Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 15, 2010

Pakistan fight hard in huge chase

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Pakistan 148 and 114 for 1 (Butt 58*, Azhar 28*) need 326 more runs to beat Australia 253 and 334 (Katich 83, Hilfenhaus 56*, Gul 4-61)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Teams facing the prospect of a world-record run-chase generally find themselves praying for rain at some stage of the proceedings, but Pakistan have never been the most conventional of outfits. When play resumes for Friday's fourth day, every batsman in the "home" dressing room will be praying for skies as cloudless as those that they might expect in Karachi at this time of year, as they set their sights on a marathon target of 440 to win the first Test against Australia.

It is an outlandish notion, especially given that the same 11 cricketers crumbled to 148 all out in Pakistan's first innings, but such is the effect that the weather has on Lord's. When the atmosphere is heavy, the ball does handstands, but when the sun breaks through, the pitch becomes as flat as Faisalabad - as Salman Butt and the debutant Azhar Ali demonstrated in taking Pakistan's score to a confident 114 for 1 in 37 overs at the close of the third day.

The only breakthrough came when Imran Farhat suffered a rush of blood against Steven Smith, and wiped a horrid cross-batted mow to Shane Watson at midwicket to give the young legspinner his maiden Test wicket. Butt on the other hand chose his shots far more responsibly, to push confidently along to an unbeaten 58 - his second half-century of the match. Alongside him, the 25-year-old Azhar displayed a calm assurance in a tense scenario, even though Ben Hilfenhaus might well have capped a personally memorable day by pinning him lbw for 28 from the very last ball of the day.

And so the match boiled down to a simple equation. Pakistan need a further 326 runs for victory, Australia need nine more wickets in six sessions. It was a scenario reminiscent, in fact, of Australia's last visit to Lord's in 2009, when England assumed the match was in the bag as the Aussies chased a massive 522 in the fourth innings, only for Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin to run them uncomfortably close as they finished on 406. It took a never-say-die intervention from Andrew Flintoff to overcome the conditions (and the opponents) that day. Australia won't want history to have to repeat itself.

This time around, the third morning dawned as both of the first two had done, with dank skies overhead and all sorts of opportunities for Pakistan's seamers to capitalise on their late burst of four wickets in 10.1 overs on the previous evening. The fact that they were thwarted was almost entirely thanks to the determination of Australia's opener, Simon Katich, who batted 174 balls for an invaluable 83 - a performance that, in addition to his first-innings 80, looked sure to have him nailed down for the Man of the Match award.

But then, midway through the afternoon session, with Australia's innings ebbing away on 208 for 8, the heavens cleared and the context of the contest was transformed. Each of Australia's three remaining batsmen - the debutant wicketkeeper Tim Paine, and Nos. 10 and 11, Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger - recorded their Test-best scores as Pakistan's seamers found that the ball was now refusing to budge an inch from the straight and narrow.

Hilfenhaus's previous best had been an insubstantial 20, but he bettered that in boundaries alone, as he took the long handle to a conveyor belt of dispirited bowlers, not least Mohammad Asif, who had been so deadly under the cloud cover, but now suffered the indignity of being cracked over the covers for a nose-rubbing six.

For Paine, the contrast between first innings and second could scarcely have been more stark. On Tuesday he had laboured to 7 from 46 balls as Asif and Mohammad Aamer kept him under the cosh. Now he found himself cruising to 47 from 85, in a ninth-wicket stand of 74. His one moment of discomfort came on 4, when Umar Gul bent his back to nip a lifter into his nether regions, but it was quite some surprise when he played around a full-length delivery from Afridi to be bowled on the brink of his maiden half-century.

After picking up the solitary wicket of the nightwatchman, Mitchell Johnson, in the morning session, Pakistan had resumed after lunch with one of their typically intermittent bursts of inspiration, when Gul and Asif struck within three balls of one another to remove both not-out batsmen, Katich and Marcus North (20) without addition to the score. When Smith fell lbw to the second ball of Danish Kaneria's new spell, three key wickets had fallen for 20, and Australia's advantage - 313, with two wickets standing - didn't look quite so insuperable.

But then the sun peeked through the clouds for the first time in eight sessions, and Australia's tail wagged to such violent effect that the end-of-innings scorecard looked like an administrative error, with nine men reaching double figures, but none other than Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey making ducks. It was a fact that highlighted how much the game had changed. A contest that had started with a clatter of wickets looked set to be decided amid a deluge of runs. Australia remain overwhelming favourites, but if the clouds stay away, Pakistan could yet make them toil.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY pallu11 on | July 16, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    @Molu 14 think ur general idea is right about the pakistani team but ur words were a bit to harsh. (or i might just be supporting u bcoz ur my brother)

  • POSTED BY Molu14 on | July 16, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I am truly sorry for offending so many true cricket fans. I was merely just expressing my opinion that a man with Afridi's approach is not fit to be in the test side, much less captain of it, and he has proved me right by rightfully stepping down from the test side after another brainless slog. As for Pakistan winning, I agree I was too harsh but I meant that supporters should not expect such a victory and place so much burden on debutants playing their first test! In the aftermath, the PCB is bound to give these players the axe for not "living up to expectations".

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | July 16, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    I really felt sorry for Salman Butt when he was out for 92. He played very well and deserved a hundred, I guess it's just not a game for the batsmen, Katich missed out on two of them, even though he played two of the best innings seen at Lord's in some years.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 16, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Really Farhat should have been kicked. He has wasted so many chances. He was out on a very easy ball. Why are they not giving chances to Yasir Hameed. He will surely do better than the farhat. Also they can try the option by opening with Azhar Ali(he has opened in FC matches) and use Hameed as no.3 slot.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 16, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Butt and Azhar both departed :( Butt batted against specialist bowlers and lose to silly North's bowling :s

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 16, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    For all those asking why Ind cant produce a world class bowler from a population of 1.3 billion. My question is why Pak cant have the safe 22 yards to play cricket despite having 340,403 sq miles of area.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 16, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Pak is champion in losing many matches consecutively...this will be the 13th match they would lose consecutively to Aus...a dubious distinction. Time to open a champagne...

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Pakistan needs to hold their ground now, they have the start and they have the potential...just keep working on 50-60 runs partnerships.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 16, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    For all the stats buffs....Pak and Bangaldesh hold a great record that you must be interested in knowing. Bangladesh lost 12 consecutive test matches to Sri Lanka and Pak lost 12 consecutive test matches to Aus...ie the most no of consecutive losses by a test playing nation to other test nation. Now Pak is going to lose 13th...which is another interesting record.

  • POSTED BY timz_Tigers08 on | July 16, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    there are too many queries about this target!! i will things simple. if Pakistan can bat thro till tomorrow lunch then by that time Pakistan will chase this target.if the match finishes today then it is 100% Aussies, the winning side.simple is this. Secondly, to all those Indian fans who do not have their feet on ground.Let me tell your indian team status, what was indian team till 2000.even with your most selfish Sachin (who plays for himself by then ) .we pakistanis were on top. you were shy to meet pakistan anyhwere in the world!! records confirms this.in the 1990's when we were at our peak you shy to play against pakistan, we had waseem,waqar,aaqib,Mushtaq,saqlain,saeed anwar,aamir sohail,ijaz ahemd salim malik,moin khan.But you didnt play most of them retired by 2003.just one series 1999 (2 tests and 1 test of asian championship) you were losers at that time as well .just one test win that also belongs to your indian umpire who took 4 wicket pls breaking a 100+ opening partnership

  • POSTED BY pallu11 on | July 16, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    @Molu 14 think ur general idea is right about the pakistani team but ur words were a bit to harsh. (or i might just be supporting u bcoz ur my brother)

  • POSTED BY Molu14 on | July 16, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I am truly sorry for offending so many true cricket fans. I was merely just expressing my opinion that a man with Afridi's approach is not fit to be in the test side, much less captain of it, and he has proved me right by rightfully stepping down from the test side after another brainless slog. As for Pakistan winning, I agree I was too harsh but I meant that supporters should not expect such a victory and place so much burden on debutants playing their first test! In the aftermath, the PCB is bound to give these players the axe for not "living up to expectations".

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | July 16, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    I really felt sorry for Salman Butt when he was out for 92. He played very well and deserved a hundred, I guess it's just not a game for the batsmen, Katich missed out on two of them, even though he played two of the best innings seen at Lord's in some years.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 16, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Really Farhat should have been kicked. He has wasted so many chances. He was out on a very easy ball. Why are they not giving chances to Yasir Hameed. He will surely do better than the farhat. Also they can try the option by opening with Azhar Ali(he has opened in FC matches) and use Hameed as no.3 slot.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 16, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Butt and Azhar both departed :( Butt batted against specialist bowlers and lose to silly North's bowling :s

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 16, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    For all those asking why Ind cant produce a world class bowler from a population of 1.3 billion. My question is why Pak cant have the safe 22 yards to play cricket despite having 340,403 sq miles of area.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 16, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Pak is champion in losing many matches consecutively...this will be the 13th match they would lose consecutively to Aus...a dubious distinction. Time to open a champagne...

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Pakistan needs to hold their ground now, they have the start and they have the potential...just keep working on 50-60 runs partnerships.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 16, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    For all the stats buffs....Pak and Bangaldesh hold a great record that you must be interested in knowing. Bangladesh lost 12 consecutive test matches to Sri Lanka and Pak lost 12 consecutive test matches to Aus...ie the most no of consecutive losses by a test playing nation to other test nation. Now Pak is going to lose 13th...which is another interesting record.

  • POSTED BY timz_Tigers08 on | July 16, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    there are too many queries about this target!! i will things simple. if Pakistan can bat thro till tomorrow lunch then by that time Pakistan will chase this target.if the match finishes today then it is 100% Aussies, the winning side.simple is this. Secondly, to all those Indian fans who do not have their feet on ground.Let me tell your indian team status, what was indian team till 2000.even with your most selfish Sachin (who plays for himself by then ) .we pakistanis were on top. you were shy to meet pakistan anyhwere in the world!! records confirms this.in the 1990's when we were at our peak you shy to play against pakistan, we had waseem,waqar,aaqib,Mushtaq,saqlain,saeed anwar,aamir sohail,ijaz ahemd salim malik,moin khan.But you didnt play most of them retired by 2003.just one series 1999 (2 tests and 1 test of asian championship) you were losers at that time as well .just one test win that also belongs to your indian umpire who took 4 wicket pls breaking a 100+ opening partnership

  • POSTED BY Pak_Green on | July 16, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Looking forward to Salman Butt to carry his bat through and good contributions from Akmal Brothers and Afridi .. it is simple as this ..

  • POSTED BY Pak_Green on | July 16, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Mind your language Mr. Molu14, just wait for the first session to end and if the weather is as fine as it was yesterday evening when Australian tail - last two wickets added 100+ runs - our batsmen would chase this record breaking total. If there is a good sunny weather at lords today be ready to 'eat your words', we are ready to rub the salt on your wounds.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    I think Mr Molu has been smoking weed,or maybe u need to see a doctor Mr Molu, coz if u speak about STATICALLY,your so-called METHODOLOGICAL team INDIA has played Aussies 103 times out of which they've ONLY won 34 games, whereas compared to PAK (which i dont know why Indians ALWAYS have to compare it with THEIR so called formidable team) has won 52 out of 88 games (get sum1 to do the comparative ratio for u),AND allow me to ask WHY your STAR batsmen who im sure have ALWAYS performed in CRUNCH games have led India (such an AMAZING team) to such a PITIFUL record of overall losses of 72 games out of 120 wid pak?? Dude,i dont want to sound pompous BUT did YOU ever had the likes of IMRAN,AAQUIB, WASIM WAQAR OR SHOAIB? your 10 SOCALLED best indian bowlers put together wont even come NEAR to our ONE bowler in-terms of technique,skill,line-length and SWING..MOREOVER our FOOL CAPTAIN is better than A FAKE media-SCULPTURED celebrity captain of yours who dznt even knoes how to keep.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    PAK will win. Eager to see Ponting face reaction.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Molu14 or what ever you name is. This is the game of cricket any thing can happen. and the captain of pakistani team THE BOOM BOOM AFRIDI have proven to be BOOM BOOM. This not only we say but the world says about him. And about the responcibility thing which you are talking about let me ask is INDIAN team captain MS DHOONI a resposible captain after all both ahve same style of playin sloging the ball and whose team even lost a chance to go in finals of the tri-nation series and was beaten by the zimbabwians.Shame on all your stars....

  • POSTED BY ABRAR-JANJUA on | July 16, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    I am surprised to see too many Indians are supporting Pakistan I appreciate these lovers of cricket. (excluding karthik with his narrow mind thinking) Weather played a crucial role in later part of the innings when sun came out there and even tail enders played very well so why not Pakistan can do so? Now depending on the weather, which will determine the Pakistan's fate.

  • POSTED BY pk_cric_rox on | July 16, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    @ malu14 i have a bad memory so plz remind me atleast one incident where afridi called himself 'boom boom'... bcoz as far as i know he never called himself that but he was given this title by an indian ex cricketer and then everybody else started calling him that. but as we all can see u have a lot of knowledge about pakistani team n supporters, so plz enlighten me... still funny malu???

  • POSTED BY pk_cric_rox on | July 16, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    molu14 we dont have a problem if u support ur team, then wat bothers u so much that u came here to telling us that we cant support our team???? oh are u one of those who support the stronger side no matter what? shame on ur sportsmanship, not that u sound like a sportman anyway :D wat u said wasnt funny at all, but it truely is funny when somebody comes n tells pakistanis not to support their team . who agrees????? as i always say result isnt that important right now for us, we r only supporting our players to b united n play good cricket n learn with every match. we r happy with our fool captain u go n worship ur fast bowlers who ask dhoni to stand up the wicket for stumping... now tell me, supporting pakistan is funny or keeper standing up the wickets for ur attacking bowler is funny?

  • POSTED BY Chanzeb on | July 16, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    is Pakistan going for a upset? That's a question of every pakistani fan who ever doesn't want Australia may beat pakistan. Salman's batting is very aggressive & young Azhar is alongwith him, but we can't forget that Akmal brother are waiting for their numbers

  • POSTED BY faysalhaq on | July 16, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    its better to loose with these young side instead of loosing with the team comprising of yousuf, younus & shoiab malik. Becoz in both cases pakistan will loose so why not loose with youngsters. Apart form afridi's batting in the 1st inning, we can say that atleast he is a much better & agressive captain after Imran Javed Miandad & Waseem Akram. All the other captains like Inzimam, Younus, Shoiab Malik & Yousuf were very defensive.

  • POSTED BY akamaka on | July 16, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    @ Molu14. Hope is what you need to succeed, without hope and giving it a try how can you know if you can do it or not? It is clear by your your comments you are an indian, boasting of the so called indian batting line up. Well pakistan might go on to lose this test in all honesty but at least they would have given their all which is what we ask of them. As for a batsmen of world class quality we have Umar Akmal who have thrashed the Srilankan XI to whom your so called great players meekly succumbed on a flat pitch.

  • POSTED BY Chanzeb on | July 16, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Is Pakistan going for a upset? That's a question of every pakistani fan who ever doesn't want Australia may beat pakistan. Salman's batting is very aggressive & young Azhar is alongwith him, but we can't forget that Akmal brother are waiting for their numbers.

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | July 16, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Truth alwys hurts.................thats proven here by the pakistanis.. they cant digest the fact what karthick told!!!!... Test cricket is lossing its fame bcoz of underqualified teams like pakistan,WI,bangladesh... Whatever pakis told about India..we dont care...dogs always bark on mountains in front them...

  • POSTED BY habiba2z on | July 16, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Pak team is facing tough time as it hasn't won a single test match since 2004. I think this team should be rested for 4 years. Either they should be suspended by icc or the pak govt. should itself give orders to ban its cricket team until 2014. In the same time, I would also suggest them to convert their cricket grounds to football grounds for efficient utilization of resources.

  • POSTED BY Chanzeb on | July 16, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Is Pakistan going for a upset? That's a question of every pakistani fan who ever doesn't want Australia may beat pakistan. Salman's batting is very aggressive & young Azhar is alongwith him, but we can't forget that Akmal brother are waiting for their numbers.

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | July 16, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Pakistan need to play aggressive and sensible cricket and must believe that they can win believe me if target become less then 200 and Pakistan have 7 or 8 wicket in hand Australia will feel the pressure and I wana see how they react in pressure situation also note that this is Australians weakest bowling attack for last two decade. Pakistan just need to be confident their body language must be positive, smiling faces same as Australians

  • POSTED BY azhar_hassan on | July 16, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    The requirement of 326 more runs with 9 wickets remaining against AUS in the second innings is a very tough ask and realistically highly unlikely (even if the sun shines all the way through). PAK lost this test on the second day when they collapsed to 148 all out (not even a competitive T20 score in most cases). Gosh what it must be like to be a bowler in a side which bats likes this - I don't really want to know!

  • POSTED BY vivekcbc on | July 16, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    to molu 14..... Why do u think afridi played so badly in the first innings....atleast he got 30 odd runs batting in his ow style...If he could have hang around he might have scored 20 odd from 40 balls or so and we all know defense is not his cup of tea and especially taking the conditions in to account...and someWISE men say ATTACK is the best DEFENCE....

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Ever since the decline of the West Indies, Pakistan have probably exhibire the best talent in pace bowling with one or two decent spiners to back them up. It is their batting which has prevented them frm winning more often. One Umar Akmal or Salman Bitt is not enough, even though they are very talented. Wud certainly consider them a more balanced side than India though I am an Indian. Best of luck to them.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    i will say it a hard fight if Pakistan lose this by less then 100, otherwise no fight.

  • POSTED BY owaisvirani on | July 16, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    I think there is a very remote chance of Pakistan's victory but there is still a chance. Last evening no one could expect that the last two australian wickets will score around 130 odd runs without any recognised batsmen but they did. It can be said that they were not under pressure but you never know when does the australian bowlers come under pressure and give away runs. It will be good to see a spirited fight from the Pakistani batsmen. @molu14, there are good days and bad days and this is the rule for every one. What happened to that indian great batting line-up against BP XIs attack just a day ago every one knows when they folded for 291 against 514/9 dec with just 5 batsmen scoring in double figures courtesy to 18, 11 and 10 from Sehwag, Dravid and Dhoni respectively. So you never know what will happen in cricket and Pakistanis will always hope for a miraclous Pakistan win. If Pakistan can loose at Sydney than they can win at Lords.

  • POSTED BY waseemsarwar on | July 16, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    First session is very important, it has never happen before but why not this time, i am too optimistic but all i need is a good fight and nice to see our Indian neighbors supporting us ,Go Pakistan and give it a go and try to push Aussies all the way for history, even a 300+ will be a good confidence booster.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Mr Molu ,u seems to overspoken urself by under rating the mighty talent that these youngstars of pakistan possess... Just wait n watch , as the history is going to be changed

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Imran Frahat, a hopeless batsman is stil 1 of our openers.he not only had pathetic last season here in Austtralia,but aginst all tteamsis given 2many chances cause of his FATHER IN-LAW's relations with selecters or threatening them & going on HUNGER STRIKE. Why not get rid of him?bring back Taufiq ummer.Are 2 many ummers in team alredy?go 4 Yasir hameed or imran nazir,alot bettwer then this SIFARSHI TATOO.

  • POSTED BY Classy.Nerd on | July 16, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    @molu14: India are lions when they play Australia at home, won 6 games out of 11 played in the last decade..Now kindly consider winning just 2 out of 8 played IN Australia (last decade), when your so called SRT, Yuvi, Viru aren't even close to playing innings that would ultimately win them matches there. As for your laughter, lets not forget how, many Australian greats have termed us: You never know WHICH Pakistani side will come out to play!! If you can't speak good, lets not speak at all.

  • POSTED BY antiboson21 on | July 16, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Australia have no Macgrath and Warne any more. It is a comparitively weal Australian bowling line up. Smith, the legspinner is not a huge turner of ball as warn. So I reckon even on rough surface he will not be so dangerous bcz he only has three simple balls. A leg normal spinner, a top spinner and a shooter/faster one. I guess ponting will bowl more overs from smith. Pakistani batsmen, particularly Azhar Ali and Salman should think in their minds that they have to batt all day today. Now for batting all day today, they shall play safe solid ground shots and enjoy batting. If by any cahnce any opening batsman gets out, Kamran Akmal should promote up the order.

    Australian bowlers are not so hard to be negotiated in absence of tait even in cloudy conditions. If pakistani batsmen learn temperament from England south african batsman Trott who has a very solid technique and good temperament.

    In short it should be a good cricket for the audience and test match should go to day 5.

  • POSTED BY sahir786 on | July 16, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    MOLU14..haha ur name frist makes me laugh & then ur comments.MOLU it is the same afridi which made clarke almost cry in t20,s. By the way molu whatever the method of scoring is at the end it is the runs which matter & in his frist test in 4 years he scored more runs than ricky pointing in just one innings. What ever is the result of the match i am proud of pakistan team & shahid afridi for being so competitive against the kings of test cricket as they were not as competitive against us in the game we r the kings t20. Watch ur words 14 MOLU...

  • POSTED BY Mantan on | July 16, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Problem with Indians is that for the first time they have found their way to top ranking so they think that only they can bat well or beat Aus. Remember guys this is cricket. If India have made it to top ranking then no wonder Pak can beat Aus.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: Ups and downs come in each and every walk of life same as sports but Pakistan has performed well. Don't forget 2005 test against India in India when Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzak build an unbeatable partnership and snatched victory from India and the match finished with a draw. Its just because of Pakistan's talent which make the match entertain. Also don't forget Bangalore test of same series when Pakistan gave a target of 370 to India and and sum up all ten wickets of India on 5th day of the test and won the test by 41 runs. being a human, you shouldn't compare Pakistan with Ban, WI or Afg. hope... memory works!

  • POSTED BY srawannnnnnnn on | July 16, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    only fools will expect pakistan to win the test match.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    The first session will set the trend. Pakistan should play 1st session very carefully. Though this target is difficult but not impossible.players have to play the inngs of their life. Today is friday and our all prayers are with them.Weather will also play a vital role in the result.

  • POSTED BY Molu14 on | July 16, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    I feel like laughing at hearing all these opsimistic Pakistani fans hoping for a miraculous win. It takes a team with a methodical approach to overhaul a massive total like that, especially against formidable (or even not so formidable anymore) Aussie bowlers. India could do it last year (chasing 380) due to an early Sehwag assault, organized efforts by Gambhir, Yuvraj, and Dravid, and a magical ton from SRT. RSA chased a 400-plus target against Australia in another orthodox display from Smith, De VIlliers, and Dumny. Now can any of these optimists tell me where a batsman of Sachin, Sehwag, or Smith's caliber can be found in the Pakistan eleven? Can any team led by that fool who calls himself "Boom-Boom Afridi" chase down even 200+, forget 439? A responsible captain is key for such a task, not a fool who carelessly slogs away when his team is in danger of being bowled out under 150. SHAME!!! (on PCB and the roguish Pakistani cricket team)

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 16, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Is Umar Amin over-hyped?

  • POSTED BY absk on | July 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    If Pakistan can pull this on through, it will do wonders for Pakistani Cricket. Oz anyways are very very beatable side now. I'm expecting England to nail them this Ashes and crush the already haughty OZ attitude led by Ponting to the utmost.

  • POSTED BY Dilseben on | July 16, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Well I do agree to the fact that ICC certainly have to reconsider the test status of certain countries..but that definitely doesnt involve Pakistan...without doubt they have one of the best bowling line up in the world...they are goin through a very tough time especially in the batting department with the expulsion of Younis & Yousuf,but there is no denying the fact that Pakistan has hoards of talent...One other main reason has been the internal rifts said to be going on & unfortunately all of that is coming to public light...anywaz Pakistan has always been the most unpredictable team..so I am hoping that they pull this one off & gain some much needed confidence...come on Pakistan!!!! we Indians support whole heartedly.....

  • POSTED BY Wazzi on | July 16, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Karthik you are nothing but a freak, this is Aus - Pak series but you got nothing except taliking about team India and yr players, remember players you parise so much let Indain down in the World cup and how yr media criticize them and the whole indian nation called them (DESH KA GHADDAR!!!) hahahah I feel pitty for you Karthik.

  • POSTED BY antiboson21 on | July 16, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Hi guys. I have played league cricket in England for two years and watch cricket closely as a neutral person. Weather is going to have very big impact. If on friday sky above Lords is cloudless and sunny pakistan have a good chance. As Australia NO 11 made 50, bcz pitch became flat. Now if sky is cloudy then I think for pakistan there is no chance on paper Now, what pakistani team should do. I think they should not think about losing, think positive and give good cricket to spectators.

    I put my money on Azhar Ali and Salman. Now every batsman should play chanceless shots. Cool, calm approach. In mind they should think it will be a simple thing if they win from here because they have great potential. It will ease the pressure. Now play every single ball on merit. Play ground shots. Play like a man,man. Do go there today and just fight out there till the last drop of blood in your body. Think about innings of great HANIF MOHAMMAD against West indies, in which Hanif batted 4 days

  • POSTED BY Wajahat78 on | July 16, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Posted by Wajahat Go Pakistan Go. Live up to your 'unpredicatable' tag, for the prediction is that you will fall and Aussies will cruise. My hunch is that Pakistan will win. For heavens sake; Umar Akmal - don't schuffle across the stumps. You are no Javed Miandad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    well the forecast is sunny, or partly cloudy for most day, with almost no chance of rain (courtesy BBC weather). So weather will probably be in favor of the batting side. But 440 in the 4th innings require a lot of application, composure and LUCK! Lets see if Pakistan can be UNPREDICTABLE today.

    P.s. really happy to see a lot of indians vouch for Pakistan, obviously there will always be the odd Karthiks, but thats ok

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    If-- a big 'if'-- Afridi's men can keep cool, something miraculous can happen! Let's hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    I am confident that Pakistan will win this match for sure.......Though i am not from Pakistan but i must say this is the most outstanding cricket team. I really hope But,Akmal bros and AFRIDI will do a good job.......Best of luck.

  • POSTED BY Wazzi on | July 16, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    So much time left, Pak needs to play with patience speciall Salman Butt and Akmal brothers, alot depends on these three. Debutant Azhar Ali is looking good, hope he'll continue to play like this then Pak has a fair chance of winning. only two good partnerships could change the game

  • POSTED BY Wazzi on | July 16, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    ...Karthik. Just think about the day when seniors palyers of indian team take retirement and new blood will take their place then they will also face difficulties in the beginning, and thats exactly what has happend to Pak team all senior players retired except few and youngsters need some time to settle down. also you should keep this thing in mind that Pak hasn't palyed enough test cricket as compared to India and Aus. Pak team is having some problems with their batting but that doesn't mean you just keep on criticizing other teams just because your team has done well.

    Just try to be a good Indain Karthik.. and try to talk about the two team playing against eachother don't try to put your team in between the two.

  • POSTED BY Wazzi on | July 16, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Dear Karthik, why you are so much arogant and why you just keep compairing indian team with pakistan i really don't understand, I've seen you always trying to make fun of Pak team just because they are not performaing well in test cricket. doesn't matter who ever is palying you always look to compair things with your team, remember this is Aus vs Pak series, there is nothing related to team india but you just keep on appreciating your team and sounds over confident and always use bad words about Pak this proves you are not a good indain. you have seen poor performance of indian team most recently in the World cup. This is cricket and teams do face a hard time. you should keep in mind that Pak is palying with new blood they don't have experience also they lack technique as well but they will learn. We really appreciate team indian the way they've performed over the years but the thing is all seniors players are playing, just think of the day when they will retire from int'l cricket..

  • POSTED BY Badreshian on | July 16, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    I think our young batsmen are up to a mountanious task ahead of them today! I am crazy follower of Pak cricket, but we have to be realistic it would be an uphill task for our young guns. On the other side a fighting response would make their confidence to sky limits. We all know Aussies are mentally strong with good bowling and exceptional fielding; they will hardly allow any drop catch or misfield resulting into extra runs. Still I will back up my team as the talent is always there only application is required; we need luck as well. If would be the captain, I would have asked every batsman remaining, plus salman and Azhar, that I only demand 50 runs from each of you. I think while batting they should think like Muddassar and Shoaib Muhammad and must fight like cornerd tiger that today I will never let down my country and followers.

    Win or Loss, whatever may be the result today... We want to see dieing down fighting....Its the mind set need to change.. Allah help you Green shirts..

  • POSTED BY pachako on | July 16, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Pakistan is a worst team when chasing a target they even culd not chase 150s against sri lanka in Galle and against australia in sydney they lost newzealnd recently chasing only 220 so this paki fan expecting to chase them 440 is tooooooooo much. i predict this match will end before lunch today with ausi winning it by more than 200 runs

  • POSTED BY Chappers85 on | July 16, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    karthikfromchennai, are you really living on the same planet as all of us??? Either your not or just not an avid cricket follower. Not disagreeing with the fact that India are an excellent cricketing nation but do you actually think stripping a team like Pakistan of their test status is a good thing for the game? I'm a Sri Lankan supporter so when I say this there is no bias, Pakistan are hands down one of the most flamboyant and naturally talented teams in the world. No indian team from the past three decades comes close to even one of their teams based on these two things. And you would think with a population of one billion you guys should be winning every single game. Just goes to show how talented the current Indian crop of players are. The team itself is good but the young talent coming up are just pathetic hence the result in Zimbabwe! So karthikfromchennai who I guess hasnt even held a cricket ball in his hand, why dont you comment on something you actually know about

  • POSTED BY The_Wog on | July 16, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    @thair9999, learn when to leave well enough a lone. Ponting gets shoulder charged by Aamer (a chronic offender) during his send-off - the bowler gets an UNOFFICIAL caution when he should have lost his match fee. Rather than consider your players very, very, VERY lucky you call for Ponting to be disciplined?? It won't take too long before one of the AUS players gives you something to complain about - just hold your fire till then.

    Here's how it works: The player running into the personal space is deemed to initiate the content. Bowler charging through in a send-off hits a stationary batsmen, it's his fault. Batsman running a single charges a stationary bowler standing in his follow-thru position - it's his fault.

    Collide while looking elsewhere - it's an accident. Collide while looking straight at the player - it's deliberate. Aamer barged Ponting - pure and simple. Aamer was lucky, in yet another sop to the team "anyone playing Australia."

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    What is Imran Farhat doing in this team. Please give chance to some sensible guy who can give a good startup with butt. Azhar is looking good to hold #3 spot. I am not very much worried about the win, cause i know pakistan is winning easily.

  • POSTED BY ratee on | July 16, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Karthikfromchenia kindly check what's happening to India's team in Sri Lamka the first class with more than 500 scored against them by a first class side.

    Without a good and attacking bowling side no side can remain number one side for long in test cricket in particular. Its a matter of time when you play abroad you will get the due return and India has one of the worst records in away series.

  • POSTED BY jqamar on | July 16, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Pakistan team has a very good stand many of big names to come in, anybody please tell me who allowed Imran Farhat to play a wicket throwing short, it is a lobby of politicians, two new players in one match, both were sent upwards and one after another (internal politics), Hope for the best you can win Afridi 11 but not today, tomorerow, so stop this day wjth minimum runs (200 enough) play cricket of Eighties and stay on the wicket pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez.

  • POSTED BY rashidktk on | July 16, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    please guys such watch good cricket and dont comments on Karthick from Chennai he has own mindset so dont teach him any lesson . this guy will realise one day atleast in his life . that what i was doing was wrong . please keep watching Good Test match going to fourth day now and no one sure who will win . infact the fourth day will decide that who will win this test match . so its means that it was exciting test match no doubt and pak efforts make it possible .

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    I really don't understand why Mr.Editor is so concerned about the last fortunate decision which went to Pakistan's way.Why he could'nt see Simon Katich LBW decision of Mohammad Aamer's bowling when he was playing on 0..? 253-80 = 173.. That surely made a huge difference Mr.Editor.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 16, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    It's not the result that's in doubt. Australia will win easily enough. The issue is that the Australian batting and bowling has looked pretty feeble. Only Katich of the Australian top six made runs in the second innings and having to rely on Hilfenhaus and Bollinger to get to a decent score is not good. Then the bowling; once again, Bollinger and Johnson have looked ineffective against some very ordinary Pakistani batting. The Aussie selectors must be worried with the Ashes only 4 months away. As for Pakistan- what went wrong? You had them at 208-8 and then let the last 2 wickets put on almost 130 runs. Without that, you'd be in with a real chance. As it is- game over in the second session tomorrow with Pakistan out for between 250 and 300.

  • POSTED BY Scgboy on | July 16, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    ya know , i think the guy who said unpredictable- both the pakis and the conditions got it right. Think the Aussie will get them but with the upside crazy world of Pakistan cricket , you just never know.....

  • POSTED BY AleemLatif on | July 16, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    PCB should give few months to this new team to settle down now without making abrupt changes or putting any kind of pressure. Forget about bringing back Younas Khan and Mohd Yousaf. Pakistan lost 2 Test Series in Sri Lanka and Australia in their presence. They were the main culprits of demoralizing the team moral all through those 2 tours. I would suggest - common people, stay cool, give this team a breath - they are going through a formation phase and though would deliver in due course - at least we are seeing a team spirit in this team which never existed in last few years. The only change I want is Imran Farhat's presence in the team due to his father-in-laws role in PCB. And to the least - this is absolute joke - to have somebody like Imran Farhat in the squad. I would suggest try Yasir Hameed or new blood from Pakistan A or Under -19 team. We need a new CROP in this team but we need to be a bit patient too for the youngsters to settle down.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    I REALLY APPRECIATE THE INDIANS WHO SUPPORT THE PAKISTAN TEAM, IT HELPS TO SEE THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE ENOUGH HEART TO SUPPORT THEIR BROTHERS. PAKISTAN IS A VERY PASSIONATE SIDE THAT JUST NEEDS ABOUT A YEAR TO SETTLE. IN THAT TIME UMAR AKMAL, MOHAMMED AAMER, AND THE REST OF THE YOUNGSTERS WILL DEVELOP INTO HIGH-CALIBER CRICKETS (WHICH THEY ALREADY HAVE PROVEN). ALSO THE SELECTORS WILL DEVELOP THE BEST COMBINATIONS. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE FAITH IN THIS SIDE. NOW ABOUT THIS MATCH, IF BUTT AND ALI CAN GO TO AROUND 200, PAKISTAN WILL BE IN A FANTASTIC POSITION TO WIN! THEY HAVE UMAR AKMAL (CONSISTENT), KAMRAN AKMAL (JUST GO ON YOUTUBE AND WATCH SOME OF HIS CENTURIES), AFRIDI (EXPLOSIVE, BUT CAN BE PATIENT). SO I GUESS WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. ALSO BY THE WAY, THE SUNSHINE REALLY HELPS THE BATSMEN, BUT IT DOESN'T PICK THE WINNER.

  • POSTED BY drlimpel on | July 16, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    WOAAHH!! karthikfromchennai and Naga Saravan Golla, your comments reek of the typical prejudice some Indians harbor against the Pakistani team. I mean it is extremely unfair to put Pakistan in the same bracket as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe just because they have had a difficult time defeating what is still perhaps one of the best Test teams around, if not the best. I mean have you even taken into account the fact that most of these matches are being played on either aussie turf or neutral grounds which favour Oz batsmen more. Test cricket is not dying because Pakistan against all odds still managed to run Australia close in some of these matches, but because the Indian team continues to take refuge in the subcontinent, accumulating heaps of runs on dead pitches which don't expose their weakness to the short ball and that too against mediocre teams like Sri Lanka. And yet still get their hindsides pummeled from time to time (I am ofcourse refering to the recently concluded tour match)

  • POSTED BY GreenCrazy on | July 16, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    HEY KARTHIK.. See This... SRI LANKA BOARD PRESIDENT XI 514/9(1st Inings) INDIANS(Full Team) 291 all out

    This is how Indians Play... Hikz..

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 16, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    First session is going to be the key just as patience will be virtue. Ideally, Pak could not have asked for 2 better men at the crease than Butt and Azher to see them through first session of the day. It's going to be windy early. I know Azher? Kid has the temprament of a Test player. He can play. We saw him how he utilized the most when he played the warm up and stayed at the crease for 140 odd balls. That was his flirt with the game and I for one duely noticed it. And with sun arriving late, track will open up for batters. Again, if they keep head down but chin up. We've got game on. Karthik - Chota Shaitan.

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | July 16, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    Yes, its an uphill task and stats. heavily favour Oz's - BUT ITS GETABLE !

    Against all odds, Pakistan need to hold nerves and survive the 1st. session ( when the ball'll "boomerang" in heavy atmosphere under clouds). Thereafter, take the attack to the aussies ( best defence is to ATTACK ) by promoting Akmals, later Lala can cut-loose/decimate.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • POSTED BY GreenCrazy on | July 16, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Team is improving well under Shaid Afridi. I think Pakistan has the ability to chase this. Come on Pakistan. Les's Go....

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    i think pakistan will win

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | July 16, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    thair9999

    Yes, thair9999, I have some thoughts. As a means to compensate for your sense of inadequacy at being outplayed by Australia so many times, you invent the delusion that you are morally superior, and that Australia is wicked - as a compensation. When your own team gets more citations for poor behaviour than Australia (both India and Pakistan have more), you then invent another delusion - that the umpires and officials are discriminating against your team. Here's a reality check. Ricky Ponting is not the anti-Christ. Australia is not the Great Satan. Get over it. In fact I suggest you learn from Ricky Ponting. He invariably accepts defeat well, admits his team was not good enough, congratulates the opposition, then rallies his team to do better next time. That's why Australia always bounce back. They don't make excuses, and believe in themselves. Give it a go.

    "Is Ponting also getting a warning like Aamer? As he also collided with 2 players in 2 days. Any thoughts??????"

  • POSTED BY Manoj_Achan on | July 16, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Afridi's confidence in Butt is proving right. All Indians and Pakistanis are praying for a sunny day tomorrow. Anyways, Pakistan have to manage their batting line-up properly. If Butt falls , then Umar Akmal should come in, and if Azhar falls Amin should come in. Afridi has a good hand/eye co-ordination, he should come in and play like Dhoni, by placing in gaps and looking for 1s-2s. One of Umar Akmal or Afridi should play till the end. Australia will look to bowl Hilfenhaus and Johnson for breakthrough. Pakistan should play them sensibly and play shots against spinners, Bollinger [who is rusty this match] and Shane Watson [if it is a sunny day tomorrow, no swing for Watson].

    The whole idea of Pakistan should be 50runs in 1 session and lose max. 1 wicket. Or make 25runs in 1 hour [12 overs i.e. 72 balls] and only lose a wicket in every 2 hours. The next 2 days will be more of mental strength. Pak should not lose more than 5 wickets tomorrow and be at 350/5 or 350/6. Best of Luck !!

  • POSTED BY nauman421 on | July 16, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    @ karthikfromchennai : Look whats going on with your No. 1 team in Srilanka against a side team......carnage :).

  • POSTED BY rkhan9224 on | July 16, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    yeah Karthik...you are right at this moment. Though pak is not a bad team at all..it India who are playing very from the last couple of years or so. They beat the pakistan at every venue :(. Pak has to improve the batting a lot. They need to play as a team..

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    well what shall i say that i have to wait how gonna win the game

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Am fr Pakistan... Go beat mighty Aussies.....

  • POSTED BY bookie7600 on | July 16, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    Would Love to see the Pakis beat the Aussies but realistically it just cannot happen now that the score is 445 to chase- INDIAN

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    If it is sunny, then Paks have a chance.

    If condition become overcast then Aus wil win

    No Chance of draw, still 2 days left

    Draw can only happen if there is chance of heavy rain

    Pakistan team n London weather both r unpredictable.

    But would love to see Pakistan wining d match, who would want Ausie to win, bcoz they have not played like a champion side.

    Sorry Ausie fans, dont want to hurt you.

    -From India

  • POSTED BY N1ZaMaN1 on | July 15, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    If Pakistan want to win they have to forget all their bad statistics in test matches against Australia. They would have to play as a team and build partnerships and batsmen have to hang in there and watch the ball carefully and not play any risky shots. Well ofcourse they can hit aggressively but at the right time and right ball. Even. in the field if the Aussie bowlers are sledging and being aggressive, they need to fight back with aggresive batting and showing no signs of fear. They need to hang in there till the end and never say die... and hopefully the weather will go in their way. Inshallah Pakistan will win and will earn their respect back.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Let us talk about the history of cricket. Only 2 or 3 times sides came close to chasing more than 400 runs in the fourth innings. Pakistan need to bat out session by session without loosing too many wickets. But the reality of test match is if a side looses one they will loose two or three. I will say the chances of pakistan chasing it is only 5%. If they chase it then it will be a real boost for test cricket because Aussies will further go down in their morale before Ashes series and Pakistan cricket will go from strength to strength in the next few years to come. As a lover of this wonderful game i would like pakistan to win, but the reality is they cannot win. If they come very close to that target itself will be a great achievement.

  • POSTED BY attiqkamri on | July 15, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    PAKISTAN is going to rock AUSSIES today. INSHALLAH! We hv set our mind to victory, a little sun assistance wil b enough for us. Great Game of Cricket is coming up! Come on Pakistan! 326 is a chaseable target, U have already got 148.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Is it just me thinking that the total is reachable? If Pakistan bat like they did in the last session than I don't see why they won't win. They do have a tendency to destroy themselves though.

  • POSTED BY AngelsDreams on | July 15, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Afridi should open batting with Butt in tests in my opinion! and whts ur friends suggestions??????????????????

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 15, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    @Karthikfrom chennai..... Yes you right india is doing a good job for last couple of years but do you also remember that before that india couldn't win an away series for about 17 years. Yes you have some good bats but then a nation of 1,3 billion people couldn't even produce a single world class fastbowler. the only one coming close is a medium pace seamer in Kapil dev. With no bowlers and soon when the great batsmen like tandulkar and Dravid are gone, u will be left with a team of Bangladesh standards. And if you look at statistics, i dont think India ever has been a better team between the two, be it tests, ODi or T20.

  • POSTED BY Sallu. on | July 15, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Lets hope that Pakistan survive first and second session of the day without or by lossing one or two wickets. Then Pakistan may have some chance. Hope for the best!

  • POSTED BY Gujjar_Pak on | July 15, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is much batter than Imran F. Team management should make change after 1st test. Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Yousuf should comeback in test squad.

  • POSTED BY Gujjar_Pak on | July 15, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Well batting from Butt & Azhar. There is still hope Pakistan can win this match as they have to chase 329 in next two days. If Butt and Azhar could stay after lunch Pakistan winning hope will be more than Aussie. Afridi should change batting line, and send Kamran Akmal up before Umin. All bastman should stay longer at crease and keep continue runs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    say wtever u want to say but u never now pakistani thay can do any thing anytime gd luck pakistan go for win them how to win if u lose never mind it a game

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 15, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    I saw the London weather reports. It says 50-50 chances are of rain. Its all on luck. If there are clouds then Pak will surely loss (100%) but sunshine can give a 50%50 chance to both teams. I hope to see Butt, Azhar and Amin's name in honours board. Also i hope to see Simon Katich's name as honourable mention as he has played oustanding in so hard conditions for batting.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    pakistan can do this hav high hopes evey1 pakistan zindabad all we need is this current partnership to go along nicely i dont think we can afford to loose another wicket for at least 60-70 runs as this will put too much pressure on the batsmens to come, but the deciding factor will come on the day of Jumma may Allah listen to our prayers n clear the skies and make the sun shine rite down so the aussie pacemen can feel the heat

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    i know and i believe pak will definetly win this match. because morning shows the day

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | July 15, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    This test is surely not dull, both teams playing hard. Aus showed typical grit and fight and Hillefenus played really well for his 56, good pull shots were on view. Pak r off to a good start via Butt, however and if the sun stays out we could still have a close end to the match that I was hoping to see.

  • POSTED BY ham_pakistan on | July 15, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    salman butt and azhar ali will have to play innings of their life tomorrow plus the lower order which apparently only depending on akmal brothers will have to make sure not repeat the first innings mistakes again ... if pakistanis play no matter what conditions are they playing in...!

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | July 15, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    common guys....you are counting Azhar Ali and Umer Amin to contribute?? This is not going to happen.. I don't think Pakistan can even cross 250...match will be over before tea tomorrow..

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    gOOd luCk ...Pakistan..! two days are more than enough.. Salman Butt....make a score......prove it..that u are the best..in ur Squad..

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | July 15, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    @karthicfromchennai Indian cricket is dull & boring as compared to Pakistan which is exciting least to say.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    @ Pakistani fans. Tomorrow first hour will be hard, but after that sun will come out. A beautiful sunny day. Pakistan can do it. Go Pakistan @ Robert, I like your theory

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    No one expects Pakistan to win, what we expect and demand from the team is patience and courage. These are the only things we require, as this will confirm that we are heading in the right direction, because if the team is able to do this then it will have the confidence to do well in the next game and then also against England. I believe if the team exhibits unity and courage it can become a very good test team in the future, with a balanced attack and modest batsmen only once the administration clowns in PCB have been cleansed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    pakistani batting is as predictable as the weather at lords ..............they are looking comfortable with one wicket and tomorrow they ll fall like a pack of cards.........

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    records r meant to b broken. pakistan on its way to create a world record

  • POSTED BY em4malik on | July 15, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    @ karthikfromchennai: For your information, India won it's first test match after a Longggg period of 20 years... Do u call this high performance? Even Bangladesh won their first test in s7 years... Be realistic and have courage to see both sides of a picture....

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    The two big uncertainties: English conditions and the Pakistan mindset. Who knows what will happen!

  • POSTED BY jani_nasir on | July 15, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    This chase would require, sunny periods and a couple of centuries from Pakistani players. Kindly before saying Pakistan have lost, stop jumping the gun after each day's play. You guys get so upbeat just because Aussies got out for around 250 the first day and now you are all down because we are chasing a 400+ score. However remember that we have already chased down 1/3 of it. Only 326 to go and we have only lost one wicket. The best batsmen have yet to come. So keep your cool and just ignore karthikfromchennai.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Karthik Darling. Please mention India as-well, who was out classed and ruined by the hands of SriLanka President XI :-))

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | July 15, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    wtf... tailenders taking the game away from Pakistan...:(

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 15, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Karthik- Broy I heard the stadium is being sold out for all days. People are flocking to see the exhilirating bowling performances by the likes of Amir, Asif, Gul, Mitchel, Ben et al. 9 wickets tumbling the first day with Pak crashing all out the next and you say Pak should be relgated to the likes of lower teams. Any clue as to how many Indian bookies are getting rich of each ball in Pak bowler hands? What makes Australia great is Pakistan not Bangladesh or Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 15, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    We could have win 100% if Aussies were bowled quickly after 208-8. But the valuable runs by the tailenders has weakened Pak's high morale. It will be very hard for Pak to win given. But we can hope. Hey Butt i want your name in honours board along with Azhar Ali and Umar Amin. Go debutants make your debut memorable (in positive way) for us.

  • POSTED BY K_I_N_G_B on | July 15, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    its only a matter of 1 day and pakistan will prove how test matches are won

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    need some very veryh solid batting from butt and akmal brothers to get through ....i guess afridi is an attacking captain and if the batsmen support him he will look for a win!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    I think Pakistan is unbelievable team. It is difficult to predict anything. Destiny of Pakistan Would depend on batting performance of Umer Akmal and Shaid Afridi. Afridi can play a vital role for Pakistan win. All prayers for Pakistan team in good or bad situation.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    match is evenly balanced on both sides. It can be any of them..but still i think Aus has more chance to win this game...Akmal brothers have to do a lot to get pakistan through...There is no hope from Afridi........For me Salman, Kamran and Umar r keys for this game....Weather is a big part of this game till now..More cloudy whether will put pakis in trouble..Sunny Day can make it a bit easier for pakis...but now aus has a upper hand of this game...going to be a very much interesting game.......

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    The clouds will not break tommorow.. expect a cloudy day and Pakistan to bungle within the first two sessions.

  • POSTED BY vpisipati on | July 15, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Not withstanding stupid comments from karthik et al, true fans of cricket appreciate the nuances of test cricket and the smaller battles that occur over 2 innings, 5 days and 15 sessions. Whatever the result, this test has already been exciting. I will support Pak to put up a fight just make it more fun. I am an Indian and I don't care for either teams, but the cricket has been quite exciting already with more to come, hopefully.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Can pakistan will climb the HAMALIA mountain or the old story by lossing quick wickets and give Australia another victory for which they always hungry. Although Salman and new comer Azhar showed how to play with camly and play ever ball according to its marriet.There are players like Akmal brothers who can play a long ining, andmake history by wing the match. This is the time only to bepatient and calm and take no risk. We hope weather will be clear the theSun shine will be their, which make pakistan work more easy than the hassy wather do.

  • POSTED BY Paki.Fan. on | July 15, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    @ karthikfromchennai, please keep your cheap shots with urself, anyways were you watching the match in which Srilankan kids just gave some batting lessons to your Legends?

  • POSTED BY Imad_K on | July 15, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    I would love to see Pakistan win this match but most importantly for the long term I would like the Pakistani batsmen to bat with more responsibility and stop throwing their wickets away - because I'm not just interested in this one match but to watch a team that performs according to it's potential with such talented players. I wonder if this match will follow the normal trend for Pakistan of getting the opposition out for a low score and when most teams would look to take control Pakistan mess up. Then when Pakistan bat in the second innings they perform much better than they did in the first but regardless of how many runs the opposition has made lose by 50/100 runs. Probably be the same old story - tomorrow morning the team collapses. I would love them to prove me wrong and put up a fight. Tired of disappointment time and again. Like the second innings Pakistan need to stop their trend of being 20/3, 30/3 - with all the pressure on the middle order.

  • POSTED BY thair9999 on | July 15, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Is Ponting also getting a warning like Aamer? As he also collided with 2 players in 2 days. Any thoughts??????

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    well hope guyz pakistan will win this game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Well hope guyz pakistani will win this game.

  • POSTED BY IJustLoveCricket on | July 15, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Guys, seriously.... do you still think Pakistan can win this match?

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    India Vs Pakistan - Head-to-Head statistics

    As of 30 June 2010. ----------------------- T - ODI -T20 Matches played-----59 120 2 Won by Pakistan---12 69 0 Won by India------ 9 47 2 Draw/Tie/No result-38 4 1 (India won in Bowled Out)

  • POSTED BY omer123 on | July 15, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    comon pakistan.. boys & girls be ready & specially the stats guru because the new record will be setup by PAKISTAN.... Pakistan Zindabad

  • POSTED BY omer123 on | July 15, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai...... u think india is best why not india is best not in winning but playing against srilanka.. by beating or drawing srilanka they become 1st in ranking... please continue ur ipl because its tell all of us about the corruption in india as well as loosing in t20 wc haha

  • POSTED BY Imad_K on | July 15, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    I really think that the Pakistani fans sometimes live in cuckoo land. Oh Afridi will do this, the Pakistani batsmen will do that - what have Pakistan done in the last number of years or so except disappointed in the majority of cases, losing matches from winning positions even with wickets in hand chasing 4 runs an over etc. Like I said in my previous post Pakistan probably have two batsmen that are reliable - S Butt and U Akmal. The biggest problem Pakistan have with their batting is that when they lose 10 wickets at least 8 of those wickets are lost playing stupid shots -chasing wide balls, hitting the ball in the air and picking the only fielder within 50 yards, trying to hit every shot for a boundary etc. However, in this match they seem a little more controlled. The problem in majority of cases is not with their bowling but with their batting. They need to understand to play with responsibility, spend time at the crease, not give their wickets away and build partnerships.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    common pakistan... you can do it... we indians, the support of 1.15 billion is with you...dont look at the past records... create a record of your own... make the indian subcontinent feel proud of you... don't lose confidence at any stage... take your own time... success is ours... good luck....

  • POSTED BY Vaaz on | July 15, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    best of luck to pakistan . few suggestions for the 2nd test. yasir should be included as an opener and umer akmal should come one down. and i think saeed ajmal is much better option tha kaneria as he can dislodge the tail enders quickly and wouldn't be as expensive as kaneria. Mohammad Amer should also concentrate a bit on his batting as can be decent enough all rounder he certainly has the talent.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Just wish Pakistan play in their limitations, so that there might be sniff of a chance (although very minute) that Pakistan MAY able to reach closer to the target!

  • POSTED BY smart_cricketer on | July 15, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    karthikfromchennai, please do not think I am a Pakistani and taking side. I am an ardent Indian cricket fan (and also Hindu).

  • POSTED BY smart_cricketer on | July 15, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    karthikfromchennai, your comments are outrageous man,seriously. No sane cricket fan with even minimum cricket knowledge would ever compare Pakistan with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh (no offense to them). Although it is true that Pakistan were on decline lately as they are grooming young players but would fight back soon. I am excited to see the young talents like Aamer, Akmal Jr. and Ajmal. They definitely needed to be handle with care. It is very important to remain level-headed. Great Wasim Akram has already declared Aamer wiser then him but now it is up to Aamer how he takes these comments. We have already seen few examples of loosing promising talents due to excessive media attention (like Irfan Pathan and Ishant, though they fighting for their comeback). I think Great Sachin Tendulkar should be role model in this regard who has handled the stardom extremely well. Oh, that reminds me the case of Vinod Kambli who was my favorite player and to me he was more talented than Sachin Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY usmankhan001 on | July 15, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    @ kartik comparing pak with zimbabwe and bangladesh ? do u have any cricket sense ? we played well in new zeland and series was drawn and then we nearly beat aus in 2nd test at sydney and we are fighting here and i think that whats u want in a test match .. u need to think about indian bwling attack and bwlers like over rated ishant sharma so dont give senseless comments here

  • POSTED BY mars2009 on | July 15, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    This is just for the hate-mongers not for the cricket lover Indians.. Is there anything new introduced by India in cricket apart from betting and match fixing. On contrary , Pakistanis are proud to introduce Reverse sweep (Mushtaq Mohammed) , Reverse swing (Sarfraz Nawaz) and last but not least Dosra (Saqlain Mushtaq).

    It was the same Indian board who refused normal cricket relation with Pakistan on whatsoever reason during the era of Wasim & Waqar. Once they quit cricket , Indian started normal relation.

  • POSTED BY pk_cric_rox on | July 15, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    noisy pakistanis r all here dude. mind u they dont make noise for their team to win they r happy to see their team play with unity n passion. we all know this is a new team n we r only supporting them in their build up.we r not short of talent n these guys just need a little experience to finish the games off. u go n find replacements for warne, mcgrath n gilchrist. n indians should try to find replacements for dravid n sachin. becoz in few months time they will b gone n then nobody to save u matches against this pakistani attack. pakistan didnt bother when imran retired becoz we had waqar n wasim, after them we had shoaib n now we have asif n amir. in batting we had inzi to replace miandad, yousuf n yunus to replace inzi n now we have umar akmal n just need 1 more middle order batsman. who u thinking to replace sachin n dravid with? stop being jealous of 18 n 20 year old boys n enjoy the game till ur board decides to play outside sub continent n face someone other then sri lanka. lol

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | July 15, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Azhar Ali is right choice at #3 as he is calm and patient to play long innings. Pak should not think about winning this game by going for big shots, instead they should play patiently, session by session,keep the wickets, erase the deficit slowly. Pak can win this match, its not impossible but a huge task.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Yesterday, I said Pakistan will loose by 145 runs in another blog. Now that the wicket is batting favored, I will reduce the margin to 100 runs. Cricket is a game of supreme uncertainty. But I will be extremely surprised if Pak batsmen can score 400 plus runs, specially with Pak batsmen who do not have the nerves of staying at the crease. I think the current pair will play good. Akmals might as well. But rest are totally uncertain. So another 200 runs from the batsmen will make it 314 or so. Tail-enders will decide which way the match will go. It is not the bowlers' job to score runs to win match. Afridi and his batsmen have to do the job. First Innings deficit is the loss. GOOD LUCK to the over hyped Pak supporters above. I will be happy to see Pak wining this test as they gave few test match gifts to ausis in their last trip there. Ponting scored 200 after being dropped when at zero. So he is overdue for a test match loss.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 15, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    sha_06 thanks for your support. I hope u could teach @karhikfromchennai how to respect neighbours. All Asians pray for sunshine. Butt and Azhar batted so easily in sunshine. We have a very good chance if weather remains in our favour

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | July 15, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    @karthik... one need to have a weird frame of mind to justify Pak, Zim, and Bangladesh in a single line... and seems u have that... congrats..!! either u dnt know what cricket is or what Pakistan talent is... cricket is never about losing or winning a game... but a close combat... and Pakistan always gives a tough fight.. that is what alllllll cricket fans know... they are always unpredictable... loosing 8 wickets in a span of 30 odd runs.... and onother side of picture,, scoring 270 for 8th wicket

    young talent of Pakistan is really commendable.. had there been any other team with sooo inexperienced line-up against Australia,, results would have been disasterous... good luck Pakistan..

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Don't forget that Pakistani cricket team can do any thing in any foam of cricket. Ofcourse the target is very huge, but only Pakistani cricket team can do it. Hope for the Best and Good luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Australian downfall has started, jus sit back and watch

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 15, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Pakistan bowling is praised by every one but in my opinion they bowled badly when 9th wicket was on. Both afridi and Keneria bowled short and leg sided balls. Aamer had no direction at all in whole 2nd innings and even Gul and asif bowled with no clear plan. When ever a partership starts building against pakistan their bowling quality gets very ordinary. Had Pakistan scored 70-80 more in 1st innings, or had they taken those last two Australian wickets and saved some 70 runs, this match could have been a totally different story. Afridis field placing for tail enders was some to talk about too. If pakistan has to win this match then a new zahir abass has to born tomorrow. Can it be Umar Amin..

  • POSTED BY amoniruk on | July 15, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Most of the people will say Australia is going to wiin this match to me also same, coz they are kin and most certain team in world cricket but when it is the questions about pakistan cricket, is difficult to imazine as because they can loose any game from any situation but they are sometimes unbelieveable to win an impossible match, i can rekon it may happened in this match, thats why the are also most uncertain team as wel.....lets see, a lots of time for both team to win or lose...

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    @Sha_06 ................Mate i luv ur Comments...! After being a Pakistani,Srilankan,Indian and bangladeshi,,,,we All are Asian...So Go Pakistan Go....u have to win this Match...and show these Proudy Aussies That What we are Capable Of.....

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 15, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Pak will score 440 runs...but they would need 5 innings to achive that which test cricket rules will not allow.

  • POSTED BY danithereddevil on | July 15, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai....just listen dnt be jealous ...there is no talent like pakistan in the world....u ccc amir n umer kamal...i think india hasnt produce player like them....i think india bowling attack.....is worse then ban....the thing about ipl.....its just a joke....i say just a joke man....i knw it is a dificult task...lets c what happen

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 15, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    India did not reach no1 position in test cricket by luck...Just see the team's performance in last 3 years, we levelled the series in Aus and beat them in India. Test Series wins in WI, Eng, NZ....and won test matches against all countries (home and away). The reacords speak and so I.....So guys, I would welcome your comments with cricket knowledge.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    a lot depends on the pitch...the flatter, the better for batsmen...aussies took advantage of iit...scored 100 odd for the last 2 wickets... i wish better luck to pakistan in this case... ball will b semi old tomorrow, sun will b out n shining for the most part..pakistanis can definitely bat for longer...aussies took the advantage of the sun..y not pakistan?

    pakistanis r one fighting nation and a very very unpredictable time have.. they hav got batting likes of talented,fearless akmal brothers and butt and lethal afridi who can change the tide of any match against any opposition..

    who knows, pakistan might wrap up the match before lunch on the last day..

  • POSTED BY SanketGandhare on | July 15, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Excellent match ..... ideal test match bowlers getting help,batsman getting help,outfield fast.....with flamboyant AFRIDI captain hype goes to the next level... very impressed by AMIR ....only at 18 making PONTING(prob best batsmen in the sachin) clueless.... though this is not the first time ISHANT n BHAJJI have made him their bunny .....so PONTING be careful dont be bunny of AMIR......

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    I totally agree with Harsha but disagree with karthikfromchennai because any cricket analyst of any part of the world would agree with me that test cricket is dying because of lucrative tournaments like IPL and because of which players aren't accustomed to stay on the wicket, and that's why test and T20 teams have been different adding burden to cricket boards as well to make different teams for T20 and tests... and I don't wanna say more because there are many sensible people on the board across the border!

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 15, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    @Soofi Sheraz, I dont hate Pak team...but I dont support the cricket they are playing at the moment. I am at my freedom to express exactly whats on my mind as an ardent cricket fan. Obviously Pak is performing low. @For all those comment on India's prcatice match...Guys, I am talking about INTERNATIONAL TEST CRICKET...not some warm ups. An Indo - Aus affair would be billed top than Pak-Aus match. And no one would want to answer my simplle questions. 1. when pak beat aus in a test match last? 2. who beat aus consistently in test matches last 15 years? that will answer your doubts. India beat Pak in their home both in onedayers and test series. perhaps in the late '80s pak was a good team but in last two decades Indian cricket has gone beyond our neighbours reach. You always can check cricinfo's stats...archives.

  • POSTED BY LoveTheGame on | July 15, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    A team that can out Australia for less tahn 130 in Austraila and for less than 250 at Lords is told that it should win a qualifying league to play test cricket. Karthik please watch Ludo or kabaddi...cricket is beyond you.

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | July 15, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    The weather will have the final say - bowling minefield in which case it'll all be over before lunch on day 4, or batting paradise in which case it'll take a good effort for Pakistan to seal things at the end of Day 4.

    @ Graham, you can't expect teams to play a match with a defeatist attitude. But for some cheeky weather timing it the situation would be more even than it is now. If ambition is undue, then everyone should just not bother playing Australia anymore, and they'd have the T20 World Cup and Ashes in their cupboard now. Australia are still a great team, but do cut the propaganda.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Aussies need just 1 wicket and the Pakistanis will fall away .. they might end up not even getting to 200 ... but for now the game is evenly poised... and Salman butt needs to score a century and Azhar too needs to stay with him for Pakistan to have any chance of winning this ,,, the partnership is very important... and the approach needs to be steady ,,, like it was today .. just look to bat in the moment dont think abut the target ,, just think abut batting .... it would be great for cricket and Lords if Pakistan can actually turn up with some fight on day 4

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 15, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    @NAGA SARVAN GORA......Tests are suffering because of India who prepares dead wickets where even Afghans will score 400. Thats How they get their batsmen performing. Otherwise its just recently that india won an overseas series after some 15 years. For many years they couldnt even win over zimbabwe and NZ. Pakistan only plays away games these days and then they are building a new team with nearly all the batsmen with no or vey little experience. It can take time but surely we will be ready when ever india chooses to play a test series. Our young bowlling attack is the best in the world at the moment. India will soon know the hardness to even play Bangladesh when Tandulkar and Dravid are gone.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai dont even think about that, do you want me to run the stats of your nation from the last 50 years of cricket. just for your information, Pakistan is still the side who has more win in test then your so called No1 team. and pakistan is rank 3rd from those teams who has more test win in cricket history, rememberd 3rd in the list ( after Australia and England ). Its Pakistan who has more win. just remember that in your memory

  • POSTED BY Dannov747 on | July 15, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Hah. Hilfenhaus getting a half-century. Thats almost as bad as Sydney! Hilfy isn't even slightly a batsman, his first class average is like 11. Pakistan just don't have the temperament to beat Australia in tests or one-days. Though Pakistani fans remain over-optimistic as usual, any sensible person can tell that Australia will win. 440 at a pitch like Lords? You should be praying for 2 days of rain.

  • POSTED BY mrcruizy on | July 15, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    TO usman_nile1994:: isnt it this very passion of us pakistanies that make us Unique as fans and players of this game that we believe till the very last moment. true our players in past games would bow down but they were very few games. but now this young team has found that spirit again to rise and challange again. how many times have they gotten back into this game ? got the mighty australlianz out for less than 300 in the first innings.. got out of the game with their batting but the again came back harder with early wickets. got out of the game again with katich+north+johanson partnershps but game right back again with their batting reply..we might see yet another batting collapse but do hhope n wait for a strong big inning from one of the batsman ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    An opportunity for PAK to turn the clock (and the table) back to 1998-99, debut test for Gilchrist where AUS won from an almost impossible situation (with the help of umpires of course). If I was Waqar, I would tell PAK - If Paine and Hiffy can score 50s then all of top 7 PAK batsmen can score it too - given the weather stays clear and sun is out.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    @graham! dude! get over with watching old movies with castles in it! whats with all this fate sealing thing? anyways! both the teams have a young squad not with too much experience so, the match is still on! if butt and azhar bats confidently through the lunch and then even if pakistan loose a wicket, kamran,omar shahid should handle the pressure and then omer amin should be sent in. hope the sun comes out tomorrow!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    stop dreaming guys ..........

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    If sulman bats through..Pak has the ability to make history..

  • POSTED BY vikramreddytric on | July 15, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Very Good fight back from Pakistanis.. But evrn at this stage, the match is in Aussies hands... Its really very very difficult to chase 400+ in 4th innings. Pakistan will mainly depend on Salman Butt & Umar Akmal.. Hope the debutants(Azhar & Umar Amin) show some character in their innings.. Australia will be mainly depend on Bollinger & Johnson Tomorrow.. Lets hope weather doesnt come into play. Good Night All, will discuss about the match Tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Zara.Khan on | July 15, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    I guess tomorrow Afridi should come next, try to blast a quick fire 50 odd runs, put Australians on back foot and then others try to play around Salman Butt to clinch this very important test victory against Australia. Akmal brothers have to be more objective in this innings. My best wishes are with them...

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: hey man have you forgot the tri-nation series against Sirilanka and Zimbawe you guys were not able to defeat the zimbawians and compare Pakistan to zimbawe first of all look your team and then comment on others. As far your bowling department is concerned it is weaker then bangladesh and Inda's batting is exploited to short balls.AND INSHAALLAH PAKISTAN WILL WIN.

  • POSTED BY mrcruizy on | July 15, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    well win or lose. the only positive thing about this young pakistani side is for all to witness and most of us has witnessed it already and that is, they r not gona give it away to the australlians. they r not gona bow down to them. OZs will have to win it if they want to. they r not gona get gifts. and u will see it. they will fight hard till the very end.. and as for as the game is concerned.. dude tomorow is a new day.. and we r chasing a target of about 320..and luckily pakistan has chased down a target of 315 against AUSTRALIA..but i believe in the spirit of this team. i may have slim hopes that this team will win but i do have 100000% assurance and confidnce in this team that they will give it their best to make a game out of it.. win or lose but these guys will make us proud :) and i am a proud pakistani alraedy by saying all this... go boys

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    What Pakistan is displaying over the last 3 days is good Cricket (except the 1st Innings batting). The team is under renovation. I oppose to the point that Yousuf is being missed, I think its his time to sit back home, after watching the fielding of the team. Yousuf is too old to show athleticism in the field, which now is a necessity. An inform Younis Khan, however will be missed.

    Afridi is leading the team well even in this format, but not from the front. He needs to change his attitude as a player and become moderate while showing the same aggression being a captain. He must be given a longer run. As captain of Imran's and Wasim's caliber are not built in months !

    Good luck to Pakistan in this test. It's still anyones game from here the way Pakistan batted today. This will be a result oriented game for sure. Tomorrow's day will make th result more clear. Playing the morning session will be alot critical for Pakistan. They need some luck, like what Azhar Ali got on the last ball !

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    @sha_06:thankyou!That was really sweet of you.Its awesome that you being an indian support Pakistan just like me being a Pakistani is rooting for India to win against Sri lanka:)

  • POSTED BY ratee on | July 15, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Mr karthickfromchennai, well the so-called number one team of Test cricket will soon find out their real status when they play outside of India. Perhaps most of the people who are unbiased may agree with me considering the past record and the type of ineffective bowling attack India has.

    Zimbabwe do not have test status for your kind information, perhaps you should read before your recommend them being relegated to second tier team. Pakistan for your information has a better over all record against India in test matches if you can care to read history and Pakistan has one of the best bowling attacks in the world so who are you to recommend that Pakistan should be relegated to second tier team status. Bangladesh was promoted to test status after support from India and Pakistan in ICC and they have been in this status since only 10 years while for India it took more than 30 years to win the first test match after attaining test status.

    This is for your information and record

  • POSTED BY MyComments on | July 15, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    It must admit that it will be tough going for Pakistan in test cricket. India got the test ranking (partly) by organizing home series on wickets of own choosing. They played outside but mostly to weaker teams (like Bangladesh etc) of course the cricket board, coach etc have to plan everything to climb up the ranking. Well, Pakistan cannot afford that luxury. My sympathies are with Pakistan team and I hope by playing on neutral venues will make them a much better team.

  • POSTED BY mdawoodm on | July 15, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Pakistan still has got the chance to chase this down given that the batsmen bat well. If they can make 114/1, they can also make 439/7. Who knows, anything can happen in this game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Skies in Karachi at this time of the year are cloudy because of the monsoon season! Comments ... comments.

  • POSTED BY mdawoodm on | July 15, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    We are definitely going to get a result from this match. A draw is not probable, but if Pakistan bat well, they could chase it who knows.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    pakistan has a good chance of winning as two days are still left. if the weather changes and bowler helpful conditions prevail then the match may end on the fourthday in favour of Oz. if the play extends to fifth day then who knows! the underrated team from the subcontinent may prevail, inshan allah or God willing! .

  • POSTED BY Zara.Khan on | July 15, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    I guess Pakistan is going to win this game.... Whoever doesnt agree with me, should remember my prediction and we see it tomorrow at this time....

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    pakistan has a good chance of winning as two days are still left. if the weather changes and bowler helpful conditions prevail then the match may end on the fourthday in favour of Oz. if the play extends to fifth day then who knows! the underrated team from the subcontinent may prevail, inshan allah or God willing! .

  • POSTED BY am15 on | July 15, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    @ karthikfromchennai yeah sure ICC should consider to revise the test status of all countries, and especially revoke it for countries that have not been able to produce even a single fast bowler, let leave alone the quality one, after playing test cricket for a long time and just thriving by playing and dead tracks at home

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    hope Pakistan can do it thru... for that Kamran Akmal shud cum in at num 3.... Umar Akmal at 4, Afridi at 5 and thn Amin at 6.. this is the onli wsy Pak can hope for sm result.. else forget it~!/

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    PAk wil win ....aussies can't do nothing to stop them ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai dude stop hating!

  • POSTED BY NO_MORE on | July 15, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Another typical pak-aus test match! Great moments but same ending. More chances of me winning the lottery than pakistan winning this test but good luck to them anyway! Karthikfrommadras: Pakistan makes cricket exciting. Where else would you find a teenage fast bowler making a batsman like ponting dance on the crease? If they can develop a couple of solid test batsmen, they can actually challenge Aus, SA and Eng. Moreover, we get to see bat obscenely dominate the ball in limited overs. Test cricket to me is a bowlers game and a true "test" for batsmen. Only if the rest of the world can learn how to develop bouncy green tops!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    come on Pakistan make a fight of it..even if u dnt win..show some spirit

  • POSTED BY sha_06 on | July 15, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Why cant Pakistan win ? ? ? Anything can happen in this game of cricket .Scoreline is much healthy at 101/1 . , If at all they're going to lose they'll not surrender easily.It'll sure be a hard fought match. I'm an INDIAN and we the entire asian crowd support our pakistani brothers ! Pakistan . . .Come On . . . .Prove what you are capable of ! ! !

  • POSTED BY gulnasreeno1 on | July 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Pakistan have all the talent to score 440, dont forget records come and go.Hussy scored a world record to win t20 and nobody gave him a chance either,the bookies had Aussies at nearly 70-1,i dont believe any ardent follower of Pakistan will be heart broken,becuase Aussies have already done that many times,so give these young guys a break. Pity Mohammed Irfan was not picked

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | July 15, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Pakistan has the better bowling line up of the two teams. It is mismatched badly in the batting department with all those newcomers in their team. But the way they ran all over the top order doesnt augur well for Australia. It is Australia that lacks serious quality in its top order batting, if you refer to them as being a top team etc.

  • POSTED BY roxap on | July 15, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: kindly check pakistan one day and test record against pakistan, may be you would like to comment on that....

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Don't wonder any longer for Pakistan . Your fate is sealed , there is no escape . Your Team went into this Test with undue ambition , and were seemingly over-confident . If your team wasn't , then your supporters certainly were . Australia has always been a very determined , fighting unit . This spirit still exists .

  • POSTED BY gulnasreeno1 on | July 15, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    ALL RECORDS ARE THERE TO BE BROKEN AND I DONT THINK AFRIDI AND CO WILL SEE A DRAW AS A VICTORY, ITS ALL OR NOTHING.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    who says pakistan cannot play test cricket????........our bowling has been extremely great(mostly)....its just our batting.......and this is only becoz we are building up as a team......losing yunus and yousuf is a big deal.....we hav lost our pillars but we still can giev great competition...

  • POSTED BY gulnasreeno1 on | July 15, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    ok!! lets try them against Lahore Badshahs

  • POSTED BY Moby_S on | July 15, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai...please checkout the overall test and ODI record of India against Pak before making such comments. Without doubt, Pakistan Team is going through a rough patch...but placing Pakistan in the same category as Zimbabwe or Bangladesh is certainly not what someone with any cricketing sense would do.

  • POSTED BY ArishaG on | July 15, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    You comments suggest that you are bedazzled by the performances from all the other teams, karthikfromchennai. Anyhow, if this isn't a genuine comment, please consider the fact that followers of the game and pakistani/indian fans inclusive are getting wary of the rants posted from commentatros from the opposite team just for the sake of belittling the other...

  • POSTED BY shaen on | July 15, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    I came here to see what all those noisy Pakistanis had to say.....where are they?

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan Unlikely run chase - Butt u never know ..

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Excuse me Mr Kartikfromchennia! Since when is pakistan a mediocre team like zimbabwe and bangladesh?! Just because luck hasnt been with the pakistan team over d last couple of years doesnt mean that test cricket die-ing because of them! It has been an exciting test match for ure information! then again most indians think test matches between sri lanka and india are extremely entertaining (NOT!) i dont know how the indian team reached dat #1 test ranking! only a matter of time before they are dislogded from there! Especially since they have maybe one of the worst bowling attacks amongst the top 6 test nations!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    I completely agree with Karthik, Test cricket is dying just because of teams like PAK and Bangladesh. I think ICC should seriously think of having their test status. ICC should at least make least performing teams like WI, BAN, PAK, IRE, Afg into some tournament and then select the top 2 teams to have their status.

  • POSTED BY theon on | July 15, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai- Atleast our team does not come off worse in a tour match like yours does. Sachin,Dravid and Laxman all out to Mendis whom you guys say you have figured OUT. Outrageous. Terrible Performance by India. Oh wait they cant even take 10 wickets. we cant bat and you cant bowl. the only reason you are number 1 is that you play in the subcontinent. Pak has to play Nz in Nz and call it a home series. You guys are terrible at bowling, even Bang is better than you. P.S No offence to bangladesh even though I compared you to India. Sorry for comparing you to a lowly Indian

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Being an Indian Karthik I would say IPL is a joke. Pakistan is far too superior than India (barring one genious in Sachin Tendulkar) in cricketing talent.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Hi Karthik, Have considered the possibity that, Pakistans cricketers are way more talented than ours ( there is Aamer, Asif, or Gul in Indian attack). And bar Tendulkar there is no batsman in India that is as talented as Umar Akmal. Is that jelousy that is making you talk this way?

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | July 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    @Ramanujam Sridhar "What will Australia do without Simon Katich?" Get a batsman who can make centuries! 22 fifties and only 10 centuries. He promises so much so often. He sees off the new ball, gets set and is gone. He 's damn fine batsman as his average suggests (46 for an opener!) but he's wasted so many centuries. He could have been so much better.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 15, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    I don't think any foolish Pak fan would be expecting for a victory against Aus after 400 lead by Aus. Please Paki fans don't hope for a win otherwise ur heart will be broken

  • POSTED BY KHAN_169 on | July 15, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    i don't understand why pakistan is playing such players against strong team such as aust they should try them against some normal teams

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 15, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Test cricket is loosing the charm not because of IPL...because of the low performance by Teams such PAK, ZIM and Bangladesh. ICC must revise the test status of these countries for the better sake of test cricket.

  • POSTED BY 68704 on | July 15, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    What will Australia do without Simon Katich? I think the game is over for Pakistan barring a miracle. Katich is not your unobtrusive cricketer. His style , exaggerated movements, exposing of the stumps may all offend the purist and give the bowler visions of early success against him. But his techinque works for him and Australia. Johnson is an underrated batsman and is due for a big one soon. North , to my mind is playing for his place. I think a fit Callum Ferguson or even a Shaun Marsh would be a better option. Lets hope that Smith makes runs and gets a chance to bowl. Pakistan has to do something sensational to get out of this. I wonder. Ramanujam Sridhar

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  • POSTED BY 68704 on | July 15, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    What will Australia do without Simon Katich? I think the game is over for Pakistan barring a miracle. Katich is not your unobtrusive cricketer. His style , exaggerated movements, exposing of the stumps may all offend the purist and give the bowler visions of early success against him. But his techinque works for him and Australia. Johnson is an underrated batsman and is due for a big one soon. North , to my mind is playing for his place. I think a fit Callum Ferguson or even a Shaun Marsh would be a better option. Lets hope that Smith makes runs and gets a chance to bowl. Pakistan has to do something sensational to get out of this. I wonder. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 15, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Test cricket is loosing the charm not because of IPL...because of the low performance by Teams such PAK, ZIM and Bangladesh. ICC must revise the test status of these countries for the better sake of test cricket.

  • POSTED BY KHAN_169 on | July 15, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    i don't understand why pakistan is playing such players against strong team such as aust they should try them against some normal teams

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 15, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    I don't think any foolish Pak fan would be expecting for a victory against Aus after 400 lead by Aus. Please Paki fans don't hope for a win otherwise ur heart will be broken

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | July 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    @Ramanujam Sridhar "What will Australia do without Simon Katich?" Get a batsman who can make centuries! 22 fifties and only 10 centuries. He promises so much so often. He sees off the new ball, gets set and is gone. He 's damn fine batsman as his average suggests (46 for an opener!) but he's wasted so many centuries. He could have been so much better.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Hi Karthik, Have considered the possibity that, Pakistans cricketers are way more talented than ours ( there is Aamer, Asif, or Gul in Indian attack). And bar Tendulkar there is no batsman in India that is as talented as Umar Akmal. Is that jelousy that is making you talk this way?

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Being an Indian Karthik I would say IPL is a joke. Pakistan is far too superior than India (barring one genious in Sachin Tendulkar) in cricketing talent.

  • POSTED BY theon on | July 15, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai- Atleast our team does not come off worse in a tour match like yours does. Sachin,Dravid and Laxman all out to Mendis whom you guys say you have figured OUT. Outrageous. Terrible Performance by India. Oh wait they cant even take 10 wickets. we cant bat and you cant bowl. the only reason you are number 1 is that you play in the subcontinent. Pak has to play Nz in Nz and call it a home series. You guys are terrible at bowling, even Bang is better than you. P.S No offence to bangladesh even though I compared you to India. Sorry for comparing you to a lowly Indian

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    I completely agree with Karthik, Test cricket is dying just because of teams like PAK and Bangladesh. I think ICC should seriously think of having their test status. ICC should at least make least performing teams like WI, BAN, PAK, IRE, Afg into some tournament and then select the top 2 teams to have their status.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Excuse me Mr Kartikfromchennia! Since when is pakistan a mediocre team like zimbabwe and bangladesh?! Just because luck hasnt been with the pakistan team over d last couple of years doesnt mean that test cricket die-ing because of them! It has been an exciting test match for ure information! then again most indians think test matches between sri lanka and india are extremely entertaining (NOT!) i dont know how the indian team reached dat #1 test ranking! only a matter of time before they are dislogded from there! Especially since they have maybe one of the worst bowling attacks amongst the top 6 test nations!