Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Lord's, 1st day July 13, 2010

Asif and Aamer give Pakistan the edge

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Close Australia 229 for 9 (Katich 80, Clarke 47) v Pakistan
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer claimed three wickets apiece to counteract a battling century stand between Simon Katich and Michael Clarke, as Pakistan made themselves feel at home in the truest sense of the word on a riveting first day against Australia at Lord's. By the time bad light closed in with 10 overs still to be bowled, Michael Hussey was dug in on 39 not out alongside the No. 11 Doug Bollinger, but a dramatic collapse of 7 for 51 had left the Aussies groping for a decent first-innings total on 229 for 9.

After winning the toss following an hour-long delay for rain, Pakistan's pace attack revelled in the sort of conditions they could never have dreamed of encountering had they been playing this "home" Test in Karachi or Lahore. With Aamer swinging the ball late and at a zippy pace, and Asif nagging away on an impeccable seamer's length, Australia inched along to 36 for 1 after 13 overs at lunch, which became 51 for 2 soon afterwards, when Ricky Ponting flicked Aamer straight into short leg's midriff for 26.

Clarke and Katich made arduous but invaluable progress thereafter, adding 120 for the third wicket to carry Australia into the ascendancy on 171 for 2, but when Clarke fell to the final ball of the session, trapped lbw by Asif for 47, Pakistan had received a vital boost at the end of a frustrating passage of play, and they made the most of their incision.

After the break, Asif continued his devastating rhythm from the Pavilion End, nipping the ball down the slope to nick the edge of Katich's bat and send him on his way for a gutsy 80 from 138 balls, before Marcus North was bowled through the gate for a third-ball duck (174 for 5). The debutants, Tim Paine and Steven Smith were the next to go - Paine had been entrenched for 46 balls for his 7 when he nicked off to Umar Gul, before Smith was unluckily adjudged lbw to Danish Kaneria, despite getting an inside-edge on his topspinner (208 for 7).

Though Hussey found rare fluency with five fours and a slog-swept six over midwicket, Australia's tail struggled to resist a now pumped-up Pakistan attack. Mitchell Johnson was bamboozled by a beautifully flighted legbreak from Kaneria that bowled him through the gate, while Ben Hilfenhaus had his stumps rattled by Aamer. Though Bollinger hung around gamely to keep Australia going until the close, the damage to their innings had already been done.

Australia's struggles at the top and tail of the day merely underlined the excellence of the stand between Katich and Clarke. Despite holding the captaincy of Australia's limited-overs teams, Test cricket is the form of the game that brings out the best in Clarke's elegant strokeplay, and while Katich bedded in in his familiarly attritional manner, it was his 77-ball 47 that secured them the honours in the afternoon session.

He picked off eight fours in total, including three in an over as Asif's line and length wavered temporarily, and two in two from Kaneria - a flick through midwicket and a lofted drive over mid-on. Katich picked up his tempo after reaching his 33rd Test half-century, and cashed in on an exploratory spell from Shahid Afridi to close in on a century. But then, on the stroke of tea, Clarke misjudged a nipbacker from Asif that came down the slope to hit the kneeroll, and the floodgates were opened.

It could, however, have been much worse for Australia, and with more dank weather forecast, a 250 total could yet be defendable. The first man to fall was Shane Watson, who opened his account with a firm drive for four when Asif overpitched, but who was sent on his way without addition three overs later, and in a somewhat embarrassing fashion. Facing up to Aamer, he padded up to a full-length swinger that rapped him flush in front of middle, and umpire Ian Gould's finger was already going up before the ball looped up and into his stumps.

Gould, who is the first English umpire to stand in a Lord's Test since John Holder in 2001, might well have had reason to raise his finger earlier in the innings as well, when Katich, on 2, survived a vociferous appeal for lbw as Aamer scudded an inswinger into his shin. The replays suggested he was mighty lucky to survive, although Gould himself suggested to the bowler that there had been a hint of inside-edge.

The most notable wicket of the day, however, was that of Australia's captain, Ricky Ponting. His top score in three Ashes Tests at Lord's is a meagre 42, and there is little guarantee that he will be back again for a fourth visit in 2013. Having survived the worst of the conditions to reach 14 not out from 23 balls at lunch, he notched up his 11594th Test run after the break to move ahead of Brian Lara in second place on the all-time list. But then the debutant Umar Amin reacted superbly under the lid to cling on to a firm clip, to leave Ponting with what could be one last shot at securing a place on the Lord's honours boards.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • on July 15, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    If Simon Katich scores a ton, does he get his name on the Lord's century board as it is not a Test against England?

  • FIPL on July 14, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    @ Farhan020328: Yes you are absolutely right. It is very much typical Aussie comment on standard of umpiring. They just don't want to accept the fact the Pakistan has undone them in first inngs and Mr Punter's elbow to Aamir shows that. Just Jealous nothing else. And @ popcorn: if Ketch was given out; Aussie could never cross 200 mark. If the decision gone against Aussie then they got some in their favor as well. EQUALS

  • Farhan020328 on July 14, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    popcorn, you told right. But I donno how the two not given decisions skipped ur eyes. Either you missed the action or you are jealous of Pakistan success. You have to understand and judge all the aspects before commenting.

  • adimran on July 14, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    pakistani bolling attack all time very fine but bating line up no so good. i think mohammad yousuf & younis khan need to pakistan team.

  • kssrikanth on July 14, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    @Bilal Yousuf You dont have the Asif, Gul,Kaneria, Aamir to get aussies stumbling at 229/9. Just take a look at the hammering your team is getting by the hands of the SriLankan President's XI. its a practice game played on sub continent slow pitches.by the way we will see how the pakistan batsmen will fair against the ausies.being an indian i support pakistan to win the match . all the best.

  • on July 14, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Well done Pakistani bowlers, I see a struggling pakistani batting lineup. Hope for the best may be this is their test match after a long time against Australia and no wonder Pakistan can do it if they just blend in like a fighting team

  • on July 14, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    what a job done by pak pacers... but they still need m.yousuf i.nazir & yunus khan.......

  • Kal_3L on July 14, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Good Job boys, but the job is only 1/4 of the way through....lets not lose focus here, its the aussies we're facing, and the aussies like any great team, thrive under pressure! I just hope we bat sensibly! Please God help the Pakistan batting lineup be patient and calm!

  • rahu367 on July 14, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    The 'rare fluency' is to indicate how bad other players were playing they all played rash shots.Who would have expected the Aussies to collapse Aussies are known for their demolishing skills pak dont have a Dravid or VVS

  • on July 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Paki will win this series also...

  • on July 15, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    If Simon Katich scores a ton, does he get his name on the Lord's century board as it is not a Test against England?

  • FIPL on July 14, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    @ Farhan020328: Yes you are absolutely right. It is very much typical Aussie comment on standard of umpiring. They just don't want to accept the fact the Pakistan has undone them in first inngs and Mr Punter's elbow to Aamir shows that. Just Jealous nothing else. And @ popcorn: if Ketch was given out; Aussie could never cross 200 mark. If the decision gone against Aussie then they got some in their favor as well. EQUALS

  • Farhan020328 on July 14, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    popcorn, you told right. But I donno how the two not given decisions skipped ur eyes. Either you missed the action or you are jealous of Pakistan success. You have to understand and judge all the aspects before commenting.

  • adimran on July 14, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    pakistani bolling attack all time very fine but bating line up no so good. i think mohammad yousuf & younis khan need to pakistan team.

  • kssrikanth on July 14, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    @Bilal Yousuf You dont have the Asif, Gul,Kaneria, Aamir to get aussies stumbling at 229/9. Just take a look at the hammering your team is getting by the hands of the SriLankan President's XI. its a practice game played on sub continent slow pitches.by the way we will see how the pakistan batsmen will fair against the ausies.being an indian i support pakistan to win the match . all the best.

  • on July 14, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Well done Pakistani bowlers, I see a struggling pakistani batting lineup. Hope for the best may be this is their test match after a long time against Australia and no wonder Pakistan can do it if they just blend in like a fighting team

  • on July 14, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    what a job done by pak pacers... but they still need m.yousuf i.nazir & yunus khan.......

  • Kal_3L on July 14, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Good Job boys, but the job is only 1/4 of the way through....lets not lose focus here, its the aussies we're facing, and the aussies like any great team, thrive under pressure! I just hope we bat sensibly! Please God help the Pakistan batting lineup be patient and calm!

  • rahu367 on July 14, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    The 'rare fluency' is to indicate how bad other players were playing they all played rash shots.Who would have expected the Aussies to collapse Aussies are known for their demolishing skills pak dont have a Dravid or VVS

  • on July 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Paki will win this series also...

  • Nrao786 on July 14, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    karthikfromchennai - go away and learn some cricket......"why are Pak playing home matches away".......lol!

    230 is a par score with overcast conditions, my major gripe is with the umpiring. Gouldy as the commentators were lovingly referring too made some real clangers by giving very close LB shouts not out. Katich being the mainstay could have been out on 2 which was plumb. Clarke got an unlucky decision by hawkeye, yet it looked out and would have been given 7 times out of 10 with the naked eye.

    I think Pak will struggle but atleast they've performed in the bowling which is their strength, without their mature and seasoned batters...it will be a major battle.

    I'm not sure why Indian fans luv bashing for the sake of it......Pak are playing Aus, nothing do to with the Ind team or their players?? Get over urselves and occupy ur time with the SL tour!

  • Chris_P on July 14, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    if this doesn't inspire other countries to prepare sporting pitches, I don't know what is needed to redress the flat tracks that are inflating batsmens averages recently. Everyone enjoys a contest & with the bowlers getting extra out of the track only adds to the spectacle. For those who are already claiming victory, please don't forget your team's efforts in Sydney as well as other recent efforts. There's still a long way to go till the end of this match, you can celebrate all you want AFTER the result. Sure there was some questionable umpire calls, but that goes with the territory of having human attributes. Take note, there is no whining from the Australian camp as they know over a period of time there is an eveness process. You take the good with the bad and get on with it. As for Aamer & Ponting, you never, ever get into another person's space, he did it to Clarke in the T20 but this sort of thing isn't going to get him many plaudits. It's good to watch decent cricket again.

  • IMIM on July 14, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Umpiring has to be at the standard which was not there at all wrong decision for Pakistan side and same for Australian , If Katich was given out in early stage Aussies would not be able to make 200. But still match is on because pitch is playing so many things for bowlers and I think Pakistan will have to struggle a lot to cross the Aussies

    We will have good match to see

  • on July 14, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    pakistan need players m yousif and muhammad younas but all player good proform in test cricket good bolling -aamir -asif -gul

  • crashbang on July 14, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Just give Pakistan the credit they deserve ,Australia were 2 for i70, and lost 7 for 51, Australia are not the team they were ,they struggle at all forms of cricket now, i am Australian and i am realistic to where Australia is at, so Pakistan well done, at least you are showing fight.

  • on July 14, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Pakistan has a good chance to over come aussie if they show discipline in batting as they did in bowling, but remember there is no cool-minded in batting line.captaincy would be mane factor in term of changes in bowling and fielding e,g afridi bowling in 1st sesson ,gave 25 runs when condition help seamer 2-putting man on boundary against hussy 5th & 6th ball , i think these little things makes difference in low scoring match . Remember Australian bowling has tendency to shekel any batting line

  • on July 14, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Declare now and send the Pakis in . OR . See if Huss the Saviour can hustle up a decent score , he would really have to hog the strike , and then be contented with enough runs to allow the swing and pace to get the wickets . With the weather it will probably stretch to a 5 day Test. I still fancy the Aussies' chances . I think the bookies do too.

  • Meety on July 14, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Great days play, the Pakistani tiger poked his head out on Day 1. I was worried Pakistan may do this to Aus because of Australia's long run of success against them, and we haven't played well in Eng for nearly 10 years. In saying all this remember Sydney Test barely 6 mths ago? Pakistan have not won this match - it is there to be won or lost. Pak need to keep Aus below 250, then get 350+. I think I read something about Lords having a high 4th innings aggregate, so the match will come down to how much can Australia score in their 2nd innings. I think Australia will still win this, but they will need to bowl & catch well.

  • on July 14, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    my predictions for lunch time score of day 2 is - Pakistan either 1-100 or allout 57. Lets see what sort of octopus I am?

  • Sonoual on July 14, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    This test is in balanced any team can win this. I doubt in patience in Pakistan batsmen. They look in hurry while batting. They don't have Yousuf & Younis the stars batsmen in the squad. So it's look tough to me that Pak will win this test. They should have selected Yaseer Hameed in place of Imran Farhat & Shoib Malik in place of Azhar Ali. Then it should have been created a chance for winning Pak. Yaseer Hameed is more reliable & patient batsman in the team. Malik can resist Australian attach and last long on crease than any other existing batsmen. They have given the test caps to 2 youngsters and that is against Australia. It does not seem a wise decision at all. I'm looking Pak batsmen struggling to get at least 200 too.

  • tayyab442 on July 14, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    It was great to see the Pakistani bowlers attacking specially Aamir who was creating all sorts of trouble for the Aussie batsmen but i still think Ricky ponting will consider his team with a chance to put Pakistan back because as the forecast say the weather isn't gonna change much and the ball will continue to seem and swing. Now it is up to our batsmen to stay on the crease as Katich did...

  • Amit_Naidu on July 14, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Excellent to see Pakistan bowlers bowling with such zeal , aggression and above all commitment. Australian Batting line-up looks vulnerable nowadays . Get Ponting and Hussey and you are in the game most times. Pakistan were on top through out the day.Aamir bowling with pace , Asif excellent with his line and length and Gul and kaneria giving them excellent support by stopping runs and taking wickets too. Australia needs to think now before getting into Ashes. They have a huge problem after NO 5. You cannot rely on Marcus North heavily 70% of his scores have been below 30's. Tim Piane is very new and when haddin comes back he will be needing time to come back to his usual form. S Smith - cant say a budding new cricketer but not as reliable as shld be at a NO 7 or an alrrounder like say symonds. Johnson has lost his batting form. ENGLAND and its fans shld enjoy seeing this.Ashes could be coming home eng. I hope Pak wins this and shldnt be like the 2nd Test Played at SCG in Jan10

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Aus is busy preparing for Ashes, for them the series against Pak is not of THAT important....its just another warm up series for them

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    i think last time they lost to Aus 3-0...right? when was the last time Pak beat Aus in a test match? some 15 years ago.....Pak should bring back Imran and Javed to win matches...

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Why Pak plays home matches away from home?

  • anurag23bhide on July 14, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    I'm totally delighted to see Pakistan dominate the mighty Aussies on Day 1.It has indeed been a blessing in disguise for the Pakistani pace bowlers that the political tension at home does not allow other nations to tour for they could never have had such favorable conditions for swing at home.It is indeed sad that Mohammad Asif's career has wobbled every bit as much as his deliveries, for i believe he had the potential to become a modern great.In many ways i find his bowling quite a bit similar to Mohinder Amarnath's, particularly the long yet languid and innocuous run-up. Australia's glory days are over.I believe it indeed is time to make that official and shout it out from the rooftops.Is Steven Smith the best they can come up with in Hauritz's absense?For god's sake his first class bowling average is 49!Indeed his batting avg is far more impressive, at 56 is second only to Ponting's.He should bat at 7 ahead of Paine, though that will do no good to the not-so-high confidence of Paine

  • karthikfromchennai on July 14, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    hello bilal yousuf, can you count the no of test matches pak won against aus in the last 10 years.....

  • on July 14, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    No need to mentioned that Smith was unlucky .. as Katich was also lucky earlier on .. and he was on 2 then .. and scored 80 afterwards .. so its part of the game .. and a bulletin should be free of all this .. or put all the lucky unlucky incidents ..

  • _Australian_ on July 14, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Even as an Australian this is the type of test cricket you like to see. Thankfully we had gloomy conditions to aid the bowling and make for an interesting days play. If only all worldwide pitches could be more suitable to bowling we would see more Test cricket like this and really test batsmanship. Not just rely on weather to spark good competition.

  • on July 14, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Good goin boys but Pakistans batting is weak and full of new faces must finish off aussies quickly. i don't agree with the batting line up may b we need yasir hameed or shoaib malik in there atleast some experience is required.

  • on July 14, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Pakistan is always a dark horse. Under any critical circumstances it can fight well. But there are some new faces & they need time to cope with the international cricket.They should take preparation for next world cup from this moment.Afridi as a captain is becoming matured. He should be given time.

  • 68704 on July 14, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    iivorb, if my memory serves me right, Paksitan won the toss and put Australia in . Never mind the fact that Punter would have still batted, he still thinks warney is in his team and not Smith! Not such a bad score given the true blue English conditions that are tailormade for the Asifs of this world! I think North should yield and Paksitan for some strange reason seems to be in awe of Hussey, There is more rain and cloud in the vicinity and something tells me that if Australia bowls well , they can actually get a slender lead. Watson despite his ability does not seem to learn from his mistakes of padding up . He should learn from his opening partner who makes the most of his limited ability. Just look back over the last twenty odd tests for Australia and where would they have been without Katich and Clarke, certainly not the number2 team in the world.Yesterday though they did not play like the number 2 team in the world. Hopefully their bowlers should kick in today . Ramanujam Sridhar

  • on July 14, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    it was so refershing to see a Pakistan play aus in such an attacking frame of mind, two thumbs up for the spirit of the Pakistanis under Afridi. Let's hope the final outcome in pak favor but still a good test match would do just fine as test cricket is the best and a pleasure to watch when played as it was testerday.

  • on July 14, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    @ivorb: it was Afridi won the toss and elected to field 1st

  • on July 14, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: You dont have the Asif, Gul,Kaneria, Aamir to get aussies stumbling at 229/9. Just take a look at the hammering your team is getting by the hands of the SriLankan President's XI

  • on July 14, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    @Andrew Sanderson: The 'rare fluency' is to indicate how un-affluent the other batsmen were

    @popcorn: Dude i think you forgot a certain fellow called Simon Katich, who top scored with 80 odd, and was not given out LBW right at the start of the innings by the same Ian Gould, else AUS could have well been all out below 200

  • on July 14, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Mark my word, IF the conditions remain overcast, Pakistan will sturggle to make 200. Considering the conditions, a total of 230 plus is definately defendable in my opinion, and I would even go as far as to say it is a pretty good total.

  • on July 14, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Great Job done by Pakistan,,,,,,, nowthe driving seat will be in hand of Pakistani Batsman at once they click than no way to escape for Australia. Aussies have a good bowling line up with pacers and seamers they will definitely try to do the same and better than Pakistan. lets see because of Pakistani i wish my good luck to Pakistan. but the cricket is the game of your mind test more than physic test. the great example is the Mike brarely the former captain of Enfland..... who was not a good batsman or not a good bowler but he was the great captain of his time he just used his mind. i hope some of our reader must be agreed. the cricket is completetly mindset game.

  • gzawilliam on July 14, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    First thing. ivorb - Afridi won the toss and sent australia in so get off ponting back. He is one of the best captains ever by his record. So no need to criticise him for no reason.

    Second thing Ponting didn't do anything wrong sticking out his elbow to Aamer. Aamer was in his space and should not get so over excited that he barrels through the batsmen. Thats something you'd see in footy not cricket so that in my view is amer's fault.

    Now the game is in a fine balance. If the conditions stay the same i think we should just offer the last wicket to have a bowl first thing in the morning. The important thing will be if the ball swings as much for Hilfenhaus and bollinger. If it does then 230 will probably be enough to beat pak. BUT.. if the ball actually swings from mitchell johnson's hands (which very rarely happens normally but these conditions may help him) then pakistan are in great danger. We all saw how Aamer got the ball "to Talk" as michael holding so elegantly put it.

  • on July 14, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Can somebody please correct me on how many openers pakistan is playing. Salman butt, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Umer Amin, Afridi, Kamran Akmal they have all opened the batting at some point. Dont we have a genuine middle order batsman ? Also, when it is known that Azhar Ali has problems with pace, why is he in the team ?

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 14, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    I'll tell u what, when there is a balance between bat and ball (hope the overhead conditions persist) test cricket sure is worth watching! The Pak bowlers from pace to spin bowled beautifully and the gritty like Katich, the classy like Clarke and the reliable like Hussey all get a turn to show their skills as well. Again we see a trend, when the ball is moving, techniques r found wanting...Marcus North? Hope the ICC r watching this, time to actually do some work for a change and deem flat tracks or all too perfect batting conditions unfit, same as they would for a minefield pitch. Lets have more contests like these please.

  • Shariq_ind on July 14, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Great!!!!!!!!!! So far Pak have done as expected from thier bowlers, but the job is half done as Mr. Cricket is there and Batters need to work really hard under these alien condition. Afridi seems to be the Right man for the right job.

  • Arunkumarshanmugam on July 14, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Hai , i am arun, basically a Pakistani supporter, initially i want to appreciate Afridi's enthusiasm to face the great Aussie's in the different form of game, really a classic start by the Pakistanis with the ball, moh.amir played a fantastic roll through out the whole day, he terns the ball, totally ball is in his control, but clarke & katich proved to all, that they are very good players of spin, clarke don't care about his wicket and gave a firing start, he punished kaneria with back to back boundaries, during his presence afridi used to talk his seamers and encourage them to bowl in line, any way it pleasant to see a happy Pakistan crowd in England, thanks to Afridi to bring back the winning Pakistan.

  • Q72941 on July 14, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Well At least playing away from home is not such a bad thing for Pakistani bowlers. Hope to see the fire crackers from PAK bowlers in both Tests.

  • catalyst213 on July 14, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    It was an interesting first day of play but there's a longway to go for Pakistan as we know their batting is a real concern. Australia as always will fight back, one thing for sure, you don't get an easy win when you play the Aussies and hence their record against the Pakistanis. Shahid Afridi seems like a better captain than so many we have seen after Imran Khan and Inzemam, they really needed a good leader and I think Shahid is the man. Alot now rest on Akmal brothers and Captain himself if there are any chance to break the jinx against the Aussies.

  • raj1322 on July 14, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    in the 2nd last line, it was not 11594th test run of punter, it was actually 11954th run...

    anyways, whatever it is, life time ricky will be 2nd best only (and he has no right to be the best too...) .. behing the mighty god sachin... cheers..!!!

    also very bad that he elbowed aamer after getting out.. (remember the incident when gambhir elbowed watson, he got 1 test match ban..) .. here as always aussie will get away with that..!!! terrible Ricky..!!

  • on July 13, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    va va voom ... Wat a delight to watch the two "A's" bowling on english wickets...

  • NeilCameron on July 13, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    anyone know crowd figures?

  • ivorb on July 13, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Damp, overcast conditions, after a one hour rain delay - why the hell would you elect to bat when Pakistan is known to have a "fragile" batting line-up and Aust has renowned swing bowler Hilfenhaus in the lineup? Just confirms my long held belief of Ponting...magnificent bat, but in terms of captaincy, couldn't run a hot bath!

  • landl47 on July 13, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    On the day, that was probably about a par score for Australia. If Hussey can get them up to about 250, they shouldn't be unhappy. In similar conditions I wouldn't back Pakistan to get 200. But please, please can the ICC start putting the review system in place? At least 3 decisions (the out decisions for Clarke and Smith and the not out for Katich when he was on 2) were dodgy and could have been reversed. It's so frustrating when TV viewers can see that decisions are wrong but the umpires' decision can't be challenged. Games are changed and careers affected by wrong decisions. Now that the technology exists to get them right, it HAS to be used, surely?

  • Itchy on July 13, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    No UDRS in play here? Seems like a couple of decisions might have been in error according to this article.

  • on July 13, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Great Bowling From Pakistan Asif and Aamer

  • Number_5 on July 13, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Nice summary Andrew. During a time when Test cricket's future is being threatened, why do administrators allow the game to start late when they have lights at their disposal? Sure the venue at the next test doesnt have lights and purhaps consistancy could be used as an excuse, but surely its a strategy that only benefits the game and its fans if any means to get the game going can be utilised? Look forward to Day 2.

  • Number_5 on July 13, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    What an enthraling day of Test Cricket. Fantatic battle between bat and ball on a day the Pakistan bowlers made the most of the conditions and no doubt the Duke ball. A whole tournament of Junk cricket doesnt compare to this. The Pakistan bowlers bowled beautifully all morning and deserved better but the fightback by the Aussies equally as enjoyable. Bring on Day 2.

  • on July 13, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    I hope with Smith's and Clarke's dubious decisions that this sin't going to be another series of dodgy calls for the sake of both teams. Bring in the URDS for all tests!

  • on July 13, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    good bowler on the world

  • on July 13, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Great Stuff Pakistan but we know that match is far far far from over, most important thing on second day is to take the last wicket as quickly as possible and Pakistan will know morethan anybody else, then bat solidly.lets hope its a good day tomorrow and ball doesn't swing much

  • Saeedn34 on July 13, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Pakistan inducted the young blood with same passion that Aussies done earlier.Offense is always better then Defense.Pakistan's good start never means the better end but an upper edge is always remains and it could be strengthen by implementing the pressure with key decisions.New captain Afridi has same zeal & passion that do required badly by the Pakistani team.Pakistan always have an upper hand with their bowling & whenever their batting clicked they showed the clear differences.Ponting eleven has more or less same combination but they are now have a very difficult time as they lost ODI series to England & probably the most difficult tour of Australia in terms of result. Some tough selection of players is always with Australian Board as the great names left their positions from their squad.It is interesting to see that what result should comes out from this combination. Australians are in a nerves wrecking stage & it is a very good time to pull them on their knees before they stand.

  • Ibminimaster on July 13, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    WELL, GOOD DAY FOR PAKISTAN , WE WOULD HAVE WANTED TO BOWLED THEM OUT BUT WE MIGHT GET AN EARLY WICKET TO GET A FRESH START WITH OUR INEXPIRIENCE BUT A VERY TALENTED BATTING ORDER, HOPE THAT OUR DEBUTATNS PLAY WELL AN GET A GOOD START TO THEIR TEST CAREER

  • on July 13, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Give Pakistan the edge? 6 wickets for 58 runs! That's "Demolition after Tea".

  • on July 13, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    The way the two lads bowled was just superb!. HATS off to the young chap who operated really really smartly mind u im talking about m.amer.. Asif as usual bowled the slingly channel around the offstump which gave the batsman a tough time. Afridi captained reali well , but at the end of the day, kaneria was disappointing!

  • Farhan020328 on July 13, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Once again Asif proved himself handy against the Aussies. He waited and waited and ..., the got the result in favor. That's test cricket. A pure test of skills with patience. Hope PAK will continue the aggression and NOT carried away like before. It's very hard to beat, even draw with Australia. Considering the situation, there must be a result, if not a full day wash out. Two days of consistent, sensible and patient batting can win the match for PAK. Good first day gone, another 3 good dayz will earn Pakistan something they will remember as long as they live !

  • karthikfromchennai on July 13, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Aussies are known for their demolishing skills esp in Test cricket... Long way to go Pakistan. You dont have a Dravid or VVS to negotiate the Aussies.

  • popcorn on July 13, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Umpire Ian Gould has done it again! Michael Clarke was not out, the ball was going don leg - Gould gave him out lbw. Then Steven Smith was adjudged lbw when there was an inside edge.Does ICC EVER realize how umpiring mistakes are causing great harm to Cricket and Cricket careers? Simply fail to understand why the URDS is not allowed in this Test Match. This wishy washy policy of ICC is driving all cricketers and cricket fans nuts.

  • larkana on July 13, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    welldone asif nd amer asif was brilliant and amer was also brilliant

  • Sohel_ahmed on July 13, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    This can only be done by pakistan.We know they are an exciting team and extremely unpredictable as well but they keep on reminding us this fact in case we forget.They might well get out under 200 when they will come on to bat and still lose the match but the unforgettable moments they give us from time to time is something no other team can give.We need this crazy team around to light up the fading and gloomy fields of test cricket.

  • on July 13, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    "Though Hussey found rare fluency with..." - what? The guy averages over 50 with the bat in Tests and ODI - how does this make his fluency "rare"?!?

  • vikramreddytric on July 13, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    What an outstanding bowling by Pakistan today.. After seeing this match, we can say that Australian Era is gone now. And for 2011 World Cup, Pakistan is only the team which can give good competition to India to lift the trophy. PAK has got a huge talent at the moment. Umar Akmal has got amazing talent and thier bowling line up is terrific. Mohd Asif, Umar Gul, Mohd Aamer and the list goes on.. Think PAK is going to win this 1st Test until and unless if Aussies do some miracle.

  • Winsome on July 13, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Who ever would have expected the Aussies to collapse?

    They are so predictable these days.

    Great bowling from the Pakistan team. Young Aamer is a real talent. First match up in the series and pretty much on the money straight away.

  • on July 13, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    11754th run ............................................

  • on July 13, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Pakistan shouldn't feel themselves over the moon. Hussey is still alive and they have to eliminate him ASAP tomorrow morning. Kamran Akmal should open with Butt to make left right combination. Let the ball to be old and then make some runs otherwise it will be a collapse for Pakistan team. Aussie bowler cant reverse that much as Gul or Amir. It will be a fascinating game tomorrow morning.

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  • on July 13, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Pakistan shouldn't feel themselves over the moon. Hussey is still alive and they have to eliminate him ASAP tomorrow morning. Kamran Akmal should open with Butt to make left right combination. Let the ball to be old and then make some runs otherwise it will be a collapse for Pakistan team. Aussie bowler cant reverse that much as Gul or Amir. It will be a fascinating game tomorrow morning.

  • on July 13, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    11754th run ............................................

  • Winsome on July 13, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Who ever would have expected the Aussies to collapse?

    They are so predictable these days.

    Great bowling from the Pakistan team. Young Aamer is a real talent. First match up in the series and pretty much on the money straight away.

  • vikramreddytric on July 13, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    What an outstanding bowling by Pakistan today.. After seeing this match, we can say that Australian Era is gone now. And for 2011 World Cup, Pakistan is only the team which can give good competition to India to lift the trophy. PAK has got a huge talent at the moment. Umar Akmal has got amazing talent and thier bowling line up is terrific. Mohd Asif, Umar Gul, Mohd Aamer and the list goes on.. Think PAK is going to win this 1st Test until and unless if Aussies do some miracle.

  • on July 13, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    "Though Hussey found rare fluency with..." - what? The guy averages over 50 with the bat in Tests and ODI - how does this make his fluency "rare"?!?

  • Sohel_ahmed on July 13, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    This can only be done by pakistan.We know they are an exciting team and extremely unpredictable as well but they keep on reminding us this fact in case we forget.They might well get out under 200 when they will come on to bat and still lose the match but the unforgettable moments they give us from time to time is something no other team can give.We need this crazy team around to light up the fading and gloomy fields of test cricket.

  • larkana on July 13, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    welldone asif nd amer asif was brilliant and amer was also brilliant

  • popcorn on July 13, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Umpire Ian Gould has done it again! Michael Clarke was not out, the ball was going don leg - Gould gave him out lbw. Then Steven Smith was adjudged lbw when there was an inside edge.Does ICC EVER realize how umpiring mistakes are causing great harm to Cricket and Cricket careers? Simply fail to understand why the URDS is not allowed in this Test Match. This wishy washy policy of ICC is driving all cricketers and cricket fans nuts.

  • karthikfromchennai on July 13, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Aussies are known for their demolishing skills esp in Test cricket... Long way to go Pakistan. You dont have a Dravid or VVS to negotiate the Aussies.

  • Farhan020328 on July 13, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Once again Asif proved himself handy against the Aussies. He waited and waited and ..., the got the result in favor. That's test cricket. A pure test of skills with patience. Hope PAK will continue the aggression and NOT carried away like before. It's very hard to beat, even draw with Australia. Considering the situation, there must be a result, if not a full day wash out. Two days of consistent, sensible and patient batting can win the match for PAK. Good first day gone, another 3 good dayz will earn Pakistan something they will remember as long as they live !