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Pakistan hold upper hand after first day

Pakistan players celebrate taking the wicket of Marcus North as Australia struggled on the opening day at Lord's.
Pakistan players celebrate taking the wicket of Marcus North as Australia struggled on the opening day at Lord's.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pakistan are in complete control of the first Test against Australia at Lord's
  • They reduced their opponents to 229 for nine on the opening day of the two-Test series
  • Pace bowler Mohammad Asif claimed three wickets in a quick-fire seven-ball spell
  • The Test is abeing played in England because of the security situation in Pakistan

(CNN) -- Pakistan are in control of the first Test against Australia at Lord's after reducing their opponents to 229 for nine on the opening day on Tuesday.

In the first neutral Test at the famous London venue for 98 years, Ricky Ponting's side lost seven wickets for 58 runs -- with pace bowler Mohammad Asif taking three wickets in a quick-fire seven-ball spell.

Mohammed Aamer also collected three wickets and he set Pakistan on their way when bowling opener Shane Watson for just four.

Aamer then took the wicket of captain Ponting for 26, with Umar Amin taking a sharp catch at short leg.

A stand of 120 between Simon Katich and Michael Clarke helped steady the Australian ship, but Asif ended the partnership when trapping Clarke lbw for 47 just before tea.

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Asif followed that up by having Katich caught behind for 80 -- and Marcus North soon followed for a third-ball duck.

When bad light stopped play after 70 overs, Mike Hussey was unbeaten on 38 with tail-ender Doug Bollinger still to score.

The two-Test series, with Headingly hosting the other match, are both being played in England because of the current security situation in Pakistan.