Australia complete 3-0 series whitewash against Pakistan after massive win in Sydney
Australia 538-8 dec & 241-2 dec (Khawaja 79no) beat
Pakistan 315 & 244 (Sarfraz 72no) by 220 runs
Third Test, Sydney, day five
A collective effort from the Australian bowlers saw them dismiss Pakistan for 244 in the final innings and register a massive 220-run victory in the third and final Test in Sydney, thereby completing a 3-0 series victory.
Azhar Ali (11) failed to add any to his overnight score as he chipped a simple return catch back to Josh Hazlewood (3-29) in the first over of the day.
Babar Azam (9) started his innings with a lot of promise but he soon became Hazlewood's second victim when he was trapped LBW in the fifth over of the day.
The wickets continued to tumble for Pakistan in the first hour as Younis Khan (13) tried to give Nathan Lyon (2-100) a charge, only to be caught at mid on by Hazlewood.
Yasir Shah (13) and Misbah-ul-Haq (38) offered some resistance playing out 14 overs between them but Steve O'Keefe (3-53) opened his account in the second innings when he had the nightwatchman caught at gully. Shah had played out 93 deliveries.
Asad Shafiq (30) hit a couple of boundaries to take Pakistan past the 100-run mark but was dropped by Steven Smith in the 47th over bowled by Mitchell Starc (1-57), though it was a tough one. Pakistan ended the session at 128 for five.
It took Australia five overs in the second session to break the 40-run stand when Shafiq dragged a delivery from Starc on to the stumps.
Misbah and Sarfraz Ahmed (72 not out) were given hard time by Hazlewood and in his bowling the latter was dropped by Bird at gully. The boundaries started to come once the spinners and Misbah struck his first six off O'Keefe in the 69th over.
Just when the pair brought the 50-run stand, Misbah tried to hit one down the ground and miscued it to Lyon at mid off.
Wahab Riaz (12) signalled his intention with three consecutive boundaries off Lyon but was dismissed in the next over bowled by O'Keefe. Australia had to use a review to overturn a caught behind decision. Even though the hot spot showed nothing, snicko confirmed a faint edge to leave Pakistan reeling at 201 for seven.
Sarfraz kept the fight going and completed his fifty off 61 deliveries. After Mohammad Amir (5) was run out, Sarfraz struck into Lyon and smashed him for three fours and a six in the 80th over.
Australia straightaway took the second new ball and Hazlewood got his third wicket when Imran Khan (0) edged one to the gully as Pakistan were bowled for 244. The 220-run win has completed a 3-0 series win for Australia.
David Warner bagged the man of the match award for his century and fifty while Smith was named the man of the series.
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