Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Day 3: Pakistan in control despite Warner’s century

Warner is ecstatic after bringing up his ninth Test century

Warner is ecstatic after bringing up his ninth Test century

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Pakistan took control on the third day of the first Test in Dubai despite a century from Australia opening batsman David Warner.

Starting out the day on 113/0, Warner and Chris Rogers only added 15 runs to their 113-run partnership before Rogers was clean bowled by Rahat Ali for 38.

Alex Doolan only made five runs before he was run out by Ali.

Australia captain Michael Clarke failed to save his team as he was caught by Azhar Ali at short leg off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar for two runs.

Warner and Steven Smith somewhat stemmed the bleeding with a 48-run partnership before Smith was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at point for 22 runs to give debutant Yasir Shah his first Test wicket.

Warner went on to score his ninth Test century before he was clean bowled by an absolute ripper of a delivery from Shah.

Warner’s stellar knock of 133 came off 174 balls and included 11 boundaries and two sixes.

Brad Haddin and debutant Mitchell Marsh tried to stabilise the innings with a 42-run partnership before Haddin was clean bowled for 22 to give debutant Imran Khan his maiden Test wicket.

Marsh ended up making 27 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Babar.

Marsh was initially given not out, but Pakistan decided to review the decision. Replays showed that the ball had not hit Marsh’s bat and was going on to hit middle and leg stump, which led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.

Peter Siddle failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Hafeez for a duck.

Siddle decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was hitting leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Mitchell Johnson managed to make a gutsy 37 before he was caught by Shan Masood, who was the substitute fielder, at deep square leg off the bowling of Rahat Ali.

Australia ended up being bowled out for 303, which gave Pakistan a 151-run lead, when debutant Steve O’Keefe was caught by Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq at square leg off the bowling of Shah for six runs.

Shah was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Babar and Ali snapped up two wickets apiece and Khan and Hafeez claimed one wicket each.

Shah finished with figures of 3-66 off 16.3 overs

Shah finished with figures of 3-66 off 16.3 overs

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With a 151-run lead in hand, Pakistan’s opening pair of Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali amassed an unbeaten 38-run partnership before stumps was called.

Shehzad finished on 22 off 42 balls, which included two boundaries, while Ali remained undefeated on 16 off 36 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Pakistan ended day three on 38/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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