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Australia crush Pakistan
December 19, 2004 12:53 IST
Paceman Glenn McGrath recorded the second-best bowling figures by an Australian in Test history to power the home team to a whopping 491-run win over Pakistan on the fourth morning of the first Test in Perth on Sunday.
Resuming at 18 for one chasing an unlikely 564 for victory, Pakistan had no answer to McGrath, who took eight for 24 on a bouncy WACA pitch as the world's top-ranked side bowled out the tourists for 72 to claim a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The only Australian to better McGrath's performance was spinner Arthur Mailey, who picked up nine for 121 against England in Melbourne in 1920-21.
The victory was a perfect 30th birthday present for Australia captain Ricky Ponting.
"He bowled sensationally well," Ponting said of 34-year-old McGrath, the fourth highest wicket-taker in Test history.
Pakistan lost their first wicket of the day when Salman Butt was caught in the gully by Matthew Hayden off McGrath for nine.
McGrath removed Younis Khan two overs later, snapped up by Shane Warne at first slip for 17.
Abdul Razzaq was then caught by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist for one at the start of McGrath's ninth over to make the score 49 for four.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, forced to bat at number six after missing part of Australia's second innings because of illness and a back complaint, was then caught behind off McGrath for a first-ball duck.
But Kamran was out for a duck in McGrath's 11th over when Michael Clarke held on to a sharp chance above his head at fourth slip.
Yousuf Youhana was surprised by a McGrath bouncer and was caught behind for 27, making the total 64 for seven.
Seamer Michael Kasprowicz then took two for four in 3.3 overs to ruin McGrath's chances of collecting all 10 wickets.
Introduced to the attack in the 26th over, Kasprowicz struck with his sixth ball, clean bowling Mohammad Sami for two.
McGrath grabbed his eighth victim when he had Shoaib Akhtar caught at mid-off by Darren Lehmann for one.
Kasprowicz then caught and bowled Mohammad Khalil for five in the final over before lunch to end a dismal batting display from the touring side.
McGrath's five-wicket haul was his 25th in Tests and came in his 104th appearance.
Australia opener Justin Langer was made man of the match for his knocks of 191 and 97.
The second Test in Melbourne starts on December 26.
Australia first innings 381 (Justin Langer 191, Adam Gilchrist 69; Shoaib Akhtar 5-99)
Pakistan first innings 179 (Michael Kasprowicz 5-30)
Australia second innings 361-5 declared (Damien Martyn 100 not out, Ricky Ponting 98, Justin Langer 97)
Pakistan second innings (18-1 overnight)
Bowling: McGrath 16-8-24-8, Gillespie 12-3-37-0 (w-2), Kasprowicz 3.3-2-4-2
Result: Australia won by 491 runs, lead the three-match series 1-0
Man of the match: Justin Langer (Australia)
Second Test in Melbourne, December 26-30