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by Alastair Symondson Friday 10 October 2014
Australia 217-5 (Maxwell 76) beatPakistan 215 (Sarfraz Ahmed 65) by five wicketsSecond One-Day International, SharjahScorecard
Glenn Maxwell scored a half-century as Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets in the second One-Day International in Sharjah to move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Pakistan wasted a fine start given to them by openers Ahmed Shehzad (61) and Sarfraz Ahmed (65), collapsing from 126 without loss to 215 all out.
Mitchell Johnson led Australia's fightback with three wickets before Pakistan had Australia in some difficulty at 72 for three in reply.
However, Maxwell's 76 in 81 balls turned the game decisively in his side's favour and they got home with almost seven overs to spare.
The win hands Australia a 2-0 lead after they won the opening match by 93 runs.
After winning the toss, Pakistan were given an ideal platform by Shehzad, who made 61 in 82 balls and Sarfraz, whose maiden half-century saw him hit five fours and a six in 72 balls in all.
But after both were dismissed - by Xavier Doherty and Johnson respectively- within an over of each other, Australia bowled their way back into the game.
Johnson completed a three-wicket haul with the wickets of Umar Akmal (5) and Shahid Afridi (2) and as Kane Richardson, James Faulkner and Nathan Lyon also took a wicket, Asad Shafiq (29), Misbah-ul-Haq (15) and Fawad Alam (20 not out) were the only other Pakistan players to reach double figures.
Misbah, along with Raza Hasan (0) and Mohammad Irfan (0) was run out as Pakistan's innings faded rapidly.
Nevertheless, their bowlers kept them in the match when Australia batted.
Irfan had Aaron Finch caught behind for 14, Raza dismissed Warner and when Zulfiqar Babar had Steve Smith caught by Sarfraz for 12, at 72 for three, the game was in the balance.
George Bailey and Maxwell then added 85 for the fourth wicket, Bailey digging in to score 28 in 68 balls.
After Shehzad ran Bailey out, Maxwell fell with the score on 178 to Babar, but thanks to Faulkner, unbeaten on 26, and Brad Haddin, not out on 17, Australia reached their target.
The pair added 39 together for the unbroken sixth wicket.
The third and final match is in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (12th October).
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