Ten-wicket Abbas destroys Australia for Pakistan's series win

Virginia Santiago
October 20, 2018

Australian opener Usman Khawaja could not bat after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury during practice on Thursday.

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.

Abu Dhabi: The gaping void in Australia's batting stocks was again laid bare on Friday as the tourists tumbled to a 373-run defeat at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) stretched their second-wicket stand to 61 runs before Abbas struck four blows in a high-class exhibition of seam and swing bowling on a slow turning pitch.

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Australia will look to bounce back as the two sides face each other in a best-of-three T20 series in the United Arab Emirates, which begins on Wednesday, 24 October.

The Test series against Pakistan is Australia's first since the ball-tampering scandal that erupted in South Africa earlier in the year.

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.

"All the youngsters who have come through in recent times have done well".

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The result also meant that Pakistan won the two-match Test series 1-0 after the first match in Dubai ended in a draw. "We have to groom them all to become a good Test team", said Sarfraz.

Rookie batsman Marnus Labuschagne fought grimly in just his second Test to top-score with 43 before becoming the fifth Abbas victim for the day. Babar Azam missed a maiden hundred by one run but he and Sarfraz Ahmed (81) put on a 133-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Mitchell Starc soon retrieved the ball and threw it back to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who ran Ali out, leaving the Pakistani duo looking stunned and sheepish.

The Australian batsman helped his team get their first wicket of the Test against Pakistan.

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