Western Australia 2nd XI v Pakistanis, Perth, 2nd day December 2, 2004

Coetzee leaves Pakistanis in chaos

Cricinfo staff

Close Pakistanis 257 and 6 for 44 need another 49 runs to beat Western Australia 2nd XI 158 and 192 (Kaneria 7-45)

Danish Kaneria on his way to a seven-wicket haul © Getty Images
Pakistan's tour of Australia threatened to get off to a wretched start as their batting imploded on the second day of the tour opener against Western Australia's 2nd XI at Perth. Chasing a modest target of 94, the Pakistanis were reeling on 6 for 44 at the close.

Justin Coetzee did the damage with 5 for 23 as the Pakistanis slumped to 5 for 25 before Yousuf Youhana, with an unbeaten 28, checked the collapse.

An hour and a half before the close the match appeared to be drifting to a tame conclusion. Danish Kaneria ripped apart Western Australia's second innings with 7 for 45 after Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq had struck early blows. Craig Simmons held fast with 65 as wickets tumbled, and Peter Worthington (25), Justin Coetzee (30) and Aaron Heal (20) each made a decent start but Western Australia were bowled out shortly after tea for 192.

Earlier in the day, Pakistanis were dismissed for 257 with Younis Khan finishing on 142. Coetzee collected 5 for 66 and Matthew Petrie 4 for 26.

And, despite not being in the 12 selected players for the match, Razzaq was allowed to bowl to gain some vital practice ahead of the three-Test series against Australia which starts in two weeks. Salman Butt and Shahid Afridi have also been given practice. The tourists will also play a Chairman's XI and the Western Warriors before the first Test starts at the WACA on December 16.