Pakistan seal series win
Pakistan seal the two-match Test series against Australia by beating the visitors by 373 runs in the decider Test match in Abu Dhabi on day 4 itself of the match.
Australia’s short tour to the United Arab Emirates to play with Pakistan has come to its finishing stage with the conclusion of two-match Test series between both countries. The first match was ended in a dramatic draw after so much efforts from the visitors.
Following a historic Test, both teams met in Abu Dhabi to decide the series winner. Pakistan had an upper-hand over Australia throughout the game after winning the toss and elected to bat first. Australia were asked to chase a huge target of 538 with two days remaining.
In their heavy task, Australia were 47/1 at the close of play on day 3 with Finch and Head on the field. Australia started the day 4 with 491 runs behind Pakistan.
After a half-century partnership for the second wicket with Aaron Finch, Travis Head was dismissed on 36 runs after sometimes from the beginning of day 4. Head’s wicket had led to a middle order collapse for Australia like what happened in the entire series for the visitors.
The collapse resulted in the downfall of Australian batting line-up from 71/1 to 78/5. The skipper himself also returned to the pavilion without adding any run to the runs column.
Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne stayed on the field for some time that led the team to go for 145 and Starc was dismissed when the team total was on 145. Pakistan rattled the Australian tail quickly soon after the dismissal of Mitchell Starc.
As the Australian captain Tim Paine mentioned earlier, the left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja didn’t come to bat due to the injury issues around him. In the end, Australia were bowled out for only 164 in their second innings which 19 runs more than their first innings total.
Like in the first innings, Mohammad Abbas took another five-wicket haul in the second innings too and resulted in a ten-wicket haul for the fast bowler in the match. To give him company, Yasi Shah bagged three wickets.
Mohammad Abbas was awarded as the man of the match as well as the man of the series as the pacer had a dream series thus time against Australia.
Watch Abbas’s super bowling spell
Pakistan 1st Innings: 282
Fakhar Zaman 94, Sarfraz Ahmed 94
Nathan Lyon 4/78, Marnus Labuschagne 3/45
Australia 1st Innings: 145
Aaron Finch 39, Mitchell Starc 34
Mohammad Abbas 5/33, Bilal Asif 3/23
Pakistan 2nd Innings: 400/9 dec
Babar Azam 99, Sarfraz Ahmed 81
Nathan Lyon 4/135, Marnus Labuschagne 2/74
Australia 2nd Innings: 164
Travis Head 36, Aaron Finch 31
Mohammad Abbas 5/62, Yasir Shah 3/45