Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hauritz spins Australia to remarkable victory

The Australians celebrating the wicket of Imran Farhat for 22. 
The Australians celebrating the wicket of Imran Farhat for 22

How, how in God's name, did Pakistan manage to lose the second test?

A journo from The West Australian said on Twitter that he'd heard somebody suggesting that the Pakistani keeper may have been engaging in some match fixing when he dropped Hussey multiple times.

I scoffed, I did. Hmmm......

A record 100-run partnership between man-of-the-match Michael Hussey and Peter Siddle for the ninth wicket gave Australia a chance of winning.

They secured victory by 36 runs, bowling the tourists out for 139 in their second innings, with spinner Nathan Hauritz claiming five wickets.

A win by Australia seemed unlikely after they were dismissed for just 127 on day one.
But off-spinner Hauritz led the way. He latched onto a Mohammed Yousuf missile, holding the catch despite the ball drawing blood.

He then dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq for a duck two balls later to put the Aussies in the box seat.

After a brief Pakistani fightback, Mitchell Johnson's third wicket saw the visitors reduced to 6/103 chasing 176 for victory.

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