In the ongoing cricket match between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the third day unfolded with notable performances and strategic moves. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne exhibited resilience, establishing a commendable 79-run partnership. Despite facing challenges from the Pakistani bowlers, the duo seemed poised to bat through to lunch.
However, Shan Masood had different plans, disrupting their momentum. Smith was dismissed for 28 as he chipped a delivery from Mir Hamza to covers. Labuschagne followed suit, falling to off-spinning allrounder Agha Salman. Travis Head and the in-form Mitchell Marsh then took charge, steadying the ship until lunch. Aamer Jamal later dismissed Head for 10, leaving Australia at 5 down.
During the innings break, Australia concluded their innings at 299, unable to add any runs post-Tea and losing four wickets in succession. Aamer Jamal played a pivotal role, taking wickets in quick succession, and Pakistan now holds a 14-run lead in the contest.
Tea arrived with Sajid Khan dismissing Carey, ending his 84-run stand with Marsh, who had completed his half-century. Australia, now trailing by just 24 runs, looked to Marsh for a potential lead. The question lingered: could Pakistan swiftly wrap up the innings after Tea?
Despite Pakistan’s initial hopes, Marsh and Carey built a half-century stand, reducing the deficit to 50 runs. The second new ball was eventually taken by Pakistan during the 91st over. An interesting moment occurred when Hasan Ali seemed to have an issue, but the game continued smoothly. With Australia now 70 runs behind, the lead for Pakistan is below 100.
As the game progressed towards Tea at the SCG, Marsh and Carey continued their partnership, bringing the deficit below 100 runs. Pakistan, eager for more wickets, strategized to maintain their edge in the match. The unfolding dynamics between the two teams kept spectators on the edge of their seats, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the thrilling encounter.