Butt hits half century as Pak seek for record win

Published: Friday, July 16, 2010, 11:44 [IST]
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Butt hits half century

Lords: Salman Butt scored his second consecutive half century, helping Pakistan make a positive after Australia posted a target of 440 runs with two days remaining in Lord's Test.

As at stumps in day three, Pakistan reached 114 for the loss of Imran Farhat, with Butt unbeaten on 58 and teenage debutant Azhar Ali 28 not out.

The previous best fourth-innings run-chase was achieved by the West Indies, who scored 418 for seven to beat Australia at St Johns in 2003.

Pakistan require 326 more runs to win with two days remaining, with the pitch playing a little better now. Only four times in the history of Test cricket has a team batting last scored over 400 to win, and Australia still hold the upper-hand to win the match.

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test - Scorecard

Earlier in their second innings, Australia had posted a total of 334 with the help of Simon Katich who made 83 runs and a maiden Test half-century from Ben Hilfenhaus.

Katich who had made 80 in the first innings, was again the anchor man for the Aussie batting as he held the innings together. The left-hander has been the most consistent batsmen for the Aussies in the past one year, averaging 59.5 since the start of the 2009 Ashes series.

Umar Gul was impressive in the Pakistan bowling department as he finished up with four wickets in the second innings.


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