Abbas, Sarfraz star as Pakistan clinch series against Australia

Abu Dhabi: Brilliant performances from Mohammad Abbas and captain Sarfraz Ahmed was enough for Pakistan in securing a series win against Australia with a thumping win in the second Test by 373  runs on Friday in Abu Dhabi.

Abbas followed up his 5-33 in the first innings with another five-wicket haul in the second innings to help Pakistan overpower Australia in convincing fashion.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah also chipped in three wickets to ensure that the Kangaroos did not get any breathing space while chasing a stiff target of 538 runs.

For Australia no batsman was able to notch up an innings of substantial value as Marnus Labuschagne was the highest run scorer with 43 runs.

The morning session started on a sour note for both teams, with Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed taken to hospital and Khawaja ruled out with a meniscal tear to his left knee that is likely to require surgery — which meant that Pakistan needed just nine wickets to secure victory.

Abbas also became the first pace bowler to take 15 or more wickets in a Test series in the United Arab Emirates and was declared player of the match.

AlamulKhabar Sports