Pakistan 148 all out in reply to Australia’s 556-9 declared in Karachi Test


Pakistan were all out for 148 in reply to Australia’s first innings aggregate of 556-9 declared on day three of the alternate Test at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday.

Skipper Babar Azam’s 36 was the loftiest score for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc was the pick of the Australia bowlers, claiming 3-29.

Australia, after declaring their first innings, reduced Pakistan to 100 for seven at tea to seize control of the alternate Test. Australian commander Pat Cummins smashed three sixes in his unbeaten 34 out 36 balls against a bored Pakistan attack on a slow track.

Pakistan had reasons to feel let down by their in- form openers who showed poor judgment to depart either side of the lunch break.

Abdullah Shafique made 13 before chasing a missing single only to be run out.

Imam, who smashed binary hundreds in the drawn series nature in Rawalpindi, paid the price for his dispensable aggression in the first over after the lunch break.

The bespectacled left-hander stepped out against Nathan Lyon only to chip a head-high catch to Cummins atmid-on to depart for 20.

Starc also claimed two in two to gemstone Pakistan.

The left-arm quick allured Azhar Ali (14) into driving a full and wide delivery and Cameron Green seized the edge at alternate slip.

Starc followed it with a searing yorker to trap Fawad Alam lbw for a duck.

Mohammad Rizwan ever denied Starc a chapeau- trick but looked enough much a sitting duck during his 13-ball stay.

Dropped in the slip by Steve Smith off Cummins, Rizwan got another life in the veritably coming ball when an lbw decision against him was capsized.

It didn’t really count though as Cummins returned to dismiss Rizwan caught behind in his coming over.

Starc owed his third gate to Alex Carey who was induced he’d taken a catch from Sajid Khan indeed though the bowler himself wasn’t sure and the arbiter didn’t suppose so moreover.

Carey induced Cummins to review the original not- out decision and Sajid had to go after renewals verified an edge.

Australia are on their first stint of Pakistan since 1998, having preliminarily refused to travel on security reasons.

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