Australia declared their second innings on day three on 202/5 giving Pakistan a mammoth 490 run chase to do. For the Pakistani batting which collapsed in the first innings like a pack of cards and were all out for just a mere score of 142, this task almost looked impossible.
It always looked like that the game would end very soon but the unpredictable Pakistani batsman had a point to prove. For a game which was an easy encounter for the Aussies, unpredictable Pakistani batsman made the Aussies toiled hard for each and every wicket of theirs.
On the fifth day Pakistan was almost on the verge of creating history at the Gabba, they needed 108 runs to win with only two wickets in hand. It could have been a massive win in terms of both the numbers and psychologically too. On the tense fifth day, Australia went on to hold their nerves and rode to a 39 runs victory on the two magic moments created by them in a thriller against Pakistan at Brisbane.
Asad Shafiq was leading from the front for the Pakistani’s here but as his wicket fell to Mitchell Starc, the Aussies had a sigh of relief and then it was just a matter of time for them. Yasir shah who fell short of the crease was sent back to the pavilion from a brilliant throw from the Aussie skipper and thus it marked the end of a thrilling encounter at the Gabba stadium. With this loss, Pakistan did lose the 10th match on the trot against the host on the Australian soil.
Until the 145th over, situation was tense as Shafiq was batting on 137 and Yasir shah offering solid support from the other end. Mitchell Starc then came in and produced a magical delivery which Shafiq didn’t have an answer from his bat. He provided the most important breakthrough which the Australians needed to win the test match.
Yasir who provided a outside edge which fell short of the slips cordon, he tried to approach the non-strikers end in order to keep his strike. However he was in two minds and in this split of decision he started to move away from the crease without looking back.
Smith who is one of the quickest and most impressive fielders for the Aussies unleased a quick throw which fortunately for him and his team found the target when Yasir was well short of the crease. The Australians celebrated and the on field umpire didn’t even go on for a third decision. Aussies had already won the test match which the replays later confirmed.
Australia went on to win the test with a narrow margin but then also Pakistan’s valiant effort was highly commendable. Pakistan is the first team to score more than 400 runs in the fourth innings at the Brisbane stadium.
During the post-match presentation, a Smith said, “Lost all my fingernails. Some game of cricket wasn’t it. Asad played an unbelievable innings; it was hard work and lot of credit to the way they played. Our quicks kept coming back, that wicket showed the class of Starcy. You’ve always got hope, one wicket away. They didn’t give us a sniff until the end. Nice to hit ’em, not sure what Yasir was doing there.”
The second test of the series is scheduled to begin on Boxing Day at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.