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

Pakistan struggle to avoid series whitewash by Australia

Pakistan struggle to avoid series whitewash by Australia

Pakistan resumed at 39-3 on day four and took the total to 123 before Lyon came into his own on familiar turf with five consecutive wickets.

Starc took 6-66 and then removed Azhar Ali in Pakistan's second innings, while Josh Hazelwood took two wickets.

Having thrashed Pakistan by an innings and five runs in the Brisbane opener, Australia appear well set to sweep the series 2-0 unless weather intervenes.

Australia are pressing for their second-straight innings victory over Pakistan, after David Warner's 335 put the hosts in a commanding position on the opening two days.

Australia who had declared their innings at 589/3 bundled Pakistan out for 302 post which they still enjoyed a massive lead of 287 runs as skipper Tim Paine enforced the follow-on.

World number one Test batsman Steve Smith went past Test legend Don Bradman's 73-year-old record to become the fastest individual to reach 7000 runs in just 126 innings.

Australia completed a comprehensive 2-0 series victory over Pakistan after winning the second Test in Adelaide by an innings and 48 runs.

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Australia were held up by another defiant partnership between Iftikhar Ahmed (27) and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (45), who added 47 to maintain hopes of forcing the home side to bat again. "As a bowling unit, we need to control the scoring rate". All the good players still score runs and take wickets regardless of the colour I think it's just a slight shift in how we think about it.

Masood made 68 and Shafiq 57.

At least they offered some resistance on Monday, with Masood, who models himself on England´s Alastair Cook, playing some glorious strokes as he assumed a leadership role after Babar Azam and captain Azhar Ali fell cheaply on Sunday evening.

"We lacked in all departments in both Tests but we take some positives", he said.

Shafiq hung on to raise his half-century but eventually nicked Lyon with the rebound pinging off his thigh and into the hands of David Warner at leg slip.

A comical mix-up between tail-enders saw Pat Cummins run out Mohammad Abbas for the final wicket to wrap up the match.

The opener will have three more Test matches on home soil against New Zealand to further capitalise on his magical form.

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