Australia Dominates as Khawaja and Marsh Lead Charge Against Pakistan
On the fourth day of the opening Test at Perth Stadium, they continued playing with a score of 84-2.
On Sunday, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh helped Australia build a significant lead of 402 runs over Pakistan in the Test match. The home team is looking strong and aiming for another big victory against the South Asian side.
On the fourth day of the opening Test at Perth Stadium, they started playing again with a score of 84-2. By lunchtime, they had reached 186-4, and it’s expected that they will announce their score later in the day.\
Khawaja was doing well with an unbeaten score of 68, and Marsh was also not out at 42. Together, they had a partnership worth 79 runs.
At the start, Khawaja had a score of 34, and Steve Smith had 43 as the hosts wrapped up Pakistan’s innings for 271 just before tea on Saturday. This was significantly less than Australia’s first innings total of 487.
However, on Sunday, playing on a pitch that was showing signs of wear and tear, was challenging. Pakistan’s fast bowlers were effective, making it difficult for the Australian batsmen with some deliveries beating the bat and causing issues.
In the fourth over of the day, the debutant Khurram Shahzad made an impact by getting a breakthrough. He trapped Steve Smith lbw for 45 with a ball that moved back.
Even though Smith asked for a review, the replays revealed that the ball was clipping the top of the bails. The Australian veteran shook his head and muttered to himself as he walked off the field.
Travis Head, known for his aggressive style, entered the game and quickly made his intentions clear by hitting a boundary with a straight drive off the second ball he faced.
However, he took a risky chance with a misjudged drive against Aamer Jamal, and the ball ended up going directly to Imam-ul-Haq at cover. As a result, Head was dismissed after scoring 14 runs.
Both Marsh and Khawaja had close calls during an intense over by Jamal as Pakistan increased the pressure.
Marsh hit sixes off Jamal and spinner Agha Salman, maintaining the score. On a stroke of luck, Marsh got away with a big moment when the Pakistan skipper, Shan Masood, missed an easy catch at mid-off when Marsh was at 23.
On the opposite side, Khawaja steadily worked to achieve his 25th Test half-century, taking 151 balls to reach the milestone before picking up the pace.