Australia vs Pakistan Highlights Today, Pakistan tour of Australia 2024 3rd Test, Sydney Cricket Ground, Thursday 4-1-2024.
On the first day
of his final Test, retiring batsman David Warner made it through a challenging last over. At Sydney, Aamer Jamal, who came in at number nine. Led Pakistan’s comeback with a valiant half-century, leaving Australia upset.
After Pat Cummins collected his third consecutive five-wicket haul. Jamal’s 82 off 97 balls and his last wicket partnership of 86 with Mir Hamza propelled Pakistan to an unexpected first innings of 313 runs.
Before stumps, Australia’s openers Warner and Usman Khawaja had one more over to go. A parade of honour from the Pakistani squad and a standing ovation from the 33,905 spectators at the SCG marked Warner’s 112th and last Test match.
Warner had a stressful moment when he nearly played the ball onto his stumps as Australia went into stumps at 6 for 0. Still behind Pakistan by 307 runs. Warner had blasted offspinner Sajid Khan for a four through covers on the opening delivery.
Prior to this, Pakistan had collapsed to 47 for 4. Apparently unable to capitalise on winning a crucial toss from captain Shan Masood under ideal circumstances.
Mohammad Rizwan and Agha Salman managed to make a comeback with impressive half-centuries. Before tea, they both fell in the midst of another wave of wickets for Pakistan as batting got harder due to heavy cloud cover.
But when Jamal and Hamza recorded the greatest tenth-wicket stand in Test history against Australia. Since England’s Alec Stewart and Andy Caddick combined for 103 in 2001—Pakistan gained an unanticipated boost. They defied Australia brilliantly for over ninety minutes as Jamal tore apart their increasingly disjointed attack. While Hamza stonewalled and only scored on his 22nd ball faced.
Pakistan’s chances of amassing a respectable total appeared to have vanished when Rizwan fell for a short-ball strategy expertly played by Cummins and Mitchell Starc. With the score at 88 seconds before tea. Impatient Sajid was taken out by Cummins, who made him fall into the trap and hit straight to front square.
Before Starc tamely dismissed Salman for a duck, the batsman had withstood a torrent of short deliveries to achieve his second consecutive half-century. Cummins, however, finished with 5 for 61 off 18 overs.
Following their heartbreaking loss by 79 runs in the Boxing Day Test, when they had fiercely battled and looked like they could pull off an upset at moments. Pakistan began the New Year with both of their openers falling for ducks in the first eight deliveries of the game.
With his second delivery of the innings, Starc dismissed opener Abdullah Shafique. Who drove erratically and produced a thick outside edge to second slip. Starc found sharp swing. Saim Ayub, who replaced Imam-ul-Haq and had planned to ignite the top hierarchy, had a harsh introduction. However, Ayub failed to make an impact on Josh Hazlewood’s excellent length delivery with his second delivery. As he was quickly bowled out.
who had been thoroughly outmuscled by Cummins and Hazlewood and had only managed 77 runs in four previous innings, was under pressure. He started cautiously before launching his signature cover drive to the boundary and pouncing on a more and more erratic Starc.
On a calm surface, Babar felt secure, but he faced Cummins, who had brilliantly dismissed him twice in Perth and Melbourne. When a hooping inswinger trapped Babar, Cummins added a third. Babar survived at first. But the DRS reversed the call after ball tracking verified the ball had struck the leg stump.
After drinking, Cummins added another when he was having trouble with No. 5. After a subpar firing, Saud Shakeel left Pakistan in chaos. However, Rizwan made a stunning 76 off 72 balls in the second session. Which further bewilders his non-selection in the first Test of the series. Salman provided him with excellent support during their 94-run partnership off 101 balls.
Rizwan picked up where he left off before lunch, targeting backward point and scoring runs rapidly, as Pakistan faltered at 75 for 4. However, considering his team’s situation, Masood was unable to bat as proactively as he would have liked. Having often charged at offspinner Nathan Lyon in Melbourne, he had been wary of him, but on 32, he appeared to have given up when he edged Marsh straight to second slip.
Marsh’s joy was short-lived as it was discovered that he had delivered a no-ball. Not being able to force him to pay, Masood fell almost exactly in the same way shortly after, and Marsh was relieved to hear that he had not stepped over the line once more.
Prior to Australia switching back to short bowling and the tourists collapsing, Rizwan looked certain to become Pakistan’s first centurion of the series. However, Jamal and Hamza turned the innings around.
Pakistan’s attempt to win a match as a consolation and end a 16-match losing streak in Australia was hampered by the fact that captain Shaheen Shah Afridi was rested following a strenuous effort in the first two Tests. In Warner’s final Test match, Australia picked an unchanged lineup, with specialist spinner Sajid taking his position.
With inclement weather having badly affected the traditional New Year’s Test in prior years, it was a relief that no rain fell on the opening day, despite the increasingly gloomy surroundings. But when Warner takes center stage on day two, showers and thunderstorms are predicted for the late afternoon.
Toss: Pakistan chose to bat.
Australia team: 1 David Warner, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Mitchell Marsh 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (capt), 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan team: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Saim Ayub, 3 Shan Masood (capt), 4 Babar Azam, 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7 Agha Salman, 8 Sajid Khan, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Mir Hamza, 11 Aamer Jamal
Head to Head In Test’s: 71
Australia Won: 36
Pakistan Won: 15
Australia Test Rankings: 2nd
Pakistan Test Rankings: 6th
(last five completed Test’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 11:30 PM GMT | 10:30 AM Local
Umpires – Joel Wilson, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Michael Gough
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Claire Polosak
Match number – Test no. 2521