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Australia v Pakistan day five snapshot

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016

AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN FIRST TEST DAY FIVE

Scores: Pakistan 450 and 142 lost to Australia 429 and 5(dec)-202 by 39 runs.

Man of the moment: Man of the match Asad Shafiq. The defiant Pakistan No.6 picked up where he left off on Sunday to fall just short of leading his side to an unthinkable world record run chase. Tailender Yasir Shah was no slouch either, hitting 33 - his highest Test score - in a 71-run ninth wicket stand that made Australia sweat.

Key moment: Mitchell Starc finally ends Shafiq's marathon knock. The left-arm quick had Shafiq caught behind, ending his near six hour stand and leaving Pakistan at nine wickets down with 41 runs still to get.

Stat of the day: 450 - Pakistan's highest fourth innings Test total, eclipsing 382 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2015. If they reached the 490 target it would have set a new world record for the highest Test run chase, eclipsing the West Indies' 7-418 against Australia in 2003.

Summary: So near, yet so far for Pakistan. The visitors were at one stage 600-1 with bookmakers to win the first Test after a disastrous first innings collapse of 7-24. Yet Pakistan strode to the crease at 8-382 in their second dig on the final day, backing themselves to do just that with 108 more runs to win. Shafiq battled well along with Yasir but when Starc (4-119) finally got his man, the inevitable soon came.

Quote of the day: "I have lost all my fingernails, I think." - relieved Australian captain Steve Smith on the tense first Test finish.

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