Aus vs Pak: Pakistan beat Australia by four wickets

Aus vs Pak: Pakistan beat Australia by four wickets

first_imgPakistan beat Australia by four wickets in their final World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Score Chasing 177, Pakistan reached home in the 41st over with Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq remaining unbeaten on 44 and 22 respectively.Earlier, Pakistan pacers struck thick and fast to reduce the opposition to 176 with Umar Gul (3-30) and Abdul Razzaq (2-8) claiming five wickets between them.Pakistan too got off to the same kind of start that Australia had got on with, losing their opener early. Mohammad Hafeez fell to a Brett Lee ball that took the edge of his bat only to return into the bowler’s hands after a fine catch. He fell for 5 when the score was 21.Post his wicket the other opener Kamran Akmal and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership which again was broken by Lee in the 10th over with an LBW written against his name. Pakistan went for a review but ended up wasting it. Akmal fell for 23 and Pakistan lost their second wicket on 45/2.Post Akmal’s wicket former Pakistan captain Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership that lasted 14 overs and helped amass 53 runs even as the Aussies found it hard to contain the Pakistani charge.Finally, it was left to Lee to break their stand. A think nick off Lee’s ball and keeper Brad Haddin did the rest behind he stumps. He fell for 31 when the Pakistan score was 98/3 in the 23rd over. But Lee wasn’t done as yet for the very next ball saw new man Misbah-ul-Haq too walk back on a golden duck. However, Lee failed to get a hat-trick as Umar Akmal defended his next ball nicely.advertisementAsad Shafiq was still at the crease and he was giving no room to the oppostion bowlers. Soon he and Umar Akmal got on with a partnership that began to frustrate the Aussie bowlers. The two had put 41 runs for the fifth wicket when Mitchell Johnson claimed his first wicket of the day by despatching Shafiq on 46 to bring the Aussies back into the game.It was an extra bounce that did the trick. Johnson’s ball clipped his gloves and Shane Watson took a fine catch in the slips and Pakistan were down to 139/5.Skipper Shahid Afridi too could not stay for long and Pakistan fell to 142/6 with Jason Krejza claiming his wicket and Brett Lee performing the final honours.Finally, Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq helped Pakistan to a four wicket win.Australia inningsEarlier, Pakistan bowlers struck thick and fast as Australia were bundled out 176 in 47 overs. Australia won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the last league match for both teams. But it wasn’t the kind of start that the Aussies were expecting. They lost their opener Shane Watson in the 5th over when the score was 12/1.Soon skipper Ricky Ponting and the other opener Brad Haddin got on with a partnership. Their stand that helped Australia put 75 when Ponting fell in the 19th over. Ponting wasn’t exactly playing with confidence and could only manage to score 19 before a Mohammad Hafeez ball scalped him with keeper Kamran Akmal taking him behind the wickets. Soon Haddin too fell and Aussies had lost their third wicket on 90/3.Pakistan bowlers continued taking wickets at regular intervals and the next man to walk back was Cameron While. He was run out on 8 and Australia went down to 117/4 in 30.1 overs.Vice-captain Michael Clarke too did not stay for long and fell on 34 with an Abdul Razzaq ball shattering his stumps with the Aussie score was 134/5.Michael Hussey and Steven Smith had scored 10 more runs that the Pakistan bowlers struck again. This time it was the turn of Hussey to walk back on 12 with Abdur Rehman taking his wicket on 144/6 in the 38th over.There was more as Mitchell Johnson, who is even known to perform with the bat when the chips are down, did nothing to help his team as Abdul Razzaq dismissed him on 147/7. He failed to open his account.Later, Umar Gul scalped Jason Karejza (7) to reduce Australia to 169/8. Then it was the turn of Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi to show his prowess and he did that by claiming Seven Smith on 25. Last man Brett Lee scored five before falling to Gul and Australia were all out for 176 in the 47th over.Umar claimed three wickets in the day while Abdul Razzaq ended with impressive figures of 4-0-8-2.last_img

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