Australia beat Pakistan by 115 runs in the third cricket Test match played in Lahore to win the three-match series by 1-0.
Cummins’ team had given Pakistan a target of 351 runs for the victory in this match, after which the Pakistani team was bowled out for 235 runs on the last day of the game.
All the hopes of the Pakistani team and the fans seemed to be attached to the captain Babar Azam on Friday but those hopes were dashed when the Pakistani captain was out after the tea break.
When the final day’s play began, the only question on everyone’s mind was whether Babar Azam’s team would take the field to win the match or draw the match after the Australian captain’s bold decision to declare the innings but all the fans and experts on and off the field got the answer from the slow batting of the Pakistani batsmen in the first session.
When the game started on Friday, Pakistan needed 278 more runs to win and all their wickets were left but the Pakistani openers could only add four runs to yesterday’s score and Abdullah Shafiq on 77 got caught on the bowl of Cameron Green.
Abdullah Shafiq got several chances during this innings. While Steve Smith dropped an easy catch in the closing moments of the fourth day, DRS managed to reverse a decision against him.
On the fifth day, Australia did not have to wait long for the second wicket and Azhar Ali became the first wicket of Nathan Lyon in this innings after scoring only 17 runs. At that time Pakistan’s total score was 105 runs.
Imam-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam, who scored two centuries in the Rawalpindi Test match, continued to bat slowly till lunch and Pakistan’s run-scoring average was less than three runs per over.
Immediately after the lunch break, Leon’s bowling on a certain line to Imam-ul-Haq proved fruitful and got by Steve Smith at the midfield.
After this loss, the Pakistani batsmen became more cautious and it became clear that their goal then was to draw the match.
However, the fruits of positive bowling by the Australian bowlers soon came in the form of Fawad Alam’s wicket. Fawad, who was bowled by Mitchell Starc in the first innings, was lbw by captain Pat Cummins this time. Fawad Alam sought help from the third umpire against Aleem Dar’s decision but he too could not help him.
Mohammad Rizwan, who faced the Australian bowlers in the Karachi Test, could not play the same role in this match and became the second wicket of the Australian captain by becoming LBW on the ball of Cummins without scoring a run. It could be seen in the replay that the ball had fallen out of the leg stump but Rizwan decided not to take a review against the decision of the umpire and returned to the pavilion.
The Australian team failed to take advantage of two chances to take the wicket of Babar Azam on the last day. In the 76th over of the innings, the Australian captain delayed taking the review after the umpire declared Babar not out, while in the replay it could be seen that the ball touched his bat and went to the fielder.
After four overs, Nathan Lyon’s ball failed to catch the head Babar and thus Babar got another new life.
After the tea break, Babar completed his half-century, but at 55, he was caught by Smith on the bowl of Leon ending his innings. In the next over, Mitchell Starc caught Sajid Khan and gave his team its seventh victory.
Nathan Lyon not only took Australia one wicket away from victory by dismissing Hassan Ali and Shaheen Afridi but also completed five wickets in the innings.
In the Lahore Test, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 391 runs in the first innings. In reply, Pakistan managed to score only 268 runs due to failure of middle and lower order. In the second innings, Australia declared the innings at 227 for the loss of three wickets. Thus, Pakistan had got 351 runs target to win the match in one and half day.
It should be noted that in case of victory in this match, while Australia’s first position in the points table of the World Test Championship will be maintained, Pakistan will lose its second position due to defeat and move to the fourth position.