Australia unleashed a dazzling display of cricketing brilliance at the Sydney Cricket Ground, turning the tide against Pakistan in the ongoing third Test. Despite a slightly shaky performance with the bat, the spotlight shifted to the formidable bowling prowess of Josh Hazlewood. The right-arm seamer’s phenomenal spell of 5-2-9-4, coupled with the rarity of a triple maiden over, left cricket enthusiasts in awe. This extraordinary performance showcased Hazlewood’s out-of-the-box skills and dealt a severe blow to Pakistan’s aspirations of a consolatory win in the final match of the captivating three-game series.
Josh Hazlewood’s triple wicket maiden over
The spectacle unfolded when Hazlewood took charge of the second-to-last over of Day 3, delivering a cricketing masterpiece. The first victim was Saud Shakeel, who succumbed to a perfectly pitched fuller delivery outside off. Attempting to drive, the left-hander edged the ball, resulting in a seamless catch by Steve Smith at first slip. Hazlewood’s third delivery showcased sheer brilliance, as a seaming good-length delivery dismantled Sajid Khan‘s stumps, leaving the right-hander with no chance.
The third and final scalp of the remarkable over featured Agha Salman, who, attempting a drive to a good-length ball that was channelling off, edged it straight to the second slip, where David Warner showcased impeccable reflexes by grabbing the red leather.
Here is the video:
What a over from Josh Hazlewood
Destroyed Pakistan’s batting line-up in one over ⚡️⚡️⚡️. See you tomorrow at SCG We hope that tomorrow will be the last day of test match 😜#AUSvPAK #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/EcDnNUT7kx
— Aussies Army🏏🦘 (@AussiesArmy) January 5, 2024
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Pakistan in big trouble at the end of Day 3
The Shan Masood-led side faced a formidable challenge after Day 3, finding themselves in a precarious position with a score of 68/7. The batting lineup encountered significant struggles, with only Sam Ayub, who notched up a valiant 33, and Babar Azam, who contributed 23 runs to the tally.
Notably, no other batter managed to reach double figures, amplifying the team’s predicament. As the day drew to a close, Muhammad Rizwan (6) and Aamer Jamal (0) stood unbeaten at the crease, facing an uphill battle to steer their team out of the challenging situation in the upcoming sessions.
- 1 Josh Hazlewood’s triple wicket maiden over
- 2 Pakistan in big trouble at the end of Day 3