Australia had defeated Australia in its previous nine tests and had certainly not won a test at the Gabba, where Australia is undefeated since 1988.
Brisbane: Captain Steve Smith had thrown down the stumps from 2nd slip to run out Yasir Shah by four balls after Asad Shafiq’s insolent innings ended, confirming Australia held off Pakistan by 39 runs to gain the series-opening day-night test and spread its undefeated splash at the Gabba.
Pakistan had started the previous day requiring 108 to win and Australia wanted 2 wickets. Rarer than 1,000 people were in the troop when play began half an hour early Monday below gloomy skies, counting a small but vocal group of ex-pat Pakistanis encouraging each run.
But Shafiq and Shah had kept the stress on Australia in a 71-run partnership that had gone close to giving Pakistan an improbable world-record conquest after being fixed 490 to win.
No crew had ever counted more than 418 in the 4th innings to win a test match.
Shafiq had guided the lower-order after 173-5 until he was lastly out for 137, his equal-highest test mark, fending at a small Mitchell Starc delivery to glove a catch to David Warner at gap. His removal left Pakistan at 449-9, demanding 41 for success.
Shah, who had scored a career-high of 33, mined out a Yorker from Starc 4 balls later, fringing it on the ground to slipup but was wedged out of his ground when Smith had thrown down the stumps.
It was a brave hunt from Pakistan, which had entered the series after a series loss in New Zealand and was sped out for 142 in its first innings in retort to Australia’s 429. Smith had elected not to impose the follow-on in spite of having a 287-run lead, and then professed at 202-5 on day three, keeping Pakistan its huge run chase.
Pakistan had mislaid its earlier nine tests in Australia and had certainly not won a test at the Gabba, where Australian team is undefeated since 1988.