Mohammad Abbas takes ten as Pakistan crush Australia in Abu Dhabi

Elena Summers
October 20, 2018

This becomes Australia's heaviest defeat against Pakistan, beating the 356-run hammering at this same venue four years ago.

Australia will now face Pakistan for a three-match T20I series, starting October 24 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

"It was nothing unusual, they were also playing".

While Test debutants Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne showed glimpses of their potential in the UAE, Shaun Marsh failed to fire and Paine admitted batting spots are up for grabs ahead of the four-Test India series.

Abbas took seven wickets in the first Test which Australia drew after a determined fightback on the fifth day in Dubai.

Under the captaincy of Sarfaraz, Pakistani Cricket Team once again proved its mettle and the prominent figure who has been given a huge shout out by the insane cricket fans of Pakistan is Muhamad Abbas.

"But credit goes to Abbas, because the pitch is not suitable for fast bowlers", said Sarfraz.

"All the youngsters who have come through in recent times have done well".

The Test series against Pakistan is Australia's first since the ball-tampering scandal that erupted in South Africa earlier in the year.

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

"He (Abbas) challenged our defence and was too good for us. There's certainly no sugar coating that we've got some real issues with our batting". Babar Azam missed a maiden hundred by one run but he and Sarfraz Ahmed (81) put on a 133-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Australia's pace bowler Mitchell Starc retrieved the ball and threw it to wicket-keeper Tim Paine, who quickly whipped off the bails.

Australia had reached 155-7 at lunch with the writing very much on the wall.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur's disbelieving reaction said it all as Azhar fell for 64 to leave the hosts at 160-4 and leading Australia by 297 runs in their second innings.

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