Pakistan and Australia locked horns with each other in the third and final Test at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The first two Tests ended in a draw. Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. The visitors worked beyond the bounds of possibility and posted 391 in the first innings. Usman Khawaja was the star batter in both the innings for Australia.
Usman Khawaja has been in good form in Test cricket as he scored 91 runs in the first innings with the help of 9 boundaries and a six. On the other hand, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi took 4 wickets each. In response, Pakistan posted 268 runs at the expense of all ten wickets. Abdullah Shafique was the highest run-getter as he had amassed 81 including 11 boundaries.
Australian Test captain Pat Cummins bowled incredibly well as he took five wickets while Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets. As far as the second innings is concerned, Australia declared after scoring 227 for the loss of 3 wickets and Usman Khawaja scored an unbeaten 104 with the help of 8 boundaries. In reply, Pakistan failed miserably in the run-chase as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.
Pakistan had a chance to go for the win had they batted well on Day 5. However, the pitch played a big part in the game as it deteriorated on the last day of the third Test match. Pakistan who resumed Day 5 with 73/0 ended up losing all ten wickets on the last day. They got off to a sensational start by adding 77 runs for the opening wicket. However, the Aussies exposed Pakistan’s frailties.
Meanwhile, during the final day, David Warner hogged the limelight with his hilarious celebration. He celebrated exactly like Hasan Ali right in front of him after the latter’s dismissal. Pakistan could score 235 runs and ended up losing the game by 115 runs. Australia won the third Test and went on to win the series by 1-0. The Aussies are on top of the ICC World Test Championship points table and are yet to lose a game.
David Warner celebrating like Hasan in front of him 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/OG1ECHWb3x
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