Pakistan Struggles in Sydney Test as Australia Dominates Opening Innings

In the final match of the Test series between Pakistan and Australia, the first innings concluded with Pakistan posting 313 runs on the board, while Australia made a strong start, accumulating 6 runs without any loss of wickets.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Pakistan faced an early setback as both openers, Abdullah Shafique and Test debutant Saif Ali, fell without scoring any runs. Abdullah Shafique departed after facing two deliveries, caught by Smith off Stark’s bowling, while Saif Ali was caught behind by wicketkeeper Carey without adding any runs to the scoreboard after facing just two deliveries.

Shan Masood contributed 35 runs, and captain Babar Azam added 26 runs before being dismissed. The fifth wicket fell when Saud Shakeel, after scoring 5 runs, became a guest of Hazlewood’s hands. Following the fall of five wickets, Mohammad Rizwan and Salman Ali Agha managed to stabilize Pakistan’s innings, but Rizwan’s fine knock of 88 runs ended at the team total of 190.

Sajid Khan, after scoring 15 runs, and Salman Ali Agha, who completed his maiden Test half-century with 53 runs, were also dismissed. Hasan Ali was out without scoring any runs, and after losing nine wickets, Aamer Jamal joined forces with Mir Hamza to push the score ahead. Aamer Jamal’s remarkable Test debut included a half-century, scoring 82 runs with the help of 8 fours and 6 sixes, before falling victim to Nathan Lyon.

For Australia, Pat Cummins took five wickets, while Mitchell Starc claimed two crucial wickets. Other bowlers contributing to Pakistan’s downfall were Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Nathan Lyon, each securing a wicket.

Imam-ul-Haq has been dropped from the playing XI, with debutant Saif Ali and Sajid Khan taking his place. Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has also been rested, providing an opportunity for young players Saif Ali and Sajid Khan to showcase their talent.

It’s important to note that Pakistan is currently trailing 2-0 in the three-match Test series against Australia. The Sydney Test will play a crucial role in determining whether Pakistan can avoid a series whitewash or Australia will continue their dominance.