Harris Strikes Again As Australia Go 4-0 Up

Australia 277-8 (Hussey 67, Hauritz 53no) beat
Pakistan 142 (Umar Akmal 38, Harris 5-19) by 135 runs

Fourth One-Day International, Perth

Ryan Harris picked up a second five-wicket haul in as many matches as Australia thumped Pakistan by 135 runs in the fourth One-Day International in Perth to go 4-0 up in the series.

Michael Hussey and Nathan Hauritz scored half-centuries as Australia scored 277 for eight and Harris then returned five for 19 as Pakistan were bowled out for 142.

Hussey made 67 and Hauritz an unbeaten 53 in 39 balls to help Australia recover from losing early wickets to power towards a competitive total.

After deciding to bat, Australia, who are already 3-0 up in the five-match series, lost Shaun Marsh (12), Brad Haddin (30), Ricky Ponting (32) and Michael Clarke (10) to fall to 110 for four before Hussey, in partnership with Cameron White, who made 44, began to get the innings back on track.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal dismissed both White and Hussey and although James Hopes became Mohammad Asif's third victim for 16, Hauritz smashed one four and four sixes as Australia used the batting Power Play to good effect to set Pakistan a stiff target.

Asif returned three for 42 with Ajmal taking two for 55.

Pakistan also lost early wickets as Harris struck to have Salman But (0) and Younus Khan (6) caught behind and Peter Siddle struck to remove Kamran Akmal (17) and Mohammad Yousuf (10) to leave Pakistan in trouble and altough Umar Akmal, with 39, and Fawad Alam, who made 21, tried to get their side back into it, they were unable to do so.

Alam was brilliantly run out by Hauritz and Akmal was bowled by Harris and although Shahid Afridi's 29 in ten balls entertained the crowd, it was not enough and it was left to Harris to rip through the tail and pick up the man of the match award.

The fifth and final match is on Sunday 31st January.

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