Pakistan have turned the tables by the end of Day 4 of the 3rd Test match against Australia in Lahore. When Australia declared their second innings at 227/3, it seemed that a target of 351 would be too much for Pakistan. However, the hosts have made a solid reply so far by scoring 73/0, being 278-run away from victory. Run rate would not be a real issue for Pakistan on the final day as they will be having around 90 overs to play, but the biggest question is: Can they bat throughout the day and stun Australia or the guests will seal the deal? We will discover that in the final day of the game. For now, Follow Day 4 highlights of PAK vs AUS, third Test.
06:04 PM IST: Stumps
It's Stumps on Day 4 and Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique return to the dugout with their heads held high. The duo stitched unbeaten 73 runs for the first wicket. Imam is 42 not out while Shafique is unbeaten on 27. Pakistan need 278 runs more to win this game.
PAK 73/0 (27)
05:21 PM IST: Australia Looking For Breakthrough
The Australians need wickets now to boost their morale as the opening partnership of Pakistan is nearing fifty runs. They had got a happy moment when Shafique was given out caught-behind on the third ball of the 16th over, but the batsman took a review and survived as the ball didn't touch his bat before travelling to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
PAK 44/0 (18)
04:47 PM IST: Good Batting
Both the openers Imam and Shafique have added 12 runs in the last 5 overs but the most important thing is that they are unbeaten at the crease. Both have shown good maturity so far in the innings.
PAK 22/0 (10)
04:26 PM IST: Slow But Confident Start
Pakistan batters Imam and Shafique have looked solid so far. Pakistan need them to stay for as long as possible if they wish to stand a chance in this big chase.
PAK 10/0 (5)
04:08 PM IST: One Run Came Off It
Pakistan need 350 runs more and they have around 120 overs in the game to play. They have their task cut out for sure as they were bundled out for 268 runs in their first innings.
PAK 1/0 (1)
04:03 PM IST: The Final Innings Kicks Off
Pakistan start the chase. Abdullah Shafique faces Mitchell Starc, while Imam-ul-Haq accompanies him from the other end.
3:55 PM IST: Australia Declare At 227/3
Australia have taken a lead of 350 runs, this means the target for Pakistan would be 351 runs in the fourth innings.
AUS 227/3 declared (60)
3:45 PM IST: Smith Goes
Naseem Shah on with his 12th over. Mohammad Rizwan takes a diving catch to end Steven Smith's knock. The former Aussie skipper goes for 17 off 27. 41 runs and wicket in the last ten. Australia lead by 339 runs. Travis Head is the new man. AUS - 216/3 (58.5)
3:11 PM IST: Tea
Nauman Ali on with his 8th over. A couple off the fourth to backward point, with help from a misfield and hundred for Usman Khawaja, in 171 balls. Second of the series. Australia lead by 325 runs. AUS - 202/2 (56)
2:59 PM IST: Smith Landmark
Hasan Ali on with his 10th over. Steve Smith hits the fourth ball for a four, through cover. And he's now the fastest batter to score 8000 Test runs, in just 151 innings. Five from the over. Australia lead by 315 runs. AUS - 192/2 (53)
2:45 PM IST: Aussie In Control
Nauman Ali on with his fifth over. Five from the over. Australia lead by 304 runs. AUS - 181/2 (50)
2:38 PM IST: Khawaja Fours
Hasan Ali returns for his 8th over. Usman Khawaja hits the second ball for a four to backward point, a dot then back-to-back fours. 13 from the over. Australia lead by 299 runs. 51 runs and one wicket in the last ten. AUS - 176/2 (49)
2:32 PM IST: Nauman Strikes
Nauman Ali on with his fourth over. Marnus Labuschagne hits the first ball for a four. But Labuschagne (36 off 58) holes out two balls later, with Sajid Khan taking the catch at deep midwicket. Australia lead by 284 runs. Steve Smith is the new man. AUS - 161/2 (47.3)
2:24 PM IST: 59-run Stand
Nauman Ali returns for his third over. Marnus Labuschagne hits the last ball for a four, a thick edge and to square leg boundary. Seven from the over. 35 runs in the last ten. Labuschagne's stand with Usman Khawaja is now worth 59 in 107. Australia lead by 278 runs. AUS - 155/1 (46)
2:11 PM IST: Drinks
Sajid Khan on with his 16th over. Three singles. His figures so far: 0/60. Australia lead by 267 runs. Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne are unbeaten on 65 off 124 and 25 off 50 respectively. AUS - 144/1 (44)
1:53 PM IST: Lead Swells
Sajid Khan on with his 14th over. Marnus Labuschagne takes a single off the first, then a four as Usman Khawaja plays the second to off side. A diving Naseem Shah almost stops. 10 from the over. Australia lead by 258 runs. AUS - 135/1 (40)
1:39 PM IST: Dropped
Sajid Khan on with his 12th over. Nauman Ali drops Marnus Labuschagne on 11 at backward point. Labuschagne's reverse sweep off the last ball results in a top edge but Ali slow to react. Khan furious. Three singles from the over. 28 runs in the last ten. Australia lead by 243 runs. AUS - 120/1 (36)
1:30 PM IST: Khawaja Fifty
Shaheen Afridi continues. Usman Khawaja takes a couple off the first and fifty, in 94 balls. Australia lead by 236 runs. In the previous over, Sajid Khan leaked three singles. 113/1 (34.1)
1:25 PM IST: Labuschagne Four
Shaheen Afridi on with his ninth over. Marnus Labuschagne hits the second ball for a four, to deep midwicket boundary. Australia lead by 231 runs. AUS - 108/1 (33)
1:12 PM IST: Players Are Back
Shaheen Afridi to resume proceedings after lunch. Usman Khawaja to take the strike. He's with Marnus Labuschagne.
12:32 PM IST: Lunch
Sajid Khan on with his seventh over. A single off the fourth. And lunch. Usman Khawaja unbeaten on 44 off 83. Marnus Labuschagne still on zero after seven balls. Australia lead by 220 runs. AUS - 97/1 (30)
12:21 PM IST: Warner Does
Shaheen Afridi continues. A beauty to dismantle David Warner. Reverse swing doing the damage. Hits the off stump. Warner goes for 51 off 91. And Afridi shakes hand with a reluctant victim. Australia lead by 219 runs. Marnus Labuschagne is the new man. AUS - 96/1 (28.1)
12:13 PM IST: Fifty
Shaheen Afridi returns. David Warner takes a single off the fourth and fifty, in 86 balls. Australia lead by 216 runs. AUS - 93/0 (26.4)
In the previous over, Nauman Ali was hit for a six by Warner, first of the innings, over midwicket. A slog-sweep with some disdain. The left-arm spinner leaked nine in his first over.
12:05 PM IST: Ali Maiden
Hasan Ali on with his seventh over. A maiden to Usman Khawaja. Ali's figures so far: 0/13. 22 runs in the last ten overs. Australia lead by 206 runs. AUS - 83/0 (25)
11:57 AM IST: 200-run Lead
Hasan Ali on with his 6th over. A single off the second and the lead is 200 runs. Massive shout for LBW against Uman Khawaja off the third. Not out is the decision. Pakistan take review, and replays show inside edge. Pakistan lose the review. AUS - 77/0 (23)
11:48 AM IST: Spicy
Hasan Ali continues. And a massive conversation. David Warner in a heated argument with the umpires, then everyone in the field has their say. All about walking or running on the danger area of the pitch. Australia lead by 195 runs. AUS - 72/0 (20.5)
11:42 PM IST: Breaking The Shackles
Sajid Khan on with his 6th over. David Warner hits the second ball for a four, to deep mid-wicket -- first boundary in more than ten overs. Five runs from the over. Australia lead by 195 runs. AUS - 72/0 (20)
11:31 AM IST: Drinks
Sajid Khan on with his fifth over. Two dots, and three singles, then two couple more dots to David Warner. In the previous over, Naseem Shah leaked three runs. Australia lead by 190 runs. AUS - 67/0 (18)
11:22 AM IST: 36 In The Last 10
Naseem Shah continues. Two singles and a couple from his fourth over. Usman Khawaja (34 off 47) and David Warner (26 off 45) are unbeaten. In the previous over, Sajid Khan delivered a maiden to Warner. 36 runs in the last ten overs. Australia lead by 184 runs. AUS - 61/0 (15)
11:11 AM IST: What A Reprieve
Naseem Shah continues and he cleans up Usman Khawaja. Bowled for 31. But... overstepping. No ball. AUS - 57/0 (12.2)
11:06 AM IST: Double Bowling Change
Naseem Shah on. Singles off the first two, then two dots, with the second one keeping low and just missing off stump. Usman Khawaja can only laugh. Three singles from the over. Australia lead by 172 runs. AUS - 49/0 (11)
11:01 AM IST: Bowling Change
Sajid Khan gets his first over. A couple off the second as David Warner plays it down leg. Australia lead by 169 runs. AUS - 46/0 (10)
10:57 AM IST: Very Lucky Khawaja
Shaheen Afridi on with his fifth over. Usman Khawaja hits the fourth ball for a four, bottom edge. He's very lucky today. And Australia are scoring at a very good rate, more than five. Australia lead by 167 runs. AUS - 44/0 (9)
10:53 AM IST: Lucky Khawaja
Hasan Ali on with his third over. David Warner plays the second ball through cover for three runs. Usman Khawaja gets an edge off the next and past the cordon for a four. Eight from the over. In the previous over, Shaheen Afridi conceded two singles. Australia lead by 161 runs. AUS - 38/0 (8)
10:44 AM IST: Singles
Hasan Ali continues. Three singles. Australia lead by 151 runs. The opening stand is already 28 off 36. AUS - 28/0 (6)
10:40 AM IST: Warner On Song
Shaheen Afridi with the second over. Usman Khawaja takes a single off the first, and a four off the third as David Warner times his cover drive brilliantly. Then more. Successive fours to end the over. 12 from it. Australia lead by 148 runs. AUS - 25/0 (5)
10:30 AM IST: Play Begins
Usman Khawaja, on 7 off 12, will take the strike. David Warner, on 4 off 6, is his partner. Hasan Ali with the first over. Australia's lead is 134 runs. AUS - 11/0 (3)
In a sensational collapse after tea on Day 3, Pakistan lost seven wickets for 41 runs — the last four wickets without adding a run — as Pat Cummins finished with 5 for 56 and Mitchell Starc took 4 for 36. It was Cummins' seventh five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
It was a story of two new balls for Australia. While overnight Pakistan batsmen Asad Shafique and Azhar Ali did well to blunt the Australian bowlers in the first half of the day, the second new ball created havoc in the home team camp.
Pakistan folded against Cummins and Starc after tea, losing the last six wickets off 40 balls. Pakistan’s long tail didn’t last long with captain Babar Azam making a 67 off 131 balls.
Earlier, in-form opening batsman Abdullah Shafique (81) and veteran Azhar Ali (78) had carried Pakistan to 170-1 and denied Australia a breakthrough in the first session after resuming on 90 for 1 before the visitors took control of the series-deciding Test.