Pakistan Dismiss Australia For 88 To Dominate First Day
Australia 88 (Mohammad Asif 3-20, Mohammad Amir 3-30) v
Pakistan 148-3 (Salman Butt 45, Watson 2-12)
Second Test, Headingley, day one
Pakistan bowled Australia out for just 88 on the opening day of the second Test at Headingley to give themselves the perfect start to their quest to level the two-match series.
By stumps, they had moved into a lead of 60 as they closed on 148 for three after an extraordinary day of Test match cricket that saw Australia bowled out for their lowest score since they were dismissed for 74 by the West Indies in 1984.
88 represented their lowest effort against Pakistan since they were shot out for 80 in Karachi in 1956 and the chief architects in their downfall were Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. They grabbed three wickets apiece as they used early-morning overcast conditions to their advantage to make the ball move around in the air.
Seam movement simply made Australia's task more difficult and only four players could reach double figures in an innings that sent shockwaves around the cricketing world.
The clatter of wickets came after Ricky Ponting had won the toss and chosen to bat having revealed an unchanged line-up that scored a comprehensive 150-run win at Lord's. Pakistan made one change with Shoaib Malik replacing erstwhile captain Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt taking charge for the first time.
Simon Katich (13) was the first man to go when he was trapped in front by Amir having shuffled across his stumps and he was quickly joined in the dressing room by opening partner Shane Watson, who was out lbw to Asif for five.
Umar Gul then bowled Michael Clarke for three, Ponting was trapped by for six and Gul had Hussey dismissed in the same manner as Australia lurched to 41 for five.
They recovered partially to reach lunch at 73 for six after Marcus North edged Umar Amin to Kamran Akmal but were rocked with a double blow immediately after the interval from Amir.
The 18-year-old left-armer had Steven Smith (10) and Mitchell Johnson (0) clean bowled with the first two deliveries of the second session. After Ben Hilfenhaus was run out for three, Tim Paine perished, trying to score quick runs, when he edged Asif to Akmal behind the stumps having top scored with just 17.
Gul returned two for 16, Amin one for seven as he picked up a maiden Test wicket with his medium pace and there was only one over for Danish Kaneria.
Pakistan then took advantage of a change in conditions and some ill-disciplined bowling to quickly make inroads into Australia's score.
Hilfenhaus' first spell went for 27 runs in three overs and Johnson showed little control either, leaving Ponting with little option but to stick with Doug Bollinger and turn to Watson early on.
Butt, enjoying a dream first day as national captain, batted with the same fluency that saw him score two fine half-centuries at Lord's, stroking eight fours in a 68-ball innings of 45 before he was bowled by a full inswinger from Hilfenhaus.
The first breakthrough came with Pakistan on 80 and just eight runs behind and Watson then struck twice to remove Imran Farhat, trapped in front for 43, and Azhar Ali, well caught by Paine for 30.
However, by the time that the light was deemed bad enough for the players to leave the pitch, despite something of a late rally in the field from Australia, there was still no question that it had been comprehensively Pakistan's day.
Umar Akmal smacked Smith for a straight six on his way to eight not out at stumps while Amin was alongside him on one.
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