The bat by and by held the advantage over the ball on Day 4 of the Rawalpindi Test, with Australia crawling nearer towards Pakistan’s first innings complete. The guests completed on 449/7, just 27 behind Pakistan’s 476 for 4 proclaimed.
Day 4 additionally saw no play during the primary meeting because of the outfield being waterlogged by downpour. When play continued at 1 PM nearby time, the pair of Marnus Labuschagne (90) and Steven Smith (78) kept on gathering runs. Both the hitters tried a couple of conveniently played flicks off Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi. While trying to break the hundred or more stand, Pakistan took the new ball and were compensated with the scalp of Labuschagne.
Afridi, who had bowled a few spirited spells sans karma on Day 3, was compensated when he prompted Australia’s number 3 player to drive at a more full length conveyance just to edge it to the slips. Nauman Ali then, at that point, excused Travis Head, with the southpaw edging it to Mohammad Rizwan who got a sharp catch. At that crossroads, Cameron Green united with Smith, with the pair sharing one more valuable organization of 81.
Green, who wound up with a 109-ball 48, had a nearby shave when Pakistan took an audit for a LBW in the 93rd over. Luckily for Green, replays proposed a spike and the on-field choice remained. At the fag end of the midday meeting, Smith started to give indications of raising the stakes by breaking an imperious back to front drive of Nauman. After the Tea break, Green too begun decidedly by breaking a few fours off Nauman.
Eventually, Green tumbled to a leg-side cautious snare as he pulled one to the defender at short fine leg. The left-arm spinner kept on astounding from the wicket, which thusly constrained Smith to evaluate clears and the opposite clear. Pakistan’s arrangement worked again when Smith edged a scope to the consistently coordinated Rizwan. Naseem then, at that point, fortified Alex Carey with a conveyance that would surely observe a spot in the features bundle for the afternoon. The great length conveyance calculated in prior to moving ceaselessly barely to the point of breaking the wood.
The speed team of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc played out the following 7 conveyances before the umpires considered the light wasn’t sufficient to proceed. Five wickets fell in the day’s play, which is the most in a solitary day’s play in this Test. In any case, with only one day left in the game, the initial Test is by all accounts set out toward an impasse.
Brief score : Pakistan 476/4 decl. (Azhar Ali 185, Imam Ul Haq 157, Imam-ul-Haq 157; Pat Cummins 1-62) lead Australia 449/7 (Usman Khawaja 97, Marnus Labuschagne 90; Nauman Ali 4-107) by 27 runs.