Fast bowler Aamer Jamal showcased a remarkable performance on day three at the SCG, orchestrating a stunning collapse of Australia’s lower-order and securing a first innings lead of 14 runs for Pakistan. The see-saw battle in the third Test now teeters on a knife’s edge.
Australia, seemingly on course for a lead, faced a dramatic turn of events after in-form Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey built a promising partnership of 84 runs. However, Carey’s dismissal on the stroke of tea triggered a collapse of 5 for 10, with Jamal claiming a crucial five-wicket haul.
The pivotal moment came when Marsh mistimed a shot, falling for 54 in the second over after tea. Pat Cummins followed suit, out lbw after a DRS review overturned the on-field decision. Jamal continued his dominance, dismissing Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood to finish with 6 for 69.
Pakistan’s hopes of breaking a 16-Test losing streak in Australia have been reignited, with the SCG pitch expected to favor spin as the match progresses.
Despite a resilient partnership by Marsh and Carey, Pakistan capitalized on chances, including a dropped catch by debutant Saim Ayub. The contest swung in Pakistan’s favor, leaving Australia trailing by 14 runs in the first innings.
The day also saw Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith’s notable partnership disrupted before lunch, with Labuschagne reaching a half-century before falling to spinner Salman Agha.
As the match hangs in the balance, the SCG Test promises further twists and turns, with both teams vying for control in a crucial stage of the series.