PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Day three at the Gabba belonged to Marnus Labuschagne, who scored a brilliant 185 to help Australia marched to a first-innings total of 580. Marnus Labuschagne's maiden Test century and highest first-class score, which he narrowly missed converting into a double. Labuschagne dominated the day’s play and keeping the run-scoring along with Matthew Wade, before enjoying the partnership with Travis Head and Tim Paine. Matthew Wade scored 60 and Tarvis Head and Tim Paine scored 24 and 13 respectively. A lead of 340 would have been overwhelming for Pakistan even before they stumbled to the close on 3 for 64 against Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. A decent session for Pakistan but they are still a long way away from safety. Pakistani batsman Azam got his first half-century on Australian soil and has his eyes set on the big one while Rizwan has just continued from the first innings. They will, however, know that for Pakistan to survive this game they have to bat as long as possible.
Australia’s eventual total of 580, a first-innings lead of 340, looked needlessly large by stumps as Pakistan lost three of its top four by stumps. Aussie captain Tim Paine handed the first new ball to Mitchel Starc and he took the wickets of Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail. Captain Azhar Ali to score a decent run on second innings. He was trapped by Strac in the third over and Haris Sohail then continued Haris Sohail's poor tour when the left-hander sparred at a short delivery he could have left alone much in the manner of the first innings. Pat Cummins showed so many are asking for him to use the new ball with the dismissal of Asad Shafiq (0). Pakistan's only hope left is Babar Azam having played an atrocious shot on the first innings, remaining unbeaten on 20. Shan Masood has played himself in and this is the partnership which needs to flourish.
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