Dubai: Australia is struggling after the fourth day’s play against Pakistan in the first Test being played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas took three wickets in seven balls and brought Pakistan closer to victory in the first Test match against Australia on Wednesday.
Abbas then dismissed opener Aaron Finch (49) and after that the Marsh brothers Shan and Mitchell showed the way to the pavilion, which did not even open the account.
Australia had 87 runs without any loss at one stage but they were struggling at 136 for 3 at the end of the fourth day’s play. Pakistan, who gained 280 runs in the first innings, earlier declared their second innings at 181 for 6 wickets.
Australia got a difficult target of 462 runs like this. He now has 326 runs to make an edge in the two-match series, while Pakistan needs seven wickets.
Usman Khawaja’s fantastic half-century
Opener Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 50 by the end of the day’s play. Travis Head is playing with 34 runs. Both kept the team in control and did not allow the fourth setback until the end of the day’s play.
Both of them added 49 runs for the fourth wicket so far. Khawaja has so far faced 120 balls and has hit six fours. Head has hit four fours off 75 balls.
Like the first innings, the wickets fell suddenly
In the second innings of Australia, the first innings was repeated. In the first innings, his opening pair shared 142 runs but his team lost all ten wickets within 60 runs. Finch and Khawaja again gave the team a good start.
Three wickets for Abbas
Abbas padded Finch immediately after the tea break and after two balls, Shan Marsh was caught behind the wicket. He paused Mitchell in his next over.
If Australia wants to win this match, then it will have to write a new history as the record for achieving the greatest goal in Test cricket is in the name of the West Indies, who had won against Australia in Antigua in 2003 with 418 runs on seven wickets.
Pakistan declare innings after 6 wickets
Earlier, Pakistan started the day with 45 runs on the loss of three wickets. Pakistan lost their fourth and first wicket on 110 runs.
Jon Holland did not allow Imam ul Haq (48) to complete the half-century. On the same score, the leg-spinner, Ramnas Lubschange sent the pitch to Harish Sohail (39) in the first innings.
Asad Shafiq (41), and Babar Azam (28) took over the team from here.
Nathan Lyon dismissed Shafiq on a total of 181 to give Pakistan a sixth blow, as Pakistan declared their second innings and gave Australia a huge goal.
For Australia, John Halland took three wickets and Nathan Lyon took two wickets.