Aussies struggling against Pakistan

Published: Sunday, November 21, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Hobart: Australia were struggling to survive on the fourth day of the second cricket test against Pakistan at Hobart's Bellerive Oval today. Set a daunting target of 369 to win after the tourists were dismissed for 392 in their second innings, Australia were 98 for three by tea.

Pakistan picked up three wickets between lunch and tea, leaving Australia needing a further 271 runs with four sessions left to play. Australia had looked to be going along smoothly after losing opener Michael Slater for 27 shortly after lunch until Pakistan seamer Azhar Mahmood took two wickets in two balls to swing the game the tourists' way.

Mahmood picked up Greg Blewett for 29, caught behind, then trapped Mark Waugh leg before wicket for a first-ball duck. Slater fell to paceman Shoaib Akhtar when he edged a ball to Mahmood at second slip just after lunch. Earlier in the day, Australia cleaned up the Pakistani tail end to dismiss the visitors for 392 after they started the day at 351-7.

Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne picked up two wickets to finish with five for 110, taking five wickets in an innings for the 16th time in his career. He made the early breakthrough when he dismissed danger man Inzamam-ul-Haq for 118 in the second over of the day then picked up the last wicket when he got Wasim Akram for 31. Waqar Younis was the other man out, departing without scoring when he was run out by a direct hit from wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.

Inzamam added just two more to his overnight score of 116 when he was deceived by Warne, top edging a ball to first slip where Waugh took a sharp reflex catch. Warne finished off the Pakistanis when he got their captain Wasim after he top-edged a ball to Blewett at backward point.


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