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  • 12:54 PM IST

    We will see you here with all the updates from that first Test. Till then, it is a goodbye from here! Ciao:)

  • 12:53 PM IST

    The key takeaways for Pakistan from this warm-up fixture shall be their pace trio’s performance. Mohammad Aamer, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz, all did well in the game. Azhar Ali and Younis Khan got fifties while Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz too had good outings with the bat. The latter also chipped in with wickets in the second innings. All-in-all, it was a good game for Pakistan. Though they would want a better show from their batsmen when they take on Australia in the first Test from December 15 at Gabba, which will be a Day-Night affair.

  • 12:48 PM IST

    A clinical performance by Pakistan has ensured their victory over the opponents CA XI by 201 runs. After setting a target of 311 for the hosts on the final day, the Pakistani bowlers did not take much time — 27.3 overs to be precise — to wrap things up and start the tour on a positive note. The opposition was not particularly a strong one, but it is always good to start a tour with a win. And mind you, the same opponents bundled out Pakistan for 208 in the first innings. They bowled well in the second innings too, but it was their batting that let them down in both the innings.

  • 12:38 PM IST

    It’s all over! Pakistan win the match by 201 runs.

  • 12:32 PM IST

    LIVE, CA XI 109/9 | Target 311 | Ryan Lees 0*, Cameron Wheatley 0* — Pakistan are just a wicket away from winning this practice match.

  • 12:05 PM IST

    OUT! Josh Inglis Run Out (Asad Shafiq) 8(13)

  • 11:48 AM IST

    LIVE, CA XI 62/5 | Target 311 | Arjun Nair 18*, Josh Inglis 7* — Pakistan are cruising towards an outright win here. In pursuit of 311, CA XI are stuttering at 62 for 5. With over 50 overs’ play remaining on the final day, they are staring at a huge loss. Unless there is a miraculous performance from someone, the game is all but over for them.

  • 11:20 AM IST

    LIVE, CA XI 37/4 | Target 311 | Matthew Short 10*, Arjun Nair 3* — Pakistan are right on top at the moment. Both their strike bowlers Aamer and Rahat have got two wickets apiece and made early inroads. With well over 50 overs remaining in the day’s play, a Pakistan win looks imminent. Arjun Nair has now joined Matthew Short in the middle.

  • 11:07 AM IST

    CA XI have lost the third wicket. Rahat Ali has got his second wicket as Jake Carder departs.

  • 11:05 AM IST

    OUT! Jake Carder lbw b Rahat Ali 17(22)

  • 11:05 AM IST

    LIVE, CA XI 16/2 | Target 311 | Jake Carder 13*, Matthew Short 0* — Pakistan have got the second wicket, and it is one down Bosisto who makes his way back to the pavilion. Mohammad Aamer’s incoming delivery struck him on his pads and the umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger. CA XI are in some trouble now and Pakistan in sight of a probable win here.

  • 11:02 AM IST

    OUT! William Bosisto lbw b Mohammad Aamer 2(17)

  • 10:50 AM IST

    LIVE, CA XI 8/1 | Target 311 | Jake Carder 5*, William Bosisto 2* — Pakistan have got the early breakthrough and just the kind of start they would have hoped for. Opener Jimmy Peirson has been dismissed early without scoring. The opener has now bagged a pair in the match. He was dismissed first ball by Mohammad Aamer in the first innings. In the second innings, it was Rahat Ali who got him. Jake Carder and William Bosisto are out there in the middle now.

    OUT! Jimmy Peirson lbw b Rahat Ali 0(8)

  • 10:30 AM IST

    AND IT IS ALSO TEA!!

  • 10:18 AM IST

    LIVE, PAK 216/6 dec. | Azhar Ali 82*, Mohammad Nawaz 36* — Pakistan have declared with a lead of 310 runs on the board. They have set CA XI 311 to win in just over 65 overs. This sets up a fascinating finish to this contest.

  • 10:00 AM IST

    LIVE, PAK 206/6 | Azhar Ali 79*, Mohammad Nawaz 29* — Pakistan now lead by 300 runs. We still have close to 70 overs’ play left in the day and Pakistan at some point will look to declare and have a crack at the CA XI batting line-up. Mind you, their bowlers took only 39 overs to run through the CA XI in first innings.

  • 9:48 AM IST

    LIVE, PAK 187/6 | Azhar Ali 76*, Mohammad Nawaz 13* — The duo of Azhar Ali and Mohammad Nawaz is looking to get quick runs now, as the post-drinks approach suggests a change in strategy. Nawaz targeted the Indian-origin spinner Arjun Nair and hit him for a six. The visitors are looking to get some quick runs and push for a win on the final day.

  • 9:42 AM IST

    LIVE, PAK 175/6 | Azhar Ali 68*, Mohammad Nawaz 9* — Pakistan have extended their lead to 269 runs. Azhar Ali is unbeaten on 68 and the Pakistani camp must be might pleased with the effort. The confidence he carries from here into the first Test, which will be a Day-Night affair, will help the side. The Pakistanis are getting some good practice ahead of the Test, something they missed out on in New Zealand due to bad weather.

  • 9:23 AM IST

    LIVE, PAK 161/6 | Azhar Ali 62*, Mohammad Nawaz 2* — GONE!!!! Sarfraz Ahmed is the first wicket to fall in the day, as he is bowled up by Ryan Lees for 20, while Mohammad Nawaz is the new man in. Lead extends to 255.

    OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed b Ryan Lees 20

  • 9:03 AM IST

    LIVE, PAK 148/5 | Azhar Ali 57*, Sarfraz Ahmed 14* —Slow start to the final day by the Pakistanis, as they resume their innings overnight, with five wickets down, but the batsmen seem to be going good as of now. The question is, when shall they declare? the lead extends to 242, while Azhar scores his half-century.

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Pakistan have their nose ahead and will like to push for a win on Day 3 vs Cricket Australia XI © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket coverage from Day Three of Pakistan’s three-day tour match against Cricket Australia (CA) XI at Cairns. This contest is being played under lights with the pink ball to help the visitors prepared for the series opener against Australia. The first Test between both sides begins from December 15 and is a day-night affair at The Gabba in Brisbane. The other two Tests between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Melbourne and Sydney. The touring party will also play five ODIs on the tour. Pakistan have done well in this contest versus Cricket Australia XI so far with the ball, but their batting remains a worry. Pakistan have their nose ahead and will be eager to press for a victory on Day Three.

Misbah-ul-Haq, who faced a one-match ban in the last Test versus New Zealand, is back to lead his side in this match. On the other hand, CA XI is being led by 23-year-old William Bosisto. In the first innings, Pakistan flopped with the bat barring Younis Khan, who scored a half-century while Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Sarfraz Ahmed and Azhar Ali got starts but failed to convert. Being bundled out for paltry 208, visitors came back in the game after inspired spells from Mohammad Aamer, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz.

Full Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Brisbane

Pakistan’s pace battery’s performance must have kept them in good stead going into the first Test but their batsmen were again found wanting in the second innings. The second day ended with Pakistan reeling at 124 for 5. Pakistan’s lead stands at 218 and they will like to add few more to that before declaring. It will be tricky for CA XI to survive the day in front of visitors’ pacers. The key players from CA XI will be Bosisto, Matthew Short and Jake Winter to ensure they end on a high.

Squads:

Pakistan: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Imran Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz,  Mohammad Rizwan, Rahat Ali, Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Sharjeel Khan, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan

Cricket Australia XI: William Bosisto (c), Jake Carder, Alex Gregory, Josh Inglis, Ryan Lees, Arjun Nair, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Matthew Short, Mark Steketee, Cameron Valente, Cameron Wheatley, Jake Winter