Australia finally claims Boxing Day Match winning the MCG Test by 18 runs

 . Last updated on December 30, 2016, 2:50 PM
Australia finally claims Boxing Day Match winning the MCG Test by 18 runs
The moment when Australia wrapped up the final inning to win the Boxing Day Match
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Finally, Australia managed to win the Boxing Day Test after a five-days fight with Pakistan. Although frequent torrents disrupted the tournament, losing 141 overs, fifteen wickets were claimed in four days. Pakistan had an elongated inning batting until the lunch of the third day, which accommodated the double century from Azhar Ali. With the victory, Australia won the series by 2-0. In the final inning, Nathan Lyon uprooted the batting front of Pakistan removing Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq at a stretch. The bowler finally worked up to the expectation, which the team almost lost following the earlier strike of Pakistan batsmen.

The final wickets were struck down by Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird and Mitchell Starc wrapping up the match into their side. Sami Aslam dragged the delivery from Hazlewood only to lost his wicket at the stumps. Babar Azam was trapped with an lbw from Starc following Aslam. There were good strikes from Younis in the overs propelling some momentum in the inning. There were no wickets and the hopes for Australia seem to be drowning until the inning faced an unexpected attack from Nathan Lyon.

When Nathan Lyon came up with extra bounces, Younis had no way but to reduce his strikes. Eventually, he could not withstand the attacks. Younis surrendered being caught by Peter Handscomb leaving his task undone. After Younis, Nic Maddinson caught Misbah, making him follow Younis just after a ball. The batsmen ducked out as he replaced Younis. It was blow on the team, that was reduced to 63 for 4 by the twentieth over. The team also the next wicket after 10 overs with Lyon attacking Asad Safiq.

In the final inning, opener batsman Azhar Ali played for 43. The player who struck the iconic double century in the previous inning played 34.4 overs until trapped by Hazlewood. Sarfraz Ahmed, bowled by Starc scored 43 runs to become the top contributor in the inning along with Ali. The rest of the players aggregated insignificant runs while they failed to guard their wickets. Starc took down Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah, while Bird scalped Amir. With Shah's wicket in the 53rd over, Australia concluded the match to win the title. Pakistan scored 163 trailing the host by 18 runs. In the match, Australia batted for only a single inning to score 624 runs in reply to Pakistan's first inning score. The unprecedented course of the match was molded primarily by rain.

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