February 20, 2024

MELBOURNE: A fired-up Pat Cummins bagged 5 wickets and 10 within the match to earn Australia a nail-biting 79-run win within the second Take a look at and clinch the collection towards a battling Pakistan Friday. 

Set 317 for victory, the guests put up a stellar battle as they chased their first Take a look at triumph in Australia since 1995. 

However they had been dismissed for 237, with the final 5 wickets falling for 18 runs. 

Cummins was the chief destroyer, taking 5-49 to go along with his first innings 5-48 — solely the second 10-wicket haul of his Take a look at profession. 

Mitchell Starc chipped in with 4-55 because the tail collapsed after Shan Masood (60), Agha Salman (50) and Babar Azam (41) gave them a combating likelihood. 

It was at all times going to be a tricky activity, with the highest-ever profitable fourth innings run chase on the Melbourne Cricket Floor the 332-7 England managed in 1928, with no different workforce getting previous 300.

Pakistan’s Abdullah Shafique edges a ball that may have him caught out towards Australia through the fourth day of their cricket check match in Melbourne, on December 29, 2023. (AP)

Opener Abdullah Shafique departed for 4 throughout a difficult session earlier than lunch, caught by Usman Khawaja within the slips off Starc following a interval of intense stress. 

Iman-ul-Haq survived the preliminary blitz, however was no match after the break for Cummins, who despatched down a probing ball that nipped again and trapped him lbw for 12. 

Masood was given out lbw by the umpire on 12, however it was overturned on evaluate and he shortly received again in his stride. 

He took a nasty ball to the ribs that wanted remedy, however was undeterred and raced to a gutsy 50 earlier than Cummins once more got here to Australia’s rescue, attractive an edge to Steve Smith. 

There was loads resting on the shoulders of Azam because the facet’s premier batter and he appeared in good nick. 

However after reaching 41, Josh Hazlewood received a ball to jag again and it clattered into his off stump. 

Mohammad Rizwan additionally appeared harmful on his technique to 35 earlier than Cummins once more labored his magic, with Alex Carey amassing a catch behind the stumps after the ball went off the batsman’s glove. 

Australian slips fields males Mitch Marsh, left, Usman Khawaja, second left, Steve Smith, second proper, and David Warner enchantment for a call on the fourth day of the second cricket Take a look at match between Australia and Pakistan on the Melbourne Cricket Floor (MCG) in Melbourne on December 29, 2023. (AFP)

Cummins then eliminated Aamer Jamal and Shaheen Shah Afridi in fast succession earlier than Starc cleaned up. 

The Pakistanis padded up after the hosts had been all out of their second innings for 262, after resuming on 187-6. 

Mir Hamza was the most effective of the bowlers with 4-32, whereas Afridi took 4-76. 

Carey slammed 53 to assist Australia construct their in a single day lead and quieten chatter about his type after dropping his place within the one-day facet to Josh Inglis. 

He resumed on 16 after Australia had bounced again from 16-4 due to an attacking 96 from Mitchell Marsh and Smith’s gutsy 50. 

Carey, who made his first and solely Take a look at hundred in Melbourne a 12 months in the past, hit consecutive fours in his first over from Hasan Ali to construct confidence. 

On the different finish, Starc lived dangerously and fell for 9 with the spectacular Afridi getting the breakthrough on a pitch nonetheless providing a bit for the bowlers. 

Azam took the sharp likelihood at slip after Starc miscued a drive. 

Cummins made a breezy 16 however was caught behind by Rizwan off Jamal, whereas Lyon crunched two straight fours off Jamal, then was bowled for 11 three deliveries later. 

Carey introduced up his sixth Take a look at half-century earlier than being the final man out, lbw to Hamza.