Mitchell Swepson, Australia’s leg-spinner, performed a Shaheen Afridi-like celebration after taking a superb catch to dismiss Pakistan’s pacer in the Lahore Test on Friday. Afridi was the ninth wicket to fall in Pakistan’s second innings, as the hosts were defeated by 115 runs in the final Test, losing the series 0-1.
Afridi attempted to slog-sweep Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the 90th over of Pakistan’s innings. Mitchell Swepson, on the other hand, judged the stroke brilliantly and pulled off an excellent catch at deep square-leg.
After completing the diving catch, the fielder turned to face the crowd and spread out both arms, mimicking Afridi’s celebration after a wicket fell.
Pat Cummins cleaned up Naseem Shah for 1 to bowl the Aussies to a famous Test series win in their first visit to the country since 1998. Afridi was back in the hut for 5 after which Pat Cummins bowled the Aussies to a famous Test series win in their first visit to the country since 1998.
Pakistan were all out for 235 in 92.1 overs after being set a target of 351. Lyon claimed 5 for 83 and Cummins 3 for 23. Imam-ul-Haq led the way for the hosts with 70 points, while skipper Babar Azam chipped in with 55.
“I thought 350 was enough,” Pat Cummins says of setting a target for Pakistan
Australia declared their second innings at 227-3, setting Pakistan a target of 351. The hosts finished Day 4 with a score of 73 for no loss, raising the question of whether Cummins’ declaration was premature.
However, speaking after the win in Lahore, the Aussie skipper asserted that he felt 350 was enough. He said at the post-match presentation:
“I think in the first innings the way we batted and put ourselves ahead of the game was fantastic. I thought 350 was enough for the fourth innings. It was kind of weird, the trend of the game was to toil hard for the first couple of wickets and when it started to reverse after 40 odd overs then it would be a bowler’s game.”
When asked to name key players in the series victory, the 28-year-old said:
“Too many to name. The best thing about this squad is that everyone contributed in some way or the other. Mitchell Swepson was great on his debut and the numbers do not do any justice to him. “It has been a fantastic experience for us in the last 15 days, the hospitality was incredible and the fight put up by Babar and co. made the series even better.”