blocked on the front foot
And that's it. Hands are being shaken. Match Drawn. So a hugely significant occasion sadly did not have the match it deserved, although there were a number of personal milestones. The bowlers won't mind leaving this pitch behind, but Pakistan took much more from it than Australia. The visitors have a few things to think about before Karachi. I'll bring you the presentation shortly.
Australia end the match with a bowling average of 238.33, the second worst for any team in a Test match. (min: 1200 balls bowled)
Chris: "I happen to think Australia take a lot out of it. 4 wickets, even on this dead wicket isn't good enough. Starc is washed. Lyon needed another spinner and Hazlewood looked like he was back from an injury. Not good enough. Needed some gut busting bowling."
Shabd Wahal: "I think Pakistan got what they want from this wicket that is to mentally and physically drain the Australian bowlers." - Will be interesting to see what the impact is for the second Test
caspian: "Was a dead pitch and Cummins made the (fairly wise IMO) choice not to run everyone into the ground in the second innings once it became apparent it was going to be draw. Not to say that Australia doesn't have some things to puzzle over, but I don't think it's a catastrophe or anything. Just a very very very flat pitch."
Imam-ul-Haq is Player of the Match: "The most satisfying feeling to score a hundred in each innings and Australia have a good bowling attack. When you score against the top teams you go one step ahead in your career. Was trying to correct my basics and wait for the loose balls."
Pat Cummins "Just about everyone got into the series, especially the batters, and we had a good look at their line-up. Still feeling quite fresh. It's been a great week in Rawalpindi. Good to be back here after 24 years."
Babar Azam "There were some positives to take for us. The way our batters played and how Nauman bowled in difficult conditions. We have some of our fast bowlers available for the second Test so we should be stronger in that department."
Right, on that note, I'll wrap things up there. Thanks for company and comments over the last five days. Hopefully there's more in the pitch in Karachi. From Gnasher and Peter it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.
Probably the final ball of the game...
full at middle and leg, defended
full at the stumps, clipped off the pads to square leg
loopy full toss which is played back to him
flat on the stumps, tucked into midwicket
offspin round the wicket, short outside leg stump, swept to deep backward square...250-run stand
Is it going to happen?! YES, USMAN KHAWAJA WILL BOWL
full and defended
and again, pushed to cover
onto the front foot and blocks to cover
watches it go harmlessly by outside off
left alone outside off
played off the back foot through midwicket
Think there might be two overs left in this Test
more air this time, driven to mid-off
forward and defends
a flatter delivery, a googly, pushed to long-on
flicked down the ground to long-on
tossed up at the stumps, defended to midwicket
drives to mid-off
square drives from outside off through point to the sweeper
|Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Pakistan, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||3-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2453|
|Match days||4,5,6,7,8 March 2022 - day (5-day match)|
|Points||Pakistan 4, Australia 4|