On this day Shane Warne helped Australia register a massive victory over Pakistan with one of the best performances of his test career. In the first test of the series, in Brisbane, Australia bulldozed Pakistan by an innings and 126 runs.
The Aussie skipper Mark Taylor won the toss and elected to bat first. In the first innings, Australia dominated Pakistan with the bat to score 463 runs. Steve Waugh scored a century to guide Australia to such a big total. Now it was Shane Warne’s turn to trouble Pakistan batters with his deceptive leg spin.
Australia restricted Pakistan to a meagre total of 97 runs in the first innings and Shane Warne’s 7 wickets played a huge role in pulling off this bowling masterclass. Warne got the better of some of the biggest names in the Pakistan batting order. He dismissed the likes of Inzamam Ul Haq, Aamer Sohail, and Moin Khan. Australia imposed a follow-on and invited Pakistan to bat again.
In the second innings, Pakistan showed some resilience but it was not enough for them to trouble the Australians and change the course of the match. Aamer Sohail led the charge for Pakistan in the second innings with his 99 runs and Inzamam Ul Haq also contributed with his half-century.
The Australian bowlers once again dominated the Pakistan batting order with their lethal show. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath were the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets each. McGrath dismissed the top-order batters whereas Shane Warne wrapped up the lower order in no time. Shane Warne was adjudged the player of the match for his masterclass where he picked up 11 wickets. Australia took the lead in the series and won the 3-match test by 2-1 in the end. Shane Warne ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the series with 19 wickets in his account.