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Australia dominated Pakistan in the first Test, with Nathan Lyon achieving his 500th wicket. Here’s a rundown of how it all unfolded.


We have concluded our coverage from Perth stadium. Let’s now make our way to the shores of the Swan river and enjoy the peaceful afternoon. Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the series, with the next Test to be held in Melbourne on Boxing Day. The pitch may prove to be challenging, as we have seen in past years with former Perth curator Matt Page. The exciting Test match ended quickly on the fourth evening. Thank you for joining us and a special thanks to Angus Fontaine and JP Howcroft for their contributions to the OBO over the course of four days. We’ll see you again in Melbourne.

“All over the world, in all conditions across a decade,” says Pat Cummins of Nathan Lyon. “That’s huge. He’s been sitting on the sidelines for six months with his injury, so great to see him back.”

According to Shan Masood, the noise level at the ground makes it difficult to hear the PA. He mentions that playing in Australia is challenging and his team’s slow scoring in the first innings resulted in a missed opportunity to potentially make a difference in reducing the lead. He also notes that while they did bowl some good deliveries, their overall bowling lacked discipline. He acknowledges that they took 15 wickets, but to truly be competitive, they need to take all 20.

Mitch Marsh was a favored choice for the player of the match award due to his impressive performances, including two half-centuries and a crucial wicket against Babar Azam in the first innings when Pakistan was in a strong position. He also made a catch in the second innings.

He says that it is crucial for him to make a contribution with the ball. He also expresses his admiration for Babar, stating that it was a great feeling to play alongside such a talented player.

Today’s attendance was 9244, which was relatively low for a Sunday and the empty seats were noticeable in the large arena. The total attendance over the four-day match was 59,125.

Australia defeats England by a small margin, with a score equivalent to the degrees in a circle. This reflects a well-rounded victory for the team. The first innings saw a high score, including a century from Warner and almost one from Marsh. The bowlers performed well in the second innings, with wickets shared among them. Australia had a solid third innings, recovering from a rough start with Marsh and Khawaja making important contributions. Lyon also reached a milestone, adding to the team’s overall performance against a weary opponent.

The same four bowlers achieve their 24th consecutive win together in a Test match.

Reworded: The game ended with two wickets left. Khurram Shahzad is in a difficult position. He weakly hits a ball that was rising outside off, resulting in an easy catch for first slip. The match is officially over in Perth.

The ball reaches 22 but does not go any further. Shakeel, who was preparing to hit the ball behind square, is surprised when the ball stays low and he tries to quickly hit it down with his bat. However, the ball hits him on the pad and a review does not save him, resulting in his leg stump being knocked over.

The 30th over of the match sees Pakistan at 89-8 with Shakeel scoring 24 runs and Shaheen scoring 3 runs. Shakeel effortlessly nudges the ball and Shaheen steers it, both earning singles. Shakeel smoothly works Lyon off his toe for a run through midwicket. The question remains, will Shaheen resist slogging the ball? He manages to for one ball, elegantly opening the face of his bat but unable to get past backward point.

In the 29th over, Pakistan’s score is 86-8 with Shakeel at 22 runs and Shaheen at 2 runs. Lyon is positioned at deep third for the sole purpose of receiving a cheer from the nearby fans. It’s a thoughtful gesture. And there is great excitement for Pakistan as Shakeel scores 22 runs! He hits Hazlewood to cover for a single run.

Shaheen Shah Afridi does not stay at the crease for long – he swings at two short balls from Hazlewood, with one being miscued over cover for two runs and the other being missed altogether. He also manages to avoid and defend a few bouncers in between.

In the 28th over, Pakistan’s score is 83 for 8, with Shakeel at 21 and Shaheen at 0. Lyon has taken 2 wickets for 15 runs in his 7 overs. Pakistan is close to the end of their innings, with an hour and a half left in the session.

He waited a bit for 500, but barely any time for 501. That’s a pair of Levi’s for Lyon. Aamer Jamal was lucky to get four runs on his first ball, with an inside edge and sharp ball movement, going past the stumps and keeper. However, he was out on the third ball as the ball barely went above the grass and hit the middle stump from a length. Good luck batting against that.

Lyon pleads as he kneels on one knee after hitting the ball into Faheem’s pad. However, Umpire Illingworth remains composed. The appeal is so strong that a review is necessary. The ball hits the pad in front of the middle and leg stumps as the batter kneels towards it, slightly straightening from around the wicket. Two concerns arise: did he straighten enough? And did the ball bounce too much, hitting the knee roll? It appears to be heading towards the top left corner, where the leg bail is located. Is there a possibility of a yellow light being shown?

Three reds!

It was somewhat underwhelming, but at least Lyon’s teammates are surrounding him and he is embraced by their group hug.

Nathan Lyon has reached the milestone of 500 test wickets, making him the third Australian to do so after Warne and McGrath. This is a significant accomplishment.

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon appeals to dismiss Faheem Ashraf of Pakistan lbw on day four of the first Test.

In the 27th over, Pakistan’s score is 79 for 6 with Shakeel at 21 and Faheem at 5. Hazlewood comes in for a quick spell and puts pressure on Shakeel with a delivery aimed at his glove. Australia makes a strategic change, bringing in Head to short leg and removing third slip to place Khawaja at deep backward square. A fine leg is also added for the hook shot. Hazlewood throws a bouncer, but Shakeel misses and blocks out a length ball to end the over. The excitement grows as Shakeel aims to reach 22 runs.

In the 26th over, Pakistan’s score is 79 for 6 with Shakeel at 21 and Faheem at 5. Carey makes a subtle appeal and approaches the umpire after the ball narrowly misses Faheem’s bat. The Australian team decides to use a review, but there is no evidence of contact. Faheem then expertly guides the ball for two runs past the leg slip. The Australians have four fielders surrounding the batsmen: silly mid off, slip, leg slip, and short leg. Despite this, they are unable to take any wickets.

In the 25th over, Pakistan has a score of 77-6 with Shakeel at 21 and Faheem at 3. Starc is now consistently throwing short balls. Only one run is scored in this over, a bye due to the ball dropping for Carey.

In the 24th over, Pakistan’s score is 76-6 with Shakeel scoring 21 runs and Faheem scoring 3 runs. Lyon returns to the game, ignoring the significance of Boxing Day. He almost gets Faheem out with a shot that hits his glove but ends up hitting his pad for an extra run. Lyon now has two left-handed batsmen to face. Shakeel confidently cuts the ball and adds four more runs to his total, bringing it to 21.

In the 23rd over, Pakistan’s score is 71-6 with Shakeel at 17 and Faheem at 3. Shakeel impressively ends the over by hitting a single and then skillfully directing a ball off his pads for a four behind square off Starc’s delivery. The timing was impeccable.

In the 22nd over, Pakistan’s score is 65-6 with Shakeel on 12 and Faheem on 2. This is the last pair for Pakistan batting. Will the Australians keep Nathan Lyon’s 500th wicket for Boxing Day? After tea, only one over was played before Starc took over. Cummins is now bowling from the Langer End. Faheem Ashraf hits a pull shot for two runs. Pakistan is currently 385 runs behind with four wickets remaining.

Unfortunately, this situation does not look promising. Shakeel initially seems comfortable as he takes a run to point. However, Starc’s delivery is not on target and Salman is able to cut two runs. He then attempts to drop a run to short midwicket. Shakeel attempts a pull shot around the corner and takes a couple of steps towards Head, who is fielding. However, he realizes he won’t make it and turns back. By this time, Salman is already halfway down the pitch and has to turn back himself. Labuschagne takes the throw and removes the bails at the non-striker’s end. This results in a dismissal for Salman.

In the 22nd over, Pakistan’s score is 63-6 with Shakeel scoring 12 runs and Faheem scoring 0.

Marnus Labuschagne of Australia knocks over the stumps to run out Saud Shakeel of Pakistan

In the 20th over, Pakistan’s score stands at 57-5 with Shakeel at 11 and Salman at 0. Shakeel’s previous lowest score in Test cricket was 22, prompting us to wonder if he will make 22 today in a game we like to call “Can Saud Shakeel Make 22?”

He reaches 11 runs by hitting a single off of Cummins, putting him halfway to his goal. Cummins bowls a fantastic ball to Salman, narrowly missing the edge.

In the 19th over, Pakistan’s score is 56 for 5 wickets, with Shakeel scoring 10 runs and Salman not yet out. Agha Salman, a skilled player who did not get out in the first innings, now faces a difficult task ahead.

Another one bites the dust. The batter, who is not very sociable, attempts to defend but ends up pushing the ball with the edge of their bat. The ball goes high near the bat’s shoulder and is caught by Marsh in the gully, close to the ground. It was a straightforward catch. It is possible that the glove may have also been involved, similar to Babar’s dismissal, as Sarfaraz walks off while shaking his fingers.

Mitchell Starc and Mitch Marsh celebrate the wicket of Pakistan's Sarfaraz Ahmed as teammates watch on

In the 18th over, Pakistan’s score is 56-4 with Shakeel at 10 runs and Sarfaraz at 4 runs. Lyon is the bowler after the tea break. The ball bounces off the pitch and hits Sarfaraz on the elbow, causing him to hit it outside the off stump. He then follows up with a cover drive for three runs.

Are they struggling to reach 400 runs due to psychological pressure? That’s one perspective. Pakistan is facing a tough situation here. They have six wickets left, two of which are strong batsmen. There are two and a half hours left in the day, and the umpires may extend the play by 30 minutes if Pakistan has lost eight or nine wickets. Australia has a chance to win in four days, while Pakistan simply needs to focus on batting.

In the 17th over, Pakistan’s score is 53-4 with Shakeel at 10 runs and Sarfaraz at 1 run. Sarfaraz Ahmed, the team’s wicketkeeper, is now facing the bowler. Mohammed Rizwan, another wicketkeeper, was seen practicing in the nets after the first day. It is uncertain how much room Sarfaraz has to improve his performance in this match. Cummins delivers a quality ball that narrowly misses the edge of Sarfaraz’s bat. He then scores his first run by guiding the ball around the corner. Shakeel follows with a well-executed back foot punch that sails past the gully fielder for four runs.

In the 16th over, Pakistan’s score is 48-4 with Shakeel at 6 runs and Sarfaraz at 0. The team is in a difficult situation and there is a high possibility of losing today’s match. Shakeel defends one ball, but has to quickly react to the next and fend it off like Imam did before getting out in the first innings. In the previous innings, Shakeel executed a well-played cut shot against Lyon and now he is blocking out an entire over.

In the 15th over, Pakistan has a score of 48-4 with Shakeel scoring 6 runs. This over has been quite eventful.

A carefully choreographed comedic moment unfolds as a plastic bag skips across the field, eluding Labuschagne at mid off and provoking a chase from Lyon at backward point. It playfully dances around Khawaja at third slip, before being caught by Smith at second. With both hands raised in triumph, the champion batsman is met with cheers from the spectators. It’s the small details that make all the difference.

Nothing funny in Cummins’ next delivery, which explodes off the pitch over Babar’s turning front shoulder, flying away for four byes. Babar still gets forward to defend the next one. A real test of nerve now. Pushes an angled bat at the fifth ball, down into the ground. But the sixth is another brute. Fuller length, outside off, but it lifts sharply. Takes glove rather than outside edge, such is the kick, and through to the wicketkeeper. Babar walks off wringing his hand. That was n-a-s-t-y.

Pat Cummins celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan batter Babar Azam

In the 14th over, Pakistan’s score is 44-3 with Babar scoring 14 runs and Shakeel scoring 6. Babar manages to find a run through square leg by softly playing the ball to counter Lyon’s spin. Shakeel blocks a few balls, the last one with his pad, but Umpire Dick Illingworth declares him not out. The ball may have hit his back thigh and possibly be going down leg, or even over the stumps.

In the 13th over of the match, Pakistan’s score is 43-3 with Babar scoring 13 runs and Shakeel scoring 6. The batting conditions are challenging, as evidenced by Cummins’ delivery that keeps low. Babar manages to play it out. The next delivery also poses a challenge as it narrowly misses the edge. The fielding team has six attacking positions in place, including four slips, a gully, and a short leg. The conventional fielding positions of mid off, mid on, and fine leg are also occupied. Babar’s shot results in an edge along the ground to third slip, but Khawaja fails to catch it. However, Smith quickly retrieves the ball and prevents Pakistan from scoring. Babar is forced to hustle back to his crease. He manages to get a run when his leading edge is fumbled by Labuschagne at cover.

In the twelfth over, Pakistan has scored 42 runs for the loss of three wickets with Babar on 12 and Shakeel on 6. Nathan Lyon is now coming in to bowl, receiving a warm welcome from the crowd as he prepares to reach his milestone of 500 wickets. It would be great to see Babar Azam included in his collection of wickets. The former Pakistani captain plays a solid defensive shot on the front foot, confidently coming forward to the first three deliveries before driving for a single to cover. Lyon has three fielders positioned close to the bat, while Shakeel, who is left-handed, only has two. There is a slip and a short leg, but no fielder at leg slip. Warner, with his double-hat, is blocking the ball at short cover.

Source: theguardian.com