Abu Dhabi - Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas took his maiden ten-wicket haul in a
match to fire Pakistan to a 373-run win over Australia in the second
Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Abbas followed his 5-33 in the first innings with figures of 5-62 to wreck Australia for 164.
victory, after Australia were set a 538-run target, allowed Pakistan to
wrap up the two-match series 1-0 after Australia fought back to draw
the first Test in Dubai last week.
It was Australia's heaviest defeat against Pakistan, beating the 356-run hammering at this same venue four years ago.
was Abbas, 28, who destroyed Australia with a haul of 17 wickets in the
series - becoming the first Pakistani fast bowler to take ten wickets
in a Test since Mohammad Asif did so against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2006.
had jolted Australia with four wickets off just 23 balls while Yasir
Shah finished with 3-45 to give Pakistan their tenth series win on the
neutral venues of United Arab Emirates.
They have only lost one series - 2-0 to Sri Lanka last year - since being forced to play their home matches in UAE since 2009.
Pakistan were forced to play their home matches in UAE since attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.
batsmen had no answers to his accurate seam bowling under cloudy
conditions at Sheikh Zayed Stadium as only Marnus Labuschagne (43),
Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) offered some resistance.
Yasir dismissed number ten Jon Holland soon after lunch to hand Pakistan victory.
The first Test ended in a draw in Dubai last week.
Australian opener Usman Khawaja could not bat after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury during practice on Thursday.
jolted the Australians in the seventh over of the day when he removed a
solid-looking Head, getting an edge to substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad
Rizwan, deputising for Sarfraz Ahmed.
who was hit on the helmet by a rising Mitchell Starc delivery on
Thursday, had gone for a precautionary scan which came back clear.
Sarfraz was full of praise for Abbas, the man of the match.
"The way Abbas has bowled all series is one of the biggest positives for us," said Sarfraz.
the youngsters who have come through in recent times have done well. We
have to groom them all to become a good Test team," said Sarfraz.
Australian skipper Tim Paine said his side had thrown away a chance to win the match.
"Obviously really disappointing to have them five for 57 on day one and we let that opportunity slip," said Paine.
challenged our defence time and time again. There's certainly no sugar
coating that we've got some real issues with our batting."
and Finch put on 61 runs for the second wicket while Starc (28) and
Labuschagne added 67 for the sixth wicket, but it only delayed the
Abbas had Mitchell Marsh (five) and Finch (31)
leg-before wicket and dismissed Tim Paine for nought -- before Yasir
Shah removed Starc and Peter Siddle for three.
Australia had reached 155-7 at lunch with the writing very much on the wall.
Pakistan made 282 in their first innings and then bowled out Australia for a paltry 145, gaining a match winning 137-run lead.
highlights of Pakistan's batting in this match were 94 and 66 from
opener Fakhar Zaman in his first Test while skipper Sarfraz returned to
form with innings of 94 and 81.
Both the teams now play a series of three Twenty20 internationals with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.