Pakistan face herculean task to avoid possible defeat at Sydney against Australia

The visitors face uphill battle on a weary surface to prevent a possible whitewash at the hands of Australia at SCG.

Australia is in a commanding position in the third test at Sydney as they batted first to set Pakistan a target of 465 runs. Pakistan did not crumble as they produced a decent start with Sharjeel Khan being the aggressor with Azhar Ali playing sensibly. But just when it looked that Pakistan would go into final day with ten wickets, Nathan Lyon stuck as Sharjeel played a poor stroke to see the side lose their first wicket. Yasir Shah came to the crease to perform the role of a night watchman as he with Azhar Ali the remaining overs of the last session to see the side placed at 55 for 1 after Day 4.

Earlier in the day, Australia wiped out Pakistan’s lower order as the visitors were bowled out for 315 as Younis Khan remained unbeaten on 175 runs at the crease while others fell around him. Josh Hazlewood picked up the last two remaining wickets in a space of three deliveries. Australia came out with aggressive intent as Warner slammed a quick-fire half century in 23 balls to see the side score 241 runs in 32 overs for the loss of 2 wickets as Steve Smith declared to give his bowlers a go at Pakistan’s batting lineup in the last session. Khuwaja played well and remained unbeaten on 79 runs and Peter Handscomb once again in with useful 40 runs against a jaded bowling attack. Matt Renshaw could not take part in the Australia’s second innings as he suffered from concussion sustained during the game.

Australia look on course to complete a whitewash on Pakistan unless the visitors produce some dogged resistance to deny the hosts their fourth successive win on the test.

It will be interesting to see how things go for Australia as surface will pose problems for Pakistan’s batsmen on the final day at Sydney Cricket Ground.

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