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Two down... and it starts raining
Azhar's poor form continued as he played around the front pad to a delivery that was angled away from Starc and Smith pouched a fine catch in the slip cordon. On quicker wickets, tougher for Azhar to play that way. And once Azhar was dismissed, it started to rain heavily. Nothing going right for the PAK skipper.
Australia still bossing the game
At the start of Day 3 of the Adelaide Test, Pakistan would have hoped for Babar Azam (97) to make an impact and take Pakistan closer to the follow-on target. Azam did make his presence felt with a sublime 97. However, he fell at a crucial juncture of the innings and Pakistan were once again in all kinds of problems. At 194 for 8, Yasir Shah (113) was the unlikely source of Pakistan's fight back as he took the tourists to a respectable total of 302. Even though Australia enforced the follow on, Yasir had salvaged some pride.
Yasir, who began the post-Tea session on 66, continued to frustrate Australia. The lower order batsman took on Lyon by cracking a flurry of shots. He also got into the 90s with a couple of well-timed flicks off Mitchell Starc. With the legspinner nearing his maiden Test ton, he had a couple of anxious moments including the single that took him to the coveted landmark. Yasir just chipped one in the air that evaded the mid on fielder, as he pinched the all-important single. Yasir took his helmet off and kissed the turf. He even tried a Warner-like celebration with a leap in the air.
Eventually, he was the last man to fall, pulling Pat Cummins to Nathan Lyon in the deep. The No. 8 batsman had his share of reprieves, with Marnus Labuschagne dropping a couple of sitters and Tim Paine missing a stumping chance. However, he made the chances count and compiled a gritty hand. He also received able support from the No. 10 batsman Mohammad Abbas, with the duo adding 87 for the ninth wicket. Mitchell Starc was the best bowler on show for Australia with six wickets.
Unfortunately for Pakistan, the visitors couldn't paddle through the brief period before the Dinner Break, with Josh Hazlewood trapping Imam-ul-Haq at the fag end of the session. Pakistan ended the session at 2 for 1 in the second innings.
Yasir's gutsy hand; AUS enforce follow on
And someone in the Australian camp has pouched a catch offered by Yasir! Cummins with the wicket. Terrific innings comes to an end. Yes, he has had his share of lucky but Yasir showed a lot of fight.
Pakistan have been bowled out for 302 with Australia enforcing the follow on. Maybe they want to bowl in the night session and the weather forecast could have played a role.
Finally a wicket...
Finally a wicket. Yes,a wicket. Cummins bowled a well-directed short ball and Abbas could only fend it to gully. The 87-run stand comes to an end. On the other hand, it continues to be Yasir's day; Labuschagne grassing the second sitter of the day - this time at FSL. Lyon has his hands on his head.
Yasir on cloud nine
Incredible moment!! I can't believe this. Yasir has composed a Test ton in Australia. He can tell it to his grandchildren. Helmet is off, gloves are off and he kisses the turf! He even tried to leap like Warner. Remember, he came out to bat with Pakistan at 89 for 6. Yes, he had his share of luck but a gritty hand indeed. He also shared an unbeaten stand of 79 with Abbas. Australia look frustrated.
And he reached the milestone with some drama. The lower order batsman just pushed at a length delivery from Hazlewood and it was in the air for a while but just about evaded the mid on fielder.
Believe it or not... Yasir is now into the 90s. 6 away now from a TON!
A super tough chance goes down. Smith did well to make ground, but it was much out of his reach. Yasir is on 85.
Yasir is into the 80s... The ninth-wicket pair is doing well to keep Australia at bay.
Yasir just 34 away from a ton!!
The first session of Day 3 of the Adelaide Test between Australia and Pakistan largely belonged to Babar Azam (97). The elegant batsman put on another fine show of batsmanship before falling at the fag end of the session, leaving Pakistan precariously placed at 213/8, still trailing by 376 at the break.
When the day commenced, Australia would have hoped to wrap up the proceedings quickly. However, Babar and Yasir Shah (66*) offered stiff resistance to keep the home side's pacers at bay. Babar, who began the day on 43, completed his fifty with a stylish whip off Josh Hazlewood. He continued to favour the on-side while facing fast bowlers.
He also took on Marnus Labuschagne's part-time spin bowling with a couple of boundaries as he got into nervous nineties. However, he couldn't compose his second century of the series as he edged Starc to the 'keeper. It was the sucker delivery that was bowled in the corridor, with Babar taking the bait. Starc followed it up by dismissing Shaheen Afridi LBW. The left-arm pacer could have also got a hat-trick, but Mohammad Abbas somehow managed to get bat on a delivery that tailed in.
Meanwhile, Yasir once again frustrated the home side. He edged a few through the cordon, and got into problems while facing short of a length deliveries from the pacers. To make matters worse for Australia, when he edged Labuschagne to Steven Smith in the slip, he grabbed it on one bounce. Tim Paine also missed a stumping chance off Lyon in the 58th over. However, to Yasir's credit, whenever Lyon gave some air, he cracked sweeps, lofts and drives to keep the scorecard ticking over. He is also just 34 runs away from reaching the coveted three-figure mark.
Starc continued to be the best bowler on show and now has six wickets in the innings. Lyon found some purchase but couldn't get the rewards for his efforts.
Heartbreak for Babar; Starc on fire
Oh, the stand has been broken and Australia have picked up the key wicket of Azam. The elegant right-hander falls three short of completing a well-deserved ton. It was a fuller delivery, tempting the drive, Babar took the bait and edged one behind. Heartbreak for Babar and Starc is delighted as he picks up his fifth scalp of the innings. It was an innings studded with stylish drives and flicks.
Starc then dismissed Shaheen with a full and straight delivery to prise him out LBW. The review was taken but to no avail. He could have also dismissed Abbas and got a hat-trick! However, somehow Abbas got an edge to a delivery that tailed in. So near, yet so far!!
Yasir is once again frustrating the Aussies with the bat in hand. He has played and missed a few times, Lyon also produced the edge but didn't carry to Smith at slip. Paine also fluffed a stumping chance to give Yasir the reprieve. Trademark innings from the lower order batter but he is once again showing some fight.
Babar, meanwhile, continues to be in sublime touch.
Babar on song
Babar duly completed his fifty with a sumptuous whip off Hazlewood. When he is on song, he is a treat to watch. Just that he needs some support. Maybe Yasir can again provide him support.
Day 2 of the Adelaide Test was all about David Warner and his heroics. He explored every nook and cranny of the ground to crack one boundary after another to leave Pakistan clutching at straws.
The man from Paddington also went past Bradman's iconic 334 versus England in Leeds before Tim Paine curiously declared. Warner had a great chance of breaking Lara's monumental record. It was an innings where he just demoralised Pakistan's bowlers. And duly got a guard of honour from his team-mates and a standing ovation from the fans, as he walked back to the pavilion.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would rue the fact that Musa bowled a no-ball when he should have dismissed Warner, with the southpaw slicing one to the gully fielder. Interestingly, Bradman too had offered one chance during his epochal innings - when he was on 273 - Duckworth fluffing a chance of Geary. Pakistan's bowlers were largely listless and on a good track for batting, Warner and Co. smashed the attack to shreds.
To make matters worse, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals with most of the batsmen getting caught in the crease. Only Babar Azam was able to get on top of the bounce and stood alone amidst the ruins.
Can Pakistan at least salvage some pride? On the other hand, Australia would be concerned about the forecast, which doesn't look very promising for the day.
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