Australia comes out on top in a close win against Pakistan at Brisbane

Australia won the first test at the Gabba against Pakistan by a whisker to take 1-0 lead in the series. The win for hosts was hard fought one as Pakistan batting lineup did put up a commendable fight in their second innings and looking at one stage to win the game when Asad Shafiq was at the crease.

Pakistan were placed in a precarious situation at 220 for 6 facing down a possible defeat but Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Amir partnership started a renaissance of sorts that brought visitors right back into the game. Asad Shafiq played his natural game while Amir was aggressor with the bat as he went to a score a well-deserved half century as Australia bowlers did the lose the plot in the last two sessions of the fourth day of the first test.

Mitchell Starc produced moment of brilliance with the ball to dismiss Asad Shafiq and then Steven Smith produced immaculate fielding skills to see Yasir Shah well short of his ground to see hosts erupt in wild celebrations. Asad Shafiq made 137 runs and it was memorable ton for the middle order batsman who was suffering from a lean run in the last couple of games.

Australia did things right from first day as they won the toss and batted first to score 429 runs as Steven Smith compiled a fantastic century to setup a big total.Peter Handscomb also scored his first century of his test career while opener Renshaw made 71 runs as Pakistan bowlers toiled hard for every wicket. In reply, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were fabulous with the ball as they bowled probing spells to dismantle Pakistan for a score of 142 runs. Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 50 runs while the rest of batting well cheaply for single digit scores.

Australia did bat again to score 202 runs in 40 overs to see the side give Pakistan a target of 490 runs to win the game. Azhar Ali and Younis Khan played well for Pakistan in the second innings that started the incredible fight back that saw the visitors fell just short of a most epic win in Australia. The test match at the Gabba between Pakistan and Australia once again reiterated the fact that Day/Night test is here to stay for much longer time as the ground did see record numbers as people came in to see the game.


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