Live coverage of day two of the third Test between Australia and Pakistan. Day two of the third Test match between Australia and Pakistan is being broadcasted live.
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According to Steve Waugh, the sport of Test cricket is no longer alive and recent matches between South Africa and India have been some of the most chaotic in the history of the game.
I will be guiding you through the first sessions of day two of the third and final Test between Australia and Pakistan, taking place at the Cricket Ground. My co-host Geoff Lemon will be joining later to wrap up the coverage.
The first day of the match was significant, although not as significant as a previous first day. After an emotional return for David Warner in his final Test before retirement, Australia started strong with a wicket on the second delivery (Mitchell Starc getting rid of Abdullah Shafique) and then another on the eighth (Josh Hazlewood sending debutant Saim Ayub back to the pavilion). Pat Cummins also contributed with two dismissals in the first session, putting Pakistan in a difficult position at 47 for 4 and making it seem like the Test was already decided.
Pakistan continued their trend of counter-attacking throughout the series. Captain Shan Masood and Babar Azam played crucial innings to stabilize the team before Mohammad Rizwan and Salman Ali Agha shifted the momentum in their favor. Rizwan scored a remarkable 88 runs off 103 balls while Salman contributed with a superb 53. Together, their efforts pushed the score to 227 for 9, a decent total after the initial struggles. But it was No 9 batsman Aamer Jamal who stole the show, hitting the elite Australian bowlers all over the ground with an explosive 82 runs. This helped Pakistan reach a formidable total of 313, leaving critics to question Australia’s complacent field placements and unconventional tactics against the tailenders.
Ultimately, Pat Cummins took five wickets in a row (marking his third consecutive five-for), and Jamal’s quick knock sets the stage for Day Two. The standout player of the moment is the rugged David Warner, who will continue at 6 runs after hitting a four on his first ball yesterday and narrowly avoiding hitting his own stumps on the fifth. Despite not having his iconic baggy green cap, The Bull will continue to bat in his final Test match today. Will he be able to showcase his past brilliance and deliver a memorable performance? Or will Pakistan disrupt his farewell celebration? With the SCG pitch presenting numerous challenges, anything is possible – and likely will occur.
For those who arrived late, here is a summary of the events that took place during Day One of the third Test, which included dramatic ups and downs leading to a thrilling and intense finish.