February 20, 2024

PERTH, Australia: Nathan Lyon took his five hundredth Check wicket Sunday as Australia dismissed a rattled Pakistan for simply 89 to publish a thumping 360-run win within the opening Check at Perth.

Pakistan’s unlikely bid to win their first Check in Australia since 1995 was left in tatters by the spin king and the house facet’s formidable tempo assault, who wrapped up the sport inside 4 days.

Chasing 450 for victory, the guests succumbed meekly with Lyon taking 2-18. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood each grabbed three wickets every.

After being left stranded on 499 after Pakistan’s first innings, Lyon lastly reached the milestone when he trapped Faheem Ashraf lbw however there was an agonizing wait because it went to evaluate.

He then bowled Aamer Jamal in the identical over, becoming a member of an elite membership of simply seven different gamers, together with fellow spinners Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and Australia’s Shane Warne.

Australia declared on day 4 at 233-5 after Pakistan have been dismissed for 271 of their first innings, in reply to the hosts’ 487.

Skipper Pat Cummins made the decision after opener Usman Khawaja was out for a gutsy 90 on a deteriorating pitch after a 126-run partnership with Mitchell Marsh.

Marsh remained unbeaten on 63 after Pakistan had eliminated Steve Smith and Travis Head early within the day to provide themselves hope, which rapidly evaporated.

Dealing with a frightening chase, they bought off to a horror begin with Abdullah Shafique out for 2 within the first over, nicking an unplayable Starc ball to Alex Carey behind the stumps.

Captain Shan Masood, in his first Check in cost, didn’t final for much longer, edging to Carey off Hazlewood to depart his group in dire straits at 17-2.

Starc additionally accounted for Imam-ul-Haq, trapping him lbw for 10, earlier than Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel put up some resistance.

However that crumbled when Azam bought an edge to Cummins on 14, with Carey once more amassing.

After they returned from tea, Sarfaraz Ahmed lasted simply six balls earlier than he was caught by Marsh at gully off Starc, and Agha Salman was needlessly run out.

Lyon then labored his magic earlier than Hazlewood cleaned up the tail.

Australia had resumed at 84-2, with Khawaja on 34 and Smith 43.

It was arduous going in the beginning with cracks showing on the pitch, with Pakistan’s tempo bowlers beating the bat and inflicting issues.

Spectacular debutant Khurram Shahzad bought a breakthrough within the fourth over of the day, trapping Smith lbw for 45 with a ball that nipped again.

Enter the aggressive Travis Head, who stroked a straight drive boundary off the second ball he confronted to sign his intent.

However he lived dangerously and a misjudged drive off Aamer Jamal went straight to Haq at cowl, out for 14.

Each Marsh and Khawaja survived critiques in the identical eventful Jamal over as Pakistan ratcheted up the stress.

Marsh hit sixes off Jamal then spinner Salman to maintain the scoreboard shifting, earlier than an enormous escape on 23 when Masood dropped a sitter at mid-off.

On the different finish, Khawaja stored grinding away to make a twenty fifth Check half-century off 151 balls, accelerating after he reached the mark.

Marsh cracked a thunderous drive off Shaheen Shah Afridi to convey up his second 50 of the match as each males attacked the bowling after lunch.

Khawaja raced to 90 with some audacious boundaries earlier than his luck ran out going for an additional massive shot, caught by Azam off Afridi, which introduced in regards to the declaration.

They now head to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Check earlier than the sequence wraps up in Sydney.