Twitter Reactions: Mohammad Abbas runs through the Aussie batting line-up as Pakistan seal the series
Abbas ended the series with 17 wickets.
Updated - Oct 19, 2018 4:08 pm
When was the last time Australia were hamstrung by a fast bowler’s brilliance? They prepared to tackle the spin threat of Yasir Shah and Bilal Asif but Mohammad Abbas ended up being the hero for Pakistan in the two-match series. He ended up with 17 wickets across four innings and more so, 10 wickets in the second and final Test as Pakistan sealed the series by winning the Abu Dhabi Test by 373 runs.
The day started with a bad news for both the teams. Sarfraz Ahmed was sent to the hospital for the concussion tests in the morning after he was hit on the helmet by Peter Siddle’s bouncer on the third day while it was also confirmed that Usman Khawaja will not bat in the second innings following his injury. Australia began their day with the overnight batsmen Aaron Finch and Travis Head hoping to delay the inevitable.
They attacked the ball compared to the previous day and were successful in garnering some runs quickly. But Mohammad Abbas was once again at work as he first made Head edge a fuller length delivery to the wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan. The same bowler then trapped Mitchell Marsh in front of the stumps and soon was all over the visitors.
Aaron Finch was undone with a sharp incoming delivery while the skipper Tim Paine misjudged a straighter one which went on to peg back his off-stump. At 78/5, it seemed like that Pakistan will wrap things up soon.
Labuschagne and Starc deny Pakistan for a while
Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc, however, denied them a wicket for 16 overs as they added 67 runs for the sixth wicket. The former showed some good technique against the spinner in order to cement his place in the line-up for the upcoming series. Though once the partnership was broken, Yasir Shah quickly ran through the lower-order quickly after the lunch.
Meanwhile, Abbas completed a ten-wicket haul in the match by sending back Labuschagne with a bouncer and eventually Australia were bundled out for 164 runs. Abbas registered best figures for a Pakistan fast bowler in Tests in last 10 years as he was awarded Man of the Series for a stellar performance.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the day:
Pakistan have as always unearthed a special fast bowler. Mohammad Abbas looks an unbelievably talented bowler.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 19, 2018
Another magical spell by the magician @Mohmmadabbas111 after long time seeing a Pakistani bowler rising to NO 1 in tests. Abbas's hard work has paid off. Such good figures on the flat tracks of UAE.@TheRealPCB @ICC
— Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) October 19, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 19, 2018
I see a new number 1 Test bowler coming… Mohammad Abbas
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) October 19, 2018
I’ll take just the Abbas #lifelongdream 😀
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) October 19, 2018
Is Mohd Abbas the best fast bowler in the world?? I think he’s close to being one.. wickets on dead pitches and against all oppositions.. 50 wickets in 10 tests with a strike rate of 40. Great stuff!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 17, 2018
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 19, 2018
— PAKonTrack (@RNaumanKhalid) October 19, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 19, 2018
Those Pakistani spinners we trained so long and hard to combat bowl surprisingly quickly.#PAKvAUS
— Greg Baum (@GregBaum) October 19, 2018
Congratulations Mohammad Abbas on a fantastic 10 wicket haul, what a spell from crazy man👏👏 #PAKvAUS
— 🗿🗿🗿 (@MayankDPatel1) October 19, 2018
— Usama Salik (@iamusamasalik) October 19, 2018
We should definitely consider Muhammad Abbas in WC 2019 as he will provide more strength to Pakistan pace bowlers with some supportive bowling pitches in UK.
Definitely a player to look forward.@aaliaaaliya @SYahyaHussaini @DanishAnisShaik @ArfaSays_#PakvAus
— Talha Junaid Gondal (@TalhaJunaid786) October 19, 2018
— Faraz (@FarazShamim1) October 19, 2018
Aussies Pakis expected Yasir Shah fifers
Abbas surprised all in UAE #PAKvAUS
— Sunil Singh (@Sunil_1984_) October 19, 2018
— Ali Rashy (@alirashy) October 19, 2018
Mohammed Abbas is a great bowler! Loved the way he has bowled in such pitches where there is nothing for pacer. #PAKvAUS
— Anant Chheda (@anantchheda19) October 19, 2018
— Matt Western (@westie0808) October 19, 2018
— A R S L A N☄ (@Moarslaan) October 19, 2018
Mohammad Abbas first Pakistani pacer to take 10 wickets in 10 years, brilliant stuff. Also indicates how we have struggled in the pace department for over a decade #PakvAus
— Danish Anis Shaikh (@DanishAnisShaik) October 19, 2018