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Pak Staring At Defeat In Hobart Test

PTI 17 Jan 2010, 13:05:16 PM IST

Australia set Pakistan a tough target of 438 runs for victory from just under five sessions after captain Ricky Ponting declared their second innings at 219-5 after lunch on fourth day in the third and final Test in Hobart at Bellerive Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan began their second innings with an uphill task but lost both openers for only 29 runs. At stumps, Pakistan were 103 for 4 needing another 335 runs to record an improbable win.

First, first innings centurion Salman Butt was bowled by Doug Bollinger for eight and later his partner Imran Farhat went for 14, caught behind by Brad Haddin off Peter Siddle for 14.

However, Khurram Manzoor and captain Mohammad Yousuf took the score to 61 before Yousuf was adjudged lbw off Shane Watson for 23.

Pakistan were reeling at 67 for three at tea with Khurram (17) and Umar Akmal (2) at the crease.

Earlier, Simon Katich succeeded in completing his ninth test century but in the next over, he was caught by Shoaib Malik at deep mid-wicket off legspinner Danish Kaneria.

However, Ponting missed his second century for the match as Australia lost three wickets for only 19 runs in a 15-minute period after lunch as they sent out pinch-hitters Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson in an unsuccessful attempt to quickly increase their total.

Ponting failed failed to become the seventh batsman in Test history to score a double-century and a century in the same match when he departed for 89 on the fourth ball after lunch. He tried to sweep Shoaib Malik and was taken down the legside by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and the umpire's not-out decision was overturned on review when replay showed the ball brushed Ponting's glove.

Then Haddin was run out for eight and Mitchell Johnson was caught at cover by Imran Farhat off Malik for a duck as declaration came with Michael Hussey unbeaten on 13.