November 3, 2014
Pakistan clinches an emphatic 2-0 series win against Australia after winning by 356 runs. After losing in the 1st test the Australians were out to prove a point in the second.
This quickly looked a like a monumental task after Misbah won the toss in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan put together huge 1st innings of 570-7 Younus Khan (213), Misbah (101) & Ali (109).
Australia’s reply was very timid indeed, only reaching 261. If there were any positives to take from this then it would be Mitch Marsh 87 from 160 balls. Playing his second test for Australia he showed the composure at the crease that Australia’s middle order has lacked recently.
It was a good show from the Pakistan bowling attack with the wickets being shared between seam and spin. Pick of the bowlers was Khan who bowled aggressive lines and rewarded with figures of 3-60 off his 14 overs.
Pakistan decided to bat again to give their bowlers a rest and the pitch a chance to disintegrate further more. This proved to be the right decision with the batters flying high on this tour. They quickly got on with scoring the runs and records were broken once again.
Misbah (101) became the fastest scoring man to record a 50 in test cricket. His half century only took 21 balls and his century came off 56 balls to equal the record set by Sir Vivian Richards. This along with Ali’s (100) effort meant that they both recorded back to back centuries in the test match.
Misbah promptly declared when he his partner hit the milestone. Leaving Pakistan on 293 for 3 off 60.4 overs. This meant the Australians had the massive total of 603 to chase down.
There was no way Australia could reach this total and you could see from the start that this was all about survival for them. Apart from Glenn Maxell who thought getting out to a reverse sweep to Babar early on in his innings was the right idea. Three players stood alone this innings and they were Steve Smith (97), Marsh (47) & David Warner (58). Pick of the bowlers being Babar (5-120) once again taking 5 wickets.
Australia only managed 246 this time round which is worrying for Michael Clarke’s side. They will be looking forward to returning home where they will prepare for the World Cup against South Africa. Let’s hope this shambolic display doesn’t transfer into their one day team.
As far as Pakistan are concerned they couldn’t get a more rewarding series under their belts. Next up they have a 3 match test series against New Zealand and will be hoping to continue where they left off.