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Australia v Pakistan day three snapshot

AAP logoAAP 17/12/2016 Laine Clark

AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN 1ST TEST, DAY THREE:

* Score: Pakistan 2-70 and 142 v Australia 429 and 5(dec)-202

* Man of the moment: Steve Smith. The Australian skipper's one-day form has officially rubbed off in Tests. He added 63 on Saturday to his first-innings 130 to hit a ton and half-century in the same Test for the seventh time. Only four other batsmen have done it more times.

* Key moment: Smith opts not to enforce the follow-on with a 287-run first-innings lead. Instead, he declares Australia's second innings after the dinner interval to set a world-record victory target of 490.

* Stat of the day: 7-236 - the highest successful Test run chase at the Gabba. Australia pulled it off in 1951 against the West Indies.

* Summary: Pakistan showed more fight on Saturday night under lights. But few would back the visitors to show much more resistance on day four, especially if it reaches the evening session. Pakistan lost seven wickets on Friday night, resuming their first innings at 8-97 on day three before being bowled out by tea. Half-centuries by Smith and Usman Khawaja (74) kept Australia's foot on the throat before the declaration sent an undoubtedly anxious Pakistan back out under the lights.

Quote of the day: "I've never seen anything like it. He's Queensland's new favourite son - me and (Matt) Renshaw are gone but it's awesome how they have been getting behind him." - Khawaja on the Gabba cult-hero status of Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.

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