Pak vs Aus: Nauman Ali takes a fifer perhaps the Test match inches close to draw

Steve Smith conducted his impactful half-century in 112 balls with the assistance of six fours and later he was dismissed for 78 runs. Australia are now 27 runs behind hosts on the source of first innings.

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Australia scored 449 for 7 against Pakistan at the verge of the fourth day’s play of the first Test on Monday with the assistance of Steve Smith’s half-century. First, not a single ball could be bowled in the morning bout due to damp surface.

Smith conducted his half-century in 112 balls with the assistance of six fours and later he was ousted for 78 runs. Australia are now 27 runs behind Pakistan on the basis of first innings at stumps of day 4.

Aussies are playing the first Test in Pakistan since 1998. Marnus Labuschagne (90) became the second batsman in Australia’s innings to miss a century when he was snagged at slip by Shaheen Afridi in the third over with the new ball.

Visitors openers Usman Khawaja also eluded a century by scoring 97 against the region where he was born. He put in 156 runs for the first wicket with dynamic David Warner who scored 68 runs.

Travis Head went awry to seize benefit of the smooth ramp. He was grabbed by left-arm spinner Noman Ali to wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan. Visitors came out to play 271 runs for two wickets. Marnus 69 while Steve Smith began playing 24 runs ahead. Both took the team’s score past 300, after which Marnus became the first batsman to be vetoed with the second new ball, culminating his 108-run third-wicket coalition with Smith. The squad also relinquished Head’s wicket after 15 runs.

First, appreciation to centuries from Azhar Ali (185) and Imam-ul-Haq (157), Pakistan announced their first innings at 476 for 4 wickets. First on Sunday night, due to damp surface due to huge downpour, the morning bout could not be played on Monday. On fifth day morning, Australia bowled at 459 runs in their first innings.