|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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