Steve Smith scored 59 and 27 in the third Test vs Pakistan.© AFP
Australian batsman Steve Smith on Thursday set the fastest record to reach 8000 Test runs, reaching one innings faster than Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara. Smith achieved success during Australia’s second round in the ongoing Third Test against Pakistan in Lahore. Sangakkara took 152 innings to reach the landmark, while Smith got there in the 151st lap. In terms of matches, the Australian batsman got there faster, taking 85 matches compared to Sangakkara’s 91 matches.
Legendary hitter Sachin Tendulkar has taken 154 beats to achieve that break.
New world record for Steve Smith!
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In the match, Smith scored 59 and 27 points as Australia put Pakistan a 351 target to win in the series.
Half a century of Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green and Alex Carey along with Smith helped the visitors record 391 in their first half. Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah each took four wickets.
Pakistan then looked good in their first essay, but Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc did a stunning fall that saw them fold for 268. Cummins claimed five wickets, while Starc took four.
Khawaja, who made 91 in the first half, went on to score a second -century goal in the series as he finished unbeaten at 104 in Australia’s second leg with a bat, while David Warner got a 51 fine as the visitors declared 227/3, setting Pakistan 351 for win.
In return, Pakistan reached 73/0 at Stumps on Day 4, needing 278 more runs to win. Imam-ul-Haq grabbed 42, while Abdullah Shafique on 27.
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