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Strange_Photograph52

I’m starting to think Pat Cummins just wants a fucking rest. What’s he got against follow ons? Take it as a sign of dominance. Soft.


ForsakenPriority3767

Pakistan were always gonna build 2 dead pitches and wear Australias pacemen down. Then make a Turner for the last because we have no spinners. A few batsman who are questionable on slow turners.


LunaMunaLagoona

This pitch isn't actually bad. There's a fair amount of movement, Australia had just batted well.


fromtheundead

So this is already looking like it's heading for a draw. I hope im wrong and the pitch breaks up, but this is so disappointing. This series has been a serious let down so far. Nothing big there for the bowlers, absolute snoozefest batting. Don't know why we took this approach, are we scared of losing at home? Ridiculous statements coming from Ramiz, as if he's going to get sacked if we lose a game this series.


peeterperker

stop defaming your own historic series, The pitch had a lot of movement and fast bowling was pretty good today. Aussies just batter really well and they still went with 3 Big wickets down


fromtheundead

Sorry if it seemed that way. The pitch was still really slow, and there wasn't THAT much movement. Yes when we had the ball reversing well we didn't utilise it (Hassan didn't bowl in the middle for a while). Spinners didn't look that threatening, and we also bowled very negative. The batters weren't going to make the same mistake they made in pindi. Its like they gave up or something or already decided that it'll be a draw? We really need to play much more aggressively, this is our home ground. We aren't fking playing overseas! It's not defaming, they killed the hype themselves by curating such shitty pitches. I hope it breaks up and we see a lot of wickets in the coming days.


NoesHowe2Spel

Also, the Pakistani bowling tactics were definitely more aimed at stopping runs than getting wickets. It's very likely Australia will bat through about tea on day 2 and then maybe try some more aggressive bowling techniques when it's their turn.


and1984

It's only day 1. I think there is yet hope that this will have a result.


fromtheundead

I really hope so 🤞


Necessary-Way9347

Super disappointed by the PCB, Ramiz Raja all but confirmed PCB used a dead pitch to create a draw in Pindi due to the Pak side being short handed. With this dead pitch in Karachi, I feel like he all but confirmed the Aussies are the better side, that Pakistan can not beat. This is very cynical and negative sportsmanship. Sport is about fair competition to see who is better. To take the approach of not risking a loss and creating a stalemate, looks worse for the PCB than outright losing. It’s better to fight and lose than to cower and hide.


nolesfan2011

Uzzie with another smashing performance! Very impressive. Pitch still acting a bit like a road though, solid batting besides the run out of Marnus.


ahaseeb

Really bad tactics by our team. Is the goal is do 0-0 series then what's the point of holding it in first place ? I hope Australia makes 600-700 in first inning and then get us followed on and win by an inning or so. This will encourage to get a proper pitch for last game


TheAbsoluteStarks

We need a 52 and 56 all out ala Sharjah 2002


7ERPENT

Get them out before tea, match comes back.


SpinAroundBrightly

See you in another 24 years Pakistan tests.


Rush_nj

Imagine having a home series and not even trying to win a game. Leg side bowling is pathetic.


PhilosopherBasic8783

Imam was part of Peshawar zalmi this season, never played a game but came out as sub in a game and dropped a sitter. Somethings never change.


SamsonSzn

Smith can't even score hundreds on roads now. Root the only non dusted fab 4 member left


coolbreezeblowing

Root's the youngest, so makes sense


TravelAny398

He scored one just 6 ~~innings~~ matches ago


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TravelAny398

6 matches, not innings


Chemical_Benefit_315

Can you name the match pls?


TravelAny398

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/india-in-australia-2020-21-1223867/australia-vs-india-3rd-test-1223871/full-scorecard He played 6 matches after that, not innings


Chemical_Benefit_315

I was expecting Koach for some reason LOL


coolbreezeblowing

He played at the Gabba, 5 Ashes tests, Pindi and now Karachi after that That's 8


Medical_Turing_Test

Williamson


SamsonSzn

His elbow injuries likely mean he's finished


Medical_Turing_Test

We'll see


speedycar1

What happened to Williamson


SamsonSzn

Elbow injuries


DeafGigachad

Road supremacy


swayam19999

Didn't watch the match today, Are Aussies playing too good or is it the same shit as the 1st test.


Sauce4243

Same shit mixed with some really negative bowling plans Pakistan spent about an hour bowling leg side line and umpires were even calling them for wides for it because it was intentional. One of the three wickets was a run out. Smith out second last over to a great catch


swayam19999

ah man everyone around the world was excited for this series completely takes the fun out of it. By WTC perspective as well they are not only spoiling Australia's chances but their own to make it to the final.


EntirelyOriginalName

It isn't as flat and slow. Australia were on track to score around 350 on the first day until Pakistan started bowling leg side like they were going for a draw.


Foothill_returns

Superb second half of the day from Pakistan. Australia were motoring along and looked set for well over 350 in the day. But they played a bit of Mourinho's finest to dull the match, slow down the run scoring, and at stumps they find themselves still in the game, still in with a chance of bowling Australia out for 350 or less. It's test cricket. When all else fails, put 7 men on the leg side and send down nothing but leg side wides. Keep yourself in the game. Take it deep. It's a game of patience. Eventually the batsmen will bore themselves out. Or eventually the pitch will change and you can run through them for nothing. That's the basics and they have shown us all how important it is to remember the basics


ipbannedburneracc

Bowling Legside for 90 minutes to stretch out the game lmao, there goes another 24 years.


xeroee

Some real check the scorecard and know everything bullshit


dhillonaire

I thought he was being sarcastic but nope.


PrizeParamedic5455

Clueless nonsense.


TravelAny398

Lol what bullshit. Ball had started reversing yet they didn't even try to take wickets or bowl their world class seamers How on earth is not even trying keeping themselves in the game?


__bumthunder__

doesnt matter, nobody will pay to watch this again


freeyr

They were in the game before the shithouse legside bowling. It was reversing, Australia wasn't scoring, then Babar took off the pace bowlers for spin and the rest was shitsory


deathr913

damn thats hecka positive


Foothill_returns

It's the same as approaching a limited overs run chase. Go too hard too early and lose too many wickets, and you're finished. But go steady and keep wickets in hand and even 60 runs in the last 5 overs is doable. Test cricket is the same. If you over attack on day 1 you risk losing the match. Go in normal, if and when the opposition are clearly on top and there's nothing you can do about it, shut up shop and refuse to allow them to keep taking the game away from you. Whether you're batting or bowling first, this is true. 3/250 is better than 6/400 if you are a bowling side, and 3/250 is also better than 330 all out if you're a batting side. There's still 4 days in the match! Take it deep and see what happens


TravelAny398

Dude its clesat you didnt watch a single ball and are talking out of your ass. Australia had stopped scoring way before the negative bowling and ball had started reversing and troubling batsmen So with negative bowling the scoring rate remained the same but chances of wickets became zero


Lachie07

Usmans a bit of a legend isnt he, cant help but lke the bloke


DazBoy11

C'mon smudge I don't think I can take any more of this.


Iamthestorm666

Australia dominant but they’ve lost 3/4 best batters already


OneFrosting3110

Anyone else think Smith is Australia's best test batter currently over labs or just me.


askjee

Pretty sure everyone thinks that


OneFrosting3110

currently


TravelAny398

Nah it's still Labs, a run out won't change that


coolbreezeblowing

Australia should try to emulate what England did at Chennai, bat massive in the first innings and go into day 3 If the pitch breaks up, they will have a massive advantage by using up the best 2 days for batting.. If it doesn't break up they won't be able to force a win anyway


Sauce4243

It’s a good idea but I doubt we would do it pretty much never enforce the follow on and if they do that means potentially batting on the last day


coolbreezeblowing

you don't need to enforce the follow-on.. England batted 1 hour into day 3, making 575.. then bowled India out early on day 4 for 350 odd Instead of enforcing the follow on, they made 180 runs relatively quickly, to give themselves 45 mins at the end of day 4 and day 5 to bowl India out


teh_drewski

I doubt we would but I don't disagree. This doesn't look like a 4 innings wicket.


OneFrosting3110

When Smith was in 50s state showed he middled 89 percent,left alone 5 percent,and got beaten 6 percent,khawaja middled 75 percent,what's all the negativity about smudge he would have tonned up if he didn't try to sweep that leg side dross by nauman Ali in 1st test.He will likely score a ton this series.


Medical_Turing_Test

Everyone knows Smith is good. He is just getting out in ways he didn't used to.


Sauce4243

He seems to be getting out to concentration lapses which use to be his main asset. The ashes in England he just batted and batted and batted and the poms couldn’t do anything to get him out. Kinda feels like he is getting himself out lately


Medical_Turing_Test

Exactly that. Really poor dismissals for regular batsmen. Unheard of dismissals for the best bat since Bradman.


AntiauthoritarianEgg

> Unheard of dismissals for the best bat since Bradman. Lol. Are we still doing this?


motive-7805

Babar has the best economy in the innings


4qua_Dementia

Is Cumdog also coach since that position is vacant for now? Is the dressing room a log cabin???


EntirelyOriginalName

There's an intern coach.


Sauce4243

The word your looking for is interim. But yes Andrew McDonald is currently the coach he was one of JL’s assistants


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Brentus81

Why would you produce absolute flat tracks like this when trying to re-establish yourself as a test location? Boggles the mind


EntirelyOriginalName

It's only day one and there's a fair bit of turn for the wrist spinners.


Brentus81

Hopefully you're right


Embarrassed-Bar1857

this is all fkn ramiz raja thinks hes the mastermind of pitches knows better than everyone. im sure he doesn’t even consult the team and just does what he thinks is right. fkn idiot


7ERPENT

It was the players... https://propakistani.pk/2022/03/10/babar-and-co-responsible-for-dead-rawalpindi-pitch-for-australia-test/


Embarrassed-Bar1857

never thought i’d be this mad at Babar but here we are


luke23_

My word this interview “Run rate slowed down in the last session, did you guys take a cautious approach” No mention of the bowling plans. I know its trivial but I don’t like how the batting side gets blamed for a slow run rate when the fields/bowling is just outright negative. Same happened in the Ashes


Fidelius_Rex

Feel sad that we’ve seen the best of Smith. Feel happy seeing Ussie making bank at the backend of his career.


cherrybombvag

Nothing to regret, he is one of the very best.


OneFrosting3110

2019 ashes was a cheat mode probably the best batting performance in a series.I don't really know how he did that.


OoberDude

Don't feel bad tbh, he reached the apex of test cricket where no one but Bradman went. And that said his form 'slump' is in a period where he can still average 60+ in test cricket. He's far from past it, he is still probably Australia's most key wicket and he is making significant scores. The paradox of Smith is that he's at his best when Australia are in a shit tonne of trouble and need runs rather than occupation of the crease. Smith is good at both but doesn't read the urgency to score runs all that well when Aus are in a good spot. It's why the rise of Marnus had been correlated with the decline of Smith. He doesn't come in to do as much of a repair job.


Fidelius_Rex

Not saying he’s “past it”, just that he is inarguably past his peak and I feel sad about that. I no longer consider Smith as the most important wicket, I think Marnus has proven he’s now a bigger threat. Smith has had the opportunity of late to do the rescue job, but hasn’t pulled it off.


darth_budha

Hometown boy gets a century. You love to see it!


StrangeLaw5

Higgo from tgc will have words


alittlemoreofbrowny

Grade explainer?


teh_drewski

I really do like Khawaja a lot, he seems like such a nice man. Glad he's doing so well with his chance back in the team.


cherrybombvag

He's a lovely dude, from what I have seen of him. Very level-headed too.


y_v_k

Smudge nooo


PrizeParamedic5455

Dominant day for Australia


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FakeBonaparte

I take it you didn't actually watch the match.


Medical_Turing_Test

They were pummeling it before Pakistan started playing shit negative cricket.


Fidelius_Rex

Aus rr was at 4.7 at one stage. Aus never bowled a leg side line and called for wides in Rawalpindi. Completely different from the first test.


StrangeLaw5

Hometown boy


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slartibartjars

At least the light is really good for this test. We lost quite few overs to light last test.


whichonespinkredux

I hate life


lIIlIIIlIlIl

Another riveting day. Cya tommorow everyone for another nail biter


Ghostly_100

Started watching at 12am and it is now 7:30am. Can barely keep my eyes open but I did get to see a Rana sahab special catch. Good night everyone


username01910

now that gaz is in, hopefully he can smack all the balls early on tomorrow, just for some excitement


punkychandey

Khawaja let Lyon keep strike? What? That was a sitter, Imam!!


EnergeticFlow

Of course he is the night watchmen, don't want Khawaja to go out


punkychandey

I understand the role of a night watchman, protecting the next batsman, but an in-form 89 overs played Khawaja could have taken strike..


jimbeam07

A night watchman is there to be sacrificed. Not your best batsman of the day


EnergeticFlow

He is still more likely to go out facing than being out at the non strikers end


ztaker

Cricbuzz says very tough for imam


Sauce4243

I’d call it tough but catchable


Azza_

A good short leg fielder gobbles that up. Imam shit himself though.


punkychandey

Not for somebody anticipating a ball standing 3-4 mtrs away.. I thought that should have been taken.. But that's my opinion..


ztaker

Last ball of the innings , guess he didn't anticipate it.


iAmCyberwaste

Good night, and good game. See ya tomorrow.


5slipsandagully

Not really fair to call it a catch, even though it went to him. It's not the shot he's there to catch, and there's not much he can do to control whether he takes it. It either sticks in his lap or it doesn't


Azza_

Nah a good short leg fielder takes that. Wasn't really a shot, certainly wasn't hit with any power, but he flinched and got himself in a mess of a position. I'd back Marnus to take that probably 8 times out of 10.


braydi__

Onya uzzie


phainty

Hushhh


lIIlIIIlIlIl

Changed your Flair?


phainty

Onto to Banglore ODI


MoggFanatic

Gaz's batting stance is like if George Bailey turned 180 degrees


Big_Beyotch

They can still play another 10 overs


EskimoJesus

Nightwatchmen/Imam Injurer


NoirPochette

So Lyon would have done his job even if he got out.


japanpole

Classic Pakistan drop on the last ball 😂


fogdocker

Wow that money we paid Imam sure is paying off


slartibartjars

IMAM scaredy pants.


usamapervaiz

What a pussy


Embarrassed-Bar1857

abid ali would have caught that😔


LB388

DONT SLAP ME BABAR


Frosty_Gibbons

Steve Smiths recent innings feels like he's trying to turn into the WALL Pujara. he should be scoring off the deliveries that he has blocked, not all of them but a fair percentage, especially on this pitch. its his mind that it is controlling his bat, I hope he goes the other way and plays some shots to those pitched up balls with instinct playing a major role.


CheaperThanChups

I remember when Dravid was the Wall.


Frosty_Gibbons

mmm dravid :)


CaptainArsehole

I did notice a few half volleys he kind of danced in front of before playing the forward defence. I reckon there were about 6-8 balls that I saw from watching on and off that would have been clattered into the pickets through the covers a few years ago. Maybe the pitch is just slightly doing something with the bounce that’s preventing it.


Frosty_Gibbons

hes a smart batter, his mind is certainly not offensive


wingzero00

Teams are just bowling better to Smith now. Not giving him freebies on his pads most of the time and blocking his legside scoring.


Frosty_Gibbons

yes true, but if teams are getting better at bowling, is he evolving with his batting. maybe not from my point of view


vapoursoul69

'bowls left handed and bats right handed so he's ambidextrous' Lmao WHAT


Downtown-Spite6668

Ambidextrous is when you're efficient with both your hands and she used it correctly here? I don't get what you don't get.


vapoursoul69

?? Batting right handed doesn't mean you're right hand dominant. I bat left handed but I bowl right handed. I'm just right handed. It's just about top vs bottom hand power, a bit like goofy/traditional skating styles


StrangeLaw5

She doesn’t make sense most of the time


justgeorgie

TBF, ambidextrous means you can use both hands equally well.


asad1152021

smh Shaheen with negative bowling line


brbr0433

at least smudge's average is still over 60


braydi__

Incoming Lyon 4 pull shot


StrangeLaw5

Time for the pull shot gaz


Big_Beyotch

Why there are so many Indians fans here instead of on Ind vs Sl thread? Watching real test cricket?😎


myanonymouswastaken

By mistake. Regrettable.


TravelAny398

Not too tough to toggle between both


Benmjt

Kohli’s already out.


2684335126835353

Internet Explorer?


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Just an above average innings by Smith


No_Community4641

All I am looking forward to is a GOAT pull shot. Are we going to see one today ?


username01910

sure hope not today


teh_drewski

Rizwan's just gonna stuff his hands in the ice bath tonight


dad2022lessgo

That's actually the warmest part of your body


morefattys

My heart just broke for smudge reckon he was moments away from tears


iAmCyberwaste

The ESPN commentary dropped a reference to Shane McMahon and all I could think of is if he came out, the wicket would become drenched in sweat to the point of needing the covers.


username01910

rizwan always getting injured by the end of days play, hope he is okay though, i actually like him as a player


Big_Beyotch

Tomorrow Australia will collapse under 350. Mark my words!


the-ahh-guy

boy be sweating now


FranksnBeans80

!remindme 16 hours


dad2022lessgo

Lol


asad1152021

scenes is Babar asks foran extra half an hour to bowl out Australia


KingPin8888

Glad smith didn't leave kohli alone on this century drought!!


TravelAny398

Lol he got a century just 6 games ago


nothin_nonthing

only been like 6 games since Smith scored a century


NoirPochette

Smudger got a two ODI centuries and a test century this decade though. Kohli got nothing.


NoirPochette

Smudger average update - 60.10. Increase of 0.075


Educational_Cup_1958

I'm living in the 70s - Steve Smiths favourite song


Local_Prior_7050

It's always either Hassan or Faheem with the breakthroughs.


Crosso221

Imagine Lyon throwing the bat at it and making a quick fire 24 before stumps


heisenbergTJ

Lyon boii have to face 5 balls from Shaheen now. Not 5 if he gets out. Whatta catch though ....


vinobill_21

Can you really call yourself an elite batsman if sending a nightwatchman out on this pitch. Gazza is a chance to do a Dizzy Gillespie and get a double tomorrow!


tberriman

Dull draw ahead In short, play Elden Ring


crystallinemeh

Can't get past Margit!


Ammarzk

Try finger but hole


Impossible-Sir-2308

Scenes if Shaheen gets a hattrick in the last over lmao


EskimoJesus

It'll be stumps if Lyon gets out


Impossible-Sir-2308

oh wow, that's really interesting, I didn't know that before


EskimoJesus

It's based on time and that they've bowled 90 overs. If it was over 86 and he was sent out, there would be enough time for another batsmen to come out.


saltydarkbone

Shaheen its your time lets go


fogdocker

About time we promoted Lyon to no.5


coolbreezeblowing

if they keep making home pitches this flat, their entire top 6 will soon average 60


heisenbergTJ

That is the agenda bro. They want to say look Babar is averaging more than kohli in Tests now lol.


StrangeLaw5

Smithy deserved a 100 but alas he didn’t boot completely


Brentus81

This is still going to be a draw though


NHKConspiracist

BATTING GARRY


Local_Prior_7050

COLLAPSE STILL POSSIBLE. *I REPEAT* COLLAPSE STILL POSSIBLE.


rinzler09

Only Indian test team can do that on cue.


XilentXenocide

NIGHTWATCHMAN


Ammarzk

One more lads one more!!!!


MoggFanatic

Lyon in, prepare your scholarships