Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Asif and Aamer dominated in the First day of Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test 2010

Left handed opening batsman, Salman Butt, made a dream debut of his Test captaincy as his team is looking to break the losing streak against the Australian cricket team. He saw the collapse of the opponent team for just 88 runs thanks to the dominant performance from Pakistani bowlers in the opening day of the second Test match at Headingley. However, Pakistan finished the day with 60-run lead and seven-wicket remaining at hand as they scored 148 for 3 in reply.

Pace trio Mohammad Asif (3), Mohammad Aamer (3) and Umar Gul (2) shared 8 wickets amongst them thanks to seam and swing. On the other hand, Umar Amin took the only wicket of Marcus North while the rest one batsman suffered run out.

Australian captain, Ricky Ponting should be criticized for his decision of batting first in an extremely challenging condition. Australian players were dismissed cheaply. Any of the batsmen could put any resistance.

Simon Katich, the man of the match in the first test at Lord’s, got early dismissed scoring 13 from 21. However, Marcus North, Tim Paine and Steven Smith could score 16, 17 and 10 respectively.

Pakistani bowlers are always good in dismissing the opponent team, but due to the failure of lack of batting they lost the match at the end. Now, the time has come for batsmen to prove their skill and talent to seal a victory and level the series. Pakistan cricket team is now trailing the series 0-1 following their 150-run defeat at Lord’s at the hand of Australia.

Pakistan cricket team should try hard to put on at least 200 run lead. If they can then they will have the strong possibility to taste their first test victory against Australia in a very long time.

Opening pair Imran Farhat and Salman Butt respectively scored 43 and 45 and made an 80-run partnership. Azhar Ali who made his Test debut against Australia at Lord’s scored 30. Umar Amin scored unbeaten 1 and finished the first day with Umar Akmal who was not out 8.

For Australia, Shane Watson took two wickets while Ben Hilfenhaus got one.

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