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Pakistan vs Australia: Steve Smith sets huge record in 3rd Test against Pakistan | Cricket News


Steve Smith scored 59 and 27 in the third Test against Pakistan.© AFP

Australian batsman Steve Smith on Thursday set the record for the fastest time to reach 8,000 Test runs, and got there one innings faster than Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara. Smith reached the milestone during Australia’s second innings of the ongoing third Test against Pakistan in Lahore. Sangakkara took 152 innings to reach the landmark, while Smith arrived there in his 151st. In terms of matches, the Australian batsman got there much faster and took 85 matches compared to Sangakkara’s 91.

Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar took 154 strokes to reach the milestone.

In the match, Smith scored scores of 59 and 27 when Australia set Pakistan a target of 351 to win in the series decider.

Half-centuries of Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green and Alex Carey along with those of Smith helped the visitors score 391 in their first innings. Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah each took four wickets.

Pakistan then looked good in their first draft, but Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc caused an astonishing collapse that left them folding for 268. Cummins claimed a five-wicket haul while Starc took four.

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Khawaja, who made 91 in the first innings, went on to score his second century of the series when he finished unbeaten at 104 in Australia’s second heat with the bat, while David Warner hit a good 51 as the visitors on 227/3. Pakistan 351 set to win.

In return, Pakistan reached 73/0 on Stumps on Day 4, which needed another 278 runs to win. Imam-ul-Haq batted at 42, while Abdullah Shafique was at 27.

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