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Australia vs Pakistan: Nathan Lyon on song as tourists clinch series

The 34-year-old took the prized wickets of Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam to end Pakistan’s resistance and finished with figures of 5/83
Nathan Lyon of Australia after dismissing one of his five Pakistan victims in Lahore on Friday.
Nathan Lyon of Australia after dismissing one of his five Pakistan victims in Lahore on Friday.
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Agencies   |   Published 26.03.22, 02:29 AM

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon led an inspired bowling performance by Australia with a five-wicket haul to help the tourists beat Pakistan by 115 runs in the final session of the deciding third Test in Lahore and clinch the three-match series 1-0 on Friday.

The 34-year-old took the prized wickets of Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam to end Pakistan’s resistance and finished with figures of 5/83 to register his 19th five-wicket haul in an innings.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins provided ample support by picking up three wickets as Pakistan folded for 235 on the final day of the Test match at the Gaddafi Stadium, chasing a target of 351.

“In the first innings, the way we batted and put us ahead of the game was fantastic,” Cummins, who was adjudged player of the match for his match haul of eight wickets, said at the presentation.

“The way we applied ourselves today (Friday), everyone was up for it ... I thought if we bowled to our potential it (the 351-run target) was a long way away.”

Pakistan captain Babar, who saved the hosts from the jaws of defeat in the second Test in Karachi with a 196 in the second innings, made 55.

 Captain Cummins dismissed Fawad Alam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, who also struck an unbeaten 104 in the second innings of the drawn Karachi Test, in successive overs with both batters falling leg before wicket.

Television replays, however, showed Rizwan would have survived if he had asked for a review of the umpire’s decision.

Australia also erred by not reviewing a not-out decision for catch against Babar with replays showing the hosts’ batting mainstay had got a glove to a Lyon delivery which was taken at slip by Steve Smith.

Lyon should have picked up Babar on 45 just before tea but Travis Head failed to hold on to the catch at deep midwicket.

The off-spinner had the last laugh when he induced an edge from Babar with Smith, who had a tough time in the series with his catching, completing a brilliant grab low at slip.

“Unfortunately we had some soft dismissals today (Friday),” Babar said, adding that he was satisfied with the overall performance of his team in the series.

“Our plan was to play normally at the start and then go for victory once we were able to shift the momentum in our favour. But it did not happen,” he said.

The first two Tests in the series — the first between the sides in Pakistan since 1998 — were drawn.

The sides will next play three 50-over matches and one Twenty20 match at the same venue.



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