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AFP
November 24, 2019

Australia inch closer to innings win against Pakistan

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AFP
November 24, 2019

BRISBANE: Australia look certain to take a 1-0 lead in their series against Pakistan after dominating with both bat and ball on day three of the first Test in Brisbane on Saturday.

Big centuries to Marnus Labuschagne (185) and David Warner (154) helped Australia to a first innings total of 580 in reply to Pakistan’s 240.

At stumps, Pakistan were in big trouble on 64 for three, still needing 276 runs to make Australia bat again.

Shan Masood was not out 27 and Babar Azam was 20 at the close.

Mitchell Starc did the early damage when Pakistan began their second innings, trapping captain Azhar Ali leg before for five.

He then enticed Haris Sohail to waft at a ball well outside off stump, only to get a thick edge to Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Asad Shafiq was next to fall, edging Pat Cummins to second slip where Steve Smith took a comfortable catch.

Labuschagne had earlier scored a magnificent maiden Test century in front of his home crowd at the Gabba.

The 25-year-old scored four 50s in the recent Ashes series but had been unable to convert any of those until his near chanceless innings on Saturday.

“(On 97) I was thinking ‘stay patient, stay calm’ but I thought if the ball was up I’d have a crack,” he said of the thick edge that flew through a vacant third slip area for a boundary.

“You always think as a kid how you are going to celebrate a hundred -- that was nothing like I thought.

“My emotions took over, it was very exciting - a dream come true.”

Earlier, teenage pace sensation Naseem claimed his first Test wicket when he had Warner caught behind for 154.

Warner only added three runs to his overnight score of 151 when he became the 16-year-old’s first scalp.

Naseem, whose pace has been impressive during this Test, eventually claimed Warner when the nuggety opener was unable to avoid a short pitched ball and edged it to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, to leave the Australians 351 for two.

But that was the last hurrah from Naseem, who appeared to be injured and only bowled four overs in the day, with Waqar conceding he had been rested Saturday to protect his young body.

The Pakistanis’ hearts must have sunk when they saw Smith striding to the crease to replace Warner.

But after hitting a boundary off Yasir Shah, the leg-spinner then clean bowled Smith, the seventh time in six Test matches that Yasir has dismissed the Australian number four.

Labuschagne and Matthew Wade shared in a 110-run partnership before Wade was well caught by Rizwan for 60 off Sohail.

Sohail and Rizwan then combined to have Travis Head caught down the leg side for 24.

The Pakistan bowlers toiled hard throughout the day and were rewarded when they took the last five Australian wickets for 35 runs, with Yasir (4-205) and Shaheen Afridi (2-96) the pick.

Score Board

Pakistan won toss

Pakistan 1st Innings 240 all out (Asad Shafiq 76; M Starc 4-52)

Australia 1st Innings (overnight 312-1)

D Warner c Rizwan b Naseem 154

J Burns b Yasir 97

M Labuschagne c Babar b Shaheen 185

S Smith b Yasir 4

M Wade c Rizwan b Haris 60

T Head c Rizwan b Haris 24

*†T Paine c Asad b Shaheen 13

P Cummins c Rizwan b Imran 7

M Starc lbw Yasir 5

N Lyon not out 13

J Hazlewood lbw Yasir 5

Extras (b 6, lb 4, nb 3) 13

Total (all out; 157.4 overs) 580

Fall: 1-222, 2-351, 3-358, 4-468,

5-506, 6-545, 7-546, 8-559, 9-567, 10-580

Bowling: Shaheen 34-7-96-2 (2 nb); Imran 24-3-73-1; Naseem 20-1-68-1 (1 nb); Iftikhar 12-0-53-0; Yasir 48-4-1-205-4; Haris 19-1-75-2

Pakistan 2nd Innings

Shan Masood not out 27

*Azhar Ali lbw Starc 5

Haris Sohail c Paine b Starc 8

Asad Shafiq c Smith b Cummins 0

Babar Azam not out 20

Extras (lb 3, nb 1) 4

Total (3 wickets; 17 overs) 64

Fall: 1-13, 2-25, 3-25

Yet to bat: Iftikhar Ahmed, †Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan

Bowling: Starc 4-0-25-2 (1 nb); Cummins 5-1-16-1; Hazlewood 6-1-16-0; Lyon 2-1-4-0

Umpires: Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough (England).

TV umpire: Michael Gough (England). Match referee: Jeff Crowe

(New Zealand)