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 were made to work harder than appeared likely in securing an innings-and-five-run victory on the fourth day at the Gabba as Babar Azam scored a magnificently classy second Test hundred and Mohammad Rizwan fell five runs short of his first before the tail went down swinging. The Aussies took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series with the victory. After trailing the host by 340 runs at the start of second innings, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals. Babar Azam (104) and Mohammad Rizwan (95) gave some fight to Australia but ultimately the score proved too much for them as they were bowled out for 335 late on the fourth day. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he took 4 wickets for 63 runs. Azam played an outstanding knock, a fine response to the poor stroke in the first innings which left Pakistan in trouble. He barely put a foot wrong this time, scoring freely around the wicket, with the driving standing out as so often in a typical Azam innings. There were no nervous nineties for him as he pulled Pat Cummins through midwicket before driving wide of mid-off to bring up his first overseas hundred off 160 balls.
A highly convincing victory for Australia, which was set on its course when Pakistan were held to a mere 240 in their first innings. Josh Hazlewood finished with 4 for 63 in what was Australia's 13th straight victory at home against Pakistan. Nathan Lyon brought his innings to a halt when a quicker delivery found the edge and Tim Paine took a sharp catch, but that was not a prelude to a swift conclusion as Rizwan matched Azam stroke for stroke only to upper cut Hazlewood to third man moments before the second new ball. Marnus labuschagne has been named the man of the match. On his maiden Test century at his home ground, Labuschagne says that it is very specialto have everything pan out like that and is happy that he could contribute to the team's winning cause. Victorious Aussie captain, Tim pain, says that he is really happy. Especially given the innings victory and maintaining their excellenct record at the gabba.
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