Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 25 October 2020

Australia captain Tim Paine: 'Any time you win a Test by over an innings you've done a lot right'

The hosts needed only seven wickets on Day 4 of the first Test to take a 1-0 lead but Babar Azam's second Test century and 95 from Mohammad Rizwan stalled their march to victory

Australia won the first Pakistan Test by an innings and five runs on Sunday despite a magnificent rearguard action from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in Brisbane.

The hosts needed only seven wickets on Day 4 of the first Test to take a 1-0 lead but Azam's second Test century and 95 from Rizwan stalled their march to victory.

The pair were finally dislodged after a 132-run partnership and the Australian quicks finished the job with the second new ball, dismissing the last four batsmen for 30 runs to maintain Australia's 31-year unbeaten run at the Gabba.

Australia captain Tim Paine was rightfully pleased with his team's efforts.

"Really happy, any time you win a Test by over an innings you've done a lot right," said Paine.

"Really proud of the way we started the innings and to maintain our record at the Gabba is excellent."

Josh Hazlewood took 4-63 and his fellow quick Mitchell Starc 3-73 but it was off-spinner Nathan Lyon who played the most decisive role in finishing off the tourists.

Azam showed the quality that has plenty talking him up as the potential to one day go on and become the game's best batsman with a superb 173-ball innings, hitting 13 fours in the process.

He was caught behind off Lyon for 104 before tea - a slightly quicker ball catching the outside edge of his bat and flying through to wicketkeeper Paine.

Rizwan had already secured his first Test half-century and looked set to bring up his maiden century only to misjudge an uppercut on 95 with Lyon taking the catch at deep backward point.

Marnus Labuschagne was named man of the match for his knock of 185 on Saturday which, with David Warner's 154, helped Australia accumulate a first-innings tally of 580 in reply to Pakistan's 240.

"We were really pleased for a teammate like Marnus to finally arrive on the big stage," Paine added of the 25-year-old batsman, who secured his maiden Test ton on his way to the tally.

"He looks like he's getting better and better, which is a good thing for Australian cricket."

Pakistan's hopes of ending their long wait for a Test series win Down Under is over for another year but their fightback on Sunday should given them renewed hope heading into the second Test, a day-night match at the Adelaide Oval, which begins on Friday.

Captain Azhar Ali paid tribute to Azam and Rizwan as well as 16-year-old debutant pace bowler Naseem Shah, but rued the batting collapse on day one of the match.

"I think on the first day we won two sessions but we lost one very badly," he said.

"I think if you lose one session very badly it is always very hard to come back from that, especially against Australia in Australia."

Updated: November 24, 2019 02:16 PM

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