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Australians slump to 253 allout

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 16:34 [IST]
 
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Australians allout for 253

Lords: Mohammad Aamer picked up the final Australian wicket as the Australians were allout for 253 runs in the second day of the first Test match between the two sides at Lords.

Resuming the second days play at 229/9, the Aussies added 24 runs before Aamer took the final wicket of Dough Bollinger. Micheal Hussey coming in at No 5, who was 39 unbeaten as the day's play resumed reached his half-century and helped the Aussies cross the 250 run-mark.

Aamer who had already picked up 3 wickets yesterday finished up with figures of 4/72.

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test - Scorecard

In the opening day, Pakistan's Mohammad Asif had 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.

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.

His spell had 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 had stopped play.

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

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