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  • 10:13 AM IST

    In the meanwhile, do read the Tea report here by Rohan Arun Sawant

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  • 8:34 AM IST

    Nic Maddinson is clean bowled by Yasir Shah. Nice flight and Maddinson tries to get to the pitch of the ball, but the ball just shoots onto the stumps and the batsman nowhere near the ball. Is this the breakthrough Pakistan were looking for??

  • 8:29 AM IST

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  • 8:02 AM IST

    Pakistan seems to be lacking the attacking intent. Mohammad Aamer has been lethal when it comes to pacers, but otherwise, Sohail Khan has looked out of shape and Wahab Riaz is yet to find his line and length even though the 4th day of the match is into play!

  • 7:49 AM IST

    Australia have completed their 400-run mark shortly after the lunch break. The aim will be to knock off the remaining 43 runs as lead in the first half hour and build a big lead by the end of the session.

  • 7:04 AM IST

    It’s time for lunch and Australia will be very pleased with their effort. They trail by 48, Smith is on 61 not out and Maddinson is off to a satisfactory start. Australia will eye a big lead in first innings, but for that, Smith will be needed to score more than a hundred.

  • 6:43 AM IST

    Smith continues his good run, he has completed his third 50+ score in this series against Pakistan. Leading from the front!

  • 6:35 AM IST

    WICKET! Sohail Khan has broken the stubborn stand between Handscomb and Smith, getting the former caught at point for 54. Smith and Handscomb added 92 for the fourth wicket, and now the stage is set for Nic Maddinson to finally get some runs. Australia are behind by 69 runs.

  • 6:26 AM IST

    Smith and Handscomb have so far added 89 runs for the fourth wicket. Australia trail by 72, expect them to be in lead sometime in the second session.

  • 6:12 AM IST

    A lifeline to Peter Handscomb right after his half-century!

  • 5:57 AM IST

    Why Australia have been ahead of Pakistan despite conceding close to 450 in first innings:

  • 5:55 AM IST

    Food for thought. There cannot be any defence to this. And Pakistan batted first.

  • 5:49 AM IST

    Handscomb has outscored Smith this morning, what a start he is having to his Test career!

  • 5:47 AM IST

    Meanwhile. a unique record was established today. TEN THOUSAND leg-before dismissals registered now!

  • 5:37 AM IST

    And he oversteps, finally, for the 1st for the day but for the 11th time in the innings…!

  • 5:34 AM IST

    8 overs to the second new ball, and Wahab Riaz has been brought back into the attack. So will he bowl an 12-over spell here — assuming at least 4 overs with the new ball — or less than that? It is very perplexing…

  • 5:29 AM IST

    Steven Smith is getting there, slowly and steadily…

  • 5:29 AM IST

    Field is spread wide, and Sohail is bowling anywhere between 125-130 kmph. Remember, this is a batting wicket, so I am not sure what Pakistan are trying to achieve here.

    For what it matters, the second new ball is 9 overs away. Maybe, keeping that in mind, Misbah was forced to take Wahab and Aamer off the attack.

  • 5:26 AM IST

    It has been a very strange approach this morning by Pakistan. Wahab looked excellent, took a wicket as well. But he was immediately taken off the attack. The fielders are spread wide, there is only one slip each for Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah, who are now bowling in tandem. Both Aamer and Wahab were taken off when they were looking dangerous.

  • 5:13 AM IST

    Now Mohammad Aamer oversteps. He’s bowling around the wickets to the right-handed Handscomb…

  • 5:07 AM IST

    Wahab Riaz looked a different bowler this morning. He bowled tighter lines and there was a lot of pace as well. Subsequently, he was awarded with a wicket. But then, Pakistan being Pakistan, they take Wahab off. Sohail Khan is on now, and Australia bring up their 300 with Handscomb getting a FOUR!

  • 4:58 AM IST

    I reckon a different Pakistan have turned up this morning. They have bowled tighter lines, not given any room to score off, and have snaffled a big wicket as well.

  • 4:49 AM IST

    WICKET! There it is! Wahab is looking a different bowler today and he has made the difference. Actually, the batsman is to be blamed here. It was an ordinary delivery with decent pace, outside off. Khawaja chases it and gets an edge, and has been caught-behind for 97.

  • 4:42 AM IST

    Good morning! The play on the fourth day has started on time and it has been a very cautious start by Australia. Khawaja collects 2 runs off the pads on the final ball of the third over since morning, as Pakistan make an impressive start with the ball.

    Best thing is that Wahab Riaz looks like he means business.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the fourth day’s play in the Boxing Day Test, between Australia and Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates from the fourth day’s play. Australia will resume their first innings at a strong position of 278 for 2, and they will look to post a big total against Pakistan’s 443 for 9 declared. Azhar Ali and David Warner shone with the bat for their respective sides on Day Three, with the former creating a record with his 205 not out.

Azhar scored 205 not out as Pakistan declared their first innings post lunch on Day Three, with him falling a 3 runs short of Sir Vivian Richards’ highest score of 208 at MCG. Azhar became the fourth visiting batsman to score a double hundred at MCG, and missed the West Indies legend’s 32-year-old record by a whisker. In their reply, Australia were bolstered by a rapid 144 from Warner, which came off 143 balls. Warner struck 17 boundaries and 1 six, and added a quickfire 198 runs for the second wicket with Usman Khawaja.

Live cricket scorecard: Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd Test at Melbourne

Khawaja remained 5 runs short of his sixth Test hundred, and he was accompanied by Steven Smith batting on 10 not out. Both these batsmen are coming off impressive half-centuries in the second innings of the Brisbane Test, and they will be expected to carry on Australia’s charge towards a big first-innings total.

Australia eye a first innings lead, but for that they will first have to wipe off 165 runs which Pakistan have as lead. The wicket has remained suitable for batsmen, as the third day witnessed as many as 411 runs being scored and only 5 wickets fall. Pakistan have been unimpressive so far with their bowling effort, with Wahab Riaz bowling 10 no-balls for over-stepping and Yasir Shah being cantered for 97 runs in 16 overs.

Yasir claimed the first wicket in the Australian ranks in form of Matt Renshaw, who missed to connect on a slog-sweep and the ball crashed into his wickets. Warner was the second batsman to be dismissed, caught by Sarfraz Ahmed off Wahab.

Earlier in the third day, Pakistan added 123 runs from 22 overs in the first session. Azhar resumed his inning at 139 not out and went on to add another 57 to his overnight total. Sohail Khan came out all guns blazing. He smashed 4 sixes and 6 boundaries to score 65 from as many balls. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood remained the most impressive bowler as he returned with the figures of 32.3-11-50-3. Jackson Bird claimed 3 wickets as well, but he gave away 113 runs for 3 wickets in his 34 overs.