|Second ODI: Jamshed, Ali heroics guide Pakistan to victory|
01 September 2012
ABU DHABI: A hundred run partnership between Nasir Jamshed and Azhar Ali helped Pakistan overcome the 249 run target set by Australia in the second one day international played at the Abu Dhabi Stadium early on Saturday.
Responding to Australia’s total of 248-9 in their allotted 50 overs, Jamshed and Ali stepped up for Pakistan, achieving the total in 43.4 overs.
Jamshed dispatched 11 deliveries to the boundary and hoisted two other out of the park as he struck 97 off 98 balls. Unsurprisingly, his knock also earned him the man-of-the-match award.
While he was dismissed agonisingly close to a century, Ali, who scored 59 runs, made sure Pakistan reached their total comfortably.
Captain Misbahul Haq also chipped in with 35 runs, capping his innings off by dispatching Maxwell to the boundary to score the winning runs.
Pakistan have now levelled the three match series 1-1.
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal finished with 4-32 while Michael Hussey top-scored with a resolute 61.
Hussey added an invaluable 66 for the fifth wicket with George Bailey (39) and then a rapid 58 for the sixth with Glenn Maxwell who made a 27-ball 28 to give Pakistan a challenging target.
Hussey hit two sixes and a boundary off 72 balls before he was bowled by Ajmal in the 46th over.
Australia lost Mathew Wade to paceman Junaid Khan for seven in the second over, bowled after he was dropped by Umar Akmal a ball earlier. Khan finished with 3-52.
Warner, who played an uncharacteristically slow knock with his first run coming off 19th delivery, and Michael Clarke (37) slowly progresed the score to 74 before Pakistani spinners Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeex (1-28) took three quick wickets.
Hafeez dismissed Clarke while Ajmal accounted for Warner — both trapped in front of the wicket. Warner hit two boundaries in his 24 which came off 68 balls.
Maxwell hit two towering sixes off Rehman in the 40th over, helping Australia to 31 in the batting power-play.
Junaid Khan returned figures of 3-52 off his nine overs.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bat in the second one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman replaced all-rounder Shahid Afridi who pulled out from the team earlier during the day due to a back problem. Meanwhile, paceman Junaid Khan replaced Aizaz Cheema.
Australia, who lead the three-match series 1-0, remained unchanged from the first match.
Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Dan Christian, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wkt)
Pakistan: Misbahul Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Sohail Tanveer, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan
Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Billy Bowden (NZL)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama
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