Khawaja and Smith miss milestones as Australia crawl to 232-5 in third Test

Pakistan’s Naseem Shah (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia’s Travis Head (now not pictured) all over the primary day of the 0.33 and ultimate Check cricket tournament between Pakistan and Australia on the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 21, 2022. — AFP

LAHORE: Opener Usman Khawaja ignored a century via 9 runs Monday and Steve Smith fell wanting finishing 8,000 runs as Australia ended the outlet day of the 0.33 and ultimate Check on 232-5 in opposition to Pakistan in Lahore.

Khawaja adopted up his 160 within the drawn Karachi Check with a sedate 91, whilst Smith scored 59 because the pair helped Australia get well from pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi’s double strike at first of the tournament.

On the shut, Cameron Inexperienced was once on 20 and Alex Carey 8, surviving the second one new ball till dangerous gentle introduced closure two overs early.

Australia, who received the toss and selected to bat on a brownish Gaddafi Cricket Stadium pitch, owed their restoration to a third-wicket stand of 138 between Khawaja and Smith.

Shaheen had Australia in bother at 8-2 within the 0.33 over when he trapped David Warner lbw for seven after which had Marnus Labuschagne edge at the back of to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan for a duck two balls later.

However Pakistan-born Khawaja batted in the similar vein, which earned him ratings of 97, 160 and 44 now not out to this point within the sequence earlier than he fell agonisingly wanting a twelfth Check century.

Khawaja edged spinner Sajid Khan to slide the place Babar Azam dived to his proper to take an excellent one-handed catch.

Khawaja batted for 328 mins, hit 9 obstacles and a six.

Smith driven spinner Sajid for 2 to achieve his thirty sixth Check half-century however fell in the second one over after tea when he was once trapped leg-before via pacer Naseem Shah.

He fell simply seven wanting finishing 8,000 Check runs.

Naseem then had Travis Head stuck at the back of for 26 to complete with 2-36, whilst Shaheen had figures of 2-39.

The 3-match sequence is tied at 0-0 after the Assessments in Rawalpindi and Karachi resulted in attracts.

Australia are traveling Pakistan for the primary time since 1998, having prior to now refused to play within the nation as a result of safety fears.

The tournament marks the go back of Check cricket to Lahore for the primary time since a 2009 terror assault at the Sri Lanka group bus.

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