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'Saved Pakistan from humiliation' - Fans heap praise on Pakistan's No. 9 Aamer Jamal for notching up brilliant half-century in 3rd Test against Australia

To everyone's surprise, Aamer Jamal and Mir Hamza showed great resistance with an 80-plus run partnership by playing more than 20 overs.

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Aamer Jamal (Source: Twitter)

Aamer Jamal (Source: Twitter)

Aamer Jamal, Mohammad Rizwan, and Pat Cummins grabbed headlines on Day 1 of the Sydney Test between Pakistan and Australia. The Australian skipper yet again wreaked havoc with a fifer to reduce Pakistan to 96/5 in 29.3 overs. Rizwan's counter-attack and Jamal's scintillating half-century helped the visitors get out of a precarious situation with a score of 313 for 10. 

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After electing to bat first, Pakistan got off to a disastrous start as both the openers returned to the pavilion within two overs without contributing anything on the scoreboard. Captain Shan Masood and Babar Azam tried to rebuild the innings, but Cummins gave the breakthrough with the wicket of the latter. The World Cup-winning skipper then removed Saud Shakeel to make things worse for Pakistan. 

However, Rizwan put up a brilliant fightback with a half-century. The wicketkeeper put on a 94-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Agha Salaman before being dismissed by Cummins. His 103-ball 88 and Salman's 67-ball 53 proved brought Pakistan back into the game. The Aussie right-arm pacer then claimed two more wickets of Sajid Khan and Hasan Ali to register his third consecutive five-wicket haul in the series. 

Aamer Jamal - an out-of-syllabus question for Australia in SCG

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With the dismissal of Salman, who scored a half-century in the Melbourne Test as well, Australia hoped to wrap up the first innings soon. But to everyone's surprise, Jamal and Mir Hamza showed great resistance with an 80-plus run partnership by playing more than 20 overs. Jamal, batting at No. 9, scored 82 runs from just 97 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes.

The all-rounder scored his maiden Test half-century and pulled Pakistan out of danger. Cummins and the rest of the Australian bowlers had no clue to dismiss the right-hander and the frustration was evident on their faces. However, in the end, star spinner Nathan Lyon found a way to get rid of him. Jamal bowed his head in disappointment at not getting a century but received a standing ovation from his teammates and the crowd for a sensational knock.

Here's how fans reacted to Aamer Jamal's valiant fifty against Australia: 

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