On the third day of Test match being played in Lahore, the Australian fast bowlers bowled very well in the last hour of the match and took seven wickets in just ten overs to strengthen Australia’s grip on the match.
Australia had scored 391 runs in their first innings in response to which Pakistan was bowled out for 268 in the first innings.
It may be recalled that before the Lahore Test, the Test matches played between Pakistan and Australia in Rawalpindi and Karachi were drawn.
Pakistan started the third day’s play at 90 for one and both not out batsmen Azhar Ali and Abdullah Shafiq continued to increase the team’s score by batting cautiously.
Youngster Abdullah Shafiq scored 81 runs and was dismissed by spinner Nathan Line. Azhar Ali and Abdullah Shafiq shared 150 runs and it seemed that Pakistan would be able to score big in response to Australia’s 391 runs but it did not happen.
After the dismissal of Abdullah Shafiq, captain Babar Azam along with Azhar Ali started boosting the team’s score.
When fast bowler Pat Cummins got his second wicket of the match by catching Azhar Ali on his own ball, the difficulties of the Pakistan team increased immensely.
After Fawad Alam’s wicket, Australia’s bowling suddenly started to look very effective. Fawad Alam was having a hard time playing Australian bowlers.
When Fawad Alam scored 13 runs and was bowled by Mitchell Starc, then Pakistan’s wickets started falling like autumn leaves and only seven wickets fell in ten overs.
As long as Babar Azam remained on the wicket, it seemed that Pakistan would come close to the score of Australia, but this did not happen and the wickets kept falling from one end. Babar Azam was dismissed for 67 runs.
Pakistani batsmen could not face with the reverse swing of Australian fast bowlers. Fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who started the devastation of Pakistan’s innings, took four wickets and captain Pat Cummins dismissed five batsmen to strengthen the team’s position.
At the end of the third day, Australia scored 11 runs in their second innings without any loss and the overall lead of Australia is 134 runs.