As long as Mohammad Rizwan was on the wicket, it looked like Pakistan might win the match. Rizwan was batting comfortably with Agha Salman for the target of 317 runs given by Australia. Pakistan crossed two hundred with the responsible batting of the two. It was then that Rizwan suffered a ‘controversial’ dismissal on a superb delivery by Pat Cummins.
Pakistan could not handle that shock. Dhas in the lower order after Rizwan’s dismissal. The last four batsmen could not open the account of runs. Another 18 runs were added to Pakistan’s scoreboard thanks to Salman alone. The innings of the visitors stopped at 237 runs. Australia won the Melbourne Test by 79 runs and won the series.
Rizwan’s ‘controversial’ dismissal in talks over Australia’s win The Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed behind the wicket by Australian captain Cummins’ full length ball. But the field umpire did not give Rizwan out first. The Pakistani batsman also looked confident thinking that the ball did not hit the bat or gloves.
Cummins takes the review for the out. The TV replay showed that the ball hit the wristband of Rizwan’s glove. TV umpire Richard Illingworth declared it out. Meanwhile, Rizwan’s eyes and face showed dissatisfaction. The Pakistani batsman also spoke to the on-field umpire Joel Wilson.
Former umpire Simon Tofel said to Australia’s Channel Seven about Rizwan’s out, ‘(Sneekometer) spike is seen. That means, the wristband attached to the glove provides proper evidence of the impact. It is clear from my position that the third umpire, Richard Illingworth, had enough evidence to overturn the (on-field) decision.’
Cummins has seen a great milestone on the wicket of Rizwan. It was the Australian captain’s 250th Test wicket. Cummins got two more wickets later. After the first innings in the Melbourne Test, he also took five wickets in the second innings. With this, Cummins made a record of ten wickets in one match for the second time in Tests.
With the out of Rizwan, the match has practically ended for Pakistan. However, the visitors may have kept some hope as Salman was on the wicket. But with the departure of Salman, who scored 50 runs from 70 balls as the ninth batsman, that lamp of hope was also extinguished.
Earlier this morning, Australia, who started the day with 187 for 6, scored 262 before being bowled out in the second innings, thanks to Alex Carey. He got fifty (53 runs). `
Pakistan’s target is 317 runs. In reply, Babar Azam made a partnership of 61 runs with captain Shan Masood (60) for the third wicket for Pakistan, who lost two openers Imam and Shafiq for 49 runs. However, Masood returned before the tea break, and Babar (41) was also out after the tea break before the team’s runs crossed the 150. Soon after Saud Shakeel got out, Pakistan’s score stood at 5/162.
From there, Pakistan started seeing hope again in the pair of Rizwan and Salman. But the umpire’s controversial decision dismissed Rizwan (35) leaving the team at 219, after which Pakistan were bowled out within 18 runs.
After Rizwan, Aamer Jamal got out leaving the team at 219 on the scoreboard, then Pakistan lost the last three wickets in four balls to reach 237 runs on the scoreboard.