Pakistan Level Desert Series Against Australia
Pakistan 249-3 (Jamshed 97, Ali 59no) beat
Australia 248-9 (Ajmal 4-32) by 7 wickets
Second One-Day International, Abu Dhabi
Pakistan fought back against Australia in the stifling heat of an Arabian night to level their three-match One-Day International series in Abu Dhabi. Saeed Ajmal had strangled the Australia middle-order during his spell of four for 32, while Nasir Jamshed led Pakistan’s reply with a fluent 97.
During Pakistan’s run chase, Australia’s bowlers found life difficult coping, not only with the heat and humidity, but also with the dew; and the ‘home’ side’s batsmen weren’t about to make life easy for them. Mohammad Hafeez, who had earlier taken one for 28 from his 10 overs, and Nasir Jamshed put on 66 for the first-wicket prior to Dan Christian inducing the former into the short ball trap and having him caught at deep square-leg for 23. Azhar Ali then joined Jamshed and the pair added 101, with Jamshed bringing up his half-century along the way, off just 58 balls.
He was finally removed by Mitchell Johnson, but the game was already more or less over, in spite of Asad Shafiq dragging on off James Pattinson for nine to make it 190 for three. Misbah-ul-Haq came to the crease and ended with 35 off 34 balls, while Ali finished on 59 not out as Pakistan got home with seven wickets and 38 balls to spare.
Junaid Khan had enticed Matthew Wade into chasing a wide one at the start of the match to leave Australia on eight for one, but David Warner and Michael Clarke added a half-century second-wicket partnership. Warner became the first victim for Saeed Ajmal, struck on the pads when on 24 to end a long 68-ball vigil, while Clarke followed him soon afterwards off of the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez.
Mike Hussey made 61 and helped Australia recover from the second-ball dismissal of his brother by adding 66 for the fifth-wicket with George Bailey (39). Glenn Maxwell joined Hussey following Bailey’s departure and the pair added a further 58 for the sixth-wicket, before falling in the same Saeed Ajmal over. That double-strike knocked the stuffing out of any late charge Australia might have wanted to mount and they ended on 248 for nine – a total which would prove to be nowhere near enough.
© Cricket World 2012
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