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Australia beat Pakistan by 220 runs to sweep series
Published : Saturday, 7 January, 2017 at 11:07 AM,  Read :  106  times.
jamuna sports desk: Australia completed a 220-run victory over Pakistan on the fifth day of the third test on Saturday to sweep the series 3-0.

Steven Smith's men completed another crushing victory over the crestfallen visitors on a balmy day at the SCG, making it 12 consecutive wins for the Australians in home Tests against Pakistani touring teams - four clean sweeps in a row dating back to 1999.

There never seemed much doubt over the result when the final day began, and even less when Josh Hazlewood struck twice in the first half hour to maintain his outstanding record this summer.

From there Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe worked their way through the Pakistan line-up, with Hazlewood returning to claim the final wicket on the stroke of the tea break.

Spinner Steve O'Keefe took three wickets for his best test figures of 3-53, with seamer Josh Hazelwood also taking three.

The hosts needed nine wickets on the final day and started strongly by removing Pakistan's form batsman Azhar Ali in the first over of the day, and took regular wickets to bowl Pakistan out just before tea.

Hazelwood (3-29) took the final wicket of Imran Khan to spark on-field celebrations for Australia's first series win since beating New Zealand 2-0 away in February last year.

Sarfraz Ahmed made 72 not out to lead the tourists in a losing cause.

The hosts had won the opening day-night test in Brisbane by 39 runs and the second test in Melbourne by an innings and 18 runs.

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