Cricket: Mohammad Asif takes career-best six-wicket haul to rout Australia for humiliating 127 at SCG

2010-01-04 00:00

MOHAMMAD Asif completed a career-best six-wicket haul as part of Pakistan’s broader demolition of Australia that called into question Ricky Ponting’s decision to bat first on a Sydney green-top. In union with Mohammad Sami, who dismissed Australia’s top three batsmen before the first drinks break, Asif exploited the heavy pitch and atmospheric conditions to full effect to rout Australia for 127 — their second-lowest total batting first at the SCG and worst at home since 1996.

Ponting was left to rue the decision to bat first on a green, seaming pitch after rain delayed the coin toss until shortly before 2 pm.

Only a 44-run eighth-wicket stand between Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Hauritz saved Australia from complete embarassment although, as it stood, the humiliation ran deep enough. Sami, playing his first Test in more than two years following a stint in the unauthorised ICL, scythed through Australia’s top order with seven overs of express pace and prodigious movement to account for Phillip Hughes, Ponting and Shane Watson before the first drinks break.

Asif then swung into gear in the period leading up to tea with the wickets of Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North and Brad Haddin. He went on to remove Hauritz and Johnson to finish with the career-best figures of 6 for 41 as Australia were rolled inside 45 overs.

Pakistan’s opening batsmen, Imran Farhat and Salman Butt, added 14 runs without loss before bad light stopped play.

Australia first innings

S Watson c K Akmal b M Sami6

P Hughes c F Iqbal b M Sami0

R Ponting c U Gul b M Sami0

M Hussey c Misbah-ul-Haq b M Asif28

M Clarke b M Asif3

M North c K Akmal b M Asif10

B Haddin c M Yousuf b M Asif6

M Johnson c I Farhat b M Asif38

N Hauritz b M Asif21

P Siddle not out1

Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 1, nb 1)5

TOTAL (all out; 44.2 overs)127

Fow: 1-2, 2-2, 3-10, 4-36, 5-51, 6-51, 7-62, 8-106, 9-117, 10-127

Bowling: Mohammad Asif 20 6 41 6, Mohammad Sami 12 4 27 3 (1nb), Umar Gul 10.2 0 38 1 (1w), Danish Kaneria 2 0 18 0

Pakistan 1st innings

Imran Farhat not out9

Salman Butt not out3

Extras (lb 1, nb 1)2

Total (0 wickets; 4.1 overs)14

Bowling: DE Bollinger 2.1 0 4 0 (1nb) PM Siddle 2 0 9 0.

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