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Pakistan suffer at hands of Lyon

2nd December 2019, 13:53 by Simon Barlow

Nathan Lyon's five second-innings wickets enabled Australia to seal victory over Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs inside four days.

Lyon finished with figures of 5-69 from 25 overs as Pakistan's resistance was broken with a day to spare in the second Test in Adelaide.

Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq attempted to keep the hosts at bay, with the tourists starting the day on 39-3 and still trailing by 248 runs.

They put together a 103-run stand before Lyon sent both batsmen back to the pavilion in quick succession, with Masood (68) caught inside the circle while trying to go over mid-off, whereas Shafiq (57) was surprised by the spinner's bounce and found Warner at leg slip.

Lyon was the breaker of another frustrating partnership between Iftikhar Ahmed (27) and Mohammad Rizwan (45) before Yasir Shah – the unlikely first-innings centurion – was trapped leg before wicket.

He got his fifth in the final over before tea after Shaheen Shah Afridi top-edged an aggressive ball to Josh Hazlewood.

The quick bowler then mopped up the remaining two wickets in his first full over of the day, albeit the final one was a run-out.

Australia's win cements their position behind India on the ICC Test Championship points table, with David Warner, whose brilliant 335 not out had set up their first innings, named Player of the Match and Series.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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