Pakistan Complete Australia Annihilation In Dubai

Pakistan lead their Test series 1-0 against Australia after an emphatic 221 run victory in the first match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.  The Australians resumed play on 59/4 chasing an improbable 438.  Opener Chris Rogers was the first to lose his wicket in the morning for 43.

Rogers was bowled by Imran Khan (1/22) after adding 43 with Steve Smith.  Nine runs later Mitchell Marsh was back in the hut for 3.  Marsh found Azhar Ali off Zulfiqar Barbar, who had made a strong impact the night before with two wickets.

It was 105/7 when Brad Haddin was clean bowled by Barbar and the match result looked a certainty at lunch in Dubai.  However Smith and Mitchell Johnson held firm for around two hours.  Smith’s resistance would end first as he was caught by Asad Shafiq off Yasir Shah for 55.  Smith occupied the crease for 230 minutes.

Johnson and Peter Siddle hung around to further irritate the Pakistanis but after bringing up 61 in 161 minutes at the wicket, Johnson fell to Shah (4/50) thanks to a superb bit of wicketkeeping by Sarfraz Ahmed to stump the Australian.  Three runs later it was all over with Australia all out for 216.

Siddle’s 66 minutes in the middle ended when he was caught by Azhar Ali off Babar (5/74) for 15.  For his two tons in the Test Younis Khan was named player of the match.  The second Test in Abu Dhabi starts on Thursday.