Pakistan steady after Naseem, Shaheen halt Australia in third Test

Pakistan’s Abdullah Shafique (R) and Pakistan’s Azhar Ali (2L) run between the wickets throughout the second one day of the 3rd and ultimate Check cricket fit between Pakistan and Australia on the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 22, 2022. — AFP

LAHORE: Tempo spearheads Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi knocked over 8 wickets and limited Australia to 391 earlier than Pakistan ended day two of the deciding Check at 90-1 in Lahore on Tuesday.

The duo led a overdue rate to near the second one consultation as Australia misplaced their remaining 5 wickets for 71 runs after achieving a commanding 320-5 at lunch. Naseem completed with figures of 4-58 and Shaheen 4-79.

At stumps, the sport used to be frivolously poised and the collection striking within the steadiness as Abdullah Shafique, 45, and Azhar Ali, 30, returned to the pavilion 5 overs early because of dangerous gentle.

The collection is tied at 0-0 after the primary two Exams in Rawalpindi and Karachi led to high-scoring attracts.

Shafique and Azhar needed to rebuild after Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq used to be trapped leg-before by way of Australian skipper Pat Cummins on 11. However the pair seemed untroubled, placing on 70 for the second one wicket.

Azhar survived a stumping scare whilst batting on 14 however the assessment confirmed his foot used to be planted properly throughout the crease after he used to be crushed by way of a well-flighted supply from spinner Mitchell Swepson.

Earlier than Naseem and Shaheen introduced Pakistan again into the sport, Cameron Inexperienced, 79, and Alex Carey, 67, had annoyed the hosts within the morning consultation, including a useful 135 for the 6th wicket.

Fortunes grew to become after spinner Nauman Ali had Carey leg-before within the fourth over after the ruin.

The wicketkeeper-batsman had hit seven barriers in his 175-minute knock.

Inexperienced used to be then bowled by way of Naseem after a resolute 223-minute keep intermittently lit up by way of 9 barriers.

Pakistan had been taking a look to make early inroads at the beginning of play with the second one new ball best 5 overs in.

However Australia, who resumed at 232-5, took benefit of a placid Gaddafi Stadium pitch to bat via 28 overs unscathed.

Pakistan idea they’d got rid of Carey for 27 when umpire Aleem Dar gave him out stuck at the back of off rapid bowler Hasan Ali however the Australian reviewed in an instant.

The replay confirmed he had overlooked the ball, which had additionally no longer carried to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

Carey took complete benefit of his reprieve by way of smashing spinner Sajid Khan for 2 barriers earlier than achieving his 3rd Check fifty with a unmarried.

Australia are on their first excursion of Pakistan since 1998, having in the past refused to excursion the rustic over safety fears.

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