Australian batsman Mitchell Swepson pulled off a Shaheen Afridi-like celebration after taking a superb hold to clear the Pakistani point guard in the Lahore Test on Friday.
Afridi was the ninth wicket to fall in Pakistan’s second leg as the hosts succumbed to a 115-run loss in the final test to concede the series 0-1.
In round 90 of the Pakistan innings, Afridi attempted to sweep Australia off spinner Nathan Lyon. However, Swepson judged the shot brilliantly and landed a great deep square leg hold.
Immediately after completing the diving hold, the defender turned to the crowd and extended both arms, mimicking Afridi’s celebration at the drop of a wicket.
Afridi was back in the hut for 5 days after which Pat Cummins cleared Naseem Shah for 1 day to win the Australians a famous Test series win on their first visit to the country since 1998.
Set a target of 351, Pakistan were all out for 235 in 92.1 overs as Lyon claimed 5 for 83 and Cummins 3 for 23. For the hosts, Imam-ul-Haq had the best score with 70 while skipper Babar Azam contributed 55.
‘I thought 350 was enough’ – Pat Cummins on setting a goal for Pakistan
Australia declared their second innings 227-3 to set Pakistan a target of 351. The hosts finished Day 4 73 unbeaten, raising questions as to whether Cummins’ declaration was premature.
However, speaking after the win in Lahore, the Australian skipper said he felt 350 was enough. He said during the post-match presentation:
“I think in the first innings the way we hit and got ahead of the game was fantastic. I thought 350 was enough for the fourth innings. It was a bit weird, the tendency of the game was to work 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.”
Asked to name players important to the series win, the 28-year-old said:
“Too many to name. The best thing about this team is that everyone contributed in one way or another. Swepson was great in his early days and the numbers don’t do him justice.
“It was a fantastic experience for us over the last 15 days, the hospitality was amazing and the fight from Babar and company made the show even better.”
Cummins was named Player of the Match for his eight wickets while Usman Khawaja was chosen as Player of the Series for contributing 496 runs.