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Cricket: McGrath Leads Australia to 491 Run Win Over Pakistan


Australian paceman Glenn McGrath ran through Pakistan's batting lineup Sunday, taking a career-best eight wickets for just 24 runs, to lead the hosts to a crushing 491-run win in the first cricket test in Perth.

McGrath took seven consecutive wickets before test rookie Michael Kasprowicz broke the sequence to remove Mohammad Sami on the last ball of his first over. Pakistan was all out for 72 when Mohammad Khalil was caught and bowled out by Kasprowicz in the over before the scheduled lunch interval on the fourth day.

Pakistan resumed Sunday at 18 for one and lost nine wickets for 54 runs in 25.3 overs. It was Pakistan's fourth-lowest total in a test and Australia's fourth-biggest winning margin by runs.

Despite McGrath's efforts, Justin Langer was voted man-of-the-match for tallying 288 runs. He scored 191 in Australia's first innings of 381 and 97 in the second innings before Australia declared at 361-for-five, setting Pakistan 564 runs to win.

Some information provided by Reuters and AFP.