Australia thumps Pakistan in Adelaide to complete 2-0 Test series sweep

Ross Houston
December 2, 2019

Having thrashed Pakistan by an innings and five runs in the Brisbane opener, Australia appear well set to sweep the series 2-0 unless weather intervenes.

Four years after sweeping Misbah-ul-Haq's Pakistan 3-0, Australia maintained their ideal record against them on home soil and continued their recent good form in tests since retaining the Ashes in England.

Adelaide -Spin king Nathan Lyon snared five wickets, including risky half-century makers Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq, as Australia wore down a stubborn Pakistan to clinch the second Test and wrap up the series 2-0 Monday.

India, who won their first ever Test series Down Under this January, have been in emphatic form.

On Day 2 of the Adelaide Test that belonged entirely to David Warner, Australia captain Tim Paine managed to attract the limelight for a while by taking a blinder behind the stumps.

The pair attacked Lyon down the ground, but Shaan fell when he didn't get to the pitch of one from the tweaker, picking out Mitchell Starc at mid-off.

"We have been beaten by a better team".

"So we have got again a squad full of fit bowlers but I can guarantee that not one of us is going to put our hand up for a rest".

His sixth Test 50, in his 17th Test, arrived with a boundary off Lyon, his sixth four, before he chipped the spinner to mid-off where Mitchell Starc collected an easy catch.

Shafiq, who has 12 Test hundreds to his name, proved to be Masood's equal and brought up his 25th half-century with a single off Josh Hazlewood.

Asad Shafiq grafted his way to 57 from 112 balls before he was caught at leg-slip by David Warner, trying to work a Lyon delivery square, as Pakistan slipped to 154-5.

Surprise first-innings century-maker Yasir Shah could not repeat the heroics and was Lyon's next victim, out lbw for 13 after a review.

Australia have wrapped up their two-test series against Pakistan with a dominant win in the pink ball test in Adelaide.

Nathan Lyon now has all the five wickets to fall in Adelaide today.

They will be able to take the new pink ball shortly and with the lights coming on, it should offer them more conducive conditions to finish the job.

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