Pakistan vs Australia – Aamer bowls Pakistan close to win
Teenage seamer Mohammad Aamer grabbed three morning-session wickets to steal the initiative back for Pakistan on the third day of an absorbing second Test against Australia at Headingley.
Australia reached 209/5 at lunch, a lead of 45 runs, but are now 225/6 after Michael Clarke was caught behind off Mohammad Asif for 77.
With the removal of their last recognised batsman, Australia’s chances of a winning the match, at 4/1 look slim.
Pakistan have moved to 1/7 to claim victory.
Australia began the day 34 runs in arrears but with skipper Ricky Ponting and Clarke at the crease threatening to build an unlikely lead after they were bowled out for just 88 on the opening day.
But 18-year-old Aamer removed three Australians, including Ponting on 66, in the space of 16 balls before they could get into the black.
Aamer got the Aussie captain to nick a booming outswinger through to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, before bouncing one off Mike Hussey’s gloves for a simple Umar Akmal catch, and bowling Marcus North for a duck.
With Clarke gone much relies on Tim Paine who, on 22, is 5/6 to score over 40.5 runs.