“Nathan Lyon” Makes History with 500 Test Wickets as Australia Dominates Pakistan in Perth.

Nathan Lyon achieved a major milestone by becoming the third Australian bowler, following Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, to reach 500 Test wickets. This accomplishment came during a dominating performance by Australia against Pakistan in Perth. Facing a challenging pitch with unpredictable bounce, Pakistan could only manage 89 runs while chasing a daunting target of 450 on the fourth day.

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Nathan Lyon 500 Test Wickets against Pakistan

Lyon claimed his 500th wicket by dismissing Faheem Ashraf and secured his 501st wicket in the same session. Meanwhile, the fast-bowling trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins collaborated to dismantle Pakistan’s batting lineup in just 31 overs.

At the beginning of the day, Pakistan showed optimism by making two quick breakthroughs to limit Australia’s lead. However, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh resiliently guided Australia, enduring blows from the tricky pitch. Khawaja reached his 25th Test fifty, and the team extended their lead beyond 400 runs before declaring, setting Pakistan a target of 450.

Australia’s fierce bowling set the tone.

In the pursuit, Mitchell Starc’s first over set the tone, dismissing Asad Shafique. Hazlewood then took a crucial wicket, removing Shan Masood. Starc struck again to dismiss Imam-ul-Haq, and Cummins introduced Lyon to the attack. Despite Pakistan’s resistance, Babar Azam fell to Cummins, leaving Pakistan at 53/4 by Tea.

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Starc dismissed Sarfaraz Ahmed early in the final session, and a run-out followed due to a communication error between Saud Shakeel and Agha Salman. Cummins strategically placed fielders for Lyon, who eventually achieved his 500th wicket by trapping Faheem Ashraf. The decision was confirmed after a review. In the same over, Lyon claimed his 501st wicket by dismissing debutant Aamer Jamal. Hazlewood returned to wrap up Pakistan’s chase by taking the wickets of Shakeel and Khurram Shahzad in consecutive deliveries.

Australia secured a comprehensive victory with Lyon’s historic achievement and an outstanding team performance.

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