Australia needed 5 wickets to win the match after lunch and they did they finished their job with ease © Getty Images
Australia needed 5 wickets to win the match after lunch and they did they finished their job with ease © Getty Images

Australia beat Pakistan by 220 runs in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to complete a 3-0 clean sweep. Australia needed more 5 wickets to win after lunch and their bowlers put up a clinical performance to hand Australia a morale-boosting series win. Chasing an improbable 465 for a win, Pakistan were bundled out for 244 after they began the final day on 55 for 1. Earlier in the series, Australia clinched a narrow 39-run win at Brisbane and thrashed Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs at Melbourne. On the final day at SCG, Josh Hazlewood started the destruction, picking up a couple of wickets in the first five overs of the day. Azhar Ali was dismissed for 11 in the first over of the day. Babar Azam, who was dismissed for a duck in the first innings, was trapped in front by Hazlewood for 9.

Pakistan went into lunch at 128 for 5 with Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq showing strong resistance. But their resistance was over when Shafiq dragged one back on to his stumps off Mitchell Starc, for 30. There was a 53-run stand between Misbah and the next batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, but that was never going to be good enough. Misbah once again played an uncharacteristis shot off Steve O’Keefe, but could not clear Nathan Lyon, who was at mid off. After Misbah’s dismissal, Wahab Riaz immediately started to go after the bowling. He was eventually dismissed for 12, caught behind off O’Keefe.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test at Sydney

The on-field umpire did not give that out initially, but there was slight spike in the snicko detected by the third umpire, after Steven Smith decided to review. Sarfraz scored a fifty off 61 balls and was perhaps the only positive for Pakistan from this innings. Mohammad Aamer was ridiculously run out for 5 and then the last batsman Imran Khan — with an average of 1.20 before this innings in Tests — was the last man dismissed for a duck.

Sarfraz played really well. He in fact smacked Lyon for 20 runs off his final over of the day. With the match lost, Sarfraz looked to take his chances. Sadly for him and Pakistan, nobody in the second innings showed any resistance and got out cheaply.

Australia had declared at 538 for 8 in the first innings, thanks to centuries from David Warner, Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb. In reply, Younis Khan’s unbeaten 175 and Azhar Ali’s 71 helped Pakistan to a respectable 315. Australia were determined to get some quick runs and Warner led from the front, with his record-breaking 23-ball fifty to help Australia to 241 for 2, therefore setting Pakistan a target of 465. Smith and Usman Khawaja too scored fifties in the second innings. Australia scored at over 7.5 runs an over in their second innings.

This is the sixth Test loss on the bounce for Pakistan — something that has happened for the very first time in their history. This win would make Australia far more comfortable from the position they were in at the start of the series, coming off a 0-3 hammering in Sri Lanka and suffering their third consecutive Test series defeat (1-2) to South Africa at home.

Warner, who played two memorable innings to lit up the New Year Test at Sydney, was named Man of the Match for the third Test. Australia captain Smith, who scored 441 runs in 4 Tests at 110.25 with 2 tons and as many fifties, was awarded the Man of the Series.

Brief scores:

Australia 538 for 8 decl. (Matt Renshaw 184, David Warner 113, Peter Handscomb 110; Wahab Riaz 3 for 89) & 241 for 2 decl. (David Warner 55, Usman Khawaja 79*, Steven Smith 59; Wahab Riaz 1 for 28) beat Pakistan 315 (Azhar Ali 71, Younis Khan 175*; Josh Hazlewood 4 for 55, Nathan Lyon 3 for 115) & 244 (Sharjeel Khan 40, Sarfraz Ahmed 72*, Josh Hazlewood 3 for 29, Steve O’Keefe 3 for 53) by 220 runs.

Man of the match: David Warner

Man of the series: Steven Smith