PAK vs AUS: Pat Cummins tries fixing uneven area in Karachi pitch with hammer

Pat Cummins takes matter in his own hands.

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ANUBHAV SHAHI

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Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins was seen hammering the landing area of the pitch with a hammer. The area became uneven during Day 4 of the ongoing second Test match between Pakistan and Australia Test in Karachi. The deterioration around the landing area is pretty common in Tests as bowlers from both teams bowl numerous overs and land on the same area while bowling. During the ongoing game, a total of 316.3 overs were bowled at the time of the incident.

Early in the day, the Pat Cummins-led side had declared the innings at 97/2, setting Pakistan a target of 506 runs for the hosts to win. The Babar Azam-led had lost the wickets of Imam-Ul-Haq (1) and Azhar Ali (6) with the scorecard reading 21/2. Skipper Azam joined opening batter Abdullah Shafique and stitched a partnership of 93 runs after which Cummins decided to fix the landing area with a hammer.

The incident happened in the 53rd over of the innings, bowled by all-rounder Cameron Green. Generally, this task is done by the groundsmen but for some reason, the Aussie skipper decided to fix the problem on his own.

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The ongoing game has taken a new turn

Meanwhile, the ongoing game between the two sides has taken a new turn. In a quest to achieve an improbable-looking target of 506 runs, the hosts crossed the 230-run mark with eight wickets in hand. Although Pakistan’s win still looks highly unlikely, the fans across the globe are excited to see how the game pans out after Australia dominated the game for a good four days.

Batting first, Australia had amassed 556/6 declared, thanks to Usman Khawaja (160), Steven Smith (72), and Alex Carey (93). In reply, Pakistan team was bundled out for 148 with no batter scoring even a half-century. Leading by 408 runs, the Australia skipper surprisingly decided to bat. The decision received mixed reactions from the fans, with some suggesting that the 2001 Kolkata Test might have spooked the team.