Ten-wicket man Abbas guides Pakistan to series win over Australia

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Four-wicket Abbas brings Pakistan to verge of victory

Mohammad Abbas became the first Pakistani bowler to take ten-wicket haul in Abu Dhabi as Pakistan mauled Australia by 372 runs in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Pakistan with this win wrapped up the series 1-0 which saw Australia going down at the sixth spot in ICC Test rankings.

Abbas took 5-62 which dismantled Australia for 164 in just 49.4 overs to fell for their second heaviest defeat against Pakistan.

With 17 wickets in the series, Abbas was deservedly declared man of the series, his second after ten wickets against England in the 1-1 draw series earlier this year.

Abbas has emerged as one of the best exponents of seam bowling, having taken 5-33 in the first innings which bowled out Australia for a paltry 145 in the first innings, giving Pakistan a match-winning lead of 137 runs over their first innings total of 282.

Abbas, who has match figures of 10-95, took the attack to the Australian batting, missing the injured and resilient Usman Khawaja who fought so well to draw the first test in Dubai.

It was Abbas who shook Australia in the morning, taking four wickets off just 23 balls as Australia slumped to 75-5 after resuming at 47-1.

Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) had added 61 for the second wicket but under cloudy conditions, Abbas was almost unplayable.

He had Head caught behind by substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan who had replaced Sarfraz Ahmed who had gone for a scan of his head after being hit by a Mitchell Starc bouncer on Thursday.

Abbas had Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine and Finch leg before in an incisive spell which left Australia on the verge of defeat. Yasir Shah then took three wickets as Australia folded soon after lunch.

Pakistan’s also stars in Fakhar Zaman who scored 94 and 66 in his first Test proving his selection was not a gamble. It also is a great win for Sarfraz who returned to form with knocks of 94 and 81.

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