Abbas masterclass drives Pakistan to series victory against Australia

19 Oct, 2018 3:14 pm

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Seamer Mohammad Abbas tore through the Australian batting order, claiming his second five-wicket haul of the match as Pakistan sealed a 373-run victory in the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Chasing a mammoth target of 538, Australia were reduced to 164-9 in their second innings to lose the match and the series after lunch on the fourth day.

Usman Khawaja, whose gritty 141 had helped Australia draw the opening test, did not bat in the second innings due to a knee injury.

Australia added 24 runs to their overnight score of 47-1 when Abbas broke through by having Travis Head (36) caught behind. The 28-year-old seamer struck again in his next over, trapping Mitchell Marsh lbw for five.

A darting Abbas inswinger trapped opening batsman Aaron Finch (31) plumb in front of the stumps before captain Tim Paine’s off-stump was knocked back for a duck in the same over.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah picked with two wickets in two overs, sending Mitchell Starc (28) and Peter Siddle (3) back to the pavilion.

Marnus Labuschagne, playing his second test, grafted his way to 43 but was dismissed shortly after lunch as he top-edged a short ball from Abbas to substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

Abbas’s first 10-wicket haul in tests made him the first pace bowler to claim 15 or more dismissals in a test series in the United Arab Emirates.

South Africa’s joint-highest test wicket-taker Dale Steyn was impressed.


“I see a new number 1 test bowler coming… Mohammad Abbas,” the 35-year-old fast bowler said on Twitter.

Jon Holland was the last to go, caught by Haris Sohail in the slip cordon off Shah for three as Pakistan clinched their biggest test victory by runs.

The series defeat means Australia dropped from third to fifth in the International Cricket Council world rankings.

The morning session started on a sour note for both teams, with Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed taken to hospital after being struck on the helmet while batting and Khawaja ruled out with a knee injury that is likely to require surgery.

The teams next meet in a three-match Twenty20 international series which begins on Oct. 24.

SCOREBOARD

Pakistan  1st innings
 Fakhar Zaman     lbw Marnus Labuschagne                          94
 Mohammad Hafeez  c Marnus Labuschagne b Mitchell Starc            4
 Azhar Ali        c&b Nathan Lyon                                 15
 Haris Sohail     c Travis Head b Nathan Lyon                      0
 Asad Shafiq      c Marnus Labuschagne b Nathan Lyon               0
 Babar Azam       b Nathan Lyon                                    0
 Sarfraz Ahmed    c Peter Siddle b Marnus Labuschagne             94
 Bilal Asif       c Tim Paine b Marnus Labuschagne                12
 Yasir Shah       b Mitchell Marsh                                28
 Mohammad Abbas   b Mitchell Starc                                10
 Mir Hamza        Not Out                                          4
 Extras           11b 6lb 4nb 0pen 0w                             21
 Total            (81.0 overs)                           282 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-5 Hafeez, 2-57 Ali, 3-57 Sohail, 4-57 Shafiq, 5-57 Azam, 6-204 Zaman, 7-226 Asif, 8-247 Ahmed, 9-264 Shah, 10-282 Abbas

 Bowling             Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mitchell Starc      12   3  37   2  3.08  2nb
 Peter Siddle        10   3  39   0  3.90  1nb
 Mitchell Marsh       7   2  21   1  3.00  1nb
 Nathan Lyon         27   5  78   4  2.89
 Jon Holland         13   3  45   0  3.46
 Marnus Labuschagne  12   2  45   3  3.75

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 Australia  1st innings
 Usman Khawaja       c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas            3
 Aaron Finch         c Fakhar Zaman b Bilal Asif                39
 Peter Siddle        lbw Mohammad Abbas                          4
 Shaun Marsh         c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Abbas             3
 Travis Head         c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Abbas             14
 Mitchell Marsh      c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah                 13
 Marnus Labuschagne  Run Out Yasir Shah                         25
 Tim Paine           lbw Bilal Asif                              3
 Mitchell Starc      lbw Mohammad Abbas                         34
 Nathan Lyon         b Bilal Asif                                2
 Jon Holland         Not Out                                     2
 Extras              0b 3lb 0nb 0pen 0w                          3
 Total               (50.4 overs)                      145 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-16 Khawaja, 2-20 Siddle, 3-36 Marsh, 4-56 Head, 5-75 Marsh, 6-85 Finch, 7-91 Paine, 8-128 Labuschagne, 9-132 Lyon, 10-145 Starc

 Bowling           Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas  12.4   4  33   5  2.61
 Mir Hamza          9   2  27   0  3.00
 Yasir Shah        19   3  59   1  3.11
 Bilal Asif        10   3  23   3  2.30

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 Pakistan  2nd innings
 Fakhar Zaman     c&b Nathan Lyon                       66
 Mohammad Hafeez  c Travis Head b Mitchell Starc         6
 Azhar Ali        Run Out Mitchell Starc                64
 Haris Sohail     st Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon            17
 Asad Shafiq      c (Sub) b Marnus Labuschagne          44
 Babar Azam       lbw Mitchell Marsh                    99
 Sarfraz Ahmed    lbw Marnus Labuschagne                81
 Bilal Asif       c Travis Head b Nathan Lyon           15
 Yasir Shah       lbw Nathan Lyon                        4
 Mohammad Abbas   Not Out                                0
 Mir Hamza        Not Out                                0
 Extras           0b 2lb 2nb 0pen 0w                     4
 Total            (120.0 overs)                   400 decl
Fall of Wickets : 1-15 Hafeez, 2-106 Zaman, 3-154 Sohail, 4-160 Ali, 5-235 Shafiq, 6-368 Azam, 7-390 Asif, 8-394 Shah, 9-400 Ahmed

 Bowling             Ov  Md   Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mitchell Starc       7   0   32   1  4.57  1nb
 Peter Siddle        23   4   68   0  2.96
 Nathan Lyon         43   8  135   4  3.14
 Jon Holland         16   3   46   0  2.88
 Marnus Labuschagne  16   1   74   2  4.62
 Mitchell Marsh      13   3   39   1  3.00  1nb
 Travis Head          2   0    4   0  2.00

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 Australia  2nd innings
 Aaron Finch         lbw Mohammad Abbas                    31
 Shaun Marsh         b Mir Hamza                            4
 Travis Head         c (Sub) b Mohammad Abbas              36
 Mitchell Marsh      lbw Mohammad Abbas                     5
 Marnus Labuschagne  c (Sub) b Mohammad Abbas              43
 Tim Paine           b Mohammad Abbas                       0
 Mitchell Starc      lbw Yasir Shah                        28
 Peter Siddle        lbw Yasir Shah                         3
 Nathan Lyon         Not Out                                6
 Jon Holland         c Haris Sohail b Yasir Shah            3
 Extras              0b 5lb 0nb 0pen 0w                     5
 Total               (49.4 overs)                 164 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-10 Marsh, 2-71 Head, 3-77 Marsh, 4-78 Finch, 5-78 Paine, 6-145 Starc, 7-151 Siddle, 8-155 Labuschagne, 9-164 Holland
Did Not Bat : Khawaja

 Bowling           Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas    17   2  62   5  3.65
 Mir Hamza          6   0  40   1  6.67
 Yasir Shah      21.4   5  45   3  2.08
 Bilal Asif         5   2  12   0  2.40

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 Umpire         Sundaram Ravi
 Umpire         Richard Illingworth
 Video          Richard Kettleborough
 Match Referee  Ranjan Madugalle



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