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Australia slumped to their ninth loss in 14 Tests on Asian patches in a 221 flogging at the hands of Pakistan in Dubai.

Michael Clarke's side began day five with their backs more than against the wall with a Test record target chase of 438 having already lost four wickets for 59 on day four. 

Their only real hope was to bat through the day for a draw, which too was realised as an ambitious if not impossible task. 

The job was made even more dire after opener Chris Rogers, one of the Aussie's most capable at digging in, had his castle knocked over by debutant quick Imran Khan for 43.

Steve Smith (55) and Mitchell Johnson (61) launched a bit of a rearguard action, but it proved mere entertainment for the few expats in the crowd than any anything meaningful. 

Third Test spinner Zulfiqar Babar's excelent figures of 5-74 came in spite of a missed stumping and a number of dropped catches. Leggie Yasir Shah did the rest of the damage with 4-50 on debut on a wicket that clearly favoured the tweakers. 

Peter Siddle desperately reviewed his dismissal for the last wicket, caught by Azhar Ali off Babar with 21.5 possible overs left to play. 

The result is a shcoker for the Aussies, whose only win in those 14 Asian Tests came in 2011 in Galle against Sri Lanka. 

Pakistan haven't won a series against the Aussies since 1994 and could do so at their home away from home in the Middle East. 

Younus Khan was the star of the show with a tonne in each innings while only four Australian's managed double figures in both digs. 

Returning skipper Clarke made five runs in his knocks after missing matches since March through back and hamstring woes. 

Australia can only save defeat in this two Test series when they meet against in Abu Dhabi from Thursday. 

An ODI series against South Africa and four Tests against India await straight after that, following by a triangular series with England and India leading into the World Cup.

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