Pak v Aus, 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Headingley, 1st day July 21, 2010

Pakistan take charge as Australia crumble for 88


Pakistan 148 for 3 (Amim 1*, Umar Akmal 8*) lead Australia 88 (Aamer 3-20, Asif 3-30) by 60 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Headingley produced another of the extraordinary days that has littered its history as Australia were blown away for a paltry 88 before Pakistan built a lead of 60 with seven wickets in hand. Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, who was on a hat-trick straight after lunch, were again outstanding with devastating late movement, and were well supported by Umar Gul, after Ricky Ponting decided to bat first. In reply Pakistan moved to 148 for 3 when bad light ended play.

Four days after having to install a new captain following Shahid Afridi's shock Test retirement, the new man handed the debatable honour, Salman Butt, probably made his best move of the day by losing the toss. Ponting took a brave call after torrential overnight rain, and with heavy morning cloud cover, putting faith in his top order to weather the challenge. But the gamble backfired in startling fashion as Australia crumbled to their seventh lowest first-innings total of all time.

Headingley is another venue where, like Lord's, overhead conditions are as important as the surface and Pakistan's frontline pace trio were often unplayable as they made the ball move late off the seam. In scenes reminiscent of the days of Wasim and Waqar, the bowlers didn't need much help from the fielders with seven wickets either bowled or lbw as Australia failed to combat Pakistan's full length.

Conditions remained favourable for bowling throughout, but Australia looked shell-shocked when they took the ball barely halfway through the second session and Pakistan's openers virtually wiped off the measly total with a stand of 80. Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson were erratic, but Hilfenhaus - who dropped Butt on 42 - eventually made the breakthrough when he swung one between his bat and pad three runs later.

Shane Watson returned to make two late incisions with Imran Farhat (43) beaten by late swing and Azhar Ali (30) sending a thick edge to Tim Paine as the light started to fade, but Umar Akmal gave a indication of Pakistan's mindset in the final over of the day by slogging Steven Smith's legspin over long-off for six. The lead has already grown and Australia will need some Sydney-style inspiration to turn this game around.

The initial six overs of Australia's innings were a false dawn and the opening stand of 20 would remain the best partnership of the innings. Simon Katich departed when his strength became a weakness as he shuffled across the crease against Aamer and Watson followed in the next over when he was plumb in front to Asif. Ponting and Michael Clarke were often playing at fresh air as they tried to rebuild with both batsmen regularly squared up by late movement.

Aamer was rested after a five-over opening burst but his replacement, Gul, maintained the pressure and he quickly located a full length. He ended Clarke's struggle when the vice-captain played all round a straight delivery after beginning the over with two flat-footed wafts.

Asif was given an extended spell and the move paid huge dividends when he nailed Ponting lbw for the second time in a row. He found late movement into Ponting, who lunged onto the front foot, and the ball was heading for middle and leg as Pakistan's bowlers continued to leave the fielders redundant.

Mike Hussey has rescued Australia from many a hole - often against Pakistan - but this time he was powerless to arrest the slide as Gul brought one back into his front pad, although subsequent replays showed Rudi Koertzen, standing in his final Test, had erred on this occasion and leg stump would have been missed. Even at 41 for 5, Australia would have expected someone in the lower order to haul them beyond three figures, as happened in Sydney earlier this earlier, but this time Pakistan refused to release the pressure.

A fielder finally became involved when Kamran Akmal gloved an excellent catch to remove Marcus North as Umar Amin's introduction proved a masterstroke from Butt. Amin had only six first-class wickets to his name, but his gentle medium-pace found North's outside edge and the dismissal summed up the early fortunes of both teams.

Australia's hopes of reaching anything like a respectable total were ended with the first two balls of the afternoon session when Aamer produced his latest impression of Wasim Akram with a brace of cracking deliveries. The first, to Smith, snaked back between bat and pad but the next was even better as Johnson lost his off stump to one that curved away past his outside edge.

To compound Australia's woes Hilfenhaus was run out from third man by Amin before Paine's wild thrash at Asif ended the innings. Paine's top score of 17 was the joint fourth-lowest highest individual effort in a completed Australian innings and the lowest since the 19th century. That statistic alone sums up the remarkable nature of the demise.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • handsome60 on July 22, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Todays match between Pakistan & Australia was a very interesting match we enjoyed it very much but like comment on some poor umpiring;

    1. LBW was given to Mohammed Aamir, when he was not out according to hawkeye. 2. Twice Ponting was out according to hawkeye but he was not given out by the same umpire, now he scored 61 vauable runs at the expence of the great umpire.

    When all this techknowlogy is being used run outs etc then why 3rd umpire is not consulted for LBW. A team can loose because of a single wrong decisions of an umpire. This we have seen many atime.

    I strongly suggest that in case of doubtful cases 3rd umpire must be consulted.

    Wasim Khan Oman.

  • dummy4fb on July 22, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Pakistani pacers again on fire !!! Aussies never lose even after getting out on below 200, but this time, Pakistan will make the history by God's will. We need some support from our Asian neighbors as well as our Batsmen.

  • ABKD on July 22, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    I wish all the best for PAKISTAN to now win this Test match after such an OUTSTANDING BOWLING display in the first Innings and hope that Pakistan will repeat their perfomance in the Second innings Inshallah .May Allah be with us this time and hope that our BATTING clicks and Fielders,Keeper doesnt Fail us and then finish Australia off Ameen.

  • AmjadAli09 on July 22, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    @ cskfangg; I hope eveyone here think the way you think,, seriously some ppl are just sitting here to get a chance and open their mouth on India & Pakistan... and its bcoz some of these narrow-minded ppl that i no longer enjoy reading the comments here.. C'mon guys, supporting eachother is much sweeter than trying to pinpoint eachothers weaknesses... No doubt,Pak is going through a rough phase,either its cricket or other issues ,but its just about time,, we will come out of it... being a Pakistani, I ve always had lot of respect for Indian cricketers,, not bcz I'm a Pakistani,but just bcz some of them really deserve it.. For Gode sake,dont give an impression to the world that India & Pakistan only knows to hate eachother...... Peace...

  • irfanzulfiqar786 on July 22, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    looks like we have revitalised the era of wasim waqar and aaquib, thanks to our seniors like wasim akram and waqar younis for picking up the raw talent like mohamma aamir now all we have to do is to carry on playing with this combinition give time to umar amin and azhar ali they are the future of pakistan test cricket,umar akmal has alraedy proven his class , just 6 months and you will see the pakistani team of 90s once again, inshallah

  • dummy4fb on July 22, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    OZ's can't handle da wrath of Pakistan's fury. Pakistan will win this test match Inshallah by an innings and end the winning streak of OZ's against Pakistan in test matches. Salman Butt's captaincy was excellent.

  • salas on July 22, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    In reply of all indians comments: pakistani seem bowling is greatest of all in current time,there is no need of saying anything rubbish against pakistani bowlers.i have a question from indians,have you guys have any one like AAMER,GUl or Asif????????? yeah i do admite we have some inexperience batting line up but india have great batting line up and yet they are unable to score against sri lanka on such a flate track,where Lankan's made 500 odd runs?do you have any answer?the top indian test team only can play in their home have anyone saw india having great batting success overseas???? i challenge if india play against pakistan in English tracks india cant even win even single test!!!!!!your sachin always performed against flate tracks and weak bowling attacks why his record is not that good against Wasim,Waqar and Shoib Akhtar? i tell you why because he doesnt have any capability of playing against the high class fast bowling.

  • dummy4fb on July 22, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    to all the Indians here...

    Firstly this discussion is about the Pak VS Aus Match. So you guys can talk about the Amazing Indian Line Up that could'nt do anything against the Srilankans in a separate OR in India Srilanka Forum :)

    I have been seeing and hearing alot from my emotional Indian fellas about India being No.1 and the God Sachin, Sehwag, and what not.

    in the end it all turned out to be mere 'names' ... so i guess instead of comparing the 'numbers' better start talking about the topic....

    Pakistani Pace is the Best in the World...and they showed that up in the First Innings !!

  • dummy4fb on July 22, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Rain delayed the match. Pakistan should make at least 200 lead over Aussies. Otherwise you know the history Aussies are famous in figthing back at any stage of the match. So Pakistan should make a heavy lead.

  • Passion_4_Cricket on July 22, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Today is very Important for the test to see which team gonna establish themselves on the driving seats. If Pak can score 150 or more runs from now on, They have a very good chance to beat Aussies This time around. The Only Way you can win Over Aussies and that is Keep Pushing them As hard as possible.. Keeping Aussies In pressure Always break them Down... As I've seen their tactics of last five years of Cricket, Their Plan A is Very strong and Almost every time that works for them . But If certainly Their Plan A fails they feel pressure, And then they try to catch up the Plan B While catching the Plan B The Opponent must keep more Pressure to Aussies to not become successful with their Plan B.. This is What Pak could not do in The Sydney Test last year. They Let Aussies to implement their Plan B successfully Which Ultimately took the Match away from Pakistan.. Where SA, ENG, Or Even IND would not allow Them to go through their Plan B.. Hope Pak Win this time As They deserves this win.

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