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Pakistan defeat Australia in second Test

ABU DHABI (AP) – Pakistan have defeated Australia in second Test on fourth day by 373 runs in Abud Dhabi today (Friday).

Seamer Mohammad Abbas again jolted the Australia top order with five quick wickets in the first hour on day four.

Australia, set a daunting 538-run target, were bowled out for 164 as Pakistan medium pacer Mohammad Abbas rocked them with figures of 5-62 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

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

Looking to hold out for more than two days for a draw, Australia began the day on 47-1 and also without in-form opener Usman Khawaja. He didn’t field on Thursday when he was hurt in the warmup, and Australia revealed on Friday he tore a cartilage in his left knee and was not able to bat in the second innings.

Khawaja saved Australia in the drawn first test in Dubai where he scored 141 and batted for more than 125 overs.

Nobody was showing that sort of grit on Friday.

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

Marnus Labuschagne top-scored with 43.

South Africa’s joint-highest test wicket-taker Dale Steyn was impressed with another strong show from Abbas.

“I see a new number 1 Test bowler coming… Mohammad Abbas,” the 35-year-old fast bowler said on Twitter.

Australia’s 373-run loss to Pakistan in the second Test in Abu Dhabi has had an adverse effect on their place on the rankings table, the ICC stated in a press release.

They have slipped from third to fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after losing their two-match series to Pakistan by a 1-0 margin.

Australia, who started the series at 106 points and behind South Africa only on decimals, are now on 102 points, marginally behind New Zealand on decimal points.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have made substantial gains in terms of points, in the list led by India with 116 points.

Pakistan, who could have overtaken Sri Lanka with a 2-0 series win, remain in seventh position but have advanced from 88 to 95 points and to within two points of Sri Lanka.

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