Australia runs through Pakistan to complete unlikely win at MCG

Australia has claimed an unlikely victory in the second Test against Pakistan, snaring nine wickets in the last two sessions of the match to win by an innings and 18 runs at the MCG.

Earlier in the day, Steve Smith declared with Australia 9-624, leading by 181 runs after their first innings and giving his attack something at which to bowl.

Pakistan then lost one wicket in a brief spurt before lunch, four more fell in the afternoon session before losing the final five after tea to be all out for 163.

After being given an awkward 70 overs to negotiate, Pakistan started terribly when opener Sami Aslam dropped a defensive stroke on to his pads and back into the stumps in the second over.

Josh Hazlewood's wicket was exactly the start Smith would have been hoping for when he declared and his other opening bowler, Mitchell Starc, made it double trouble when he trapped Babar Azam LBW with the first ball after lunch.

Struggling at 2-6, Pakistan needed Younis Khan to deliver the sort of gutsy innings he had delivered so many times in his previous 113 Tests.

He hung around for a 57-run partnership with Azhar Ali before Nathan Lyon changed the game in the 20th over.

The first ball saw Younis prod forward and send the ball into the waiting hands of Peter Handscomb at short leg.

Two balls later, Pakistan's other mainstay, captain Misbah-ul-Haq, was following his long-time teammate back up the race after top-edging a sweep around the corner to Nic Maddinson for an easy catch that he made look very awkward.

Having lost 2-0, Asad Shafiq joined Azhar in the middle, but their was to be no repeat of their 115-run partnership from the first innings as Shafiq also fell to the suddenly dangerous Lyon-Handscomb duo.

Five wickets down at tea with 37 overs to survive, Pakistan would have been optimistic of holding on with its first-innings star at the crease.

But the tourists' Azhar-based hope was extinguished when he was rapped on the pads by a rampant Hazlewood shortly after the break.

Then came Mohammad Amir, who frustrated Australia to the tune of 48 runs during Pakistan's resistance at the Gabba, but he only threatened to do so again before falling 11 off 39 balls.

Starc starts and finishes day-five dominance

It was part of a 42-run, 12-over stand alongside Sarfraz Ahmed (43) but Pakistan was out of recognised batsmen when the wicketkeeper had his stumps rearranged by Mitchell Starc three overs later.

Starc kept the fire coming, sending a delivery cannoning into Wahab Riaz's stumps in his next over, leaving Australia one wicket to get.

The final stand last just 1.3 overs before Yasir Shah chipped Starc to Jackson Bird to end the innings, ensuring Starc's success book-ended the final day.

The hosts were just 22 runs ahead to start day five, but Smith's four off the first ball of the day was a sign of things to come as they added 159 runs in just 28 overs.

Starc, not out on 7 overnight, took particular delight in belting around Pakistan's attack, breaking the record for most sixes in a Test innings at the MCG with seven.

He eventually fell 16 runs short of a maiden Test century when he holed out at square leg in pursuit of quick runs off the bowling of Sohail Khan.

Smith continued on his merry way, clobbering 65 runs off 77 balls in the morning and eventually ended the innings unbeaten on 165 — the skipper's fourth-highest Test score.

The third and final Test of the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground starts on Tuesday with Australia holding a 2-0 lead.

Aussies ring the changes for Sydney

With rumours abounding throughout day five of a spin overhaul for the SCG Test, Cricket Australia confirmed the 13-man squad after Australia's win in Melbourne.

Ashton Agar and Steve O'Keefe, both left-arm tweakers, have been brought into the squad in place of the underperforming batsman Maddinson and the unused quick Chadd Sayers.

The move will likely see Matt Wade move up the order to six, with one of Agar or O'Keefe to add a spinning all-rounder to the XI at the SCG.

Scorecard

Australia v Pakistan

Date:

26 December 2016

Match:

2nd Test

Venue:

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Start time:

09:00

Umpires:

Ian Gould / Sundaram Ravi

Toss:

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

Australia win by an innings and 18 runs

Pakistan First Innings

443 for 9 declared (126.3 overs)

Australia First Innings

624 for 8 declared (142.0 overs)

Pakistan Second Innings

163 all out (53.2 overs)

Pakistan First Innings

Runs

Mins

Balls

4s

6s

SR

Extras (1nb 5w 9lb 4b)

Total 443 for 9 declared (126.3 overs)

Sami Aslam

c Steven Smith b Nathan Lyon

9

54

41

1

0

21.95

Azhar Ali

not out

205

580

364

20

0

56.32

Babar Azam

c Steven Smith b Josh Hazlewood

23

65

43

3

0

53.49

Younis Khan

b Jackson Bird

21

72

59

1

0

35.59

Misbah-ul-Haq *

c Nic Maddinson b Jackson Bird

11

22

13

1

1

84.62

Asad Shafiq

c Steven Smith b Jackson Bird

50

180

123

4

0

40.65

Sarfraz Ahmed †

c Matthew Renshaw b Josh Hazlewood

10

37

20

1

0

50

Mohammad Amir

c Matthew Wade b Mitchell Starc

29

50

27

6

0

107.41

Sohail Khan

run out (Nic Maddinson)

65

89

65

6

4

100

Wahab Riaz

c & b Josh Hazlewood

1

8

5

0

0

20

Yasir Shah

             

 

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Econ

nb

w

Mitchell Starc

31

6

125

1

4.03

0

1

Josh Hazlewood

32.3

11

50

3

1.54

0

0

Jackson Bird

34

5

113

3

3.32

1

0

Nathan Lyon

23

1

115

1

5.00

0

0

Steven Smith

3

0

9

0

3.00

0

0

Nic Maddinson

3

0

18

0

6.00

0

0

 

Fall of wickets

Overs

18

Sami Aslam

11.3

60

Babar Azam

25.6

111

Younis Khan

42.1

125

Misbah-ul-Haq

46.5

240

Asad Shafiq

87.6

268

Sarfraz Ahmed

94.5

317

Mohammad Amir

105.1

435

Sohail Khan

124.6

443

Wahab Riaz

126.3

 

Australia First Innings

Runs

Mins

Balls

4s

6s

SR

Extras (13nb 1w 12lb 1b)

Total 624 for 8 declared (142.0 overs)

Matthew Renshaw

b Yasir Shah

10

59

40

1

0

25

David Warner

c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz

144

232

143

17

1

100.7

Usman Khawaja

c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz

97

227

165

13

0

58.79

Steven Smith *

not out

165

407

246

13

1

67.07

Peter Handscomb

c Sami Aslam b Sohail Khan

54

105

90

8

0

60

Nic Maddinson

b Yasir Shah

22

78

55

2

0

40

Matthew Wade †

c Asad Shafiq b Sohail Khan

9

37

27

0

0

33.33

Mitchell Starc

c Asad Shafiq b Sohail Khan

84

128

91

3

7

92.31

Nathan Lyon

c & b Yasir Shah

12

8

8

2

0

150

Josh Hazlewood

             

Jackson Bird

             

 

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Econ

nb

w

Mohammad Amir

33

6

91

0

2.76

1

1

Sohail Khan

31

7

131

3

4.23

0

0

Yasir Shah

41

2

207

3

5.05

0

0

Wahab Riaz

32

5

147

2

4.59

12

0

Azhar Ali

5

0

35

0

7.00

0

0

 

Fall of wickets

Overs

46

Matthew Renshaw

13.1

244

David Warner

48.5

282

Usman Khawaja

62.1

374

Peter Handscomb

85.4

433

Nic Maddinson

104.3

454

Matthew Wade

111.3

608

Mitchell Starc

140.1

624

Nathan Lyon

141.6

 

Pakistan Second Innings

Runs

Mins

Balls

4s

6s

SR

Extras (2nb 0w 5lb 4b)

Total 163 all out (53.2 overs)

Sami Aslam

b Josh Hazlewood

2

8

8

0

0

25

Azhar Ali

lbw Josh Hazlewood

43

156

112

3

0

38.39

Babar Azam

lbw Mitchell Starc

3

12

6

0

0

50

Younis Khan

c Peter Handscomb b Nathan Lyon

24

67

37

2

0

64.86

Misbah-ul-Haq *

c Nic Maddinson b Nathan Lyon

0

4

2

0

0

0

Asad Shafiq

c Peter Handscomb b Nathan Lyon

16

41

31

1

0

51.61

Sarfraz Ahmed †

b Mitchell Starc

43

95

62

4

0

69.35

Mohammad Amir

b Jackson Bird

11

55

39

1

0

28.21

Sohail Khan

not out

10

34

17

2

0

58.82

Wahab Riaz

b Mitchell Starc

0

8

5

0

0

0

Yasir Shah

c Jackson Bird b Mitchell Starc

0

12

3

0

0

0

 

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Econ

nb

w

Mitchell Starc

15.2

4

36

4

2.35

0

0

Josh Hazlewood

13

3

39

2

3.00

0

0

Jackson Bird

11

2

46

1

4.18

2

0

Nathan Lyon

14

4

33

3

2.36

0

0

 

Fall of wickets

Overs

3

Sami Aslam

1.4

6

Babar Azam

4.1

63

Younis Khan

19.1

63

Misbah-ul-Haq

19.3

89

Asad Shafiq

29.5

101

Azhar Ali

34.4

143

Mohammad Amir

46.5

153

Sarfraz Ahmed

49.6

159

Wahab Riaz

51.5

163

Yasir Shah

53.2

 

Author: 
www.abc.net.au