Hussey, Hauritz heroics lead Australia to incredible 36-run win over Pak in Sydney Test

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Sydney, Jan 6(ANI): Australia has completed a remarkable Test victory over Pakistan, coming from 206 runs behind in the first innings to win the second Test at SCG by 36 runs.

Needing 176 for its first victory in Australia in 14 years, Pakistan was bundled out for 139 runs.

Australia's bowling hero was off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, who claimed 5-53 following on from his first five-wicket haul in the Boxing Day Test, The Australian reports.

Pakistan's chase for victory did began brightly, with openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt putting on 34-runs off 42 balls for the first wicket.

They even took Peter Siddle for 15 off one over, with Farhat belting consecutive fours through extra cover, but Doug Bollinger made the initial breakthrough in the very next over, taking Farhat's wicket.

Johnson was introduced in the 11th over and struck twice, dismissing Faisal Iqbal (7) and Butt (21) caught behind.

Pakistan was nervously placed on 3-77 at tea when Hauritz turned the match in the second over after the break with a dramatic caught and bowled to dismiss captain Mohammad Yousuf.

He then dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq for a duck two balls later to put the Aussies in the box seat.

Pakistan's last realistic chance of a victory disappeared when young gun Umar Akmal skied a catch to mid-off on 49 and became the eighth wicket to fall.

Earlier in the day, Australia were bowled out for 381 after lunch, with middle-order batsman Mike Hussey making a typically gritty unbeaten 134 and shared a record-breaking ninth-wicket partnership of 123 runs with Peter Siddle.

Hussey struck 16 boundaries in his six-and-a-half-hour innings, reaching his 11th Test century off 196 balls, while Siddle fell for 38 runs, his highest Test score.

The win clinched a 2-0 series victory for Australia with the third and final Test beginning in Hobart next week.

Scorecard:

Australia 127 and 381

Pakistan 333 and 139

Australia: second innings

SR Watson c Faisal Iqbal b Umar Gul 97

PJ Hughes c and b Danish Kaneria 37

RT Ponting c Faisal Iqbal b Umar Gul 11

MEK Hussey not out 134

MJ Clarke lbw b Mohammad Asif 21

MJ North c Faisal Iqbal b Danish Kaneria 2

BJ Haddin lbw b Danish Kaneria 15

MG Johnson b Danish Kaneria 3

NM Hauritz c Misbah-ul-Haq b Umar Gul 4

PM Siddle c Misbah-ul-Haq b Mohammad Asif 38

DE Bollinger b Danish Kaneria 0

Total (all out; 125.4 overs) 381

Pakistan: second innings (target: 176 runs)

Imran Farhat c Johnson b Bollinger 22

Salman Butt c Haddin b Johnson 21

Faisal Iqbal c Haddin b Johnson 7

Mohammad Yousuf c and b Hauritz 19

Umar Akmal c Johnson b Bollinger 49

Misbah-ul-Haq c Hussey b Hauritz 0

Kamran Akmal c Haddin b Johnson 11

Mohammad Sami c Haddin b Hauritz 2

Umar Gul c Siddle b Hauritz 6

Danish Kaneria c Watson b Hauritz 0

Mohammad Asif not out 0

Total (all out; 38 overs) 139 (ANI)

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