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Babar, Shah spin Pakistan to 221-run win

In pursuit of 438, Australia was bowled out for 216

Babar, Shah spin Pakistan to 221-run win - Cricket News
Babar and Shah shared nine wickets as Australia was bowled out for 216.
Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah, with a combined experience of four Tests, spun out Australia to bowl Pakistan to a 221-run victory on the final day of the first Test in Dubai on Sunday (October 26) as Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
The spin twins shared nine wickets as Australia was bowled out for 216 in pursuit of 438. Babar, the left-arm spinner, exhibited immaculate control and was rewarded with figures of 5 for 74, his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket. He finished with a match haul of 7 for 155, while Shah, the debutant legspinner who took 4 for 50 in the second innings, also had seven wickets in the match.
Australia's pockets of resistance on the final day came from Chris Rogers, Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson. Rogers battled hard for 43 from 131 deliveries, Smith fought valiantly for a 175-ball 55 and Johnson made 61, the highest score of the innings. 
Going into the final session, Australia had the challenge of batting out 29 overs with two wickets in hand. But Johnson was stumped early in the final session off Shah.
The win came two overs later when Peter Siddle's prod off Babar lobbed to Azhar Ali at silly point to trigger wild celebrations in the Pakistan camp. It was Misbah-ul-Haq's 13th Test win as captain, putting him third behind Inzamam-ul-Haq and Imran Khan on the list of captains with most Test wins for Pakistan.

That Pakistan got into a position from where it could call the shots was courtesy Younis Khan's twin tons. He became only the seventh Pakistan batsman to score a century in each innings. Along the way, he brought up his 26th Test ton to become the highest centurion for Pakistan in Test history. Younis and Ahmed Shehzad's 131 helped Pakistan build on its 155-run lead and set up a declaration at 286 for 2.
After a solid start, Australia slipped from 44 for no loss to 49 for 4 in the final session of the penultimate day.
The morning session completely belonged to Babar. After Imran Khan, the debutant paceman, ended Rogers’s resistance with a ball that the batsman played across to be bowled, Babar removed Mitchell Marsh with a turning delivery that the batsman prodded to Azhar at silly point. Four overs later, Brad Haddin missed a delivery that came back in with the arm to hit middle stump. At that stage, Australia was 105 for 7.
Smith and Johnson added 55, and nearly batted the session out before Smith's dismissal before tea opened the flood gates. In the end, the victory came half an hour after tea when Babar struck to pick up his fifth wicket. 
The jubilation and relief was all too evident in the Pakistan camp, given it endured a 0-3 whitewash in the One-Day International series.

To see the scorecard and review the Pakistan v Australia match in full, please click here.

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