Asif too hot to handle as Oz batting collapse

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 11:17 [IST]
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Asif puts Pak on top

Lords: Pakistan's Mohammad Asif bowled a fiery spell to restrict the Australian batting line-up to a meager total of 229/9 before bad light ended the first day's play in the first Test match between two sides sides at Lords.

Mohammad Asif sparked an Australian collapse with three wickets in a devastating seven-ball spell as Pakistan gained the upper-hand on day one of the first neutral Test at Lord's in 98 years.

Mohammad Aamer had got the wicket of Shane Watson in the very fifth over to put the Australians in the back-foot. Then soon after a brief innings of 26, Captain Ricky Ponting fell to Mohammad Aamer again.

The Aussies did managed to recover in the afternoon with a stand of 120 between Simon Katich and Michael Clarke before Asif struck from the Pavilion End.
Asif trapped Clarke lbw just before tea, and in his first over after resumption of play, he struck again to dismiss Katich who was nearing his ton and then bowled Marcus North for a third-ball duck to complete a stunning double-wicket maiden.

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test - Scorecard

His spell proved to be vital for the Pakistan side as Ponting's men crashed from 172 for two to 229 for nine - losing seven wickets for 58 runs.
Meanwhile Mike Hussey was running out of partners, batting at 39 unbeaten as wickets continued to tumble at his other end.

Eventually bad lights stopped play before Australia could lose their final wicket.

Both Aamer and Asif picked up three wickets and both picked up vital wickets at the top and the middle.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi had won the toss and asked the Australians to bat first after a delayed start.


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