Brisbane Test: Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s fighting knocks ended in vain as Australia wrapped up an innings win inside 4 days to take a 1-0 series lead against Pakistan on Sunday.
- Austraia won the 1st Test against Pakistan by an innings and 5 runs in Brisbane
- Babar Azam (104) hit his second test century and Mohammad Rizwan scored 95
- Marnus Labuschagne (185) and David Warner (154) earlier helped Australia put 580 on board
Brisbane Test: Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and five runs on the fourth day of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Babar Azam (104) hit his second Test century and Mohammad Rizwan scored 95 to stall Australia’s march to victory but once they departed, Pakistan were soon all out for 335.
Pakistan were reeling at 64 for 3 at the end of the third day with Shan Masood and Babar at the crease. The duo added 68 runs before Masood fell for 42.
Ifitkhar Ahmed didn’t last long and was sent back for a duck by Hazlewood soon after Masood’ dismissal. Babar then joined hands with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to lead Pakistan’s fightback.
Babar and Rizwan’s sixth-wicket partnership fetched Pakistan 132 runs from over 200 deliveries. Babar completed his hundred during the stand to become only the third Pakistani batsman to score in triple figures at the Gabba. But he couldn’t convert it into a daddy hundred and fell to Lyon just before the tea break.
Rizwan though kept the fight going and added 79 runs with Yasir Shah, before falling 5 runs short of his maiden Test hundred. Yasir (42), Shaheen Afridi (10) and Imran Khan (5) then fell one after the other with Australia completing the win in 84.2 overs.
As a result of this win, the hosts maintained their unbeaten record at the Gabba since 1988.
Josh Hazlewood ended up getting 4 wickets while Mitchell Starc bagged 3 and Pat Cummins got two. Nathan Lyon got the prized wicket of Babar in the second session on day 4.
Earlier, Marnus Labuschagne (185) and David Warner (154) helped Australia accumulate a first-innings tally of 580 in reply to Pakistan’s 240.
The second Test, a day-night affair, starts at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Story Credit: India Today