Shafiq, Amir Deliver The Pink Ball Punch To Keep Australia At Bay On Day Four Of Brisbane Test
It was an exciting day of cricket which has seen both sides putting a valiant fight to push their sides for a victory which somehow seems a distant dream from here on for Pakistan, but as they say ‘Cricket is the game of glorious uncertainties’.
The game extended over after another, in the dying overs of the fourth day of the first day-and-night Test of three match Commonwealth Bank Series, the pink ball felt dead in her own course which often seems livelier in the twilight session to strangle batsman.
This is this a fascinating thing to watch the full moon appearing in the night sky, but for a fragile team like Pakistan had all it [moment] in Asad Shafiq’s well fought hundred and Wahab Riaz’s six off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.
The pendulum was swinging one way to another, Riaz was caught after scoring 30 runs off 56 balls at the stroke of stumps by Captain Steven Smith on the bowling of Jackson Bird.
The fans couldn’t get anything better than this. The players enjoyed the stuff in dressing room followed by the standing ovation. These are those tiny elements that make the Test cricket interesting.
A sturdy Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who has been solid in his technique so far after struggling against pace and bounce only to find himself among runs had frustrated Australian bowlers for over 30 overs with tail enders guarding the batting line.
The little lad is pouncing on some major breakthrough from here on and Pakistan’s hopes of saving the match looks slightly better like the summer’s sun in one’s country for a certain reason.
On the other side, Mohammad Amir lent him a much-needed support to take the match into the fifth day and further reducing the target. Amir perished on the bowling of Jackson
At stumps, on day four Pakistan scored 382 for 8 to end their most fruitful day on this tour so far. Tomorrow Pakistan will surely try and chase a highly improbable win on Day 5.
Asad is unbeaten on 100 off 140 balls while leg-spinner Yasir Shah is batting on 4 off 3 balls.
At dinner interval, wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed was on 17 with Asad Shafiq unbeaten on 13. Sarfraz was cleaned up to a peach of a delivery by Starc after scoring 24 off 41 balls.
Earlier, nearing the end of the first session, rain interrupted the match before a storm hit the Gabba.
The match started within 90 minutes, thanks to the groundsmen, who had managed the powerful drainage system at spectator-friendly Gabba.
As the clouds made a way for the sun after the stadium bathed in rain, Australian bowlers opened the floodgates around dinner while sending three Pakistan batsmen back to the pavilion before jamming the bats around with dots after dots.
Stepping on the gas after watching the long defiance, the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc brushed Azhar’s glove and found gloveman Matthew Wade to complete the catch.
Ali, who spend 233 minutes at the crease scored crucial 71 runs off 179 balls which also put an end to a brilliant 91-run partnership which also troubled Australia side for a while.
Though he spent some time at the crease, Pakistan captain Misbah-Ul-Haq didn’t last long to steady the ship as he was undone by paceman Jackson Bird, who held his line and length when he was on 5 off 34 balls.
After a gritty knock of 65, Younis Khan, who was jumping in his crease before opening his mark on 20th ball, lost his concentration while falling in his own trap as he attempted for traditional reverse sweep shot when the ball ballooned up in the air which was comfortably held by Australian led-side Steven Smith on the bowling off off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Starc and Bird shared 3 wickets each followed by Lyon, who bagged two.
Can Asad Shafiq keep Pakistan in the hunt and pull something historic on Day Five?
Either way, it will be a fascinating Monday of Test cricket.
Pakistan: 382 for 8 in 123 Overs.
Pakistan require another 108 runs to win with two wickets in hand
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