David Warner scored an important 57 runs in his last Test innings to chase down Pakistan’s 130-run target, securing Australia’s 3-0 series triumph on Saturday. The Aussies defeated the visitors by eight wickets in the final innings, putting an end to the latter’s aspirations of ending a 16-game losing streak in Australia since 1995.
Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets
Pakistan could only add 47 runs to their overnight total, losing their final three wickets, and were bowled for 115 an hour before lunch. Warner, playing his 112th match before retiring from the format, had an embrace with opening partner and childhood friend Usman Khawaja at the boundary rope, and the tourists gave him a guard of honour.
Khawaja was lbw for a duck in the first over, but Warner played like a man on a mission, cutting the ball over the covers in characteristic style for the first four. He reached his 37th Test half-century with a single to square leg, and Australia went into lunch with the win all but secured at 91-1, 39 runs from their target.
Warner hit seven boundaries and had a few more opportunities in his 75-ball innings until spinner Sajid Khan trapped him in front with Australia 11 runs from victory with one day remaining. A crowd of almost 22,000 at his native Sydney Cricket Ground rose for a farewell ovation as Warner departed the field.