PAK vs AUS 1st Test: Khawaja, Labuschagne cut down hosts lead to 205 runs at Stumps on Day 3
PAK vs AUS 1st Test: Australia reduced the deficit in the first innings of the Rawalpindi Test on Sunday thanks to fifties from Usman Khawaja, David Warner, and Marnus Labuschagne.
On Day 3 at Stumps, Australia’s score was 271/2, remaining 205 runs behind the hosts. For visitors, Steve Smith (24*) and Marnus Labuschagne (69*) are still on the crease. Australia had only played one over on day two due to inclement weather. With each new day, new obstacles arose.
The Australian openers performed well to get through the difficult opening hour and gained confidence as the day continued. Being the aggressor, Khawaja was the first to reach fifty in 67 balls. A few overs later, Warner followed suit, scoring his 33rd half-century in Test cricket. The pair looked at ease in the middle, guiding Australia to 138/0 at lunchtime, still 338 runs short of Pakistan’s first-innings total.
Sajid Khan kept angling the balls onto the left-handers after lunch and eventually broke the partnership on 156.
Khawaja attempted a reverse sweep off Nauman Ali just three runs short of his century, a stroke that ended his spectacular innings on 97. (159). Australia chose tea with a score of 222/2.
The final session of the day began with heavy clouds lingering above. Labuschagne and Smith maintained complete control over their innings, with Labuschagne reaching fifty with a pair of boundaries in Sajid Khan’s over.
Players were pushed from the field owing to poor lighting on day two, and stumps was eventually called after it began to rain in Rawalpindi.
Pakistan 476/4d (Azhar Ali 185, Imam ul-Haq 147; Nathan Lyon 1-161)
Australia (Usman Khawaja 97, Marnus Labuschagne 69*; Sajid Khan 1-94)