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Pakistan vs Australia Test 2: Australia Roars Back to Claim Series Win in Gritty Boxing Day Test

The Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground witnessed a pulsating battle between Australia and Pakistan, culminating in a thrilling Australian victory by 79 runs. After Pakistan threatened to chase down a daunting 317, Pat Cummins delivered a masterful spell on Day 4, claiming 5 wickets to ensure Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Australia, batting first, struggled initially due to tight Pakistani bowling. However, Marnus Labuschagne’s composed 63 and Mitchell Marsh’s aggressive 41 steadied the ship. Pat Cummins then provided valuable late runs with a quick 25, propelling Australia to 318. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali impressed for Pakistan with 4 wickets each.

Second Innings: Masood Stars, Babar Shows Intent, Shan Masood and Babar Azam displayed excellent form, scoring 60 and 41 respectively, providing Pakistan a solid start in their chase. However, the middle order stumbled, leaving Mohammad Rizwan and Agha Salman to salvage the innings. Their 57-run partnership rekindled Pakistani hopes.

Just as Pakistan seemed within striking distance, Pat Cummins rose to the occasion. His devastating spell decimated the Pakistani tail, claiming 5 wickets in just 12 overs. His accurate swing bowling dismissed Rizwan, Salman, and Hasan Ali in quick succession, effectively ending Pakistan’s resistance.

Key Talking Points:

  • Labuschagne’s gritty innings: The Aussie anchor laid a strong foundation for Australia’s first-innings total.
  • Cummins’ double act: The Aussie captain shone with bat and ball, scoring useful runs and delivering a match-winning bowling spell.
  • Pakistan’s fightback: The visitors displayed admirable grit in their chase, putting Australia under pressure.
  • Cummins’ late magic: The Aussie paceman snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with his phenomenal bowling on Day 4.

Cummins wins Player of the Match as a suitable way to round off the year. He and Australia have had an amazing year. WTC champions, they won their sixth ODI World Cup in India, they tied the Test series against England (Bazball), they kept the Ashes, and they’ve now launched the 2023–24 home summer in grand fashion. They had to work hard at the MCG, which handed out a sporty track, after crushing Pakistan in Perth. Throughout the entire game, there was something in it for the pacers. While their GOAT was having a bad day, Australia’s pacers were unrelenting and Pakistan got dangerously close. Covering this Boxing Day Test was a lot of fun. Australia’s 2-0 series win confirms their dominance over Pakistan in Test cricket. The Boxing Day Test served up a gripping spectacle, showcasing the resilience of both teams and the power of individual brilliance.

It’s time to conclude this year’s Test cricket season.

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