Australia, after dominating Pakistan in its inning gave a way out in the final inning when their bowlers could not contain the visitor batsmen. However, they managed to restrict the team within the score and nick a victory by 39 runs. Else, it would have been a world record for Pakistan at Gabba, in addition to its strongest comeback with a massive difference in its innings. For Pakistan, it was Asad Shafiq who smashed a sturdy century and Yashir Shah who delivered a speedy strike moving strong towards the win in the final inning. Then came Mitchell Starc, who salvaged Australia taking down Safiq as well as Shah in a run out.
Australia, in the first inning, posed 429 with centuries from Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb. The reply from Pakistan came out as a poor strike with 10 of its batsmen all out at only 142. Only Sarfraz Ahmed remained unbeaten hammering 59 off 64 balls. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird all claimed three wickets each. 10th batsmen, Rahat Ali was run out in 54.6 overs, Pakistan wrapped up the inning. Thus, the visitors were restricted only to 55 overs in their first inning. Aussie bowlers emerged as strong defenders with strict economy. Mitchell Starc gave out 63 runs to have the lowest economy of 3.50.
Batting in the third inning, Australia added 202 runs at ease. Usman Khawaja knocked 74 runs as the highest scorer with Steven Smith following him with 63 runs. They played only 37.5 overs handing over the strike to Pakistan on Day 3 itself. By the end of the day, the team showed an early sign of restore knocking 70 for two wickets playing 33 overs. The visitors started the fourth day with Azhar Ali and Younis Khan as overnight wickets. Ali played till last ball of 59 overs hauling the score to 145. He had the half century early in the day with a score of 71 partnering with Khan. The latter remained in the crease batting for a short stint with Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Safiq. Khan was removed by the Nathan Lyon when the score reached 173.
Asad Safiq delivered a tough reply to Australia. The player smashed 13 fours and a six for his team. The chase of 490 in the final inning seemed to find its silver-lining with the batsmen. He hauled the score to 449 from 165, when he arrived at the crease. Playing at Number 6, it was his ninth century scoring 137 runs. In the stretch, there were considerable contribution from the lower order starting with Mohammed Amir, Yashir Shah, Wahab Riaz and Sarfraz Ahmed. Amir scored 48, Shah delivered a crucial 33, Riaz knocked 30 and Ahmed scored 24. There was a good strike rate to steer the chase with adequate momentum. It could have been a win for Pakistan, if there were a bit more runs and if Starc had not strike back. The player of the match was offered to Safiq for his ingenious inning that gave one of the best comeback for Pakistan.
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