Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Day 5: Pakistan demolish Australia behind Babar’s five-for

Pakistan celebrate after going 1-0 up in the series

Pakistan celebrate after going 1-0 up in the series

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Pakistan spinner Zulfiqar Babar registered his maiden five-wicket haul to help his side demolish Australia by 221 runs on the fifth day of the first Test in Dubai.

However, Australia batsman Steven Smith and left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson both deserve a lot of credit for their valiant half-centuries.

Starting out the day on 59/4, Chris Rogers and Smith converted their 10-run partnership into a 43-run partnership before Rogers was clean bowled by debutant Imran Khan for 43.

Debutant Mitchell Marsh only made three runs before he was caught by Azhar Ali at silly point off the bowling of Babar.

Brad Haddin failed to trouble the scorers as he was cleaned up by Babar for a duck.

Smith and Johnson helped Australia’s cause with a 65-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Asad Shafiq at short leg off the bowling of Yasir Shah.

Smith’s valiant knock of 55 came off 175 balls and included three boundaries.

Smith had to work hard for his 55

Smith had to work hard for his 55

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Johnson went on to score 61 off 127 balls, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Shah.

Johnson hit six boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 61

Johnson hit six boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 61

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Pakistan’s celebrations began when Peter Siddle was caught by Azhar Ali at silly point for 15 runs to give Babar his maiden five-wicket haul.

Babar was easily the pick of the bowlers with his five wickets, while Shah snapped up four wickets and Khan claimed one.

Babar finished with a career-best 5-74 off 31.1 overs

Babar finished with a career-best 5-74 off 31.1 overs

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Australia captain Michael Clarke was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “No doubt Pakistan deserve a lot of credit. They beat us in all three facets. Their batmen batted us out and their spinners had us in trouble. We have a couple of days to turn it around. We want to use our bats a little more. We knew spin would play a lot, but a lot of us got out to balls that didn’t spin. So we want to get into the right positions [when we’re batting against spin].

“Smith and Johnson fought as hard as they could. Again, Pakistan deserve credit. Younis showed how to play spin and reverse swing. Any time you make 400-450, that helps the bowlers put pressure on the opposition. Our bowlers had to work hard on a flat wicket on day one. We can turn it around, definitely. We’ve got the talent, the attitude and I’m sure you will see a different team in the next Test.”

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was ecstatic to have taken a 1-0 lead, and said: “It was a really required win for us. We were really struggling in the last two series. It will really give a lot of confidence to the youngsters who’ve just joined us. We were determined after the one-day series loss. One bad innings and we lost the match in Sri Lanka. We really did well in every department in this Test and that really helped us put Australia under pressure.

“These bowlers are [new to] the international level, but they have a lot of experience in first-class level. They know how to bowl longer spells and build pressure. Their temperement was wonderful. They got confidence from the four-day game win and the conditions suited them too. It is really important to consolidate. We haven’t won a series against Australia in so long. It’s a big incentive for us, all the guys are determined to do well against them and we need to play disciplined cricket. We need to stick to basics and focus. [If we do that] we can do anything.”

Younis Khan was named Man of the Match, and said: “I want to give thanks to my followers, whenever I was in bad form they supported me. The media supported me during controversies. The family, the trainers, the coaching staff as well. That’s the reason I came back to play these Tests. It was a tough situation after Pakistan lost the one-day series and the T20s. My family and friends motivated me. And what is better than helping Pakistan win matches against a top team like Australia?

“I did a lot of work with Grant Flower, the batting coach. I worked out how to play Mitch Johnson, the pace at which he bowls, the kind of balls he bowls, his tactics. On the first day we got only 220 runs, but we believed we could still force a win out of that position. This is a great win. We are a young team and to win over a top-ranked team like this [is great]. Shehzad’s ton, Yasir Shah’s bowling, Zulfiqar’s effort, Azhar Ali’s effort and Misbah’s captaincy as well. It’s been brilliant.”

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