Australia versus Pakistan snapshot

Steve Larkin
Yasir Shah scored his maiden Test century in a rare highlight for Pakistan on another tough day

AUSTRALIA v PAKISTAN, FIRST TEST, DAY 3:

Score: Australia 3(dec)-589 versus Pakistan 302 and 3-39

Summary: Australia have continued their dominance despite stubborn first-innings resistance from Pakistani bats Babar Azam (97) and Yasir Shah (113). The Aussies enforced the follow-on and then made inroads to sit on the cusp of a win for a 2-0 series sweep.

Man of the moment: Pakistan's Shah. Apologies to Australian quick Mitchell Starc, who took his second-best Test figures of 6-66 in the tourist's first dig, but Shah's maiden Test century lifts his nation from cricket's doldrums. Shah averaged 12 and had a top-score of 42 when he went out to bat at No.8. But, aided by some tardy fielding, he became the oldest Pakistani to score a maiden Test century.

Key moment: Babar's second dismissal of the day-night. He'd followed his 104 in the second innings in Brisbane with 97 in the first dig in Adelaide and loomed as the man able to stall Australia's victory push. But Babar, on eight, edged a Josh Hazlewood delivery to the 'keeper and any hope of a Pakistan miracle survival went with him.

Stat of the day: Six. The number of times Australia has enforced the follow-on from 27 chances since 2004.

Quote of the day: "We're seven wickets away from another Test match victory so another really positive day." Australian paceman Starc.