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
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• The Bulletin by Alex Brown

Hauritz five seals Australian victory

The Australians rounded out 2009 with their most clinical final day bowling performance of the year to seal a 170 run victory over Pakistan

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Scorecard summary
Australia454/5(128 overs)1st INNINGS
Simon Katich98 (226)
Shane Watson93 (191)
Saeed Ajmal1/150(46)
Pakistan258/10(99 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia225/8(73.1 overs)2nd INNINGS
Pakistan251/10(72 overs)2nd INNINGS
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.

end of over 705 runs
PAK: 249/8CRR: 3.55 
Saeed Ajmal10 (25)
Mohammad Yousuf60 (136)
Nathan Hauritz23-4-100-3
Mitchell Johnson17-6-45-3

Lunch day 5: The players walk off the field for lunch. Excellent spell of bowling from all the bowlers, keeping it in good areas and picking up the wickets. Johnson has three, Hauritz three and Bollinger two. 79 runs for 5 wickets in this session, an eventful one for Australia. Yousuf the lone man standing for Pakistan. Do join us for more after the lunch break at 13:10 local time.

Hauritz to Ajmal, FOUR runs

plays forward and finds the outside edge in the gap between Haddin and slip down to third man fence.

Hauritz to Ajmal, no run

moves forward and defends away from Ponting at silly-point.

Hauritz to Ajmal, no run

tossed up down the leg side and a quicker one.

Four men around the bat for Ajmal.

Hauritz to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

short and Yousuf pulls it around to deep backward square leg and picks up a single.

Hauritz to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

moves forward and pads it away.

Hauritz to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

keeps a touch low and Yousuf blocks to the off side.

Hauritz with a slip and short leg.

end of over 69Maiden
PAK: 244/8CRR: 3.53 
Saeed Ajmal6 (22)
Mohammad Yousuf59 (133)
Mitchell Johnson17-6-45-3
Nathan Hauritz22-4-95-3
Johnson to Ajmal, no run

watches it closely this time and defends to the off side with an angled bat.

Johnson to Ajmal, no run

143.7 km/h, good ball from short of a length, Ajmal from the crease feels for it and gets beaten.

Best performances - batters
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson AUS
120 runs (220)
10 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
0 four
0 six
Simon Katich
SM Katich AUS
98 runs (226)
5 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
36 runs
4 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Amir portrait
Mohammad Amir PAK
Nathan Hauritz, player portrait
NM Hauritz AUS
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Shane Watson
Shane Watson
Series resultAustralia led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1943
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2009 - day(5-day match)
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Asoka de Silva
Reserve Umpire
Australia Image
Paul Reiffel
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle