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Fast Bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah Trouble Australia

Fast Bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah Trouble Australia

(Reuters) -Quick bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah picked up two wickets apiece on Monday to guide Pakistan’s impressed efficiency towards Australia on the primary day of the deciding third and remaining check in Lahore.

Afridi, 21, did the early injury, hanging twice in his second over to dismiss opener David Warner for seven and No. 3 Marnus Labuschagne earlier than he had scored, to cut back Australia to 8-2 after they gained the toss and opted to bat.

Naseem, 19, drafted into the Pakistan facet rather than all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, harm the vacationers within the remaining session, dismissing a well-set Steve Smith for 59 and Travis Head for 26 as Australia reached 232-5 at shut.

All-rounder Cameron Green was unbeaten on 20 for Australia with wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey eight not out.

After their shaky begin, it was opener Usman Khawaja who led Australia’s fightback with a resilient 91, including to scores of 97, 160 and 44 not out in his final three innings in his nation of delivery.

The left-handed Khawaja, who added 136 for the third wicket with Smith, appeared set for his twelfth check hundred earlier than Pakistan captain Babar Azam accomplished a one-handed catch at slip off spinner Sajid Khan.


Smith, Australia’s batting mainstay, was out leg earlier than for 59 after finishing his third successive half-century.

The first two checks of the collection – the primary between the edges in Pakistan since 1998 – have been drawn.

Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium was internet hosting a check match for the primary time for the reason that 2009 assault by gunmen on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket staff.

After left-armer Afridi’s two early wickets, Australia may have been in even deeper bother however Pakistan didn’t capitalise on probabilities supplied by Khawaja and Smith.

Looking to dominate left-arm spinner Nauman Ali from the onset, Khawaja, on 12, flashed laborious at a full-pitched supply however the edge flew below the fingers of Babar Azam within the lone slip place.

On the subsequent supply, Nauman failed to carry a simple return catch from Smith, who was on 19. Off-spinner Sajid additionally spilled a return catch off Head when he was on seven.

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