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Pakistan In Trouble In Hobart Test

PTI 15 Jan 2010, 14:43:59 PM IST

After a solid opening stand of 63 runs, Pakistan lost four quick wickets and were reeling on 94 for four at stumps on second day of the third and final Test match here at Bellerive Oval on Friday.

Openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt, both left-handers, were looking set to challenge Australia's formidable total of 519 for eight declared.

However, paceman Peter Siddle made a breakthrough, claiming two wickets in four balls to put Australia on top. He claimed Imran Farhat caught behind by Brad Haddin for 38. It was Haddin's 100th dismissal in Test cricket.

Just four balls later, Siddle dismissed Khurram Manzoo dismissed for a duck, caught by Ricky Ponting at second slip to be.

Later, two run outs put Pakistan into deep trouble. First captain Mohammad Yousuf was out taking third run from his off-drive and then young Umar Akmal was also runout. Yousuf made seven and Umar got eight with the help of two fours in an over.

However, opener Salman Butt still holds one end making a patient 34 while Shoaib Malik batting on four when the second day's play ended.

Earlier, captain Ricky Ponting declared Australia's first innings at 519 runs for eight wickets at tea after resuming at 302 for three this morning.

Ponting and his deputy Michael Clarke continued to put Pakistan's bowlers to the sword to add further 91 runs during the first session.

In the process both players reached the 150 mark as Ponting went to lunch not out on 180 - his highest score at his beloved home ground surpassing the 157 he scored against New Zealand in 2001 - while Clarke was unbeaten on 153.

Ponting completed his fifth Test double hundred before his partner departed on 166, bowled by leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. The pair made 352 runs for a record fourth wicket partnership.

Later, Ponting also went on 209, caught by captain Mohammad Yousuf off fast bowler Mohammad Aamer.

Then wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin and middle-order batsman Marcus North made together 55 runs before Haddin was caught by Umar Gul off Kaneria for 41 and one run later, North also went for 21, caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz off Mohammad Asif.

The declaration came as soon Mitchell Johnson was caught behind off Kaneria for eight.