Australia wrap up series 2-0 with an innings and 48 run win over Pakistan in Adelaide
Australia won the two match Test series 2-0 by beating Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs to win the 2nd Test in Adelaide today.
Australia 589 – 3 dec – (David Warner 335*, Marnus Labuschagne 162; Shaheen Afridi 3-88)
Pakistan 302 (Babar Azam 97, Yasir Shah 113; Mitchell Starc 6-66) and 239 (Shan Masood 68, Asad Shafiq 57; Nathan Lyon 5-69)
Result – Australia won by an innings and 48 runs
Salim Parvez - Comment - Australia overpower Pakistan at Adelaide
With two of their stars: David Warner and Steven Smith, back to their best batting form and its high-quality pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, running through oppositions, Australia has left no one in any doubt of their hunger and ambition, by winning both its Test against Pakistan, by an innings margin. In a day-night Test at Adelaide, the home side, as expected, won the second Test by an innings and 48 runs, within four days.
The two overnight Pakistan pair – Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq – dug in to show the opposition of their resolve. Their 4th wicket stand had gone past the hundred mark when Shan mis-drove a catch off off-spinner Nathan Lyon to mid-off, thus ruining his chance of a hundred in Australia. After all the hard work and he has looked the best amongst tourists, after Babar Azam in both South Africa and now in Australia, he gifted a wicket to the opposition. An innings of 68 after facing 127 balls and hitting 8 fours and a six over long-on off Lyon, came to an end at the wrong time for Shan had worked so hard in his stay of over three hours. Pakistan desperately wanted him to go on and have a real impact but sadly it was not to be.
Asad, shortly after reaching his fifty was caught at short leg off Lyon for a personal score of 52 and half the side was back in the pavilion for only 154 on the board. Iftikhar Ahmed, being given the No.6 slot and included in the playing eleven as batting all-rounder, has not come up to expectations in Australia, after impressing in white-ball format. But again it is too easy to judge a player on the basis of a short two-Test series against a quality side in overseas conditions. Mohammad Rizwan, most critics, will agree is a good replacement for Sarfraz Ahmed, and is fully capable of holding his spot in all three international formats. Today he batted for 149 minutes and collected 45 runs with 4 fours. He was the ninth wicket to fall as Australia neared their victory.
Without being harsh on the Pakistan batsmen, having developed their skills in sub-standard domestic first-class cricket and a great number of T20 leagues all over the world, they are likely to struggle at Test level. The art of building an innings and the ability to frustrate the opposition is something very rare amongst Pakistan players. Something they can learn from batting coach, Misbah-ul-Haq and perhaps get in touch with a certain, Younis Khan.
On the fourth day it was the off-spin of Lyon that got the breakthrough Australia required to push for a victor, inside four days and his captain Tim Paine called it ‘unbelievable’ pink-ball performance. He grabbed 5-69 in 25 overs of good control of flight and drift, to once again prove his worth as a match-winning slow bowler as Pakistan were dismissed for 239 in 82 overs. He now has claimed 50 wickets in nine Tests at Adelaide and increasing his career tally to 370 from 93.
Australia - David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan - Imam ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali(c), Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Muhammad Musa, Mohammad Abbas
Start Time: 03:30
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Officials: Richard Illingworth, Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough, Shawn Craig, Jeffrey Crowe
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