Australia captain Pat Cummins took 5-61 for his third consecutive five-wicket haul as Pakistan’s brittle high order was once more uncovered earlier than a combative decrease order rally helped the vacationers to 313 all out on day one of many ultimate Take a look at in Sydney.
At 96-5 shortly after lunch, Pakistan had been in grave hazard of being bundled out cheaply after profitable the toss and selected to bat below vivid, blue skies.
However an enterprising counterattack led by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan with a brisk 88, adopted by a half-century from Agha Salman (53) and a surprising maiden Take a look at half-century by Aamer Jamal (82) helped Pakistan get better to a decent complete.
Australia’s David Warner – who’s taking part in his ultimate Take a look at, and opening companion Usman Khawaja needed to survive one over from spinner Sajid Khan below fading gentle earlier than stumps because the hosts closed on 6-0.
Warner (6 not out) smashed the primary ball for 4 in attribute type however was fortunate later within the over as he by some means survived the ball bouncing over the stumps from a defensive shot.
A lot of the pre-match consideration might have been on Warner’s final Take a look at for Australia, nevertheless it was the tempo bowlers who stole the highlight early.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood set the tone by every taking a wicket within the first two overs, earlier than Cummins, coming off a ten wicket haul within the Boxing Day Take a look at at Melbourne , snared two wickets together with the prize scalp of Babar Azam as Pakistan crumbled.
Starc (2-75) struck with the second ball, teasing Shafique into an uncontrolled swipe which the opener might solely edge by way of to Steve Smith at second slip.
Hazlewood (1-65) struck within the subsequent over when he had Take a look at rookie Saim Ayub edging by way of to Alex Carey in his debut innings.
From 4-2, Babar and Massood began the rebuild for Pakistan, with Babar particularly attacking the Aussie fast bowlers, however the rally was short-lived as Cummins eliminated Babar (26) with a ball that got here again on the right-hander and struck him on the pad.
Umpire Michael Gough turned down the preliminary Australian enchantment, however the TV umpire overturned the choice.
Saud Shakeel was Cummins’ second wicket, edging behind to Carey to depart Pakistan’s first innings in tatters at 47-4.
Captain Shan Masood (35) and Rizwan shared a 49-run stand both facet of the lunch break to regular Pakistan. Mitchell Marsh (1-27) ended that partnership by teasing an edge from Masood which flew by way of to Smith.
Rizwan went on the assault and made an enterprising half-century off 74 balls. He continued to play his pictures however ultimately holed out to Hazlewood to be Cummins’ third wicket.
The Aussie skipper obtained his fourth when he had Sajid caught at midwicket by Nathan Lyon for 15 and a deserved fifth shortly after with Hasan Ali (0) selecting out Starc within the deep.
In between Starc had ended Salman’s spectacular innings when he was caught by Travis Head at sq. leg.
Pakistan’s decrease order continued to wag and a final-wicket partnership of 86 between Jamal and Mir Hamza pissed off Australia for nearly 23 overs.
Jamal, who made his Take a look at debut within the series-opening match in Perth, blasted 9 boundaries and 4 sixes earlier than discovering Starc within the deep off Lyon (1-74) to finish the innings.
Australian PM on Warner: ‘The saggy inexperienced caps belong to him’
The lead as much as the match has been virtually completely about Warner’s final Take a look at for Australia and the veteran, flanked by his three daughters, led the house crew out on to the SCG.
On Tuesday, Warner took to social media to plead for the return of his “saggy inexperienced” Take a look at cricket cap which was in a bag that went lacking in transit between Melbourne and Sydney this week. On Wednesday, he was sporting a brand new cap.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese added his weight to the enchantment for the caps to be returned to Warner.
“David Warner has represented Australia on a couple of hundred events,” Albanese stated in Sydney on Wednesday. “The saggy inexperienced caps belong to him. He has earnt them and they need to be returned.”
Australia gained the primary two Assessments in Perth and Melbourne to clinch the three-match sequence.