24 July, 2010

Embracing long awaited victory

Finally the long, long wait of Pakistan for a Test victory over Australia came to an end as Pakistan overwhelmed mighty Australia by three wickets to achieve historic victory at Headingley ground on Saturday.
Cricket fans all across the country took to the streets in Pakistan to celebrate their side’s first Test victory over Australia in 15 years, after a tense fourth-day finish at Headingley.

Salman Butt is being praised by all for as he made a winning start as captain and became the eighth Pakistani captain after Fazal Mahmood, Mushtaq Mohammed, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis, Salim Malik, Ramiz Raja and Mohammed Yousuf to win his maiden Test match as captain.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking, when you have this added responsibility,” Salman Butt told reporters. “You tend to think more, thank God it went positively and we won."
It means a lot, it’s a new beginning for Pakistan” he said.

Pakistan, set 180 to win, lost four wickets for 40 runs before finishing on 180 for seven and a three-wicket win as they levelled this two-Test series at 1-1.

Australia paid the price for being bowled out for just 88 in their first innings – their lowest Test total since they were dismissed for 76 by the West Indies at Perth in 1984.
Australia held Pakistan to 258, with medium-pacer Watson taking a Test-best six for 33. And then Australia made 349 in their second innings.
But Aamir still managed to take four wickets for 86, giving the 18-year-old left-arm quick Test best match figures of seven for 106.
Aamir and Watson won their teams’ respective man-of-the-match awards.

This series between Australia and Pakistan was played in England after international cricket in Pakistan was effectively suspended after an armed attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in March last year.