Pakistan team made a remarkable turnaround on Wednesday’s first day of the third Test against Australia.
Despite a shaky start, they finished with a commendable 313. Half-centuries led the revival of Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, and Aamer Jamal. Initially struggling at 96 for five, their counterattack frustrated the Australians at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Mohammad Rizwan was the star of the day, scoring an impressive 88 off 103 balls. He was well-supported by number nine batsman Aamer Jamal, who scored a dynamic 82 off 97 balls, and Agha Salman, who contributed a solid 53 off 67 balls. Their efforts provided a glimmer of hope after a dismal start.
In his final Test, David Warner faced a challenging over at the end but managed to end with six runs in Australia’s 6-0 reply.
Australian captain Pat Cummins continued his excellent form, achieving his third consecutive five-wicket haul in the series with figures of five for 61.
The day, which began with Australian dominance, ended with Pakistan’s lower order dramatically changing the course of the innings. Rizwan and Salman’s 94-run partnership was crucial in combating the Australian bowling attack. Despite Cummins being dismissed to a legside trap by Rizwan, his 88 remained the highest score by a Pakistani batsman in the series.
Australia had a strong start in the morning session, dismissing Pakistan openers Abdullah Shafique and debutant Saim Ayub early. However, Pakistan’s spirited comeback, especially by the tail-enders, balanced the day, leaving the match intriguingly poised.
*Additional News input from AFP