Australia: Pakistan beaten by an innings and 18 runs


Second Test, Melbourne (day five):
Pakistan 443-9 dec: Azhar 205* & 163 all out: Starc 4-63
Australia 624-8 dec: Smith 165*, Warner 144, Khawaja 97, Starc 84
Australia win by an innings and 18 runs

Australia bowled Pakistan out for 163 in Melbourne to win the second Test by an innings and 18 runs on day five.

Mitchell Starc took 4-36 after captain Steve Smith hit 165 as Australia declared their first innings on 624-8.

The hosts had 68 overs to secure an unlikely victory given the amount of time lost to bad weather.

But Pakistan were reduced to 91-5 at tea and it took Australia 53.2 overs to wrap up a win that gives them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

“It finished a lot better than it started,” Starc said. “It’s fantastic for us to get that result. The belief was there and it was a fantastic way to finish.

“We knew we only had two sessions to get those 10 wickets and together as a bowling unit we’ve done really well.”

The third Test starts in Sydney on 3 January but Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has not committed to playing in the match after a poor series so far.

The 42-year-old, who was dismissed for a two-ball duck after managing just 11 in the first innings, only scored nine runs in total in the first test in Brisbane.

“I haven’t decided about that [Sydney] but let’s see,” he said. “[If I’m not contributing] there’s no point in hanging around.”

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