Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs in second Test

Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs in second Test

Despite the decisive double demolition job, Pakistan's resistance in the second innings of both Tests have frustrated Australia's bowlers, and threatened to do so again on Monday, before Nathan Lyon (5-69) struck five times at one of his favourite hunting grounds.

Pakistan were 39-3 overnight after being forced to follow-on on day three, when the visitors were bowled out for 302 to surrender a 287-run first-innings lead.

Following a 104 in the Brisbane test, Azam missed out on a second consecutive century, falling for 97 when he tried to blast Mitchell Starc through the covers.

That brought to the crease Yasir Shah, who frustrated the Australians to the tune of 113 runs off 213 balls on Sunday, despite a career average in the low teens.

Called to follow on after reaching 302 in response to Australia's 589-3 declared, Pakistan's batsmen battled hard at the Adelaide Oval but were bowled out for 239 in their second innings shortly after the dinner break of the day-night test.

"David and Marnus (Labuschagne) have been unbelievably good".

Hazlewood returned in the evening session to have Babar (8) caught behind, while Steve Smith's diving slip catch accounted for visiting captain Azhar Ali (9) off the bowling of Starc.

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"So when it's going through those stages, (it's) trying to control the scoreboard and we did that really well at times".

Australia has completed a clean sweep of Pakistan in their two-Test series, wrapping up another victory by more than an innings at Adelaide Oval.

Iftikhar Ahmed (10) failed to score big runs and was sent back to the pavilion by Starc.

Surprise first-innings century-maker Yasir Shah could not repeat the heroics and was Lyon's next victim, out lbw for 13 after a review.

Lyon took five wickets in the innings while Josh Hazlewood clinched three wickets.

Mitchell Starc was the destroyer in Pakistan's first innings, taking 6-66 to reinforce his position as perhaps the best pink-ball bowler in the world.

Australia went into the two-Test series with 56 points carried over from their five-match series against England, which had ended in a 2-2 draw.

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