Over nine sessions, the team scored 747 runs for the loss of six wickets. So far, the Rawalpindi Test between Australia and Pakistan has been a run-fest. Day 3 was no different, with Australia finishing on 271 for 2, 205 runs behind when the stumps were pulled.

The only time the ball seemed to have the upper hand over the bat on Day 3 was during the opening hour of the morning session when both Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi bowled sharp spells. Afridi smashed David Warner’s bat a few times and watched an edge scurry away to the third man boundary. He was nearly rewarded for his perseverance, but Fawad Alam fluffed a chance at gully. The individual who was given a reprieve was Usman Khawaja. Naseem, on the other hand, employed a yorker-short ball combo to keep the openers guessing.

Pakistan made the breakthrough just after the lunch break when Warner attempted to cut Sajid and was caught for 68. By attempting the drive, look, and cut, Marnus Labuschagne, who replaced Warner, kept the scoreboard ticking over. Just as Labuschagne reached his fifty, Pakistan’s spinners were unable to put together maiden overs. His ability to choose the length swiftly has been a highlight of his innings, allowing him to make effective use of the crease.