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Pakistan In Sight Of Win In Sydney Test

PTI 05 Jan 2010, 15:41:27 PM IST
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Pakistan took full control of the second Test match here at the Sydney Cricket Ground when their bowlers grabbed eight wickets of Australia's second innings on Tuesday.

Australia were reeling at 286 for eight when the play ended on the third day of the five-day match.

Michael Hussey, who came at number four is still at the crease with a fighting 73. The other batsman is tail-ender Peter Siddle (10 not out).

Pakistan need only two wickets to go for chasing an expected easy target to beat Australia at their own ground.

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria captured four wickets for 117 runs while seamer Umar Gul claimed three for 62. Fast bowler Mohammad Asif took one wicket while Mohammad Sami could not get any wicket.

Earlier, openers Shane Watson and Phill Hughes provided a solid start of 105 after Pakistan were all out for 333 with an impressive lead of 206 runs.

Australia were 86 for no loss at lunch but lost three wickets in the second session.

First, Hughes went for 37, later captain Ricky Ponting lost his wicket for 11, then Watson fell for 97.

Australia resumed at 199 for three after tea but Danish Kaneria destroyed their batting line taking three more wickets. He dismissed North (2), Haddin (15) and Johnson (3) before Asif removed Micheal Clarke for 21.

Umar Gul claimed the eight Australian wicket getting Nathan Hauritz out four.