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Pakistan scramble to win over Australia

Umar Gul celebrates after hitting the winning runs in the second Test at Headingley.
Umar Gul celebrates after hitting the winning runs in the second Test at Headingley.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pakistan beat Australia by three wickets in second Test at Headingley
  • Pakistan lose four wickets on fourth day before Umar Gul hits winning runs
  • Pakistan have not beaten Australia in 15 years and have lost their last 13 Tests to them

(CNN) -- Pakistan scored their first Test victory over Australia in 15 years with a nervy three-wicket win at Headingley on Saturday.

Pakistan had started the fourth day in a dominant position, chasing just 40 more runs for victory with seven wickets remaining, but Australia made them fight every inch of the way before conceding defeat.

Umar Gul hit the winning runs to snap a 13-Test losing streak to the Aussies and level the series at 1-1.

New Pakistan captain Salman Butt hailed his side's victory, the foundations of which were built on a superb first day as Australia were bowled out for just 88 runs.

"Beating the world's best is an achievement which I owe to this young team," Butt told gathered reporterts.

"We owe it also definitely to the people back in Pakistan.

It's a new beginning for Pakistan cricket and the young side
--Salman Butt
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"We would have loved to have won this match in front of our home crowd but unfortunately that is not possible at the moment. But still we need to tell these people that we still remember them and we will be back soon hopefully.

"It means a lot. It's a new beginning for Pakistan cricket and the young side," the left-hander added.

Resuming at 140 for three wickets on the fourth day, Azhar Ali soon went for an excellent 51 as he fell to Doug Bollinger.

Promising young batsman Umar Akmal departed cheaply to Ben Hilfenhaus, who also claimed former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik to a smart catch at short cover from Marcus North.

Kamran Akmal was controversially given not out by Rudi Koertzen, standing in his final Test, after appearing to give a catch to Mike Hussey in the gully off Mitchell Johnson.

Kamran did eventually go to the same fielder -- bowler combination with the scores level, but Gul kept his nerve to strike his first ball through the covers to seal the victory.

It was the first Test win for Pakistan, who have to play abroad due to security concerns, since beatnig New Zealand last December.

They now contest a four-Test series against England.