run.

32.40

Huge appeal for caught behind, turned down. Pat Cummins takes a review. Josh Hazlewood bowls a brilliant inswinger that jabs back in from outside the off stump line. Agha Salman comes forward looking to block it but the late swing beats his between bat and pads taking the ball through to Alex Carey behind the stumps. Australia take the review for caught behind but the replay shows no involvement of the bat and Australia lose another review.

32.31

On the length on the stumps this time. Mohammad Rizwan flicks the ball through mid-wicket for a single.

32.20

Pitches the ball further up, just outside the off stump line. Mohammad Rizwan takes the front foot out and pushes the ball towards covers.

32.10

Hits the length hard on top of the off stump line. Mohammad Rizwan stays at the crease and taps the ball back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 106/5

A Salman2 (9)

M Rizwan37 (58)

M Marsh4-1-14-1

31.60

Changes his length and pitches it shorter and outside off, Agha Salman is happy to let it go alone through to the keeper to end the over.

31.50

Hurls on a fuller length this time on the middle stump line, Agha Salman pushes it with an open face of the bat towards cover.

31.40

Back of a length ball pitching around off and nipping slightly into the batter, Agha Salman negotiates well on the back foot defence.

31.30

Steep bumper into the bodyline, Agha Salman decides to duck underneath and lets it go through to the keeper.

31.20

Pulls his length a bit this time outside off, Agha Salman rocks back and punches it to the off side off the back foot.

31.10

Straighter and fuller in front of the stumps, Agha Salman defends it solidly off the front foot.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 106/5

M Rizwan37 (58)

A Salman2 (3)

P Cummins9-1-33-2

30.60

Swinging away from the length again outside the off stump line. Mohammad Rizwan plays a good cover drive but straight to the man at covers to end the over.

30.54

FOUR! Another impressive shot by Mohammad Rizwan that brings up the second boundary of the over. Pat Cummins pitches the ball up with pace on the middle and leg stump line and Mohammad Rizwan brings out the impressive flick, beating mid on to his right this time and gets another four.

30.40

Looks to swing one away from the right hander from the length outside the off stump. Mohammad Rizwan watchfully blocks it off.

30.30

Pitched up outside the off stump and Mohammad Rizwan offers a front foot defence.

30.20

Pushes the ball outside the off stump line from a good length this time. Mohammad Rizwan takes a stride forward and taps the ball towards covers.

30.14

FOUR! What a fine on drive by Mohammad Rizwan. The fight is on for Pakistan. Slightly pitched up on the stumps by Pat Cummins this time with pace and Mohammad Rizwan stays at the crease and punches the ball with sublime timing, beating him on to his left, and taking the ball all the way to the boundary.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 98/5

A Salman2 (3)

M Rizwan29 (52)

M Marsh3-0-14-1

29.60

Peach of a delivery and Mitchell Marsh can't believe that didn't catch the outside edge. This is a tad fuller and in the channel around off, this one goes straight on and beats the bat of Agha Salman who looked to block it off the front foot.

29.50

Pitched up now around off stump, Agha Salman solidly defends it out off the front foot.

29.42

Hard length on the pads, Agha Salman dabs it down to deep backward square leg and picks up a couple of runs.

Agha Salman walks into bat for Pakistan.

29.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! This time Mitchell Marsh has his man and it is almost an action replay of the earlier one that was ruled out for overstepping. Good length on off and middle, angling across, Shan Masood looks to cover the line but gets squared up. The ball just nips away and takes the outside edge as Masood pushes at it and goes straight into the bread basket of Steven Smith at second slip who makes no mistake. Masood's resilient knock comes to an end and this Mitchell Marsh experiment has worked out well for Australia.

29.21

Brilliant piece of fielding from Marnus Labuschagne but Mohammad Rizwan does well to get in. On a good length around off, Rizwan pushes forward and nudges it to the left of covers for a quick run. The call is early but Marnus is even quicker to get across the turf, turn halfway and score a direct hit at the bowler's end. The replays show that the dive saved Rizwan.

29.10

Length ball on off stump, Mohammad Rizwan stays in his crease and drops it with soft hands onto the off side.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 95/4

S Masood35 (69)

M Rizwan28 (50)

P Cummins8-1-25-2

28.60

Maiden! Full again and much closer to the off stump, going straight on and Shan Masood makes a good leave.

28.50

Play and a miss! Goes a bit wider on the crease and slides this one across the left-hander on a fullish length. Shan Masood with a loose shot as he looks to drive away from the body and is beaten past the outside edge.

28.40

Nice and full again outside off, punched away on the up to extra cover.

28.30

Changes the angle and hurls across a full ball from over the wicket around off stump, Shan Masood watches it go past to the keeper.

28.20

Goes full now and keeps it around the off stump line, Shan Masood goes for the straight drive but the ball comes off the inner half and goes to mid on.

28.10

Back of a length and angled in from around the stumps, Shan Masood stays back and blocks it out in front of point.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 95/4

M Rizwan28 (50)

S Masood35 (63)

M Marsh2-0-11-0

27.60

Good length in the channel, Mohammad Rizwan gets his hands and gloves away from the line of the ball and lets it through to the keeper.

27.50

A bumper now around off, quite high and Mohammad Rizwan ducks under it after looking to have a go at it.

27.40

Goes full now on off stump and gets a bit more pace behind it looking to sneak one past the inside edge. Mohammad Rizwan is late on the shot but manages to push it out to mid on.

27.30

Good length on off stump and jagging back in a bit, Mohammad Rizwan defends it from his crease.

27.20

Beauty! Serves it on a perfect length in the channel around off, angling in and straightening off the deck. Mohammad Rizwan is squared up and the ball zips past the outside edge.

27.11

Good running! Pitches this one up around off stump, Shan Masood punches it on the up to the left of mid off and hustles across for one.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 94/4

M Rizwan28 (45)

S Masood34 (62)

P Cummins7-0-25-2

26.62

Full and straight, looking for the inswinger at 138 clicks, Mohammad Rizwan presents the full face of the bat and punches it to the left of mid on for a couple of runs.

26.50

Good length in the channel and going straight on, Mohammad Rizwan shoulders arms at it.

26.41

Full and outside off, Shan Masood crunches the drive to deep cover-point and picks up a handy single.

26.31

Another loose shot but Mohammad Rizwan gets away with it. Full but not too full and outside off, Rizwan looks for the expansive cover drive away from the body and doesn't move his feet. The ball takes the inside edge and goes past leg stump to fine leg for a single.

26.20

Goes for the big inswinger and hurls it across onto middle and leg on a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan keeps it out to mid on.

26.10

Pitched up fuller around off, Mohammad Rizwan leans on a bit too forward and almost loses his balance as he pushes it out to mid off.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 90/4

M Rizwan25 (40)

S Masood33 (61)

M Marsh1-0-10-0

25.61

Banged in short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away in front of square on the leg side for one more.

25.51

On a good length on the pads, flicked away to deep square leg for a single.

25.51nb

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Oh, wait! Mitchell Marsh is forced to curtail the celebrations midway as he has committed the cardinal sin here and has overstepped. Shan Masood gets a big reprieve off the No Ball. Marsh bowls this one on a good length in the channel and angling it away, Masoos plays a loose shot as he tries to run it down to third man and gets a thick outside edge. The catch is gobbled up by the man at second slip but it won't count.

25.41

Shortish on the pads, tucked away down to deep backward square leg for an easy single. A much positive start after the Lunch break for Pakistan.

25.32

Fuller in length and well outside off, Mohammad Rizwan reaches out and slashes it away behind point for a couple of runs more.

25.20

Back of a length and over middle and leg, nudged away 'round the corner. They look for one but don't get it.

25.14

FOUR! Streaky! Starts with a hard-length delivery around off, Mohammad Rizwan hangs back and is hurried on as he looks to cut and gets it off the outer half and the ball flies between first slip and gully for a boundary.

It will be Mitchell Marsh to operate from the other end.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 80/4

S Masood32 (59)

M Rizwan17 (35)

P Cummins6-0-21-2

24.60

Length ball around the off stump line, Shan Masood prods ahead and defends it to mid off. A decent first over comes to an end.

24.50

Hurls from around the wicket and pitches it on a good length outside off, Shan Masood gets an inside edge on that one and deflects off his pad.

24.41

Fuller and honing into the leg stump line, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it well to deep backward square leg for a single.

24.34

FOUR! Cut away nicely! A tad short and a little bit wide outside off, Mohammad Rizwan cashes on it and stands tall on the bounce and cuts it through point for a crisp boundary. Pakistan get their first boundary post-Lunch.

24.20

Fuller again and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan drives straight to the cover fielder off the front foot.

24.10

Cummins starts off with a tad full delivery outside off stump line, Mohammad Rizwan leans forward and defends it off the front foot.

We are back after Lunch to start the second session on Day 1 of this third Test match between Pakistan and Australia. Australia is 2-0 up in the series and they have dominated the first session here in Sydney. The umpires and the players of Australia are back out in the middle and so are Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood who will resume their stay at the crease. It will be Pat Cummins to get proceedings back underway with the ball here.

... DAY 1, SESSION 2 ...

The stage is set for an intriguing day of Test cricket, with the hosts asserting their dominance early on, and the visitors seeking resilience and revival. Join us for the next session, where the drama is poised to unfold, bringing with it the excitement and unpredictability that Test cricket is renowned for. Join us for the post-Lunch session at 7.40 am IST (2.10 am GMT).

With Shan Masood, the Pakistani captain, resiliently holding the fort on 32 and Mohammad Rizwan joining him at the crease, the duo aims to stitch together a partnership in an attempt to steady the ship for Pakistan. While the surface appears favorable for batting, the Australians have undeniably asserted their dominance in a session that unequivocally belongs to the hosts. The resilience of the Pakistani captain, coupled with the partnership-building efforts alongside Mohammad Rizwan, provides a glimmer of hope for the visitors. However, the Australians, sensing blood, will undoubtedly aim to capitalize on any lapse in concentration, setting the stage for an intense and action-packed second session.

As the first session of the opening day at Sydney draws to a close, the cricketing landscape resonates with the echoes of Australian dominance. After winning the toss and opting to bat, Pakistan finds itself at 75/4 after 24 overs, heading into the Lunch break. It has been an exemplary display of fast bowling by the Australian trio, as Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood opened their wicket accounts, leaving the Pakistani top order reeling. The Australian fast bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood made an immediate impact in their opening overs, each claiming a wicket to set the tone for a challenging day for the Pakistani batters. Starc's pace and Hazlewood's precision proved to be a lethal combination, pushing Pakistan on the back foot right from the start. The execution of their plans has been nothing short of clinical, consistently beating the bat and capitalizing on any hint of vulnerability displayed by the visiting batters. The skipper, Pat Cummins, led from the front, claiming two crucial wickets, including the prized scalp of Babar Azam, who was shaping up well until he fell victim to a sublime in-swinger.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 75/4

M Rizwan12 (31)

S Masood32 (57)

N Lyon4-0-8-0

23.61

Mohammad Rizwan negates it well and picks up a single. Another one that turns in but this is a bit straighter, Rizwan dabs it down 'round the corner and picks up a single. That will be Lunch on Day 1!

23.50

Nicely bowled! Slower again and looped up outside off, looking to turn it back in a long way. Mohammad Rizwan gets a big stride forward and blocks it down the pitch.

23.40

Puts more revs on the ball and bowls it slower, turning it into the pads, Mohammad Rizwan nudges it down to short leg.

23.30

A bit quicker and flatter, bowled full on middle, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it off the front foot.

23.21

Tossed up full on middle and leg, Shan Masood nudges it away with soft hands in front of square on the leg side and hustles across for a run.

23.10

Starts the final over before Lunch with a nicely flighted delivery. This is floated up around off, Shan Masood drives it with the turn and gently into the hands of cover.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 73/4

M Rizwan11 (27)

S Masood31 (55)

M Starc7-1-28-1

22.60

Nagging length in and around the off stump, well watched and well kept out by Mohammad Rizwan. A maiden!

22.50

Floats one up at 140 clicks outside off, drawing the drive and Mohammad Rizwan does go after it, mistiming it off the inner half of the bat to mid off.

22.40

A touch fuller on off stump, shaping away, Mohammad Rizwan comes forward and blocks it again with a straight bat to mid off.

22.30

Lovely delivery! Nagging length on a tight line around off stump and angling across at 142.3 clicks, Mohammad Rizwan looks to block but the ball zips past the outside edge.

22.20

Full and honing in on the stumps at over 141 clicks, Mohammad Rizwan stays much more compact this time and leans on to defend with a straight bat.

22.10

Loose, too loose from Mohammad Rizwan that too on the brink of Lunch. The scrambled-seam delivery, a tad full and well wide at 142 clicks, Rizwan has a waft at it away from the body and is well beaten.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 73/4

S Masood31 (55)

M Rizwan11 (21)

J Hazlewood8-2-23-1

21.64

FOUR! Top shot! Shorter in length and over middle and leg, Shan Masood hangs back and gets just inside the line of the ball before crunching the pull shot well behind square on the leg side for a boundary.

21.50

On a good length and in the channel, left alone for the keeper to collect.

21.40

Good length around off, Shan Masood stays on the front foot and blocks it solidly to covers.

21.30

Back of a length around off, Shan Masood stays back and nudges it down with soft hands to backward point. Shan looks for a single but won't get it.

21.21

Banged in halfway down the track and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan gets his bat high up and forehands it down tennis-style in front of mid-wicket for a single.

21.10

On a hard length and around off, left alone by Mohammad Rizwan.

Australia lose a review on the brink of Lunch.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 68/4

S Masood27 (51)

M Rizwan10 (19)

M Starc6-0-28-1

20.60

Close but not close enough! A big appeal for LBW but turned down! The big question is whether the impact is in line or not and Pat Cummins has gone upstairs. Mitchell Starc steams in and serves it on a full-ish length around off at 142.3 clicks, angling it in. Shan Masood looks to block off the front foot but misses as the ball nips back sharply and gets hit on the pads. Nothing on UltraEdge and Ball Tracking confirms that the impact is outside off and Australia lose a review.

20.50

Full and around off at 142 clicks, shaping away a bit, Shan Masood tentatively pushes it out to mid off.

20.40

Hard length outside off at 141.7 clicks, Shan Masood looks to get across and cut but is hurried on and ends up chopping it to the man at second slip.

20.32

Too full on the legs at 141 clicks, Shan Masood gets across a bit and clips it away well in front of mid-wicket for a couple of more runs.

20.24

FOUR! A bit of positive strokeplay before Lunch from the Pakistanis. Full and outside off, Shan Masood is drawn wide and has to reach out and drives it uppishly wide of Nathan Lyon at cover-point for a boundary.

20.10

Pitched up on the off stump line at 140 clicks, Shan Masood drives it nicely on the up but straight to a widish mid off.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 62/4

M Rizwan10 (19)

S Masood21 (45)

J Hazlewood7-2-18-1

19.60

Hits the length with pace outside off again. Mohammad Rizwan lets it through again. Ends the over.

19.50

Pitches it up outside the off stump. @drawing Mohammad Rizwan in for a drive, Rizwan lets it go through again.

19.40

Brings the length back a little, outside the off stump line. Mohammad Rizwan stays on the crease and sees it through.

19.30

Bowls the ball outside the off stump line with pace. Mohammad Rizwan lifts his arms and lets the ball go through.

19.20

Swing and a miss. Mohammad Rizwan has changed gears quickly. Josh Hazlewood hits the length again outside the off stump and Mohammad Rizwan swings his bat hard, looking to play it on the leg side but gets beaten.

19.16

SIX! Mohammad Rizwan makes a statement! That is a T20 shot by Mohammad Rizwan as he makes the ball sail over the fine leg fielder for a massive one. Josh Hazlewood hits the length on the stumps line and Mohammad Rizwan launches a heave, getting down on one knee taking the ball all the way for the first six of the match.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 56/4

S Masood21 (45)

M Rizwan4 (13)

M Starc5-0-22-1

18.60

Ends the over with a back-of-a-length delivery on off, Shan Masood rocks back and punches it solidly underneath the bat.

18.50

On a back of a length and outside off, Shan Masood punches it off the ack foot with an open face of the blade to the point fielder.

18.42

A steep bumper this time on off, Shan Masood rides on the bounce staying deep inside the crease and pulls it towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.

18.30

A hint of an away swing on that one on a fuller length and around the off pole, Shan Masood defends it well off the front foot.

18.20

Wide outside off on a fuller length this time, Shan Masood prods ahead and drives it straight to the covers.

18.10

Mitchell Starc comes into the attack and goes fuller outside off, Shan Masood gets forward and pushes it towards mid on.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 54/4

M Rizwan4 (13)

S Masood19 (39)

J Hazlewood6-2-12-1

17.60

Pitches one further up outside the off stump, asking Mohammad Rizwan to play at it. Mohammad Rizwan covers the stumps and lets the ball go through.

17.50

Left alone. Good smart bowling from Josh Hazlewood, sticking to that off stump channel, waiting for Mohammad Rizwan to make a mistake. Mohammad Rizwan stays at the crease and lets the ball go.

17.40

Beats the outside edge again. Pat Cummins pitches the ball further up on the off stump and gets the ball to swing away. Mohammad Rizwan stays at the crease and gets beaten.

17.30

BEATEN! Hits the deck hard just outside the off stump line and gets the ball to move away. Mohammad Rizwan looking to offer a defence but is beaten by the late swing in the process.

17.20

Just short again on top of the off-stump line. Mohammad Rizwan blocks it back to the bowler from the crease.

17.10

Starts off his second spell with a just short ball on the 4th stump line outside off. Mohammad Rizwan stays at the crease and raises his hands to let the ball go through.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 54/4

S Masood19 (39)

M Rizwan4 (7)

P Cummins5-0-16-2

16.60

On a back of a length around the off stump line, Shan Masood solidly defends it back to the bowler.

16.50

Fuller and at the middle stump line, Shan Masood gets ahead and pushes it towards mid on.

16.41

Fuller and on off, Mohammad Rizwan leans ahead for a defence and gets a thickish leading edge towards extra cover. He calls for a quick single and completes it in time. Good running there.

16.31

Digs in a sharp bumper from around the wicket and outside off, Shan Masood negotiates well and stands tall on the bounce and pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.

16.20

A bit back of a length outside off, nips into the batter, Shan Masood defends it off the back foot to mid on.

16.10

Continues and bowls a fullish delivery outside off, Shan Masood stretches his arms and lets it go alone through to the keeper.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 52/4

S Masood18 (34)

M Rizwan3 (6)

N Lyon3-0-6-0

15.61

Tosses the ball up on the stumps. Shan Masood drives the ball straight to the right of mid on and takes a quick single to end the over.

15.51

Uses his feet well, to a flighted ball on the off stump and flicks it down to long on for a single.

15.40

Another ball on the shorted side, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan stood back and defends it well, adjusting to the bounce of the ball.

15.30

Just short outside the line of the off stump, gets the ball to spin into the right hander. Mohammad Rizwan gets back on the crease and blocks it off.

15.21

Straight and fuller on the off stump, a bit quicker in the air. Shan Masood punches the ball off the front foot towards long off and jogs for a single.

15.10

Tosses it up in the air on the middle and off stump line. Shan Masood blocks it off well off the front foot.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 49/4

M Rizwan2 (3)

S Masood16 (31)

P Cummins4-0-14-2

14.60

A touch full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan defends it straight back to the bowler off his front foot.

14.50

Nips back after pitching on a nagging length, Mohammad Rizwan gets forward for a defence but is beaten all ends up on that one.

14.42

Gets off the mark right away! A slight inward movement on that one on a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan pushes it and gets a thickish inside edge past the square leg region and the batters cross for a double.

Mohammad Rizwan walks in with Pakistan in a spot of bother.

14.3W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! The skipper gets his second wicket. Bowls a good length delivery just around the vicinity of the off stump angling it in from wider on the crease, Saud Shakeel tries to defend it with no footwork and gets a faint outside edge off his blade and the ball carries to the keeper who comfortably pouches it. Pakistan are four down now and Shakeel should have left that one alone, a poor shot!

14.20

Bowls on a fuller length outside off at 136 clicks, Saud Shakeel confidently defends it off the front foot.

14.12

Bangs a short-pitched ball outside off, Saud Shakeel pulls it swiftly towards deep square leg along the ground for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 45/3

S Shakeel3 (9)

S Masood16 (31)

N Lyon2-0-3-0

13.61

Bowls up on the off stump, slower in the air and makes it leave the batter. Saud Shakeel looks to flick it on the leg side but gets a leading edge to the left of covers for a single to end the over.

13.51

Bowls one flatter and straight on the stumps. Shan Masood looks to block it off but gets a thick inside edge to backward square area and gets off strike with a single.

13.40

Another one finishing on the off stump, flighted in the air. Shan Masood offers a front foot defence.

13.30

Flighted one on the off stump. Shan Masood gets on the front leg and blocks it off.

13.20

Pitched up on the stumps, slower in the air. Shan Masood flicks it straight to short mid-wicket off the front foot.

13.10

Tosses it up on the off stump, and gets the ball to spin away from the left hander. Shan Masood strides forward and pushes the ball straight to covers.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 43/3

S Shakeel2 (8)

S Masood15 (26)

P Cummins3-0-10-1

12.60

A touch full and on the stumps, Saud Shakeel blocks it well off the front foot.

12.50

Hurls on a fuller length and in front of the poles, Saud Shakeel steers it towards the left of the square leg fielder and looks for a quick single. Shan Masood sends him back on a sharp call. A good call there.

Oh. dear! Saud Shakeel has been hit on the right collarbone with that last delivery and that could be very painful. The physio is out and we can see that Shakeel seems to be in quite some pain. Thankfully, he seems fit to continue and play can now continue.

12.40

A nasty bumper there by Cummins! That must have hurt him. Bangs a sharp bouncer that is angled into the bodyline of the left-hander and doesn't quite rise up high enough, Saud Shakeel gets hit in between his upper chest and the grill of the helmet as he misjudges the length and is late to duck it.

12.32

Stretches his length this time on the off stump line, Saud Shakeel firmly pushes it straight down the ground off the front foot for a couple of runs.

12.21

Touch shorter this time and around off, Shan Masood stays in the crease and pulls it towards deep square leg along the ground and jogs for a single.

12.10

Pitches on a fuller length from around the wicket which slants into the left-hander. Shan Masood prods ahead and defends it solidly underneath the bat.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 40/3

S Shakeel0 (4)

S Masood14 (24)

N Lyon1-0-1-0

11.60

Brings back the length, a bit flat and straight. Saud Shakeel gets back on the crease and defends it off.

11.50

Tossed up slow this time, not leaving the line of the off stump. Saud Shakeel plays it off the front foot again.

11.40

Pitches the ball up again, a bit flatter this time and makes it finish on the off stump line. Saud Shakeel steps forward and plays a defence.

Saud Shakeel is unhappy with something behind the bowler's arm and Alex Carey is heard from behind the stumps that it is the corner of the sightscreen. There is an uncovered area but it is pretty square and groundstaff are hustling to get it fixed. However, we are good to go again.

11.31

Flighted up on the leg stump line. Shan Masood flicks it towards square leg and runs a single. Good use of the wrists.

11.20

Brings back the length a little, slower in the air. Shan Masood stays on the crease and taps it back to Nathan Lyon.

11.10

Starts off with a perfect flighted delivery on the off stump line. Shan Masood lunges in front and offers a block.

Time for some spin as Nathan Lyon comes into the attack.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 39/3

S Shakeel0 (1)

S Masood13 (21)

P Cummins2-0-7-1

10.60

Bowls from around the wicket on a back of a length in the off stump channel, Saud Shakeel shoulders arms on this one.

It's time for a quick breather after a fantastic hour or so. Australia have pressed Pakistan early on and have dismissed three of their top-order batters. Babar Azam and Shan Masood tried to stitch up a resilient partnership but Babar Azam was soon dismissed by the skipper Pat Cummins right before the break. Also, Saud Shakeel walks out to bat next.

10.5W

OUT! LBW! A jaffa of a delivery from Pat Cummins and a review to match it as well. Cummins steams in from over the wicket and bowls a big inswinger. This one pitches full and outside off and just keeps on coming back in sharply taking Babar Azam aback. Babar sort of falls over as he looks to whip it leg side and the ball pings him on the pads. There are two noises and the intial appeal is turned down. However, Cummins is confident and reviews. No need for UltraEdge as there is clearly no bat involved as seen on the replay and Ball Tracking comes up with three reds. A huge moment as Cummins gets the wicket of Babar Azam who was looking pretty good.

10.40

Angles into the stump line from outside off on a fullish length, Babar Azam prods ahead and defends it solidly underneath the bat.

10.30

Over the wicket this time and on a harder length outside off, Babar Azam shoulders arms an it.

10.21

A touch short outside off, Shan Masood pushes it away to covers for a single.

10.10

Beaten! Pat Cummins gets a significant movement there from around the wicket on a back of a length. It jags back after pitching, Shan Masood goes for a drive and gets beaten on the inside edge.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 38/2

B Azam26 (37)

S Masood12 (19)

J Hazlewood5-1-12-1

9.60

Slightly fuller and outside off, Babar Azam watches the ball go past through to the keeper.

9.50

On a hard length around off, Babar Azam defends it out.

9.44

FOUR! Takes on the short ball and muscles it away. Banged in around off, not much bounce and pace off the pitch and Babar Azam is able to get on top of the bounce and pull it away in front of square for a boundary.

9.30

Hard length over the stumps, Babar Azam blocks it down to mid on.

9.20

Edged but played with soft hands. Good length in the channel, Babar Azam hangs back and gets a bit squared up as he is late to pull out of the block and gets a thick outside edge that goes down to the right of second slip. Steven Smith dives down to his right and grabs it on the bounce.

9.10

Hard length on off stump, angling back in, Babar Azam hops and gets his hands out in front before nudging it towards mid-wicket.

Halt! Babar Azam and Shan Masood call for some water and a change of gloves.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 34/2

S Masood12 (19)

B Azam22 (31)

P Cummins1-0-6-0

8.60

Length again from around the wicket and angling in from around off stump, Shan Masood with a solid block.

8.50

Changes the angle now by coming around the wicket and hurls across a length ball into the off stump. Shan Masood hangs back and keeps it out.

8.43

Nicely punched down the ground! Again, Cummins is just too full and on middle, Babar Azam punches it with a straight bat and past mid on. The fielder there chases it down and saves a run for his side.

8.31

Too full and on the pads again from Cummins, this is flicked away to deep square leg for a single.

8.22

Another full one on middle and leg, Shan Masood looks to whip it on the leg side but the ball straightens and goes off the leading edge down to long off. They pick up a couple of runs.

8.10

Excellent fielding! Starts off with a bit of a loosener at 130 clicks, full and on the pads. Shan Masood flicks it away well but Travis Head dives to his right at square leg and saves a certain boundary.

An engrossing start to the Test match thus far as Pakistan have responded well after losing both openers for a pair.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 28/2

B Azam19 (30)

S Masood9 (14)

J Hazlewood4-1-8-1

7.60

On a good length around off and angling in, Babar Azam blocks it off the front foot.

7.51

Short and just angling down leg, Shan Masood swivels and pulls it down to fine leg for a single.

7.42

Full this time on the stumps, Shan Masood looks to flick it away leg side but gets squared up a bit and gets a leading edge through cover-point and picks up a couple of runs.

7.30

Similar delivery to the previous one, a smidge fuller and this time Shan Masood blocks it off the front foot.

7.20

Beaten! Pitches it up on a nagging length on off and middle, nibbling away gently off the deck. Shan Masood looks to defend off the front foot but the ball beats the outside edge.

7.10

Back of a length around off and angling away, Shan Masood gets squared up a bit but does well to block it down the pitch.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 25/2

B Azam19 (29)

S Masood6 (9)

M Starc4-0-20-1

6.64

FOUR! The best of the lot and Babar Azam is really starting to look solid now. Way too full again from Starc at 143.8 clicks, Babar presses forward and creams this one in front of square on the off side for a third boundary off the cover drive.

6.50

The attempted bouncer but it goes completely wrong for Mitchell Starc. Starc runs in and digs it into the deck but spills it well down leg and the ball dies on its way to the keeper as it hits a dry patch on the deck.

6.40

Full again and around the off stump, Babar Azam gets on the front foot well and defends it to cover-point.

6.30

Just adjusts the length a bit, bowling a full but not too full and keeps it in the channel, Babar Azam shoulders arms at it.

6.24

FOUR! Another top cover drive from Babar Azam, this time a lot squarer. Full and wide, trying to shape it back in but that's just too full and Babar hammers it through cover-point for another boundary.

6.11

Shortish length around the hips, Shan Masood gets inside the line and tucks it away down to fine leg for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 16/2

B Azam11 (24)

S Masood5 (8)

J Hazlewood3-1-5-1

5.60

Top response from Josh Hazlewood after conceding the boundary. On a nagging length and in the channel, just straightening a bit off the deck, Babar Azam is squared up and the ball goes past the outside edge.

5.54

FOUR! Classic Babar Azam! This is full and wide outside off, Babar leans on well and strokes it beautifully through the cover region for a boundary.

5.40

A surprise bumper from Josh Hazlewood as he bangs it in around off stump, Babar Azam does well to bend his back and sway away from the line of the ball.

5.30

Goes a bit wider on the crease and bowls it a touch fuller, angling it into middle and leg, Babar Azam blocks it with an open stance to mid on.

5.20

Pitched up full and outside off, shaping back in late, Babar Azam shoulders arms.

5.10

Nagging length, trying to angle it back in from the channel, Babar Azam covers the line well and defends it out.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 12/2

S Masood5 (8)

B Azam7 (18)

M Starc3-0-11-1

4.60

Very full on the pads and just angling down leg, Shan Masood misses the flick and gets hit on the outside of the right leg.

4.50

Bangs this one into the deck and bowls it outside off, Shan Masood stands tall and pats it down towards cover. Babar Azam looks to steal a single but Marnus Labuschagne is quick to slide to his right and keep Babar on his toes.

4.41

Fuller in length and shaping back into the pads, Babar Azam flicks it towards mid-wicket where the fielder makes half a stop and allows the single.

4.32

A bit too full on off stump, Babar Azam drives it on the up and gets it past mid off for a couple of runs. Wasn't perfectly timed but good enough for a brace.

4.20

This one is pushed a bit wider of the off stump, still quite full and Babar Azam lets it through to the keeper,

4.10

Excellent carry there. Pitched up on the fourth stump line at over 141 clicks and zipping through, Babar Azam makes an assured leave.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 9/2

B Azam4 (14)

S Masood5 (6)

J Hazlewood2-1-1-1

3.61

Good, positive running. Just short of a good length over the stumps, Babar Azam hangs back and dabs it down in front of short leg for a quick single.

3.50

Pitched up full and outside off, left alone by Babar Azam.

3.40

On a hard length again and outside off, Babar Azam stands tall and has a waft at it as he looked to cut but is beaten by the tight line and extra bounce.

3.30

Tries to dig it in a bit but spills it down the leg side on a hard length, Babar Azam leaves it alone.

3.20

Full again, a bit wider through at 136.7 clicks, Babar Azam gets a good stride forward and drives it on the up to short extra cover.

3.10

Pitched up around the off stump, Babar Azam with a half-prod ahead and he punches it straight to mid on.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 8/2

B Azam3 (8)

S Masood5 (6)

M Starc2-0-8-1

2.63

Babar Azam is off the mark! Way too full and wide at 143 clicks, Babar just reaches out and squeezes it away with an angled bat through backward point for three runs.

2.50

Hard length over leg stump, swinging back in at almost 142 clicks, Babar Azam stands tall and nudges it down to mid-wicket.

2.40

Slightly fuller and wider of the off stump, angling away, Babar Azam makes an easy leave this time around.

2.30

Beaten! Served on a good length on off stump at 139.3 clicks and just angling away a touch. Babar Azam with a half-baked attempted block and the ball zips past the outside edge.

2.21

Full-ish length on off stump, Shan Masood stays back and plays it down with soft hands in front of covers for a quick single.

2.10

Nice and full, swinging away from off and middle at 140 clicks, Shan Masood just pushes it out to mid on.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 4/2

B Azam0 (4)

S Masood4 (4)

J Hazlewood1-1-0-1

1.60

A wicket-maiden to start with from Josh Hazlewood. Hits the deck hard and angles it in from around off, Babar Azam covers the line and blocks it out.

1.50

Good length again on the fifth stump line and this one carries through much better, left alone by Babar Azam.

1.40

Good length over the top of off stump, Babar Azam defends this one under his eyeline.

1.30

A touch fuller and in the channel, angling in and then nipping away. Babar Azam has a tentative half-poke at it but does well to leave it alone in the end.

Babar Azam walks out to the middle at number 4 for Pakistan.

1.2W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Josh Hazlewood follows in the footsteps of Mitchell Starc and sends Saim Ayub packing for a duck on Test debut. Immaculate line and length from Hazlewood though as he serves it on a nagging length around off and nibbling away off the deck. Ayub simply had to play at that and looks to block it off the front foot but the ball just catches the outside edge. Alex Carey dives down to his left and takes a good catch as Pakistan are two down inside the first two overs.

1.10