About the Match
The weather continued to play spoilsport and took another 42 overs out of the game making it very difficult for a result o be reached. Before the match had to be abandoned, though, Steve Smith managed to reach another century and continued to plunder runs against all oppositions.
Day 5 Preview
Let’s start off with the most important factor so far in this test match. The weather. The forecast for the last day of play is better than all others and there is the hope that uninterrupted play might be possible on day 5.
Encouraging as this may be, it does not mean that a result is any more likely. Australia is only 22 runs ahead of the Pakistani total right now and it would require some very imaginative thinking to manufacture a result from this situation in.
Steve Smith is still batting on an even 100 with Mitchell Starc for company. Starc is a capable lower order batsman himself but not one that can really be depended on. Australia will probably try to score as many runs as possible in the first session and then try to bowl Pakistan out in around 60 odd overs.
It is a tough ask on a pitch that is not doing too much and may be putting an additional workload on the Aussie bowlers when they could definitely use some rest. Smith will have absolutely no pressure on him as he bats and could possibly just decide to bat on.
Back him to get a 150 plus total.
The Pakistani bowling has been very ordinary as has the captaincy by Misbah-ul-Haq. Mohammad Amir continues to have the worst karma in cricket and dropped a relatively easy catch of his own bowling. He was impressive in patches but did nothing to really suggest that he will ever return to being the threat he once was.
The six wickets to fall were shared by Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Wahab Riaz with two wickets apiece. Wahab and Yasir Shah are excellent against the tail and both have a decent shout at becoming the highest wicket-taker in the innings.
We would recommend backing Wahab Riaz though just because of the poor, defensive fields that Yasir Shah has bowled with in this match.
Pakistan would probably be required to bat out around 60 overs in the match to ensure a draw and going purely by their performances so far, that should not be a big problem.
Fans though only have to look as far back as a few month ago when they collapsed from a seemingly impregnable position against West Indies and ended up losing a match that no one thought could be lost.
Never ever rule a Pakistani batting collapse out completely.
Travis Bird has looked the freshest of all Australian bowlers and he is our pick to take the most amount of wickets whenever Pakistan are put into bat.
The match is heading almost certainly for a draw unless Pakistan implodes and gift Australia a victory