The relief that Azhar Ali’s double ton gave Pakistan didn’t lost long as David Warner and Steve Smith’s tons put Australia right back on the top. Yet, rain has saved Pakistan in many ways by washing out quite a lot overs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia ended day 4 at 465 for the loss of 6 wickets, but the interesting part in it is the rate at which they have scored these runs. After ending day 3 with a run rate of closely 5 an over, they played a little cautiously, yet the a tad above 4 an over.
Usman Khawaja missed out on a well deserved century by three runs as he nicked the ball attempting to drive Wahab Riaz’s ball wide outside off-stump. Nic Maddinson’s disastrous run continues as he failed yet again with the bat, but from here, a result is something which might not occur.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Smith’s ton and Australia’s brilliant batting performance.
R.I.P M. Amir, R.I.P Pakistani bowling attack. #AUSvPAK ??
— Newton of Karachi (@newtonofkarachi) December 29, 2016
Would love to see Smith declare overnight and say to Pakistan let's make a game of it being the last day and hopefully get a result#AUSvPAK
— Harry MacDougall (@HarryMacDougall) December 29, 2016
— Ian Ransom (@MyRansomNotes) December 29, 2016
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) December 29, 2016
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 29, 2016
Azhar Ali got hit on the helmet but is fine,no injury. #AusvPak
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) December 29, 2016
Congrats Stevs Smith for his 17 th test ton…
Best test batsmen on charge
— Steve Smith FC (@stevesmith49_FC) December 29, 2016
Australia v Pakistan: Steve Smith makes hay while the sun shines https://t.co/yQOSbHVt0V
— Sandra Sully (@Sandra_Sully) December 29, 2016
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 29, 2016
Steve Smith to resume on 100 in Melbourne tomorrow – It is his 17th Test century.
— Andre Bloem (@SportswaveAndre) December 29, 2016
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) December 29, 2016