Australia set Pakistan 490 for victory in first Test
BRISBANE – Australia captain Steve Smith declared Australia’s second innings closed at 202 for five during dinner on day three of the first day-night Test against Pakistan in Brisbane on Saturday, setting the touring side a mammoth victory target of 490.
Usman Khawaja scored 74 and captain Steve Smith smashed 63 off 70 balls as the home side sought to bat Pakistan out of the game after declining to enforce the follow-on on a steamy day at the Gabba.
Peter Handscomb was unbeaten on 35 and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade on one before Smith’s declaration.
Pakistan’s batsmen face a stiff task to keep their wickets in the evening session with the pink ball at its most devilish.
Pakistan were bowled out for 142 before tea, 287 runs short of Australia’s first innings 429.
Australia 1st innings 429 (S. Smith 130, P. Handscomb 105, M. Renshaw 71; W. Riaz 4-89, M. Amir 4-97) Pakistan 1st innings (Overnight: 97-8) S. Aslam c Wade b Bird 22 Az. Ali c Khawaja b Starc 5 B. Azam c Smith b Hazlewood 19 Y. Khan c Wade b Hazlewood 0 Misbah-ul-Haq c Renshaw b Bird 4 A. Shafiq c Khawaja b Starc 2 S. Ahmed not out 59 W. Riaz c&b Hazlewood 1 Y. Shah c Khawaja b Starc 1 M. Amir c Wade b Bird 21 R. Ali run out (Warner) 4 Extras (lb-3 w-1) 4 Total (all out, 55 overs) 142 Fall of wickets: 1-6 Az. Ali,2-43 B. Azam,3-43 Y. Khan,4-48 Misbah-ul-Haq,5-54 A. Shafiq,6-56 S. Aslam,7-66 W. Riaz,8-67 Y. Shah,9-121 M. Amir,10-142 R. Ali Bowling M. Starc 18 - 2 - 63 - 3(w-1) J. Hazlewood 14 - 1 - 22 - 3 J. Bird 12 - 6 - 23 - 3 N. Lyon 11 - 2 - 31 - 0 Australia 2nd innings D. Warner c Riaz b Amir 12 M. Renshaw c Y. Khan b R. Ali 6 U. Khawaja c Misbah-ul-Haq b R. Ali 74 S. Smith c R. Ali b Shah 63 P. Handscomb not out 35 N. Maddinson c B. Azam b Riaz 4 M. Wade not out 1 Extras (b-2 lb-4 nb-1) 7 Total (for 5 wickets, 39 overs) 202 Fall of wickets: 1-12 D. Warner,2-24 M. Renshaw,3-135 S. Smith,4-188 U. Khawaja,5-199 N. Maddinson To bat: M. Starc, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon, J. Bird Bowling M. Amir 8 - 0 - 37 - 1 R. Ali 10 - 1 - 40 - 2 Y. Shah 10 - 1 - 45 - 1 W. Riaz 7 - 1 - 47 - 1(nb-1) Az. Ali 4 - 0 - 27 - 0 Referees Umpire: Ian Gould Umpire: Richard Illingworth TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle. –Reuters