• Wednesday, Aug 05, 2020
  • Last Update : 10:19 pm

Australia take 1-0 lead

  • Published at 12:12 pm November 24th, 2019
Australia's Josh Hazlewood bowls to Pakistan's Yasir Shah during the first Test in Adelaide AFP

Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan (95) put up a rearguard action, only to delay the inevitable as Pakistan fell five short of making Australia bat again

Australia took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series against Pakistan after winning the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane by an innings and five runs on the fourth and penultimate day Sunday.

Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan (95) put up a rearguard action, only to delay the inevitable as Pakistan fell five short of making Australia bat again.

Pakistan were all out for 335 in their second innings after the last bit of resistance showed by Yasir Shah (42) and Rizwan, who missed out on a well deserved century.

Josh Hazlewood bagged four wickets while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins took three and two respectively.

Earlier, Babar reached his second Test century and his first in Australia with an impressive knock.

The elegant right-hander had been in excellent form in the lead-up games but was out to a disappointing shot in the first innings for just one.

However, he was a different player in the second innings and never looked in any trouble until he edged Nathan Lyon to Tim Paine to fall for 104.

It was Babar’s second century in 22 Tests following hie maiden ton against New Zealand in Dubai in November last year.

He shared partnerships of 68 with Shan Masood and 132 with Rizwan as Pakistan battled hard throughout the first two sessions.

Rizwan, playing just his second Test, brought up his first Test half-century off 86 balls with nine boundaries.

After resuming their second innings at 64 for three at the start of day four, Masood and Babar showed great commitment to frustrate the Australian attack.

The Pakistan pair looked comfortable from the beginning and brought up their 50-run partnership midway through the first hour's play.

But on 42 Masood tried to hook a Cummins short ball and got a thin edge to Australian wicket-keeper Paine to leave the visitors 93 for four.

One run later Paine was in the action again when new batsman Iftikhar Ahmed was squared up by a beautiful ball from Hazlewood and could only manage to edge it through to the Australian captain.

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