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Pakistan collapse dramatically to lose series against Australia

Mitchell Starc picked four wickets on the final day
Mitchell Starc picked four wickets on the final day
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Australia 624-8 dec (Smith 165no) beat
Pakistan 443-9 dec & 163 (Starc 4-36) by an innings and 18 runs
Second Test, Melbourne, day five
Scorecard

Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon shared seven wickets between them as Australia managed to wrap Pakistan for 163 in the final innings and secure an innings victory in the second Test in Melbourne, thereby claiming the series 2-0.

Pakistan started their second innings, 181 runs behind Australia. The very second over of the innings, Josh Hazlewood (2-39) castled Sami Aslam (2) as Pakistan went into lunch at six for one.

The first over of the second session saw Babar Azam (3) trapped LBW by Starc (4-36). His usage of a review went in vain as well.

Younis Khan (24) and Azhar Ali (43) offered some resistance with their 57-run stand but the 20th over bowled by Nathan Lyon (3-33) changed the complexion of the game.

Younis was caught at short leg while Misbah-ul-Haq (0) had another failure when he was caught at fine leg in an attempt to sweep the off-spinner. Pakistan were 63 for four at that stage.

Ali and Asad Shafiq (16) prevented the slide of wickets and negated another 10 overs of play before the latter became Lyon's third victim when he was caught brilliantly by Peter Handscomb at short leg. Pakistan were 91 for five when the second session ended.

Ali's fight came to an when Hazlewood trapped him LBW in the 35th over. Sarfraz Ahmed (43) decided to be positive with an intention to wipe out the deficit and his 42-run partnership with Mohammad Amir (11) gave a lot of hope to the visitors.

However, Amir was castled by Jackson Bird (1-46) when 17 overs were remaining in the day and from there on Starc produced a brilliant display of swing bowling to dismiss Sarfraz, Wahab Riaz (0) and Yasir Shah (0) in quick succession and secured a victory by an innings and 18 runs for Australia. They now have claimed the series 2-0 with a game to go.

Earlier, Australia started the day at 465 for six. Starc (84) looked in ominous form as he raced to run a ball 34 after plundering four sixes. Steven Smith (165 not out), who was named the man of the match, held one end up firmly as Starc completed his fifty with two boundaries in the 132nd over.

The 133rd over by Ali (0-35) saw Sohail Khan (3-131) dropping a sitter to hand Starc a reprieve. Smith also completed his 150 with a six and the onslaught from the duo came to an end when Starc mistimed one to deep square leg off Sohail.

Australia eventually declared their innings at 624 for eight.

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