Boxing Day Test: Pat Cummins the hero as Australia beat Pakistan to win series | Cricket News – Times of India

Boxing Day Test: Pat Cummins the hero as Australia beat Pakistan to win series | Cricket News - Times of India

Melbourne: A shooting Pat Cummins He took five wickets and ten wickets in the match. Australia The series was won by 79 runs in the second test Pakistan on Friday.
Set a target of 317 for victory, the visitors put up an impressive display as they chased their first Test win in Australia since 1995.
As it happened
But they were bowled out for 237, the last five wickets falling for 18 runs.
Australian skipper Cummins took 5-49 to follow up his first innings with 5-48 — only the second 10-wicket haul of his Test career.
Mitchell Starc 4-55 fell after the tail as chipped Shaun Masood (60), Agha Salman (50) and Babar Azam (41) gave him a fighting chance.

“A bit dazed, felt fine but he was batting really well,” Cummins said.
“Anything with three in front of him was a goal, so we got that,” he added of the target he wanted Pakistan to set. “It felt like we had enough to ball but a little tight.”
It was always going to be a tough task, the most successful fourth innings chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was 332-7 by England in 1928, and no team had gone past 300.
Pakistan captain Masood said that we have to look at the big picture.
“That’s the way we want to play Test cricket, fight till the end and the result is possible for us. There’s a lot of work to be done. But it’s a blueprint.”
Opener Abdullah Shafiq departed for four in a tough session before lunch, caught at slip by Usman Khawaja off Starc after intense pressure.
Imam-ul-Haq survived the initial blitz, but there were no matches for Cummins after the break, with the pacer sending a probing ball that bounced back and left him lbw for 12.
Masood was given out lbw by the umpire for 12, but on review it was overturned and he quickly returned.
He took a foul ball to the ribs that required treatment, but he was undaunted and ran away with a spirited 50, before Cummins again came to Australia’s rescue, hitting Steve Smith for one. Persuaded to the edge.
As the premier batsman of the side, Azam had a lot of rest on his shoulders and looked in good nick.

But after reaching 41, Josh Hazlewood Got a ball to wake back up and it hit his off-stump.
Mohammad Rizwan also looked dangerous going on 35 before Cummins worked his magic again. Alex Carey Taking a catch behind the stumps after the ball has left the batsman’s glove.
Cummins then removed Amir Jamal and Shaheen Shah Afridi in quick succession before Starc was clean out.
After resuming at 187-6, the hosts were bowled out for 262 in their second innings, with the Pakistanis showing some slack.
Mir Hamza took 4-32 while Afridi took 4-76 wickets.
Carey scored 53 to help Australia take an overnight lead.
He resumed on 16 as Australia returned to 16-4 thanks to an attack of 96. Mitchell Marsh And Smith’s Courage 50.
Carey, who scored his first and only Test century in Melbourne a year ago, hit back-to-back fours in his first over. Hasan Ali To build trust.
At the other end, Starc was dangerously alive and fell for 9, with Afridi winning on a pitch that still had something to offer the bowlers.
Azam took a quick chance at slip after Starc’s mis-drive.
Cummins scored 16 but was caught out by Rizwan off Jamal, who bowled Lyon for 11, with Carey LBW to last man Hamza.
The final Test of the three-match series will be played in Sydney next week.

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