About the Match
What a fantastic day of test cricket we witnessed on Day 4 between Australia and Pakistan. The Aussies began the day with every possible advantage in their favor and would have fancied wrapping this match up in a two sessions at the most.
Pakistan, though, has refused to buckle down and will go into the fifth day of this test with two wickets still in hand and a centurion at the crease. Could we be looking at the most famous test victory of all time? It’s not likely but the fact that it is a possibility shows how much ground Pakistan has gained on day 4.
Day 5 Preview
One of the advantages of a day-night test is that a great amount of time can be made up to minimize the effect of weather on the match. This is exactly what happened on Day 4 and the same can be expected to happen on day 5 if the rain does indeed make another appearance.
We will have a result.
There was a general feeling that the Pakistani batsmen would apply themselves better this time around, but no one in their wildest of imaginations would have backed them to score the highest fourth innings total in Gabba history.
They are still not done and have another 108 runs standing between them and an unlikely victory. Just to be clear, Australia is the overwhelming favorite to win this game, but they will start getting butterflies in their stomach as the total comes down below a hundred.
Asad Shafiq is batting on a hundred and will have Yasir Shah for company as they walk out tomorrow. Shafiq was the recipient of an easy dropped catch from Steve Smith and would need a lot of luck to be able to score the bulk of the runs tomorrow. Backing him to stay not out until the end of the innings may be a good bet
to make though seeing as the batsmen at the other end could capitulate at any point of time.
Australia will be disappointed that they were not able to get the job done on day 4 itself and would view coming out to bowl on day 5 as an annoyance. Expect Steve Smith to start with Mitchell Starc and unleash his Yorkers at the Pakistani lower order.
Both Starc and Bird have picked three wickets each and we are convinced that Starc’s brilliant Yorker bowling ability makes him a favorite to become the highest wicket-taker in this innings.
Australia will have memories of the Edgbaston Test in 2005 when their last two wickets got within 2 runs of pulling off a similar heist and will know that taking this result for granted could be dangerous. Pakistan, on the other hand, will want to work with small targets and keep whittling down runs to hopefully get within striking distance.
Australia should win from this position in 99 out of a 100 such scenarios. Is this the one match though that everyone will talk about for the rest of their lives