Gabba, you beauty!

Updated: 20 December, 2016 21:03 IST | PA Sport |

Venue of cricket's first Tied Test witnesses thrilling end to Brisbane's maiden pink-ball Test as Pakistan end up only 40 runs shy of 490-run target vs Oz

Members of the Australia team celebrate their victory over Pakistan during Day Five of the first Test at the Gabba yesterday. The hosts lead the three-match series 1-0. Pic/Getty Images

Brisbane: Pakistan fell just 40 runs short of a world-record chase as Australia edged to victory in the first Test at the Gabba (venue of cricket's first Tied Test in 1960-61). A brilliant century from Asad Shafiq took the visitors to the brink of victory and until he was ninth out for a sublime 137, Pakistan looked to have every chance of doing the improbable. Shafiq put on 71 for the ninth wicket with Yasir Shah as the tourists frustrated Australia but once he fell, the hosts quickly wrapped it up. Pakistan resumed on 382 for eight and after adding 69 to their overnight score.

Mitchell Starc dug one in short and Shafiq lobbed it up to David Warner for a simple catch. It was all over when Shah kept out a yorker from Starc and the ball went to Steve Smith at second slip to end an enthralling Test match.

Brief scores
Australia 429 & 202-5 decl beat Pakistan 142 & 450 (A Shafiq 137, Y Khan 65; M Starc 4-119, J Bird 3-110) by 39 runs

First Published: 20 December, 2016 07:13 IST

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