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Sicilian Nc3, black's double trick with 5.. d5

I've encountered yet another move order trick with a6, e6, Nc6, as follows:

1. e4 c5

2. Nc3 e6

3. f4 Nc6

4. Nf3 a6 

5. g3 d5!

This is a spin on the variation presented here https://chessmood.com/course/4-anti-sicilian-with-nc3-part-4/episode/3462 where black "tricks" white to commit to Nf3 and then "threatens" to play a6 and b5, but here's there an additional trick, in that after white commits to g3, black plays d5. Note that it could also be reached by

3.. a6

4. Nf3 Nc6

5. g3 d5!?

It seems black's position is not at all bad here. Isn't it perhaps better to play 5. d4!?

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