Australia’s leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson pulled off a Shaheen Afridi-like celebration after taking an excellent catch to dismiss the Pakistan pacer within the Lahore Take a look at on Friday.
Afridi was the ninth wicket to fall in Pakistan’s second innings because the hosts succumbed to a 115-run loss within the closing Take a look at, thus conceding the sequence 0-1.
Within the ninetieth over of Pakistan’s innings, Afridi tried to slog-sweep Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon. Nevertheless, Swepson judged the stroke brilliantly and pulled off a superb catch at deep square-leg.
Instantly after finishing the diving catch, the fielder turned in the direction of the group and unfold out each his arms, imitating Afridi’s celebration on the fall of a wicket.
Afridi was again within the hut for five after which Pat Cummins cleaned up Naseem Shah for 1 to bowl the Aussies to a well-known Take a look at sequence win of their first go to to the nation since 1998.
Set a goal of 351, Pakistan had been all out for 235 in 92.1 overs as Lyon claimed 5 for 83 and Cummins 3 for 23. For the hosts, Imam-ul-Haq top-scored with 70 whereas skipper Babar Azam contributed 55.
“Thought 350 was sufficient” – Pat Cummins on setting Pakistan a goal
Australia declared their second innings on 227 for 3 to set Pakistan a goal of 351. The hosts ended Day 4 on 73 for no loss, elevating questions over whether or not Cummins’ declaration was untimely.
Nevertheless, talking after the win in Lahore, the Aussie skipper asserted that he felt 350 was sufficient. He mentioned on the post-match presentation:
“I feel within the first innings the best way we batted and put ourselves forward of the sport was incredible. I assumed 350 was sufficient for the fourth innings. It was type of bizarre, the pattern of the sport was to toil laborious for the primary couple of wickets and when it began to reverse after 40 odd overs then it might be a bowler’s sport.”
Requested to call essential gamers within the sequence win, the 28-year-old mentioned:
“Too many to call. The very best factor about this squad is that everybody contributed not directly or the opposite. Swepson was nice on his debut and the numbers don’t do any justice to him.
“It has been a incredible expertise for us within the final 15 days, the hospitality was unbelievable and the battle put up by Babar and co. made the sequence even higher.”
Cummins was named Participant of the Match for his eight wickets whereas Usman Khawaja was picked as Participant of the Sequence for contributing 496 runs.