Steven Smith scored a fighting half-century to frustrate the Pakistani fielders © Getty Images
Steven Smith scored a fighting half-century to frustrate the Pakistani fielders © Getty Images

By Sameer Jha

Oct 26, 2014

Australia fought back from being 111 for the loss of seven wickets at Lunch, to being 196 for the loss eight wickets at Tea to give themselves an outside chance of saving the Test match.

Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson had formed a fighting seventh-wicket partnership to give the Australians some hope of saving the Test match. Both batsman played patiently against spin, and frustrated the Pakistani players. Mitchell Johnson’s knock wasn’t without errors, but his luck was good today as he was dropped twice during his stay. Ahmed Shehzad and Yasir Shah were the two culprits for the Pakistani side. Those were not the only opportunities missed by Pakistan – Sarfraz Ahmed had a lapse of concentration, and he missed a stumping chance as Smith came down the track and was unable to connect.

Misbah-ul-Haq relied on the spin trio of Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Zulfiqar Babar to bowl most of the overs. The strategy wasn’t yielding any results, until Shah got the better of Smith in the 76th over. Smith had charged down the track aggressively – the ball hit the bottom  of his bat – and went straight into the hands of Asad Shafiq at short-leg. The 25-year-old looked shattered after the dismissal, and was given a pat on his back by skipper Michael Clarke, for his fighting knock where he stayed solid for 174 deliveries.

After his dismissal, Johnson combined with Peter Siddle to survive eight overs. Pakistan will still fancy their chances, to win the match, but they’ll be disappointed with their effort in the session after Lunch which was clearly won by the Australians.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 454 (Younis Khan 106, Sarfaraz Ahmed 109; Mitchell Johsnon 3 for 39) & 286 for 2 decl. (Ahmed Shehzad 131, Younis Khan 103*; S O’Keefe 2 for 112) lead Australia 303 (David Warner 133, Chris Rogers 38; Yasir Shah 3 for 39) & 196 for 8 (Steven Smith 55, Mitchell Johnson 54*; Zulfiqar Babar 4 for 71, Yasir Shah 3 for 42) by 242 runs.

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