Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 3: Younis fights, but Pakistan in disarray

Younis celebrates after scoring his 34th Test century

Younis celebrates after scoring his 34th Test century

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

Veteran batsman Younis Khan scored a brilliant unbeaten 136, but received little support from his team-mates as Pakistan endured another tough day against Australia in Sydney.

With his hundred, Younis became the first player to score centuries in all 11 countries that have held Test matches, which includes the United Arab Emirates. Prior to this knock, his best performance with the bat against the Baggy Greens was 84 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in December 2004.

Furthermore, at 39, Younis became the sixth oldest visiting batsman to score a Test hundred Down Under and the third oldest at the Sydney Cricket Ground after Jack Hobbs and Warwick Armstrong.

After the start of play was delayed by more than four hours due to heavy rain, Pakistan finally resumed their innings on 126/2, but could only add 26 runs to their overnight score before Azhar Ali was run out by Mitchell Starc for 71, which came off 159 balls and included seven boundaries.

Pakistan began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Azhar’s departure, but despite losing partner after partner, Younis stood tall amongst the rubble and fought valiantly right until stumps was called, upon where he and Yasir Shah had crafted an unbeaten seven-run partnership.

Younis finished on 136 off 279 balls, which included 14 boundaries and a six, while Yasir remained undefeated on five off five deliveries, which included one boundary.

Nathan Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Josh Hazlewood snapped up two. Starc and Steve O’Keefe, meanwhile, claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan ended day three on 271/8 and will continue batting 30 minutes earlier on Friday at 10:00 local time or 23:00 GMT (the previous day).

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