The Sydney crowd was waiting to see David Warner bat. But Pakistan has messed up. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat.
But there was no difference in Pakistan’s fortunes. After losing the first two Tests, the team on the contrary presented a record of shame never seen before in the history of cricket.
Pakistan captain Shan Masood is not at fault. Australia’s captain Pat Cummins used to bat if he won the toss as wicket batting is helpful, ‘it looks like a good wicket, the sun is shining today It’s rare to go down with the same XI for three consecutive games, but everyone is in good rhythm. David loves to bat in Sydney and I am sure the crowd will give him strong support. I hope I can make this match memorable for him.’
But Pakistan’s openers have done an unprecedented feat on such a good wicket. Abdullah Shafiq was dismissed by Mitchell Starc on the second ball of the day. Shafiq returns for zero runs by taking a catch at second slip outside the off stump.
Debutant Sayyum Ayyub also got out playing two balls. Ayyub took the catch in Hazlewood’s next over. Wicketkeeper Alex Carey jumps to take the catch. Pakistan lost two wickets for 4 runs. But both the openers got out for zero runs.
This is the first time since the 1981-82 season that both Pakistan’s openers were dismissed for no runs in the tour of Australia.
But the original record happened otherwise. The Sydney Test is the first Test of 2024. And both openers returned for zero runs in the first innings of that Test. In the 147-year history of Tests, such a thing has never happened in the first innings of the first Test of the year. The two Pakistani openers gave that taste this time.
After such a start, Pakistan lost 4 wickets for 47 runs. They also lost the fifth wicket before 100 runs. Mohammad Rizwan took the team to a good position on the counter attack. But Rizwan, who scored 88 runs off 103 balls, was caught on the boundary while pulling Cummins. Pakistan lost 4 wickets out of 37 runs. Aamer Jamal (38*) scored a solo 250 in the last wicket for the visitors who lost 9 wickets for 227 runs.