As few cricket pundits predicted about Pakistan that they will collapse on final day and they certainly did. Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs in the 2nd Test at the MCG. Now Australia leads the series 0-2.
Misbah’s was grilled in media room today after the match. There were lot of question about his strategy, planning and style. It was proven again that he cannot come out of his comfort zone and play aggressively. After putting up a decent score in first innings it was assumed that he will place a bit aggressive fielding to build the pressure on Australian but Misbha being Misbha, he did exactly what he does the best “place a defensive fielding”. Even Australian captain and players were surprised and said that defensive fielding allowed them to score quick runs.
Nathan Lyon did the most damage earlier when it was need, he took 3 wickets of middle-order in the final session. It was proven again that every time a bowler’s career in danger, use them against Pakistan and bowlers career will shine again. Lyon’s bowling was inconsistent in the series but middle order batsmen Younnis and Misbha’s wickets in 3 balls put him in front line bowlers and skipper Steve smith will be happy to have in team. Two quick wickets and suddenly Pakistan’s moral hit the bottom.
Mitchell Starc’s 84 runs and 4 wickets certainly left Pakistani squad wondering what to do about him. There was no hurdle for him to score 84 on off 91 balls, there was no resistance offered by Pakistani bowlers and fielders.
A well planned first innings declared by Steve Smith to allow his bowlers to bowl at least 70 overs but his bowlers did fantastic job and bowled out Pakistan in only 53.2 overs.
Australia leading the series 2-0 ahead of last test in Sydney starting on 3rd of January.