Australia Beat Pakistan By 39 Runs In A Pink Ball Nail-Biter At First Gabba Test
In an exciting Test match, Australia on Monday beat Pakistan by 39 runs, to win the first Test of the three-match Commonwealth Bank Series on the fifth day of the day-night Test at the Gabba.
You know there’s this ‘Bird’ thing in cricket, who bites the best and then there’s this ‘Ball’ thing in cricket who defends, defends and goes on defending with the bat and then there’s this Starc, who strikes for the best and then there comes this team Pakistan which turn things around for a while, before losing the control over the game.
In a similar sort of fashion, while chasing down the mammoth target of 490, Pakistan resumed on an overnight score of 372 and was inching closer towards a potential historic win with tail-enders wagging their tail.
“I just can’t work out this field at the moment. The last ball of the over to Yasir Shah and you are giving him one. You’ve got to try and get him out. Steve Smith hedging his bets here a little bit. Both sides are not sure what to do,” Mark Taylor was heard on Channell Nine.
After going very defensive, in approach, Steven Smith had a worried face with edges flying in slips cordon before Australian bowlers could come back hard at Pakistan batters in the afternoon while sending 22 overs on the fifth day.
The resistance which bogged down Australia for quite a time was ended in the span of four balls.
“The Australian captain’s tactics this morning has been nothing short of ridiculous,” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan.
Pakistan all of a sudden reduced the total to 40 before losing the 9th wicket in the form of Asad Shafiq when left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc got Australia out of jail with his quick rising delivery.
The last ray of hope for Pakistan at Gabba, Shafiq nicked the delivery of Mitchell Starc straight into a bucket like hands of Australia’s jubilant opener David Warner. Shafiq scored 137 runs off 207 balls and was adjudged Man of the Match.
“The ball got quite soft rather quickly so it made it very hard for us,” said Mitchell Starc.
Shortly after Shafiq’s return Pakistan added 1-run in the total score of 450, leg-spinner Yasir Shah ran himself out after scoring solid 33 off 66 deliveries.
Leading from the front, Captain Steven Smith after almost biting all his finger nails earned the prize at the crucial juncture of the game and felt a sigh of relief after winning the game.
Brief Scores of the first Test at Gabba:
1st innings: Australia 429 all out
1st innings: Pakistan 142 all out
2nd innings: Australia 202 for 5 declare
2nd innings: Pakistan 450 all out
Man of the Match: Asad Shafiq (137 off 207 balls)
Australia won by 39 runs.
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