AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN IN UAE, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Mitchell Marsh hit 17 fours en route to his 8th first-class hundred © Getty
Mitchell Marsh’s splendid 162 highlighted the third day’s play in the practice match between Pakistan A and Australia at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Monday (October 3). Australia added 287 runs in the day for the loss of two wickets, thereby taking complete control of the match with a 216-run lead and a day to go.
Australia didn’t lose any wickets in the morning session, allowing Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh to put on 207 runs for the third wicket. Shaun was bowled by Iftikhar Ahmed on 97 early in the second session, thereby ending an innings that encompassed 13 fours.
Mitchell hit 17 fours during what was his 8th first-class hundred, and continued to bat through the session with Travis Head for company – latter remaining unbeaten on 90 at stumps to push his case for a Test debut. The 24-year-old was also among first-class runs during the recently concluded two-match series against India A.
Pakistan A looked blunt throughout the day, paying the price for fielding a side with no specialist spinners. Part-time spinners Ifthikhar Ahmed and Asad Shafiq bowled 54 overs between them for the lone wicket of Shaun Marsh.
Mitchell Marsh fell early in the third session, caught by Asad Shafiq off the bowling of Waqas Maqsood, but Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne (39*) sailed Australia through the rest of the evening session, plundering 108 runs in total during the period.
Brief Scores: Pakistan A 278 (Abid Ali 85; Nathan Lyon 8-103) trail Australia 494/4 (Mitchell Marsh 162, Shaun Marsh 94, Head 90*; Iftikhar Ahmed 2-149) by 216 runs