Pak vs Aus: Australia thumped Pakistan with Lyon’s five-wheel sweep
MELBOURNE: Australia slammed Pakistan on Monday to win the innings and 48 runs as spinning king Nathan Lyon snarled five wickets, including dangerous half-century makers Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq. To paraphrase it, press the Quill It button on the right.
At the dinner break in Adelaide, Pakistan was 229 for eight — still having to score another 58 to make the hosts beat again.
Pakistan resumed Day 4 on Precarious 39 for three, with Masood not out of 14 and Shafiq out of 8 after being bowled out for 302 in their first innings and forced to follow.
It was followed by Australia’s mammoth 589 for three declared, built around David Warner’s exceptional 335 not out — the 10th highest test score of all time.
Needing 248 to make Australia fight again and avoid a second consecutive innings defeat, they made a decent effort to reach the milestone. Mohammad Rizwan was not out of 40 in his third test. Masood did 68 and Shafiq did 57.
While Lyon extracted some life from the pitch, it offered little to the fast bowlers of Australia who were made to work. They will soon be able to take the new pink ball, and with the lights coming on, they should be given more favorable conditions to finish the job.
Masood, who was modeled on England’s Alastair Cook, had some brilliant strokes, including six off Lyon, as he assumed a leading role after Babar Azam and Captain Azhar Ali had dropped cheaply on Sunday night.
His sixth Test 50, in his 17th Test, arrived at the boundary of Lyon, his sixth, four, before he chipped the spinner to the middle of the test, where Mitchell Starc picked up an easy catch.Shafiq, who has 12 Hundreds of Tests in his name, proved to be Masood’s equal and raised his 25th half-century with a single off Josh Hazlewood.
Shafiq, who has 12 Hundreds of Tests in his name, proved to be Masood’s equal and raised his 25th half-century with a single off Josh Hazlewood.
But Lyon struck again, with Shafiq getting a thin edge to a flying ball that was carried to Warner by slip, before he removed Iftikhar Ahmed, who was caught in a short leg by Marnus Labuschagne for a 27th fight.
Surprise first-innings century-maker Yasir Shah was unable to repeat the heroics and was Lyon’s next victim, out of the lbw for 13 after a review.
Shaheen Afridi was his fifth, caught halfway through Hazlewood on the last ball before dinner, with Australia on the cusp of inflicting another heavy loss on Pakistan after their innings and five runs of defeat in the first two-test series at Brisbane.
Pakistan was defeated in 13 consecutive Australian shore tests.