Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Australia-Pakistan chat not 'especially polite', says Sarfraz Ahmed

Pakistan vs Australia,Pakistan vs Australia 2018,Ehsan Mani File image of PCB chief Ehsan Mani
Jennie Wade | 20 October, 2018, 11:26

Pakistan's victory, after Australia were set a 538-run target, allowed the home side to wrap up the two-match series 1-0 after Australia fought back to draw the first Test in Dubai last week.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur's disbelieving reaction said it all as Azhar fell for 64 to leave the hosts at 160-4 and leading Australia by 297 runs in their second innings.

Australia on the other hand will also miss Usman Khawaja as he will not be batting due to a meniscus tear in his left knee.

Pakistan were pegged back by Australia on the third day of the second Test thanks to this freaky run out from Mitchell Starc.

The 28-year-old ripped through the Baggy Greens' top order on Friday morning after Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) had put on 61 for the second wicket and then returned to seal his second five-for of the match and fourth in 10 Tests when he dismissed top-scorer Marnus Labuschagne (43).

Australia went to great lengths to prepare for a Pakistan spin contingent led by Yasir Shah, even flying in a pair of Indian wrist-spinners to face in the nets before the first Test.

Pakistan medium pacer Mohammad Abbas.

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"The way Abbas has bowled all series is one of the biggest positives for us", said Sarfraz.

Abbas, who was awarded the Man-of-the-Match as well as Man-of-the-Series, continued, "No one from my area has represented Pakistan in a Test match before".

"Abbas challenged our defence time and time again".

The ball trickled to the boundary, just falling short of the rope, with Starc chasing it down.

The morning session started on a sour note for both teams, with Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed taken to hospital after being struck on the helmet while batting and Khawaja ruled out with a knee injury that is likely to require surgery.

Pakistan and Australia now head into a series of three Twenty20 internationals, with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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