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On the third day of the match, Josh Hazlewood's performance caused Pakistan to lose their momentum, giving Australia an advantage.
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On the third day of the match, Josh Hazlewood’s performance caused Pakistan to lose their momentum, giving Australia an advantage.

Australia now has the opportunity to sweep the series 3-0 thanks to Josh Hazlewood’s impressive performance on day three of the third Test at the SCG, where he took three wickets in a single over, leaving Pakistan in a vulnerable position.

On a lively Friday, where 15 wickets fell and both teams had moments of dominance, the tourists ended their innings at 68-7 with a lead of 82.

Despite having to bat last on a rapidly deteriorating SCG pitch, Australia holds a dominant position with Hazlewood ending the day with impressive figures of 4-9.

Despite Pakistan’s late surge at 4-67, the 32-year-old fast bowler managed to dismantle the previously determined and tough visiting team.

Hazlewood returned to bowl one more over towards the end of the day. During this over, he got Saud Shakeel out by catching him at slip on the first ball and also bowled out Sajid Khan who did not score any runs.

When Agha Salman was caught out by David Warner at first slip on the fifth ball of his over, Pakistan was already a defeated team.

Hazlewood took the wickets after previously getting the important dismissal of Shan Masood for zero runs, caught by the wicketkeeper and putting Pakistan at 1-2 in the beginning of their batting.

Mitchell Starc gave opener Abdullah Shafique two consecutive outs in the match by bowling a delivery that swung and seamed back, catching the bat and pad in between.

Ayub (33) and Azam (23) were the only players for Pakistan who put up a fight, but their removal by Lyon and Head allowed Hazlewood to work his magic late in the game.

Unfortunately for Pakistan, they were the superior team for most of Friday.

During the match, Marnus Labuschagne scored 60 runs and Mitch Marsh scored 54 runs, bringing Australia closer to an equal score. However, towards the end of the innings, the opposing team managed to take 10 wickets, resulting in a 14-run lead for the tourists.

By accomplishing this, they became the first touring team since India in the 2020 Boxing Day Test to gain an advantage in the first innings in Australia.

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Australia experienced multiple sudden losses of wickets, with 18 falling in a span of 3 on either side of the lunch break. Prior to this, Steve Smith [38] and Labuschagne had a partnership of 79 runs for the third wicket.

Marsh and Alex Carey had a partnership of 84 runs for the sixth wicket, with Marsh scoring his sixth half-century since rejoining the team six months ago.

Marsh has gained a reputation for his raw strength and powerful hits since coming back, but his performance on Friday was more cautious.

During the match, Ayub was caught off guard at the mid-off position after lunch and later had a decision of lbw on 31 that was reversed.

Otherwise, he displayed a sense of assurance in his gameplay, with his most noteworthy shot being a boundary through the cover off paceman Mir Hamza.

However, during the last ball before tea, Carey was bowled by a Sajid Khan delivery that grazed the leg bail after hitting his hip. This changed the course of the game and led to a rapid collapse of the Australian team.

After the tea break, Marsh was caught out by Aamir Jamal’s delivery straight to cover. The Pakistan fast bowler then proceeded to take down the remaining batsmen, earning an impressive 6-69.

By doing this, Aamir once again proved himself to be one of the greatest discoveries of the Pakistan tour.

However, due to Hazlewood’s efforts on Friday evening, it is probable that the visiting team will depart from Australia next week without a victory.

Source: theguardian.com