David Warner lead Australia Strong reply
Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd Test,Melbourne
Series:Pakistan tour of Australia 2016-17
Day 3 Stumps, Australia trial by 165 runs
Pakistan:443-9 Dec AzharAli(205) Hazlewood 3-50
Australia:278-2 (58 ovrs) Warner(144) Riaz 1-77
A run-a-ball hundred from David Warner gave Australia an external hazard of forcing a outcomes after Azhar Ali posted a double-century for Pakistan within the 2nd test in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Warner smashed a 144 off 143 balls in a pulsating 198-run stand with Usman Khawaja to reduce Pakistan’s lead to just one hundred sixty five runs with two days to play.
Azhar posted highest score for Pakistan batsman in Australia with an unbeaten 205, before a declaration on 443 for 9 after lunch on the third day.
Through stumps, the home team had given themselves a chance of getting a lead to put the stress back on the Pakistanis after rain had disrupted the opening two days.
Usman Khawaja was gunning for a century on 95 with skipper Steve Smith now not out 10 as Australia reached 278 for two off simply fifty eight overs at a price of 4.8 runs an over.
Warner plundered his maiden century in a Boxing Day test on the MCG and his seventeenth test hundred overall.
“It used to be style of my bogey venue. Taking momentum from the one-day hundred I scored here, to hit my first test one took a weight off my shoulders,” Warner said.
“we’ve bought to assess conditions the next day to come, we now have obtained various time left so we need to take advantage of it.”
The left-handed opener survived a large second on eighty one when he used to be bowled via Wahab Riaz with a searing 150kph inswinger after tea, but it was called a no-ball for over-stepping.
Riaz finally received Warner sixty three runs later when hot Spot and real-Time Snickometer observed a faint brush on his glove and he used to be given out on review to a legside trap at the back of.
Warner’s innings contained 17 fours and a six and his 198-run stand with Khawaja came off just 214 balls.
Azhar previous overtook the prior best possible Pakistan test rating in Australia — Majid Khan’s 158 posted in Melbourne forty four years in the past.
“I got here with lots of hope that I could deliver here for my group and i’m very ecstatic about it, and i am hoping it can help my crew get a influence within the game,” Azhar stated.
“I suppose as the sport goes on reverse swing will come into play. The sport is very open after the way in which the Australians got here out.
“We ought to come again in the morning and get some wickets and take it from there.”
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq called a halt upon the dismissal of Riaz, leaving Azhar unconquered off 364 balls in close to 10 hours at the crease unfold over three days.
Azhar batted on after going to lunch on 196 but companion Sohail Khan was once run out on his lunch ranking of sixty five off 65 balls.
The pair plastered the Australian assault in a stand of 118 because the vacationers installed a statement, which got here after Riaz skied Hazlewood and was caught and bowled for one.
It was once Azhar’s 12th test century in his 56th test and third in opposition to Australia, swelling his mixture for the calendar yr to 1,155 runs at 64.16.
In October Azhar joined a pick club of batsmen with an unbeaten 302 against the West Indies in Dubai and grew to be the first batsman in day-night time test cricket to gain a triple century.
It used to be additionally the fourth triple hundred by using a Pakistani batsman.
Mohammad Amir was once out within the first session, caught down leg-part by means of wicketkeeper Matthew Wade off Mitchell Starc for 29 off 27 balls.
Sohail Khan slammed 4 sixes off spinner Nathan Lyon to arrive his pleasant experiment score earlier than he was run out when called for a rapid single through Azhar.
With the dismissal of Riaz, Hazlewood claimed his 100th test wicket in 25 tests at an avgerage 25.79