Australia have finally broken through and what a time to do it. After the first two Tests ended in a draw, Pakistan would have fancied their chances to win the series but Australia have shown why they are the No 1 Test side at the moment – at least in terms of the rankings.
Pakistan have been bowled out for 235 in the final session of the final day of the third Test match. With that victory, Australia take the series 1-0, their first series win in Asia since 2011.
Pat Cummins has cleaned up Naseem Shah as Pakistan lose their last wicket with almost 24 overs to play for in the day.Pakistan are falling like a pack of cards after their captain Babar Azam’s dismissal. Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi didn’t show any intentions of staying at the crease. The result being both getting dismissed in trying to play the big shots off the spinner.
Nathan Lyon was the beneficiary on both occasions as he picked up another five-wicket haul.Nathan Lyon’s 5 for 83 and skipper Pat Cummins three-fer bowled Australia to a 115-run victory in the Lahore decider on Friday (March 25).
Pakistan began the morning needing another 278 on a slow and turning Day 5 track with all wickets intact. Despite an attritional first session and fifties from Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, the Australian attack stepped up with quick strikes post Lunch to leave Pakistan captain, fending with the tail, 37 overs to survive in the final session. Pakistan caved in 12.
Australia 391 & 227/3 beat Pakistan 268 and 235 (Imam-ul-Haq 70, Babar Azam 55; Nathan Lyon 5-82,Pat Cummins 3-23) by 115 runs.
Man of the Match Pat Cummins (5/56,11*,3/23) and Man of the Series Usman Khawaja (Total Runs 496)