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Ponting leads fightback

cricket Updated: Jul 23, 2010 00:53 IST
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Australia were 136 for two in their second innings, a deficit of 34 runs, when bad light stopped play on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley on Thursday.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting was batting on 61 while Michael Clarke was giving him company on 32. Australia lead the two-match series 1-0.

Earlier, Australia were off to a disastrous start in their second innings losing opening batsmen Simon Katich and Shane Watson with just 55 on the board. Australia, skittled for just 88 before dismissing Pakistan for 258 in the first innings made a valiant fightback through Ponting and vice-captain Clarke.

Katich, bidding for an Australian record of scoring half-centuries in 10 consecutive tests, fell cheaply for the second time in the match. He was bowled around his legs by Mohammad Aamer for 11 as he walked across his stumps. Watson, whose inspired swing bowling and test best six for 33 had earlier given Australia a chance of a comeback, was bowled for 24 having got an inside edge on to his stumps from part-time medium-pacer Umar Amin. Watson finished off the Pakistan first innings having claimed four wickets for seven runs in 13 balls after taking two wickets in consecutive balls in his first over after lunch. He bettered the five for 40 he claimed at Lord's.

Ponting's 12,000 runs

Ponting became only the second batsman after India's Sachin Tendulkar to score 12,000 Test runs when he reached 46 after edging a left-arm quick Mohammad Aamer delivery to the boundary. He reached the landmark in his 247th innings in his 146th Test.

Ponting is one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation and has scored 39 Test hundreds as well.