PAKISTAN v Australia, second Test, day three — Australia needs to make history if it is going to escape the Test series against Pakistan with a draw let alone a victory.
And the Australians are off to a horror start at 1-14 after Shaun Marsh was bowled by debutant Mir Hamza for four. Marsh was opening the batting with Aaron Finch (4*) after Usman Khawaja missed the day on the field with a knee injury. Finch has been joined in the middle by Travis Head (4*).
Pakistan declared its innings at 9-400 late on day three, leaving Australia a target of 538 to chase with two days and 12 overs to survive.
The highest succesful chase in history is 418, while the longest ever fourth-innings in Asia ia 143.1 overs.
Babar Azam was Pakistan’s highest-run scorer falling lbw to Mitchell Marsh one run short of a maiden Test century, while Nathan Lyon was Australia’s best bowler with four wickets.
Earlier, Azhar Ali was run out for 64 in comic fashion. Thinking he had picked up a boundary, Ali stopped mid-pitch to punch gloves with Shafiq. In reality the ball had stopped a metre short of the ropes and he was run out before he even realised what was happening. Allan Border described it as “total stupidity” in the commentary box.
Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (c), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Matt Renshaw (12th man)
Pakistan XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas .