Pakistan drop to odds-on after stunning Australia at Headingley

Published: 09:55 22/07/2010

Pakistan have been cut from 8/1 to best price 8/15 overnight after dismissing Australia for just 88 runs in the first day of the second Test at Headingley. Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif took full advantage of the overcast conditions in Leeds to rip through the Australian order, posting figures of 3-20 and 3-30 respectively. Umar Gul weighed in with the wickets of Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey as Australia failed to reach a three-figure score for only the second time in 25 years, with Tim Paine top-scoring on just 17. In reply, the “home” side, who are currently banned from playing in their home nation due to security fears, posted 148-3 to build an overnight lead of 60. The remarkable first day has seen the Pakistan, who were hammered by Australia in the first test at Lords, fall from as high as 8/1 before the first ball was thrown to just 8/15 with Boylesports and William Hill, with other bookies settling on a general price of 1/2. Australia have drifted out to a best price of 5/2 with SkyBet whilst the draw is at 8/1, helped partly due to an improvement in the weather forecast for West Yorkshire with Australia. On Betfair, punters are currently trading at 4.0 that the match will reach a conclusion by the end of day three, with a price of 4.0 also trading on a finish between lunch and tea on day four.

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