Pak scurry home for a memorable win

Last Updated 24 July 2010, 17:19 IST

Pakistan, chasing 180, lost four wickets on a sunny morning in what was expected to be a comfortable run chase but was eventually far from it as a resilient Australia went on the attack. Umar Gul scored the winning run with a drive through cover off Mitchell Johnson.

They made the runs with seven wickets down to deny Australia an eighth straight Test win. Australia won the first match at Lord's by 150 runs, also inside four days.  Number eight and man of the match Mohammad Aamer had five and Gul one, as Pakistan got home despite the late wobble that saw the loss of six batsmen for 42 runs. Left-arm pace bowler Doug Bollinger made a late impression on the series with three for 51. Ben Hilfenhaus claimed three for 39.

Kamran Akmal scored 13 and calmed the nerves with three late boundaries -- a cover drive off Bollinger to reduce the target to 15, an edge to third man off Hilfenhaus to take the target to 10, and a more convincing push through cover in the same over to leave six runs needed.

Earlier, Australia struck early with the wicket of Azhar Ali (51), caught behind off Bollinger to the tenth ball of the morning.

Overnight batsman Umar Akmal (8), usually aggressive in his approach, pushed at a Hilfenhaus ball outside off stump and gave Tim Paine his third catch. That was 150 for five.  It could have been 156 for six if Michael Clarke had not dropped Malik (on four), diving to his right at second slip off Bollinger. But Malik did not remain for long.


AUSTRALIA (I Innings): 88
Pakistan (I Innings): 258
Australia (II Innings): 349
Pakistan (II innings, O/n: 140-3)
Farhat b Bollinger    67
Butt c Clarke b Hilfenhaus    13
Azhar c Paine b Bolinger    51
Amin c Paine b Bollinger    0
U Akmal c Paine b Hilfenhaus    8
Malik c North b Hilfenhaus    10
K Akmal c Hussey b Johnson    13
Aamer (not out)    5
Gul (not out)    1
Extras (lb-7, nb-5)    12
Total (for 7 wkts, 50.4 overs)    180
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-137, 3-137, 4-146, 5-150, 6-161, 7-179.
Bowling: Bollinger 13-2-51-3, Hilfenhaus 13-2-39-3 , Johnson 10.4-1-41-1, Watson 5-1-18-0, Smith 9-2-24-0.

(Published 24 July 2010, 13:05 IST)

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