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AUS vs PAK: Australia crushes Pakistan, Nathan Lyon completes 500 wickets

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The first match of the three-match Test series between Australia and Pakistan was played in Perth. In this match, Australia has defeated the visiting team badly. In the first Test of the series against Pakistan, Australia produced a brilliant all-round performance to defeat the tourists by 360 runs in Perth. After giving Pakistan a target of 450 runs in the second innings, Australia achieved a spectacular victory by bowling them out for just 89 runs. In this match, Nathan Lyon created history, becoming the third Australian and 8th cricketer overall to take 500 wickets in his Test career.

How was the match?

Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon became the fourth spinner in the history of cricket to take 500 Test wickets. Lyon completed his feat with the wicket of Faheem Ashraf at the Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday, 17 December. Lyon had to wait for a long time to take his 500th wicket in the second innings. Lyon took his 500th and 501st wickets while bowling his 7th over, as Australia’s fast bowlers completely dismantled Pakistan’s top and middle order.

The spinner joins Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath in the list to become the third Australian bowler to reach the feat. Lyon came to the Test match with 496 wickets in his name. The spinner took 3 wickets in the first innings, dismissing Abdullah Shafiq, Imam-ul-Haq and Aamir Jamal. Lyon worked hard to reach this milestone in the first innings itself but Travis Head wrapped up the Pakistan team by taking the wicket of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Lyon missed by just one wicket.

Journey from groundsman to cricketer

Nathan Lyon has achieved the most success in his Test career against England and India. Of his 500 wickets, 110 have come against England and 121 against India. The spinner achieved this feat in 123 Test matches, making him the 5th fastest bowler among the 8 bowlers to achieve this feat. Being an Australian spinner, taking 500 wickets is not a common thing. In the year 2010, Leone used to work as ground staff in Australia, but after his hard work, today he has achieved this position for his team in Australia itself.

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