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Cricket: Australia Claim Unlikely Victory Over Pakistan

Mike Hussey celebrates with his Australian teammates

Australia recorded an unlikely victory over touring Pakistan in Sydney today after the visitors had put themselves in a match winning position requiring just 175 for the victory.

Australia owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mike Hussey (134) who helped save their second innings with a record-breaking ninth wicket stand of 123 in partnership with Peter Siddle (38).

The hosts looked to be dead from the start of this test match as they won the toss and captain Ricky Ponting elected to bat first before the team was all out for just 127 from 44.2 overs. That the top scorer in the first innings was bowler Mitchell Johnson with 38 tells its own story.

Pakistan piled on 333 in their first innings, with Butt adding a top score 71 and the whole team but 10 and 11 contributing double figure runs in a reasonable performance with the bat.

Australia then came out and all-but collapsed again – but for Hussey’s 134 their eventual score of 381 would have instead left a tiny total for Pakistan to chase in the fourth innings. Opener Watson’s impressive 97 was the only other performance of merit in an otherwise lackluster innings with the bat.

The Pakistan wicket keeper, Kamran Akmal, will be disappointed with his performance as he dropped Hussey three times in the third day – all from the bowling of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. The keeper also dropped Siddle.

As it was, requiring just 175 on a wicket that looked to be holding up pretty well seemed well within the Pakistan side. However, Mitchell Johnson (3-27) and Hauritz (5-53) put in a magnificent bowling performance which saw Australia begin to ramp up the pressure on the visitors in the manner only they can.

Eventually, Pakistan crumbled to 139 all out in just 39 overs which saw Australia record a momentous victory and claim an insurmountable 2-0 series lead with just one test remaining.

Pakistan will rue the number of missed chances both with the wicketkeeper’s gloves and when set a relatively simple run chase with plenty of time. They will view this as a missed opportunity after all the good first innings work. Instead of heading to Hobart with it all to play for, they have lost the series by failing to convert numerous opportunities in day three and four.

Australia, on the other hand, will have their tails up heading into the remaining test match at Hobart – Pakistan will have it all to do to avoid a series whitewash.

Australia v Pakistan 2nd Test (SCG) Scorecard

Australia beat Pakistan by 36 runs

Australia won the toss and decided to bat

Australia 1st Innings: 127 all out (44.2 overs)

Australia 2nd Innings: 381 all out (125.4 overs)

Pakistan 1st Innings: 333 all out (96.5 overs)

Pakistan 2nd Innings: 139 all out (38.0 overs)

Pakistan second innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
Imran Farhat c M G Johnson b D E Bollinger 22 25 5
Salman Butt c B J Haddin b M G Johnson 21 31 4
Faisal Iqbal c B J Haddin b M G Johnson 7 9 1
Mohammad Yousuf   c&b N M Hauritz 19 28 4
Umar Akmal c M G Johnson b D E Bollinger 49 81 6
Misbah-ul-Haq c M E K Hussey b N M Hauritz 0 2
Kamran Akmal c B J Haddin b M G Johnson 11 15 1
Mohammad Sami c B J Haddin b N M Hauritz 2 18
Umar Gul c P M Siddle b N M Hauritz 6 12 1
Danish Kaneria c S R Watson b N M Hauritz 0 8
Mohammad Asif   not out 0 0
Extras 0b 0lb 1w 1nb 0pens 2  
TOTAL: all out , 38 overs 139  
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (34 Imran Farhat, 28 mins), 2-50 (16 Faisal Iqbal, 19 mins), 3-51 (1 Salman Butt, 6 mins), 4-77 (26 Mohammad Yousuf, 28 mins), 5-77 (0 Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 mins), 6-103 (26 Kamran Akmal, 26 mins), 7-133 (30 Mohammad Sami, 34 mins), 8-133 (0 Akmal, 21 mins), 9-135 (2 Kaneria, 9 mins), 10-139 (4 Umar Gul, 1 mins)
Bowler O M R W
D E Bollinger 12 3 32 2
P M Siddle 4 1 27 0
N M Hauritz 12 1 53 5
M G Johnson 10 2 27 3
Australia second innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
S R Watson c Faisal Iqbal b Umar Gul 97 158 11 3
P J Hughes   c&b Danish Kaneria 37 83 5
R T Ponting c Faisal Iqbal b Umar Gul 11 21
M E K Hussey   not out 134 284 16
M J Clarke lbw b Mohammad Asif 21 40
M J North c Faisal Iqbal b Danish Kaneria 2 9
B J Haddin lbw b Danish Kaneria 15 25 1
M G Johnson   b Danish Kaneria 3 6
N M Hauritz c Misbah-ul-Haq b Umar Gul 4 15
P M Siddle c Misbah-ul-Haq b Mohammad Asif 38 117 2
D E Bollinger   b Danish Kaneria 0 1
Extras 6b 5lb 3w 5nb 0pens 19  
TOTAL: all out , 125.4 overs 381  
Fall of wickets: 1-105 (105 Hughes, 147 mins), 2-144 (39 Ponting, 38 mins), 3-159 (15 Watson, 26 mins), 4-217 (58 Clarke, 64 mins), 5-226 (9 North, 15 mins), 6-246 (20 Haddin, 39 mins), 7-252 (6 Johnson, 8 mins), 8-257 (5 Hauritz, 11 mins), 9-380 (123 Siddle, 209 mins), 10-381 (1 Bollinger, 2 mins)
Bowler O M R W
Mohammad Asif 27 8 53 2
Mohammad Sami 19.5 4 74 0
Umar Gul 28 4 83 3
Danish Kaneria 47.5 3 151 5
Imran Farhat 3 0 9 0
Pakistan first innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
Imran Farhat c B J Haddin b N M Hauritz 53 140 4
Salman Butt c B J Haddin b M G Johnson 71 164 9
Faisal Iqbal c S R Watson b P M Siddle 27 86 3
Mohammad Yousuf c B J Haddin b M G Johnson 46 56 8
Umar Akmal lbw b D E Bollinger 49 48 9
Misbah-ul-Haq c B J Haddin b D E Bollinger 11 25 1
Kamran Akmal c S R Watson b D E Bollinger 14 13 3
Mohammad Sami c B J Haddin b S R Watson 13 24 2
Umar Gul c D E Bollinger b S R Watson 12 22 2
Danish Kaneria c M E K Hussey b D E Bollinger 4 9
Mohammad Asif   not out 0 4
Extras 2b 16lb 5w 10nb 0pens 33  
TOTAL: all out , 96.5 overs 333  
Fall of wickets: 1-109 (109 Imran Farhat, 184 mins), 2-144 (35 Salman Butt, 62 mins), 3-205 (61 Faisal Iqbal, 59 mins), 4-237 (32 Mohammad Yousuf, 19 mins), 5-277 (40 Akmal, 47 mins), 6-286 (9 Misbah-ul-Haq, 9 mins), 7-295 (9 Kamran Akmal, 6 mins), 8-323 (28 Umar Gul, 29 mins), 9-331 (8 Mohammad Sami, 12 mins), 10-333 (2 Kaneria, 1 mins)
Bowler O M R W
D E Bollinger 21.5 5 72 4
P M Siddle 22 4 62 1
M G Johnson 20 2 64 2
S R Watson 17 4 40 2
N M Hauritz 16 3 77 1
Australia first innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
S R Watson c Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Sami 6 24 1
P J Hughes c Faisal Iqbal b Mohammad Sami 0 10
R T Ponting c Umar Gul b Mohammad Sami 0 1
M E K Hussey c Misbah-ul-Haq b Mohammad Asif 28 52 4
M J Clarke   b Mohammad Asif 3 30
M J North c Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Asif 10 17 2
B J Haddin c Mohammad Yousuf b Mohammad Asif 6 9
M G Johnson c Imran Farhat b Mohammad Asif 38 57 5 1
N M Hauritz   b Mohammad Asif 21 37 3
P M Siddle   not out 1 13
D E Bollinger   b Umar Gul 9 19 2
Extras 1b 2lb 1w 1nb 0pens 5  
TOTAL: all out , 44.2 overs 127  
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (2 Hughes, 15 mins), 2-2 (0 Ponting, 1 mins), 3-10 (8 Watson, 24 mins), 4-36 (26 Clarke, 50 mins), 5-51 (15 Hussey, 19 mins), 6-51 (0 North, 6 mins), 7-62 (11 Haddin, 8 mins), 8-106 (44 Hauritz, 52 mins), 9-117 (11 Johnson, 21 mins), 10-127 (10 Bollinger, 19 mins)
Bowler O M R W
Mohammad Asif 20 6 41 6
Mohammad Sami 12 4 27 3
Umar Gul 10.2 0 38 1
Danish Kaneria 2 0 18 0

Australia won the toss and decided to bat

Umpires: E A R de Silva, B R Doctrove
Australia:
P J Hughes , S R Watson , R T Ponting (capt) , M E K Hussey , M J Clarke , M J North , B J Haddin (wkt) , M G Johnson , N M Hauritz , D E Bollinger , P M Siddle
Pakistan:
Salman Butt , Imran Farhat , Faisal Iqbal , Mohammad Yousuf (capt) , Umar Akmal , Misbah-ul-Haq , Kamran Akmal (wkt) , Umar Gul , Mohammad Sami , Mohammad Asif , Danish Kaneria

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