Perth Test
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Perth Test- Australia decided to conclude their second innings at 233-5 during the first Test against Pakistan in Perth, putting the visitors in pursuit of a 450-run target. Day four began with the hosts at 84-2, and the declaration followed soon after lunch, coinciding with opener Usman Khawaja’s dismissal at 90. Mitchell Marsh remained unbeaten at 63 when skipper Pat Cummins made the strategic decision. Pakistan’s Khurram Shahzad stood out among the bowlers with figures of 3-45. Pakistan has been unsuccessful in securing a victory in a Test match in Australia since the year 1995.

In earlier play, Khawaja and Marsh formed a formidable partnership, steering Australia to a commanding lead. Khawaja fought valiantly, ending unbeaten at 68, while Marsh contributed 42 runs in their 79-run partnership.Perth Test

Despite a challenging pitch with emerging cracks, Khurram Shahzad, an impressive debutant, secured a breakthrough by dismissing Steve Smith for 45 with a delivery that nipped back. Travis Head replaced Smith but fell for 14 with a misjudged drive. Both Marsh and Khawaja survived reviews during an intense over by Aamer Jamal. Marsh played aggressively, hitting sixes off Jamal and spinner Agha Salman, while surviving a scare when skipper Shan Masood dropped a straightforward catch at mid-off.

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