Pakistan fightback to restrict Australia to 187/6 at Stumps on Day 3 of the 2nd Test

Cricket Warrior

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Aug 12, 2023
Runs
11,210
1703709929345.jpeg

At the end of a day marked by 13 wickets, the current state of the Test match is finely balanced. Pakistan initially held the upper hand in the first two sessions but the hosts made a strong comeback claiming 5 wickets in the final session.

Despite this, Pakistan maintains a deficit of 125 runs, keeping the game in the balance. After dismissing the hosts for 318, Pakistan's batting looked comfortable with Abdullah Shafique (62) and Shan Masood (54) appearing composed contributing a partnership of 90 for the second wicket.

However, Pat Cummins turned the tide with a double-wicket burst, removing Shafique and Babar Azam. Masood's dismissal followed a hasty shot and Saud Shakeel fell victim to Josh Hazlewood. Rizwan displaying a positive approach offers hope for Pakistan as they aim to narrow the gap towards Australia's first innings total. Cummins took three wickets while Lyon claimed two.

The question remains, Can Australia dismiss Pakistan quickly tomorrow morning and then attempt to dominate with the bat in the Test match?



Squads:

Pakistan Squad:
Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood(c), Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Mir Hamza, Aamer Jamal, Shaheen Afridi, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Abrar Ahmed, Saim Ayub, Mohammad Wasim Jr

Australia Squad: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Cameron Green



==

All posters please take note of the following guidelines for match threads on PakPassion:

1. No personal insults at other posters, players, officials, coaching staffs etc.

2. No making fun of player's, official's, coaching staff's names.

3. Do not add any references to media, their social media or post any pictures or screenshots from other sports websites.

4. Stick to commenting on this match. There is no need to bring other countries into the match discussion as there are plenty of other threads where those discussions can be added.
 
Last edited:
Surprisingly Pakistan are in the game, if we can get to 275 atleast this could be interesting. Though we might struggle to chase 250 in the final innings.
 
Rizwan makes a 50

Aamer Jamal makes 10 runs in total

Hassan Ali hits some sixes and makes 20

Shaheen plays some fancy shots and makes 15

That will give Pakistan a score of around 260, which would be fantastic
 
There was some overnight and early morning rain in Melbourne. It's heavily overcast with the covers still in place. We might be in for a delayed start
Arghh, if it's overcast it will be hard for us to narrow the deficit.
 
10.00am "Umpires are coming out for a look. Aussies are beginning to warm up. Square covers are still on for the moment but should be peeled back shortly." And now the covers are coming off, so that's a positive development. Can see any umbrellas in the crowd. Joel Wilson having a chat to Pat Cummins.

Hopefully we start soon!
 
Rizzy running in the middle of the wicket will not help us bat in the 4 inning

eIXVCq2.png
 
Commentators on Rizwan:

Michael Vaughan: You need players who can take the opposition on...I'm surprised he didn't play [Rizwan] in the first test

Ian Smith: When I saw that Rizwan was not playing in the first match, I thought it was because he was injured. Instead, Pakistan went with the elder statesman
 
Got to say Aamir Jamal looks pretty decent with his defence. Always thought he was just a hitter who didn't know how to defend.
 
Commentators on Rizwan:

Michael Vaughan: You need players who can take the opposition on...I'm surprised he didn't play [Rizwan] in the first test

Ian Smith: When I saw that Rizwan was not playing in the first match, I thought it was because he was injured. Instead, Pakistan went with the elder statesman
Literally the entire world recognizes how good Rizwan is and particularly how much better he is than Sarfraz
 
AJ justifying the faith his investors have in him. Good work lad.
 
lol they keep bringing up jamal's awkward ducking technique
needs to get his bat periscope out of the way though, can easily offer an easy catch!
 
AJ scoring at same rate as Imam… one is a bowling AR. The other a specialist opener. Worrying signs for Imam.
 
It's alright I would say. He is holding up an end. If he goes for the expansive shots then he might get out.
True i guess but rizzy cant do anything else i think..by doing this he will eventually poke n get out
 
We need to bat out at least the next 20 overs.. probably another 10 overs or so and then the next 10 over period will probably be the best 10 over period we have for batting since the ball will be old and they may try to conserve their mainline fast bowlers for the new ball.

And then hopefully when the ball is hard, our all rounders and tail can play some shots.
 
These two will come out of attack after few overs. Just need to hold tight.
 
Can get to 300 if we lock in In Sha Allah.

Very very doable. No loose shots or run outs.
 
Commentators on Rizwan:

Michael Vaughan: You need players who can take the opposition on...I'm surprised he didn't play [Rizwan] in the first test

Ian Smith: When I saw that Rizwan was not playing in the first match, I thought it was because he was injured. Instead, Pakistan went with the elder statesman
They probably having a chuckle who on earth was he dropped for.
 
First time in a long time I am seeing Cummins having a word with the batter. AJ getting under their skin!
 
First time in a long time I am seeing Cummins having a word with the batter. AJ getting under their skin!
Yep. Cummins is almost always a nice guy. AJ breaking them down at a psychological level.
 
Aussie commentators complaining about the physics coming out
It's mostly Mark Waugh, the resident 12th man for Aussies who is always seemingly looking for reasons to complain about opposition's antics.
 
Michael Vaughan: "Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan have been the two batters who have put Australia under some pressure."
 
Love how the comms are making fun of Jamal for getting the physio after getting hit on the back.
Then Jamal hits a four
Wark Waugh: Looks like the physio has loosened him up well!
 
Soft soft dismissal...been so many in this innings but i guess nothing new..
 
Fielder was there for the exact catch ,,, playing on the up.
 
Fielder was there for the exact catch ,,, playing on the up.
Not one but there were two fielders there even now for shaheen they have two on leg side....they keep setting traps and we fall for them all our lives.
 
None of these bozos can score more than 50. No durability or ability to concentrate for long periods. Brain fart comes on after 50-70 deliveries on average
 
Can’t play on the off. No clue what to do as soon as you cut off his leg
 
Not one but there were two fielders there even now for shaheen they have two on leg side....they keep setting traps and we fall for them all our lives.
Yah, it was a trap set and he fell for it.
 
Shaheen is more brave than half our batting line up.
 
A ton of misfortunate comes Pakistan’s way whenever Wasim Akram comes on commentary.
 
40 runs here will do. Lead will be 50 then.
 
Decimate Marsh and Lyon. Badtameezi unlimited for both. No respect for either.
 
Another 20 runs and it's 250 runs. Just play shots against Lyon. Take 8-10 runs in over. 3-4 overs and 40 runs ...
 
looks like it will be overcast all day

Bring deficit down to 50ish

Try bowling Aussies out tonight
 
Lyon is the over to score runs. With wet ball it's going to be harder for him.
 
Why can't they try and score rather than just blocking or get hit on the body.

They're still over 80 behind try smashing a few who knows they might get it down to 50 by the time they're all out.
 
Why can't they try and score rather than just blocking or get hit on the body.

They're still over 80 behind try smashing a few who knows they might get it down to 50 by the time they're all out.

Shaheen is trying. Jamal has stepped it up half a gear after riz got out haha
 
Shaheen goes past is best score in test cricket which was 19, currently at 21 runs how more can he get
 
80 runs left ... Few more shots and it will be 50.
 
Back
Top