MELBOURNE – Pakistan batting line after piling up 443 runs in the first innings, crumbled to 163 in the second, conceding defeat by an innings and 18 runs against in the fourth innings of the second Test against Australia.
With this emphatic win, Australia take the three-match Test series 2-0.
The Australians roared to victory in the last two sessions of the final day dismissing the tourists for 163 after declaring before lunch at 624 for eight.
The tactic paid immediate dividends as Pakistan stumbled under pressure and continued to lose wickets in regular intervals. The decision to declare the Australian first innings was accelerated by a big-hitting knock of 84 off 91 balls from fast bowler Mitchell Starc.
Watch Pakistan fall of wickets against Australia
Starc clubbed seven sixes and is especially severe on Yasir Shah, belting the leg-spinner for five sixes.
His seven sixes surpassed the record in an innings in a Melbourne Test held by Andrew Symonds with six in his 72 against South Africa in 2005.
He reached his eighth Test half-century and second fifty this season off 69 balls before he was given a reprieve on 51.
Starc put on 154 runs for the seventh wicket with Smith off 172 balls and upon Nathan Lyon’s dismissal, Smith declared the innings and raced from the ground.
It was Smith’s 17th Test century and fourth for the year, and he will finish 2016 with 1,079 runs at 71.93.
Australia have won the three-Test series 2-0 after beating Pakistan by 39 runs in the Gabba Test. Sydney will host the third Test from January 3, 2017. – AFP