Australia post huge lead thanks to Labuschagne’s career-best knock in Gaba Test
The third day of the Gabba Test between Pakistan and Australia wasn’t much different from the first two. Australia continued to pile runs against the inexperienced Pakistani bowling, posting 580 runs in reply to Pakistan’s 240. The day belonged to Marnus Labuschagne who displayed maturity and ended 15 short of what would have been an impressive double ton. For Pakistan, Yasir Shah ended the day with 4 wickets but he gave away 205 runs during his 49 overs.
Labuschagne’s 185 snatched hope away from Pakistan
Australia began the day at 1 wicket down for 312 runs with David Warner at 151 not out. However, it was his overnight partner Labuschagne who outshone the senior batsman, adding 135 more runs to his score. After Warner left the wicket at 154 and Matthew Wade at 60, Labuschagne changed gears and took control. He went after the Pakistani bowlers and brought his 100 off 161 balls, and 150 off 233. He was near his double ton when he lost his wicket to Shaheen Shah Afridi but by then, the damage was done. The Australians were bowled out for 580 thanks to Haris Sohail and Shaheen Afridi who aided Yasir Shah with two wickets each.
Pakistan’s second innings proved to be worse than the first
And then there was the Pakistani batting collapse; at the end of the third day, three of the top batsmen were back in the pavilion. Captain Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, and Asad Shafiq didn’t do much to trouble the scorers. Mitchell Starc added two wickets to his first-innings heroics of 4 wickets while Pat Cummins managed one. At the end of the third day, Pakistan was trailing by 276 runs with Shan Masood unbeaten at 27, and Babar Azam at 20 not out. It seems that if these two don’t display some outstanding batting on day 4, it might prove to be the last day of the Test. With Australia winning, maybe by an innings, or some wickets if Pakistan gets lucky.
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