The latest pace sensation, Mohammad Abbas’s, first-ever 10-for helped Pakistan rollup Australia’s second innings in under fifty overs and win the second Test by a whopping 373 runs.
In pursuit of a mammoth target of 538 runs, Aussies were bowled out on 164 in the first hour after lunch. Mohammad Abbas took his second five-wicket haul of the match. He received complete assistance from leg-spinner Yasir Shah who bagged three wickets in this innings and two in the first.
Earlier, Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that was declared a slow, batting track. His decision did not yield the desired result thanks to a brilliant catch from Labushagne on Starc’s ball.
The Abu Dhabi pitch, long known for its slow and turning nature, was behaving like the ones in England or Australia.
The debut-boy Fakhar Zaman, along with Azhar Ali, however, survived the first scary hour and played off Starc and Peter Siddle.
It was Azhar Ali’s wicket that pushed the panic button in the hosts’ batting line-up. Pakistan, from 1 down for 57, were suddenly 5 down for as many runs with next three batsmen going out without disturbing the scoreboard.
It was Nathan Lyons’s conventional off-spin that was causing the trouble. He bagged 4 wickets in 6 balls to send half of the Pakistan team back to hut in the first session of the second Test. Sarfraz and Fakhar’s 147 run partnership stabilized Pakistan and helped the team get a decent total, which eventually turned out to be the turning point of the match.
Efforts from the skipper Sarfraz and a nervous 90s finish from Babar Azam in the second innings ensured a strong finish for Pakistan.
Scorecard via EspnCricinfo