Pakistan have fought hard in the final session from day one of the third Test after an 84-run 10th wicket partnership between Aamir Jamal and Mir Hamza.
Pat Cummins‘ first five-wicket haul at the SCG in Test cricket had the tourists at 9-227 but Jamal’s 82 brought plenty of respectability to the total of 313.
Australia’s short-pitched bowling tactic came under the microscope during that final partnership despite the side removing Mohammad Rizwan, Salman Ali Agha, Sajid Khan and Hasan Ali with the strategy.
“Look at that partnership … that’s going to hurt Australia, it must be hurting them now,” Pakistan legend Wasim Akram said on Fox Cricket.
Kerry O’Keeffe suggested the short-pitched bowling tactic from Australia was the wrong one.
“I think Australia will look at their tactics when he came out to the crease and think we may have got this a little wrong,” he said.
“This wasn’t scripted,” he added later on before Jamal’s dismissal.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat in the New Year’s Test and were off to a shocking start at 2-4 with both openers gone for ducks.
The tourists continued to build small partnerships but Australia’s fast bowlers continued to cause havoc and had them 5-96 at one stage.
Rizwan was able to wrestle back momentum and score 88 but he became Cummins’ third wicket before another collapse put the score at 9-227 with the Australian captain claiming his third five-wicket haul in a row.
However, Jamal went on to score the highest score of his career and get Pakistan over 300.
With the tourists bowled out late in the day, that left one over for the Aussies to combat as David Warner and Usman Khawaja walked out for their final Test innings together.
Pakistan captain Shan Masood organised a guard of honour for the retiring Warner before, in typical fashion, he scored six runs off the final over of the day.