Pakistan tour of Australia 2016

AUSTRALIA v PAKISTAN

2nd Test, Melbourne

Pakistan tour of Australia keeps bringing in unlikely wins. Australia again beat Pakistan, this time with more precision in the Boxing Day Test, not to mention the lost 141 overs due to rain.

Batting first, Pakistan put up 443 on the board, with in-form Azhar Ali’s shining double hundred. Asad Shafiq’s 50 and Sohail Khan’s quick 65 off 65 in the end put Pakistan on 443-9 before they declared the first innings. Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird were on the peak of wickets, with 3 each.

Australia in their reply put up 624 before they declared after the loss of 8 wickets, making it the highest Test total at Melbourne. Second wicket partnership of Warner-Khawaja added 198 before Warner was dismissed for 144. But, it wasn’t over yet!

Steve Smith celebrates his 150. He was unbeaten at 165 and was awarded man of the match ©Getty Images
Steve Smith celebrates his 150. He was unbeaten at 165 and was awarded man of the match
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Skipper Steve Smith made an outstanding 165 not out. Pairing with Peter Handscomb added 92, and the most important one, with Mitchell Starc another 154, which took the Aussies past the 600 run mark.

From the very beginning of the second innings, Pakistan was unstable. On the other hand, Australia after extending their total to 600 plus, were confident and knew that a couple of early wickets would give them the edge. And so they did!

Mitchell Starc performed both with bat and ball ©Cricket Australia/Getty Images
Mitchell Starc performed both with bat and ball
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Pakistan was half way down at just 89. Hazlewood and Starc initiated the crack and Nathan Lyon brilliantly enhanced it. He picked up 3 wickets of Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq in quick succession. After Azhar Ali departed for 43, last remaining nail was Sarfraz Ahmed. Starc knocked him off at 43 with a brilliant reverse swing.

In the end Pakistan was all out 18 runs short of the Aussies’ 624, which brings Australia another great Test win by an innings and 18 runs. They lead the series by 2-0. Man of the match was none other than the Aussie skipper Steve Smith.

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