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Pak vs Aus: Pakistan take momentum to Lahore as Australia rue another near-miss

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  • The wicket at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will be something of an unknown as it hosts its first Test since 2009.
  • “(Batting) five sessions in a Test match against Australia is no joke,” says wicketkeeper Rizwan.
  • Pakistan have now twice foiled Australia’s vaunted attack.

Pakistan and Australia head to the third and final Test in Lahore with the series locked and all to play for but the home side will feel they have the momentum after pulling off a brilliant save in Karachi.

Inspired by a majestic 196 by captain Babar Azam and 104 by Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s 171.4-over stonewall was the longest any team has batted in the fourth innings of a Test, barring England’s epic 654 for five in the ‘Timeless Test’ against South Africa in Durban in 1939.

“(Batting) five sessions in a Test match against a world-class team like Australia is no joke,” said wicketkeeper Rizwan.

“This match is definitely a benchmark for our team to rise above.”

Pakistan have now twice foiled Australia’s vaunted attack, though the lifeless Rawalpindi pitch aided the home side’s cause in the series-opener.

Read more: T20I, ODI matches shifted from Rawalpindi to Lahore, Sheikh Rasheed says

Australia, meanwhile, spoke of disappointment in falling three wickets short of victory but may quietly feel relieved to leave Karachi with the series tied.

Pakistan were motoring toward what would have been a record 506-run chase for victory until spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed Babar and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf in consecutive balls.

Australia’s inability to close out matches from dominant positions on day five has become a problem.

They have now racked up five such failures in their last 19 Tests, having let England off the hook in Sydney during the recent Ashes and India twice in the 2-1 series defeat in the previous home summer.

While Australian media questioned whether skipper Pat Cummins might have enforced the follow-on rather than making his team bat again, the tourists’ sloppy fielding on day five ultimately paved the way for disappointment.

Mitchell Swepson, Australia’s first Test legspinner in more than a decade, may feel particularly aggrieved after finishing with figures of 0-156 from nearly 54 overs’ work in the fourth innings of his debut Test, with four chances going begging off his bowling.

“I thought ‘Swep-o’ bowled fantastically today,” Cummins said.

“I don’t know how he’s ended up with those figures.”

The wicket at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will be something of an unknown as it hosts its first Test since 2009.

Selecting an attack has been a virtual guessing game for Australia on their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years and Lahore may be no different.

Cummins said they will at least have a full complement of bowlers to choose from, with him and his fellow pacemen sparing themselves a bigger workload in Karachi by routing Pakistan for 148 in their first innings.

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Gary Kirsten’s PCB report comments are criticized by a former Pakistani cricket player.

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In a recent report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), former Test cricketer Atiq-uz-Zaman took issue with comments made by national white-ball men’s head coach Gary Kirsten.

The factors that led to Pakistan’s terrible performance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 were allegedly listed in a confidential report that Kirsten authored for the PCB and had leaked to the public.

After an agonizing loss to archrivals India and an unexpected loss to co-host the United States of America (USA) in the campaign’s opening match, the former champions were unable to progress to the Super Eights stage.

The fitness and discipline problems with the Pakistan cricket team were brought to light in Kirsten’s assessment. But rather than offering a solution, Atiq-uz-Zaman scolded Kirsten harshly for complaining to the PCB.

As soon as Gary Kirsten entered, she began to whine. Why are you complaining to the board if you possess the necessary leadership abilities? During your visit, you ought to have found a solution. In light of this, I hope they perform well and cross my fingers, although Atiq expressed doubt about a speedy resolution.

A similar sentiment was expressed yesterday by former Pakistani captain Salman Butt, who said that management had to be doing rather than whining.

wouldHowever, Butt was questioned about whether Shaheen Afridi’s reported misbehavior will result in any consequences from the authorities during his appearance on ARY News’ Sports Room program.

Reacting to this, the former captain underlined that Shaheen Afridi should have been selected for every World Cup match, but instead the management continued to do so.

“They should have dropped him and gone with another player if he wasn’t disciplined,” Butt said.

“However, I believe anyone can do that if you gave him every chance in spite of all these problems and are now whining. Why give [famous people] such large wages when there’s no real benefit? questioned Salman Butt.

“It is the responsibility of management to act, not to complain,” he said.

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In lifting and table tennis matches with India, Pakistan won both gold medals.

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After overcoming his Indian opponent in the World Strength Lifting Championships held in Kazakhstan, Muhammad Usman of Pakistan took home the gold medal in the 85 kg weight class.

In the category for inclined bench press, Muhammad Usman also took home a silver medal.

At the 11th World Strengthlifting Championship in Kazakhstan in 2024, Muhammad Usman, a Pakistani strength lifter, makes history!”
Muhammad Usman, a Pakistani athlete, dedicated his competition victory to the Palestinian people, who are subjected to ongoing brutality at the hands of the Israel Defence Forces. (IDF).

After defeating Indian player Akshak in the Sharjah final of the TTC Open International Table Tennis, Pakistan’s Arham bin Farrukh took home the gold medal in the Under-21 category.

At the TTC Open International Table Tennis in Sharjah, Pakistan’s Arham bin Farrukh won the gold medal in the Under-21 division after defeating Akshak, an Indian player, in the playoffs.

The winner of the open division was Arham bin Farrukh. When she defeated her Indian opponent in the championship game, she exclaimed, “I won the bronze medal.”

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Chairman, PCB Heads Meeting: Jason Gillespie, Gary Kirsten and the Committee for Selection

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PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi declared that the National Cricket Team will not include any player involved in misconduct and that there would be a zero-tolerance approach on disciplinary matters.

Chairman PCB announced during a thorough discussion on cricket matters that all players would need to play domestic cricket and that a fitness test would be required every three months.

He claimed that a new process would be developed for players looking to obtain a Nod of clearance for overseas leagues, and that N.O.C. would only be granted to those who satisfy the requirements.

The selection committee’s inclusion of head coach Gary Kirsten and bowling coach Jason Gillespie was also approved by the meeting.

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