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Australia Thrash Pakistan by 79 Runs to Win Second Test and Series


LSHORE MIRROR (Reuters/AFP) — A fired-up Pat Cummins bagged five wickets and 10 for the match to earn Australia a nail-biting 79-run win in the second Test and clinch the series against Pakistan on Friday.

Set 317 to win, the visitors put up a stellar fight, but were dismissed for 237, with the last five wickets falling for just 18 runs.

Just when it looked like the match would go down to the wire on the final day, Cummins stepped in to remove batter Mohammad Rizwan and claim his 250th test wicket.

Cummins (5-49) followed that up with the wicket of Aamer Jamal for a duck to trigger an extra half an hour of play, during which he claimed his fifth wicket of the innings and 10th of the match to help mop up the tail.

It was his second 10-wicket match haul in 57 tests and concluded a glorious year in which he led Australia to the World Test Championship, a 50-overs World Cup triumph and the retention of the Ashes in England.

The highest successful fourth-innings run chase at the MCG was the 332 England scored back in 1928-29.