Sydney: Rizwan, Aamer rescue Pak in Warner's final Test

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 03, 2024 IST

Mohammad Rizwan

Sydney, Jan 3: Replying to Pakistan's first innings score of 313 all out, hosts Australia were 6/0 at stumps on Day 1 of the third and final Test of the three-match series, here on Wednesday.

 Playing his farewell Test, veteran Aussie opener David Warner was on run-a-ball 6. Warner's opening partner Usman Khawaja was yet to get strike, as play was called-off just after one over of the Australian innings. 

Earlier, Pakistan did well to recover from 47/4 in 14.3 overs, to cross the 300-mark. Keeper Mohammad Rizwan was the highest scorer for the visitors.

Playing with his usual attacking brand of cricket, Rizwan scored 88 in 103 balls, hitting 10 boundaries and two massive sixes. He was well supported by right-arm pace bowling all-rounder Aamer Jamal, who hit an impressive and useful 82.

Agha Salman, Pakistan's latest rescue man, too came up with a fighting 53. Earlier, both Pakistani openers Abdullah Shafique and Test debutant Saim Ayub were dismissed for ducks.

Skipper Shan Masood (35) and his predecessor Babar Azam (26) though got good starts and fought valiantly negotiating the Aussie pacers, but failed to put big scores on board. 

For the hosts, skipper Pat Cummins dominated the bowling-chart with a 5/61 figure. Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc claimed 2, while Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh shared a wicket each.

Australia have already won the three-match Test series by winning the Perth and Melbourne matches. The hosts won the first Test by 360 runs and held nerves to clinch the second Test and series by winning with a 79-run margin.

Brief Scores:

At stumps on Day 1: 

Pakistan 313/10, Australia 6/0.

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