Pakistan’s collapse was even more incredible given that the Australian bowlers failed to take a wicket in the previous 619 deliveries before Nathan Lyon retired Imam-Ul-Haq for 20.
From there, five wickets came in 76 balls.
Despite the breakthrough, Pat Cummins pulled Lyon out of the attack and resisted the temptation to give Swepson more overs in a shrewd captaincy. His decision to play Pakistan again later in the day was the right decision as Usman Khawaja (35) Marnus Labuschagne (37) added salt to Pakistan’s wounds.
Australia orchestrated their best session of this series as Starc knocked out centenary first Test scorer Azhar Ali for 14, thanks to a terrific catch from Cameron Green on the second slip that flew off the edge, before trapping the n °5 Fawad Alam up front with a scorching in-swinging delivery.
Pakistan lost 3-15 in six overs, dropping from 1-45 to 4-60.
When Cummins found Mohammad Rizwan’s batting edge for six and Green retired Faheem Ashraf LBW for four, Australia had tightened their grip on the series.
The wickets continued to fall as Starc took Sajid Khan (5) behind for his third wicket before Marnus Labuschagne exploited the frustration of rushing for a duck by throwing the stumps and ensuring that Hasan Ali (0 ) is taken well below its ground.
Australia were expected to favor their spinners on day three, but the reverse swing became a potent weapon when Swepson was put on the ice.
However, the moment Swepson had dreamed of all his life came on the ball one of his sixth.
With Babar well placed on 36, the Pakistani captain attempted to throw a Swepson leg spinner that dipped and spun just enough.
Babar was beaten in flight and skied a hold to Khawaja, who ran and seized his chance with great delight.
Australia have never won a Test in Karachi in eight attempts (five defeats and three draws) but assured Pakistan will need a miracle to stave off victory.
Earlier, Australia added a quick shot 51 runs from 54 balls before declaring 9-556.
Swepson’s day began to plan as the No. 11 competed with an unbeaten 15th before being introduced at 13th.
It was a nervous but orderly start, however, the Queenslander’s moment in the hot Karachi sun came next.
With Swepson on the prowl for the short third man, Pakistan attempted to sneak a single with Abdullah Shafique running all the way out of danger.
The spinner ran quickly, picked up the ball with one hand, before unleashing a rocket launch that crashed into the stumps with Shafique well below his ground.
Delight was written all over Swepson’s face as his teammates rushed over to celebrate a moment he will never forget.
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