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Australia Beats Pakistan In Sydney ODI

PTI 24 Jan 2010, 22:55:25 IST
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Pakistan again displayed a poor show in the five-match series against Australia as they were beaten by 140 runs in the second One-day International here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Chasing the target of 268 runs, Pakistan collapsed for a meagre total of 127 runs in 37.3 overs.

However, Australia's victory was delayed by Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan who resisted with a 46-run eighth wicket valuable partnership from 46 balls.

Yousuf batted with calm and patience to show his team that there is nothing wrong in the wicket nor the Aussies bowlers were unplayable.

Yousuf occupied the crease for 134 minutes and faced 94 balls to make 58 with three fours and a six. This was his 64th half-century in One-day International career.

Naved-ul-Hasan contributed 27 from 22 balls with two fours and a six.

Among others, only Kamran Akmal (16) could enter into double figures. Two of the main batsmen, Younis Khan and Umar Akmal, were dismissed for a nought.

Pace bowler Clint McKay bagged three wickets for15 runs while Doug Bollinger and spinner Nathan Hauritz claimed two wickets each.

Earlier, Australia made 267 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 50 overs after put into bat by Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf.

Openers Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh provided their team a solid start of exact 100 runs in 19.5 overs before Pakistani spinners stopped the Australian batting firwork and got three more wickets for 66 runs.

Watson hammered 69 from 71 balls with nine fours and a six while Marsh made 41 off 60 balls and both were dismissed by leg-spinner Shahid Afridi.

Captain Ponting could make 13 and his deputy Michael Clarke 25 before Cameron White and Michael Hussey added 55 runs for the fifth wicket stand.

Hussey departed for 29 when Australia reached 221 but White, who hit a century to help Australia win the first match of the series, again displayed fine stroke-play and made 55 off 58 balls with four boundaries and a six.

For Pakistan, fast bowler Mohammad Aamer captured three wickets for 53 and Afridi claimed two for 35 while Umar Gul took one wicket.