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Australia win third Test to claim historic series against Pakistan

Australia win third Test to claim historic series against Pakistan
March 25, 2022 Web Desk

LAHORE (AFP) - Australia claimed a historic victory against Pakistan on Friday, taking the three-Test series 1-0 with a 115-run win on the fifth day of the last match in Lahore.

Australia are in Pakistan for the first time since 1998, having previously refused to tour over security fears.

Jubilant crowds of Pakistani cricket lovers have flocked to stadiums in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore throughout the series in full support of both Pakistan and Australia, undeterred by the presence of heavy security.

The first two Tests ended in draws.

Set a challenging 351-run target in the final test, Pakistan were bowled out for 235 with Imam-ul-Haq scoring 70 and skipper Babar Azam 55.

The hosts lost their last five wickets for just 22 runs, spinner Nathan Lyon finishing with 5-83 in an excellent show of spin bowling while skipper Pat Cummins took 3-21.

SCOREBOARD

Australia 1st innings 391 (U. Khawaja 91, C. Green 79, A. Carey 67, S. Smith 59; Naseem Shah 4-58, Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-79)

Pakistan 1st innings 268 (Abdullah Shafique 81, Azhar Ali 78, Babar Azam 67; P. Cummins 5-56, M. Starc 4-33)

Australia 2nd innings 227-3 dec (U. Khawaja 104 not out)

Pakistan 2nd innings

Abdullah Shafique c Carey b Green       27

Imam-ul-Haq c Labuschagne b Lyon      70

Azhar Ali c Smith b Lyon                         17

Babar Azam c Smith b Lyon                    55

Fawad Alam lbw b Cummins                   11

Mohammad Rizwan lbw b Cummins        0

Sajid Khan c Khawaja b Starc                 21

Nauman Ali not out                                  1

Hasan Ali b Lyon                                     13

Shaheen Shah Afridi c Swepson b Lyon   5

Naseem Shah b Cummins                        1

Extras: (b8, lb4, nb1, w1)                        14

Total: (all out; 92.1 overs)                       235

Fall of wickets: 1-77 (Shafique), 2-105 (Azhar), 3-142 (Haq), 4-165 (Alam), 5-167 (Rizwan), 6-213 (Azam), 7-213 (Sajid), 8-226 (Hasan), 9-232 (Shaheen)

Bowling: Starc 17-6-53-1, Cummins 15.1-6-23-3, Lyon 37-8-83-5, Swepson 10-0-36-0, Green 11-4-18-1 (nb1, w1), Labuschagne 2-0-10-0

Result: Australia won by 115 runs

Toss: Australia

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)

TV umpire: Asif Yaqoob (PAK)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)