In a thrilling second Test match, Australian captain Pat Cummins showcased his bowling prowess by taking an impressive 10 wickets, leading Australia to a triumphant victory over Pakistan by 79 runs in Melbourne. The four-day encounter kept fans on the edge of their seats, as Pakistan’s chase of 317 runs took a dramatic turn on the final day.
Cummins’ exceptional performance saw him taking 5-49 in Pakistan’s second innings, where they were eventually bowled out for 237. The match reached a crucial juncture with Pakistan at 219-5, but a sudden collapse, with the last five wickets falling for just 18 runs, sealed the fate of the visitors.
Mitchell Starc played a crucial supporting role, contributing with 4-55. The victory in Melbourne secured Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, setting the stage for the final Test in Sydney on January 2.
Cummins, named the player of the match, exhibited his bowling mastery with a 10-wicket haul, including 5-48 in Pakistan’s first innings. This achievement marked the second 10-wicket haul of his career and added to his stellar year, having led Australia to retain the Ashes in England during the summer and winning the World Cup in November.
The series victory is a fitting conclusion to a remarkable year for the 30-year-old captain, Pat Cummins, underlining his pivotal role in Australia’s success on the international cricket stage.