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12:00 AM, December 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:45 AM, December 03, 2019

Australia seal series 2-0

Spin king Nathan Lyon snared five wickets, including dangerous half-century makers Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq, as Australia wore down a stubborn Pakistan to clinch the second Test and wrap up the series 2-0 yesterday.

Pakistan resumed day four of the day-night match on a precarious 39 for three with Masood not out on 14 and Shafiq on eight after being bowled out for 302 in their first innings and forced to follow on.

It followed Australia’s mammoth 589 for three declared, built around David Warner’s exceptional 335 not out.

Needing another 248 to force Australia to bat again and avoid a second successive innings defeat, they had a decent crack but were eventually all out for 239 with the home team claiming victory by an innings and 48 runs.

It was Australia’s sixth consecutive win in a pink ball Test -- four of them at Adelaide -- with every day-night Test played so far since the concept was introduced in 2015 producing a result.

Lyon was Australia’s saviour, finishing with 5-69 on a lifeless pitch.

It was his 16th five-wicket haul and his first against Pakistan. Pakistan’s Masood played some glorious strokes as he assumed a leadership role after Babar Azam and captain Azhar Ali fell cheaply on Sunday.

Shafiq, who has 12 Test hundreds to his name, proved to be Masood’s equal and brought up his 25th half-century with a single off Josh Hazlewood.

But Lyon struck again, with Shafiq getting a thin edge to a flighted ball that carried to Warner at slip and he was gone for 57.

Lyon then removed Iftikhar Ahmed, caught at short leg by Labuschagne for a battling 27, before trapping surprise first-innings century-maker Yasir Shah lbw for 13.

The new pink ball was taken when they returned and with the lights on it didn’t take long to finish off the tail, with Hazlewood clean-bowling Mohammad Rizwan for 45 and Mohammad Abbas run out.

SCORES IN BRIEF

AUSTRALIA: First innings 589 for 3 declared.

PAKISTAN: First innings 302 and second innings 239 all out (Masood 68, Shafiq 57, Iftikhar 27, Rizwan 45; Hazlewood 3-63, Lyon 5-69)

Result: Australia won by an innings and 48 runs and clinched two-match series 2-0.

Player-of-the-match: David Warner

Player-of-the-series: David Warner

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