Australia defeated Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs on the 4th day of 2nd Test match played at Adelaide Oval on Monday. The hosts Australia earned 120 points from the 2 match Test in the ICC Test Championship.
Starting on the overnight score of 39 for 3, Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq played with positive intent against Australian bowling line up. Masood looked confident with aggressive stroke play and reached his fifty off 96 balls. It was an impressive performance by both these batsmen as they did not lose any wickets in the first hour. Nathan Lyon got the important breakthrough for Australia dismissing Shan Masood for a brilliant 68. Masood and Shafiq added 103 runs for the 4th wicket. Shafiq impressed with his stroke play and reached his fifty off 101 balls. Lyon produced a beauty to dismiss Shafiq for 57. Pakistan were 167 for 5 at the Supper break .
Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan kept the Australian bowlers at bay till the first drinks break of 2nd session. Nathan Lyon got wicket of Iftikhar after drinks break for 27. Iftikhar and Rizwan added 47 runs for the 6th wicket. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Rizwan showed great defensive technique. Lyon picked his 4th wicket dismissing Yasir Shah for 13. Shah decided to review the decision, but the umpire had to retain its decision. Lyon picked his 5th wicket of the innings getting wicket Shaheen Shah Afridi for 1. Rizwan looked in good solid touch with his defensive technique. With the wicket of Shaheen Shah, umpires decided to call Tea break.
The Australian bowlers took the new ball immediately after the 80th. Josh Hazelwood got the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan for 45. Pat Cummins ran out Mohammad Abbas to end Pakistan innings on 239. Australia won the match by an innings and 48 runs.
Australia 589 for 3 in 127 overs ( David Warner 335*, Marnus Labuschagne 162, Matthew Wade 38*, Shaheen Shah Afridi 3/88) beat Pakistan 302 in 94.4 overs ( Yasir Shah 113, Babar Azam 97, Mitchell Starc 6/66, Pat Cummins 3/83) 239 in 82 overs ( Shan Masood 68, Asad Shafiq 57, , Nathan Lyon 5/69, Josh Hazlewood 3/63) and 302 in 94.4 overs ( Yasir Shah 113, Babar Azam 97, Mitchell Starc 6/66, Pat Cummins 3/83) by an innings and 48 runs.
Australia cruised to an easy 2-0 series win. David Warner was awarded the man of the match for his marathon 335 and man of the series for his 489 runs in 2 innings. It was a dominating performance by the Australian side who outplayed their opponents in all three departments.