About the Match
Day 3 was initially threatened by the weather gods and that would have given Pakistan some hope of saving this test. Only two sessions were possible on this day, however, that was more than enough for Australia to cement their superiority in this match. Pakistan is left with a lot of work to do if they are to escape a whitewash.
Day 4 Preview
Younis Khan will go down in history as one of the most accomplished batsmen to ever emerge from Pakistan. By completing his century in this innings, he became the first player ever to now have centuries in every test playing nation and the UAE where Pakistan plays its home matches.
He will still be batting when play resumes on Day 4 and have Yasir Shah for company with him. Pakistan is still 267 runs behind Australia and has only two more wickets in hand.
It’s not looking good for the visitors. A bet on them being bowled out for less 300 could fetch some good returns especially as both Yasir Shah and Imran Khan fall in the category of genuine tail-enders.
Australia, though, is unlikely to enforce the follow-on since they would not want to bat fourth on this pitch. The pitch started to take appreciable turn on day 3 and Nathan Lyon, in particular, was a real handful for the Pakistanis.
Australia will instead try and do what they did in Melbourne and bat aggressively to give themselves close to four sessions to try and bowl Pakistan out.
Scoring runs quickly might not be as easy as it was on the featherbed Melbourne pitch, especially as Yashir Shah should have a lot more say in the second innings.
He is our pick for the bowler likely to take the most wickets in the second innings.
David Warner had foretold his test form when he was bashing runs at ease in the ODI version and it is scary to think what he might do given a license to attack one again in the second innings. Australia will have a lead of close to 200-230 behind them when they start and they will probably look to add another 250 to that lead before declaring.
Matt Renshaw was struck a powerful blow in the field and there were reports that he was suffering a headache after play. It is unclear if he will come out to open in the second innings and there is a good chance the Usman Khawaja might move up a spot.
In fact, Khawaja is our pick to be the top scorer in the Australian second innings.
There is very little that Pakistan can do from this point to try and make a comeback into this match. Ven if they spark a collapse in the Australian second innings, the lead that they would have given up in the first innings is enough to ensure they are faced with a stiff target.
Weather taking large amounts of time out of the game is the only thing that could save Pakistan from a certain defeat