Australia were nine wickets away from a series clean sweep and Pakistan an improbable 410 runs from victory with one day left in the third test in Sydney. Spinner Nathan Lyon grabbed the wicket of debutant opener Sharjeel Khan for 40, caught at mid-wicket, nearing stumps to have Pakistan at 55 for one.

At the close, Pakistan’s leading series scorer Azhar Ali was not out 11 with Night Watchman Yasir Shah on three. Skipper Steve Smith called a halt to Australia’s second innings at 241 for two with 16 overs left on the fourth day and the tourists facing the herculean task of scoring 465 for victory.

Usman Khawaja was left unbeaten on 79 off 98 balls and Peter Handscomb was on 40 off 25 balls. Handscomb finished with a series average of 114.66 David Warner smashed the second fastest 50 in test history to give Australia a flying start in their chase for runs and a declaration. His breathless half-century came off 23 balls with seven fours and three sixes and was the second fastest in test history after Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s 21 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

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