Pakistan in Australia ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Australia v Pakistan

Australia won by 40 runs

Right. Pakistan are done with their huddle. Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh walk out. Mohammad Asif will bowl the first delivery.

1335hrs Australia have won the toss and will be batting first. As feared, they will miss Peter Siddle who is out with a sore back. Ryan Harris is his replacement. Pakistan have their counter-injury too: Mohammad Aamer is out with the groin injury, but thankfully Mohammad Asif has recovered from his hand trouble. They have also got Fawad Alam in for Shoaib Malik. We begin in 20 minutes

1320hrs It's Australia Day, and it's becoming a bit of an Australia Day tradition for Australia to be playing an ODI in Adelaide. They will want to prevent a repeat of last year's happenings. More importantly, Pakistan will want to prevent a repeat of the first two matches, and keep the series alive by winning this match. More than 17,000 at the Adelaide Oval saw a one-sided Big Bash final three days ago, they'll want something different too. Hello and welcome to the Cricinfo's live coverage of the third ODI. I am Sidharth Monga, I'll be calling the game, and Sanjay Murari will keep the scores. We'll bring you the toss news soon

0.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 wide, starts off with a big wide down the leg side

Bill Lawry says the pitch is a belter, the outfield fast, and the day hot. Basically a batsmen's dream

0.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, back of a length, outside off, Watson shoulders arms to it

0.2

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, makes him play this time, on target, Watson responds with a back-foot defensive

0.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, goes for the expansive drive, one bounce to short cover

0.4

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, length delivery, around off, presses forward and defends it back to the bowler

0.5

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, looks to run this one down to third man, but the ball nips back a touch and cramps him

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, hands on heads all around as Watson gets an inside edge while looking to drive a fullish delivery, will get a single to long leg and keep strike

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
SR Watson    1* (6b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-2-0
SE Marsh    0* (0b)     

Umar Gul will share the new ball with Asif

1.1

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, squares him straight away, back of a length, and Watson just plays inside the line, and is hit high on the back leg

1.2

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, length delivery, pushed back to the bowler

1.3

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, again playing inside the line, gets a leading edge, but safe and along the ground

1.4

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, this time he gets the inside edge, slightly shorter this one is and he looks to drive and gets the inside edge that travels safely to square leg

already signs that the ball is not quite coming on - not like it did at the SCG

1.5

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, angling into the pads, pushed to square leg

1.6

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, this one grips from a length and gets him in the glove, good testing start from Gul - a maiden

a banner in the crowd wants Mark Cosgrove selected for Australia

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
SR Watson    1* (12b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0
SE Marsh    0* (0b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-2-0

So Marsh to face for the first time

2.1

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, angled across him, he gets across and lets it go

Zaheer: "Why on the earth is S. Malik out in a match which could close the series for Pakistan. Good or bad he was at least used to the conditions, putting new player could only be gamble with eyes closed."

2.2

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, fuller delivery, Marsh leans forward and pushes this one to cover

2.3

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, short, gives him the room, cuts, but straight to Fawad Alam at point

No swing or seam so far

2.4

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, nicely bowled, pitches in front of middle, making him play, and it's just short of a length, and Marsh can't do much with it

2.5

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 1 run, this is a fuller delivery, guides it to wide of mid-on for a single

2.6

Mohammad Asif to Watson, FOUR, Watson is on his way, this time he gets the length and the width for his favourite horizontal-bat shot, and crashes it past point to the short square boundary

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
SR Watson    5* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-7-0
SE Marsh    1* (5b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0

3.1

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, short of a length, around off, Marsh shoulders arms, 142ks

3.2

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, this is slightly wider and he lets it go without fuss

3.3

Umar Gul to Marsh, 2 runs, chops this one down to square of third man, and early and clear calling means they are back for the second before Rana Naveed can get the ball back in

3.4

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, slightly fuller, and he shoulders arms again

3.5

Umar Gul to Marsh, FOUR, superb drive on the up, puts the front foot down, and meets the length delivery with a slightly open face, in the gap between mid-off and extra cover

3.6

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, looks to run this one down to third man, but it's too close to him

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 13/0 (RR: 3.25)
SE Marsh    7* (11b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-1-6-0
SR Watson    5* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-7-0

Faisal Afzal: "Malik's exclusion shows that Pakistan doesn't appreciate all round players. Malik held two tough catches in the last game, and was useful with the ball as well, and he plays very well under pressure." Got to vehemently agree with the fielding bit.

4.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, seam movement, in towards the batsman, can't do much else than playing it back

4.2

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, no room here as Watson looks to play it with an open face, good disciplined bowling

4.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, leans back this time and makes room, and dabs it down to third man

4.4

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 1 run, plays it with soft hands, picks out Mohammad Yousuf at mid-off, and pinches a single after hitting straight to the captain!

4.5

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, pick-up shot from in front of stumps, but Pakistan have the square-leg boundary covered

4.6

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, FOUR, crashed through point, this is not that short, but Marsh goes ahead with the short-arm cut shot, this one doesn't deserve to go four, but goes racing past point

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 20/0 (RR: 4.00)
SE Marsh    12* (13b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-14-0
SR Watson    7* (17b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-1-6-0

5.1

Umar Gul to Watson, FOUR, creating the pulling length with the short-arm pull, gets under this delivery just back of a length, and pulls it down the ground, and clears the infield with it

5.2

Umar Gul to Watson, FOUR, makes him bowl fuller, is expecting a fuller delivery, and Watson just murders it straight past him, all of Watson power there in this straight hit

5.3

Umar Gul to Watson, 2 runs, pinches a couple now, gets behind the line and then opens the face, gets it past slip, and they rush back for two before Asif can get around from third man. Soft hands do the trick

5.4

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, gets a leading edge on the slower delivery while looking to flick it to leg, but he is safe

5.5

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, good bouncer, 139ks, tails in as he looks to pull, is late on the shot anyway

5.6

Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, back of a length, cramping him, but he flicks it to left of mid-on and retains the strike

End of over 6 (11 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 5.16)
SR Watson    18* (23b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-17-0
SE Marsh    12* (13b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-14-0

6.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, FOUR, he has hit this really hard, gets down on a knee, opens up the arc, and off-drives, nay drills, it past mid-off. Not much wrong with the delivery here

6.2

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, cuts off the front foot, Alam gets a hand at point and keeps them down to one

6.3

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 1 run, no slips, and guided away through the region for a single

6.4

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, slight seam movement in towards him, hit hard and powerfully towards mid-on, but they come through for one because Yousuf is the fielder, who duly fumbles

6.5

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, angled across him, and allowed to go through to the keeper

6.6

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, superb delivery, lots of wrist in it, pitches around middle and leg, and seams away, beating Marsh just outside off

End of over 7 (7 runs) Australia 38/0 (RR: 5.42)
SE Marsh    13* (16b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-21-0
SR Watson    24* (26b 4x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-17-0

7.1

Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, driven on the up, wide of mid-off, gets a single

7.2

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, presses forward and defends it towards cover

7.3

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, almost chopped on, looking for that same single to third man, gets a bottom edge that evades the stumps, and Akmal makes a nice diving one-handed save

7.4

Umar Gul to Marsh, 1 run, same shot, this time he gets it right, and takes a single to third man

7.5

Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, cut away but straight to third man this time

7.6

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, slightly outside off, angling away, and Marsh shoulders arms to it

End of over 8 (3 runs) Australia 41/0 (RR: 5.12)
SE Marsh    14* (20b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-20-0
SR Watson    26* (28b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-21-0

8.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, gets the room, leans back, helps it through to third man

8.2

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, straight-drive, firm and powerful, but straight back to Asif, on the bounce

8.3

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, offcutter, pitches leg, heads towards middle, can't do much with it

8.4

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, another offcutter, slightly shorter too, and no room either, defended towards cover

8.5

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, gets cutting width with this one, but goes one bounce to Younis at cover-point

8.6

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 1 run, thick edge to this offcutter, gets a single to third man, good over

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 43/0 (RR: 4.77)
SE Marsh    15* (25b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-0-23-0
SR Watson    27* (29b 4x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-20-0

Rana Naveed in attack

9.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, no run, starts on target, just back of a length, on the stumps, played back to the bowler

9.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, no run, a touch of width there, but can't get it past cover-point

9.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 run, short delivery, worked away to the left of square leg for a single

9.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Watson, no run, yorker, on the middle stump, can't do anything with this one

9.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Watson, no run, shorter, in the channel outside off, played to point

9.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Watson, no run, legcutter, looks to work it to leg, and it gets another leading edge from Watson, and it's safe again

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 44/0 (RR: 4.40)
SR Watson    27* (32b 4x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-1-0
SE Marsh    16* (28b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-0-23-0

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10.1

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, short of a good length delivery and Marsh taps it away towards square leg

10.2

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, beauty! again short of a length and this one shaped away a touch from the off stump line, Marsh had no option but to play at it and he was beaten all ends up. Well bowled

10.3

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, on the middle and off stump line, played straight to the man at cover

10.4

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, short of a good length and this one is bit wide outside the off stump, Marsh leaves it through to the keeper

10.5

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, pitched up and close to the off stump line, Marsh gets well forward and drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off

10.6

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 1 run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Marsh stays back and taps it into the gap between the cover fielders and they scamper through for a well judged single

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 45/0 (RR: 4.09)
SE Marsh    17* (34b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-0-24-0
SR Watson    27* (32b 4x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-1-0

11.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, FOUR, take that! good length delivery outside the off stump, nothing wrong but Marsh just steps forward and hits through the line and the ball sails away to the long-off fence. Clean hit

11.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, FOUR, and again! similar length but bit wide outside the off stump and this time Marsh frees his arms and lofts it away to the wide long-off fence. Rana under pressure here

11.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, no run, pitched up and thats driven straight bat, Rana gets a right-foot across and gets hit on the angle - no damage done though

11.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the point region

11.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 run, played off the back-foot to backward point, early call and they scamper through for a single

11.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Watson, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended watchfully

End of over 12 (9 runs) Australia 54/0 (RR: 4.50)
SR Watson    27* (33b 4x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-10-0
SE Marsh    26* (39b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-0-24-0

12.1

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, continues to keep it tight, back of a length, slight offcut away from the body, not much room

12.2

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 3 runs, gets a touch too full and is flicked away through the gap between mid-on and midwicket, gets a comfortable three

12.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, offcutter again, Watson is looking at third man again, but it ends up too close to the body, Asif even gets into a stifled shout claiming pad-first

12.4

Mohammad Asif to Watson, FOUR, there's the slog, good and old fashioned, length ball, drags it from outside off and lofts it to cow corner

12.5

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 2 runs, looks for the yorker, gets too straight, and is whipped away to square leg, they risk Salman Butt's arm and get a two thanks to the wide throw

12.6

Mohammad Asif to Watson, OUT, this time the offcutter works, Watson premeditates another slog over midwicket, but Asif gets this perfectly right, pitches outside off, cuts back in, beats the waft, and hits the top of off

SR Watson b Mohammad Asif 33 (57m 37b 5x4 0x6) SR: 89.18

End of over 13 (9 runs) Australia 63/1 (RR: 4.84)
     Mohammad Asif    7-0-33-1
SE Marsh    29* (41b 4x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-10-0

13.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, no run, on target, back of a length, pitching within the stumps, ending up just outside off, defended

13.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 run, slightly straighter, and worked away for one

and that brings Ricky Ponting on strike, to face for the first time - his heart-beat-rate is 152 beats per minute

13.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Ponting, no run, 161 beats per minute as he goes back and across, and behind the line and defends

13.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Ponting, no run, and again he gets across and defends to off

13.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Ponting, OUT, oh the impulsive pull gets him! sees something slightly short, and goes back and across to pull, but it's not quite short and beats him, and because it is slightly fuller than pulling length, it gives the impression that it stayed low. It might have too, but it looks worse than it did. Anyhow, hit dead in front and he has to go. The heart rate comes down to 146 beats per minute as he walks back

RT Ponting lbw b Naved-ul-Hasan 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Michael Clarke to bat now. We don't know his heart rate, though, because he is not wired by Channel 9

13.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, shoulders arms to a fullish delivery outside off

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 64/2 (RR: 4.57)
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-11-1
SE Marsh    30* (43b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-0-33-1

14.1

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, length ball, presses forward and defends towards mid-off

14.2

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, back to bowling offcutters, just back of a length, and not giving him much room

14.3

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 2 runs, fuller and straighter, and worked away towards square leg, and Saeed Ajmal is slow, thus allowing them a couple

14.4

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 2 runs, again, full and straight, and he has worked it away past midwicket this time, gets another couple

14.5

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, no run, driven on the up, straight to mid-off, this time they don't risk it with Yousuf

14.6

Mohammad Asif to Marsh, 1 run, runs this one past first slip, and gets a single to third man

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 69/2 (RR: 4.60)
SE Marsh    35* (49b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-0-38-1
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-11-1

15.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, no run, plays with an open face, can't get it past point

15.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 run, this time he steers it past point, and gets a single

15.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, back of a length, just outside off, defended back to the bowler

15.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, comes forward, drives, connects well, can't get it past mid-on

15.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, stop-start after dropping it at his feet, they come through for the single, and Umar Akmal - running in from short cover - misses the stumps by a long way, Marsh was a goner had he hit

15.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 run, and again steers this one down towards third man for one

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 72/2 (RR: 4.50)
SE Marsh    37* (52b 4x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-14-1
MJ Clarke    1* (4b)      Mohammad Asif    8-0-38-1

Umar Gul replaces Asif now

16.1

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, and beats him outside off right away, slight seam movement away from Marsh, enough to beat his attempt at steering it to third man

a slip comes in

16.2

Umar Gul to Marsh, 2 runs, strays on the pads, and worked away to wide of square leg, will get two

16.3

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, across him, presses forward, and shoulders arms

16.4

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, gets an inside edge onto the pad as he looks to work it off his hips

16.5

Umar Gul to Marsh, 1 run, pushes it down towards mid-off with soft hands and comes through for one - not without having to avoid a three-way collision: Clarke, marsh and Gul were all too close to each other for their liking

16.6

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, looks to drop and run but has hit too powerfully towards midwicket

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 75/2 (RR: 4.41)
MJ Clarke    1* (5b)      Umar Gul    5-1-23-0
SE Marsh    40* (57b 4x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-14-1

Shahid Afridi to bowl now. Needs to carry on from the good work from the fast bowler

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, flights this one outside off, driven down to long-off for one

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, full delivery outside off, and he gets back and across and lets it go through to the keeper

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, shouts of catch it, Clarke jumps out of the crease, the ball drifts and dips, he plays it in front of the body, but wide enough of Afridi

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, no run, flat and fast and across him, played towards point

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, FOUR, slower, googly, Marsh makes room, reads the googly, and cuts it in front of square, superb placement

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, overpitched on the pads, worked away for one

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia 82/2 (RR: 4.55)
SE Marsh    46* (61b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-7-0
MJ Clarke    2* (7b)      Umar Gul    5-1-23-0

18.1

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, good line and length from Gul, just back of a length and no room to do anything with it

18.2

Umar Gul to Marsh, 1 run, fuller, square-driven, gets it past point for a single

18.3

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 run, another run-out missed, again hit straight to cover by Clarke, they come through for one, Afridi goes for striker's end, and the throw is just a bit too high

18.4

Umar Gul to Marsh, FOUR, fifty for Marsh, pulls this short delivery, and he gets a top edge fine of fine leg

18.5

Umar Gul to Marsh, no run, this one he lets go through to Akmal outside off

18.6

Umar Gul to Marsh, 1 wide, strays too far down the leg side - just the second extra, the first one was the first delivery of the innings

18.6

Umar Gul to Marsh, 1 run, angling across him and guided towards deep point for a single

End of over 19 (8 runs) Australia 90/2 (RR: 4.73)
SE Marsh    52* (66b 6x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-31-0
MJ Clarke    3* (8b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-7-0

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 2 runs, wrong'un, and is driven to wide of long-off for two

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, on the pads, driven to long-on for one

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, presses forward, sees a short delivery, goes back, cuts it, gets a single

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, no run, full, yorks him, hit back to the bowler

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, quicker delivery, chopped away to the right of short third for a single

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, dances down the wicket, flicks it off the pads for a single

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 96/2 (RR: 4.80)
MJ Clarke    5* (10b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-13-0
SE Marsh    56* (70b 6x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-31-0

Rana Naveed gets a change of ends, replaces Umar Gul

20.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, length delivery, easily pushed down the ground for one

20.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, no run, that cramping line and length, Marsh defends to the bowler

20.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 no ball, over-steps in this delivery, defended to cover

free hit coming up

20.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 2 runs, slower ball, mowed to deep midwicket, and they get two for it, hit just to wide of deep midwicket, Saeed Ajmal

20.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 run, this time Younis hits the stumps direct, but Marsh has been sent back this time, and he is safely in - horse has bolted and all that. Gets an overthrow to boot

20.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, slower ball, almost a yorker on the pads, can't do much with it

20.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, shorter, on the pads, and helped away for one

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 102/2 (RR: 4.85)
MJ Clarke    7* (13b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    5-0-20-1
SE Marsh    59* (74b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-13-0

Saeed Ajmal to replace Shahid Afridi, who hasn't been his natural stingy self

21.1

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short, Clarke goes back and cuts, gets a single to third man

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, beats him with a sharp offbreak, drawing him forward and then breaking away, Akmal sees him drag the back foot out, and whips the bails off, he has made it back by a split frame

Greg Bielen berg is missing Johnson. Symonds? Not sure. He writes: "Where is Mitch, thought he was being rested for the for only the first 2 ODI's but haven't been able to find a bulletin anywhere as to why he has been omitted from this match? Is he having a couple of quiet one's with Roy to celebrate Australia Day, if so good on 'em!!!!"

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, drops it into the covers and comes through for a quick single

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, no run, turned away off the pads, but straight to square leg

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, steps out of the crease, Ajmal shortens the length, hit to midwicket

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, premeditates the sweep, from outside off, gets a single to fine leg

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 106/2 (RR: 4.81)
SE Marsh    61* (77b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0
MJ Clarke    9* (16b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    5-0-20-1

22.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Marsh, 1 run, helped away off the pads, gets a single to square leg

22.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, angling into the pads, can't get it past midwicket

22.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, slower ball, turns out to be a fulltoss on the pads, Gul fumbles at fine leg, another couple ensues

22.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, another couple to fine leg, this is worked to the left of Gul, but it's also soft hands that means Gul has to run in too, and he isn't quick enough in doing so

22.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, this one straightens a touch, and Clarke has to check his attempt at working it away to leg

22.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, goes back and across, and guides it to the right of point for one

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 112/2 (RR: 4.86)
MJ Clarke    14* (21b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    6-0-26-1
SE Marsh    62* (78b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0

AJ: "To Greg: Johnson's been rested for the first three ODIs. Here" That shouldn't stop him, though, from having a quick one with Roy if he so wishes.

23.1

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke dances down to the pitch of the ball, and drives him down to long-off

23.2

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, gets an inside edge onto the pads as he looks to turn it to leg

23.3

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, premeditates another sweep, misses this time

23.4

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, tossed up wider, driven square, can't beat cover-point

23.5

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, goes across this time, and works it from outside off towards square leg

23.6

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, no run, jumps out of the crease again, gets a leading edge this time, all along the ground towards cover

End of over 24 (2 runs) Australia 114/2 (RR: 4.75)
MJ Clarke    15* (23b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-6-0
SE Marsh    63* (82b 6x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    6-0-26-1

Afridi back into the attack

24.1

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, no run, low fulltoss, hit straight to midwicket

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 2 runs, offcutter, an obvious one, helped away to short third, and Gul lets it through his arms, poor fielding

24.3

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, FOUR, tries another offcutter, goes horribly wrong, long hop, outside leg, and pulled away easily for four

24.4

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, goes for the cut, there is extra bounce, goes uppishly, but past point

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide, cut away for one

24.6

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, regulation legbreak, flighted, on the pads, knocked around for one

End of over 25 (9 runs) Australia 123/2 (RR: 4.92)
SE Marsh    71* (87b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-22-0
MJ Clarke    16* (24b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-6-0

25.1

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, Ajmal draws him wide, flighting it outside off, pushed in front of his body, towards cover

25.2

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, shapes to sweep, Ajmal bowls it in flat, little cat and mouse going on here

25.3

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, opens the face this time, but hits straight to short third

25.4

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, flighted outside off, defended towards point

25.5

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, this time he connects with the sweep, all along the ground, gets off strike

25.6

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, topspinner, Clarke goes back and cuts it for one

End of over 26 (2 runs) Australia 125/2 (RR: 4.80)
MJ Clarke    17* (25b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-0
SE Marsh    72* (92b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-22-0

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, nicely bowled, a quick leg break, around off, defended to cover

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 2 runs, quicker one, going with the arm, gets the inside half of the bat, fine of fine leg

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track, bunts it to wide of midwicket

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, no run, flighted on the pads, hit straight towards midwicket

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, pushed to cover and before Fawad turns and throws they have made it for an easy single

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track and drives down the ground for one

End of over 27 (5 runs) Australia 130/2 (RR: 4.81)
MJ Clarke    21* (29b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-27-0
SE Marsh    73* (94b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-0

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, again he uses his feet to get to the pitch of it, and drives it to long-on

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, looks to sweep, again, flatter delivery comes out, he misses, but has got his pad outside the line

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, shapes to sweep, Ajmal goes wide, he aborts the shot, opens the face, but can't get it past short third

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, cover-drive, Younis makes a nice diving save at extra cover

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, shorter, opens the face, straight to Afridi at cover-point

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, sweeps from outside off, all along the ground again, and gets a single

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 132/2 (RR: 4.71)
SE Marsh    74* (99b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    22* (30b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-27-0

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, he follows the Clarke method this time, coming out of the crease and driving it down the ground

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, shorter and flatter, 101ks, Clarke goes for the cut, but it's not that short, and is beaten

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, steps out and gets a single to long-on again

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, stays back and pushes this shortish delivery to long-on

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, again Clarke steps out, this one goes straight with the arm, but he still gets a single off the inside half of the bat

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, fulltoss on the pads, worked away for a single

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 137/2 (RR: 4.72)
SE Marsh    77* (102b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-32-0
MJ Clarke    24* (33b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-10-0

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, flat delivery, worked away from outside off to a vacant midwicket for one

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, no run, this time the offbreak beats him, but Clarke's pads are covering it in case he steps out and misses

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, draws him wide this time, Clarke pushes at away from his body, gets an inside edge, and still gets a single

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 2 runs, steps out, gets to the pitch of it, wristily flicks it to wide of long-on, and they take a couple to Gul

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, bunted away towards midwicket for a single

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, doosra, almost beats a stepping-out Clarke, but he manages an outside edge and a single to a fumbling Asif at short third

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 143/2 (RR: 4.76)
MJ Clarke    26* (36b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-16-0
SE Marsh    81* (105b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-32-0

30.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, nothing can keep him in the crease, though, he dances down again, and gets a single to long-on

30.2

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, no run, offbreak, clear change of grip, pitches leg, beats him outside off

30.3

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, no run, another offbreak, this time he cuts, but can't get it past backward point

30.4

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, 1 run, this time it's cut to the left of point, gets a single

30.5

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, regulation legbreak, goes back and punches it past cover

30.6

Shahid Afridi to Marsh, no run, offbreak, outside leg, turning towards the stumps, Marsh misses out on an easy single

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 146/2 (RR: 4.70)
SE Marsh    82* (109b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-35-0
MJ Clarke    28* (38b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-16-0

31.1

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, and he steps down the track again and gets a single to long-on

31.2

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, 1 run, looks for the cut, the ball follows him, but he manages to open the face and get a single to point

31.3

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, sharp offbreak, worked away off the pads, gets a single to midwicket

31.4

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, looks for the extra-cover drive, the ball goes straight through and cramps the shot

31.5

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, no run, quicker delivery, just outside off, defended to cover

31.6

Saeed Ajmal to Marsh, OUT, superb bowling, follows that quicker delivery with a nicely flighted, inviting offbreak outside off, Marsh is drawn out of the crease, as if pulled by a string, and then the ball bounces away from his reach and spins away, beating him, and Taufel doesn't even need to go to the third umpire

SE Marsh st †Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 83 (131m 113b 7x4 0x6) SR: 73.45

Good, hard-working innings from Marsh. He may have missed a century, but has left the middle order a good platform

End of over 32 (3 runs) Australia 149/3 (RR: 4.65)
     Saeed Ajmal    6-0-19-1
MJ Clarke    30* (40b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-35-0

32.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, flat and fast, into the pads, Clarke misses out

32.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, quick footwork again, but can't get it wide enough of Afridi

32.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, bunts this one to left of cover for one

Cameron White to face for the first ball

32.4

Shahid Afridi to White, no run, nice legbreak on target, White comes forward and defends

32.5

Shahid Afridi to White, no run, again a nice flighted legbreak outside off, 88ks, defended to cover

32.6

Shahid Afridi to White, no run, this is flatter and quicker, 98ks, but just as accurate and is defended

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 150/3 (RR: 4.54)
CL White    0* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-36-0
MJ Clarke    31* (43b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-19-1

33.1

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke comes down the track again, and gets a single to fine leg as this is fired down the pads

33.2

Saeed Ajmal to White, no run, flat offbreak, 94ks, worked to square leg

33.3

Saeed Ajmal to White, 1 run, this one jumps at him, the toppie, but he gets a single off the glove

33.4

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, dropped, Ajmal has bowled beautifully again, Clarke is stepping out, but he makes him play away from the body, Yousuf at short cover dives, gets a hand to it , but can't hold on to it

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to White, no run, flat and straight, defended

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to White, no run, big, premeditated sweep, misses but gets his front pad outside off

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 153/3 (RR: 4.50)
CL White    1* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-22-1
MJ Clarke    33* (45b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-36-0

34.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, short and flat,. late-cut, can't get it past short third

34.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, gets a single down the ground this time

34.3

Shahid Afridi to White, 1 run, presses forward and pushed down the ground for one, one would expect the mid-off up

34.4

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, driven to cover, can't find the gap

34.5

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, googly this time, beats him, but is going down the leg side

34.6

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, and he comes down the track, and works it away for his 29th single out of a score of 35

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 156/3 (RR: 4.45)
MJ Clarke    35* (50b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-39-0
CL White    2* (8b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-22-1

Mohammad Asif comes back. Has two overs left

35.1

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, starts with a length ball outside off, punched away for one

35.2

Mohammad Asif to White, no run, looks to drive on the up, the ball stops on him a touch, goes uppishly down the ground, this time, though, mid-off is up to stop the single

35.3

Mohammad Asif to White, 1 run, punched away to sweeper-cover, gets a single

35.4

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length, pushed down the ground, gets a single to long-on

35.5

Mohammad Asif to White, 1 run, drops it towards cover with soft hands, and calls early, and gets a single

35.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length, angling towards the pads, and worked away for one

End of over 36 (5 runs) Australia 161/3 (RR: 4.47)
MJ Clarke    38* (53b)      Mohammad Asif    9-0-43-1
CL White    4* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-39-0

36.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, flat outside off, cuts, can't beat cover-point

36.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, presses forward again, but Afridi slips in the quicker one, catches him on the crease, big shout for lbw, but Taufel reckons it's going down with the angle

36.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, cut to short third, gets a dicey single, Rana fumbles

36.4

Shahid Afridi to White, FOUR, what a shot, casually done, makes room, gets under the legbreak and goes inside-out, clean over extra cover

36.5

Shahid Afridi to White, no run, appeal for catch down the leg side, no signal from the umpire, must have clicked the thigh pad

36.6

Shahid Afridi to White, 1 run, short and wide and cut away for one

End of over 37 (6 runs) Australia 167/3 (RR: 4.51)
CL White    9* (14b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-45-0
MJ Clarke    39* (56b)      Mohammad Asif    9-0-43-1

37.1

Mohammad Asif to White, FOUR, front-foot pull, looks to push him back in the crease, but it's not sharp enough, and he pulls it wide of midwicket

37.2

Mohammad Asif to White, no run, shoulders arms outside off

37.3

Mohammad Asif to White, 1 run, offcutter, comes forward and works it wide of midwicket for one

37.4

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, drives away from the body gets an inside edge onto the pads, wants a single but is sent back, Afridi from covers throws wildly, it goes over the middle of the pitch

37.5

Mohammad Asif to White, 1 run, another inside edge, for White this time, it rolls off towards square leg and he gets another single

37.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, another offcutter, on the pads, worked away for single to midwicket

End of over 38 (8 runs) Australia 175/3 (RR: 4.60)
MJ Clarke    41* (58b)      Mohammad Asif    10-0-51-1
CL White    15* (18b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-45-0

38.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, short, outside off, pushed away to sweeper-cover

38.2

Shahid Afridi to White, 1 run, short again, cut away powerfully, gets a single

38.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke dances down the wicket, bunts this one towards square, knows he has hit it softly and comes back for two

38.4

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track again, pushes this one down to long-on

38.5

Shahid Afridi to White, FOUR, googly, quicker bowl too, deflected off the pads, nice shot, fine leg is too square

38.6

Shahid Afridi to White, 1 run, shorter, outside off, pushed down the ground, walks down for a single, Afridi's 10 overs done for 55 runs

End of over 39 (10 runs) Australia 185/3 (RR: 4.74)
CL White    21* (21b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-55-0
MJ Clarke    45* (61b)      Mohammad Asif    10-0-51-1

With Asif and Afridi finishing their quotas, double change is in order. Ajmal to bowl from this end

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to White, no run, nice quick offbreak, no room, pushed back to the bowler

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to White, 1 run, this one turns into the pads, hit down the ground for one

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke dances right down to the pitch of this one, and takes a single to long-on

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to White, 1 run, doosra, goes back in the crease, and cuts it to deep point

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 leg bye, beautifully bowled again, big turn, flat delivery too, beats the poke, but he gets a leg-bye

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to White, 2 runs, short outside off, cut away towards sweeper-cover

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 191/3 (RR: 4.77)
CL White    25* (25b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-27-1
MJ Clarke    46* (63b)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-55-0

Last 10 overs to go. Five of them will be Powerplay. Rana to come into the attack

40.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, walks down the track, Rana bowls short, and he plays it with soft hands towards third man and gets a couple

40.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, slower ball, he is early into the shot, has to check, can't beat the straightish midwicket

40.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, driven powerfully, but straight to cover

40.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, another good-looking drive on the up, another dot ball, because he can't get it past point

40.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 3 runs, slower offcutter, worked away off the pads, past short fine, runs three, runs all the way to a hard-earned fifty - no boundaries in it

40.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to White, 1 run, another run-out missed, bunted straight to point and runs through, Younis would have got White had it hit down the stumps at the non-striker's end, but misses

End of over 41 (6 runs) Australia 197/3 (RR: 4.80)
CL White    26* (26b 3x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    7-0-32-1
MJ Clarke    51* (68b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-27-1

41.1

Saeed Ajmal to White, no run, quick offbreak on the pads, hit straight to midwicket

41.2

Saeed Ajmal to White, 1 run, slog-swept, slog-swept hard, one bounce to deep midwicket

41.3

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, runs this one down to third man, hands over the strike to White

41.4

Saeed Ajmal to White, 1 run, doosra, leading edge, lobs wide of him, the single brings up Australia's 200

41.5

Saeed Ajmal to Clarke, 1 run, another doosra, another leading edge, but this is all along the ground, to long-off

41.6

Saeed Ajmal to White, no run, shorter, spinning in, punched through covers

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 201/3 (RR: 4.78)
CL White    28* (30b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-31-1
MJ Clarke    53* (70b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    7-0-32-1

42.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, again Clarke drives Rana straight to cover

42.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, walks down the ground, pushes it past the outstretched arm of Rana, and calls early for two because he hasn't hit it too hard, and he comes back for two

42.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, steers it down to third man for a single

42.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to White, OUT, lovely legcutter, yanks the wrist at the point of delivery, pitches off, back of a length, moves away a touch, squares him up, takes the outside edge, and White has to go - this should delay the Powerplay further

CL White c †Kamran Akmal b Naved-ul-Hasan 28 (40m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 90.32

Hussey the new man in

42.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, no run, full delivery, driven straight down to mid-off

42.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, no run, looks for the dab to third man, can't beat point

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 204/4 (RR: 4.74)
MEK Hussey    0* (2b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    8-0-35-2
MJ Clarke    56* (73b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-31-1

Rimon: "With so much batting to come, Clarke is starting to get selfish here. At this stage of the innings, his focus is still on 1s and 2s and staying at the crease, rather than getting the run rate up." I think he wrote that in before White got out. Meanwhile Gul comes back into the attack

43.1

Umar Gul to Clarke, FOUR, driven on the up, Clarke's first boundary, thanks to a misfield by Butt at cover, lets it go under his knees

43.2

Umar Gul to Clarke, FOUR, walks across and flicks it over short fine, superb shot, superb awareness of the field setting

43.3

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 run, bunted to cover for a single, and rightly Butt has been removed from there, and Umar Akmal brought in

43.4

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length, dropped towards point, and comes through for one, quick, decisive running

43.5

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 run, walks down the pitch, drives down the ground, gets a single to long-on

43.6

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to sweeper-cover for a single

End of over 44 (12 runs) Australia 216/4 (RR: 4.90)
MEK Hussey    2* (4b)      Umar Gul    7-1-43-0
MJ Clarke    66* (77b 2x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    8-0-35-2

Saeed Ajmal to bowl his last over now. He has been absolutely superb so far

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 2 runs, short, and short-arm-pulled to wide of fine leg, gets two

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, no run, flat delivery again, cut away, Umar Akmal fumbles, but they decide against the single

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, FOUR, one flat delivery too many, he waits for it, delays the previous shot a touch, and gets left enough of point, smart shot

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, FOUR, premeditated sweep, but what a connection! He is expecting a slower offbreak, and shapes up for the sweep, gets right on top of it, and bisects the two fielders in the deep

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, no run, crunchy drive this time, can't get past Younis at extra cover

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, no run, looks for another late cut, finds Akmal at point

End of over 45 (10 runs) Australia 226/4 (RR: 5.02)
MEK Hussey    12* (10b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-41-1
MJ Clarke    66* (77b 2x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-43-0

Once again, Australia's batting Powerplay is the last five overs. Umar Gul to start it. He has three overs to go, Rana has two. Long-off, long-on and square leg are the deep fielders

45.1

Umar Gul to Clarke, no run, length ball, driven powerfully, making room, hits straight to extra cover

45.2

Umar Gul to Clarke, 2 runs, slower ball, worked away off the pads, wide of deep square leg, gets two

45.3

Umar Gul to Clarke, 2 wides, looks to walk across and go over midwicket, Gul drops it in short and misdirects down the leg side, and it bounces in front of Kamran and gets him in the neck

45.3

Umar Gul to Hussey, FOUR, the field is set for the yorker, but this is the low fulltoss, Hussey gets under it and deposits it into the midwicket fence

45.4

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, looks to slog this from outside off to midwicket, gets an inside edge to short fine

45.5

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 run, yorker gone wrong again, this time on the shorter side, so he can't quite get under it, and gets a single to Yousuf at midwicket

45.6

Umar Gul to Hussey, 2 runs, full, slightly short of the perfect yorker, and he hits it to wide of long-on and comes back for two

End of over 46 (12 runs) Australia 238/4 (RR: 5.17)
MEK Hussey    19* (13b 3x4)      Umar Gul    8-1-55-0
MJ Clarke    69* (80b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-41-1

Rana into the attack. Long-on, long-off and square leg are deep

46.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, pushed to the left of midwicket, gets a single

46.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 2 runs, low fultoss, gets it straighter of long-off and takes two

46.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 1 wide, good yorker, just down the leg side, and moving away after pitching, Akmal does well to prevent any more extras

46.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, FOUR, good shot, gooood shot, shimmies down the track, check-drives this length delivery past extra cover

46.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, no run, gets the yorker right this time, hit back to the bowler

46.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 3 runs, just short of being a yorker, and he plays the short-arm flick square on the on side, Butt runs hard and knocks it back into field of play, saves one run

46.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, slower short delivery, swiped towards midwicket, will get a single

End of over 47 (12 runs) Australia 250/4 (RR: 5.31)
MJ Clarke    71* (82b 2x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    9-0-47-2
MEK Hussey    28* (17b 4x4)      Umar Gul    8-1-55-0

47.1

Umar Gul to Clarke, FOUR, makes room, follows him, turns out to be a leg-side half-volley, and is worked away without fuss, square leg can't do much about it

47.2

Umar Gul to Clarke, (no ball) 2 runs, good bouncer, gets the top edge, but it's a no-ball, and Clarke pushes for two: he wants the free hit

free hit coming up

47.2

Umar Gul to Clarke, 2 no balls, high fulltoss, wide of off, called no-ball for height, swings and misses, gets a bye as it bounces in front of Akmal

still a free hit

47.2

Umar Gul to Hussey, (no ball) 2 runs, interesting, Taufel from square leg calls a no-ball, not enough men in the circle? swipes, gets it past short fine, and gets two, comedy of errors for Pakistan. Free-hit continues - there were four men outside the circle. It's all happening!

47.2

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, good yorker, will get just a single to deep square leg

47.3

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 run, drags it from outside off, bat turns it in his hand, gets a single to midwicket

47.4

Umar Gul to Hussey, SIX, nice juicy fulltoss, and bang it's in the crowd behind the midwicket fence

47.5

Umar Gul to Hussey, 2 runs, slower ball, he gets under it, over midwicket, Umar Akmal does well, running around from long-on and keeping them to two

47.6

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, driven inside-out, but doesn't get it wide enough of long-off, and retains strike

End of over 48 (23 runs) Australia 273/4 (RR: 5.68)
MEK Hussey    40* (22b 4x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    9-1-78-0
MJ Clarke    78* (86b 3x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    9-0-47-2

48.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 2 runs, slower ball, swept square of deep square leg, gets a couple

48.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, FOUR, fulltoss, sliced away off the face of the bat, through cover, mis-hit, but the fulltoss deserves to go for four

48.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, fuller, this time they have a sweeper-cover back, will get only a single

48.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, well bowled, full and wide of off, away from Clarke's reach

48.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, good yorker, just outside off, played with an open face, gets a single to point

48.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 2 runs, a near-yorker, driven to wide of long-off, gets a couple

End of over 49 (10 runs) Australia 283/4 (RR: 5.77)
MEK Hussey    49* (26b 5x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    10-0-57-2
MJ Clarke    79* (88b 3x4)      Umar Gul    9-1-78-0

Last over to come. Will they risk Gul? If Pakistan don't get their act together here, they could be chasing 300

49.1

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 run, yorker, just a single to point, can he bowl five more of those?

49.2

Umar Gul to Hussey, no run, well bowled, slower delivery, yet a yorker, beats him outside off

49.3

Umar Gul to Hussey, OUT, Hussey misses 50, looks to walk down the pitch to alter the length, gets too much under a low fulltoss, and they have protection down at long-off where Younis makes no mistake

MEK Hussey c Younis Khan b Umar Gul 49 (37m 28b 5x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

Hussey, one feels, might have made the critical difference in this match

49.4

Umar Gul to Clarke, OUT, he is on a hat-trick, would you believe it? Last over he bowled three back-to-back no-balls, and here he has both the settled batsmen in two deliveries. Clarke walks across, looking to hit it over leg, gets an inside edge on a near-yorker, is castled

MJ Clarke b Umar Gul 80 (150m 90b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

A workman-like 80 for Clarke, well played

Nathan Hauritz to face the hat-trick ball. Will he be carefree with the hit? Will he avoid the hat-trick and go for a single?

49.5

Umar Gul to Hauritz, 1 bye, good wide yorker, Hauritz misses, Haddins is backing up a long way, and comes through for a bye. Akmal hits the stumps direct, but Haddin has beaten him by a split frame

Last ball, another yorker?

49.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin looks for a scoop over fine leg, Gul is fast and wide of off, and Haddin just makes a limp connection and gets a single

1735hrs AO is frustrated with Channel 9. He writes: "Can you believe channel 9 in Melbourne cut to the news 2 balls from the finish with Gul on a hatrick!!!" Anyway Channel 9's loss is Cricinfo's gain.

So in an innings where for the first 45 overs no team had the clear upper hand - Australia never ran away nor got bogged down - Pakistan wilted in the last five overs, the batting Powerplay. As a result, they are chasing an imposing 287. Join us for the chase, in about half an hour.

End of over 50 (3 runs) Australia 286/6
BJ Haddin    1* (1b)      Umar Gul    10-1-80-2
NM Hauritz    0* (1b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    10-0-57-2
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Australia won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
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Jan 26, 2010

Ryan Harris completes his five-for, Australia v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Adelaide, January 26, 2010

Ryan Harris completes his five-for

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Jan 26, 2010

Clint McKay celebrates one of his three wickets, Australia v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Adelaide, January 26, 2010

Clint McKay celebrates one of his three wickets

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