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RESULT
2nd Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 30, 2016, Pakistan tour of Australia
443/9d & 163
624/8d

Australia won by an innings and 18 runs

Player Of The Match
165*
steven-smith
Pakistan 1st Innings
Australia 1st Innings
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Match Details
Pakistan 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Sami Aslam c Smith b Lyon941531021.95
Azhar Ali not out 20536457720056.31
Babar Azam c Smith b Hazlewood2343653053.48
Younis Khan  b Bird2159721035.59
Misbah-ul-Haq (c)c Maddinson b Bird1113201184.61
Asad Shafiq c Smith b Bird501231794040.65
Sarfaraz Ahmed c Renshaw b Hazlewood1020361050.00
Mohammad Amir c †Wade b Starc29275160107.40
Sohail Khan run out (Maddinson)65658664100.00
Wahab Riaz c & b Hazlewood1580020.00
Extras(b 4, lb 9, nb 1, w 5)19
TOTAL126.3 Ov (RR: 3.50, 577 Mts)443/9d
Did not bat: Yasir Shah 
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Sami Aslam, 11.3 ov), 2-60 (Babar Azam, 25.6 ov), 3-111 (Younis Khan, 42.1 ov), 4-125 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 46.5 ov), 5-240 (Asad Shafiq, 87.6 ov), 6-268 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 94.5 ov), 7-317 (Mohammad Amir, 105.1 ov), 8-435 (Sohail Khan, 124.6 ov), 9-443 (Wahab Riaz, 126.3 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Mitchell Starc31612514.0313615010
105.1 to Mohammad Amir, and there is a tickle down the leg side. Not a bouncer. Just short of a length, pitched well outside leg, about thigh high. Amir tries to get inside it to glance it fine, but all he manages is an edge. Dismissal No. 50 for Wade. 317/7
Josh Hazlewood32.3115031.531663000
25.6 to Babar Azam, it's the last ball before lunch all right but what a beauty it is from Hazlewood. This is lovely bowling. He has been honing in on that off stump. Bowling in that corridor where the batsman has to play at balls. This is on a length, just outside off, Babar has to defend the off stump with his bat. The ball holds its line, takes an edge that is dying to Smith's right at second slip. He dives, gets his hands behind it, and the ball sticks in the tips of the middle and ring finger of the right hand. 60/2
94.5 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, No. 99 for Hazlewood. This is lovely bowling. Similar to how he got Babar Azam out yesterday. This is a length ball, around that fifth stump. The batsman has to play at it. And then it just holds its line enough to take an edge for the first slip to take. 268/6
126.3 to Wahab Riaz, tries the big slog. Hundredth Test wicket for Hazlewood. A length ball, cramps Wahab up as he looks to go over midwicket. Ends up slicing it back to Hazlewood. 443/9
Jackson Bird34511333.3215817001
42.1 to Younis Khan, Bird breaks through the Younis defence. They have been looking for the lbw with Younis moving too far across but this time he just bursts through. On a length, outside off. For a change the Younis shuffle has not taken him close to the line of the ball. So he sort of hangs his bat out. The ball finds a gate to go through. A slight inside edge helps it too. The length here is crucial. Not full enough to drive. Not short enough to go entirely back to. 111/3
46.5 to Misbah-ul-Haq, superb catch. Soft signal is out for the short leg catch. That has been an excellent field position for Misbah, for starters. This is the second bat-pad from Misbah in this brief stay. This is an excellent and clean catch from Maddinson. This shortish ball seams back in to hit the inside edge and travel behind square, but it hits the pad flush and changes direction dramatically. Maddinson has to change direction and the ball is dropping in front of him and he gets the fingers under it. 125/4
87.6 to Asad Shafiq, good ball, and a good catch. Shafiq has been leaving alone outside off, and Bird has been getting closer and closer to off. This one is a perfect line. Around the fourth stump. You have to play it on line although you could argue this could be left alone on length as this is pitched just that tiny bit short of a length. Shafiq plays at it, though, and the seam movement takes a thick outside edge for Smith to puch it at second slip. 240/5
Nathan Lyon23111515.00806500
11.3 to Sami Aslam, oh man, who has written his script? They said they want to go "nice Garry" after the third ball he bowls. And Lyon has produced a goodie with the third ball he bowls. Quick sharp offbreak, perhaps there is bite with early moisture. On a length, on off. Sami caught in the crease, and is not to its pitch. So he pushes at it in panic. The ball turns and bounces to take the shoulder of his bat. Glover actually. Caught at slip. Nice, Garry. 18/1
Steven Smith30903.0090000
Nic Maddinson301806.0092000
Australia 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Matt Renshaw  b Yasir Shah1040591025.00
David Warner c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz144143234171100.69
Usman Khawaja c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz9716522913058.78
Steven Smith (c)not out 16524641213167.07
Peter Handscomb c Sami Aslam b Sohail Khan54901058060.00
Nic Maddinson  b Yasir Shah2255772040.00
Matthew Wade c Asad Shafiq b Sohail Khan927360033.33
Mitchell Starc c Asad Shafiq b Sohail Khan84911283792.30
Nathan Lyon c & b Yasir Shah128720150.00
Extras(b 1, lb 12, nb 13, w 1)27
TOTAL142 Ov (RR: 4.39, 647 Mts)624/8d
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Matt Renshaw, 13.1 ov), 2-244 (David Warner, 48.5 ov), 3-282 (Usman Khawaja, 62.1 ov), 4-374 (Peter Handscomb, 85.4 ov), 5-433 (Nic Maddinson, 104.3 ov), 6-454 (Matthew Wade, 111.3 ov), 7-608 (Mitchell Starc, 140.1 ov), 8-624 (Nathan Lyon, 141.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Mohammad Amir3369102.751466011
Sohail Khan31713134.2212818000
85.4 to PSP Handscomb, loose shot. And Sohail gets reward for a steady spell. Against the run of play, though. This is a wide a length ball. As Handscomb often does, he drives away from the body with his hands. You struggle to keep them down from that far. That's what happens here. Taken at point. 374/4
111.3 to MS Wade, Sohail has another. This is not the best ball but he will take this wicket. Short and wide. Just a little fuller than cutting length, and just not wide enough perhaps. Wade arches back to cut, gets a healthy edge and Shafiq takes a smart catch at first slip. 454/6
140.1 to MA Starc, finally Pakistan have a wicket. Starc looks for a six off Sohail too but mistimes the hook and is caught at deep backward square leg. Good on Starc. Not thinking of a possible hundred. Shafiq takes a safe low catch running in. Not before Starc has set the new record for most sixes in an innings at MCG. 608/7
Yasir Shah41220735.0415320700
13.1 to MT Renshaw, bowled him. That is the first. Pakistan needed this badly after having done all the hard work and having had no luck whatsoever. This is full, middle and off, Renshaw looks for a big slog sweep. Plays down the wrong line. Cleaned up. Expecting more turn than there is on this. Yasir is not a big turner anyway. 46/1
104.3 to NJ Maddinson, bowled him. Shah gets the field right and does Maddinson in. Maddinson leaves the crease to cover the turn on this flighted legbreak outside off. This is a ball the previous fields didn't let him bowl. Now he does. Maddinson not to the pitch of the ball, and it spins past his outside edge. Not as much turn as he expects here. Shane Warne points to a scrambles seam, which might suggest Shah intended to not turn it big. 433/5
141.6 to NM Lyon, he is caught and bowled off a skier. Lyon steps out, looks for a big hit, not to the pitch of the ball and just skies it up for a catch for Shah. 624/8
Wahab Riaz32514724.59126140012
48.5 to DA Warner, they review a not-out call on the catch down the leg side. It's close to being a no-ball but he is fine by centimetres. Warner looks to get inside the line and pull it fine again, and this time Sarfraz goes for the catch. Replays show if there is something it has to be the glove. The HotSpot is not extremely conclusive but there is a smidgeon of a mark on the lower glove. The RTS shows a little blip too. Both are at the same time. Enough for the third umpire to overrule the on-field call. Warner almost gives himself out looking at replays, walking halfway down the wicket. I think he knew he felt it on the glove. 244/2
62.1 to UT Khawaja, Khawaja is gone on 97. Pakistan have bowled well this morning, giving them no freebies, and Khawaja plays the loose shot eventually. He has faced 12 balls for two runs this morning, and now Wahab bowls on a length, and outside off. Khawaja doesn't move his feet and just drives with his hands. You can't control it so far away from the body, and he edges it through. 282/3
Azhar Ali503507.00111200
Pakistan 2nd Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Sami Aslam  b Hazlewood2880025.00
Azhar Ali lbw b Hazlewood431121563038.39
Babar Azam lbw b Starc36100050.00
Younis Khan c Handscomb b Lyon2437662064.86
Misbah-ul-Haq (c)c Maddinson b Lyon023000.00
Asad Shafiq c Handscomb b Lyon1631391051.61
Sarfaraz Ahmed  b Starc4362964069.35
Mohammad Amir  b Bird1139551028.20
Sohail Khan not out 1017342058.82
Wahab Riaz  b Starc058000.00
Yasir Shah c Bird b Starc0312000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 5, nb 2)11
TOTAL53.2 Ov (RR: 3.05, 247 Mts)163
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Sami Aslam, 1.4 ov), 2-6 (Babar Azam, 4.1 ov), 3-63 (Younis Khan, 19.1 ov), 4-63 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 19.3 ov), 5-89 (Asad Shafiq, 29.5 ov), 6-101 (Azhar Ali, 34.4 ov), 7-143 (Mohammad Amir, 46.5 ov), 8-153 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 49.6 ov), 9-159 (Wahab Riaz, 51.5 ov), 10-163 (Yasir Shah, 53.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Mitchell Starc15.243642.34722000
4.1 to Babar Azam, got him first ball. A perfect cherry first up. Babar Azam reviews it after a word with Azhar Ali. Perfect swinging ball, on a length, swinging bast the inside edge, no edge. It pitches middle, swings past the bat and hits him in front of leg. Tracking has this clipping leg. Umpire's call. So the original "out" call stays. 6/2
49.6 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, Starc has broken the game open. This is the old Pakistan treatment given to Pakistan. Think of Wasim Akram bowling Chris Lewis at the same venue all those years ago. All over Starc has been swinging it away from Sarfraz. Now he reverses the shiny side. It is now facing the batsman. This is quick, this is on target and this snakes back in. Through the gap between bat and pad. Top of off. This is genius. 153/8
51.5 to Wahab Riaz, Starc is too good. Hits the off stump again. He did a repeat of Chris Lewis last over, has he done an Allan Lamb here? Beats the outside edge with the slight tail away from Wahab. This is going to hurt Pakistan more because this is what they used to do to opponents. 159/9
53.2 to Yasir Shah, all ovah. Starc ends it. The shine is on the outside. Full, on the pads, Yasir looks to work on the leg side, but the ball swings away late, takes a hefty leading edge for an easy catch for Bird at mid-on. 163/10
Josh Hazlewood1333923.00613000
1.4 to Sami Aslam, bowled him. Australia have one out of the ten. This is just tentative from Sami. Just a decent length ball, on off. Sami has to play at it. He plays to defend but is a little late on it. Gets an inside edge into the pad and onto the off stump. 3/1
34.4 to Azhar Ali, this one stays low. I think he has got him, but Azhar will review the lbw call. Uneven bounce for perhaps the first time in the Test and it has caught Azhar in front. Short of a length, nips in a little, stays low, and Azhar is caught in front. He is on his toes, deep in the crease and is hit on the flap of the pad. He is the best batsman. He has to review this. The tracking shows the ball clipping the top of the stumps. Umpires call then. So out it is, and they have finally got Azhar out. This could be it for this Test. 101/6
Jackson Bird1124614.18485002
46.5 to Mohammad Amir, and Bird has got the length right this over. He has bowled Amir. This has been an excellent over. The ball has been tailing away against the angle from round the wicket this over. Amir has left one but he is not sure because of the angle. Here he decides to play at it, the ball moves away and he has to follow it with his hands. Doesn't react fast enough, gets an inside edge onto his body and then onto the stumps. The umpire checks Bird's front foot, but he is fine. Amir is on his way after playing an important hand. 143/7
Nathan Lyon1443332.35653000
19.1 to Younis Khan, just when Pakistan were looking a little comfortable, Lyon produces the goods. Extra bounce here. Lyon bowls an offbreak on a length. Younis nowhere near it and pushes at it with his hands. The bounce surprises him. Off the high part of the bat it falls towards short leg where Handscomb takes a smart low catch. 63/3
19.3 to Misbah-ul-Haq, what is Misbah up to? This is poor Test-match batting. Premeditation. Big-time premeditation. Sweeping everything. And the bounce for Lyon does him in. He sweeps this from outside off but is nowhere close to it, leaving himself prone to the bounce. The top edge is gobbled up at short fine leg. 63/4
29.5 to Asad Shafiq, Lyon produces another before tea. Is it that field change that has brought about this wicket? He has been defending to off solidly so far, but now with silly mid-off there he leaves his crease. He leaves the crease too early and Lyon shortens the length. He flicks it to leg where Handscomb stays low in his stance. The ball hits the left hand, then the armpit, and then the Handscomb hands come around when the ball is on its downward flight. A good fielding change and a really good catch to follow it up with. 89/5
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MATCH DETAILS
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Series
Season2016/17
Player Of The Match
Australia
Steven Smith
Series resultAustralia led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2242
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2016 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
England
Ian Gould
India
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
England
Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Sam Nogajski
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
CLOSE OF PLAY
Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 142/4 (Azhar Ali 66*, Asad Shafiq 4*, 50.5 ov)
Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 310/6 (Azhar Ali 139*, Mohammad Amir 28*, 101.2 ov)
Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 1st innings 278/2 (Usman Khawaja 95*, Steven Smith 10*, 58 ov)
Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - Australia 1st innings 465/6 (Steven Smith 100*, Mitchell Starc 7*, 113.5 ov)
Fri, 30 Dec - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 163 (53.2 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Australia: 500 runs in 121.2 overs (741 balls), Extras 22
  • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 65 balls (SPD Smith 14, MA Starc 36, Ex 0)
  • MA Starc: 50 off 69 balls (2 x 4, 4 x 6)
  • Drinks: Australia - 540/6 in 132.0 overs (SPD Smith 130, MA Starc 51)
  • Over 133.6: Review by Pakistan (Bowling), Umpire - S Ravi, Batsman - MA Starc (Struck down)
  • Australia: 550 runs in 134.3 overs (820 balls), Extras 23
  • 7th Wicket: 100 runs in 142 balls (SPD Smith 45, MA Starc 54, Ex 1)
  • SPD Smith: 150 off 234 balls (11 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Australia: 600 runs in 139.1 overs (848 balls), Extras 26
  • 7th Wicket: 150 runs in 170 balls (SPD Smith 65, MA Starc 83, Ex 5)
  • Innings Break: Australia - 624/8 in 142.0 overs (SPD Smith 165)
  • Pakistan 2nd innings
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 6/1 in 4.0 overs (Azhar Ali 1, Babar Azam 3)
  • Over 4.1: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - IJ Gould, Batsman - Babar Azam (Struck down)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 16.4 overs (101 balls), Extras 9
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 83 balls (Azhar Ali 19, Younis Khan 21, Ex 10)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 56/2 in 18.0 overs (Azhar Ali 20, Younis Khan 21)
  • Tea: Pakistan - 91/5 in 31.0 overs (Azhar Ali 34, Sarfraz Ahmed 1)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 34.3 overs (209 balls), Extras 11
  • Over 34.4: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - IJ Gould, Batsman - Azhar Ali (Struck down)
  • Over 46.3: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - IJ Gould, Batsman - Mohammad Amir (Struck down)
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 49.2 overs (298 balls), Extras 11
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 163/9 in 53.0 overs (Sohail Khan 10, Yasir Shah 0)
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