Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to clinch the three-Test series 2-0 on Friday.
Australia set up a lead of 181 over Pakistan with a hefty 624 to Pakistan’s 443.
Pakistan, going into the final session at 91/5 managed to rack up 163 before the middle-order collapsed with three crucial wickets taken by Aussie bowler Nathan Lyon.
Lyon, whose bowling consistency has been questioned by captain Steve Smith, produced an inspired two wickets in three balls to put Pakistan on the slide and Australia on track for a stunning final day victory.
He coaxed Younis Khan to push forward and be caught by Peter Handscomb centimetres off the ground at short leg for 24 and then dismissed skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to an injudicious sweep for a duck.
Misbah swept outside his off-stump to Nic Maddinson placed at short fine leg for the premeditated shot.
Suddenly both of Pakistan’s two experienced batsmen were gone and four wickets down with Australia attacking with their tails up.
Pakistan went into the final session with first innings double-centurion Azhar Ali on 34 and Sarfraz Ahmed on one and still trailing by 90 runs.
courtesy : dawn news