Pak v Aus, 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Headingley, 3rd day July 23, 2010

Pakistan close in on rare Aussie victory

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Close Pakistan 258 (Watson 6-33) and 140 for 3 (Farhat 67, Azhar 47*) need another 40 runs to beat Australia 88 and 349 (Smith 77, Clarke 76)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan's quest for their first Test victory over Australia since November 1995 was firmly on track by the close of an engrossing third day of the second Test at Headingley, thanks to a 110-run stand for the second wicket between Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali that soothed the nation's brow after another day of seismic fluctuations, during which Australia's never-say-die spirit shone through at the moments when their fortunes with both bat and ball were at an absolute nadir.

After tasting defeat in each of their last 13 Tests against Australia, including the recent debacle at Sydney in which a first-innings lead of 206 proved insufficient to secure victory, Pakistan were often battling themselves as much as the 11 men in baggy greens, and it showed. First came the swishing blade of Steven Smith, whose brilliant 77 hoisted Australia's lead from 47 with four wickets standing to a defendable 180. Then came the bustling Doug Bollinger, who claimed two wickets in two overs - including the top-scorer Farhat for 67 - to inject new urgency into the day's closing overs.

Such was the anxiety in Pakistan's ranks that, when the umpires called time on the dot of 6.30pm, it was Australia's captain, Ricky Ponting, who remained in the middle, hoping to be allowed to utilise the extra half-hour. It was as if he felt more confident of claiming seven wickets in that time than Pakistan's not-out batsmen, Azhar and Umar Akmal, did of knocking off the remaining 40 runs for victory.

Surely, not even Pakistan can find a way to lose from here, however, because in between their jitters, they produced enough moments of class to leave Australia's own frailties brutally exposed. First came the precocious Mohammad Aamer, whose devastating pace and late swing accounted for three wickets in the first hour, including the overnight stalwart Ponting for 66. Then later came Farhat and Azhar, who accumulated with great discipline, and waited for Australia's bowlers to feed them their runs. Shane Watson, so devastating on the second day, repeatedly drifted onto Farhat's pads, while Mitchell Johnson's sorry campaign continued with nine wicketless overs for 39.

Farhat did require a large slice of luck in his innings, however, when Watson dropped a regulation edge at first slip off Bollinger when he had made just 4. It was a costly moment so early in an uncomfortable run-chase, and though Ben Hilfenhaus soon accounted for Farhat's captain and opening partner, Salman Butt for 14, courtesy of a thick edge to second slip, too few of Australia's frontline seamers were able to locate the right lengths for the conditions. Bollinger got it right in the end, but by then, the match was surely beyond them.

The disappointment of impending defeat will not detract, however, from a remarkable coming-of-age from Australia's 21-year-old legspinning allrounder, Smith, who seized centre stage during the afternoon session with an onslaught of breathtaking audacity. While he was teeing off en route to a career-best 77 from 100 balls, the shift in belief from one dressing room to the other was as palpable as it had been on this very ground back in 1981, when Australia had themselves been on the receiving end of a memorably uncompromising onslaught from a bullish young allrounder.

While Smith has some way to go to match the feats of Ian Botham, the fearlessness and certainty of his strokeplay was straight out of the Beefster's top drawer, as he cracked nine fours and consecutive straight sixes, each one in the arc from extra cover to midwicket. It was not mindless slogging, however - far from it. Australia's situation when Smith came to the crease was too delicate for out-and-out recklessness, after Aamer's morning breakthroughs and the devastating post-lunch extraction of Michael Clarke for 76 had reduced them to 217 for 6, a lead of 47.

But with the horrors of Sydney still fresh in Pakistan's memory banks, Smith joined forces with another Test tyro, Tim Paine, to begin the long haul towards a defendable total. Paine, who had top-scored with 17 during the first-day rout, cracked Aamer through the covers twice in two overs as Pakistan dallied with semi-defensive fields in anticipation of the second new ball, while Smith telegraphed his own bubbly confidence by advancing down the track to Danish Kaneria in defence as much as attack, before finally slotting him over long-off for an agenda-setting boundary.

With the lead at 76, Paine's purposeful stay ended in flaccid circumstances, as Kaneria tossed up a rank long-hop that nevertheless turned and bounced upon pitching, for Azhar Ali to collect a toe-ended cut in the covers. Smith's response, however, belied his 21 years and one-Test experience, as he chose his shots with the expertise of a veteran, using the hardness of the new ball to gain full value for each of his full-blooded mows through the covers and midwicket.

At the other end, Johnson escaped a king pair to help add 37 priceless runs for the eighth wicket, before Asif nailed him lbw on the line of leg stump, while Hilfenhaus built on his Test-best 56 not out at Lord's to crack 17 from 16, including three fours in a single over from an over-reaching Aamer.

But it was the arrival of the No. 11 Bollinger that really showcased Smith's cricketing brain, as he farmed the strike with calm confidence to limit his colleague to nine runless deliveries in 5.4 overs, while at the same time carving 29 priceless runs from 25. Pakistan were visibly twitchy as tea was delayed to accommodate his mood-changing performance, and Umar Gul's clear reaction was one of relief when Smith finally dragged a slower ball onto his off stump with the score on 349.

Pakistan's confidence is fickle at the best of times, but they had been flushed with belief in the first hour of the day, after Aamer had produced another precocious spell of fast and aggressive swing bowling to nip Australia's second-innings revival in the bud. Overnight the Aussies had been trailing by 34 runs overnight with Clarke and Ponting well set in their third-wicket stand of 81. But it took just 16 deliveries for the vital breakthrough to be made, as Ponting slashed ambitiously at a booming outswinger from Aamer, and snicked a thin edge through to the keeper.

Buoyed by the early wicket, Aamer surged onto the offensive and added his second only two overs later, as Hussey was deceived by a cutter that gripped the turf, leapt at his gloves and ballooned tantalisingly to Umar Akmal at second slip. And he made it three in four overs when Marcus North (0) poked flat-footedly from deep in the crease to detonate his own leg stump with a fat inside-edge.

Clarke eventually brought Australia into credit in the same over that he brought up his half-century from 99 deliveries, and by lunch he had produced the most composed innings of the match to date to move to 76 not out, only for Asif to strike with his first ball after the break, a perfectly subtle outswinger that grazed the edge through to the keeper. It was a timely reminder of the gulf in class between the two sets of seamers on display in this game. And that, in the final analysis, will surely be the difference between these teams.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • cricketlover26 on July 24, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Australia played very well in the 2nd innings but it was Pakistan who outshone them and won the match though Australia did manage to pick up few wickets.Never berfore was it so hard to make 40 runs but Pakistan showed their talent and manage to bring themselves to victory......Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SnowSnake on July 24, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    First of all, congratulations Pakistan. I was hoping a ruthless slaughter, but it was a close win. Did Aus. show a fighting sprit or did Pak. show nerves, it is something that experts will decide. I am disappointed in batting from both teams, however. In both tests there are clear indications of 40 wickets falling in four days or less. That is 10 wickets per day guranteeing a test match result in four days. Should teams like these playing test matches? It is something both teams should consider when they reflect back. A drawn series is a very appropriate result. For Australia, Ponting, Hussey, & Johnson should be reconsidered for the Ashes series. Ponting and Hussey are not getting any younger/better and are averaging less that their own overall average scores for over 10 test matches-- a clear indication of bating skill decay.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    i am soooooooooooooo happyy if dey improve there batting ........they can defeat any test playing team.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Pakistan ZIndabad.great perfomance by PAkistan

  • Aussasinator on July 24, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Great victory for a fresh and new Pakistani team. I thoroughly enjoyed the domnation of the Australian batsmen by the Pakistani pace attack. They shattered some long held myths about the Aussie ability to play pace. I wish Salman Butt all the best as captain. Its a super beginning for who seems like a capable captain, with an ability to motivate his teammates, however new and inexperienced they may be.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    i can stop my heart rate right n ow . ... from afghanistan ... congrats

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    It's really a shamefull success of Pakistan. I was excepting that Pakistan will win this easily, bot how the Aus. come back and almost take away the game at one moment. Salman Butt should learn from Ricky Pointing, how to fight till the last blood.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Hurray! Pakistan has won the Match. Congratulations to all the nation!

  • antonella on July 24, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    best of luck pakistan.u should win here.u can do it guys.come on!!!!!!!!!!i'm a sri lankan,but i love pakistan cricket team more than my motherland.guys.you are the best fighters,cmon!!!!!!!!!!!!ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Muhammad Adeel!

    By saying "...Aussies are playing without Shane Warne, Mcgraw, Gillespe, Brett Lee...", you made me laugh. Similarly I can say Pakistan are playing without Imran, Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Waseem and Waqar.

    Come On Pakistan! This would be a perfect closing to a wonderful test match by winning it! It's not just a test match for Pakistan. The win would create the winning attitude and the much needed self-confidence that they are able to beat the best in the world with even their young guns - the same confidence and attitude that Aussies use to have over the years.

    COME ON PAKISTAN!!!

  • cricketlover26 on July 24, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Australia played very well in the 2nd innings but it was Pakistan who outshone them and won the match though Australia did manage to pick up few wickets.Never berfore was it so hard to make 40 runs but Pakistan showed their talent and manage to bring themselves to victory......Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SnowSnake on July 24, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    First of all, congratulations Pakistan. I was hoping a ruthless slaughter, but it was a close win. Did Aus. show a fighting sprit or did Pak. show nerves, it is something that experts will decide. I am disappointed in batting from both teams, however. In both tests there are clear indications of 40 wickets falling in four days or less. That is 10 wickets per day guranteeing a test match result in four days. Should teams like these playing test matches? It is something both teams should consider when they reflect back. A drawn series is a very appropriate result. For Australia, Ponting, Hussey, & Johnson should be reconsidered for the Ashes series. Ponting and Hussey are not getting any younger/better and are averaging less that their own overall average scores for over 10 test matches-- a clear indication of bating skill decay.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    i am soooooooooooooo happyy if dey improve there batting ........they can defeat any test playing team.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Pakistan ZIndabad.great perfomance by PAkistan

  • Aussasinator on July 24, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Great victory for a fresh and new Pakistani team. I thoroughly enjoyed the domnation of the Australian batsmen by the Pakistani pace attack. They shattered some long held myths about the Aussie ability to play pace. I wish Salman Butt all the best as captain. Its a super beginning for who seems like a capable captain, with an ability to motivate his teammates, however new and inexperienced they may be.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    i can stop my heart rate right n ow . ... from afghanistan ... congrats

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    It's really a shamefull success of Pakistan. I was excepting that Pakistan will win this easily, bot how the Aus. come back and almost take away the game at one moment. Salman Butt should learn from Ricky Pointing, how to fight till the last blood.

  • on July 24, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Hurray! Pakistan has won the Match. Congratulations to all the nation!

  • antonella on July 24, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    best of luck pakistan.u should win here.u can do it guys.come on!!!!!!!!!!i'm a sri lankan,but i love pakistan cricket team more than my motherland.guys.you are the best fighters,cmon!!!!!!!!!!!!ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Muhammad Adeel!

    By saying "...Aussies are playing without Shane Warne, Mcgraw, Gillespe, Brett Lee...", you made me laugh. Similarly I can say Pakistan are playing without Imran, Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Waseem and Waqar.

    Come On Pakistan! This would be a perfect closing to a wonderful test match by winning it! It's not just a test match for Pakistan. The win would create the winning attitude and the much needed self-confidence that they are able to beat the best in the world with even their young guns - the same confidence and attitude that Aussies use to have over the years.

    COME ON PAKISTAN!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Pakistan is about to cross the final frontier.Victory against Australia is the cricket`s ultimate prize.Finally the day has come!

  • on July 24, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Would love to see Pakistan team victorious aganist Aussies.

  • on July 24, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Salam Butt is still very young and Captancy is a big task, yestered on day 3 I saw many a times when bowlers themselves try to set the field, it's not a good sing for Salman Butt and for Pakistan Cricket. I don't what the team mangt. is going over there. Why not the teach to the young players how to talk, how to behave, how to obey the captain's orders and last but not least they should make some rules how to behave in dressing room. Look at Australian Team, They are always positive in every department of the game, every player followed the rules of the board, even they can not give any press statement without board permission. Therefore they are NOl. 1.

  • on July 24, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    very bad umpiring and KEEP it Up pakistn

  • VEGHA on July 24, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Pakistan deserves this victory and how australians behaved in sydney to get victory against India.Pakistan has played outstanding cricket in last 3 days and every real sportsman has to appreciate them irrespective any country.They played with lot of courage and character and bowling was exceptional.This will be motivation factor to new young captain Salman Bhat.

    I really congratulate Pakistan team for this hard earned victory

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Wow, I am very exciting and waiting the moment desperately when Umer Akmel will play the winning shot. It's much necessary for Pak Team and for the country, coz now a days no more cricket in Pakistan and only the winning matches can bring back something cheers on the Pakistani faces and cricket back in streets and in grounds as well.

  • FinalSayWithJJ on July 24, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    cricket india fanatic, i think when your talk about bullies you mean India your administration is killing world cricket...

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I think this time around Pak will manage to make those 40 runs. But still cricket is a funnier game with Pak playing.

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Smith was amazing with his batting, really enjoyed those two sixes he hit off Kaneria. Kaneria had the right mindset, flight the ball, make him play, but he really did connect. Still 180 is always gonna be too little, we deserve this test match!

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    This shouldn't be the repeat of Sidney test !!!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    hello hi that we need from MOHAMMAD AMIR b,coz when they OUT Ricky Ponting that great for us i hope pakistan well win the game today.

  • MBSIVA on July 24, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    While I laud the effort of Pakistan, we cannot say they have improved, going by this victory. They need to win consistently like India. India have lost just 2 games in 15+ test matches in the last 2 years.

    This game is surely in the bags of pakistan and a team has to win this 99 out of 100 times from here. If they lose, which is highly unlikely, then God has to save Pak cricket

  • Nutcutlet on July 24, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan's likely win this morning is very good news for Test cricket. First, it gives an edge to the upcomimg four-test series against England (and frankly England need a thorough examination after the extended Bangladeshi holiday that served no useful purpose at all) and, more importantly, it offers a guide as to England's chances this winter. Lastly, with Pakistan coming back into the pack of Test playing natiions, perhaps a much-needed boost to the purest and best form of the game will begin. I hope so. So, hold your nerve, Pakistan, England needs you!

  • imme_2008 on July 24, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Hello , Every1, I just wants to brings something in notice all of u,

    89.5 81.0 kph, Kaneria breaks through! Good move by Butt in the end! Again a touch of air, spinning from around off stump, Hilfenhaus tried to prod it away into the off stump but it spun. See the face expression of (Umpire IJ Gould) he really hurt when Kanira got the wicket, Must watch. South African never like pak cricket

  • on July 24, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Bat on Guys!!! Bat on.. Victory is so near.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 24, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    All Indians who are critising us. They should know India started from 1932 and was needed 50 years to become a strong team. But Pak won its first test against India and was a strong team in 1960s 1970s 1980s and 1990s.See the stats Pak has the best stats after australia and england and considering the fact that england and aus play before 1900s and we played since 1952 it is a remarkable feat. Our team is in problem from last 3 years. And i m sure we will again become a leading test nation. Don't care about Pak cricket. You should care about your own team who lacks a good fast bowlers. Our batting is weak because we have not included the best batsmen we have(including Ys). While even when you have your best bowlers your bowlers are like Zim/Bang. In 78 years of cricket you could only produce one good bowler (Kapil Dev) and that too not so great. In 58 years we have produced Fazal Mehmood Sarfraz Nawaz Imran Khan Wasim Akram Waqar Younis Shoaib Akhtar Mohammed Asif Aamer Gul et

  • Aanki on July 24, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Good Work PAKISTAN. Hope for better performances from you. Morale boosting win in this match will lift you up. Hope an exiting series with England too. Keep it up.

  • mahboob82 on July 24, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    if pakistan cannot achieve the target .i recommend to icc to quit the test status of them .

  • usman_nile1994 on July 24, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Aussies need really good bowlers. Bollinger and inconsistent Johnson should be replaced. I m sure Aus has better bowlers. Hilfenhaus is good. U.Khawaja should be played in 2nd test (in place of north). Also Haddin should be backed. About Smith i can see he could become a batting all-rounder. His bowling doesn't look promising he could become a part-timer. About my team Pak i will say even if we win we will lose against Eng. Batting is a really problem. Pak could become no.1 team only if two Ys come back. Young talent and Senior talent should be played along. They should retain Azhar Ali and remove Umar Amin. The two Ys should replace S.Malik and Amin. Then we can surely beat England. And also Ajmal should be included in place of Kaneria

  • on July 24, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    hopefully PAK wins and AUS has plenty to ponder!!

    40 more runs shouldnt be more but counting on PAK batting , one wudnt want to put money on that..

    PAK does need to do that more for their morale and belief that they can win games.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 24, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Thanks Indian brothers for support. I hope we Pak/Ind could play soon. The politicians and media of both countries is very evil. People of both countries are misguided. And because of their propaganda's all nation is blamed. Hope both countries could become best friends and could become superpowers (India is already on way).

  • IMIM on July 24, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Pakistan has come up with strong dedication and unity to beat Australia.The Pakistan fans doesn't look into the technique and mistake of player. I feel they shall include Abdul Razzaq in the team against England because the pitch still offer so many thing to Pace bowlers. So there is no need of spiner. You have already Malik, Umar Amin, Salman but can do the job of a spiner. And if they want to see this team at top ranking then they have to call Ys. still Pakistan batting is still under development. They require experience batsman in the team so they have to call for at least one y.

    Wish you all the best Pakistan...

  • Sohail_Mariner on July 24, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Well...Pakistan should make it easy from now..but we are forgetting or un-seeing one very important factor which may have changed the dramatics of this match a little bit...........in pakistan's First innings, kamran akmal left shoaib malik on the crease....and instead of responding as a senior player what he did???...quite amazing if a common person like me can make out that he was in no intention to get pakistan a healthy lead..how can u take a single and give strike to Umer Gul again wattoo who was making a hell of swing...cant shoaib understand that he is not helping pakistan here....how good this role was played by Smith with the tale-enders at the other end...To me Pakistan's present team minus shoaib malik would be a great combination for meeting up England, and no doubt Afridi was pointing this in cold words..hope shoaib can understand this..give a try to yasir we all know how well he can play at test level....anyways many congrats to both teams for box-office show !!!

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    I was always with this young team, i was always saying give them time, lets play them for few months,, playing teams like aussies, england (4 tests) will make them fighter.. Butt is doing well,, at some places he was all over the place... i think pakistan should have been played for some more time,, they should have been scored 15 runs more in the last evening.. any ways..Where r those indians, where ru guys, where is karthik4mchenai, i cant see him,just look at indians,, how the defeated bu lanka,, 7 Formidible batsman at slow track,, n still u lost,, ahh its poor thing karthik,, i would love to see u here boy,,cmon, we all missing u

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    after 15 years of drought, Pakistan is at the verge of defeating Aussies. I just want to convey my message to the Pakistani batsmen that please don t let down your bowlers and your country. Please Umar Akmal just place some sensible cricketing shots. We just need 40 odd runs.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 24, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    @dmqi Please use your common sense man.Ponting is still doing blunder in the field (even though he is playing his 145th Test Match and Captained the side about 100 matches).You are comparing Ponting with Butt , who is playing his 28th Test and 1st as captain???Very funny but stupid analysis dmqi...Let Butt play 145 test and 100 as Captain then come with your comments.

  • on July 24, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    We'll gonna kick this time aussie :D

  • on July 24, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    I still wudnt be surprised if we end up losing... We are playing against a team which neva gives up...

  • tksami on July 24, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Will someone clarify. Is it Aamer or Amir or Amer.

  • tksami on July 24, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Its too early to compare Mohammad Amir to Wasim Akram the greatest Lt arm bowler of all times. Wasim was 6-4 and he could get a bounce in addition to the swing and the reverse swing. Wasim had an imperious presence more than Waqar quite like Imran and the great Fazal Mahmood (9/49 at Oval). Mohammad Amir is too skinny and too thin and looks small, granted he has a natural talent it is hard to imagine how he can last the rigors of a fast bowler. He is just a kid with boyish looks, maybe that's his weapon, until the batsman is surprised with his speed and swing. Wonder how Pakistan comes up with such amazing fast bowlers.

  • on July 24, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    But for early morning miricle it is matter of technicality for pakistan come that far and for Australia to take this in stride - they will. If this wld. be a shot in the arm for Pakistan at test level - it wld'nt come better now getting ready for England at its best. There again, England will need to beat their gosts of their last visit to Pakistan at hands of Asif - perhaps they are already working at it without complacency. Come through for Pakistan, a well deserved congratl. - I am sure it will from all countries.........good luck!

  • dharmadasa on July 24, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Excellent test match! Great bowling by Pakistan and wonderful fight-back spirit by Australia. This shows how good test cricket can be when there is a balance between bat and ball. Those who want to see test cricket thrive should look to see that the pitches are managed to get such a balance. Let us hope that the subcontinental curators in particular can be persuaded to do the right thing. To those who crow about Pakistan 'crushing' Australia, just remember that one close win, the first since 1995, is not 'crushing'. The seaming conditions on day one were fortunate, but well exploited. Credit to both teams.

  • ak1983 on July 24, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Pakistan will win this test match

  • on July 24, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    always pak has been a good bowling unit but their let down is always batting....pls heaven sake they should take this 40 runs without losing too many wickets

  • sabirshah on July 24, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    HI GUYS , NO MATTER WHAT THE RESULT OF THIS MATCH IS GOING TO BE!(PAKISTAN WIN IS MOST PROBABLE AT THE MOMENT) BUT AUSTRALIA SHOULD BE WORRIED THAT IN THESE TWO TESTS THEY HAVEN'T PERFORMED WELL AT ALL. PART TIME BOWLERS TOOK WICKETS AND THE MAIN BOWLERS WERE PLAYED ALLOVER THE GROUND. 'ASHES' IS CERTAINLY GOING TO BE IN THE FAVOR OF ENGLAND THIS YEAR. THIS PERFORMANCE BY AUSTRALIA IS REALLY SHAMEFUL...LOOK AT THE HONOR BOARD OF LORDS. NO PROFESSIONAL BOWLER FROM AUSTRALIA THERE.AUSTRALIA WON LORDS TEST ONLY BECAUSE PAKISTAN DIDN'T WIN IT. GOD BLESS YOU AUSTRALIA

  • on July 24, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    indeed..pakistan showed well after a long long time..i hope salman butt continues with his newly brought spirit and teamwork..there's still a lot more to go bruv..but i must say the way ausies tried to re-balance the game in the 2nd innings..it mite av proovd up a turning point..hatzz of to waqar n the coaches =) .. good luck

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on July 24, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    THere is no doubt that our Team is still unpredictabel but if we loss this time so we will not deserve to play Test Match.. :( But Hope INSHA ALLAH We will win.. :)

  • on July 24, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Alright, my blackberry wasn't functioning (claimed insurance, different story), so I had no clue what happened, just that Pak was 1 or 2down (Butt gone, and needed about a ton) when I left for work. Came back, refreshed cricinfo.com, and read a headline resembling something about a "tense Pakistan waiting overnight for 40." I SWEAR I thought it had rained all day, top/middle order gone, Kaneria/Asif were left on the last stand to get 40 in the morning, and since it rained its seaming rather dramatically. Came to learn that Azhar is alive with Umar, with Kamran and Shoaib to follow. This one's in the bag green lovers, no matter how dramatic BCCI (cricinfo) may make it sound.

  • on July 24, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    pakistani batsmen ought to know the difference between T20, ODI and Tests. swashbuckling in Tests against Aussies was not a wise decision. Akmal junior should learn from his mistake in first innings and so does Malik. play cool and let the bowlers give you the runs, and 40 runs are nothing. hold ur nerves and the ponting and co. will give them to you with bad deliveries. and finally 'm happy to see australia losing, such an arrogant team they are. And hats off to their seamers. what a perfomance!! Subeg Nepal.

  • sameerskystar on July 24, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    with the strong bowling attach and timely implement of bowler that pakistan near about of victory after 15 years. This is good sign for pakistan after long period. My anaysis that Captain SALMAN BUTT use his bowler as per Game Requirement Specially i want to say AMIR that he give Prove that A successfull Bowler not made Only with his Pase they must need to use his Mind, he must need to study Bestmand Mind immediatly and Thorught his Bowl as per Situation requirement. AmIR IS very talented. AMIR is like a Wasim .

  • on July 24, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    PAK U SHOULD HAVE TO WIN THIS MATCH. GOOOOOOOO PAKISTAN!

  • Shahiq on July 24, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Pakistan should win from now , and supporting Pakistan I must be happy. But the only thing in my mind is that if they do win, the all so egoistic Mr Ijaz Butt wont recall Yousuf, and I firmly believe that they still need the services of the bearded man. Not many times your bowlers are going to skittle the opposition for 88, mind ya. AND not many time MR. Farhat is going to give you that sort of innings. But just because Yousuf has demanded some respect, which is against the ego of Mr. Butt, one such win & the next announcement would be we dont need Yousuf. As that of Young team, Shoaib isnt very young & he isnt very good, why persist with him when you can play Yousuf. Even Younis can be accomodated, if the young Akmal continue to play like this, as both Umar Amin & Ali have shown better temperament. I hope sanity prevails with PCB.

  • on July 24, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    I can still expect a high drama out of this :). I wouldnt eb surprise if its down to Amir and Kaneria in a do or die situation. I hope they have been in the nets for a while

  • jigu7 on July 24, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    this nice game by pakisrtan hope they make good profit from this in coming tournaments good luck samlan carry on, ameer good luck

  • on July 24, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    aussie has 50% chanse,if they'll take 2 quick wickets,they have done it before

  • on July 24, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    2 issues i will like to comment.

    1)well i do agree that cricinfo is showing negative remarks about pakistani's performance in home page, even when it only required 60score, it was shown as Pakistan lost butt.....

    2) well this 15 year, have a look at that, it was australia who always refuse to visit pakistan, for test,now if after 15 years, they have manage to play 13 test only. so average is not 1 test per year. and if u reduce those last 5 test, then it will go down to 0.50 test between those 2 teams?????? does it make sense to those writers. ever Bangladesh played more test the pakistan .savy???

  • Ravi_gupta23 on July 24, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Pakistan is going to win this one. Aussies decline continues. Their bowling no longer has the sting.

  • Salmandk on July 24, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Inshahallah Pakistan will defeat Australlia

  • Desihungama on July 24, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Salman Butt is a smart smart dude. Here is what he did by opting to bat tomorrow. He figured the team requires 40 odd runs to make and if elder Akmal comes to bat he might just start slinging and in the process lose his wicket. And now he will have the word with the batsmen tonight on how to maintain the discipline tomorrow which so far has been the trademark of their innings, surprisingly though. But most importantly by delaying the Pak innings he has now put Ponting in a very uncomfortable situtation. This overnight delayed tactic on Australia team is going to have a hang over in the longer run when teams face each other. Even he might not even be aware what he will accomplish. Briliant Butt!

  • Sussie on July 24, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Fear not Aussies! If there is ONE team that has all the talent, temperament, capacity, experience, and character to LOOSE from here, it's Pakistan. Give them pressure and they crumble, or they cheat, or they take their ball and go home like Inzi did last time they were in England. haha

  • Itchy on July 24, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    @Hammad Munir: UDRS is not in place for this series because PCB (as 'host' nation) did not want it in place - I agree it should be in place. Amer's LBW was actually misread by HawkEye as it only detected the ball hitting the back pad, not both in quick succession (listen to commentators Holding and Allot discussing) - the decision was close but I suspect was still just missing the off stump.

  • on July 24, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    @CricketIndiaFanatic - tell us your secret of producing world class batsmen one after the other and we'll tell you the secret of producing fast bowlers!! ;)

  • on July 24, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    best of luck pakistan.. this time around donot let us down

  • on July 24, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Well , fancy that , one Paki sage states HE predicted that Paki's would win . Der! I wonder whom he predicted would win in the previous 13 Test encounters ? You've gotta larf.

  • Desihungama on July 24, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    The difference between Butt and Afridi's captaincy is evident, in terms of a Test.

  • on July 24, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Pakistan playing good, it is nice to see, but they must bring back two quality batsmen or even one will do... Yousef/Younis should be replaced by Umar Amin, Azhar Ali is playing good, so you can do only one replacement, he has good batting technique. What I am waiting for is Rawalpindi Express in action, you can try him in one test maybe replace him with Umar Gul, he hasn't bowl good so far... It will be awesome to see these 3 A's in action akhter,asif and amer...

  • pk_cric_rox on July 24, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    i think pakistan was a better team in both test matches.they fell behind australia because of one reason only that one reason is 'experience' . it was lack of experience that they didnt know how to handle part time bowlers or how to get rid of tail enders. australian batsmen were unable to tackle pakistan attack n their main stream bowlers didnt get many wickets. watson is top of list followed by north. and their tail enders have scored more then their top order.its only because pakistan captains and team didnt have much experience of playing test. its really stupid to compare ponting to salman butt. one has played almost 150 tests and other is leading the side for the first time.after two matches pakistan only has to worry about their inexperienced squad but australia needs to think a lot about their top order, their main stream bowlers and after today, probably their fielding too. no matter wat the result of both matches is i firmly believe pakistan played better cricket.

  • sri1ram on July 23, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Yesss, from a Indian fan! Go Pakistan, go all the way. This is a deserved win although Australia will try till the very end. It would be nice to see Pak win by 7 wickets and reverse the trend against the yesteryear bullies. For the remaining batters, just take your time getting singles and boundaries and frustrate the Aussies no end. Really unlucky for Afridi, that there was a Pak batting collapse in the first game instead of an Ozzie one like in the second. In my opinion, Afridi marshaled the bowling and fielding extremely well that time, it would have been really good to see him flowering as a test captain instead of nipping himself in the bud..

  • kranski on July 23, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    Dare I say it. But it might just be up to the bookies in Karachi or Lahore as to which team wins this test.

  • jackiethepen on July 23, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Farhat may have been lucky to have escaped from a dropped catch on 4, but not so lucky as Ponting who escaped an lbw on 0.

  • abhishek40958 on July 23, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Final result PAK lost by 10 runs and after match results would like this SHOAIB MALIK banned indefinetly , ASIF found guilty of DRUGS , Yousuf vl come out of retirement ...Younis is the next captain and AKMAL dropped after poor performance even after being VICE CAPTAIn finally best of luck to AUS bring back the memories of SYDNEY ....go AUSSIES go.......and let the PAK team know dat they should be banned frm playing test matches after a record of 1 WIN after 17 oh sorry did i say 17 ?? make it 18 actually...after tomorrow's day's play..hahaha

  • on July 23, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    i wam still not convinced that pakisthan will make those 40 runs and win the test match............

  • on July 23, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Badluck to the aussies, they tried. But i dont think the aussies are bullies, they are just very good at cricket and their time, since they dont have those calibur players its obvious they arent going to be as good. i dont see why people accuse australia for such hate? if u guys hate australia so much why are their tonnes of indians and pakistanis etc living in Australia? Pakistan proved they are a team that can improve and its showcased here, stop the hate and talk about cricket and not anti-cricket rubbish.

  • Itchy on July 23, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    @haseebPAKISTAN: So Pakistan will make history how? By not claiming defeat from the jaws of victory (as they usually do)? We will see.

  • abhishek40958 on July 23, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    I think few of the Pakistani fans are just getting carried away a bit too much...firstly the test match is still to be won and even if they do win it wats the big thing about it? ya i cn understand 1 WIN out of LAST 17 test matches.....dnt remember the last when they last when a won a test match...may be back in 2008 hahaha....

  • on July 23, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    Pakistan deserves this test. They bowled rlly well and even in the feilds, the guys worked hard they did not drop any catches, alhamdulillah! the aussies played well too... but i think pakistan should win this and they can if they blve and work hard they will win! :D all they need are 40 runs with SEVEN wickets in hand they can win this game inshallah

  • on July 23, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    today i have watched this game in headingley and i have witnessed that these young players are much better team than aussie in the ground. they playing like a lion and fighting like a cheetah. so hopefully this team will bring lots of smiles on pak nations.

  • Imad_K on July 23, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Agree with Adeel. Australia are a great team and a great bunch of professionals. They all fight till the end and never give up. They hardly ever give their wickets away. But Australia are a much weaker team then they were a few years ago. Also, Pakistan need to understand just winning one game (which they will do) doesn't mean much. There are not many times that Australia will get out for such a low score and they have had two bad matches really. This is probably one of the few times in years I have seen the Pakistan top order bat with any sense. They need to learn from this and take it forward. Batting sensibly is the key - not playing stupid shots, giving your wickets away and then expecting the middle order to always sort out the mess. The key for Pakistan is to learn to stay at the crease for long periods of time, not try and hit everything for 6 - the runs will come. Once they understand this simple thing they will start to win.

  • lucyferr on July 23, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    I love Test cricket. I love reading about it afterwards and looking at the scoreboards and reading what people write about the match. But not watching it, of course. Test cricket is boring to watch. Like bagpipes and sheep's eyeballs, watching Test cricket is an acquired taste.

  • on July 23, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH PAKISTAN's gonna gift the long awaited moment to PAKISTANIS...and AUSSIES are surely going to face the defeat.... This new paki team looks much composed...NEEDS a little bit more work in the batting line....and INSHA ALLAH we will c a rocking cricket in the coming future....

  • on July 23, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Plz Pakistan plzzzzzzzzzzzzz win this match..Bring smile on our faces. If Pak lose this match i will shoot the whole team...... or my self

  • Scgboy on July 23, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    I am an Aussie and have to say that yes Pakistan has played well and all the power to them. That said the Aussie belief( its never over to the last ball still alive and we still have a chance) is still alive and kicking as well. That says more to me , than anything. yes the first innings was an embarrassment but the way they have refused to lie down has made me very proud of the boys , whatever the result. Not many teams would fight and fight and fight like this till the every last ball

    I just hope for once the pakis stick with one(unified ) team and let them spread their wings.Though we all know the chances of that are pretty slim as well. sad to say.

  • Sallu. on July 23, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Ohh! Finally after 15 years we are going to win a test match against the Aussiz . Don't miss the opportunity this time :-) Ballae Balle!

  • bobmartin on July 23, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Let's not go overboard guys.. It's one test match and if Pakistan win, they will merely draw the series. That's not the end of the world for Australia, but it just might be the beginning of a new era for Pakistan.

  • Kal_3L on July 23, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Where are the aussie fans? seems to me that they're sore losers! talk is cheap, its when the phoenix rises from the ashes is when a true man faces defeat with his chest out and his head held high! where are you guys? talking about how hussey was given out when he wasn't supposed to? you needed the debutant smith to make a 1nce in a lifetime 76 runs to even be considered as a threat! atleast give credit where its due! don't be like ponting, his sportsmanship spirit has declined over the years, sadly indeed! Good Luck Pakistan, Make us Proud! Go BIG GREEN!

  • Bukhari on July 23, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Although I fancy Pak chances of winning this match, I will only be relieved when the last winning runs are scored. We have terrible memories of loosing from the brink of victory (in Sril Lanka last year, and Aus this year). Aus showed a great fighting spirit and this is to their credit that no one is saying they are out of this match. However, Pak have showed a great determination in this match after 2 set backs at Lords (loosing the match & capton). These guysshould be lauded for the team work they have put in this match despite some hiccups and nervves during Aus 2nd Innings. Aamer has bowled exceptionaly well, although unlucky for not given the wicket of Ponting twice when no aero BUT he can savour the honor of getting Ponting the Great batsman 3 times in an innings.... He has been the best bowler in this mini series from either side. Azhar Ali has shown good test temprament so far in the series. I am quite hopefull Pak will floor Aus this time. Go Pak..do it this time

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    well, Aussies are not over-rated. Look at the character, they play till the very last ball. A something precious which remind legendary Imran Khan; and his inheritors Wasim and Waqar. Same has been the case with great West Indies team which many critics believed to be the best cricket team in the history of cricket. Aussies are playing without Shane Warne, Mcgraw, Gillespe, Brett Lee. The fact us that Aussies are no more invincible, but still the most professional team out there.

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on July 23, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Pakistan will win this test match. Any team thrashing Australia has always been pleasing to me. Its high time those bullies knew their position in Test Cricket. This young team has unity and Salman Butt will go a long way. Please do not disturb the team balance by bringing back devisive and feuding players. I think this team sans seniors can deliver. So please persist with this team. Pakistan can you please tell us how you produce such brilliant fast bowlers one after another. Good luck to the team and I hope the security situation in Pakistan improves. We wish to see Pakistan in action in their own country.

  • JustIPL on July 23, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    It is certain about Pakistan that they are unpredictable. It was very hard to praise aussies after this performance when they depended on the unlikely performance of Steven smith to give Pakistan some sort of challenge. but the respecable author of this article was worthy of that.

    If Pakistan are given consistent cricket they will be the number one team.

  • lucyferr on July 23, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    So... when was the last time anybody beat Australia in a Test without a single five-for and just one fifty? (Ok make that two fifties.) Good team victory by Pakistan. Even they can't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! Maybe Leeds should remain the new Lahore.

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Pakistan is about to create history by beating australia in this test. It will be a sweet revenge of sydney test. Common Pakistan hit that killer blow and knock out australia. All the best to Salman Butt and Pakistan for future games.

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    GOOOOOOOO PAKISTAN................

  • gulnasreeno1 on July 23, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    I predicted that Pakistan would win and it was right decision still......... to continue with the the young guys, maybe the the two YYs might have to wait until, well who knows.

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Im an Indian and I always liked the PAK pace bowlers. Infact I love them. Waqar rocked as a pace bowler during his time and he is performing as a coach too. We can see how deadly the PAK bowling has become now. Hats off to the great legend WAQAR.He is making the young team to beleive in their abilities and made to concure the mighty Aussies.

  • Chatha-empire123 on July 23, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    come on Cricinfo post my comments.

  • AKG0479 on July 23, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Surely.. Pak should Win this test by all means. If they do.. it means 3 things.. 1). Big confidence for a completely shattered team, which will make a huge difference for their upcoming cricket.. 2). Such neutral venues proves a great opening for other nations where only flat spin/batsmen friendly pitches are prepared for home advantage..& 3). That Aussies are no more the unbeatable kings of cricket.. But if they dont, there is no way to deny the fact that Kangaroos are the Supreme Kings of cricket where they can Win from any impossible situation ! Gud Luck Pak..

  • Chatha-empire123 on July 23, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    I can't wait till tomorrow when Pakistan are gonna win and level the series 1-1. Right now they are on the 6th position on the test rankings with 80 points. They will get maybe 5-10 points. They played only 25 tests less than Bangladesh 29. England are on 5th position with 108 points. Pakistan will get closer to England. Pakistan and new Zealand are tied on 80 points. Inshallah we will win tomorrow and win the series against england. Azhar ali is becoming a good solid player. There is no problem with our bowling.

  • haseebPAKISTAN on July 23, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    know the rude ponting gona see the real face of PAKISTAN team n then all of there bizzare attitude gona be shattered lyke a peace of paper hoo yaiii lolxx

  • usman_nile1994 on July 23, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Pak is the only team who can lose from here. Even if Pak win the match, i would not be satisfied by Pak's batting. All credit goes to bowlers. Batting line needs Yousuf (in place of amin) and Younis (in place of Malik).

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    yeah I hope we win... History will be made InshaAllah...

  • dmqi on July 23, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Here is the difference between the two teams:

    Australia still believe that they have a chance to win the match and Pakistan and their supporters will have anxious moments until the last over to ensure the win. OK, pakistan will win most likely, but that will be a gift from Ponting not to bowl first in the 1st innings. The scoreboard could read, 99 all out.There was huge difference in Captaincy, one looked casual, not sure where and how to place filed, Ponting today showed what captaincy is about. Talking to bowlers like a leader, shuffling field every 2 overs. I did not see any captaincy quality in Butt, he was told in the filed and by the commentators what type of field placing he should have. From 165 for 5, Pak bowlers and fielders let australia climb to 330 plus. That is not good cricket on Pak side. Well, Pakistan deserves a win, specially after sydney, but they need a captain who can match Ponting and others. Hope they have a good sleep at night, so they do not falter tomorrow.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on July 23, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    As the "Village Zen Master" used to say, "We will see".

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    whn's match going to start?? (pak time)

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    I think lets hold on until Pakistan crosses that long awaited barier of 15 years let them go other side of the line first. Pakistan are the team who have the habit of gifting matches just bcz of internal clashes. lets hope this time arround every thing goes well...GO and WIN Pakisan....

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    @heseebPAKISTAN: pakistan not making history here, its a new begining for pakistan with new players. but theirs also a burden of embarassment looking at past one year matches, excluding T20. but yes i would say goooooooo pakistan gooooo and take the victory.

  • shanii24 on July 23, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Even though pakistan is in great position to win the match and performed really well chasing the target, i only see praise of autralia on the website. Why is that? you guys hate pakistan or just too stuck up like aussies ? Pakistan's past performance aside, they should be credited on the main page not steven smith who plays the only time i have seen him hit few balls around. He played T20 style and got lucky to hung around for that 70.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 23, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Wonderful test! Great bowling from Amir! I just knew he would be the difference between both sides in this test! Special credit to Smith, what a tough player he is. @haseebPAKISTAN, Aus are not overrated at all, not too many teams would have been able to still make the match into a contest after being bowled for 88, I think they as much as Pak contributed to another wonderful test match.

  • NikhilPapad3 on July 23, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    eww pakistan suck lol the match has been ficxed for sure this time :) so shame dnt get ur hopes up cuz they r probly only going to flook a win by accedent

  • MaarifSohail on July 23, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    With the bookie bros Akmal, Sohaib Malik to follow anything is possible but by law of averages the Aussies would lose.

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    I hope they win but batting still very brittle

  • The_Czar_of_Bizarre on July 23, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    overrated aussies?????????? Are you insane? one match you win and reach cloud nine. this is the problem why your team is always in shambles. Australia were, are and will always be one of the top two. and btw i am not aussie but just love their steely nerves on field.

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    This is cricket anything can happen but for me let umar akmak play oneday game same risky shorts and its only 40 ... 3 fours and one six finish ..... hope win and good Luke for pakistan ... fans from afghanistan ... and thanks pcb for helping afghanistan cricket ..... jai hooooo

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 23, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    I wouldn't get too excited just yet. The tale that gets weaved and spun throughout almost always ends up in tragedy for the Pakistani cricketers. Will this be a joyous epic, of overcoming and conquering when even their fearless leader Afridi abandoned his young troops, whom he deserted in a foreign and unknown wilderness. Or the most horrible of tragic endings, as the age old kangaroos surround and savage them to pieces in the morning sun?

  • aqzhar78 on July 23, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY: THIS IS THE TEST MATCH OF THE YEAR!!!! AND ALSO VERY HAPPY TO HAVE MOSIN KHAN AS THE SELECTOR AS HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PAKISTANI BATSMEN TO KNOW THE ENGLISH CONDITIONS

  • Tansah on July 23, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    To haseebPAKISTAN, calm down. It IS Pakistan, who can lose. But 40 runs with K. Akmal and Shoaib Malik still to bat is... well... a brilliant chance to beat the Aussies. Then we've got England to face.

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    ATLAST TOO CLOSE TO VICTORY.BUTT IS SO LUCKY 1ST TEST MATCH.1ST WIN AND THAT ALSO AGAINST AUSSIES.

  • up-in-the-air-and-taken on July 23, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Mr.haseeb..one win 15 years ... you should have known at whom u wud be laughing at ... Aussies are not over rated.Even now people think pakistan cant make 40 runs..tat speaks voulmes for Aus and how miserable pakistan is..all said this is a must win for pakistan

  • SirDoNKhan on July 23, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Its been calm and professional run chase by the pakistanisuptill now even they very very unreliable and inexpereinced batting line up. But these are the signs that they are learning from their past mistakes and considering on improving the things rather than criticising or blaming each other. Among them i still suggest a player like Mohammad Yosuf so that they can learn from him, watch his stroke play and temprament in real test match situation....whatever the current scenario is but we should accept he is a class player who can still deliver more.... Azhar Ali has proved himself and Umar Amin to deliver but i beleive that Yousuf at 4 while these two coming at 3 and 5 with Omar akmal at 6 will definetly give them more learning experince.

  • m.a.khokhar on July 23, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    O ya am really happy with the Perfomance of Pakis.. but still 40 huge runs to go and two inexperiance players at the crease.. i hope they will go on to acheive this victory its just like worldcup for pakistan,, we are all praying for un predictable Pakistan team .. Good Luck Pakistan,, Long Live Pakistan

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Pakistan has a style to win - and I can see it WELL DONE PAKISTAN

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Inshallah, This time Pakistan will change the history and cruch Aussies! =)

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    lol overrated aussies? hahaha coming from the most inconsistent cricketing nation in the world real funny. and no i'm not aussie either.

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    so...finally we are gonna win from aussies , after a long time of 15 years. The did reallly well. Batsmen have nothing to cheer about. Its the bowlers victory over aussies.

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Good luck and good game for Pakistan so far. even if we win (which we shall IA) i would not make stupid comments about Aussies being over rated. at this moment i am just waiting to bask in the glory of a BIG BIG and much needed victory for Pakistan cricket. all you haters putting Pakistan down in the last few months (yea talkin to u aussie and indian fans) wake up, and while ur at it check the result of SL vs IND test :)

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    I have waited more than a decade to see this day! Finally Pakistan will get that jinx off from their head. Although I'm far from impressed from their batting in this series but bowling saved us from another defeat and now we're sailing towards victory. To the aussies, Don't be worried about this defeat, as this defeat will only make the next wins more fun to watch. I'm really impressed with Aus' never dying spirit.

  • sharprider on July 23, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    The pendulum has swung back and forth for the two teams, but, nevertheless, it has been a very engrossing tussle between (as I had written in an earlier comment) David and Goliath. Even though the saying (offence is the best form of defence) might be true, sometimes it may not be workable. It might have worked for Steve Smith in the Aussies' 2nd innings, but the same was not true for the Pakistani batsmen, and. wisely enough, they played with discipline, except for Umar Amin towards the fag end of the day. I would tend to give Pakistan the edge as far the current situation is concerned. So, all the best to them for the success that they will have so richly deserved if the game ends in a historic victory for Pakistan.

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    yeah I SENSE A PALPABLE DEFEAT TO THE AUSSIES(TRULY OVERRATED)

  • hassan_007 on July 23, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    at last......courtesy asif ,gul n amir........surely pakistan gonna win ths tym.......;-)

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    lol.....pontin will torcher himself whole night thinkin how to avoid defeat...every batsman have to score on average less than 7 runs to win

  • on July 23, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    there is a huge gulf of class between the batting and bowling of both teams. If this series took place in Pakistan rather than England, Pakistan would have been thrashed on dead pitches. We have the best pace bowlers in the world, have had for the last 20 years, its a shame that the PCB manufactures wickets similar to those in India when we have guys like Gul, Aamer, Asif, Akhtar, Irfan, Tanvir etc etc etc. Make fast bouncy wickets in domestic tournaments and the coming generation of batsmen like Akmal, Ali, Amin, Ghumman will be able to play anywhere in the world.

  • Passion_4_Cricket on July 23, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    From here on, Pak has no chance to face a defeat. My Pray will be With my Favorite team.. Go Pakistan Go. Get your deserving share to lift the trophy.....

  • arthebest on July 23, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    well I still can't believe until we score the winning run, the quality of losing match from nowhere lies with only Pakistan.

  • Sohel_ahmed on July 23, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    A well paced,in depth,unbiased & superbly written analysis of an engrossing contest between bat and ball.There's no hesitation acknowledging the fact,even being a die hard india supporter(of course not when they play against Bangladesh),that,it can never be dull when pakistan is around.Can't speak about any other team than pakistan who could put australia in a dire,sticky&embarrassing situation like they are in now.Andrew has pointed out the ever shifting momentum of the days play between the two most exiting test teams with masterly control.It really worth waiting to read such a gem of a bulletin.Carry on.....

  • NO_MORE on July 23, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Expecting my fellow Pakistanis to start celebrating tonight, I remain cautiously optimistic and if there is any team in the world that can crash Pakistan's party, it's Australia. Needless to say it will go down as one of the greatest test matches if Aussies snatch it but would do a lot for Pakistan's young team's confidence going into tests against England and South Africa. I also hope for Waqar that the team does well and he earns the respect that he has been denied several times. I grew up watching the best Pakistan had to offer - Imran, Javed, Ws, Inzy etc. and still expect a lot from Pakistan cricket. If they win it, great! but let's not get carried away yet - England and South Africa to come and England in England is a far tougher test than Australia in England. One test win in 14 is not a cause for celebration but hey, whatever! We as Pakistani cricket fans live on moments and we've had our share in this series. Great stuff lads, hopefully you will be rewarded tomorrow!

  • StarveTheLizard on July 23, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    I hope for your sake Haseeb that Pakistan don't choke - this time. You won't be very happy if they do!

  • Fan84 on July 23, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    PONTING.. please do something to bring back the sydney ghosts to leeds,, i want your team to win by 10 runs ,, this is surely goine to happen,, I AM BIGgest fAN FROM CALCUTTA ,india,i always be happy if you win,, please Ricky,, don't give up.. do something..

  • 4thelement on July 23, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    This has been the outcome of some consistent hardwork that started from the last ODI of the Australian tour!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    fewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.............atlast......after long waiting........pakistani nervous team has finaylly got their batting right.........astonished that farhat played well.......saw sheer talent in azhar ali.........umar amin needs more confidence..........but i m really hoping that umar akmal get his rythem back, and understand the way of batting in test match........no doubt he is superb but test match is not aggressively played.........other dan dat.......proud to be a pakistani......and hope dat paki team dont shatter my likeness of them tomorrow........i hope dey win....... :)))))))

  • 4thelement on July 23, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    am just luving the way Pakistani seamers handled the proceedings through out the series and has been an ultimate highlight of the entire series; its so pleasing after a long time........ God bless them and the most adorable Waqar Younis.... the finest bowler ever borned!!!!!!!! For me Asif has been the finest on field!!!! but lacks the attitude; on the other hand Gul and Amir are terrific in terms of attitude!!!! Great character shown by the young Pakistani unit!!!!! May the almighty bless you with a success and a successful run through days to come.

  • Sherry35 on July 23, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    This is big moment for pakistan cricket, this win will lift the whole team up, Watch out england HERE WE COME...

  • hris on July 23, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Pakistan is such a wuss team. They could have taken the final half hour and finished this match but they are still scared they might lose. They just need 40 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Such low confidence is probably why they dont win too often. Bunch of Wusses.

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    great goin pakistan.. :) aussies' streak is about to end...this young,inexperienced pakistani side will create history by defeating aussies after 15 years, in england, in just over 3 days (one can say 3 days...first day's much of the first session had rain), against the likes of ponting, hussey and clarke :)

  • cric.info. on July 23, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    ....twist still remains,,, Pakistanis have got history to do historicals, still can chase it with no more wicketdown.. orrrrrrrr might be "sydney replay".. seems they will do it by this time.. goodluck,,,

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Good chance for pak team win

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Pak will get a well deserved victory over Aus who are getting beaten by all the teams now in test cricket. Though smith played a good knock, he is in the aus team primarily as spin bowler. His batting is good, but i am afraid that he is not in a state of being a primary or even secondary spinner in a test match. Lot of work to be done.

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Thats the way to play,Cmon boys,, have a punch in the air,, finally we them tomorrow inshALLAH..Just let these play for next 6 months... n im sure u will find results inshALLAH..if they dont give us wins, but im sure that they will give us fighting cricket..best of luck salman

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    This time Pakistan Cricket team has to prove that they are new Pakistan team with lots of mental strenght as Farhat and Azhar Ali has shown....and should win this match comprehensively not closely....wishing very good luck to Pakistan....Hopefully This will not be a Sydney test again......!!

  • Happpy on July 23, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Ya obviously a tough night for Pakistan because this is a dream to win test against Australia and if they win then I think it'll be a huge and massive success. Now 40 runs are behind, we cannot say anything because no senior Test Match batsman is behind. Younis and Yousaf are already out. We also cannot say any thing about weather which can be gloomy and overcast any time and can produce difficulty in chasing. We also see Ricky Ponting was confident at the end of 3rd day's play and obviously he has a greatest bowling attack and their fielding is desperate too. So Aussies can do any thing with great players that they have and Pakistan is unpredictable as well. So Pakistan should have to control on nerves to win tomorrow and have to avoid needless shots as Shoaib Malik played in Pakistan's 1st innings. So I hope Pakistan will win.

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Good chance for a pak team win the match

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    PakistAn RoooOXxXXxX..............

  • haseebPAKISTAN on July 23, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    goooo PAKISTAN gooooo finallyy the overrated aussies gona face the defeat from our hands hooooo yaii babyy itss gona be amazing i am w8ing for tommorw's play when PAKISTAN gona make history haha

  • Gapsted on July 23, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Troy Cooley is a fraud!!!

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  • Gapsted on July 23, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Troy Cooley is a fraud!!!

  • haseebPAKISTAN on July 23, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    goooo PAKISTAN gooooo finallyy the overrated aussies gona face the defeat from our hands hooooo yaii babyy itss gona be amazing i am w8ing for tommorw's play when PAKISTAN gona make history haha

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    PakistAn RoooOXxXXxX..............

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Good chance for a pak team win the match

  • Happpy on July 23, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Ya obviously a tough night for Pakistan because this is a dream to win test against Australia and if they win then I think it'll be a huge and massive success. Now 40 runs are behind, we cannot say anything because no senior Test Match batsman is behind. Younis and Yousaf are already out. We also cannot say any thing about weather which can be gloomy and overcast any time and can produce difficulty in chasing. We also see Ricky Ponting was confident at the end of 3rd day's play and obviously he has a greatest bowling attack and their fielding is desperate too. So Aussies can do any thing with great players that they have and Pakistan is unpredictable as well. So Pakistan should have to control on nerves to win tomorrow and have to avoid needless shots as Shoaib Malik played in Pakistan's 1st innings. So I hope Pakistan will win.

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    This time Pakistan Cricket team has to prove that they are new Pakistan team with lots of mental strenght as Farhat and Azhar Ali has shown....and should win this match comprehensively not closely....wishing very good luck to Pakistan....Hopefully This will not be a Sydney test again......!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Thats the way to play,Cmon boys,, have a punch in the air,, finally we them tomorrow inshALLAH..Just let these play for next 6 months... n im sure u will find results inshALLAH..if they dont give us wins, but im sure that they will give us fighting cricket..best of luck salman

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Pak will get a well deserved victory over Aus who are getting beaten by all the teams now in test cricket. Though smith played a good knock, he is in the aus team primarily as spin bowler. His batting is good, but i am afraid that he is not in a state of being a primary or even secondary spinner in a test match. Lot of work to be done.

  • on July 23, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Good chance for pak team win

  • cric.info. on July 23, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    ....twist still remains,,, Pakistanis have got history to do historicals, still can chase it with no more wicketdown.. orrrrrrrr might be "sydney replay".. seems they will do it by this time.. goodluck,,,