Pakistan belts Australia to claim second test, UAE series

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne leaves after his dismissal against Pakistan on day two of the second test in Abu Dhabi

KAMRAN JEBREILI AP Australia's Marnus Labuschagne leaves after his dismissal against Pakistan on day two of the second test in Abu Dhabi

Australia's grim prospects ahead of the home summer were writ large as seamer Mohammad Abbas ripped through the tourists in Abu Dhabi to clinch the series 1-0 for Pakistan with a crushing 373-run victory in the second Test.

"Looks like they hadn't prepared for Abbas, they took him a little easy", said Sarfraz. Though Australia, at 155/7, would be forced to ask for a limping Khwaja's contributions at the face of a defeat, the left hander is hardly expected to repeat his first Test feat.

Incidentally, the top-five match figures by Pakistan fast bowlers in the last ten years have all been by either Abbas or Asif.

Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) stretched their second-wicket stand to 61 runs before Abbas struck four blows in a high-class exhibition of seam and swing bowling.

"All the youngsters who have come through in recent times have done well". However, Fakhar Zaman's and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's fighting knock of 94 each helped them to post a good total on the board.

"Obviously really disappointing to have them five for 57 on day one and we let that opportunity slip", said Paine.

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Vaughan tweeted: 'Having watched Mohammad Abbas now for over a year, I have decided he would get me out every time within about 6 balls. "We know as a batting group and as a team we're certainly a long way off the finished product, and we've got some work to do".

Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne then added 67 runs for the sixth wicket but Yasir Shah broke that partnership by trapping the left-arm pacer leg before wicket.

Instead of tallying four runs, the ball stopped centimetres before the boundary where it was hastily picked up by fielder Mitchell Starc.

Earlier, by lunch, the visitors were 155-7 in a drizzle.

Abbas finished with 10 for 95 for the match after taking 5 for 33 in the first innings, ending up as man-of-the-series with 17 wickets in two Tests.

Both the teams now play a series of three Twenty20 internationals with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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