Published on January 7th, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar0
Warner, Hazlewood gift Pakistan another whitewash
Batting inconsistency caused another heavy defeat to Pakistan. David Warner’s quick innings and Josh Hazlewood’s 7 wickets secures another whitewash for Aussies.
Scorecard: Australia 538/8d & 241/2d beat Pakistan 315 & 244 by 220 runs
From being the number 1 Test team to whitewash, Pakistan have now tested all these in last 5-6 months as they have been defeated by Australia in third and final Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) by 220 runs. Losing first two Tests, Pakistan has nothing to lose this time, but their problems with batting collapse continue and another tough series ended with a clean sweep.
Chasing a massive target of 465, Pakistan began their final day campaign at 55 for 1 which they had overnight. Australia’s mainstream bowler Josh Hazlewood removed Azhar Ali in a return catch in the very first over without opening an account for the day and Australia started showing their approach towards a win. Hazlewood trapped Babar Azam four overs later cross the line and put visitors in trouble.
Centurion Younis Khan tried to settle on crease, but he lost his patience and an attempt to hit over the top caused him wicket in a cheap manner. Night Watchman Yashir Shah tried some resistance on crease, but, Steven O’Keef offered him to play big and caught him by Bird.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq were left on crease before the umpires called it for lunch. They had two sessions to avoid clean sweep, but like last match, they could not play even a session. Misbah and Asad contributed 40 runs before Starc bowled Shafiq on full length outside off delivery, which got a thick inside edge and clattered into the stumps.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, who did not enjoy a good series so far, stuck on the crease with his skipper. Both added 52 runs partnership for the seventh wicket and it was looking that both these players will do some magic for Pakistan. Misbah who also failed to score runs in this series again tried a needless shot over the covers and Lyon with running catch gave another blow to Pakistan off O’Keefe. Tail Enders Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Amir and Imran Khan with Sarfraz fought against Australian spinners but they were unable to last till the session and handed a 220-run defeat.
David Warner with two quick innings rewarded Man of the Match and skipper Steven Smith his excellent performance throughout the series received Man of the Series award. Pakistan will begin their next assignment on tour with first ODI at Brisbane on Friday.