Pakistan belts Australia to claim second test, UAE series

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Chasing a whopping 538 to win, a deflated Australia lost Usman Khawaja to a significant knee injury and then suffered their fourth-highest losing Test margin in terms of runs after being bowled out for 164 midway through day four. Their previous best of 356-run victory margin was also registered against Australia in 2014.

It is Pakistan's biggest-ever winning Test margin by runs, eclipsing their previous best which they also achieved against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

Abbas finished with 10 for 95 for the match after taking 5 for 33 in the first innings, ending up as man-of-the-series with 17 wickets in two Tests.

Australia went to great lengths to prepare for a Pakistan spin contingent led by Yasir Shah, even flying in a pair of Indian wrist-spinners to face in the nets before the first Test. "We came here to win this series and we did OK in the first Test and showed at least some fight and showed the style and brand of cricket we wanted to play". "You'd have to ask each person individually or if they were a bit exhausted whether it be mentally or physically", Paine said.

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Khawaja, who batted for nearly nine hours in Dubai last week to earn Australia a draw in the first Test, may need to undergo surgery on his meniscus tear and could be sidelined for eight weeks. Pakistan had made 282 in their first innings while Australia were dismissed for 145 in reply on a pitch that has offered turn since day one. "Mohammad Abbas", the 35-year-old fast bowler said on Twitter.

Azhar fell for a well played 64, inclusive of four boundaries.

Australian rookie Marnus Labuschagne was run out after his own lapse on day two.

Earlier, after the wicket of veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez early in the innings, opener Fakhar Zaman and Ali put up a good partnership to steady the Pakistan innings.

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