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Pak spinners crush Aussies in Dubai

Dubai: Zulfiqar Babar took a maiden five-wicket haul and fellow leg-spinner Yasir Shah took four as Pakistan humiliated Australia by 221 runs in the first Test in Dubai yesterday.

Pak debutant Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar bowls during the fifth day of first Test. Pics/AFP
Pak debutant Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar bowls during the fifth day of first Test. Pics/AFP 

Babar finished with 5-74 in only his third Test, while debutant Shah took 4-50 to dismiss a resolute Australia for 216 in their second innings and give Pakistan a 1-0 lead.

Pakistan, who set Australia a 438-run target, were left frustrated as Mitchell Johnson (61) and Steven Smith (55) fought hard before they succumbed in a tantalising finish with just 21.5 overs left in the day.

Pakistan will hope they either win or avoid defeat in the second Test to clinch their first series win over Australia since 1994.

9
The number of times Australia have lost in Asia in last 14 Tests 

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