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Australia hold nerve to prevent Pakistan from record chase

Mitchell Starc picked the key wicket of Asad Shafiq
Mitchell Starc picked the key wicket of Asad Shafiq

Australia 429 & 202-5 dec (Khawaja 74) beat
Pakistan 142 & 450 (Shafiq 137) by 39 runs
First Test, Brisbane, day five

Australia saw off a spirited fight from Asad Shafiq and Yasir Shah on the final day as they managed to beat Pakistan by 39 runs while defending a total of 490 runs to win the first Test in Brisbane and claim a 1-0 lead in the series.

Pakistan started the day at 382 for eight, needing 108 more runs to win. Shafiq (137) and Shah (33) started cautiously but soon became assertive and completed a 50-run stand as Australia looked nervous for the first time in the game.

The 142nd over bowled by Josh Hazlewood (0-99) saw Nathan Lyon (2-108) drop a tough chance to Shah and two deliveries later he used a review to overturn a LBW decision.

However, three overs later Mitchell Starc (4-119) had Shafiq caught with a snorter which top edged to backward point and in the final delivery of the over, Shah was run out by a direct hit from Steven Smith while he was in search of an impossible run.

Pakistan were bowled out for 450 runs, falling short of the target by 40 runs. Despite, ending on the losing side, Shafiq was awarded the man of the match with Australia taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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