Pakistan Claim 221-Run Win Over Australia

Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq has now led Pakistan to 13 Test victories as captain
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Pakistan 454 & 286-2 declared beat
Australia 303 & 216 by 221 runs
First Test, Dubai
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They had to wait longer than they might have expected, but Pakistan prevailed on the final day of the first Test in Dubai and beat Australia by 221 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

Australia resumed the day on 59 for four but took the game into the final session thanks to Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson hitting gutsy half-centuries.

Smith made 55 in 175 balls and Johnson 61 in 127 and they added 65 together for the eighth wicket.

However, their efforts proved to be in vain as Pakistan spinners Zulfiqar Babar (5-74) and Yasir Shah (4-50) delivered for their side.

Australia were eventually bowled out for 216 in 91.1 overs having been set a target of 438 to win.

Smith and Chris Rogers (43 in 131 balls) eked out the runs in the morning session and they almost took Australia past three figures before Pakistan struck for the first time in the day.

Imran Khan - the only quick bowler to strike in the fourth innings - delivered a yorker that beat Rogers and Australia had only just got past 100 when Mitchell Marsh (3) was the first of Zulfiqar's victims on the day.

He pushed with hard hands and was caught by Azhar Ali at silly point and Zulfiqar struck again soon after to bowl Brad Haddin for a 10-ball duck.

Australia took lunch at 117 for seven but Smith and Johnson resisted everything Pakistan had in the afternoon session until leg-spinner Yasir had him caught at short leg by Asad Shafiq.

At tea, Australia were 196 for eight with Peter Siddle alongside Johnson but after the break, Pakistan - who had spurned opportunities earlier in the day - made the crucial breakthroughs.

Yasir floated one up which Johnson missed and after dragging his foot forward, Sarfraz Ahmed whipped off the bails to stump him, bringing to an end a fine innings which included six fours and a six.

And Pakistan finally wrapped up their win when Siddle (15) swung hard at Zulfiqar, inside-edged onto his pads and was smartly caught by Azhar.

Inevitably, desperately, he reviewed the decision but Pakistan had already started celebrating by the time the on-field decision was officially upheld.

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