Pakistan vs Australia
Australia win by 150 runs
Australia were not at their best in this match, but they still end up with a massive 150-run victory. Part-timer Marcus North picked up six wickets (yes, that's correct) as Pakistan's batsmen gave their wickets away. Salman Butt (92) and Azhar Ali (42) gave the hosts hope, but once the first wicket went down, the rest failed to hang around. Pakistan have only four days to turn things around. Thank you for your company this Test. Do join us again for the second match.
Over 92 North W
289 all out - Can North make it six for the match? WICKET! You bet he can. The spinner tosses the ball up and Kaneria gently chips it to Poniting at short cover. That is that!
Over 91 Smith W-1-0-0-0-1
289-9 - WICKET! Steven Smith gets his third wicket and Pakistan are nine wickets down. Gul plays across the line to the leg spinner as he looks to work it to the on-side. He gets a leading edge to short cover. Ponting dives forward to complete the catch. Mohammad Asif is the final man in and he is off the mark with an edge past slip. Kaneria pulls off the back foot for one.
Over 90 North 0-0-1-0-1-0
287-8 - Kaneria defends off the front foot before taking one wide of point. Tossed up from North and Gul swings. He doesn't ime it, but it falls well short of Hussey running in from deep midwicket.
Over 89 Smith 0-0-0-0-0-0
285-8 - Three men are surrounding the bat of Umar Gul. The tail-ender defends the first four balls and then goes for swing and a miss. There's at least one more wicket on offer here for Smith. Unfortunately for him he wastes the final ball down the leg side.
Over 88 North 0-2-0-W-0-0
285-8 - Thoughts of taking the new ball have disapppeared after Smith took the wicket of Kamran Akmal the previous over. Who needs the faster bowlers anyway? Aamer clears midwicket and gets a couple. WICKET! Marcus North gets himself on the honours board. After Aamer slogged it over midwicket a few balls earlier, Ponting decides to put a man at deep midwicket. Guess what? Aamer slogs it straight to that man. More ill-discipline from a Pakistan batsman. How long will Danish Kaneria last?
Over 87 Smith 2-0-0-0-W-0
283-7 - Bollinger has started to warm up so the new ball could be imminent. Back to the spinners and Akmal gets a couple to the sweeper on the cover boundary. Careful now! Akmal has a rush of blood as he advances down the wicket to go over the top. He doesn't middle it, but it falls just short of mid-on. WICKET! Oh dear! After his narrow escape the earlier ball, Akmal again decides to go after one, swinging across the line. He fails to make contact and the ball crashes into his stumps. He departs four short of his half-century. Yet another poor dismissal from a Pakistan batsman. Umar Gul is the new batsman and he sees off the first ball.
Over 86 North 0-0-1-0-0-0
281-6 - Akmal defends before pushing out to the cover fielder for a single leaving Aamer with three deliveries to survive, which he does with ease. Perhaps it is time for the new ball now.
Over 85 Smith 4-0-0-0-0-1
280-6 - Smith continues with no sign of a warm-up from anyone intending to bowl fast. Akmal is on the back foot and smashing for four with an imperious stroke. Smith is up to it and responds with a ball in the same place but slightly quicker which beats the outside edge. Akmal is able to manufacture a single off the final ball to keep the strike.
Over 84 North 1-0-0-0-0-0
275-6 - Akmal decided that Aamer is allowed a go and takes a single from the first ball of the over. The left hander then goes hard at a slightly short North delivery and is lucky not to find the edge. A couple more tense moments are survived with Ponting, no doubt getting frustrated, crawling in closer and closer under the bat.
Over 83 Smith 0-0-4-0-0-1
74-6 - Still no new-ball and Smith will be grateful for as many overs as possible here. Akmal goes with the spin to a full delivery and gets his hands through the ball brilliantly for four through the covers. A further drive through the off side allows Akmal to keep hold of the strike yet again.
Over 82 North 3-2-0-4-0-1
268-6 - Ponting persists with North with three men still surrounding the left hander. The field spreads after a well struck drive from Aamer yields three runs. Kamran Akmal defended all the the previous Smith over but then unleashes with a fine stroke against the spin and over the covers for four. Akmal then cuts and a valiant attempt on the fence cannot stop another boundary for the wicketkeeper-batsman who then takes a single to keep the strike.
Over 80 North 0-4-0-0-0-2
259-6 - It's the final over before the new ball is available and perhaps North's final chacne at five Lord's wickets. He slows the second delivery down and flights it slightly more to which Aamer clears his feet out the way and hits in the air past mid on for four. North is encouraged by Aamer playing a stroke and flights up the next ball a little more, but Aamer pushes away more defensively. A short ball to end the over gets pushed away by the left hander but is pulled up short of the fence and the batsmen settle for two.
Over 79 Smith 0-0-0-0-0-0
253-6 - Smith is flighting it up to Akmal but he is not tempted and defends solidly. Smith then fires in the final delivery as Ponting successfully avoids a single and will have Aamer for a potential six balls next over.
Over 78 North 0-0-1-0-0-0
253-6 - Spin from both ends with just a couple of overs left before the new ball. Akmal kicks away outside off, before hitting a short ball to the man sweeping. He takes one and leaves Aamer to survive the final three balls which heh manages admirably.
Over 77 Smith 0-3-0-0-0-0
252-6 - Steve Smith finally gets a go, from the Pavilion end. Akmal squeezes away off the back foot and some un-Australian like fielding allows Akmal three runs. Two slips in for Aamer, and Smith has bowled a cracker which pitches and turns, beats the outside edge and narrowly misses the off stump. Aamer plays and misses the next ball too - great start from Smith. Pakistan are past the 250-mark.
Over 76 North 0-2-0-0-0-0
249-6 - Marcus North's spot in the Aussie Test XI may be under threat but he'll get the nod as the first choice spinner at this rate. He's in search of his fifth with three men crowding the bat of Aamer on the off side. Aamer is reaching and edging away for two runs, fortunate for him and Akmal is happy to take two and give Aamer the responsibility of the rest of the over. Ponting is getting as close as he can and is just wide of a bat-pad from the left hander.
Over 75 Johnson 0-0-0-0-0-0
247-6 - To Akmal Mitchell Johnson is fuller and consistently outside off stump. The batsman pushes forward defensively and securely with three slips in attention. Johnson then goes short, but the ball hasn't bounced and Akmal misses on the pull. Akmal defends again and it is a maiden over from Johnson.
Over 74 North 0-0-0-0-0-1
247-6 - North to Akmal - the Pakistan batsman is on his back foot and punching to point. No run. He's hapy stepping back and watching the ball outside his off stump. North strays too straight with the final ball and allows Akmal the single, and the strike in the next over.
Over 73 Johnson 2-0-0-0-0-0
246-6 - Aamer was victim to a short Bollinger delivery in the first innings, and Johnson is attempting to repeat the dosage here. Aamer is a quick learner and with a line of slips behind him and the field closing in he is equal to it. Johnson perhaps is over-doing the short ball a touch.
Over 72 North 0-6-0-0-0-0
244-6 - Kamran Akmal shimmies down the wicket and blasts North, some may argue where his bowling deserves - not on today showing though, into the tenth row. It's a beautiful straight hit from Akmal. North responds slipping the ball down the leg side and comes close to having Akmal stumped.
Over 71 Johnson 0-0-0-0-0-0
238-6 - Mohammad Aamer has a Boom Boom bat but is playing far more responsibly than his far more experienced and aged captain. Johnson tries the short approach but Aamer has decided that he'll duck under anything short. It works and forced Johnson to try the angle around the wicket. The 18-year old is equal to a full Johnson delivery to finish.
Over 70 North 3-0-0-0-0-0
238-6 - Aamer rocks bat and plays a convincing shot off the back foot, past point and the Pakistani pair and through for three. Akmal is happy to see out the rest of the 'dangerman' Marcus North's over.
Over 69 Johnson 0-0-4-1-0-1
235-6 - Johnson is struck for four again by Akmal, driving hard to the fence. He then gets a single to leave Aamer on strike and vulnerable. Johnson tries the old one-two, chucking in the bouncer and then following up with a full delivery. Aamer gets an inside edge, a single, and retains the strike.
Sorry for the break since lunch as we experienced a technical glitch this side. All's well now however and we'll be with you for the rest of the day. In the interim Kamran Akmal struck two fours, but otherwise there was little to speak of until that previous North over.
Over 68 North W-0-2-0-W-0
229-6 - Wicket! Marcus North strikes again! Watson's five in the first innings and now North with three in the second, Australia really are relying on unsuspected wicket-takers. Umar Amin is North's victim here, pushing forward and an inside edge via the pads flies to Simon Katich's left at short leg. Katich is full stretch to his left and it's an outstanding catch! Afridi is the new man and given the situation one wonders how he'll play. Not surprisingly he goes full tilt, and is OUT! Caught by Mike Hussey on the leg side fence with the ball travelling high in the air. Nothing inspirational about that stroke from Afridi. Mohammad Aamer is in to face the music and escapes the final North delivery
Pakistan: 216-4 at lunch
Australia can start sniffing victory after picking up four wickets in the morning session. It started so well for Pakistan with Salman Butt and Azhar Ali motoring along. However, once the first wicket went down, the Aussies got more confident and they finished the session with the big wickets of Butt, Ali and Umar Akmal. Pakistan still need 224 runs for victory, but they only have the keeper and a few all-rounders left. Do join us again after the break for the afternoon sessions.
Over 64 North 1-1-W
216-4 - Looks like Steve Smith will have to wait until the afternoon session to get a bowl as North gets another over. Akmal uses his feet to work it to midwicket for one. Amin gets it wide of Bollinger at mid-off. WICKET! Ponting's decision to give North another over pays off and it's massive, massive wicket for the Aussies. Akmal looks to cut, but North gets some extra bounce and he ends up getting a thick nick through to the keeper.
Over 63 Johnson 0-0-0-0-0-0
214-3 - Pakistan need another 226 for victory, but one more wicket for Australia and they will start sniffing victory. Umar Amin is determined to go to lunch with his wicket intact so he defends. Steven Smith is loosening up.
Over 62 North 1-4-0-0-0-0
214-3 - Amin dabs it through point for a single. Akmal is again down the track, but this time he doesn't middle it and it's just four. Someone needs to tell him to calm down. Ponting won't be too unhappy to see him go over the top.
Over 61 Johnson 0-0-0-0-0-0
209-3 - It's surprising that Ponting hasn't turned to Seven Smith this morning. He gave Australia the breakthrough last night. Perhaps he will get one over just before lunch. Akmal sees out the maiden.
Over 60 North 0-0-0-0-6-1
209-3 - This is a big partnership for Pakistan. After this it's the wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi and the bowlers. Umar Akmal defends and defends and then is down the track to go straight down the ground for six. Excellent shot.
Over 59 Johnson 3-4-1-0-0-0
202-3 - Mitchell Johnson is back for a final flurry before lunch. He took some stick at the start of the day, but that was from the other end. Too straight and Amin works it through midwicket for three. Short and Akmal is onto it in a flash, pulling down to deep backward square for four. That brings up Pakistan's 200. Just another 200 and something to go.
Over 58 North 0-0-0-3-0-0
194-3 - Ponting has a slip and short leg in for Umar Amin. The debutant is happy to defend for the first few balls before tucking it wide of short leg for three.
Over 57 Bollinger 0-0-4-0-0-0
191-3 - Akmal nearly takes out bowler Bollinger as he hammers it straight down the ground for four. Doug has a word with the youngster after that and decides to come around the wicket.
Over 56 North W-0-0-1-0-0
187-3 - Ricky Ponting turns to Marcus North. The captain has a very defensive field for the off-break bowler. WICKET! North gets some drift down the leg side and Butt comes forward and then falls away to the off as he looks to work it to the leg-side. Tim Paine does brilliantly behind the stumps to whip off the bails. The keeper had to really stretch, but was still quicker than Butt. That's a big wicket for Australia. It's a shame for Butt as he was closing in on a well-deserved century. Umar Akmal is away with one to the sweeper on the cover boundary.
Over 55 Bollinger 0-0-0-0-0-4
186-2 - Looks like the rain that fell earlier failed to juice up the pitch enough as the Pakistan batsmen haven't been troubled since the brief break. Amin is starting to get very confident out in the middle and clips one over the head of square leg for four. That was a very risky shot.
Over 54 Watson 4-0-4-0-4-1
182-2 - Play resumes with Watson bowling too straight and Amin clipping it for four to the fine-leg boundary. Amin leans into it and cracks it through the covers for four. Ricky Ponting responds by deploying a silly mid-off. Ooh! Risky stuff from Amin as he cracks another one uppishly through the covers. That one was not to far away from that silly mid-off.
Rain stops play. Momentarily
It's got a bit harder and so the umpires decide to take the players off. But just as the hovercraft gets 15 yards onto the field, the rain stops and everyone is called back. The groundsman has a word with the umpires though and his gestures seem to suggest that he thinks a bit more rain is on its way. The batsmen managed to get into the pavilion before they were called back, but they've returned to the middle now.
Over 53 Bollinger 0-3-0-0-0-0
169-2 - That rain isn't hard enough to take the players off but it should juice the pitch up a touch. Nevertheless Amin clips nicely through midwicket and runs well to pick up three. Both of Pakistan's debutants have looked technically very good, but so far they've been undone by good deliveries just outside off stump. Bollinger sends down a couple of quick short balls to Butt, who does well to sway out of the way.
Over 52 Watson 0-0-1-0-1-0
166-2 - Once again the over-rate this morning has been poor - we had 13 in the first hour. Ponting just seems to take ages chatting to his bowlers in every other over, and this is one such over. Eventually he and Watson are happy, and both batsmen take singles to the leg side. And now some light rain has started to fall.
Over 51 Bollinger 0-0-4-0-1-0
164-2 - Bollinger replaces Hilfenhaus, who's left the field to get some attention from the physio - a nice rub will do the shoulder some good no doubt. Bollinger starts quite full, and when he strays onto Butt's pads he's put away through midwicket. Another stylish stroke from the left-hander, who just rolled his wrists at the right moment to keep the ball down. The umpires call for drinks, and it's been a fairly even first hour. The onus is still on Butt to come up with a big score, while I think Umar Akmal is the other crucial player here.
Over 50 Watson 0-2-0-0-0-0
159-2 - Amin makes a dicey start against Watson, playing and missing a wide one and then getting an inside edge past his stumps that brings two to fine leg. He never got going in the first innings, but maybe that's the luck he needed here.
Over 49 Hilfenhaus 0-0-0-0-0-0
157-2 - Hilfenhaus does continue, and after a long chat with his skipper he elects to come around the wicket to Butt with a slip, a gully, a short and a silly mid-off of sorts. Australia clearly feel they need to try something different to Butt. It was the inswinging yorker from Watson that accounted for him in the first innings but he's also driven uppishly on the odd occasion - he got lucky when one looped off the bat and went in between two close-in fielders - and that seems to be what Ponting is looking for. Butt is equal to it though, defending patiently and picking the slower one from Hilfenhaus.
Over 48 Watson 0-3-0-1-0-1
157-2 - Hilfenhaus looks to be in some distress after diving at fine leg to cut off a potential Butt boundary, but after five minutes of wincing and a bit of a stretch he's smiling again next to the physio. He landed really hard on his left shoulder and Australia's backroom staff clearly feared the worst because they were all up on their feet on the balcony. It remains to be seen whether he'll bowl the next over but in the meantime Umar Amin gets off the mark with a single to the leg side.
Over 47 Hilfenhaus 0-0-0-0-0-W
152-2 - Wicket! Huge breakthrough, and there's a palpable sense of relief in the field now. Ali had left a couple of wide deliveries and two bouncers, played a straight one and then felt he had to play this one, which was just outside off stump. The outside edge was found after the ball hit the seam and Paine did the rest behind the stumps. The celebration is a mild one, which reflects that feeling of relief as much as elation for Australia.
Over 46 Watson 0-0-1-0-0-0
152-1 - Ali clips a straighter ball through square leg for a single, and Butt sees out the remainder of the over with relative ease. With each over that passes without a wicket from the seamers the pressure on Steven Smith rises.
Over 45 Hilfenhaus 0-1-2-0-0-0
151-1 - A well-judged single into the covers gets Ali off strike, and in fact rotates the strike for the first time this morning. It also takes Pakistan past their first innings total. The field is adjusted for the left-hander, and Butt punches nicely past short cover for a couple of runs that bring up the fifty partnership, which will be slowly filling the dressing room with confidence. Pakistan need another 289 runs to win.
Over 44 Watson 4-0-0-0-0-0
148-1 - Four more to Butt, and again this is steered through the gully quite safely to welcome Shane Watson into the attack. Watson is all stares throughout the remainder of the over, in which he does get a bit of shape into the left-handed Butt. All blocked out diligently by the batsman though.
Over 43 Hilfenhaus 0-0-0-0-4-4
144-1 - No matter how well they bat, Pakistan will need some luck if they're going to pull off the highly improbable and Ali gets some here. First he plays and misses at a delivery outside off stump, and then he gets a leading edge as he tries to flick to leg and it flies just wide of third slip and runs away for four. The next delivery brings four more, but it's much safer as he angles the ball down to third man. All highly frustrating for Australia.
Over 42 Johnson 0-4-0-0-4-0
136-1 - A glint of concern flashes across Ponting's face after Butt drives handsomely through the covers for four. Australia have left a huge gap there as usual, despite the fact that Butt has been superb on the off side. Johnson drops short with another delivery and is put away through that gap once more, this time off the back foot. It's still early days, but the pitch is looking very flat and there isn't much swing, and I dare say Pakistan have looked good so far.
Over 41 Hilfenhaus 0-0-4-0-0-0
128-1 - Ali opens his day four account in style, glancing a delivery off leg stump past midwicket for four. The length was good from Hilfenhaus, so it took a classy piece of wrist action for Ali to engineer that past the fielder.
Over 40 Johnson 0-4-2-0-0-4
124-1 - Johnson finds the edge of Butt's bat as the left-hander cuts at a wide one, but the ball drops short of Tim Paine. It was a tiny edge if there was one, just a little noise, but it's not a decision that Ian Gould has to make because he indicates that the ball bounced before the keeper, who still went up. Just a half-hearted appeal from everyone though because they realised what had happened. Butt drives the next ball over point for four with a risky shot, and clips two through square leg as Johnson strays onto the pads. The final ball is run down to third man for another boundary, so Pakistan are up and running.
Over 39 Hilfenhaus 0-0-0-0-0-0
114-1 - Hilfenhaus is Australia's best exponent of swing, and there's just enough to keep him hopeful against the right-handed Azhar Ali. It's a good maiden to the youngster, with every delivery in that corridor that tends to induce an edge.
Over 38 Johnson 0-0-0-0-0-0
114-1 - There's a lack of consistency to Johnson's first over of the day, but while the pitch map will look like the mat provided for a game of Twister he does test Salman Butt's defences on a couple of occasions. Encouragingly for Pakistan, there's no sign of early swing although Johnson is also not Australia's best exponent of it.
Mitchell Johnson will get the day underway, and it goes without saying that this opening hour will be absolutely crucial. Just I thought I'd mention it anyway.
Shane Warne is out in the middle looking for any potential assistance for leggie Steve Smith, and he does find some outside the left-hander's off stump. Not so much rough available when bowling to the right-handers, but Warne thinks there should still be bounce and turn. And he backs Smith to be the star of the day for Australia. It looks like he's going to get through a lot of overs, especially if the seamers can't make early breakthroughs.
A Paine for Australia
An interview with Tim Paine is being run at the moment - the debutant reflecting on a very solid Test debut at the home of cricket - and I can tell you that there's a bit of sunshine on him. It's not glorious, beaming sunshine, but it's not the murky, humid weather Australia will have been looking for.
State of play
Australia posted 253 in the first innings after being asked to bat first. Simon Katich top scored with 80 as Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif shared seven wickets. Pakistan flopped with the bat as well as they were bundled out for 148. Salman Butt hit 63 and Shane Watson got himself on the honours board with five wickets. Australia were better with the bat second time of asking as Katich (83) and No 10 Ben Hilfenhaus (56) helped them to 334. Umar Gul picked up four wickets. That left Pakistan with 440 for victory. They made a good start, scoring 114 for one on day three. And now I can breathe out.
It's day four of the opening Test between Pakistan and Australia at neutral Lord's and you can follow the action with our live over-by-over commentary right here.
- 13th - 16th Jul 2010
- I J Gould and R E Koertzen
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Farhat||c Watson b Smith||24|
|Butt||st Paine b North||92|
|Azhar||c Paine b Hilfenhaus||42|
|Amin||c Katich b North||33|
|Akmal||c Clarke b North||22|
|Afridi||c Hussey b North||2|
|M Amir||c Hussey b North||19|
|Gul||c Ponting b Smith||1|
|Kaneria||c Ponting b North||2|
|Extras||2nb, 2b, 1lb||5|
|Total||All out, 91.1 Overs||289|