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Azhar, Younis script Pakistan recovery

Hazlewood dismisses Sharjeel and Babar early before visiting side fights back to reach 126/2, 412 runs in arrears

Azhar, Younis script Pakistan recovery - Cricket News
Younis Khan got to 64 not out at stumps lending Pakistan stability
Azhar Ali and Younis Khan kept Pakistan on course after Peter Handscomb became Australia's third centurion for the innings as it put a huge first-innings total before declaring on the second day of the third and final Test, being played in Sydney, on Wednesday (January 4).
 
Pakistan, which has already lost the series after losses in Brisbane and Melbourne, got off to a poor start after Australia stoppped at 538 for 8, leaving seven overs to bat before tea. Within that time, Pakistan lost Sharjeel Khan, the debutant, and Babar Azam in one Josh Hazlewood over with just six runs on the board.   
 
It could have spelled trouble for Pakistan, but Azhar and Younis steadied the innings with a century stand and took Pakistan to stumps at 126 for 2. Azhar, who made an impressive, unbeaten 205 in last week's Melbourne Test, was on 58 with Younis providing good support on 64 as the side trailed Australia by 412 runs. Azhar got a reprieve on 51 when David Warner dropped a sharp one-handed catch at leg-slip off Nathan Lyon.
 
Australia has had more to smile about this Test, as in the series, and had another bright spot in Handscomb, 25, who scored his second century in just four Tests to join Warner (113) and Matt Renshaw (184) in piling on the agony for Pakistan.


 
Handscomb looked great before he was out in strange fashion, hit wicket for 110, when he went back in his crease to cut Wahab Riaz only for his bat to dislodge the leg bail. He played 205 balls and hit nine boundaries.
 
Earlier, Renshaw's knock ended inside the first half-hour when he played Imran Khan on to his stumps. His first century in his fourth Test came off 293 balls with 20 fours and he put together 142 runs with Handscomb in an exciting stand.
 
Hilton Cartwright, brought in for Nic Maddinson at No. 6 for the match, hit 37 before he was bowled by Imran. Matthew Wade also chipped in with 29 before he was caught sweeping Azhar and after Mitchell Starc's dismissal for 16, Smith brought the innings to a halt.
 
Hazlewood then struck twice in five balls with Sharjeel caught by Renshaw at slip for four and Babar lbw for nought.

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