Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 5: Pakistan thrash Australia by 356 runs to complete 2-0 whitewash

Pakistan celebrate after winning their first Test series against Australia in 20 years

Pakistan celebrate after winning their first Test series against Australia in 20 years

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Pakistan completed their 2-0 whitewash of Australia after thrashing the Baggy Greens by 356 runs, which is their biggest win over any team in terms of a runs margin, on the fifth day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan spinner Zulfiqar Babar provided the heroics with the ball once again as he picked up his second five-wicket haul.

However, Australia batsman Steven Smith deserves a lot of credit for his valiant knock of 97.

Starting out the day on 143/4, Smith and Mitchell Marsh converted their 42-run partnership into a 107-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before Marsh was brilliantly caught by Asad Shafiq at leg slip off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez for 47.

Smith went on to score 97, which came off 204 balls and included 12 boundaries, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Yasir Shah.

Smith decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Smith's gutsy innings of 97 went in vain

Smith’s gutsy innings of 97 went in vain

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Brad Haddin only made 13 runs before he was clean bowled by Babar.

Mitchell Johnson failed to trouble the scorers as he was cleaned up by Shah for a duck.

Mitchell Starc fared no better as he made two runs before he was also bowled by Shah.

Australia were bowled out for 246 when Nathan Lyon was caught by Azhar Ali at silly point off the bowling of Babar.

Babar was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Shah snapped up three and Hafeez chipped in with two.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was gutted to have been whitewashed, and said: “They played outstanding cricket in both Tests and we have been outplayed. Unfortunately, all three facets [failed]. It’s been the track record of Australian cricket [in Asia] for a long time, unfortunately.”

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who was also named Man of the Match, was ecstatic that his side have now moved to third place on the Test rankings, and said: “It’s really an honour for me to lead this side, the way everybody played. Every individual performed and I’m really happy about that. I can’t describe my feelings. We were working really hard and playing good cricket but not winning, we just ensured that we would keep on doing the basics right.

“It hurt us the way we lost the [ODI] series and we were determined to come back and it’s been remarkable for our side. It’s really good to have a youngster like [Yasir]. Playing against a side like Australia, for the first time, he’s got really good temperament, and in the coming future he can really deliver for us. The way Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad and Asad Shafiq have batted, and Sarfraz is really a find. These guys are going to play for the next 7-8 years and we have a side for the future. Everybody is in form [ahead of the New Zealand series], everyone is full of confidence, and after that comes the World Cup.”

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan was named Man of the Series for scoring 468 runs, which included a double century and two hundreds, at a unbelievable average of 156.

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