Pakistan in Australia, 2 Test Series, 2019
Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane
Date: 21 November-24 November, 2019
RR: 3.97 | Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 5 runs
So! A bit of a dramatic end to what has been a one-sided Test match. Australia get some much needed 60 points to go second in the World Test Championship table. Will the pink ball produce a different result? A better contest at least? Both Australia and Pakistan have a decent record in Day/Night Tests. The second match in Adelaide should be a cracker. Join us on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 2 pm local (0330 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his maiden Test century at his home ground, Labuschagne says that it is very special to have everything pan out like that and is happy that he could contribute to the team's winning cause. On the nervous moments before his ton. Marnus admits that it was tough as he was keeping on thinking whether he will get there and believes he was lucky to get there. Adds that it was a big moment for him and his family. On his batting technique and mindset, Labuschagne says that playing in England has helped him and here, in Queensland as well, batting ain't easy, so that made him mentally tough. Is looking forward for the Day/Night Test in Adelaide.
Victorious Australian captain, Tim Paine, says that he is really happy. Especially given the innings victory and maintaining their excellent record at the 'Gabba. On contributions other than Steven Smith, Tim is happy as the team does not want to rely on Smith pretty heavily. Stresses that on a very good wicket, 580 is exactly the score that was expected out of the batsmen. On Warner getting back to form, the skipper says that many left-handers struggle in England but they always believed that Warner will strike form in Australia. On the Warner-Burns partnership, Paine says that he is not sure, as he has not spent too much time with Burns in the dressing room but is happy that whatever it is that keeps the pair ticking, it is great. On Marnus Labuschagne, Paine says that he is a great bloke to have as a mate, always keeping the dressing room in high spirits. Is happy that Labuschagne has realized his true potential. On his bowlers, Paine says that they were good but given the high standards that they have raised for themselves, he would have expected them to clean up Pakistan a bit earlier. But adds that Australia are lucky to have such a pace attack.
Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali says that all of Pakistan's batsmen are in good nick and Babar showed that once they get a good partnership going, runs were always on offer. Praises the wicket which was very good but rues the missed opportunity in the first innings. On missing Mohammad Abbas, Ali says that it was always hard to leave someone like Abbas but the selection was done based on the performance of the trio in the warm-up match. Ensures that Abbas will always be there for Pakistan and they will come back hard in the second Test. Praises the debutant Naseem for having good temperament for a 16-year old, adjusting to the lengths and lines pretty quickly. On him being given just 4 overs on Saturday, Azhar says that Naseem is fit but the management does not want him to break down, hence they are managing him accordingly.
Now, for the summary of the match. Probably got over when Pakistan slipped from 75/0 to 94/5 on Day 1 and then managed just 240 after electing to bat. From there on, it was very difficult for them to come back and Warner-Burns' 222-run opening stand floored them. Yasir Shah was over the moon when he dismissed Steven Smith for the 7th time in Tests but they forgot that the Ashes had already prepared a substitute for Smudge - Marnus Labuschagne. The home lad played with total control and ensured that his side batted Pakistan out of the Test. Yasir Shah got 4 wickets but the bowling did not look threatening at all. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
First, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan added 132 for the 6th wicket and that was followed by a 79-run stand between Rizwan and Yasir. Azam scored a fantastic century but Rizwan missed his, while Yasir nearly got Australia batting again. Once again, it was the quartet of New South Wales bowlers as Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood and Lyon took all the 10 wickets. Not that there were any more options. Starc took four in the first innings while Hazlewood got 4 in the second.
Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan and Yasir Shah - The Fantastic Four. They are the ones who kept Pakistan believing that they could fight and could avoid an innings defeat. Because after them, only Afridi managed double figures. Masood and Azam fought hard this morning, delaying Australia's quest for wickets and then the real fightback began.
5 runs. That is what Pakistan fall short of to make Australia bat again. An innings defeat was expected and an innings defeat it is but what an epic fightback. Almost a reminiscent of the 2016 match where Pakistan nearly chased down 490. This time, they were chasing down 340 with the only difference being that the focus was to avoid an innings defeat.
Naseem Shah is the last man in.
Imran Khan jr is in at 10.
THE SECOND NEW BALL IS TAKEN and the king of swing gets the first use of it. Mitchell Starc is back. 14-1-64-2 so far.
Shaheen Afridi walks in at number 9, replacing Rizwan.
Josh Hazlewood returns as well. 18-2-51-1 so far.
Umpire's review for a fair catch! Has Marnus Labuschagne taken a blinder? The sweep shot has produced a top edge off Rizwan and Labuschagne is claiming the catch. But replays show that while taking the catch, the ball just touched the ground. This stand goes on...
4 overs left for the second new ball. Paine has gone back to Pat Cummins. 19-6-61-2 so far. Probably because the last 3 overs have gone for 17. The skipper will be hoping for a breakthrough. If not, then at least some control.
Nathan Lyon it will be from the other end. 18-3-58-1 so far.
The Australian bowlers are out in the middle for the final time on the day. Can this be the final time in the game as well? Well, Mohammad Rizwan and Yasir Shah too walk out and would want to make sure that does not happen. Marnus Labuschagne will continue bowling post Tea.
... Day 4, Session 3 ...
Now, now, now. We have a final session on Day 4. Who would have thought that? Well, the superb 132-run stand between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have ensured this session. While Azam has gone back after his maiden Test ton against the Aussies, Rizwan is looking solid out in the middle. He along with Yasir Shah has added 42 runs and would want the stand going as big as they can. Lyon managed the prized scalp of Azam in the session after the latter played a classy knock of 104. Now, how long these two batters can keep the association going? Will they be able to take the game into the fifth day? Join us for the final session of the day to find out.
Marnus Labuschagne to bowl. 2-0-12-0 so far.
Nathan Lyon to bowl now.
Mitchell Starc replaces Lyon. Surprising. Lyon got a wicket in the last over.
Yasir Shah walks in next.
Now then, what happened on 58.6? The replays are shown now. We all felt that there was an inside edge. However, the replays now show that the ball hit the pad first, then the bat! And Ball Tracker shows it to be plumb!
Drinks! The battle from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan continues and they are keeping the Australian bowlers at bay. Azam has just completed his second Test ton while Rizwan is just two short of his half ton. They will want to continue batting and take the game as deep as possible. They have done it in the first hour of the session. Can they continue doing so in the second hour of the session? Meanwhile, Lyon returns with a change of end.
Pat Cummins into the attack. 15-6-43-2 are his figures so far.
Change from both ends as Mitchell Starc returns. 9-1-45-2 are his numbers so far.
Nathan Lyon into the attack.
A LBW appeal turned down against Babar Azam. Paine has taken it upstairs after consulting his bowler. Looks really close this one. Here comes Hot Spot, nothing on it. Nothing on Snicko either. Now, the Ball Tracker, hitting the top of leg, just top of leg so, umpire's call on hitting the wickets. Babar stays. But an excellent review this one.
Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the second session. The Australian players are out in the middle. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will resume their innings for Pakistan. Josh Hazlewood will start the proceedings after Lunch.
... Day 4, Session 2 ...
An excellent session this one for Australia but Babar Azam continues to grind out in the middle. He and Masood almost saw off the first hour of the session but Cummins and Hazlewood struck on successive overs to peg Pakistan on the back foot. Rizwan has joined Azam and have added a solid 50-run between them. They will look to make this one a massive one and keep Pakistan in the hunt. Because, another wicket here and Australia will be into the tail of Pakistan. Will Babar Azam be able to continue battling or will the Australians be able to wrap things up? Do join us for the action post Lunch.
Marnus Labuschagne is on with his leg spin before Lunch.
Lyon returns now.
Mitchell Starc into the attack. He was the man who struck twice late on Day 3. Can he do that here as well?
Drinks. Shan Masood and Babar Azam were really looking strong and positive. But wickets just before this mini break, Pakistan finds them in a massive trouble. Azam is still out in the middle and Australia would want to remove him quickly too. Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in to partner Babar Azam post this drinks break.
Idtikhar Ahmed walks out at number 6.
Just two overs of spin as Josh Hazlewood replaces Nathan Lyon.
Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end. He dismissed Shafiq for a duck on an unplayable ball last evening.
We are all set to begin Day 4. The Australian players are out in the middle. Shan Masood and Babar Azam will resume their innings for Pakistan. Nathan Lyon will start the proceedings for Australia. Two slips, short leg and a silly point in place.
3 wickets fell late on Day 3. Pakistan are still behind 276 runs. 7 wickets remaining. Will the 7 be able to make the Aussies bat again? Babar Azam is out in the middle. He looked solid during his 20-run unbeaten innings. He will be key for Pakistan if they are to push the game to Day 5 or rather in the second or third session of Day 4. Mitchell Starc bowled a few thunderbolts and got two wickets early in the innings. Cummins looked sharp along with Hazlewood. Will Australia need the spin of Lyon? What is on offer for us on Day 4? Will Babar Azam and co. be able to gut it out or will Starc and company bundle the visitors to seal the game? Stay with us to find out.
... Day 4, Session 1 ...
Now, Pakistan's entire hope will be on Babar Azam and maybe on this pair. Masood too has looked solid in the ongoing stand and they would look to continue playing session by session and move ahead. Will they be able to do so and present some challenge to the Aussies or will the hosts be able to fold the innings and match on Day 4 itself? Join us at 1000 local (0000 GMT) on Sunday, 24th November, 2019 to find out. Till then, cheers!
The Pakistani batters had 17 overs to survive. But Mitchell Starc was too hot to handle for them. Ali fell to Starc first and then Sohail followed him after playing a dismal shot. The first innings' half centurion, Asad Shafiq, fell for a duck to Cummins and Pakistan slipped further. Shan Masood, the opener along with Babar Azam then saw off the day without any damage with the latter playing a few gorgeous shots.
For Pakistan, Yasir Shah was pretty decent with the ball. While his figures suggest he has given away over 200 runs for his 4 wickets, but he did bowl well. Haris Sohail with his part time bowling picked two wickets. The three pacers of Pakistan too put their names in the wickets column but not before getting pummeled all over.
Earlier in the day, it was a hard toil for the Pakistani bowlers. While they removed Warner who could only manage to add just 3 runs to his overnight score but they had no answer to the brilliance of Marnus Labuschagne who scored his maiden Test ton in front of his home crowd. He got able support from Wade who raked up a half century.
End of another dominating day from Australia. After taking a massive lead of 340 runs, their bowlers have already sent 3 Pakistani batters back to the pavilion with Mitchell Starc leading the charge. He got two wickets while Cummins got one to his name.
Caught at the slip? The umpire has gone upstairs to confirm the same. The soft signal is not out. So, there has to be a conclusive evidence to turn the not out decision. Smith who took the catch coming forward is not sure. The third umpire taking a while. There is surely an outside edge but looks like it the ball kissed the turd before going in the hands of Smith. Yes, not out flashes on the big screen.
Two slips, a silly point and a short leg. Paine on the attacking mode.
Spin time! Paine brings Lyon into the attack now.
Josh Hazlewood returns. 3 overs before this from him. Paine is looking for at least one more before the end of play. Can Hazlewood get him that wicket?
Mitchell Starc is back for his second spell. He's already got two. Can he get one more before Stumps?
Babar Azam walks out way too early to bat than he would've wanted.
Pat Cummins has a change of ends.
5/27 - Mitchell Starc's bowling figures. In his last 35 balls that he has bowled in this match. Phenomenal.
Josh Hazlewood is into the attack.
Asad Shafiq walks in at no. 4. Enjoys a wonderful record at the 'Gabba. 213 in his last 2 Test innings here.
Wasim Akram and Michael Hussey again. Ohhh... love this pair. They dissect the dismissal of Azhar Ali. Both feel that yes, Starc bowled well but perhaps some balls before that played in Azhar's mind. So far, we have not seen the ball swing much and guess Ali felt the same. Hence, he was just trying to get across and tuck the ball to the leg side. Normally, when you do that, you get away with it to a left-armer from over the wicket. Because the balls tend to pitch outside the line. But Starc got the ball to come back in, which proved to be fatal for the Pakistan skipper. Crucially, the ball was pitched in line.
Interesting thoughts from Michael Hussey and Wasim Akram on air. The Sultan of swing praises Haris Sohail to no end, calling him the future of Pakistan in Test cricket. But also adds that his first innings dismissal was due to lazy stroke-making. Hussey agrees but believes that number 3 is slightly higher for him at this stage of time in his Test career. Maybe, he adds, play a few more games at number 5 or 6, get some experience, score runs and then earn that number 3 spot.
Haris Sohail is the next man in.
Review time! Skipper Azhar Ali has been given out LBW. He has opted to review it with just two seconds left on the clock. Looks like it will be umpire's call on hitting the wickets. Let's see. Here comes the Hot Spot, nothing on it. Time for the Snicko, no deflection there. Here comes the Ball Tracker now, pitching in line and hitting the top of middle. Ali has to depart but Pakistan retain the review.
Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end. Interestingly, this is the FIRST TIME that Pat Cummins is bowling with the new ball in Australia!