Pakistan survived an engaging last session to reach 73-0 on day four after a audacious declaration by Australia predicament a sturdy design of 351 runs in the sequence-deciding third test on Thursday.
Opening batters Imam-ul-Haq, 42 now not out, and Abdullah Shafique, 27 now not out, survived television referrals towards offspinner Nathan Lyon to head away the dwelling crew composed wanting 278 runs in a minimal 90 overs on the last day Friday.
Shafique had a shut catch away when Steve Smith’s glum creep in the slips continued as the Australia vice-captain may perchance well now not reduction onto a engaging probability off Marnus Labuschagne’s penultimate ball of the day.
Pakistan openers remain unbeaten at stumps!
An inviting closing day awaits _
— ICC (@ICC) March 24, 2022
Captain Pat Cummins declared Australia’s second innings at 227-3 quickly after tea, Usman Khawaja having carried out an unbeaten 104, his second successive century to spherical off a fascinating tour to the nation of his starting up.
It gave Australia virtually four sessions to have a crack at Pakistan, after missing out in the second test at Karachi where Pakistan batted for 171.4 overs and forced an chronicle plot.
The dilapidated-out pitch at Lahore inspired Cummins after Pakistan collapsed to 268 in the first innings towards the brutal reverse swing of Cummins and Mitchell Starc to concede an enormous 123-runs lead.
Khawaja featured in three half of-century stands and raised his hundred on the stroke of tea as Australia blunted the reverse swing of Naseem Shah (1-23) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (1-45) whereas scoring freely towards spinners Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan.
Khawaja made 97 in the drawn first test at Rawalpindi and followed with 160 and 44 now not out at Karachi. Regardless of being in glum health on the hole day of this test, Khawaja scored 91 in the first innings. The left-hander has a resounding 496 runs at a chain average of 165.33.
Khawaja mixed in a 96-creep opening stand with David Warner, who changed into once neat bowled on 51 by Afridi in the penultimate over before lunch.
Labuschagne, with 36, then shared one more brisk 65-creep stand with Khawaja before he swept laborious at left-arm spinner Nauman and changed into once caught at deep midwicket in the second session.
Smith scored most attention-grabbing 17 nonetheless on 7 became the quickest batter to 8,000 test runs in his 151st inning, one faster than historical Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara. Naseem stumbled on the originate air edge of Smith’s bat soon after tea.
In an eventful morning session, Pakistan ignored out on dismisings Warner early; Khawaja escaped on 31 after he changed into once bowled off Naseem’s no-ball after which umpire Aleem Dar changed into once inquisitive about an intriguing conversation with Warner seemingly about how and where the dilapidated changed into once running on the deteriorating pitch.
Warner even removed his helmet and gloves, exchanging phrases with Dar before play resumed after virtually three minutes.