Australia’s Ben Hilfenhaus claimed two wickets in the morning session on the second day of the first test as Pakistan went to lunch on 49-2 at Lord’s on Wednesday.
Pakistan, replying to Australia’s 253, trailed by 204 runs at the interval having began its innings in bright conditions before dark clouds arrived before lunch. Salman Butt played diligently for his 26 not out. Umar Amin was yet to score.
Pakistan lost its first wicket in the seventh over when Hilfenhaus, who switched to the Nursery End, managed to move the ball up the famous Lord’s slope and gleaned an edge from Imran Farhat (4) through to the wicketkeeper.
His second breakthrough came in his final over before the break as he moved a shorter ball down the slope. Debutant Azhar Ali (16) fended at it with his bat away from his body only to give Australia wicketkeeper and fellow debutant Tim Paine his second catch.
Swing and seam bowler Hilfenhaus is playing his first test in nine months after suffering from a knee injury. He was the top wicket-taker in last year’s Ashes series in England.
Pakistan, seeking a first test win over Australia in 15 years, would probably be satisfied with its effort having won the toss in bowler-friendly conditions. Pakistan is playing as the home team even though the match is being played at a neutral venue.
Australia was dismissed in the first hour of the day after Pakistan was frustrated by a 10th-wicket partnership of 31 between Mike Hussey and Doug Bollinger.
Hussey, on 39 overnight, again showed his ability to marshal the tail as he took his score to 56 not out, reaching his 42nd test half-century with an inside edge for four off Umar Gul. He faced 100 deliveries.
Doug Bollinger was the last man out, bowled by a Mohammad Aamer yorker for four.
Simon Katich top scored in the innings with 80. His was one of three wickets in a crucial seven-ball spell from Mohammad Asif (3-63) that turned the match in Pakistan’s favour either side of tea on day one.
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