HOBART: Pakistan were left staring down the barrel on Friday after they ended the second day of the Hobart Test on 94/4 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 519/8-declared.
Peter Siddle struck twice in an over to reduce Pakistan to 63-2 after openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt survived 22 overs in the face of Australia’s massive total. Farhat, a compulsive driver outside the off-stump went in familiar fashion when he edged a good length delivery to give wicketkeeper Brad Haddin his 100th Test dismissal behind the stumps. Siddle’s next victim was Khurram Manzoor who was previously discarded for the series but called back to replace Faisal Iqbal at number three. Manzoor went flashing after a short delivery to be caught at second slip by Ricky Ponting on the last delivery of the over.
The visitors’ plight worsened when they lost captain Mohammad Yousuf and Umar Akmal to run-outs in the space of five overs and 10 runs. Yousuf, notorious for his running between the wickets, was looking for a third run when he was sent back by Butt only for Haddin to run the captain out well short of the crease. Butt was then involved in another run out when he sent Umar Akmal back from half-way down the pitch.
Pakistan now trail the hosts by 425 runs and may well find themselves following-on after failing to utilize a batsmen-friendly track at Hobart.
Earlier Australian captain Ricky Ponting capitalized on Pakistan’s poor performance in the field with his fifth double hundred while his deputy Michael Clarke cracked 166 in the pair’s 352-run partnership.