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Pak on top despite losing two wickets

Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:59 [IST]
 
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Pakistan in a commanding position

Headingley:Pakistan team is in a commanding position despite losing two wickets in the first session of play in day 2 of the second Test match at Headingley.

Resuming at 148/3, Pakistan batsmen have added 70 runs to their over night score to increase their lead to 130 runs as play has stopped for lunch.

Mitchell Johnson got the first breakthrough for the Kangaroos as he dismissed Umar Akmal(21) and Hilfenhaus was the other successful bowler getting the wicket of youngster Umar Amin(25) to offer some resistance in the Pakistan batting, looking out for a big lead after dismissing Aussies cheaply yesterday.

In the opening day, Pakistan fast bowlers had ripped apart the Australian batting line up as the Aussies were all out for 88 runs and Pakistan managed to build a lead of 60 runs at the close of day one in the second Test match at Headingley.

Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, who was on a hat-trick straight after lunch, were again outstanding with devastating late movement, and were well supported by Umar Gul. The fast bowling trio shared 8 wickets between them.

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test - Scorecard

Ponting earlier in the toss had taken a gamble and had chosen to bat after winning the toss. A brave call especially with heavy morning cloud cover, he had put faith in his top order to weather only to slump to a disappointing team total of 88 runs.

Such a dreadful start as Aussies had lost half their side within the 17th over.

No Australian batsmen was allowed to settle in as the Pakistan bowlers took wickets at regular intervals.

In reply Pakistan moved to 148 for 3 when bad light ended play. Newly appointed skipper and Farhat gave Pakistan a flying start as the duo put on 80 runs for the first wicket before Butt was dismissed. Rookie Azhar Ali coming in at a No 3 looked impressive before he was dismissed for 30 runs.

Pakistan are trailing the two match series 0-1 as they lost the first match at Lords by 150 runs.

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