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Lyon's fifer decimates Pakistan to secure series sweep for Australia
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Lyon's fifer decimates Pakistan to secure series sweep for Australia

Nathan Lyon spun a web around the Pakistan batsmen on day four of the second Test in Adelaide as Australia completed a commanding win by an innings and 48 runs.

Lyon starred with the 16th five-wicket haul in his Test career - his first against Pakistan - to thrash the hosts helping Australia romp to a dominating 2-0 series triumph.

Australia have been able to add crucial points to their tally in the World Test Championship, managing to strengthen their second spot in the table while Pakistan crashed to their 14th consecutive loss in the country.

The visitors began the day on a perilous 39 for three but Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq stitched a stubborn stand that delayed Australia's victory push.

The preceding day saw Pakistan being forced to follow on despite Yasir Shah's resilient ton in response to Australia's colossal 589-3 declared in the first innings.

"Really happy. Barring few slip-ups in the field yesterday, we played excellent cricket in the last two matches," Australia skipper Tim Paine said.

"David and Marnus (Labuschagne) have been unbelievably good. We all witnessed a special knock from David Warner. It is among the top one or two innings ever by an Australian."

Veteran spinner Lyon turned things around as he found sharp turn and bounce on a supposedly lifeless pitch deemed flat by the experts.

He kept nagging the batsmen with his persistent lines outside off-stump to induce a false shot particularly when Masood and Shafiq calmly battled on.

Masood's resistance finally came to an end when he opted for the aerial route against a flighted delivery from Lyon, which travelled straight into the hands of the mid-off fielder.

Having built a strong foundation with a patient 68, Masood was distraught with his extravagant shot selection to hand Lyon his first wicket of the day.

Later, Lyon had Shafiq glance the ball to Warner at leg-slip as Pakistan gradually caved in to the Aussie bowlers.

Shafiq departed for a well-crafted 57 and as has been the case throughout the series, he failed to convert his start into a substantial score to rescue his side.

Middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed spent a decent amount of time on the crease, though he too perished to Lyon.

First-innings centurion Yasir Shah could not repeat his batting heroics and was adjudged lbw by the umpire with the spin king taking his fourth wicket.

Lyon's fifth scalp came on the last ball before the dinner break when Shaheen Afridi miscued a slog towards mid-off running backwards to take the catch.

Australia then needed little effort after the interval to prise out the last two wickets.

Mohammad Rizwan got out to Josh Hazlewood with a snorter as the ball crawled into the gap between his bat and pad to rattle the stumps.

Mohammad Abbas was run out in a comical fashion while trying to go for a suicidal run only to be sent back by No. 11 Muhammad Musa halfway down the pitch.

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali lauded his opponents' clinical performance and singled out triple centurion Warner for significant praise.

"I would like to congratulate Australia and especially David Warner," Azhar stated.

"We have been beaten by a better team. We will take some positives from here. As a bowling unit, we need to control the scoring rate."