Pakistan Takes Control of 2nd Test After Australia Collapses to 88 All Out
Pakistan took command of the second cricket Test against Australia after dismissing their opponents for 88 runs, and leads by 60 at the end of the first day.
Teenager Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif each took three wickets at Headingley, Leeds, as Australia recorded its second- lowest Test innings score against Pakistan. The worst was 80 at Karachi in 1956. In reply, Pakistan reached 148-3 by the time bad light and rain ended play early, soon after 5:30 p.m. today.
Four Australian batsmen were trapped leg-before-wicket in the morning session as Pakistan’s seam-bowlers gained the initiative in favorable, overcast conditions that helped the ball swing.
Simon Katich, on 13, was dismissed by Aamer, then Asif got Shane Watson out in the next over with the score on 20. Michael Clarke was bowled by Umar Gul, and captain Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey fell to Asif and Gul.
Umar Amin got his first Test wicket when Marcus North, on 16, edged to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as Australia struggled to 73-6 at lunch.
Left-arm pace bowler Aamer, 18, took two wickets in his first two balls after lunch to reduce Australia to 73-8, clean- bowling Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson. Ben Hilfenhaus was run out and Tim Paine was the last man to go, just before 2 p.m.
Katich, North, Paine (17) and Smith (10) were the only batsmen who got into double figures. Aamer took 3-20, Asif 3-30 and Gul 2-16.
With Pakistan batting, Watson took 2-12, dismissing Imran Farhat for 43 and Azhar Ali for 30. Salman Butt, who took over the Pakistan captaincy after the surprise resignation of Shahid Afridi, was bowled by Hilfenhaus for 45. Amin and Umar Akmal are not out 1 and 8, respectively.
Australia had won the toss and decided to bat first, having won the first match in the two-game series by 150 runs.
The matches are being held in England because of security concerns over staging games in Pakistan. It counts as a home series for Pakistan.
Pakistan: Salman Butt (captain), Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria, Mohammad Asif.
Australia: Shane Watson, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Tim Paine, Mitchell Johnson, Steven Smith, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger.