KARACHI: All doubts about the Australian side struggling to adjust to the conditions were put to rest on Day 3 when Australian batters first hammered Pakistan with the bat for a mammoth 556/9d and then with the ball, dismissing Pakistan cheaply for 148 in the first innings.
Pat Cummins and Co. toyed with Pakistan throughout the day in the field. They showed Pakistan how to bowl on Pakistani wickets by making the ball swing both ways. Pakistan’s top-order played reckless shots before exposing the middle-order to reverse swing by Mitchell Starc, Cummins and Cameron Green.
So poor were Pakistan with the bat that their highest partnership of 30 came for the 10th wicket between Shaheen Shah Afridi and Nauman Ali. Australia, as expected, did not enforce the follow-on and decided to bat again. They are currently playing at 81/1 and leading by 489 runs with two days of play yet to come.