For a two-Test match series, the Pakistan vs Australia contest was pretty eventful. While Australia pulled off a miraculous draw in the 1st Test, Pakistan comfortably won the 2nd Test match despite being 5 down for 57 at a point in the first innings. Emerging star Mohammad Abbas claimed a 10 wicket haul and that turned out to be match-defining. Pakistan thus won the two-match series 1-0.
In the latest news, Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas has raised to No.3 in ICC Test Rankings. Abbas has a tally of 59 wickets in 10 Test matches which includes four five-fors and one 10-wicket haul(in a match). A jump from No. 14 to No. 3 is thus justified.
Here’s what Australian skipper Tim Paine has to say about him :
“Mohammad Abbas is a world-class bowler. We’ve known that we’ve seen footage of him. He challenged our defense and was too good for us. It also probably helped that he had Yasir [Shah], who probably didn’t get the wickets but bowled just as well. Over here one of the things our bowlers talked about was building pressure from both ends, and that’s what I think they did really well together, and when Sarfraz [Ahmed] used them together, there was a lot of pressure at both ends, and when you can create that pressure mistakes happen, and that’s what they did really well.”
“It’s bitterly disappointing, no doubt. We had some momentum from the first Test, started really well here and then from 5 for 57 it went a bit, to be honest, all over the field. It’s hard to swallow. We weren’t up to it,” added a disappointed Paine regarding Australia’s performance.
Scorecard: Pakistan 282 (Fakhar 94, Sarfraz 94, Lyon 4-78) and 400 for 9 dec (Babar 99, Sarfraz 81, Fakhar 66, Azhar 64) beat Australia 145 (Finch 39, Abbas 5-33) and 164 (Labuschagne 43, Abbas 5-62) by 373 runs