Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and five runs in the 1st Test at Gabba. Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner, and Joe Burns scored big against the toothless Pakistan bowling unit.
After winning the toss in the first innings, Pakistan bundled out for 240 on day one. Asad Shafiq (76) was the highest run-getter for the visitors. Skipper Azhar Ali (39), Shan Masood (27), and Yasir Shah (26) were the other batsmen to reach the double-figure in the first innings of the 1st Test.
For Australia, Mitch Starc was the pick of the bowlers. The speedster claimed four wickets. Pat Cummins picked up three wickets while Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon picked up two and one wickets, respectively.
Australia came to bat on day two. The Aussie openers thrashed the inexperienced Pakistan bowling line-up. David Warner (154), Joe Burns (97), Marnus Labuschagne (185) and Matthew Wade (60) were all among the runs for the hosts.
Australia finished on 580 all-out in their first innings. For Pakistan, Yasir Shah picked up four wickets. Haris Sohail and Shaheen Shah Afridi picked up two wickets each while Imran Khan and the debutante Nasim Shah picked up one wicket each.
Pakistan came out to bat in the second innings, trailing by 340. Once again, the top order failed to perform, but star batsman Babar Azam (104) and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (95) showed great character. As soon as Babar Azam fell to Nathan Lyon after scoring a magnificent hundred, the hopes of Pakistan to save the historic test match drowned. Yasir Shah (42) resisted for a little while, but couldn’t save Pakistan from a humiliating defeat. Pakistan, in the second innings, ended up on 335 all-out, which meant Australia won by an innings and five runs.
For Australia, Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Starc picked up four and three wickets while Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon picked up two and one wickets, respectively.
The Gabba Test defeat was Pakistan’s 13th straight defeat in Australia. The visitors will have to perform out of their skin if they want to challenge this strong Australia side in their backyard.
The second Test of the series will be played from November 29 to December 3 in Brisbane, which will be day/night game.
Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test – What Did The Captains Said
Tim Paine: happy. Anytime you win a Test by an innings, you have done a lot right. We have started well, and to maintain our record at the Gabba is excellent. Very pleasing. Throughout the winter, we relied on Steve heavily. We have some real quality in our batting now, and it is all about putting it together in the middle. Fantastic to see Davey back over from his struggles in England. We knew Davey in Australia is a different proposition, and he played superbly. They (Warner and Burns) have an excellent connection, and you can see that even with their running. They love batting together and set the tone for us in the Test match. Everyone in the team is proud and happy for Marnus. He works hard and hits as many balls as Steve Smith and loves the game of cricket. He gives our team energy out in the field and the dressing room. We are happy for Marnus to arrive on the big stage finally. I thought his Ashes in tough conditions were excellent and looks like he is getting better and better, which is a great thing for Australia. They (the bowlers) were pretty good, but we hold them to high standards and would have liked to clean them up earlier today, but the two guys in the middle batted well, and the ball also got soft. We know we have an excellent attack, and once again, they have gotten us 20 wickets.
Azhar Ali: Almost all of our guys are in good nick. Babar and Rizwan showed the way today, and also Shan played well. Partnerships are essential, and once you get partnerships going, things start to get more comfortable. Australians always come hard at you, but the wicket was perfect, and we missed the opportunity in the first innings. It is always tough, leaving Abbas out. We have been thinking quite hard, and the bowlers who played were bowling well, even against the Australian A side. For a 16-year-old guy (Naseem), he came up and bowled at a consistent pace. His line and length were also excellent, and he will be a good prospect for Pakistan. We will look at it (team composition) in the next couple of days.