|David Warner||not out||335||418||39||1|
|Matthew Wade||not out||38||40||3||1|
|Muhammad Musa||not out||12||12||2||0|
That's all we have from this lopsided Test series. Australia will now get ready to host New Zealand while Pakistan will return home and wait for Sri Lanka. Do join us for all the action in future. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
Australian skipper, Tim Paine says that he is really happy and mentions that they played fantastic cricket in the last two Tests. On contributions from everyone, Paine jokingly says that not all the batsman got a chance to bat but David and Marnus were superb. Tells that Burns at the top was good too. On Warner's triple century, Paine says that it was an unbelievable knock from him. Feels that it is not easy to bat that long. On his declaration before Warner's 400 chances, Paine says that they did think that and spoke to Warner about it but David was okay with the declaration. Talking about Labuschagne, Paine says that he is enjoying his success with the bat. On the bowling, Paine says that the wicket was a difficult one and the bowlers kept coming entire time and it was an awesome performance from them. On the upcoming three-Test match series, Paine jokes that he would want to pouch a few more catches than he did. Tells that if they continue on the path they are right now, the series will be an exciting one.
Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali starts by congratulating the Australian team and David Warner for his incredible triple hundred. Tells that it is always hard to come to Australia and beat them. Adds they have been beaten by the better side. Admits that they were poor in all three departments. Feels they need to improve their bowling and work on controlling the scoring rate. Tells that the batters need to put up big partnerships. Mentions that Yasir's fight along with Azam's knock in the first innings is a positive. Credits Babar Azam for the way he played in the series and feels that he will be a big start for Pakistan in future. Azhar hopes they can improve and learn from this tour. Ends by thanking Cricket Australia for the hospitality and the fans for their support throughout the series.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH AND SERIES, DAVID WARNER! Starts by saying that he is really happy that they didn't have to bat again. Tells that he was really tired last night and probably slept on the couch. Says that the triple hundred has not sunk in yet. Remembers his friend, late Phillip Hughes, and shares that he looked up to the skies in his memory. Tells that he is focusing on scoring runs. Adds that he backed himself and enjoyed the innings. Reminds that he was out of the game for a while but he has returned and is enjoying the game more than ever. Further says that their next series is against New Zealand and they are a quality unit. Feels that the conditions in Perth, the venue for the first Test against NZ, will suit the Kiwi attack and they will have to adjust accordingly. Finishes off by saying that he will go back and practice more in the nets and try to do his best.
Josh Hazlewood is down for a quick chat. He says that it has been a good couple of weeks for them. Mentions about Cummins' direct hit to finish things off. Reckons that it was a superb performance by the Aussie bowling unit. Praises Starc's effort in the first innings and then Lyon for his fifer. Terms it as a good all-round show. States that he is happy to start the summer in a winning way.
More than Pakistan's batting, their bowling should be faulted. Lacking in experience, there wasn't enough control shown by their young bowlers. Although Shaheen Afridi did impress by picking up three wickets. Unlike Pakistan, Australia's bowling was of top notch. Mitchell Starc wreaked havoc first time around with a 6-wicket haul and then Nathan Lyon left his impact in the final innings with a fifer. All in all, it was a completely dominant performance by Australia as they steamrolled Pakistan in the series and win it 2-0. 60 points more to their tally in the ICC World Test Championship and they are second in the list behind India.
Yet another thumping victory for Australia! Powered by Warner's magnificent triple century and Marnus Labuschagne's 162, the Kangaroos amassed 589 runs on the board. In reply, apart from Babar Azam's fluent knock and Yasir Shah's surprising century, there wasn't any fight shown by Pakistan. Tim Paine enforced the follow-on with a lead of 287 runs and once again the visiting batsmen failed to turn up with the bat. Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan offered little resistance but the task in hand required a monumental effort that never came.
Right then, Australia took just under 15 minutes to pick the remaining two wickets and register yet another massive win. They are all smiles. David Warner takes a stump as a souvenir and leads his team off the park. Handshakes going on at the moment.
OUT! Wow, a direct hit by Pat Cummins to end proceedings. Very rare that you keep this guy out of action. No wickets? No problem. I shall get one through my fielding. Patto takes aim, holds his poise, stands still and fires. Bowled. Okay, run out!!! Australia's golden boy of 2019 has ended this Test match and series with a bull's eye. Fuller ball on off, Musa manages to hit it to the right of mid on. Abbas was going for a non-existent single and Musa sends him back. But Abbas is halfway down and the brilliance of Cummins finds him short. He is so short of his crease that the umpire does not even go upstairs. The Australian players are up in joy. AUSTRALIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 48 RUNS and they win their first series in the ICC World Test Championship.
Yes, surely, he is not going to hang around. Another length ball outside off, Musa once again looks to hammer it out of the park but this time makes no connection.
EDGY FOUR! A boundary over the slip cordon. Musa is not going to hang around. A fullish ball just outside off, Musa looks to heave but gets an outside edge which flies over the slip cordon and into the third man fence.
Targets the stumps this time and bowls it full. Musa looks to flick but makes no connection and is hit on the pads.
Beaten! Almost kisses the outside edge. Another beauty from Hazlewood. On a length and on off and middle. It once again shapes away as Musa looks to defend.
The last man in is Muhammad Musa.
OUT! Bowled 'em! No. 9 goes and the Aussies are just a wicket away from a series win. A full ball, tailing in. Rizwan looks to drive but misses and the off pole behind gets disturbed. They check for the front foot no ball but Hazlewood is fine. Third wicket for Hazlewood and Pakistan's last hope of avoiding innings defeat takes a massive dive. A fighting innings from Rizwan though.
Josh Hazlewood to operate with the second new ball from the other end.
Beaten by a beauty! It pitches around off and shapes away from the forward prod of Abbas. Lucky not to edge that one. 235/8
On a length and shaping away. Abbas has no business with it as he shoulders arms.
Bouncer, way over to trouble the batsman. Abbas ducks under it.
Outside off, it is left alone.
Good length ball shaping away and just outside off, Rizwan taps it through point for a single.
Full and on middle, Abbas pushes it towards mid off and takes a single to get off the mark.
Second new ball is available and it has been taken by Australia. Mitchell Starc will operate with it.
Down the leg side. Way down the leg side. Rizwan lets it be. The umpire lets it be too. 233/8
FOUR! Flighted ball on middle, turning back in upon landing. Rizwan skips down the track and looks to heave it over mid-wicket. At the point of contact, the ball turns in to take the inside half of his bat and Rizwan drags it over square leg for a boundary. He doesn't get the proper connection but the result is what he was looking for!
Quicker one on the pads, Rizwan stays on the back foot and taps it wide of the short leg fielder.
We are back for the final session. The Australian players walk out to the middle. Two scalps and the series will be done and dusted. Can Rizwan present some fight and force Australia to bat again? He walks out with Mohammad Abbas to resume his innings. Lyon to continue with the ball.
... Day 4, Session 3 ...
Excellent session for Australia that has fetched them three wickets and put them on the cusp of a 2-0 series win! Nathan Lyon has bounced back from the disappointment of the first innings and was once again instrumental in cutting short Pakistan's stubborn fight by claiming a fifer. 2 wickets left to pick and the only question remains is whether Rizwan rallies around with the remaining batsmen and force Australia to bat again! We will find that out soon. Do join us in a short while for what could be the final session of this Test series.
We thought that the session will be extended but Tim Paine has declined the extra 30 minutes and the Aussies are walking back for Dinner. Star of the session and this innings so far, Nathan Lyon is down for a quick chat before he heads for his break. Lyon says that it was a very good session and hopes they are clinical enough to wrap it up. On being unlucky not to get any wickets on Day 3 inspite of bowling so well, Lyon admits that is how it is. Further adds there are days you bowl badly and yet end up getting wickets.
OUT! Caught! Fifer for Lyon! What kind of shot is this, Shaheen? A tossed up ball around off, Afridi looks to launch it out of the stadium but he manages to slice it high towards mid off. The fielder, Hazlewood, settles himself and pouches the ball comfortably. 16th fifer for Lyon in Tests, 1st against Pakistan, 50th at Adelaide Oval. Two wickets remaining, will this session be extended?
Around off and turning away a hint. Afridi waits on the back foot and blocks.
Fullish and on middle, Rizwan sweeps it to fine leg for a single. 5 balls to survive for Afridi to go to Dinner.
In the channel outside off, Shaheen covers his sticks and lets it be. 228/7
Bouncer this time, on middle it is. Shaheen has no problem ducking under it.
Around off and on a fullish length. Shaheen gets his bat down in time to block it off the front foot.
Back of a length ball on middle, Rizwan pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
Fuller and around off, Rizwan drives and finds the extra cover fielder.
Good length ball angling into Rizwan. He comes forward and taps it on the off side.
Tossed up on off, Shaheen taps it onto the ground and survives another over. 227/7
Floated on off, Afridi blocks it.
Around the pads, Rizwan sweeps it away for a single.
Around the pads, Rizwan looks to flick but it lobs off the inner half towards backward square leg.
Floated on off, Rizwan blocks it.
Flighted around the pads, Rizwan comes down the track and tries to flick. Lyon follows him and the ball goes towards point off his pad.
Full on off, Shaheen defends it. Well done, Shaheen. He has managed to get through the over safely. 226/7
Sprays one down the leg side. Shaheen looks to flick but misses.
Gem of a delivery. But how well has Shaheen done there? Picture perfect yorker on middle, Shaheen somehow manages to get his bat down in time to jam it out on the off side.
Going down leg. Very full. Shaheen looks to flick but the ball hits him on the front pad. The Australian players put up a huge appeal but the umpire turns it down.
Outside off, Shaheen leaves it alone.
Good length ball around off, Afridi stays back to push inside the line and then withdraws his bat at the last moment.
Mitchell Starc is back. 13-2-44-1, his figures so far.
FOUR! Terrific shot. Floated around off, Rizwan gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 226/7
Flighted outside off, Shaheen swings his bat at it. It goes off the outside edge towards short third man and they take a single.
Shorter on off, Afridi defends it off his back foot.
Shaheen Afridi is the new batsman. The tall man joins Rizwan and is having a word with him.
OUT! LBW! Pakistan lose one of their reviews. The centurion from the first innings cannot hang around for long this time around. Shorter and slightly quicker on off. It pitches and straightens. Yasir looks to play from the back foot but is late on it and the ball hits him flush on the pads. The Aussies appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Yasir makes eye-contact with Rizwan and then signals the 'T'. Replays roll in. First Hot Spot shows that there is no involvement of the bat. Snicko confirms it later on. Ball Tracker then comes in and it reflects all reds. Yasir has to walk back. No heroics from him in the second innings. Pakistan still trail by 66 runs.
Big shout for an lbw! FINGER GOES UP! Yasir Shah has a clueless look on his face and then decides to take the DRS. Is it too high? There is no bat on the Hot Spot and Snicko. Here comes the Ball Tracker...and it's hitting the top of off stump. No heroics in this innings from Yasir Shah.
Slightly shorter on middle, Yasir taps it back to the bowler.
Flighted leg spinner on middle, Yasir looks to flick but it goes off his pad and falls in front of short leg.
End of an over where none of the balls were pitched up. It is around off, Rizwan sways away from it. 221/6
Bouncer to Rizwan now. He gets under it.
Back of a length on off, Yasir glances it towards fine leg for one.
Hat-trick of short balls. This time Shah ducks under it.
Another short ball. This is down the leg side. Yasir looks to pull but it goes off his gloves fine down the leg side. They take two.
Back of a length on off, Yasir glances it towards square leg.
Flights one on off, Rizwan strokes it to point. 218/6
Shorter on off, Rizwan defends it off the back foot.
Floated on the stumps, Yasir glances it towards mid-wicket for one.
Flighted around off, Yasir strokes it through covers for a couple.
Shorter on off, Rizwan whips it towards square leg for a single.
Floated on middle, Rizwan strokes it back to the bowler.
Slight halt in play! Physio is out performing the concussion check on Marnus Labuschagne. That ball has hit him flush on top of the helmet. The young man is smiling and appears to be fine. No change of helmet, Marnus is just fixing the existing one.
Oohhh... That's struck Labuschagne on the helmet and the short leg fielder nearly assisted a catch. Back of a length ball on off, Rizwan gets back and pulls it firmly across the line. Labuschagne at short leg is quick to duck. The ball hits him on his helmet and lobs wide of mid on. The fielder there cannot get around quickly and they take a single. Labuschagne is unaware where the ball is. Rizwan after completing the run goes to apologize to Marnus. He smiles and indicates everything is okay! 214/6
This time flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
FOUR! Yasir continues from where he left of in the first innings. Fuller on middle and leg, Yasir flicks it away over backward square leg for a boundary. It looked similar to Kevin Pietersen's flamingo flick. This is what form does to a batsman (errr bowler).
Bouncer! Just around off. Yasir initially looks to play but then sways away from it. Nicely done as he never took his eyes off the ball.
Slower length ball outside off, Rizwan cuts it to deep point for one.
On the pads, Yasir looks to flick but it goes off his thigh pad to the leg side for a single. Leg bye signalled.
Comes down the track and keeps it out safely this time. 206/6
Oh! That was a beauty! Floated outside off, Rizwan lunges forward and looks to defend. The ball skids away and almost takes the outside edge of Rizwan's willow.
Floated on off, Mohammad Rizwan defends it from within the crease.
Shorter on off, MR goes on his back foot and keeps it out.
Tossed up on off, Rizwan keeps it out.
Floated on off, Rizwan defends it off the front foot.
Huge appeal but the umpire says no. Australia have just one review remaining and they have opted against it. Good length ball on off, it comes in with the angle. Yasir looks to flick but misses. The ball hits him on the pads. They have a chat about the review but opt against it. Good call as Hawk Eye later on shows that it was going down leg. 206/6
Bouncer again. This time Rizwan pulls it with authority and confidence towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
Slower ball. It is on off, Rizwan reads it and defends it.
Bouncer! Rizwan sits under it.
Around the body, Rizwan plays it to the leg side.
Ouch! Rizwan has definitely misread that. Back of a length ball on the body. Rizwan shoulders arms to it and the ball hits him flush under his armpits. He straightaway throws his bat as he feels the pain but then later on signals a thumbs up and picks up his bat. That would have hurt. Labuschagne at short leg was in a good position there to see the bat flying instead of ball. It falls wide of him though.
Pat Cummins is back! 12-4-34-0, his numbers so far.
Flighted on off, Yasir blocks it. 205/6
Darts one on middle and leg, Yasir looks to defend but does so off the inner half of his bat. It falls short of the man at short leg.
Floated on off, Yasir defends it off the front foot.
On the pads, Rizwan gets down on one knee and sweeps it towards fine leg. Travis Head cleans it up. Two taken.
Shorter on off, Rizwan defends it off his back foot.
Floated on middle, Rizwan comes down the track and keeps it out.
Yasir is off the mark. Full down the leg side, Yasir flicks it fine down the leg side. Starc comes running from fine leg and stops it before the ropes with a slide. Saves two for his side. 204/6
Back of a length ball around body. Yasir looks to hop and flick it away. It goes off his gloves but does not have the legs to reach Paine on the full.
Length ball on off and middle, Yasir looks to defend but it goes off the outer half of his bat towards cover.
Well bowled. It is on middle and moving away. Yasir does well to defend it late.
Fuller on off, Yasir defends it towards mid-wicket.
Around the pads, Rizwan looks to flick but it comes off the inner half of his bat and goes to fine leg for a single.
Beauty! Flighted around off, Shah looks to defend but the ball turns away squaring up Yasir. A wicket maiden for Lyon! 201/6
Tossed up on off, Yasir keeps it out.
Floated on off, Shah blocks it off the front foot.
Flighted outside off, Shah looks to defend but misses.
Pakistan's surprise batting hero of the series, Yasir Shah, walks out to bat.
OUT! Caught! Finally Labuschagne has taken a catch at short leg. Lyon gets the third. The G.O.A.T. finding some fodder once again. Flighted on middle and leg, Iftikhar looks to defend but there is some extra bounce and the ball goes off the gloves to the right of short leg. Labuschagne initially fails to hold onto it as the ball pops out of his hands. Although he manages to dive and grab it in the second attempt. Another budding stand has been broken.
Short around middle and off, Iftikhar whips it to mid-wicket.
Drinks! Yet another stubborn partnership developing for Pakistan and the current pair has brought the deficit under 100. Australia have bowled with a lot of control but haven't managed to get the breakthrough.
Length delivery on off and middle. It jags back in. Rizwan nudges it to mid on and tells his partner to wait. 201/5
Good length ball on off, Rizwan blocks it.
No. Back of a length on off, Rizwan hops and pats the ball down the ground.
Peppers him with one more short ball. Rizwan gets down. Now a very full ball to follow?
Bouncer! Rizwan sees it and ducks under it.
Good length delivery on off, Rizwan strokes it through point for a couple as Nathan Lyon cleans it up.
Loopy ball on off, Rizwan takes no risk and just eases it towards cover for one. 199/5
Tossed up on off, Mohammad defends it.
Darted on the pads, Rizwan sweeps it towards square leg for a couple.
Floats one around off, Rizwan offers a solid front foot defense to it.
Around the pads, IA glances it to the leg side for a single.
Floated on off, Iftikhar gets on his front foot and blocks it.
Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 195/5
Bouncer on middle, Rizwan ducks underneath it.
Fullish and outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.
Huge shout for an lbw as Rizwan tries to defend a length ball from the crease. He fails and is hit on the pads but the umpire turns down the appeal. The replays find an inside edge.
A touch short again, around middle and leg, Rizwan fails to work it around and is hit on the thigh pad.
Short in length outside off, it's cut from the back foot through backward point. It's stopped before the rope in the deep and the batsmen take three runs.
On the stumps, Rizwan blocks it. 192/5
Bowls an off spinner around his body, Rizwan shoulders arms to it and gets his body behind.
Floated outside off, Rizwan leaves it alone.
Shorter now, Rizwan goes on his back foot and blocks it.
Floated on off, Rizwan defends it off the front foot.
Off the pad? It looks like that. Slightly shorter around the pads, Rizwan looks to flick but the ball lobs behind off his pad. Paine does not know where the ball is as he is searching. Even Rizwan isn't aware. The naughty nut is flying right over the Aussie skipper and falls on his back. Smith steams in from first slip but fails to get there in time. He also attempted to lift the ball with his left leg as it's going down but all his trickery didn't work. Wouldn't have mattered as replay confirms that there was no bat involved.
Nathan Lyon is back for another burst. 16-4-49-2, his numbers in this innings so far.
Fuller on the stumps, IA strokes it to mid on. 192/5
Back of a length on off, Iftikhar keeps it out properly this time.
Almost chopped on. Good length delivery just outside off. Iftikhar looks to defend with a slanted bat but gets an inside edge which just about misses the stumps.
Cries of catch it but it is short of the fielder. Bouncer from Hazlewood. Rizwan takes his eyes off the ball while trying to pull it. It goes off the top edge but falls well short and wide of the man at deep mid-wicket as he rushes across to his right. Single taken.
Good length ball on off, Rizwan defends it towards point.
Hazlewood starts his new spell with a fuller ball on off, Rizwan calmly defends it.
Josh Hazlewood is back on. 18-4-50-2, his numbers so far.
Starc tries to tempt Iftikhar to go for a drive. Ahmed has probably learned from his mistake and does not go after it. 191/5
Starc goes fuller around off, Iftikhar defends it towards point.
Comes around the wicket to make it work with the angle. It is outside off, Iftikhar shows good awareness of his off stump and does not disturb that ball.
Pulls his length back, does Starc. It is on off and middle, Rizwan dabs it towards point for a single.
Full but this time the line is correct. It is on off. Rizwan blocks it.
Fuller on the pads, Rizwan flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
Movement off the pitch as it lands on a length around off, Rizwan sticks out a straight bat and it goes off the inner portion to deep square leg. They cross for a run and now the deficit for Pakistan is under 100. 188/5
A touch short in length outside off, hit through the line but without much timing. It's stopped at point.
Awkwardly played! Short in length and close to off, angling in, Ahmed is cramped for room and plays it from the splice of his bat. It drops in front of Warner at gully and sneaks past him. Lyon retrieves it in the deep and the batsmen take three runs.
Very full and on the pads, it's flicked firmly across the line but finds one of the two short mid-wicket fielders.
Fuller and on off, Ahmed pushes it down to mid on from the inner half of his bat.
A length ball is angling in on off, Iftikhar has his bat down in time as he blocks it towards short mid-wicket.
Pitches it up and around off, Rizwan pushes it with soft hands to the left of the cover fielder. He initially eyes a run but then aborts the plan. 184/5
Leans forward to a full length ball around off and pushes it to mid off.
Good leave. Starc hurls across a length ball close to off, angling away, Rizwan trusts the bounce and shoulders arms.
Close to off, angling away, Ahmed gets forward and quietly pushes it through cover-point for a single.
Very full and straight at 143.9 kph, Iftikhar brings a straight bat down and pushes it towards the right side of mid off.
Back of a length ball around off, angling away from the batsman, Ahmed goes on his toes and guides it past the diving gully fielder for a couple of runs.
Edgy! Iftikhar has not looked at home! Struggling. A length ball is angled into him and he tries to flick across the line. But it takes the inner half of his blade and runs down to fine leg for a run. 181/5
Sliding down the leg side, nudged to fine leg for one.
Slight miscommunication but no harm done. Cummins targets the off stump with a length ball, Rizwan pushes it to cover-point and comes out of the crease in search of a run. A bit of a yes-no and then Iftikhar sends his partner back after taking a step down the track.
Rizwan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
Huge cry for an lbw! The umpire shakes his head and once again Tim Paine decides not to review the decision. Cummins angles in a length ball on off and gets it to angle in, Rizwan is completely opened up in his stance as he tries to work it on the leg side. Misses and takes a blow on his back leg. The appeal is not upheld and the replays find it to be too high.
Shortish and close to off, Iftikhar steers it through backward point and it races away. Lyon gives the chase and the ball also loses its steam just before the rope. Three runs taken.
Too full this time, on middle, Rizwan defends it back with a straight bat. 176/5
Fuller and on off, Rizwan pushes inside the line as he gets a bit squared up. The outside edge rolls all along the ground to gully.
Full and on middle, tailing away a bit, Rizwan works it off his pads to the on side.
Angling away from the batsman, on a length, Rizwan drops his wrists and allows it through.
Good length ball outside off, left alone.
Brilliantly bowled! Starc is in nice rhythm. Serves a back of a length ball around off and nips away a bit after landing. Rizwan is caught pushing and missing inside the line from the back foot.
A touch short and close to off, Iftikhar pushes it with an angled bat to gully. 176/5
A length ball angling down the leg side, it's eased down to long leg for a single.
Another short ball by Cummins around off, Iftikhar pulls it unconvincingly in front of square leg for one. That got high on his bat.
Digs in a short ball on middle, Rizwan gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through backward square leg for a single.
Slants in a full length ball on middle, Rizwan meets it with a straight bat and pushes it to short cover.
Full in length and around off, Rizwan prods forward and defends it towards cover-point.
Ahmed has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 173/5
EDGED BUT SAFE! Starc is making this ball talk now. Dishes out a length ball on middle and gets it to tail away towards off. Iftikhar is squared up in defense and edges it behind at second slip. Steven Smith dives forward and low but it falls just in front of his hands and sneaks behind to third man. A couple of runs taken.
Slight movement away from the deck again. On a length around middle, Ahmed gets opened up in his defense and pushes it away on the off side.
Fullish and around leg, tailing away a bit, Iftikhar has his bat down in time to defend it on the leg side.
Shortish and close to off, Rizwan goes on the back foot and pushes it with an angled bat through point for one.
Angling away from the batsman, on a length and wide outside off, Rizwan shoulders arms.
Mitchell Starc to steam in from the other end. 1/35 in his 9 overs, so far.
Drifting down the leg side, Ahmed clips it off his pads to square leg and looks for a run. He is sent back by his partner. 170/5
Around off, on a length and angling in, Iftikhar defends it from the back foot.
Goes on the back foot to a shortish ball and punches it square of the wicket on the off side. A diving stop by Lyon at point.
Shout for an lbw! The umpire remains still and Paine decides not to review it. Seems high. A length ball around off, shaping back in and catching Ahmed on the back foot. He tries to work it on the leg side but mises and is hit high on the front leg. The appeal is not entertained and the replays find it to be heading over the sticks.
Back of a length ball on off, angling in, Iftikhar goes on his back foot and punches it to the off side.
Lands it on a length first up, around off, Rizwan strides forward and drives it through covers. Lyon chases it down near the fence and the batsmen pick up three runs.
Welcome back, folks! After a quick break we are ready for the second segment of the fourth day. Pakistan have fought well so far but are still 120 runs away from making Australia bat again. The conditions have been beautiful for batting and the hosts should be commended for picking two wickets in the first session. 5 more left to pick, can they take them all in the next two hours? Let's find out. It's going to be Pat Cummins (8-4-19-0) to start off proceedings post Tea.
... DAY 4, SECOND SESSION ...
A very good session for the hosts. Much better than the previous day. It did not start well for Australia as Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood fought it out in the first hour. The latter got to his fifty and it looked like it would be a wicketless session but Lyon got rid of Shan. Asad too departed after getting to his fifty and once again it was the local boy who did the damage. Lyon must feel he should have had 3 as Labuschagne dropped his third catch of the game. This time it was of Rizwan. The visitors would hope that Rizwan and Iftikhar can put up a fight and show some grit. Can they do it? Join us after the break to find out.
Flighted and on middle, once again Rizwan uses his feet and this time pushes it wide of the bowler. It rolls to mid on and the batsmen cross for a single. That will be TEA ON DAY 4! 167/5
Advances down the track and hits it firmly to the right of the bowler. Lyon makes the stop.
Full floated ball on middle, Rizwan prods forward and defends.
FOUR! Good shot, very good shot! Lyon tosses it up in the air but lands it quite full on middle and leg, Rizwan brings out the sweep shot and nails it through square leg.
Extra bounce on this off spinner around middle, Rizwan does well to tap it down in front of short leg.
Uses his feet to get down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.
Angling into the right-hander, Iftikhar flicks it off his pads to short mid-wicket. 162/5
On and around off, a length ball, Ahmed is solid in his back foot defense.
On a length and close to off, Iftikhar pushes it with an angled bat behind point and the gully fielder is quick to make the stop to his right.
Drifting down the leg side, Rizwan clips it behind square leg and gets off strike.
Tries to run a length ball down toward third man but finds Warner in the way at gully.
Nearly carries to short leg! Good length ball on middle, angling in, Rizwan tries to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad. It lobs in the air but falls in front of the fielder.
Quicker and flatter on leg, defended on the leg side. 161/5
Tries to tap and run but is sent back by his partner. Quicker short ball on off, Ahmed plays it down in the direction of point and sets off. But seeing Smith rushing across to his right from first slip, Rizwan sends Iftikhar back.
Flatter and shorter outside off at 89.5 kph, Iftikhar gets back and defends it to the off side.
Lunges to a full ball around off and blocks it to the off side.
Once again Lyon serves it slower through the air but the length is on the shorter side. Ahmed gets back and defends it on the leg side.
A nicely tossed up delivery on middle, Iftikhar defends it to short mid-wicket.
This one is either a slower one or holds up from the pitch. On a length around middle, Rizwan opens up in his defense and blocks it safely. 161/5
Good length ball on off, shaping in with the angle, Rizwan stays back and meets it with a straight bat in defense.
Fullish and on middle, Rizwan brings down his bat and pushes at it with firm hands. It takes the inside half and rolls to mid-wicket.
Uppish but safe! Short delivery on off, rising onto the batsman, Iftikhar gets back to pull and does so aerially. It goes on one bounce to the deep square leg fielder and they cross for a run.
Back of a length ball on off, Ahmed stays on the back foot and defends.
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
DROPPED! Tossed up ball on middle, turning in a bit upon landing, Rizwan tries to defend but it takes the inside edge and flies to the right of short leg. Labuschagne reacts well but fails to hold on to the catch. Tough chance, these kind of chances stick. 160/5
Short this time by Lyon. It's on off and Rizwan goes on the back foot to block it.
Flighted off spinner on off, bowled with a quicker-arm action. Rizwan lunges and defends it from the inner half of his blade.
Slightly short and around off, Ahmed moves back inside the crease and turns it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
Gets behind the line of the delivery and drives it back to the bowler.
Tossed up ball on off, Ahmed gets on the front foot and defends it back.
FOUR! Off the mark but in an unconvincing manner! Hazlewood goes short this time, it's on middle and leg and Rizwan takes the challenge of playing the pull shot. He fails to middle it properly but luckily for him, the top edge travels safely down to fine leg for a boundary. 159/5
Right on the money to the new batsman. Hazlewood slants in a full ball on off, angling in, Rizwan gets half-forward and brings down a vertical bat in defense.
Sliding down the leg side, it's eased away with soft hands to square leg for a single.
Fuller and angling in on off, Ahmed brings down a straight bat and defends it back to the bowler.
Good length delivery on off, Ahmed pushes it with an angled bat to point.
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
Mohammad Rizwan is the new batsman with Pakistan trailing by 133 runs. He will also be hoping not to grab a pair in this Test. Rizwan though was brilliant in the second innings of the first Test. Can he repeat that?
OUT! Caught at leg slip! Lyon has two now and both the overnight batsmen are dismissed. Extra turn and bounce for the offie. He dishes it around middle and leg, Shafiq moves back to work it across the line but it catches the higher half of his bat and settles into the safe hands of Warner. Good fighting knock by Asad Shafiq is over and Pakistan are staring down the barrel after showing some promise this morning. 154/5
Jumps down the track and pushes a full ball back to the bowler. Lyon picks it up and has an immediate shy at the striker's end but misses. Asad dives in!
Quicker and flatter outside off, Asad gets back and plays it down on the off side.
Tossed up delivery on off, Asad presses forward and defends it back.
Shafiq has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot by Asad.
Full length ball on middle and leg, Ahmed flicks it off his pads in front of square leg, finds the fielder. 154/4
Bouncer on middle and leg, Iftikhar ducks underneath it.
This time Ahmed is nicely forward to a length ball and drives it through the gap at covers. Two runs taken.
Beaten all ends up! Beautiful delivery by Hazlewood. He delivers it on a length close to off and takes it away slightly off the seam. Ahmed is sucked into the drive and fails to middle it properly. The bowler appeals but nothing from the umpire.
Back of a length delivery in the zone outside off, Iftikhar shoulders arms.
Width on offer outside off, Ahmed steers it through point and collects a couple of runs.
FOUR! Swept away with power. Floated on off, Asad gets down on one knee and sweeps it with power through square leg for a boundary. 150/4
On the pads, Shafiq flicks it to the leg side for a couple.
Sprays one down the leg side. AS does not disturb it.
On the stumps, Asad blocks it.
Tossed up on middle, Iftikhar comes down the track and hits it straight. The ball bounces on the pitch and lobs over Lyon who tries to jump and stop it. He fails to do so and they get a single.
Asad comes down the track and takes it on the up. He milks it to long on for a single.
FIFTY FOR SHAFIQ! Fuller on off, Asad looks to play it straight but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards square leg and he takes a single to bring up his 25th Test fifty. His second one in the series. 142/4
Slightly fuller on off. Asad initially looks to flick but then decides to block it. 100th ball Shafiq has faced in this innings. Has been solid!
Good length delivery on off, Asad defends it.
On the stumps, Shafiq defends it from within the crease.
Good length ball on off, Shafiq pushes it to cover.
GLOVED AND FOUR! Short down the leg side, Asad looks to pull but gets a glove on it. He gets enough to send it wide of the diving keeper to his left. Paine stretches to his fullest but the ball still evades him and races to the fine leg fence.
Josh Hazlewood is back. 13-4-34-2, his numbers so far.
Short on the stumps, Ahmed blocks it off his back foot. 137/4
Slightly short off spinner on off and middle. Iftikhar plays it to mid-wicket off his back foot.
Gives this air on off, Iftikhar lunges forward and blocks it.
On the pads, Iftikhar defends it.
Tossed up on off, Shafiq nudges it to long on and gets to the other end.
Flighted around off, Asad pushes it to mid off.
Risky third run! Starc delivers a short ball from wide of the crease. It's outside off and Shafiq cuts it from the back foot through cover-point. They attempt for the third run and Asad has to dive to make it in safely at the bowler's end. Direct hit would have Shafiq in trouble. Touch and go. 136/4
A touch short in length and on middle, Ahmed tickles it with the angle of the bowler and works it behind the square leg umpire for a single.
Starc bends his back and digs in a short ball outside off, Iftikhar doesn't offer any shot.
Very elegant shot by Shafiq and it's a good stop in the deep by Lyon. Full in length and wide outside off, Asad leans into his drive and creams it through covers. Lyon in the deep runs across to his right and dives to stop the ball from touching the fence. Saves a run for his team.
Angles in a back of a length ball around off, Shafiq stays inside the crease and defends it down safely.
Good length ball on off, Shafiq gets forward in defense.
On the pads, Shafiq glances it to the leg side and keeps the strike. 129/4
Floated on middle, AS pushes it to mid on.
Warner wrong-foots himself. On the pads, Asad looks to flick. There is a a leg slip in place. Warner placed there wrong-foots himself to his left. The ball goes to his right and they take two. Actually it wouldn't count as a chance missed as the umpire has signalled it as leg byes.
On the pads, Shafiq blocks it.
Floated around off, Shafiq drives it to mid off.
Floated on middle, Iftikhar defends it to the leg side.
On a length around off, Shafiq pushes it to covers and keeps the strike. 126/4
Good length ball outside off, Asad shoulders arms to it.
Direct hit and that could have been close. On the pads, Iftikhar flicks it in front of square leg and calls for a quick single. Travis Head gets to the ball quickly and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
Starc asking Iftikhar to drive and get off the mark. Ahmed is in no mood to fall in that trap and leaves it alone outside off.
Good length ball outside off, Iftikhar leaves it alone.
On the pads, Shafiq flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
Wicket picked and hence there is no need of a part-timer now. Tim Paine brings a bowling change. Bringing in his prime fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, into the attack. 1/25 in his 7 overs, so far.
Wicket maiden for Nathan. Excellent over from the local boy. Floated on off, Iftikhar calmly blocks it. 123/4
Gives this air on off, Iftikhar blocks it.
Tossed up on the stumps, Ahmed defends it onto the ground.
On the pads, Iftikhar flicks it to square leg.
Iftikhar Ahmed is the new batsman at number 6. He has not been in good form and today is the real opportunity for him to show his mettle.
OUT! Caught! Stop the press. Nathan Lyon has a wicket to his name in this Test match. He bowled well in the first innings but did not have anything to show for it but finally he has. You live by the sword and you die by it. Masood was using his footwork brilliantly and he has actually used it well here as well but this time he has not got the elevation. Floated on middle and off, Shan comes down the track and looks to loft it over wide mid off. But he cannot get the elevation and ends up hitting it straight to Starc. The century stand is broken and Paine is jumping in joy. Pakistan still trail by 164 runs and will have to put in the hard yards again.
Tossed up on off, Masood blocks it.
Floated on the pads, Shafiq defends it off the front foot. 123/3
Floated around the pads, Masood looks to flick but misses. It goes through the gap between Paine and leg slip and the batsmen take three leg byes as the ball kissed the pads on its way.
The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
The fightback is on! 100-run stand comes up between the duo. On the pads, Shafiq flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
Leg spinner on the hips, Shan turns it behind square on the leg side for a single.
Loopy low full toss on off. Shan milks it wide of the diving bowler and gets a single at mid off.
Skidding down the leg side, Shan tries his best to flick but misses. Paine collects it in the second attempt. Another over played out without any discomfort. 117/3
Tossed up ball on off, Masood prods forward and blocks it easily.
Quicker one. Flat and short on off, skidding in, Masood plays late and taps it down with an angled bat to point.
Flighted full ball on off, Shan draws forward and defends it.
Some turn and bounce from around middle, Shafiq controls well as he deflects it down to fine leg for three runs.
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
Uses the spin and flicks it through mid-wicket for one. 114/3
Full and flighted outside off, driven to mid off.
Fullish and on middle, Shafiq drives it back and Labuschagne deflects it behind on the stumps. Shan is well in though.
Spinning down the leg side, Shan moves back and helps it behind square leg. They jog across for one more single in this over.
Presses forward to a full ball and caresses it with the spin through covers. Another run added to the total.
Too full in length on middle, not allowing the ball to do its bit, Shan easily flicks it through mid-wicket and rotates the strike. Both the batsmen are untroubled at the moment.
Strides forward to a full ball outside off and defends it confidently to the off side. 110/3
Turning down the leg side, this time Shafiq gets bat on ball and nudges it to fine leg for two.
Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
Shortish and on off, Masood strokes it off his back foot to sweeper cover for a single.
Goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a run.
Shout for a bat-pad! Not given. A flighted off spinner on middle, Shafiq tries flicking but fails to put bat on ball. It loops off the thigh pad and Wade dives across to his left at short leg to catch the ball with his left hand. They appeal unsuccessfully and the replays find it to be a right call by the umpire.
Drinks Break! Good start to the session for the visitors. They are going on about their business positively. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq are still out in the middle and the former has notched up his half-century as well. Australia need to find a way to get rid of this stand. At the moment, it looks like the home team is lacking that intensity and the cutting edge on the field.
This one is pitched outside the leg stump, Masood attempts to flick but misses. Nearly strangled down the leg side. 106/3
Loopy full ball on middle, Masood flicks but finds the short mid-wicket fielder.
Short in length and outside off, Shafiq rocks back and punches it with the spin to sweeper cover for a run.
Labuschagne pulls his length back and delivers it on middle and leg, Shan moves back and eases it to fine leg for one.
Fullish and on off, Masood leans and once again uses his wrists to play it on the leg side. Finds short leg.
Flighted full ball on off, Masood lunges and defends it with the turn to short leg.
Time for some Warne-esque leg spin from Marnus Labuschagne. Can he break this partnership?
Floated and full around off, Shafiq drives it to covers. His partner looks for a run but is sent back. A rare maiden by Nathan Lyon, his first of this innings. 104/3
Paine gets excited but nothing doing! Turning down the leg side, Shafiq moves back to work it on the leg side but misses. Tim collects the ball and appeals with excitement but he is the only one doing so.
Too full and fired in at 93 kph around off, Shafiq stretches forward in defense.
Quicker and flatter this time, a slider, Shafiq moves back and defends it near his front pad.
Too full in length on off, Shafiq presses forward and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
Flighted off spinner landing on middle and turning down, Asad stays back and taps it down behind square leg.
Good length ball on off, angling in, Masood shuffles across the stumps and defends it to short mid-wicket. Pakistan continue to prosper! 104/3
Sliding down the leg side, a length ball, Masood attempts to flick but misses. Paine dives across to his right and collects it on one bounce.
Full and angling in from outside off, Masood brings down a straight bat and blocks it on the leg side.
Length ball on off, defended from the back foot to point.
Slightly short around off and Masood is squared up a bit in his defense. It finds the outside edge and runs through the gap between gully and point for two.
FOUR! Not from the middle of the bat but too far away from Tim Paine. Hazlewood digs in a short ball around middle and leg, Shan tries to pull but it takes the top half of his bat and runs fine down the leg side for a boundary. 100 up for Pakistan!
Shafiq as defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 98/3
FOUR! Shot! Shafiq uses his feet this time. Dances down to the pitch of the ball and goes inside-out over extra cover for a glorious boundary. This partnership has settled in under good batting conditions.
Too full in length from Lyon, Shafiq uses his wrists and flicks it through wide mid on for a couple of runs.
Shortish and on off, Masood taps it down to cover-point and picks up a single. Looking at ease, Shan.
Huge shout for an lbw! Not given by the umpire. They are not reviewing it. A loopy off spinner landing around off and turning away, Masood offers no shot and pads it away. They appeal but it's spinning away and would have missed the stumps comfortably.
FOUR! Shot! With all the footwork shown by Masood, Lyon decides to start his over with a short delivery outside off. Shan rocks back and slaps it through point for a boundary.
Slower one at 126 kph, fullish and close to off, Shafiq picks the variation and solidly gets behind the line in defense. 87/3
Fuller this time with the line on middle and leg, Shafiq closes the face of his bat slightly early and pushes it a touch uppishly towards mid-wicket.
Seeing Asad Shafiq at ease on his front foot, Hazlewood decides to test him with a bouncer. Shafiq leans back and sways away from the line.
Delightful. So good to the eyes. A length ball outside off, Asad takes a positive stride forward and pushes it in the gap at covers. Good enough for a couple of runs.
A touch short in length around middle and leg, Shafiq stands back and taps it down in front of short leg.
Good length delivery outside off, Masood stays back-footed and guides it past the left side of the diving gully fielder for a single.
Flighted delivery outside off, Shafiq strides forward and defends it solidly. 84/3
As soon as Masood sees the flight, he uses his feet and drives it towards deepish mid off for a quick run.
Tossed up ball wide outside off, no real spin, Masood leaves it alone.
Flighted one on off, Masood has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
Lyon pulls his length back and delivers it around off, Shan goes on his back foot and defends it to the off side.
FOUR! Well played! That's his fifty, 6th in Tests! Good batting from the opener. Uses his feet to dance down the track and drills his drive past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. A responsible knock so far from Shan. He has tried to stay positive and that's good to see. Fight is on!
Fuller on off, Shafiq keeps it out. 79/3
Bouncer! Asad sits under it.
Length ball on off, Shafiq keeps it out.
Good fielding, Fuller around off, Asad drives it to the right of short cover. Joe Burns there flies and stops a certain boundary.
Targets the stumps, Asad defends it towards mid on.
Good length ball on off, Asad defends it.
On the stumps, Masood blocks it. 79/3
Floated on off, Asad comes down the track and milks it to long on for a run.
Tossed up on off, Shafiq blocks it.
Masood comes down the track to negate the spin and milks it to deep mid off for one.
Excellent ball. It had everything but just fails to find the outside edge. Floated on middle and off, some extra rev as it turns and bounces. Shan looks to defend but gets squared up and is beaten.
Floated on off and middle, Shan looks to defend but does so off the inner half of his bat.
Length ball on off, Shafiq flicks it to mid-wicket to get through the over. 77/3
Length ball on top of off, Asad flicks it towards square leg and calls a loud no.
Five men on the leg side for Asad Shafiq. Currently from his view, there are two close-in fielders at mid-wicket and then a mid on fielder. Towards the off side, there is a short cover and mid off. So, no gap for shots through the line or across the line. Also, two fielders are there in the deep on the leg side. Asad is left to be guessing for short stuff with this plan adopted by Tim Paine.
Full on middle, Asad flicks it to square leg.
Follows the boundary with a calm front foot defense.
FOUR! That's not the line and length to bowl with this kind of field placement. Short, wide and punished. Outside off, Josh offers a little bit of width to Shafiq to play with. Asad slashes on it and smashes it through point for a boundary.
Two close-in fielders on either side of the pitch. A short cover and a short mid-wicket. Australia might have noticed that Asad Shafiq has this habit of playing his shots slightly aerial and hence this ploy.
Fuller on off and middle, Shafiq glances it to square leg.
Gives this air on off, Asad milks it wide of mid on and gets a single this time. 73/3
Floats one on off, Shafiq looks to milk it to long on but Lyon once again dives to his right and saves runs for his side.
Tossed up on off, AS blocks it.
Flighted on off, Shafiq comes down the track and pushes it to the right of the bowler. Nathan dives on that side and saves runs off his own bowling.
Floated on off, Asad defends it with a dead bat.
Short around off, Masood punches it towards cover for one.
Fuller on middle, Masood flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a single as Cummins stops it early with a slide. 71/3
Length ball on off, Masood defends it towards mid on.
Good length ball on middle, Masood turns it to the on side and shouts a loud no to his partner. Calling has been loud and clear, so far.
Back of a length on off, Shan blocks it off his back foot.
FOUR! A very controlled pull this from Shan. Shorter one on off, Masood gets on his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 50-run stand comes up between the pair. Long way to go, so can't rest on this laurel.
Josh starts with a good length ball on the body, Asad turns it to the on side and gets to the other end.
Josh Hazlewood on for the first time today. He was the best bowler last night. 8-3-15-2, his numbers so far.
Gives this air on middle, SM once again defends it with calmness. 65/3
Lyon goes a bit short now. Masood blocks it.
SIX! Shan puts on his dancing shoes and shows solid aggression here. Lyon tosses it up on middle, there is no real side spin. Masood comes down the track and heaves it over long on for a biggie.
Floated on off, Masood pushes it to cover.
Floated on middle, Shan defends it towards mid on.
Starts with a slightly quicker off spinner on the pads. Asad defends it on the bounce towards short leg.
Spinner into the attack for the first time in this innings. Nathan Lyon to bowl now. Can he break his duck for this game?
Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Masood helps it down to fine leg for one. Runs just starting to come for Pakistan at a better click. 59/3
Solidly played! Masood covers the line of the delivery and pushes it with the full face of his bat. It speeds through mid off and the batsmen take two.
Around off, Shafiq taps it down in front of square on the off side and collects a quick run.
Cummins is bowling very full at the moment. This one is just outside off and Asad just jams it down to mid on again.
Pitches it up again and keeps his line on the fifth stump, Asad this time tries to hit it across the line and does so off the inner half to mid on.
Angles in a full length ball close to off, Shafiq gets forward and drives it slightly on the up. It goes safely rolling to mid off.
FOUR! That sounded a lot better. Once again Starc peppers him with a short ball. This time Shan is quick to get on his back foot and pull it with authority and control over mid-wicket for a boundary. 55/3
FOUR! Shan answers to the short ball. Starc bangs it in short again, Masood gets on his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket. He does not time it 100 percent but times it well enough to go over the infield and away for a boundary.
Almost carries. Short ball around the body, Masood looks to pull but ends up gloving it to the right of Paine. He dives but the ball falls short and slightly wide of him. It goes behind, allowing the batters to take two.
Slight excitement, nothing less, nothing more. Good length ball down the leg side, Shan looks flick but misses. There is a bit of sound as the ball goes past the bat and pad to the keeper.
Good length ball on off, SM blocks it.
Ohh! Fuller on off and middle, Shan looks to flick and does so slightly uppishly but luckily for Pakistan it falls short of Joe Burns at short mid-wicket. Pakistan struggling to rotate strike at the moment. There are two men at catching position on the leg side.
Maiden from Pat Cummins. Good length ball on off, Asad defends it in textbook fashion. The batsmen are not rotating the strike enough. In such situations, it's necessary to stay positive and avoid getting bogged down. 45/3
Good length ball on off, Asad keeps it out with a very technical front foot defense.
Back of a length outside off, Asad looks to cut but ends up hitting it off the inner half of his bat to the right of the bowler.
Bouncer! Shafiq ducks under it.
Solid front foot defense this time. Good length ball on off, Asad defends it onto the ground.
Good looking shot, this. Fuller around off, Asad pushes it to mid off right off the meat of the bat. Not in the gap though.
Length ball around off, Shan strokes it to Nathan Lyon at point to get through the over. 45/3
Full on off, Masood pushes it to mid off.
Slightly back of a length now on off, Shan pulls it towards short mid-wicket.
Starc goes full around off, Shan drives it but not off the middle to mid on.
Around the hips of Shan. He turns it through square leg and gets a couple as Travis Head cleans it up.
Goes over 140 kph now does Starc. Good length ball around off, Masood pushes it towards mid on.
Length delivery around off, Shan pushes it towards cover-point and keeps the strike with a single. 43/3
Maintains his length and bowls it on off, Shan blocks it.
Short ball but misdirected. It is down the leg side. Masood ducks under it.
Good length ball angling in to the southpaw. Masood looks to defend but the ball comes in and lobs off his thigh pad towards the slip cordon.
Good length ball around off, Masood looks to defend but does so off the inner half of his bat.
Targets the middle and off pole. Shan defends it with a dead bat.
Good length ball on middle, Shafiq tucks it to the on side to get through the over safely. Either a warmup over from Starc or his ankle is troubling him. Only time will tell. 42/3
Hits the deck hard and bowls this just under 140 kph. Asad gets on his back foot and defends it onto the ground.
Good length delivery very close to the off pole. Shan punches it towards cover-point and gets to the other end.
First runs of the day. Length ball on middle, Masood flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a couple as the fielder runs behind it and mops it up.
Now goes up to 135 kph. Good length ball outside off, Masood leaves it alone.
Warm up delivery for Starc. He comes over the wicket and bowls a full length delivery on middle. It is bowled at a pace of just over 133 kph. Shan flicks it to mid-wicket.
Mitchell Starc to start the day from the other end.
Cummins steams in and bowls a fuller length ball on off. Asad starts the day with a solid defense. 39/3
Out come the Aussie players on the field! It's bright and sunny out there at the moment although the forecast isn't too promising later on. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq are the overnight batsmen for Pakistan and they have a huge task in front of them. Cannot think too ahead of themselves and should take one session at a time. Surely, Australia will be really aggressive today and will come hard. Pat Cummins to complete his unfinished over...
Welcome to Day 4 of the second and final Test between Australia and Pakistan. The hosts are well and truly in front and after enforcing the follow-on, they have 3 wickets in the bag and a lead of 248. Tim Paine and co. were sub-par early on Day 3 and they would hope not to repeat that. Pakistan, on the other hand, would look to at least go past Australia's total. They need overnight batsmen, Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood to bat them out of trouble and put on a giant fight if they are even to see off the day. Will the penultimate day of this Test be the final one or will the visitors drag this into the final day?
... Day 4, First Session ...
So that is it from Day 3. Australia are well and truly in control of this game. One would feel Pakistan need some miracle to even see Day 5 of this Test. Will the visitors put up a fight or will Day 4 be the final day of this Test? Join us on Monday, 2nd December for the penultimate day of this Test. The play will begin at 1330 local (0300 GMT). Hope to see you soon. Till then, goodbye!
In a match where Pakistan have been under the pump and have hardly had anything to cherish. Pakistan's only century has come like a ray of hope from a very unlikely source, Yasir Shah. His century along with the fight shown by Abbas and Azam have been some shining spots for the day. Babar missed out on a well deserved ton earlier in the day. That inspiring knock from Yasir failed to inspire the tourists top-order and after being forced to bat again, Pakistan lost 3 wickets including that of Babar Azam. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq have seen through the day, albeit because of rain. The pair would look to battle it out on Day 4 and do something surprising.
When many expected that Australia would bat again after bowling almost 60 overs in the first innings, Tim Paine did the opposite and asked the tourists to bat again. The decision paid off as the hosts were able to get 3 wickets with Hazlewood and Starc picking up 2 and 1 each. The hosts made the ball talk again under lights and would have liked a few more overs but rain did not permit that.
That is the end of the day's play. We expected rain to play a spoilsport and it indeed did not disappoint. Apart from the first session, Australia were more or less on top once again. Another day where the hosts dominated but they were tested the most in this Test on Day 3.
AHHHH! This is frustrating, the rain is back again and out go the players again. The groundsmen rush onto the field with the covers, AGAIN! Let's hope it passes by quickly but then does not return once it passes by. Well, it's pelting down right now.
Fullish length around off, Shafiq keeps it out. The rain returns and off we go again.
Good length ball on off, it is defended off the back foot.
Full and on off, Shafiq pushes it towards mid off.
Shortish length ball, closer to off pole. Shafiq stands tall and blocks it onto the pitch.
Good length ball around off, Asad taps it towards point.
Pat Cummins will bowl from the other end. 4-2-14-0 are his figures so far.
Back of a length and on off, Masood stays back and defends it out. 39/3
Fuller and around off, this is pushed to the man at mid off.
Good length and on off, Shan lunges forward and keeps it out nicely.
We are all set to begin after the rain break. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq are out in the middle to resume their innings with the visitors still behind by 248 runs. The Australian players are also out on the field. Josh Hazlewood will complete his over.
Update 2045 Local (1015 GMT) - Good news, the rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. Should not be far away from a restart.
No, the drizzle is heavier now and the umpires have called for the covers. The batters have rushed to the pavilion but the Aussie players are still waiting. The umpire eventually takes them off.
Good length delivery, the batter looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point where the fielder dives to his left and stops it. Can't stop a single though.
Slightly fuller again and on off, it is hit back nicely to the bowler.
Good length on off, it is defended.
Full on the pads, Shan flicks it towards deep square leg and scampers back for the second. A good throw from Head could've made things interesting. Shafiq had to make a dive to get in. 38/3
Well... it has started to drizzle again. Right now the play goes on as it is not heavy. Let's hope we do not have a stoppage and it passes by.
In the channel outside off, Shan makes a leave this time.
Beaten! Brilliantly bowled! Good length ball, closer to the off pole. Shan looks to defend but gets beaten.
FOUR! Cut away! Shortish length ball outside off, Shan stays on the back foot and cuts it through the gap between point and gully. It races to the third man fence.
Driven nicely! Full ball just outside off, Asad drives it firmly through mid off. Neser, the substitute hares towards the ball and makes a sliding stop to save a run. Three more for Asad.
Fullish ball on middle, Asad blocks it off the back foot.
Drinks! An excellent session so far for Australia. They have got rid of the big man, Babar Azam after the rain break and are constantly piling the pressure on the Pakistani batsmen. Shan Masood has looked good but he needs to stay there for long periods and hope for some support from the other end.
Full and outside off, Masood drives it towards mid off. 29/3
FOUR! Pulled away! Back of a length ball on middle, Shan rocks back and pulls it nicely towards deep square leg. The fielder from fine leg runs to his left and looks to make a sliding stop but he cannot reach to the ball.
Bouncer down the leg side. Shan ducks under it.
Good length ball around off, Masood defends it towards mid off this time.
Closer to off pole on a good length. Shan though is sure that he has covered his stumps and lets it be. The ball shapes in after passing the batsman.
In the channel outside off, Shan makes a leave by covering his stumps.
Good length ball on off, Shafiq plays it late and defends it back to the bowler. 25/3
Fullish ball outside off, left alone.
On a length on middle, Shafiq looks to defend it but it goes off the inside half of the bat towards square leg.
Asad defends this fuller one back to the bowler.
Fullish ball on middle and leg, Shafiq flicks it but finds the fielder at square leg.
Full delivery outside off, Asad shoulders arms to this one.
Shan Masood is being checked for concussion as he was hit on the helmet by a short delivery from Hazlewood off the previous delivery. Masood looks fine at the moment to continue.
Off the helmet this one. Another bouncer on middle, this time it is Shafiq who goes for the pull. He makes no connection. Instead the ball goes on the helmet and lobs towards gully. Paine runs from his position and pouches it. The physio comes on for the mandatory concussion check. 25/3
Full and on middle, Masood pushes it towards mid on.
Outside off, it is left alone.
Bouncer on middle, Shan is not ducking away as he goes for the pull but misses.
NOT OUT! Flat line it is on the replays! Poor review from Tim Paine! Good length ball down the leg side, Masood looks to flick it but misses it. Paine pouches it to his left and goes for an appeal immediately. Hazlewood does not look confident but Paine still goes for the review. Snicko rolls in and there is no spike on it. The Hot Spot rolls in and there is no mark on the bat. Australia have lost their first review.
Paine has gone for a caught behind review against Shan Masood. Hazlewood does not look confident but Tim Paine does. The replays roll in and there is a flat line on the Hot Spot and nothing on the Snicko either. So a review lost for Australia.
Good length ball on the pads, Masood looks to flick it but it hits the thigh pad and rolls towards square leg.
FOUR! Off the mark in style! On the pads, Asad works it uppishly but wide of the fielder at square leg for a boundary. 25/3
On the pads, Masood works it through mid-wicket for one.
That is another beauty! This starts around leg and the keeps moving away. Masood defends the original trajectory but is beaten. Can't do a lot with that.
Another length delivery but outside off, it is left alone.
Shorter and on off, Masood stands back and keeps it out.
A huge appeal from the fielders behind the stumps but nothing from the umpire. This is on a length and around off, it moves away a touch. Masood looks to defend but is beaten. An appeal, Cummins joins in late but the umpire shakes his head.
Asad Shafiq walks out at no. 5.
OUT! CAUGHT! The man in form is out of here! Big big wicket for Australia. Azam has a tendency to bat for long periods and he has shown that in his previous two innings but not this time. Hazlewood bowls a good length ball outside off, Babar looks to defend it but goes off the outside edge towards Paine where he makes no mistake in pouching this one. Australia seven wickets away from a crushing victory. Will this end today itself? 20/3
Babar makes a good leave to this full ball outside the off stump line.
Fullish ball on middle and leg, Azam works it through mid-wicket and picks up an easy couple.
Full delivery outside off, Azam shoulders arms to this one.
On middle, defended solidly by Babar to cover.
Good length ball on off, Babar looks to defend it but it goes off the outside edge to gully where the fielder collects it on the bounce.
4th leave in the over as this one is bowled outside off again. 18/2
Beauty! This is slightly fuller and around off, it shapes away late. Masood drives inside the line and gets beaten.
Finally makes the batter play as he bowls it on off, blocked.
Third leave in a row as it is once again bowled outside off.
Outside off again, it is left alone.
On a length and outside off, left alone.
Pat Cummins is into the attack for the first time in this innings.
Fuller one on off, Masood pushes it to covers and calls Azam for a quick single. 18/2
Hazlewood bowls a full delivery on middle, Masood defends it back to the bowler.
Fullish ball on middle, Masood works it to short mid-wicket.
Good length ball on middle, Masood defends it out onto the pitch.
Back of a length delivery outside the off stump line, Shan lets the ball go to the keeper.
BEATEN! Nicely bowled from Hazlewood! Full delivery outside off which straightened after pitching, Masood attempts to defend it but goes past the bat.
Outside off, Azam watches it and lets it be. 17/2
Shorter and on off, BA keeps it out.
On the stumps, blocked.
FOUR! Azam is in some form! What a shot this is! No need to run for those! Shorter and around off, Azam stands tall and punches it right off the middle through cover-point for a boundary.
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
He is off the mark with a solid punch. Back of a length and on off, Babar pushes it nicely through covers and takes two.
Mitchell Starc will bowl from the other end. He got the wicket of Azhar Ali before the rain break. Can he add more to his kitty?
Fullish in length outside off, Masood leaves the ball alone. 11/2
Good length ball outside off, Masood lets the ball go to the keeper.
Fuller one on off, Masood looks to drive but it goes off the inside edge. The ball rolls to mid-wicket.
Full delivery on middle, Masood pushes it to mid on.
OHH! Good length nipping in a lot, Shan decides to leave the ball. It goes just past the off stump and into the mitts of the keeper.
Starts with a good length ball on middle, Shan works it to square leg.
We are back then. The Australian players walk out to the middle along with two Pakistani batters. Shan Masood will have Babar Azam for the company after the wicket on the last ball. Josh Hazlewood to start the proceedings post the rain break.
UPDATE - 1935 local (0935 GMT) - Good news, good news, good news. The covers are off. Play to resume shortly.
The new man in is covers. Azhar Ali has been replaced by covers as the rain has taken over and the players are off the field. It is with strong winds so let's hope it is a passing shower. Having said that we were expecting heavens to open up at some point of time in the day/evening. And they have arrived in some style we must say.
OUT! CAUGHT! What a catch from Steven Smith! The skipper's poor form in Tests in 2019 continues. Starc bowls a full delivery swinging away, Ali looks to push it but it hits the outside edge and goes towards second slip. Smith dives to his right and takes an excellent catch. Mitchell Starc gets his first wicket of this innings adding to his tally of 6 in the first innings. Also, the players are running off the ground as it has started raining heavily. 11/2
Fullish ball on off, Azhar defends it to mid off.
Starc is getting a new pair of shoes. He has had his fair share of issues with injuries and Australia would hope that this is nothing serious.
Another good length ball outside off, Ali leaves it alone.
On a length in the channel outside off, Azhar makes a good leave.
Ahh! That looks painful. Starc has just twisted his ankle a bit while he lands on his front foot. It happened on the first ball. He looks okay to continue though.
Full delivery outside the off stump line, Ali shoulders arms to this one.
Starc starts with a full toss outside off, Ali pushes it towards point where Lyon misfields and allows a couple. Starc did not land well during the stride.
Mitchell Starc will bowl from the other end. 2-1-2-0 are his figures so far.
Good length ball on middle, Shan works it to square leg for nothing. 9/1
Hazlewood goes full on the pads, Ali flicks it through square leg and picks up three before the fielder can cut it off.
EDGED AND FOUR! Brilliant start from Hazlewood after the break. Encouraging signs these. Good length ball outside off angling away, Ali looks to defend it but it goes off the outside edge past the slip cordon and into the third man fence. Azhar gets off the mark.
We are all set to begin the final session! Shan Masood and the skipper, Azhar Ali walk out to the middle along with the Australian players. Josh Hazlewood will finish his over. Ali will be on strike. Can Pakistan survive till Stumps without any further damage?
... Day 3, Session 3 ...
Perfect end to the session for Australia. They have managed to get rid of Imam-ul-Haq right before the break. A surprising yet a brilliant century from Yasir Shah saw Pakistan reach 302. Tim Paine opted to put Pakistan to bat again. The hosts would have hoped for an early breakthrough and Josh Hazlewood did just that. The ball has started to move a bit as we have reached the twilight period. Will Yasir Shah's innings inspire the visitors top order or will they falter again? Join us for the final session to find out.
OUT! LBW! Plumb in front. Hazlewood gets the new ball and strikes early in the innings. Another failure for Imam. A duck for him this innings. Superb ball this one. Fuller ball this time, it jags back in as Imam brings his bat down to put bat on ball. He misses and the ball thuds on the pads. A loud appeal from the Australian and the umpire raises his finger instantly. Imam goes towards Masood thinking about the DRS. They talk the entire 10 seconds and eventually decide against it. A right call that one as the replays roll in and shows that it was hitting the top of middle and leg. Exactly what the Aussies would've hoped after enforcing the follow-on. With the wicket, the umpires decide to go off for the DINNER BREAK.
In the channel outside off, Imam lets it be.
Full and on off, blocked towards mid on.
On a length just outside off, Masood taps it towards point. 2/0
Bouncer but outside off. Shan lets it be.
Shan and Pakistan are away. Good length ball on middle, Masood tucks it through square leg for a couple of runs.
Fullish length down the leg side. Shan looks to work it on the leg side but misses.
Back of a length ball on middle, Shan tucks it towards square leg. Still no runs.
Good length ball around off, Shan taps it towards the off side and thinks for a single. Imam says no and Masood returns back.
Good length ball, closer to the off pole line, Imam taps it towards off side and says no run to his partner at the other end. Tight start from Hazlewood too. 0/0
Fullish on the stumps line this time, Imam is solid in his defense.
Slightly shortish length just outside off, Imam pushes it towards point.
Full and on off, Imam pushes it towards mid off.
Another one outside off, Imam makes a second leave.
Good length ball going away from Imam from the off stump line. He lets it be.
Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end and not Cummins in this innings.
Inside edge saves Masood this time. Fullish length this one, Shan looks to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads. End of an eventful over from Starc. 0/0
In the channel outside off, Masood leaves it alone by covering his stumps.
Around off on a good length, Shan comes forward and defends it nicely.
Closer to off pole and on a length. Masood is confident about his stumps and leaves it alone.
Misses his line this time and dishes it down the leg side. Shan looks to flick but misses.
Beaten first up! On the money straightaway. A good length ball just around off, shaping away from the poke of Masood.