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Ive lost all my fingernails: Steve Smith

By Rashmi Nanda -

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Australian skipper Steve Smith said that the game did a bit close for his like after registering a 39-runs victory over Pakistan in the Gabba Test.

Smith led side grabbed last two wickets of Pakistan rapidly to seal the win before tea on day five of the first day and night Test of the three-match series.

Smith was quoted as saying by news.com.au, "Ive lost all my fingernails, I think. It was a bit too close for my liking. Some game of cricket wasnt it."

The Australian skipper said, "A lot of credit has got to go to the way they (Pakistan) played. I thought our bowlers stuck at it all day, we bold a lot of overs, our quick’s just kept coming back,"

Smith added, "That wicket of Asad (Shafiq) showed the class of Starcy to come in with a ball 6 it 0 overs old, quite soft to get it up like that, to get that wicket and crack it for us shows his real class," 

He said about not enforcing the follow-on in the first innings, "No, I think Id go the same plan. Our bowlers have bowled a lot. It gave them a chance to have a little bit of a rest and to bowl at night. We have seen in day-night Test cricket most wickets fall in the night with the new ball."

The skipper added, "I thought their top order played well, Ali was good in the first innings, and we didnt get the wickets we liked. If we got those wickets it could have been a little bit different. Credit has got to go to the bowlers. They really stuck at it and happy to get over the line,"

Chasing a world record target of 490 runs to win, the ninth-wicket partnership between Asad Shafiq and Yasir Shah, who are scored 137 and 33 respectively of Pakistan belated the hosts’ triumph and helped their side to make the easy impossible chase.

But Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc came up and break the 71-run partnership between the duo and end Shafiqs superb knock, where he has hit 13 boundaries and a six.

Soon thereafter clear-cut exuviations by Australian skipper ran out Yasir Shah, thus the Misbah-ul-Haq-led side was ultimately bundled out for 450 runs.

Misbah-ul-Haq said that he was very happy seeing the fighting spirit of his side, says, "Im happy, because, after the first inning, we got out 142. It was looking very difficult for us to come back in this game,"

Pakistan skipper added, "But the way all the team, all the batsmen showed their character, that was wonderful, and we got some special knocks from the tail-enders. I always believe in this team. Thats why we have been performing so well in the previous six years, because I know all the individuals are like that. They can give you something special at any time," 

After winning the first test, Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match day-night test series. They will play the second test against Pakistan at the MCG on Boxing Day.