Pakistan wins the first Test match by 221 runs against Australia
After the pounding in the ODI series, Pakistan have done really to register a comprehensive 221 run win against the Ausies and got a 1-0 advantage in the Test series. Thanks to Younis Khan who scored back to back centuries 106 and 103* in both the innings. This is only 3rd time that Pakistan have beaten Australia in a Test over the last 20 year. Australia required 438 runs in the 4th innings to win the match but completely surrendered against the Pakistani spinners after making only 216. Zulfiqar Babar who aged (35 years and 316 days) becomes the oldest left-arm bowler from Pakistan to pick up a five-wicket haul in Tests when he took five wickets in the fourth innings after conceding only 74 runs in 31.1 overs. Yasir Shah gives full backing to Zulfiqar taking four wickets in just 25 overs. As a debutant of this match, Yasir takes seven wickets in his first match for Pakistan. Veteran Pakistani batsman Younis Khan adjudged as the man of this match for his valiant batting display.
Pakistan: 454 & 286/2d
Australia: 303 & 216 (91.1 ov)
Both the teams will face each other in the second Test match being played at Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Here are some reactions from the players after the match.
Younis Khan: “Thank you to my followers for the support. Fans back home, media, family, friends, trainer, Grant Flower [batting coach] for working with me. I came here a week earlier. [Laughs when asked there was no contribution by the board] Board wanted and I wanted to play. There was a situation when I didn’t want to play. My family motivated me. They said there may be records created. I am thankful to them. I wanted to come back after the results in ODI’s and T20. I worked with Grant Flower for week. We tried out a lot of different things. I got hit in ribs and shoulder. I was ready for them. They bowled well on the first day but we stuck around, giving belief to the team to play well. Looking at the way Shehzad, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Misbah, Shafiq and Sarfaraz played it’s very important. This win will take us a long way” said Younis Khan as Pakistan wins the first Test match.
Michael Clarke: As Pakistan wins the first Test match, Michael Clarke said “There’s no doubt that they deserve credit. They outplayed us in all the three departments. We didn’t play as we would have liked but we will try to turn things around in time for the second Test. We would probably like to keep our bats in front (referring to so many lbw decisions). Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson played really well and deserve the credit. Younis certainly showed the example. He showed us how to play spin and how to play reverse swing. We got outplayed in all three facets of the game and we will look to turn it around in the second Test. We can definitely turn things around in the next Test. The boys will work hard over the next few days and we will definitely perform well in the next match. I am sure you will see a different team in the next game.”
Misbah: “This was a much required win for us. We were really struggling in the last few series. We also lost the ODI series to them. It is a big win for us and for the youngsters who are around. Everybody was determined and we were playing well before as well but we did really well in every department in this Test match. These bowlers are young at the international level but they have a lot of first-class cricket experience. They knew how to bowl longer spells and they bowled really well. A few of them played the Australians in the practice match and it gave them confidence. We would go to Abu Dhabi and look to consolidate. We would like to win the series. We will try and put in a disciplined performance again.” These were the scenarios as Pakistan wins the first Test match.