Australia beat Pakistan by innings and 48 runs, 2-0 clean sweep

Thanks to Nathan Lyon's five wickets, Australia defeated Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs on the fourth day of the second day-night cricket test to take a 2–0 sweep in the two-match series. After trailing by 287 runs in the first innings, the Pakistan side, playing Faloan, could only score 239 runs in the second innings in front of the sharp bowling of Leon (five wickets for 69) and Josh Hazlewood (three wickets for 63 runs). Australia declared the innings after scoring 589 for three in the first innings thanks to opener David Warner's unbeaten 335 runs.

Leon had never picked up five wickets against Pakistan before this and neither had taken any wickets in the day-night Test before the fourth day of play. The off-spinner took five or more wickets in the innings for the 16th time and now has 50 Test wickets in his name at the Adelaide Oval. He played the role of curator on this ground before making a place in the national team. Pakistan started the day with 39 runs for three wickets. Openers Shaan Masood (68) and Asad Shafik (57) took the score to 123, after which Leon broke the partnership by having Masood caught by Mitchell Starc. Masood and Shafik shared a 103-run partnership for the third wicket.

Shafik, after completing the half-century, caught David Warner off the ball of Leon, which led to the team's score of 154 for five. Iftikar Ahmed (27) and Mohammed Rizwan (45) then brought the team's score beyond 200 runs. Leon ended the partnership by sending Iftikar to the pavilion. The off-spinner then trapped Yasir Shah (13) for a century in the first innings and then Shaheen Shah Afridi (01) on the last ball before the dinner break caught by Hazlewood, completed five wickets in the innings. After dinner break, Hazlewood bowled Rizwan and then Mohammad Abbas (01) was run out to give Australia victory. Pakistan will now host the first Test series against Sri Lanka on home soil in more than a decade, while Australia will take on New Zealand in a three-Test series.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *