Pakistan’s Bowlers Stage Remarkable Comeback in Melbourne Test

Thu Dec 28 2023
icon-facebook icon-twitter icon-whatsapp

MELBOURNE: In a dramatic turn of events at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the third day of the Test match witnessed a spirited comeback from Pakistan’s bowlers, Mir Hamza and Shaheen Afridi, as they rescued their team from a challenging position. After posting 264 in response to Australia’s first-innings total of 318, Pakistan found themselves in a precarious situation with the hosts at 16 for 4 in their second innings.

The real heroes of the day were undoubtedly Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mir Hamza, both claiming three wickets each. Usman Khawaja fell for a duck on the second ball, caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan off Shaheen Afridi’s delivery, followed by the dismissal of Manus Labuschagne. Mir Hamza then delivered a stunning blow by clean bowling David Warner, and in the very next over, Travis Head succumbed to an inswinging yorker, leaving the hosts struggling at 16 for 2 by lunch. The duo struck again, reducing Australia to 16 for 4.

Despite a spirited resistance from Mitchell Marsh and a determined Steve Smith, who scored 96 and 50 runs, respectively, Pakistan’s bowlers maintained their pressure. Notably, Hassan Ali added a touch of entertainment with his antics, engaging the crowd with a warm-up routine that quickly became a crowd-pulling spectacle.

The captivating scenes on the field unfolded as Mitchell Marsh’s counter-attacking innings played a pivotal role in Australia’s recovery. Ending the day at 187-6, with Smith’s dismissal in the last over, Australia managed to build a substantial lead of 241 runs. The crowd, appreciative of the competitive cricket on display, responded enthusiastically to Hassan Ali’s antics, adding an entertaining dimension to the intense day of play.


icon-facebook icon-twitter icon-whatsapp