Pakistan were always behind the 8-ball in the Day-Night Adelaide Test after David Warner’s triple ton. Coming to the last day, it only seemed to be a matter of time before Australia wrapped things up. In the end, Tim Paine and Co raced to a victory by an innings and 48 runs. Nathan Lyon came to the party and helped the hosts hand Pakistan with a whitewash in the two-match Test series.
Masood and Shafiq fight hard
With a burden of a 248-run trail, Shan Masood (68) and Asad Shafiq (57) started the day. The duo was gradually bringing back normalcy into the Pakistan innings with a stand of 103 runs. Masood made a sedate start, but gained in momentum, hitting eight fours and a six. To the visitors’ dismay, both of them perished in quick succession. To start with, Lyon removed Masood to separate them.
After a few overs, Lyon accounted for Shafiq’s wicket. In the second session, Iftikhar Ahmed (27) and Mohammad Rizwan (45) put up some fight with a stand of 47 runs. However, their joy didn’t last long as Lyon got rid of Iftikhar in the 68th over. Yasir Shah, Pakistan’s centurion from the first innings, couldn’t survive the heat as he fell prey to the guile of Lyon, who got his fourth wicket.
Australia romp to glory
Lyon picked up his five-wicket haul, dismissing Shaheen Shah Afridi. The left-handed batsman went for an agricultural hoick and threw his wicket away. Rizwan, at the other end, wasn’t pleased with Afridi by any stretch of the imagination. Rizwan was unhappy as the dismissal came at the stroke of the day’s last break. In the last session, Australia needed only 15 balls to roll over the lower order.
Josh Hazlewood ripped Rizwan’s poles apart to get the penultimate wicket. Rizwan went for a drive, but got beaten by the in-swinger. The last wicket came in the form of Mohammad Abbas’ run-out in the same over. Pat Cummins’ direct hit brought the curtains down on the match as well as the series. The last dismissal pretty much summed up Pakistan’s journey in their campaign in Australia.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Australia’s resounding victory against Pakistan:-
For the first time in his Test career, STEVE SMITH has failed to score at least one 50+ in a series. (Scored at least in previous 21)
Only Marcus Trescothick had at least one 50+ score in more consecutive Test series from debut. (50+ scores in all 23 Test series) #AUSvPAK
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 2, 2019
Pakistan have lost 14 consecutive Test matches in Australia, dating back to 1999. That's a world record for the most consecutive losses in one country in Test history #AUSvPAK #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 2, 2019
If you switch over to #NZvsENG, Atherton will likely be in the middle of a tactical point you wish you had caught from the beginning. When you switch back to #AUSvPAK, Warne and the rest will be halfway through cackling at a joke you were glad to miss.
— Danyal Rasool (@Danny61000) December 2, 2019
Travis Head's (home) Test:
Did not bat
Did not bowl
Did not take catch
Did not make a run out
Perfect game @gradecricketer? #AUSvPAK
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) December 2, 2019
Nathan Lyon who earlier in his career was part of the ground staff at the Adelaide Oval, has just picked up his 50th Test wicket at the venue. Only Shane Warne has more Test wickets (56) here.#AUSvPAK #PAKvsAUS
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 2019
last five away tests of Shan Masood—
in Centurion (19,65)
in Capetown (44,62)
in Johannesburg (2,37)
in Brisbane (27,42)
in Adelaide (19,68)
Held nerves, attacked and showed better intent than others. However Shan still needs to learn art of scoring big in test cricket🏏#AUSvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) December 2, 2019
Pakistani batsmen always struggle to bat against short deliveries but Shan Masood is has been completely impressive against bumpers alongside using crease. Proving Shan has improved technical aspects of his gameplay quite well.👏 Next to focus on scoring big test inns!#AUSvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) December 2, 2019
A decisive victory by Australia and @TheRealPCB team have been comprehensively whitewashed with consecutive innings losses. Well done!
If only @davidwarner31 has the chance to score the highest runs of any innings in test cricket history… Just another #AUSvPAK #WhatIf
— Axel Rivai (@Axel_H_Rivai) December 2, 2019
Pakistan have created a new world record of losing the most number of consecutive test matches in a county. 14 in Australia dating back to 1999. Congratulations. #AusvPak #Cricket
— Raafay Awan (@raafayawan) December 2, 2019
Post the minnow bashing, India and Australia should move over to play proper opposition!#PAKvAUS #AUSvPAK
— ஆனந்த் आनंद আনন্দ Anand (@aThakkali) December 2, 2019
Congratulations baggy greens… beautifully won in both test matches!!! I think @davidwarner31 should have been given a chance to break the record of @BrianLara … but, it's the decision of tim paine.. cause aussies are known professional to all. Have fun,guys. #AUSvPAK
— Abhishek Bhattacharjee (@Abhishe60302449) December 2, 2019
Dave Warner is certainly a good batsman, but you could mount an argument to counter Ponting and Fleming's contention that Warner has a "great all round game." #AUSvPAK
— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) December 2, 2019
Three dimensional player, performance based captain & trump cards like Naseem Shah & Musa Khan.
Exclude Naseem but still I don’t what were they planning.#AUSvsPAK #AUSvPAK #Cricket
— Ameer Muavia (@ameeer307) December 2, 2019
I think @CricketAus selectors should seriously consider sacking Travis Head. He didn't do a thing this test. No runs. No wickets. No catches. Sack him! #Crisis #AUSvPAK
— Booze Hound (@Booze__Hound) December 2, 2019
We were very dominant. Pakistan were largely poor. Yes, there was a Yasir and Babar 100. But they didn't do anything with the ball so hard to judge exactly how the visitors go after this. Bring on the Kiwis #AUSvPAK
— Davis Harrigan 🦁 (@DeadlineDavis) December 2, 2019
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