Pakistan in Australia, 2 Test Series, 2019
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Date: 29 November-02 December, 2019
RR: 2.91 | Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs
That's all we have from this lopsided Test series. Australia will now get ready to host New Zealand while Pakistan will return home and wait for Sri Lanka. Do join us for all the action in future. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
Australian skipper, Tim Paine says that he is really happy and mentions that they played fantastic cricket in the last two Tests. On contributions from everyone, Paine jokingly says that not everyone got a chance to bat but David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne were superb. Tells that Burns at the top was good too. On Warner's triple century, Paine replies that it was an unbelievable knock from him. Feels that it is not easy to bat that long. On his declaration, Paine says there was no debate, David was okay with the declaration as winning the Test match and climbing in the list is more important. Talking about Labuschagne, Paine says that he is enjoying his success with the bat. On the bowling, Paine tells that the wicket was a difficult one and the bowlers kept coming hard all the time and it was an awesome performance from them. On the upcoming three-Test match series, Paine jokes that he would want to pouch a few more catches than he did. Tells that if they continue on the path they are right now, the series will be an exciting one.
Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali starts by congratulating the Australian team and David Warner for his incredible triple hundred. Tells that it is always hard to come to Australia and beat them. Adds they have been beaten by the better side. Admits that they were poor in all three departments. Feels they need to improve their bowling and work on controlling the scoring rate. Tells that the batters need to put up big partnerships. Mentions that Yasir's fight along with Azam's knock in the first innings is a positive. Credits Babar Azam for the way he played in the series and feels that he will be a big start for Pakistan in future. Azhar hopes they can improve and learn from this tour. Ends by thanking Cricket Australia for the hospitality and the fans for their support throughout the series.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH AND SERIES, DAVID WARNER! Starts by saying that he is really happy that they didn't have to bat again. Tells that he was really tired last night and probably slept on the couch. Says that the triple hundred has not sunk in yet. Remembers his friend, late Phillip Hughes, and shares that he looked up to the skies in his memory. Tells that he is focusing on scoring runs. Adds that he backed himself and enjoyed the innings. Reminds that he was out of the game for a while but he has returned and is enjoying the game more than ever. Further says that their next series is against New Zealand and they are a quality unit. Feels that the conditions in Perth, the venue for the first Test against NZ, will suit the Kiwi attack and they will have to adjust accordingly. Finishes off by saying that he will go back and practice more in the nets and try to do his best.
Josh Hazlewood is down for a quick chat. He says that it has been a good couple of weeks for them. Mentions about Cummins' direct hit to finish things off. Reckons that it was a superb performance by the Aussie bowling unit. Praises Starc's effort in the first innings and then Lyon for his fifer. Terms it as a good all-round show. States that he is happy to start the summer in a winning way.
More than Pakistan's batting, their bowling should be faulted. Lacking in experience, there wasn't enough control shown by their young bowlers. Although Shaheen Afridi did impress by picking up three wickets. Unlike Pakistan, Australia's bowling was of top notch. Mitchell Starc wreaked havoc first time around with a 6-wicket haul and then Nathan Lyon left his impact in the final innings with a fifer. All in all, it was a completely dominant performance by Australia as they steamrolled Pakistan in the series and win it 2-0. 60 points more to their tally in the ICC World Test Championship and they are second in the list behind India.
Yet another thumping victory for Australia! Powered by Warner's magnificent triple century and Marnus Labuschagne's 162, the Kangaroos amassed 589 runs on the board. In reply, apart from Babar Azam's fluent knock and Yasir Shah's surprising century, there wasn't any fight shown by Pakistan. Tim Paine enforced the follow-on with a lead of 287 runs and once again the visiting batsmen failed to turn up with the bat. Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan offered little resistance but the task in hand required a monumental effort that never came.
Right then, Australia took just under 15 minutes to pick the remaining two wickets and register yet another massive win. They are all smiles. David Warner takes a stump as a souvenir and leads his team off the park. Handshakes going on at the moment.
The last man in is Muhammad Musa.
Josh Hazlewood to operate with the second new ball from the other end.
Second new ball is available and it has been taken by Australia. Mitchell Starc will operate with it.
We are back for the final session. The Australian players walk out to the middle. Two scalps and the series will be done and dusted. Can Rizwan present some fight and force Australia to bat again? He walks out with Mohammad Abbas to resume his innings. Lyon to continue with the ball.
... Day 4, Session 3 ...
Excellent session for Australia that has fetched them three wickets and put them on the cusp of a 2-0 series win! Nathan Lyon has bounced back from the disappointment of the first innings and was once again instrumental in cutting short Pakistan's stubborn fight by claiming a fifer. 2 wickets left to pick and the only question remains is whether Rizwan rallies around with the remaining batsmen and force Australia to bat again! We will find that out soon. Do join us in a short while for what could be the final session of this Test series.
We thought that the session will be extended but Tim Paine has declined the extra 30 minutes and the Aussies are walking back for Dinner. Star of the session and this innings so far, Nathan Lyon is down for a quick chat before he heads for his break. Lyon says that it was a very good session and hopes they are clinical enough to wrap it up. On being unlucky not to get any wickets on Day 3 inspite of bowling so well, Lyon admits that is how it is. Further adds there are days you bowl badly and yet end up getting wickets.
Mitchell Starc is back. 13-2-44-1, his figures so far.
Shaheen Afridi is the new batsman. The tall man joins Rizwan and is having a word with him.
Big shout for an lbw! FINGER GOES UP! Yasir Shah has a clueless look on his face and then decides to take the DRS. Is it too high? There is no bat on the Hot Spot and Snicko. Here comes the Ball Tracker...and it's hitting the top of off stump. No heroics in this innings from Yasir Shah.
Slight halt in play! Physio is out performing the concussion check on Marnus Labuschagne. That ball has hit him flush on top of the helmet. The young man is smiling and appears to be fine. No change of helmet, Marnus is just fixing the existing one.
Pat Cummins is back! 12-4-34-0, his numbers so far.
Pakistan's surprise batting hero of the series, Yasir Shah, walks out to bat.
Drinks! Yet another stubborn partnership developing for Pakistan and the current pair has brought the deficit under 100. Australia have bowled with a lot of control but haven't managed to get the breakthrough.
Nathan Lyon is back for another burst. 16-4-49-2, his numbers in this innings so far.
Josh Hazlewood is back on. 18-4-50-2, his numbers so far.
Mitchell Starc to steam in from the other end. 1/35 in his 9 overs, so far.
Welcome back, folks! After a quick break we are ready for the second segment of the fourth day. Pakistan have fought well so far but are still 120 runs away from making Australia bat again. The conditions have been beautiful for batting and the hosts should be commended for picking two wickets in the first session. 5 more left to pick, can they take them all in the next two hours? Let's find out. It's going to be Pat Cummins (8-4-19-0) to start off proceedings post Tea.
... DAY 4, SECOND SESSION ...
A very good session for the hosts. Much better than the previous day. It did not start well for Australia as Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood fought it out in the first hour. The latter got to his fifty and it looked like it would be a wicketless session but Lyon got rid of Shan. Asad too departed after getting to his fifty and once again it was the local boy who did the damage. Lyon must feel he should have had 3 as Labuschagne dropped his third catch of the game. This time it was of Rizwan. The visitors would hope that Rizwan and Iftikhar can put up a fight and show some grit. Can they do it? Join us after the break to find out.
Mohammad Rizwan is the new batsman with Pakistan trailing by 133 runs. He will also be hoping not to grab a pair in this Test. Rizwan though was brilliant in the second innings of the first Test. Can he repeat that?
Josh Hazlewood is back. 13-4-34-2, his numbers so far.
Wicket picked and hence there is no need of a part-timer now. Tim Paine brings a bowling change. Bringing in his prime fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, into the attack. 1/25 in his 7 overs, so far.
Iftikhar Ahmed is the new batsman at number 6. He has not been in good form and today is the real opportunity for him to show his mettle.
Drinks Break! Good start to the session for the visitors. They are going on about their business positively. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq are still out in the middle and the former has notched up his half-century as well. Australia need to find a way to get rid of this stand. At the moment, it looks like the home team is lacking that intensity and the cutting edge on the field.
Time for some Warne-esque leg spin from Marnus Labuschagne. Can he break this partnership?
Five men on the leg side for Asad Shafiq. Currently from his view, there are two close-in fielders at mid-wicket and then a mid on fielder. Towards the off side, there is a short cover and mid off. So, no gap for shots through the line or across the line. Also, two fielders are there in the deep on the leg side. Asad is left to be guessing for short stuff with this plan adopted by Tim Paine.
Two close-in fielders on either side of the pitch. A short cover and a short mid-wicket. Australia might have noticed that Asad Shafiq has this habit of playing his shots slightly aerial and hence this ploy.
Josh Hazlewood on for the first time today. He was the best bowler last night. 8-3-15-2, his numbers so far.
Spinner into the attack for the first time in this innings. Nathan Lyon to bowl now. Can he break his duck for this game?
Mitchell Starc to start the day from the other end.
Out come the Aussie players on the field! It's bright and sunny out there at the moment although the forecast isn't too promising later on. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq are the overnight batsmen for Pakistan and they have a huge task in front of them. Cannot think too ahead of themselves and should take one session at a time. Surely, Australia will be really aggressive today and will come hard. Pat Cummins to complete his unfinished over...
Welcome to Day 4 of the second and final Test between Australia and Pakistan. The hosts are well and truly in front and after enforcing the follow-on, they have 3 wickets in the bag and a lead of 248. Tim Paine and co. were sub-par early on Day 3 and they would hope not to repeat that. Pakistan, on the other hand, would look to at least go past Australia's total. They need overnight batsmen, Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood to bat them out of trouble and put on a giant fight if they are even to see off the day. Will the penultimate day of this Test be the final one or will the visitors drag this into the final day?
... Day 4, First Session ...
So that is it from Day 3. Australia are well and truly in control of this game. One would feel Pakistan need some miracle to even see Day 5 of this Test. Will the visitors put up a fight or will Day 4 be the final day of this Test? Join us on Monday, 2nd December for the penultimate day of this Test. The play will begin at 1330 local (0300 GMT). Hope to see you soon. Till then, goodbye!
In a match where Pakistan have been under the pump and have hardly had anything to cherish. Pakistan's only century has come like a ray of hope from a very unlikely source, Yasir Shah. His century along with the fight shown by Abbas and Azam have been some shining spots for the day. Babar missed out on a well deserved ton earlier in the day. That inspiring knock from Yasir failed to inspire the tourists top-order and after being forced to bat again, Pakistan lost 3 wickets including that of Babar Azam. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq have seen through the day, albeit because of rain. The pair would look to battle it out on Day 4 and do something surprising.
When many expected that Australia would bat again after bowling almost 60 overs in the first innings, Tim Paine did the opposite and asked the tourists to bat again. The decision paid off as the hosts were able to get 3 wickets with Hazlewood and Starc picking up 2 and 1 each. The hosts made the ball talk again under lights and would have liked a few more overs but rain did not permit that.
That is the end of the day's play. We expected rain to play a spoilsport and it indeed did not disappoint. Apart from the first session, Australia were more or less on top once again. Another day where the hosts dominated but they were tested the most in this Test on Day 3.
AHHHH! This is frustrating, the rain is back again and out go the players again. The groundsmen rush onto the field with the covers, AGAIN! Let's hope it passes by quickly but then does not return once it passes by. Well, it's pelting down right now.
Pat Cummins will bowl from the other end. 4-2-14-0 are his figures so far.
We are all set to begin after the rain break. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq are out in the middle to resume their innings with the visitors still behind by 248 runs. The Australian players are also out on the field. Josh Hazlewood will complete his over.
Update 2045 Local (1015 GMT) - Good news, the rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. Should not be far away from a restart.
No, the drizzle is heavier now and the umpires have called for the covers. The batters have rushed to the pavilion but the Aussie players are still waiting. The umpire eventually takes them off.
Well... it has started to drizzle again. Right now the play goes on as it is not heavy. Let's hope we do not have a stoppage and it passes by.
Drinks! An excellent session so far for Australia. They have got rid of the big man, Babar Azam after the rain break and are constantly piling the pressure on the Pakistani batsmen. Shan Masood has looked good but he needs to stay there for long periods and hope for some support from the other end.
Shan Masood is being checked for concussion as he was hit on the helmet by a short delivery from Hazlewood off the previous delivery. Masood looks fine at the moment to continue.
Paine has gone for a caught behind review against Shan Masood. Hazlewood does not look confident but Tim Paine does. The replays roll in and there is a flat line on the Hot Spot and nothing on the Snicko either. So a review lost for Australia.
Asad Shafiq walks out at no. 5.
Pat Cummins is into the attack for the first time in this innings.
Mitchell Starc will bowl from the other end. He got the wicket of Azhar Ali before the rain break. Can he add more to his kitty?
We are back then. The Australian players walk out to the middle along with two Pakistani batters. Shan Masood will have Babar Azam for the company after the wicket on the last ball. Josh Hazlewood to start the proceedings post the rain break.
UPDATE - 1935 local (0935 GMT) - Good news, good news, good news. The covers are off. Play to resume shortly.
The new man in is covers. Azhar Ali has been replaced by covers as the rain has taken over and the players are off the field. It is with strong winds so let's hope it is a passing shower. Having said that we were expecting heavens to open up at some point of time in the day/evening. And they have arrived in some style we must say.
Starc is getting a new pair of shoes. He has had his fair share of issues with injuries and Australia would hope that this is nothing serious.
Ahh! That looks painful. Starc has just twisted his ankle a bit while he lands on his front foot. It happened on the first ball. He looks okay to continue though.
Mitchell Starc will bowl from the other end. 2-1-2-0 are his figures so far.
We are all set to begin the final session! Shan Masood and the skipper, Azhar Ali walk out to the middle along with the Australian players. Josh Hazlewood will finish his over. Ali will be on strike. Can Pakistan survive till Stumps without any further damage?
... Day 3, Session 3 ...
Perfect end to the session for Australia. They have managed to get rid of Imam-ul-Haq right before the break. A surprising yet a brilliant century from Yasir Shah saw Pakistan reach 302. Tim Paine opted to put Pakistan to bat again. The hosts would have hoped for an early breakthrough and Josh Hazlewood did just that. The ball has started to move a bit as we have reached the twilight period. Will Yasir Shah's innings inspire the visitors top order or will they falter again? Join us for the final session to find out.
Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end and not Cummins in this innings.