Team Pakistan was totally in control after dismissing the Aussies for only 88 runs at Headingley, Leeds on July 21, 2010. It was the lowest total score by any team choosing to bat first after winning the toss since 1957 that is also Australia’s lowest score for the last 50 years and second lowest score against Pakistan. The worst collapse of Australian batsmen against Pakistan bowlers was in 1956 at Karachi, when they were blown away at 80 runs only. Undoubtedly, Headingley produced an exciting cricket competition by creating history.
Despite of raining last night, the overcast conditions helped the ball to swing; the pacers initiatively took the advantage as in result, four Australian batsmen were trapped leg before wicket in the very first session of the match.
The young talented bowler Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif took three wickets each. M. Aamer ended the opening stand by taking the wicket of Simon Katich at 13. In the very next over Shane Watson gave away his wicket to M. Asif with the score of 20 runs. Umar Gul bowled Michael Clarke who scored just 3 runs after facing 20 deliveries. The skipper extended the bowling spell of Mohammad Asif who paid him back by taking the wicket of Ricky Ponting who was walking back when Asif claimed for his leg before wicket as he knew that it was dead in front of the wicket. After bowling five overs Aamer was replaced by Umar Gul who continued the pressure on batsmen because the conditions were still in favor of bowlers.
The pair of Umar Gul and Asif got rid of the skipper Ponting and Mike Hussey. Mike Hussey may has rescued his team many times but this time he was not strong enough to arrest the slide as he failed to connect the ball and was given out LBW whereas subsequent replay showed that it was possibly missing the leg stump but Umar Gul was the man who convinced the umpire with his strong appeal.
Umar Amin got his first test wicket when Marcus North fell to him by nicking it through to the keeper.
Australia was six down and Pakistani bowlers were in great position to hurt kangaroos, it happened again just right after lunch when swinging ball bowled Steve Smith and middle stump was gone. It was Aamer’s second wicket of the day, Mitchell Johnson was the next man to face Aamer, a magnificent ball as good as you can get from Aamer, and Johnson looked to hit it through midwicket, couldn’t handle it and was gone for golden duck. Breaking news was that Aamer was on hat-trick but couldn’t take wicket on next ball later. Ben Hilfenhaus was run out after some great work from Kamran Akmal. Australia who won the toss and chose to bat first was nine wickets down at the score of 86. There was great celeberation among the Pakistani fans crowd and players on the field. Hilfenhaus departed with just 3 runs against his name. Paine was the last man to go and Australian team was all out at just 88 runs.