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Akhtar redeems some Pakistani pride

By Adam Cooper 09/12/2004 09:50:51 PM Comments (0)

Paceman Shoaib Akhtar redeemed some lost pride for Pakistan when he removed Western Australia opener Justin Langer shortly before stumps on day one of their four-day match at the WACA Ground.

The Rawalpindi Express dismissed Test opener Langer in the first over for four, trapping him LBW as the home team went to stumps at 1-20.

Pakistan showed their best hopes of beating Australia in the first Test next week rest with the ball, after another inept performance with the bat.

Akhtar's (1-12) softened the blow as Pakistan was all out for 262.

The visitors played a full-strength side, yet their top order was demolished inside 90 minutes by WA pacemen Brett Dorey and Ben Edmondson, who relished bowling on a fast, bouncy wicket against batsmen who struggled to adapt.

From 5-78 half an hour before lunch, Pakistan recovered through half-centuries to allrounder Abdul Razzaq (83 not out) and Yousuf Youhana (77), who at least showed there is mettle in the middle order.

Opener Salman Butt also scored a stylish 42 to book his berth in the line-up for the first Test, which starts next Thursday.

WA finished on 1-20 at stumps with Michael Hussey on eight and Chris Rogers on six.

Pakistan has just one more innings in this four-day match before it will face Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and possibly Brett Lee, and Thursday produced more headaches, particularly as the tourists have already said the best way of beating Australia rests with posting a massive first innings total.

Imran Farhat, who will most likely open in the Test with Butt, was first man out for eight - LBW to Dorey - to continue his dreadful tour, in which he is yet to reach double figures.

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