Australia steers second inning after Pakistan's 443

 . Last updated on December 28, 2016, 3:03 PM
Australia steers second inning after Pakistan's 443
Azhar Ali remained 3 runs short to Viv Richards record of highest visiting scorer at MCG.
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By the third day of the Boxing Day Test, Pakistan's inning was driven to 443 for 9 wickets. The major drive was from the unbeaten double century from Azhar Ali, bringing him strong milestones. In reply, Australia started decently with David Warner and Usman Khawaja settling for the second inning of the match. There was a delay due to rain, but Pakistan was aggressive enough to put up a pressure on Australia. Renshaw was removed early as he tried to sweep a delivery from Yasir Shah. The start from Warner and Khawaja was fluent but the 400 plus target is a challenge.

Azhar Ali reached a rare milestone in the match to finish as one of the highest visiting scorer on MCG. His score was only three run shot of Viv Richard, who made a record before 32 years. A good attack was also from Sohail, the bowler, who was down the line with Ali. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood came up as the top bowler taking down 3 wickets for 50 runs in the inning. He also reached a milestone with the 100th test wicket in the match, taking down Wahab Riaz. The inning wrapped up, as the bowler was dismissed. In the next inning, Warner survived a strong appeal from Mohammed Amir. The batsman smashed Yasir and brought up a strike rate of 98 as the inning proceeded. On the other hand, Khawaja was driving the strike with his own way.

The third day started late as rain drenched the ground at Melbourne. The match resumed with Azhar and Amir on strike. Before Mitchell Starc had Amir, the player scored 29. Azhar was left with Sohail playing the new ball as a drizzle interrupted the match again. After the hiatus, Sohail plundered the deliveries from Nathan Lyon nailing the bowler for four sixes. While Sohail was upbeat with his bat, Azhar was moving steadily towards his double century. It was the second such strike for the player this year. In the final 10 overs, the players aggregated 88 runs.

In the last over from Starc, the Wahab and Sohail milked 15 runs. Sohail was removed before Azhar reach 200, but he nailed it quickly. Wahab was caught and bowled. By the tea break in the next inning, Warner and Khawaja delivered a good strike moving ahead for big scores. There were several instances of lose bowling from Yasir, of which the Aussie batsmen took optimal advantage.


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