Cameron White Strikes A TonTo Lead Aussie Win Over Pak
Cameron White's second ODI hundred helped Australia defeat Pakistan by five wickets with nine balls remaining in the first One-day International of the five-match Commonwealth Bank series in Brisbane at the Gabba stadium on Friday.
White made 105 off 88 balls with four sixes and eight fours. He was bowled by Rana Naved-ul-Hasan when Australia needed only 15 runs to win the match.
Michael Clarke was run out by Rana Naved for 58. He added 102 runs with White for the fourth wicket stand.
Australia achieved the winning target of 275 runs in 48.3 overs after losing both openers for 37.
Fast bowler Mohammad Aamer dismissed Shane Watson for five and Mohammad Asif got Shaun Marsh out for 15. Later, Shahid Afridi got captain Ricky Ponting out for 27.
Asif, Aamer, Rana and Afridi obtained one wicket each for Pakistan.
After captain Mohammad Yousuf won the toss and elected to bat first, Pakistan made 274 runs and were all out in 49.4 overs.
Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal opened the innings and made 62 runs in 12.5 overs when the latter was caught by Michael Clarke off Shane Watson for 34. His 34-ball innings was laced with four boundaries.
Then came former captain Younis Khan and added 55 runs with Butt, who was caught behind by Brad Haddin off Doug Bollinger for an aggressive 72. He faced 81 balls and hit 12 fours.
However, captain Mohammad Yousuf was dismissed in a strange fashion, bowled by Bollinger and Pakistan lost three wickets for 123.
Later, Umar Ukmal and Shoaib Malik made significant contributions of 23 and 28, respectively
Younis batted very cautiously to score 46 from 74 balls with only one four.
But it was flamboyant Shahid Afridi who blasted a brisk 48 from only 26 balls. He smashed three sixes and five fours in his 32-minute stay at the crease.
After Afrid departed, the Australian bowlers wiped off the remaining two wickets for only five runs while allrounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan remained not out on eight.
For Australia, Watson claimed four for 36, Clint McKay three for 61 and Bollinger two for 37.