Pakistan beat Aussies by 221 runs
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):
Inexperienced spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah shared nine wickets and led Pakistan to an emphatic 221-run victory against Australia on the fifth and final day of the first Test yesterday.
Left-arm spinner Babar, in only his third Test, took 5-74, and leg-spinner Shah grabbed 4-50 in his debut Test as Australia, chasing an improbable 438 runs for victory, were bowled out for 216 in the last session.
Mitchell Johnson (61) and Steven Smith (55) delayed the inevitable after being given two chances each, before Australia eventually succumbed to Babar and Shah's guile.
It was a remarkable turnaround in Pakistan's performance after they lost the Test and one-day series in Sri Lanka, and Australia routed them 3-0 in the ODI series.
"It was a much-needed win for us because we didn't do well in our previous series," a relieved Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, said. "These (Pakistan) bowlers are young at international level, but they have lots of experience of first-class cricket; they know how to bowl long spells and put (on) pressure."
The return of Younis Khan lifted Pakistan in the five-day format after he criticised selectors for dropping him from the one-day series. Younis made 106 and 103 not out and became the first batsman in 40 years to score centuries in each innings against Australia in a Test match since Glenn Turner did it in 1974 for New Zealand.
The defeat ended Australia's hopes of regaining the No. 1 spot from South Africa in test rankings as they needed to clinch the series 2-0 against Pakistan.
"They outplayed us in all three facets of the game," Australia captain Michael Clarke said after scoring only two and three in two innings. "They batted really well up front ... and then their spinners were able to execute on a wicket which obviously spun a lot more yesterday and today."