Resilient Pakistan frustrates Aussies with wagging tail after collapse as Cummins shines

Pat Cummins dominated Pakistan for the third consecutive innings as Australia secured an early advantage in the Third Test at the SCG. Despite a valiant effort from the tourists, they were dismissed for 313. Nevertheless, Pakistan’s tail-enders put up a decent score, preventing a complete collapse. Cummins claimed another five-wicket haul, taking 5-61, bringing his total in the series to 18 wickets.

Pakistan’s lower order, led by Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal, performed admirably, with Jamal scoring a remarkable maiden half-century. In response, Australia will resume at 0-6 on day two, with retiring opener David Warner at the crease. Despite their strong start, the hosts have more work to do than anticipated after Pakistan’s resilient lower-order performance.

The Australian team had a subpar day in the field by their standards, with a few missed opportunities and misfields. Warner will be looking to finish his final Test match with a memorable performance on day two. Overall, it was a day of mixed fortunes for both teams, setting the stage for an intriguing contest in the days ahead.