Babar, Shafiq take lead past 350 after Azhar

Lunch Pakistan 282 all and 232 for 4 (Fakhar 66, Azhar 64, Lyon 2-97) lead Australia 145 all with 369 races

Nathanon Lyon and Shaun Marsh celebrates the dismissal of Haris Sohail Getty Images

Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam managed the game out of the competitive waters and returned firmly to the hands of Pakistan with an undefeated 72-run to stretch the advantage after 350 lunches . Australia had started the extremely bright day, a dominant first hour with less than 30 runs scored, with hitter Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali in the pavilion.

The session, however, will be remembered by a surprisingly amateurish cricket part of Pakistan's two most levelheaded heads. Half an hour after the day, it seemed that the morning coffee of Shafiq and Azhar had not yet begun to make its impact felt. Azhar beat Peter Siddle through the slips, the ball seemed destined for the third man's limit.

The pair was so sure of the four, that they ran to the middle of the field to chat quietly. (It is not yet known if they, like Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon last game, were talking about the episode of Inbetweeners they were going to see that night). But the ball stopped just before the rope, and Mitchell Starc threw it back to Paine, who made a rapid exhaustion. During all this time, Azhar and Shafiq had not moved an inch from the middle of the field, maybe they were not willing to accept how distracted they were.

At this stage, the leadership was below 300, and Australia may have felt an opportunity to defeat Pakistan quickly. But Babar, whose place on the side has been under some scrutiny, played with the maturity that usually limits the cricket of white balls, and next to him, Shafiq forgot the madness of exhaustion. Pakistan's scoring rate increased in the last half hour and Australia began to despair; Both revisions were used somewhat frivolously. Where Pakistan once appeared, it is much more likely that when Australia arrives to hit, it will be through a statement.

Nathan Lyon, who had been the best bowler of visitors yesterday, was rewarded with an early morning window of Sohail in the morning. In truth, he should have had Haris's first ball yesterday, just so Paine could give him a great chance. He made no such mistakes today when Haris found himself out of his fold after being hit by Lyon's turn, took off his bonds and sent him on his way.

It started firmly as the session in Australia, but for lunch, Pakistan crushed it. Any challenge to his authority, settling firmly in total control once again.


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