Pakistan v Australia ODI Series - 1st ODI

Australia v Pakistan

Australia won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Pattinson to start off

5.50pm: Starting in ten minutes. A warm welcome to Mazher Arshad, for his stats alerts. This is what he has for us: "This is Pakistan's Nelson ODI (111th) at Sharjah, the most they have played at any venue - also the most any team has played away from home. Next are Gaddafi Stadium Lahore (48) and National Stadium Karachi (39)."

Kamran (not Akmal), writes: "In recognition of Mr Akmal gracing us with his presence, here are some famous Akmal remakes: 1. Go ahead Kamran, make my day! 2. I love the smell of dropped catches in the evening. 3. "We'll always have Sydney".

Cricketing Minds isn't happy with the selection: "It is so disappointing to see a talented bowler like Junaid Khan miss out despite proving his quality in the recent Test series vs SL. Cheema and Tanvir are strictly OKAY bowlers. Poor decision by Dav & Misbah."

And so is Mehmood: "I feel Pakistan are a bowler short. They have turned their attacking strength (bowling) into a defensive strategy to play an extra batsman. It clearly sends a message of weakness to the opposition."

Well I was very impressed very Junaid in Sri Lanka. Bit surprised to see him miss out.

The first of possibly many mails on Kamran Akmal. Here's Hassan: "glad to see Akmal back. how long before a drop catch. More then the outcome the game focus is on Akmal's catching!"

Anil Katwal: "Last time Pak beat Aus in a series was way back in 2002. Shahif Afridi and Shoaib Malik were part of that team."

Toss: Misbah has won the toss and Pakistan will bat first. Two fast bowlers and three spinners are in and so is Kamran Akmal. Clarke's not that disappointed to be bowling first. He says it's cooler than yesterday.

One change from the previous game. Xavier Doherty makes way for Dan Christian. "Wade's pretty fit, so the batting order stays the same," says Clarke. Let's see how he holds up after 50 overs.

For Pakistan, the seamers are Cheema and Tanvir. Nasir Jamshed is in. He wasn't part of the one-dayers in Sri Lanka because of injury. Remember, no Younis or Gul for this series.

5.25: Toss is on in five minutes. Pakistan are expected to pack their team with spinners as usual. Read the preview for today's game here.

Waqar on the weather: "Look, we played two Tests here and it was 50 degrees then. They should just get on with it."

5.15pm: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of the first ODI between Pakistan and Australia in Sharjah. It's 36 degrees at the moment and this is a 6pm start. Let's hope that temperature drops for the sake of everyone involved.

Pitch: Looks dry, of course. It's a win the toss and bat first pitch. Australia should fancy doing that if they win the toss because should be more swing later on at night.

Best to call it night and not 'evening.' I think either team will be relieved that Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee have retired. Fancy facing either of them at 1am? No thank you. I hope the players have squeezed in enough sleep though, and fans too.

0.1

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets bat on ball straightaway, full outside off and driven straight to cover

0.2

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets an outside edge this time and it drops well short of second slip, he gets a hand to it though

0.3

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, gets across and punches it firmly down to cover

0.4

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, keeps it slightly full, Jamshed moves across and pushes it down to mid-off

0.5

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, had to hurry that single, inside edge to the pads and the ball rolls to the off side, Hafeez was off the blocks quickly but Jamshed wasn't so quick

0.6

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gives him width and slightly short too, punched towards cover

End of over 1 (2 runs) Pakistan 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (3b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-2-0
Nasir Jamshed    1* (3b)     

Starc to bowl

1.1

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, gets a bit of away swing and he stays back and knocks it to the on side

1.2

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, it was a checked drive but boy it travelled quickly, fullish on the pads and Jamshed punched it uppishly on the front foot and it was well wide of mid-on

1.3

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he whips it away down to deep square leg, fine leg comes across and mops up

1.4

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, gets across his stumps and drives it straight

1.5

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, excellent stop by Maxwell at point, he flung himself to his left and deflected it to cover

1.6

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, pushes it to the off side

End of over 2 (6 runs) Pakistan 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
Nasir Jamshed    7* (9b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-6-0
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (3b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-2-0

2.1

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs

2.2

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length on the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

2.3

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, 4 leg byes, this time he misdirects it on his pads and Hafeez works it off his pads and the ball races to fine leg

2.4

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, attempting the yorker again and it's another low full, worked off his pads and straight to fine leg

2.5

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, gets beside the line and steers it straight to cover

2.6

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, gets back and across and works it to mid-on

Krishna: "Why johnson, starc? why not hilenhaus, bollinger, harris? Aussies playing 8 batsmen +2 bowlers.johnson doesn't deserve his place."

End of over 3 (7 runs) Pakistan 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
Nasir Jamshed    7* (11b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    2-0-5-0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (7b)      MA Starc    1-0-6-0

3.1

Starc to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, appeal for an lbw, it was full and swinging in, hits the base of the pads as he tries to clip it away, missing leg

3.2

Starc to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full and wide and driven straight to cover, bowler was lucky to get away with that

3.3

Starc to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, another confident shout for lbw and Clarke's asked for the review, the umpire gave it not out, the ball landed outside the leg stump and hit his front pad and it appeared like missing leg anyway, Bowden wasn't convinced, Clarke took his time and Australia have wasted a review

Second slip comes off, short midwicket in place

3.4

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, moves across his stumps and punches it towards mid-on

3.5

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, shorter in length and he gets an outside edge to third man and there's a direct hit at the batsman's end, Jamshed was home, the third umpire took a look

3.6

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, full on the pads and clipped just wide of mid-on for a single

Hassan Farooqi has this gem: "Q. What is Kamran Akmal's pick up line? A. "May I drop you somewhere?"

End of over 4 (4 runs) Pakistan 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
Nasir Jamshed    10* (14b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-0-9-0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (10b)      JL Pattinson    2-0-5-0

4.1

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, comes round the wicket, he gets across and jams a full delivery towards cover

4.2

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers him down to deep point

Slip and short cover for Hafeez

4.3

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, holds the length back to Hafeez, he stays back and defends solidly

4.4

Pattinson to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, soft dismissal! He hits it straight to short extra cover, it was on a good length outside off and Hafeez stabbed at it, didn't go through with the shot and it lobbed straight to David Hussey, Hafeez's ordinary one-day form continues

Mohammad Hafeez c DJ Hussey b Pattinson 4 (26m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Clarke wasted Australia's only review on Hafeez, the man just dismissed

4.5

Pattinson to Azhar Ali, no run, and Azhar has a close call! Lovely delivery shaping in from a good length, he was forward to drive but the ball bounced a bit more than he expected

4.6

Pattinson to Azhar Ali, no run, shapes it back in and Azhar leaves it alone to the keeper

End of over 5 (1 run) Pakistan 20/1 (RR: 4.00)
Azhar Ali    0* (2b)      JL Pattinson    3-0-6-1
Nasir Jamshed    11* (16b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-0-9-0

Silly mid-on in place

5.1

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, fullish outside off and driven to the off side

5.2

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he works it down to square leg

5.3

Starc to Azhar Ali, no run, gets across his stumps and he defends to the off side

5.4

Starc to Azhar Ali, FOUR, bit uncharacteristic from Azhar but safe nonetheless, it was short and wide outside off, really wide and he slashed that over the slips and one bounce to the third man boundary

5.5

Starc to Azhar Ali, 1 run, he bowls it full and wide outside off and Azhar drives but takes his hand off the bat as he pushe s it past cover

5.6

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, full on the pads and he worked away to deep midwicket

End of over 6 (8 runs) Pakistan 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
Nasir Jamshed    14* (19b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-0-17-0
Azhar Ali    5* (5b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    3-0-6-1

6.1

Pattinson to Azhar Ali, OUT, and another soft dismissal! Chipped to mid-on, it was shaping in full on the pads and Azhar was looking to chip it over the on side, the trouble was the bat turned as he made contact and hence mistimed it, Johnson jogged to his right and caught it on the fall

Azhar Ali c Johnson b Pattinson 5 (8m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

6.2

Pattinson to Asad Shafiq, no run

6.3

Pattinson to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, too short and wide and Shafiq reached out and slapped that in front of square, past cover and the ball slowed down before it reached the rope

6.4

Pattinson to Asad Shafiq, no run, this swung in and landed full on the pads and he drilled it down the track

6.5

Pattinson to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, tried to flick this away and the bat turned and couldn't time it, managed to beat the infield though

6.6

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, gets beside the line and punches it square on the packed off-side field

Mazher: "Mohammad Hafeez's last fives scores in ODI Matches - 4 6 0 0 14. Oh wait, he is World's No.1 Bowler in ODI Rankings, isn't he?"

End of over 7 (3 runs) Pakistan 31/2 (RR: 4.42)
Nasir Jamshed    14* (20b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    4-0-9-2
Asad Shafiq    3* (4b)      MA Starc    3-0-17-0

7.1

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, comes forward and drives him towards cover

7.2

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, a false shot there, it was slightly short and wide and Shafiq couldn't resist a slash, lucky not to get an edge

7.3

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, Starc working up a nice angle across the right-hander, he was forward to drive and the ball fizzed past the edge

7.4

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, full and wide outside off and he mistimed the drive towards point

7.5

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, this time he was across his stumps early enough to cover the line, softly pushed down to mid-off

7.6

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, shortish and wide outside off and he punches it straight to cover

End of over 8 (maiden) Pakistan 31/2 (RR: 3.87)
Asad Shafiq    3* (10b)      MA Starc    4-1-17-0
Nasir Jamshed    14* (20b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    4-0-9-2

8.1

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, full on the stumps and he gets behind the line and pushes it to the off side

8.2

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, this time he clips it across the line to midwicket, nicely timed

8.3

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, good delivery from over the wicket, outside off and luring him to drive, he nearly got an outside edge to the keeper

8.4

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, no run, fuller delivery and he gets some bat on the drive, pushes it towards point

8.5

Pattinson to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, gets an outside edge on the drive and the ball goes to third man

8.6

Pattinson to Asad Shafiq, no run, gets across and knocks it down the pitch

The ball seems to be stopping a bit from Pattinson's end, observes Raghav

End of over 9 (1 run) Pakistan 32/2 (RR: 3.55)
Asad Shafiq    3* (11b)      JL Pattinson    5-0-10-2
Nasir Jamshed    15* (25b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-1-17-0

Silly mid-on in place

9.1

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, full outside the off stump and driven to the off side

9.2

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, that should come as a relief for Pakistan, it was a half volley outside the off stump and Jamshed was forward and pushed it wide of cover

9.3

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, even better, this was outside the off stump as well and enough width for Jamshed to slice it past point and cover, pure timing there

9.4

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, no run, bowls it straighter this time and he punches it to mid-off

9.5

Starc to Nasir Jamshed, OUT, good comeback by Starc and better reflexes from Wade! Starc hit the deck harder this time to vary his length, there was extra bounce which Jamshed wasn't ready for, he tried to fend it off outside the off stump but the ball took the top half of the bat and Wade jumped to his left and took it

Nasir Jamshed c †Wade b Starc 23 (50m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 76.66

9.6

Starc to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pokes at it outside off and the ball misses the edge

End of over 10 (8 runs) Pakistan 40/3 (RR: 4.00)
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (1b)      MA Starc    5-1-25-1
Asad Shafiq    3* (11b)      JL Pattinson    5-0-10-2

Looks like Pakistan will have start all over. 3 down after 10 overs

10.1

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, no run, defends the ball drops towards the keeper

10.2

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, no run, firm drive and Warner does well to dive to his left and stop it

10.3

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, stays back and punches it towards mid-on

10.4

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, reaches out to drive and he mistimes it back to the bowler

10.5

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, goes back and punches it to the on side

10.6

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, punches it firmly down to long-on

End of over 11 (3 runs) Pakistan 43/3 (RR: 3.90)
Asad Shafiq    5* (15b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-3-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (3b)      MA Starc    5-1-25-1

Spin from both ends

11.1

DJ Hussey to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, tossed up wide outside off and driven wide of cover

11.2

DJ Hussey to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, drops it short of a length and he rocks back and punches it to deep cover

11.3

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets across the stumps and safely defends it

11.4

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, punched down the track and Hussey does well to dive to his right and stop it

11.5

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, he brings out the reverse sweep but doesn't time it well, third man picks up

11.6

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gently tucked away off the pads

Fahmim: "Not too worried yet. Enough batting to come. The Akmal brothers and Afridi can still launch on - if this duo can lay some sort of a foundation."

End of over 12 (6 runs) Pakistan 49/3 (RR: 4.08)
Misbah-ul-Haq    4* (7b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0
Asad Shafiq    8* (17b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-3-0

12.1

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full on the pads and worked towards square leg

12.2

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, no run, goes back and punches it back to the bowler

12.3

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, no run, rocks back and punches it straight to cover

12.4

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, no run, full on the stumps and drilled down the track

12.5

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, no run, goes back and slaps it straight to cover

12.6

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, no run, tries to drill it down the ground but Clarke gets across and stops it

End of over 13 (1 run) Pakistan 50/3 (RR: 3.84)
Asad Shafiq    8* (22b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-4-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    5* (8b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0

13.1

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, very slow through the air, hits the pads outside the line of the stumps as he tries to flick

13.2

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drills it down to the on side

13.3

DJ Hussey to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, gets an outside edge towards short third man

13.4

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

13.5

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

13.6

DJ Hussey to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, quicker delivery and he works it behind square on the on side

End of over 14 (3 runs) Pakistan 53/3 (RR: 3.78)
Misbah-ul-Haq    7* (13b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-9-0
Asad Shafiq    9* (23b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-4-0

14.1

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, plays the lap shot, places it down to fine leg

14.2

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, goes back and cuts on the up and beats short third man

14.3

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, confusion in the calling, cuts to point and Misbah sends Shafiq back, the throw was wide to the bowler's end

14.4

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets well forward and drives towards long-off

14.5

Clarke to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and worked down to fine leg

14.6

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

End of over 15 (4 runs) Pakistan 57/3 (RR: 3.80)
Misbah-ul-Haq    9* (17b)      MJ Clarke    3-0-8-0
Asad Shafiq    11* (25b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-9-0

Australia have taken the bowling Powerplay

15.1

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, loosener on the pads and he whips it away wide of square leg

15.2

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, not much pace on that one, gets beside the line and steers it just wide of Warner at point

15.3

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, no run, cranks up his pace and Shafiq comes across and softly pushes it to cover

15.4

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, no run, sweetly punched off the meat of the bat but straight to mid-off

15.5

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, that was pitched short and didn't bounce too much, he biffs it down to deep square leg

15.6

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it down to fine leg

Kapil: "Cant understand Pakistan's tactics.. why is Hafeez preferred as an opener even after so many failures.. Why not give K Akmal, who is in good form and drop Hafeez to number 5, where Pakistan lack experience." It's not a bad idea, to be honest

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 61/3 (RR: 3.81)
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (19b)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0
Asad Shafiq    13* (29b)      MJ Clarke    3-0-8-0

Dan Christian to bowl.

16.1

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he clips it wide of midwicket

16.2

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, tough chance for a caught and bowled! Driven on the up and Christian dived against the direction of his follow through and got a finger to it

16.3

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, goes across the stumps and punches it to the off side

16.4

Christian to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, gets his direction all wrong, full on the pads and Shafiq turned the bat and clipped it easily down to fine leg

16.5

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, on the pads again and he works it away wide of mid-on

16.6

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, comes across his stumps and punches it towards point

End of over 17 (6 runs) Pakistan 67/3 (RR: 3.94)
Misbah-ul-Haq    12* (21b)      DT Christian    1-0-6-0
Asad Shafiq    18* (33b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0

17.1

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, false line there, drifts on the pads and he whips it down to fine leg with the fielder up, didn't reach the rope, the fielder pulled it back

17.2

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, comes beside the line and he dabs it down to third man

17.3

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, well played by Misbah, a bit too straight and full on the pads, uses his wrists well and works it wide of midwicket, two fielders give chase

17.4

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, left alone to the keeper, not much bounce this time

17.5

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tucked away off the pads and the fielder at backward square leg jogs and picks it up

17.6

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, no run, sprays that full and wide outside off, he fails to jam out the yorker

End of over 18 (6 runs) Pakistan 73/3 (RR: 4.05)
Asad Shafiq    21* (36b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-10-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    15* (24b)      DT Christian    1-0-6-0

18.1

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fullish on the pads and he works it away down to mid-on

18.2

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets beside the line and slices it down to mid-off

David Hussey comes to silly mid-on

18.3

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, chipped just wide of midwicket and they scamper through for a single

18.4

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tucks him up for room and he opens the face and slices it to point

18.5

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, sliced away again, not much pace on the pitch so he was able to glide it to third man with ease

18.6

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, makes himself a lot of room this time and he can't slice it wide of point, good diving save

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 76/3 (RR: 4.00)
Asad Shafiq    22* (38b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-9-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    17* (28b)      MG Johnson    2-0-10-0

19.1

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, makes room and slices it down to the off side

Crowd has picked up

19.2

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets beside the room and the ball comes back in off the pitch he dabs it towards point

19.3

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbahj walks a long away across his stumps before the bowler delivers, tries to play it fine but can't beat short fine leg

19.4

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, drives with conviction down the ground, top shot, it was full on the stumps and he waited for it and drove through the line and beat mid-off, excellent straight drive

19.5

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets beside the line and chops it towards point

19.6

Johnson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, drops it towards point and thinks of a single but Shafiq wisely sends him back

Osman gets creative: "Hafeez [Haa-fee-z-] Adjective Meaning: Of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate. Sentence: The car gives only Hafeez mileage, and frankly, it's so so to drive. Synonyms: undistinguished, commonplace, pedestrian, everyday; run-of-the-mill, 15 - 23 runs, 1 for 43. Antonyms: Imran Nazir"

End of over 20 (4 runs) Pakistan 80/3 (RR: 4.00)
Misbah-ul-Haq    21* (34b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-14-0
Asad Shafiq    22* (38b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-9-0

20.1

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, gets across his stumps and punches it towards mid-off

20.2

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, Shafiq decides to take on Christain by hoicking him across the line wide of midwicket, the sweeper covers up

20.3

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it towards fine leg

20.4

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, stays beside the line and steers it down to third man, easily done

20.5

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah plays that slice really easily again, he doesn't have much room but manages to squeeze it wide of point

Wade comes up to the stumps

20.6

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, punched down to long-on for a single

Good partnership between these two. They're keeping the singles coming

End of over 21 (5 runs) Pakistan 85/3 (RR: 4.04)
Asad Shafiq    25* (42b 1x4)      DT Christian    3-0-14-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    23* (36b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-14-0

Here's maxwell

21.1

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, no run, bit wide and he slashed and missed

21.2

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, stays back and he slashed it wide of point

21.3

Maxwell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run

21.4

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, SIX, take that! Tossed up on middle and leg and he whams it with the turn over deep midwicket, lots of intent on that shot

21.5

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, pushes a single down to long-on

21.6

Maxwell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

End of over 22 (9 runs) Pakistan 94/3 (RR: 4.27)
Misbah-ul-Haq    24* (38b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-9-0
Asad Shafiq    33* (46b 1x4 1x6)      DT Christian    3-0-14-0

22.1

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, tries to dab it down to third man and the ball comes back in and nearly takes the edge

22.2

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, on the pads and worked away down to fine leg, uses his wrists well

22.3

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, keeps it nice and tight and he pushes it down the pitch

22.4

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, the ball skids through and he chops it down to point

22.5

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slices it down to point again

22.6

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on the pads and gently flicked to the on side, the keeper is still up to the stumps

End of over 23 (1 run) Pakistan 95/3 (RR: 4.13)
Misbah-ul-Haq    24* (42b 1x4)      DT Christian    4-0-15-0
Asad Shafiq    34* (48b 1x4 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-9-0

23.1

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, no run, teases him by tossing it very slowly, tries ti dab it away to third man but misses

23.2

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, drops it a bit short and he rocks back and chops it behind square on the off side

23.3

Maxwell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, bit of turn this time, mistimes the drive back to the bowler

23.4

Maxwell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tucks it with the turn down to midwicket

23.5

Maxwell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stays back at the crease and cuts straight to point

23.6

Maxwell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, very slow off the pitch and he cuts hard to the sweeper on the off side for a couple

Omar: "Where Hashim Amla had individually scored 150 in 124 balls face against England just recently, Pakistan has only scored 83 in as many balls." These are very different conditions, Omar.

End of over 24 (3 runs) Pakistan 98/3 (RR: 4.08)
Misbah-ul-Haq    26* (46b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-12-0
Asad Shafiq    35* (50b 1x4 1x6)      DT Christian    4-0-15-0

24.1

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, gives him width and he stays beside it and chops it towards cover

24.2

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, tries to hoick him away and he mistimes it to long-on, Christian took a lot of pace off the ball

24.3

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes back at the crease and chops it towards mid-off

24.4

Christian to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, Christian breaks the stand and Misbah perishes trying to be aggressive, Christian took a lot of pace off the ball with his offcutter, the keeper was up to the stumps to stifle the batsman, Misbah tried to hoick it over the on side and got a thick inside edge to the stumps

Misbah-ul-Haq b Christian 26 (65m 48b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.16

24.5

Christian to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, short and wide and Umar gets off the mark with a cut to deep point

24.6

Christian to Umar Akmal, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and dabs it down to third man

End of over 25 (4 runs) Pakistan 102/4 (RR: 4.08)
Umar Akmal    3* (2b)      DT Christian    5-0-19-1
Asad Shafiq    36* (52b 1x4 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-12-0

25.1

Maxwell to Umar Akmal, 1 run, on the off stump. Umar Akmal leans forward and drives it to mid-off for a single

25.2

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, on the leg stump. Shafiq turns it to midwicket for a single

25.3

Maxwell to Umar Akmal, no run, good length ball on the off stump. Umar Akmal looks to turn it and gets an outside edge that the keeper drops

25.4

Maxwell to Umar Akmal, no run, comes forward and turns it to square-leg

25.5

Maxwell to Umar Akmal, no run

25.6

Maxwell to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Akmal cuts it to deep point for a single

End of over 26 (3 runs) Pakistan 105/4 (RR: 4.03)
Umar Akmal    5* (7b)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-15-0
Asad Shafiq    37* (53b 1x4 1x6)      DT Christian    5-0-19-1

26.1

Christian to Umar Akmal, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Umar comes forward and drives it to mid-off

26.2

Christian to Umar Akmal, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Umar Akmal drives it to point

26.3

Christian to Umar Akmal, SIX, this shot has been a hallmark of his from U-19 days. Picks it from outside off and deposits it over deep midwicket for a six

26.4

Christian to Umar Akmal, 1 run, runs it down to third-man for a single

26.5

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Umar comes forward and drives it to mid-off

26.6

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, good length ball on the middle stump. Shafiq stands tall and turns it to midwicket for a single

End of over 27 (8 runs) Pakistan 113/4 (RR: 4.18)
Asad Shafiq    38* (55b 1x4 1x6)      DT Christian    6-0-27-1
Umar Akmal    12* (11b 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-15-0

27.1

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, no run, wide ball outside the off stump. Shafiq looks to cut it and is beaten

27.2

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to mid-on for a single

27.3

Maxwell to Umar Akmal, FOUR, off the outside edge to third-man for a boundary. Umar Akmal trying to get a hold on the things now

27.4

Maxwell to Umar Akmal, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to mid-off for a single

27.5

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, SIX, and the charge is well and truly on. Shafiq comes down the track and lofts it to long-on for a six. In a matter of couple of overs, the scoring rate has changed

27.6

Maxwell to Asad Shafiq, no run, comes forward and pushes it to mid-on

End of over 28 (12 runs) Pakistan 125/4 (RR: 4.46)
Asad Shafiq    45* (59b 1x4 2x6)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-27-0
Umar Akmal    17* (13b 1x4 1x6)      DT Christian    6-0-27-1

Johnson comes back into the attack

28.1

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Umar drives it to mid-off

28.2

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Umar cuts it to point

28.3

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, on the leg stump. Umar turns it to midwicket for a couple

28.4

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, fuller ball on the leg stump. Umar Akmal turns it to fine-leg for a couple

28.5

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, forces it to deep midwicket for a single

28.6

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Shafiq pulls it to short midwicket

End of over 29 (5 runs) Pakistan 130/4 (RR: 4.48)
Asad Shafiq    45* (60b 1x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-19-0
Umar Akmal    22* (18b 1x4 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-27-0

29.1

Christian to Umar Akmal, no run, walks across his stumps and works it to square leg, tells his partner to stay back

29.2

Christian to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower ball wide outside the off stump and he leans forward to drive past cover

29.3

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, tucked away with the angle towards deep midwicket

29.4

Christian to Umar Akmal, no run, full on the off stump and drilled firmly down to cover

29.5

Christian to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full again and driven very firmly down the ground to long-off

29.6

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, slower ball and he works it down to midwicket

End of over 30 (3 runs) Pakistan 133/4 (RR: 4.43)
Asad Shafiq    46* (62b 1x4 2x6)      DT Christian    7-0-30-1
Umar Akmal    24* (22b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-19-0

30.1

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, goes over the top but he doesn't quite middle it, fetches that from off stump and lofts across the line over mid-on, the fielder runs back and pulls it back

30.2

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, punched firmly down the track and Johnson runs across and pulls it back

30.3

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, tucks him up for room round the wicket, he punches it back to the bowler

30.4

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, bowls it straight again and it comes in with the angle, pushes it softly down to mid-off

30.5

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, sprays it wide outside the off stump and he reaches out and places it to third man

30.6

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, no run, nearly edges it! Akmal was trying a cheeky dab to third man though there wasn't much width, could have feathered an edge

Bhushan: "What i have observed over the past few years , that Umar Akmal plays with more confidence,poise and composure when his dearest Kamran bro plays along with him."

End of over 31 (3 runs) Pakistan 136/4 (RR: 4.38)
Asad Shafiq    46* (63b 1x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-22-0
Umar Akmal    27* (27b 1x4 1x6)      DT Christian    7-0-30-1

31.1

Christian to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full and wide outside off and driven square of the wicket on the off side

31.2

Christian to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, the slower ball and Shafiq uses his wrists and works it down to long-on

31.3

Christian to Umar Akmal, no run, turns the face of the bat and knocks it down to long-on

31.4

Christian to Umar Akmal, 1 run

31.5

Christian to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, gets to his fifty with a flick for four! Stylishly played considering it was honing in on the yorker length, used his wrists and flicked it wide of fine leg

31.6

Christian to Asad Shafiq, no run, another full ball and hammered back to the bowler on the front foot

End of over 32 (7 runs) Pakistan 143/4 (RR: 4.46)
Asad Shafiq    51* (66b 2x4 2x6)      DT Christian    8-0-37-1
Umar Akmal    29* (30b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-22-0

32.1

Johnson to Umar Akmal, SIX, over deep extra cover! Johnson fires that from round the wicket and Umar Akmal made some room and lofted it crisply over the off side, it was an inside-out loft, not the easiest of shots

32.2

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, pushes it past the covers and gets off the strike

32.3

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, times that flick really well, fired on the pads and he whips it on the up and deep midwicket gives chase

32.4

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, mistimes the pull, fetched that from the off stump and the ball rolls to deep square leg

32.5

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, didn't come on too quickly, opened the face of the bat and gently dabbed it to third man

32.6

Johnson to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, firmly punched down the ground to long-on and it's drinks

These two are setting it up really well for the other big hitters. The batting Powerplay is pending

James: "Looks like the Pakistan strategy of playing an extra batsman might pay off here. I'd guess if they can get close to 250, that's very defendable with their spin attack? Still some batting to come: Kamran in good form, and who knows what Afridi will do?"

End of over 33 (12 runs) Pakistan 155/4 (RR: 4.69)
Asad Shafiq    55* (69b 2x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    6-0-34-0
Umar Akmal    37* (33b 1x4 2x6)      DT Christian    8-0-37-1

33.1

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, Starc comes round the wicket, sprays it wide outside off and Shafiq slashes and fails to make contact

33.2

Starc to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, full on the stumps and driven down the ground to long-on

33.3

Starc to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Starc pitches it a bit short from round the wicket and Umar takes a couple of paces down the pitch and instead dabs it to third man

33.4

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, beats him with a fuller delivery this time, Umar pokes at it and nearly feathers an edge

33.5

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, angles it towards the stumps and he gets forward and drives to mid-off

33.6

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, full on the stumps and driven back to the bowler

End of over 34 (2 runs) Pakistan 157/4 (RR: 4.61)
Asad Shafiq    56* (74b 2x4 2x6)      MA Starc    6-1-27-1
Umar Akmal    38* (34b 1x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    6-0-34-0

34.1

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, 1 wide, starts off with a wide down the leg side, it's the first wide of the innings by the way

34.1

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, no run, much better, bowls it straight and he softly punches it back to the bowler

34.2

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, no run, makes a bit of room and tries to pinch it past the off side but he ends up chopping it to the covers

34.3

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, no run, keeps it tight, hardly any room for Umar, he punches it on the front foot to cover

34.4

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, no run, turning out to be a good over, bowls it on the middle stump and he can only push it back to the bowler

34.5

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, this was shorter and Umar did well to open the face and angle it to third man

34.6

Pattinson to Asad Shafiq, no run, tucks it away with the angle down to midwicket, end of a quiet over

Mazher: "This is arguably Asad Shafiq's best ODI performance beside his 46, also against Australia at Colombo in WC'2011."

End of over 35 (2 runs) Pakistan 159/4 (RR: 4.54)
Asad Shafiq    56* (75b 2x4 2x6)      JL Pattinson    6-0-12-2
Umar Akmal    39* (39b 1x4 2x6)      MA Starc    6-1-27-1

It's the batting Powerplay

35.1

Starc to Umar Akmal, 1 run, fires it full on the leg stump from round the wicket and he drills it down the ground to long-on

35.2

Starc to Asad Shafiq, no run, Shafiq makes a lot of room to play an expansive drive through cover, doesn't find the gap though

35.3

Starc to Asad Shafiq, OUT, and the start of the Powerplay brings a wicket! Shafiq was trying to repeat the shot from the previous ball, made a lot of room to spank it through cover, Starc fired it full and on the stumps from round the wicket, Shafiq made no contact and lost his stumps

Asad Shafiq b Starc 56 (124m 77b 2x4 2x6) SR: 72.72

The Brothers Akmal at the crease

35.4

Starc to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, bangs it in short down the leg side and wide called

35.4

Starc to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, gets off the mark with a flick down to square leg

35.5

Starc to Umar Akmal, 1 run, fires it full on the pads and he drills it down the ground to long-on

Slip in place now

35.6

Starc to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, once again drifts too much on the pads and helped on its way to fine leg

End of over 36 (5 runs) Pakistan 164/5 (RR: 4.55)
Kamran Akmal    2* (2b)      MA Starc    7-1-32-2
Umar Akmal    41* (41b 1x4 2x6)      JL Pattinson    6-0-12-2

36.1

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, keeps it tight and on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

36.2

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, angled towards point and warner does really well to fling himself to his right save at least a couple

36.3

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, punched away to the off side but he can't beat cover, Pakistan looking to break free here

36.4

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, yet another dot ball, cramps him up for room and he pushes it straight to cover point

36.5

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, manages to pinch a single this time, opens the face and knocks it down to third man

36.6

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, 2 wides, bit of an anticlimax, Pattinson loses complete control of that one and sprays it well wide of the leg stump, work for Wade who does well

36.6

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, hammers a full ball straight back to the bowler

Another quiet over

Sana Kazmi: "that wide was Sami-esque."

End of over 37 (3 runs) Pakistan 167/5 (RR: 4.51)
Kamran Akmal    3* (8b)      JL Pattinson    7-0-15-2
Umar Akmal    41* (41b 1x4 2x6)      MA Starc    7-1-32-2

37.1

Starc to Umar Akmal, no run, fires that full from round the wicket, he squirts it down to cover point

37.2

Starc to Umar Akmal, no run, fires that full again and he drills it down to mid-on

37.3

Starc to Umar Akmal, no run, oh well he misses out on a low full toss, he made a bit of room and tried to drive it through the off side and he missed it completely

37.4

Starc to Umar Akmal, no run, tries to slash this one and he's beaten again

37.5

Starc to Umar Akmal, no run, turning out to be yet another silent over! Umar can;t get bat on ball on this yorker outside the off stump

37.6

Starc to Umar Akmal, no run, down the leg side and close to being called a wide, it's another scoring opportunity missed and it's a maiden!

End of over 38 (maiden) Pakistan 167/5 (RR: 4.39)
Umar Akmal    41* (47b 1x4 2x6)      MA Starc    8-2-32-2
Kamran Akmal    3* (8b)      JL Pattinson    7-0-15-2

38.1

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes back and slaps it straight to point

38.2

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tucks it with the angle off his pads and he can't get it past backward square leg

38.3

Pattinson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, swings his bat and connects very well but there's protection at deep midwicket to pick it up

38.4

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of a length and he slaps it hard but the placement isn't good enough to beat point

38.5

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, another dot ball, gentlemen! Tucks him up for room and he punches it hard and straight to mid-off

38.6

Pattinson to Kamran Akmal, no run, keeps it on the off stump and he can only slap it straight to cover

End of over 39 (2 runs) Pakistan 169/5 (RR: 4.33)
Kamran Akmal    4* (13b)      JL Pattinson    8-0-17-2
Umar Akmal    42* (48b 1x4 2x6)      MA Starc    8-2-32-2

39.1

Starc to Umar Akmal, FOUR, that's the kind of improvisation that was needed, Starc was bowling round the wicket, Umar went right across his stumps and played a cheeky paddle scoop over short fine leg, first boundary in 42 balls

39.2

Starc to Umar Akmal, 1 run, lucky to get away with a low full toss outside off, he can only push it to short third man

39.3

Starc to Kamran Akmal, OUT, very soft dismissal in the end! Starc pitched it on a good length from round the wicket, Kamran was trying to tuck it over the on side but he ended up playing it too early and tamely chipped it to Clarke at midwicket

Kamran Akmal c Clarke b Starc 4 (18m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Shahid Afridi walks in. It;s been a sorry Powerplay for Pakistan

39.4

Starc to Umar Akmal, 1 run, pitches it a bit short and he opens the face and dabs it down to third man

39.5

Starc to Shahid Afridi, OUT, gone first ball! Clever move to bring in a slip because he has hit it straight there! Starc went back to over the wicket for Afridi, pitched it up on the off stump and drew him forward to drive, thick outside edge to Clarke, great captaincy and Starc has four wickets

Shahid Afridi c Clarke b Starc 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

39.6

Starc to Sohail Tanvir, no run, lands it outside off and he safely leaves it alone

Pakistan have lost 16 for 3 in five Powerplay overs

End of over 40 (6 runs) Pakistan 175/7 (RR: 4.37)
Sohail Tanvir    0* (1b)      MA Starc    9-2-38-4
Umar Akmal    48* (51b 2x4 2x6)      JL Pattinson    8-0-17-2

40.1

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, nicely played, it was a chipped drive over the bowler, not enough in it to travel to the rope, he gets to his fifty as well

40.2

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, he opens the face of the bat and steers it down to third man

40.3

Johnson to Sohail Tanvir, no run, shapes away from the left-hander and he leaves it alone

40.4

Johnson to Sohail Tanvir, no run, stays beside the line and he chops it down to point

Eliya: "You've got to be kidding me... Stayed awake all night for this moment and he gets out on the first ball :("

40.5

Johnson to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, sprays it on the pads and he whips it towards midwicket, the fielder gets a hand to it

40.6

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, bangs it in short and he swivels and pulls, mistimes it to the on side

End of over 41 (5 runs) Pakistan 180/7 (RR: 4.39)
Umar Akmal    52* (54b 2x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    7-0-39-0
Sohail Tanvir    1* (4b)      MA Starc    9-2-38-4

41.1

Starc to Umar Akmal, OUT, Starc picks up five! Starc continues his round the wicket line to Umar Akmal, he sprays it full and wide and invites the lofted shot, Umar made room and tried to clear the infield but didn't get the elevation, straight to Bailey at cover

Umar Akmal c Bailey b Starc 52 (82m 55b 2x4 2x6) SR: 94.54

Can Pakistan reach 200?

41.2

Starc to Saeed Ajmal, no run, Ajmal leaves this one to the keeper, moves away off the surface

41.3

Starc to Saeed Ajmal, no run, wide outside off and close to being called a wide

41.4

Starc to Saeed Ajmal, no run, pitched up and tempts him to go for the drive, he nearly edges it

41.5

Starc to Saeed Ajmal, no run, keeps it outside the off stump and he leaves it alone

41.6

Starc to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR, Pakistan will hope for more of those, strayed on the pads and easily worked it away wide of the keeper

Mazher Arshad: 'Shahid Afridi had his 28th duck on August 28, its the date when Pakistan played its first ever Twenty20I and he was Man of the Match then in 2006."

End of over 42 (4 runs) Pakistan 184/8 (RR: 4.38)
Saeed Ajmal    4* (5b 1x4)      MA Starc    10-2-42-5
Sohail Tanvir    1* (4b)      MG Johnson    7-0-39-0

42.1

Johnson to Sohail Tanvir, no run, pushes it towards mid-on

42.2

Johnson to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, the decline continues! Poor shot by Tanvir, not sure what he was attempting there, made room and tried to scoop it over mid-on, miscued it and Hussey ran across to his right and took a simple catch

Sohail Tanvir c DJ Hussey b Johnson 1 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

200 looks like a mountain here

42.3

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, 4 leg byes, drifts down the leg side from round the wicket, Cheema turned at the crease and the ball clipped the pads and raced to fine leg

42.4

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, 1 run, turns at the crease and clips it with the angle down to fine leg

42.5

Johnson to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, bangs it in short from round the wicket, swivels and miscues the pull but there was nobody at square leg

42.6

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, no run, moves away after pitching and nearly kissed the face of the bat as he tried to run it down to third man

End of over 43 (6 runs) Pakistan 190/9 (RR: 4.41)
Aizaz Cheema    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    8-0-41-1
Saeed Ajmal    5* (6b 1x4)      MA Starc    10-2-42-5

43.1

Pattinson to Saeed Ajmal, 4 leg byes, Pakistan are living off these gifts at the moment! Another full ball swinging on the pads and the ball clips the pads and runs away to fine leg

43.2

Pattinson to Saeed Ajmal, 2 runs, this time he bowls it short enough and wide for Ajmal to slap it past cover and point

43.3

Pattinson to Saeed Ajmal, no run, solid defence this time, keeps it out in front of the stumps

43.4

Pattinson to Saeed Ajmal, no run, nearly drags it back on to the stumps, short fine leg comes across and picks it up

43.5

Pattinson to Saeed Ajmal, no run, gives him width and he chops it straight to point

43.6

Pattinson to Saeed Ajmal, no run, He's been given lbw but Ajmal is reviewing it, it was full and swinging in on the pads, landed outside off and hit his pads as he tried to work it away off the pads, Bowden raised the finger, replays showed the ball missing leg stump so he survives

End of over 44 (6 runs) Pakistan 196/9 (RR: 4.45)
Saeed Ajmal    7* (12b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    9-0-19-2
Aizaz Cheema    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    8-0-41-1

44.1

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, 1 run, outside edge and just dropped short of Clarke at first slip, it was full on the stumps and produced a leading edge

44.2

Johnson to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, nicely tucked away off the pads and he gives the strike to Cheema

44.3

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, no run, gets across his stumps and softly pushes it towards cover

44.4

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, no run, well played, it was rising up on the off stump and he fended it off with soft hands

44.5

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, no run, fullish and angling across him and punched towards point

44.6

Johnson to Aizaz Cheema, no run, comes round the wicket and brings the ball back in, beats him completely

It's 9.30, the scheduled break but we still have 5 overs to go. Can't be easy in these conditions

End of over 45 (2 runs) Pakistan 198/9 (RR: 4.40)
Aizaz Cheema    2* (8b)      MG Johnson    9-0-43-1
Saeed Ajmal    8* (13b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    9-0-19-2

45.1

Pattinson to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, well we didn't need the extra time after all! Pattinson fires it full and straight on the leg stump, Ajmal couldn't resist the big shot but played too early, the ball went straight through and pushed back the leg stump

Saeed Ajmal b Pattinson 8 (21m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

9.30: The slide began with the Powerplay and Pakistan not only failed to reach 200 but they also fell way short of their allotted 50 overs. The batting Powerplay has been a problem for them in recent times - they lost control in an ODI in Colombo recently and collapsed spectacularly. Even well-set players like Umar Akmal looked lost. Starc led the way with his five-for and his round the wicket line was effective in stifling the batsmen. A combined effort from the seamers who have bowled superbly in this humidity.

Don't write off Pakistan yet. The pitch is getting a bit slow and their spinners will be a handful. Australia will have to sustain their energy late into the night. Could be an interesting chase. Join us at 10.15.

Amin: "Even with 8 batsmen, we cannot bat for full 50 overs. I think that's shameful." We've had a few mails saying the same.

Series Results
Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah - Sep 3, 2012
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Australia v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi - Aug 31, 2012
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)
Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah - Aug 28, 2012
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
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Aug 28, 2012

Glenn Maxwell clips one away fine, Pakistan v Australia, 1st ODI, Sharjah, August 28, 2012

Glenn Maxwell clips one away fine

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Aug 28, 2012

Daniel Christian and George Bailey celebrate after securing the win, Pakistan v Australia, 1st ODI, Sharjah, August 28, 2012

Daniel Christian and George Bailey celebrate after securing the win

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