PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Australia smashed New Zealand by 296 runs inside four days in the series-opening cricket Test at the Perth Stadium to maintain a perfect record under lights on Sunday. Having trailed by 250 runs on the first innings the Kiwis were set 468 runs to win which would have been a record chase in Test cricket on a deteriorating pitch after Australia declared at 217 for nine in their second innings. Marnus Labuschagne, Australia’s newest batting find, top-scored with 143 in the first innings his third consecutive hundred and notched up 50 in the second innings. Australia's second innings fell away dramatically after being 131 for one at one stage on the third day. The home team lost seven wickets for 58 runs. Tim Southee again impressed with 5-69. In reply, Aussie bowlers used the pink ball to good effect under lights to bring the match to a quick conclusion after none of the recognized Kiwi batsmen offered significant resistance. New Zealand were dismissed for 171 and were beaten by 296 runs.
Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc (4-45) and Nathan Lyon (4-63) destroyed the New Zealand batting before fast bowler Pat Cummins (2-31) cleaned up the tail. Starc finished with a match haul of 9-97 and, earned the man of the match honors. The visitors were never in contention after losing their first wicket with just six runs on the board and were unable to push the match into the fifth day after Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins cleaned up the Kiwi tail under lights in Perth's first-ever day-night Test. The chase started poorly, New Zealand lost both the openers before lunch an, chased to 98-5 at tea. BJ Watling (40) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) added 56 runs for the sixth wicket before the pair fell in the space of nine deliveries triggering the collapse.
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