Smith sets up intriguing finish against Pakistan
Steven Smith's maiden Test fifty left the second Test against Pakistan finely balanced at Headingley in Leeds today.Updated: Jul 24, 2010 15:49 IST
Steven Smith's maiden Test fifty left the second Test against Pakistan finely balanced at Headingley here on Saturday.
Australia were bowled out for 349 in their second innings, having made just 88 in their first, to leave Pakistan needing 180 for a victory that would square the two-match series at 1-1.
Leg-spinner Smith, in only his second match at this level, was last man out for 77, bowled slogging at Umar Gul, after coming in when Australia's advantage was only 47.
But he batted well against the new ball, taking advantage of any loose deliveries, in a 100 ball innings featuring two sixes and nine fours.
He shared stands of 37 with both Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus for the eighth and ninth wickets respectively.
Pakistan have lost their last 13 Tests against Australia - a record run for one country against another - and in Sydney in January were bowled out for 139 chasing a fourth innings victory target of 176.
Smith went to fifty in style, sweeping leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for four.
And he followed up by launching Kaneria for two sixes in as many balls, the second a huge hit onto the roof of the Football Stand End.
In the morning, Pakistan teenage left-arm quick Mohammad Aamer took three wickets for just 12 runs in 16 balls, on his way to final figures of four for 86 in 27 overs, to leave Australia 215 for five at lunch.
Michael Clarke, the last of Australia's recognised batsmen, was 76 not out, having started the day unbeaten on 32 and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who top scored with 17 in the first innings, was 17 not out.
However Clarke added just one to his interval score when, to Mohammad Asif's first ball after lunch he was caught behind off a superb full length delivery that just seamed away enough to take the outside edge and end the Australia vice-captain's four hours' of resistance.
Australia were plunged into further trouble by a fortunate Kaneria wicket.
First Published: Jul 24, 2010 15:46 IST