1st Test, Melbourne, Dec 26 - 30 2009, Pakistan tour of Australia
454/5d & 225/8d
(72 ov, target 422)258 & 251
Australia won by 170 runs
player of the match
Shane Watson
end of over 721 run • 2 wickets
PAK: 251/10CRR: 3.48 
Mohammad Asif1 (3)
Nathan Hauritz24-4-101-5
Mitchell Johnson18-6-46-3

Australia win by 170 runs. The players shake hands, hugs and cheers from the crowd, a convincing win for Australia. They now lead the series 1-0. Excellent bowling performance from the Australian's, Hauritz picking up five wickets, Johnson three and Bollinger two in the second innings. Pakistan have to reflect on their batting performance and make few changes before the second Test at Sydney.

Hauritz: "Lot was set up by the batting, we were able to set attacking fields, the straighter deliveries worked well for me."

Johnson: "Feels good, thinking positively about my bowling and doing the right thing."

Yousuf: We did not play well in the first innings. Very good conditions to play cricket and a good wicket. On Umar Akmal and Aamer, they are exciting players to watch."

Ponting: "It is a nice thing to have most wins as captain under my belt. we are happy how the things are going. First innings bowling was outstanding, and the bowling today was excellent. On Hauritz, his performances has been very good, and we will be going to Sydney, his home ground."

Watson the Man-of-the-Match: "A game which a player dreams on. It is nice to share the ups and downs with the family. Few more runs and few more wickets will be useful and I am happy opening my batting."

That's it from here, it has been a pleasure bringing you the ball by ball coverage of a fascinating Test match, thank you for all the emails. Do join us for the second Test at Sydney. On behalf of Siddhartha Talya, David Walsh, Gopi Rangarajan and Sanjay Murari, this is Binoy George signing off.

Hauritz to Ajmal, OUT

all over, tossed up outside the off stump and Ajmal looking to hoick it to the onside fence, miscues it high in the air to midwicket, Watson moves, judges and takes the catch. Hauritz picks up his fifth wicket.

Saeed Ajmal c Watson b Hauritz 10 (35m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Hauritz to Ajmal, no run

too short from Hauritz and Ajmal cuts hard into the arm of Ponting at silly-point. He is in pain.

Hauritz to Mohammad Asif, 1 run

goes down the track and gets some bat on it, edges to short fine leg and picks up a single. He was looking for the big shot.

Hauritz to Mohammad Asif, no run

played back to the bowler.

Hauritz to Mohammad Asif, no run

defended to the off side.

Asif is the last man in. Slip, gully and silly-point in place. Hauritz from round the wicket.

Hauritz to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT

and he strikes immediately, tossed up delivery and Yousuf plays forward and the ball takes the edge onto the pad and lobs up to Katich at short leg. A tentative push from Yousuf.

Mohammad Yousuf c Katich b Hauritz 61 (222m 140b 7x4 0x6) SR: 43.57

Hauritz it will be with a slip and short leg.

end of over 711 run
PAK: 250/8CRR: 3.52 
Saeed Ajmal10 (28)
Mohammad Yousuf61 (139)
Mitchell Johnson18-6-46-3
Nathan Hauritz23-4-100-3
Johnson to Ajmal, no run

lovely delivery angled in from short of a length and moves away ever so slightly to beat the outside edge, an unplayable delivery, wonderful stuff.

Johnson to Ajmal, no run

defended watchfully square of the wicket on the off side.

Johnson to Ajmal, no run

144.1 km/h, short of a length delivery outside the off stump and left alone.

Johnson to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

moves forward and drives to mid-off.

Johnson to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

on a length and Yousuf defends to the off side to cover.

Johnson to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

short of a length delivery and angled in, Yousuf stands in the crease and defends back to the bowler.

Welcome back for the post-lunch session on the final day of the first Test. Lot of emails pouring in regarding the batting performance of Pakistan. Everyone eagerly waiting for Younis Khan.

Johnson from round the wicket to Yousuf.