Pakistan were 39/3 at stump on the third day of 2nd Test match against Australia in Adelaide while Pakistan still require 249 runs to avoid innings defeat.
Earlier, Yasir Shah smacked a maiden test century today and Babar Azam made 97 as Pakistan kept their slim hopes alive in the second Test against Australia today despite six wickets to Mitchell Starc.
The visitors resumed on an overcast day teetering at 96 for six in reply to Australia’s first innings 589 for three declared, built on the back of David Warner’s monumental 335 not out.
They were finally out for 302 on day three of the pink-ball test, 287 runs adrift, with a dogged Yasir the last man to go for 113.
Australia immediately enforced the follow on, leaving Pakistan to face a difficult evening session.
Better known as a spin bowler than a batsmen, Yasir had never gone better than 42 in his previous 36 tests, making his effort against one of the world’s most fearsome pace attack’s even more remarkable.
In a scintillating spell under lights last night, left-armer Starc snapped up four quick wickets and the omens for Pakistan did not look good.
But the gloomy conditions at Adelaide Oval offered little movement to the bowlers today and Azam and Yasir took advantage.
They put on a disciplined 105-run stand with Azam looking destined for a third Test century until Starc pounced again, with the 25-year-old edging an attempted drive to Tim Paine behind the stumps on 97.
Mohammad Abbas joined Yasir at the crease and made a gutsy 29 before he was undone by a pat Cummins bouncer, caught at gully by Warner.
At the other end, Yasir showed composure to compile his first-ever ton, bringing up the milestone off 192 balls, clattering 12 fours and kissing the turf in celebration.
by Pak State Media