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    7.2 gone! Another falls. Game on. Asif gets his line and length right, full on off stump with a hint of shape back in, Watson misses his drive and is caught right in front. Ian Gould quickly raises the finger, but Watson isn't happy and takes a while to leave 20/2
    6.1 gone! A breakthrough for Pakistan and Katich plays for shuffling across the crease as he's caught on off stump with the ball angling towards middle and leg. A strength can often be a weakness and he'll always been danger if he misses the ball - he should have gone like that early at Lord's. Rudi raises his slow finger to send him on the way 20/1
    13.5 gone! Again Ponting thrusts the left leg forward and swishes across the pad at a ball nipping back in to him. He's struck infront of middle and leg, huge appeal from bowler and fielders and that's out! A remarkable exhibition of the control of seam and swing from Asif, and Australia are in all sorts of trouble now 29/4
    12.3 gone! Australia all over the shop as Clarke is cleaned up. Was the perfect full length and he drove all around it having played two wild shots previously. Gul has pitched the ball up and got rewards 27/3
    16.5 Hussey goes! Gul strikes! He fired the ball full and straight, snaking it back into the batsman to strike him on the pad. Rudi's slow finger of death begins to rise, and Hussey's got to go. He's unlucky there, replays suggest the ball may have missed leg stump. But look at this, Australia are 41 for 5! 41/5
    22.5 Amin strikes! North falls! Kamran holds a catch! Amin picks up his first Test wicket as he lands one on a length around off stump. North could have left that, but he pushed forward in defence and had to reach for the ball. A healthy edge, and Kamran takes a good catch diving to his left. North is utterly disconsolate as he trudges off. Kamran and Amin are over the moon! 60/6
    33.1 and that, as they say, is that! A regulation outswinger, a loose leaning waft of a cut, a thin snick, and Kamran Akmal wraps up an outstanding effort from Pakistan by claiming the decisive catch 88/10
    25.1 Done him first ball! That's a beauty from Aamer, snaking back through bat and ball to smash into middle stump! Smith was angling through midwicket but the ball simply wasn't there 73/7
    25.2 Oh. My. Goodness. What a beauty from Aamer, that was unplayable, full on middle and off and it shaped away and took off stump. Aamer is on a hat-trick! 73/8
    32.4 another one bites the dust, and what a way to go! Paine chopped down to third man, and sized up a tight third run, but a sliding stop and a fine flat throw came in from Umar Amin in the deep, and though Kamran Akmal had to gather high to remove the bails, he did so with Hilfenhaus's bat still short of the crease! 86/9
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    8 (lb 6, nb 2)
    TOTAL
    88 all out (33.1 Overs, RR: 2.65, 170 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-20 (SM Katich, 6.1 ov), 2-20 (SR Watson, 7.2 ov), 3-27 (MJ Clarke, 12.3 ov), 4-29 (RT Ponting, 13.5 ov), 5-41 (MEK Hussey, 16.5 ov), 6-60 (MJ North, 22.5 ov), 7-73 (SPD Smith, 25.1 ov), 8-73 (MG Johnson, 25.2 ov), 9-86 (BW Hilfenhaus, 32.4 ov), 10-88 (TD Paine, 33.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammad Amir1142031.8100
    Mohammad Asif10.113032.9501
    Umar Gul931621.7701
    Umar Amin20713.5000
    Danish Kaneria10909.0000
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    33.3 full length, swinging back in, and that is totally plumb! Watto's golden arm does the trick, and how much did they need that breakthrough! 133/2
    19.4 gone this time! Australia finally get the breakthrough as Hilfenhaus pitches the ball nice and full, finding significant swing back in to the left-hander. Butt shaped to whip through the leg side, but was done in by the swing and the wide angle from round the wicket. The ball snuck past the bat and clattered into the stumps! 80/1
    37.2 Watson, the destroyer! Outside off, swinging late, Azhar pokes defensively, and Paine behind the stumps gathers supremely in one hand as he dives to his right! That is very timely indeed, especially with the light fading now 140/3
    50.3 but now he's gone! Hilfenhaus sent down a well-directed bouncer, which Amin saw early and tried to duck underneath. But he left his bat poking straight up like a periscope, the ball struck the side of the bat and looped gently to square leg, and Amin's got to go. He was starting to look really good at the crease, and will be very disappointed at this dismissal 195/5
    43.4 gone! There's the breakthrough. A full length outside off draws Umar onto the front foot and the ball takes the outside edge through to the very tidy Tim Paine 171/4
    60.5 Watson has six, Malik wanted to use the close-set field to find a boundary, so attempted an enormous mow across the line, didn't get much of it and ended up offering a looping top-edge that Paine comfortably held on to 234/9
    56.5 Watson has done it again! So simple, it was fullish and swinging away, Kamran was rooted to the crease and aimed a nothing, open-faced defensive prod that went through gently, low to Marcus North at first slip 222/6
    56.6 Watson on a hat-trick! Aamer gone first ball! Looks like a poor decision on replay but first up looked stone dead. Fullish as usual from Watson, swinging in and Aamer shouldered arms and watched in horror as the ball snaked back from outside off and crashed into his pads. Rudi gave him out quickly, it looked out, but replays show it didn't swing enough and would have missed off stump 222/7
    58.6 Bowled him! Watson strikes again - five wickets for him! Sensational stuff, this is inspiration to every senior Sunday-league player, Watson is doing nothing more than bowling full and straight, Gul plays all around it as it gently swings in a fraction, catches the inside edge and cannons on to the off stump 224/8
    64.5 chaos! Who knows what is going on out there, not the Pakistan batmen that's for sure! It was full and a slower ball, Asif found a leading edge the looped agonisingly towards mid off, it landed short but Kaneria set off for a single, Asif sent him back but the throw came in and caught him short of the crease. While the umpire called for the TV replay to confirm, Pakistan took a single, but in the end it didn't count. Got it? Me neither. Phew! Pakistan 258 all out - 170 ahead. 258/10
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    29 (b 11, lb 9, nb 9)
    TOTAL
    258 all out (64.5 Overs, RR: 3.97, 290 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-80 (Salman Butt, 19.4 ov), 2-133 (Imran Farhat, 33.3 ov), 3-140 (Azhar Ali, 37.2 ov), 4-171 (Umar Akmal, 43.4 ov), 5-195 (Umar Amin, 50.3 ov), 6-222 (Kamran Akmal, 56.5 ov), 7-222 (Mohammad Amir, 56.6 ov), 8-224 (Umar Gul, 58.6 ov), 9-234 (Shoaib Malik, 60.5 ov), 10-258 (Danish Kaneria, 64.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DE Bollinger1745002.9405
    BW Hilfenhaus20.537723.6903
    SR Watson1133363.0000
    MG Johnson1507114.7301
    SPD Smith10707.0000
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    15.5 played on! The change works again, and this will be called another masterstroke from Salman Butt. Watson tried to dab the ball down towards gully but it moved in towards him sharply and he couldn't counter the movement this time. The ball takes the inside edge and cannons into the leg stump! 55/2
    4.3 Aamer strikes! Katich falls, finally he's bowled behind his legs. Throughout the series we've seen him walk across his stumps, exposing leg stump, but never missing when the bowler aimed there, this time it was too swift for him, and crashed into leg stump. First time in 10 Tests Katich hasn't made a half-century and now Ricky Ponting has a huge task on his hands. 15/1
    43.4 massive breakthrough! A booming outswinger, far too wide to be chasing, but Ponting has a slash, gets a faint nick, and Aamer has his man! 144/3
    66.1 that is simply exceptional! Perfect line, perfect length first-up, grazes the edge in a McGrath-esque half-bat's-width movement, and a simple nick to the keeper! 217/6
    47.2 gone! Great delivery from Aamer, that one exploded off the seam, cracked the gloves and looped tantalisingly towards Umar Akmal at second slip who reached forward and scooped a vital chance! What a breakthrough, Australia are -12 for 4, and surely, surely, Pakistan have to ... no ... I'm not even saying it 158/4
    49.1 Mohammad Aamer is on fire! North stands up in the crease, drives off the back foot, snicks into his leg stump, and Australia's revival is in tatters! 164/5
    75.3 oh, what a way to go! Short, slow, horrible looping long-hop from Kaneria, but it spun and bounced, and Paine's eyes had lit up too much to go back on the stroke. A simple toe-ended slap to cover, and Australia are in deep deep do-do now ... 246/7
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    95.3 gone this time! Smith falls to another slower ball from Gul, dragging it on to his stumps off a bottom edge but it ends a sensational knock. He's carried the lead 179 which is plenty for the Australian bowlers to go at. 349/10
    84.3 Asif strikes! Johnson falls lbw to a delivery that pitched just in line, swung back a fraction, beat the defensive shot and thudded into the pad, it looked tight and replays confirmed it would have taken leg stump. Crucial wicket for Pakistan! 283/8
    89.5 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, clipped the edge and went through to slip. Huge breakthrough 320/9
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    TOTAL
    349 all out (95.3 Overs, RR: 3.65, 446 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (SM Katich, 4.3 ov), 2-55 (SR Watson, 15.5 ov), 3-144 (RT Ponting, 43.4 ov), 4-158 (MEK Hussey, 47.2 ov), 5-164 (MJ North, 49.1 ov), 6-217 (MJ Clarke, 66.1 ov), 7-246 (TD Paine, 75.3 ov), 8-283 (MG Johnson, 84.3 ov), 9-320 (BW Hilfenhaus, 89.5 ov), 10-349 (SPD Smith, 95.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammad Amir2768643.1800
    Mohammad Asif2648323.1900
    Umar Gul15.318015.1605
    Umar Amin611212.0020
    Danish Kaneria2127423.5203
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    32.6 yorked him! Farhat goes as he plays over the top of an excellent inswinging delivery that cracks the base of off stump. Is there a twist in the tail to come? 137/2
    5.1 Butt's nervy innings comes to a swift end! Hilfenhaus gets the breakthrough Australia needed! A man was positioned at short midwicket, no doubt to make Butt think the full inswinger was coming. But Hilfenhaus landed it on a length and moved the ball away from him through the air and off the pitch, taking a thick edge which flew straight to Michael Clarke at a wide second slip. No mistake from him, and this match is really alive now 27/1
    38.4 he's gone now! Bollinger has another! It pitched on a length, moved away a fraction, Ali had a nibble outside off stump and feathered an edge through to Paine. Well, well, well... 146/4
    34.6 Bollinger has done it! Hold your breath folks, this could get tense again! Umar Amin had an aimless fiddle outside off, only succeeded in feathering a catch behind 137/3
    41.4 Umar gone! Hilfenhaus strikes and now Australia are really interested! Umar has looked nervy all morning, not his usual swashbucking self at all, his feet have been stuck, he's pushed at the ball and that has proved his undoing here. Fullish length from Hilfenhaus, shaping away and Umar prodded an edge through to Paine 150/5
    45.4 Malik has gone! Great catch from North! Oh dear, this game refuses to die! Hilfenhaus went full, Malik crashed it towards cover and North held on to a tough chance, close in at extra cover 161/6
    50.3 what a catch! Top stuff from Hussey, he caught this one cleanly! Full and wide from Johnson, Kamran through he had crashed the winning runs but Hussey diving full length to his left at gully plucked it out of the air 179/7
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    TOTAL
    180/7 (50.4 Overs, RR: 3.55, 228 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Salman Butt, 5.1 ov), 2-137 (Imran Farhat, 32.6 ov), 3-137 (Umar Amin, 34.6 ov), 4-146 (Azhar Ali, 38.4 ov), 5-150 (Umar Akmal, 41.4 ov), 6-161 (Shoaib Malik, 45.4 ov), 7-179 (Kamran Akmal, 50.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DE Bollinger1325133.9203
    BW Hilfenhaus1323933.0001
    MG Johnson10.414113.8401
    SR Watson511803.6000
    SPD Smith922402.6600

Close of Play

  • Wed, 21 Jul - day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 148/3 (Umar Amin 1*, Umar Akmal 8*, 39 ov)
  • Thu, 22 Jul - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 136/2 (RT Ponting 61*, MJ Clarke 32*, 41 ov)
  • Fri, 23 Jul - day 3 - Pakistan 2nd innings 140/3 (Azhar Ali 47*, Umar Akmal 2*, 37 ov)
  • Sat, 24 Jul - day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 180/7 (50.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes