Hauritz inspires Australia

Spinner claims maiden five-wicket Test haul to see off Pakistan

Last Updated: 30/12/09 8:07am

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Hauritz: Five-wicket haul

Hauritz: Five-wicket haul

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First Test Match
Melbourne
Australia 454-5 dec (S M Katich 98, S R Watson 93, M E K Hussey 82, N M Hauritz 75, R T Ponting 57) & 225-8 dec (S R Watson 120 no, Mohammad Aamer 5-79) v Pakistan 258 (Misbah-ul-Haq 65 no, Umar Akmal 51) & 251 (Mohammad Yousuf 61, N M Hauritz 5-101).
Australia beat Pakistan by 170 runs

Spinner Nathan Hauritz weighed in with his maiden five-wicket Test haul as Australia eased to a 170-run victory over Pakistan in Melbourne.

Pakistan were never likely to chase down the world record total of 422 needed for victory in the first Test - particularly after a devastating early burst from Mitchell Johnson - but Hauritz ensured there was no surprise outcome.

Hauritz surpassed his previous best of 4-86 to take 5-101 as Pakistan succumbed for 251 just after lunch on the final day.

Johnson set the hosts on their way to victory as he took two wickets in two deliveries in the opening over of the morning session.

Johnson, who finished the year with 63 Test victims, had Umar Akmal caught behind by keeper Brad Haddin for 27.

Bounce

And Misbah-ul-Haq quickly followed the 19-year-old back to the pavilion as he was caught behind off the next delivery.

Pakistan attempted to turn the tide and dig in for the draw, however when Hauritz removed Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Aamer in successive balls the writing was on the wall for the tourists.

Kamran Akmal had hit four boundaries and a six on his way to 30 but he was guilty of trying one shot too many as he was stumped coming down the track, while Aamer was caught at short leg by Simon Katich after being surprised by the bounce.

Abdur Rauf survived the hat-trick delivery, but his stay at the crease was shortlived as he was bowled by Doug Bollinger for five.

Pakistan were left at 249-8 at lunch - although the break just delayed the inevitable.

Captain Mohammad Yousuf departed in the second over of the afternoon session when he was caught by Katich off Hauritz for 61.

And Hauritz wrapped up the win when Saeed Ajmal was caught at mid-wicket by Shane Watson, named as the man-of-the-match, for 10.

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