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Australia win by innings and 48 runs; sweep series against Pakistan 2-0
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Australia win by innings and 48 runs; sweep series against Pakistan 2-0

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As Pakistan batsmen withered before Aussies spin attack, Pakistan surrendered by an innings and 48 runs in the second test against Australia at Adelaide on Monday. With this thumping victory, Australia wrapped up the series 2-0.

For Australia, Nathan Lyon’s spin attack turned more lethal and he snared five crucial wickets, including dangerous half-century makers Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq.

Pakistan resumed day four of the day-night match on a precarious 39 for three with Masood not out 14 and Shafiq on eight after being bowled out for 302 in their first innings and forced to follow on. It followed Australia's mammoth 589 for three declared, built around David Warner's exceptional 335 not out. Needing another 248 to force Australia to bat again and avoid a second successive innings defeat, Pakistan had a decent crack but were eventually all out for 239 with the home team claiming victory by an innings and 48 runs.

It was Australia's sixth consecutive win in a pink ball Test -- four of them at Adelaide -- with every day-night Test played so far since the concept was introduced in 2015 producing a result.

In the second innings, Lyon turned Australia's saviour, picking five Pakistan wickets allowing 69 runs on a lifeless pitch that offered little for the home side's fast bowlers.

It was his 16th five-wicket haul and his first against Pakistan, who have lost all four Tests they have played this year after two defeats to South Africa in January.

Defeat continued Pakistan's appalling record in Australia, where they have now crashed in 14 consecutive Tests.

At least they offered some resistance on Monday, with Masood, who models himself on England's Alastair Cook, playing some glorious strokes as he assumed a leadership role after Babar Azam and captain Azhar Ali fell cheaply on Sunday evening.

Shan Masood scored 68 in a determined, 127-ball stand that ended when he advanced to Lyon and mis-judged a drive to mid-off, where Starc took a simple catch to end a 103-run fourth-wicket stand and make the score 123-4.

Asad Shafiq grafted his way to 57 from 112 balls before he was caught at leg-slip by Warner, trying to work a Lyon delivery square, as Pakistan slipped to 154-5. Lyon then removed Iftikhar Ahmed, caught at short leg by Labuschagne for a battling 27, before trapping surprise first-innings century-maker Yasir Shah lbw for 13. Shaheen Afridi became his fifth victim, caught at mid-off by Hazlewood on the last ball before dinner.

The new pink ball was taken when they returned and with the lights on it didn't take long to finish off the tail, with Hazlewood clean-bowling Mohammad Rizwan for 45 and Mohammad Abbas run out.

It capped another commanding victory for Australia who exploited Pakistan's inexperienced bowling attack, which includes two teenagers.