With the big innings of Marnus Labuschagne (185) and David Warner (154), Australia strengthened their grip on the match by picking up three wickets for 64 in pakistan’s second innings after scoring 580 in the first innings on Saturday on the third day of the first Test. Pakistan’s first innings was bundled out for 240, leading Australia by 340 runs.
Pakistan will still have to score another 276 runs to avoid an innings defeat. At stumps, Shan Masood was batting on 27 and Babar Azam on 20. Mitchell Starc gave Pakistan two blows in the third and fifth overs of the innings in the last hour of the day, after lbw to opener and skipper Azhar Ali (five) caught by Tim Penn behind the wicket.
Pat Cummins, who is in superb rhythm, then sent Asad Shafiq to the pavilion without opening an account. Labuschagne converted his first innings to a big score, but he missed out on scoring a double century at his home turf GABA. After joining the Test squad in place of the injured Steve Smith during the Ashes series, he made four consecutive 50’s to secure a place in the team.
Earlier, Australia started the day with a lead of 312 for 2. David Warner, who played for the first time this year, became the first victim of 16-year-old pacer Naseem Shah (a wicket for 68) to make his debut by adding three runs in his 151-run innings on the first day. Warner and Labuschagne added 129 runs for the second wicket.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah (4 wickets for 205) followed it up with former skipper Steve Smith (04), who was in superb form. Yasir walked Smith for the seventh time in six Tests. LaBushen then found a good companion as Matthew Wade (60). The 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket of the two was smashed by Sohail (2 wickets for 75 runs) to break Wade.
Travis Head (24) and captain Paine (13) then failed to play big innings. Australia lost the last five wickets within 25 runs, including the wicket of Labushen. Labuschagne was out by Shaheen Ahudi (2 wickets for 96 runs).