DN Test: Pakistan on verge of series defeat against Australia

Tanya Simon
December 2, 2019

Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan were both on 10 not out with Pakistan still needing 120 runs to make Australia bat again after being made to follow on.

Starc's bowling will be well overshadowed by David Warner's record-breaking 335 not out in Adelaide, but his form turnaround is nearly equally as impressive.

After that, Australia's bowlers took the charge and dominated Pakistan's batsmen.

On Day 2 of the Adelaide Test that belonged entirely to David Warner, Australia captain Tim Paine managed to attract the limelight for a while by taking a blinder behind the stumps.

"So when it's going through those stages, (it's) trying to control the scoreboard and we did that really well at times".

Starc was beaten from pillar to post as he lost his rhythm last summer, only coming good for the final Test against a lacklustre Sri Lanka in Canberra.

His sixth Test 50, in his 17th Test, arrived with a boundary off Lyon, his sixth four, before he chipped the spinner to mid-off where Mitchell Starc collected an easy catch.

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Australia edges toward a dominant victory and a series whitewash, whereas Pakistan are wobbling at 154 for five in their second innings on day four, still 133 runs short of making the hosts bat again.

Any hopes of a rapid collapse were thwarted as Asad (57) carried on his merry way to his second half-century of the series, but Lyon brought about his end as well when he prodded a ball off his hip and into the hands of man of the match David Warner at leg slip.

Azam and Yasir Shah are unbeaten on 43 and 4 runs respectively.

Earlier in the day, Warner became the second Australian to smash a triple century after Matthew Hayden.

He trapped Yasir Shah (13) lbw in front with a ball that skidded and sped on for 13 and went to the dinner break midway through his 25th over when Shaheen was caught at mid-off by Hazlewood.

Mitchell Starc was the destroyer in Pakistan's first innings, taking 6-66 to reinforce his position as perhaps the best pink-ball bowler in the world.

The win marked just the second time in Australia's history they had won all the matches in a series by more than an innings - with the other being against Bangladesh in 2003.

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