Australia v Pakistan ODI Series - 4th ODI

Australia v Pakistan

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 34 balls remaining)

Just moments away from the start now. The Australians are out, and the Pakistan openers stroll out gradually. A few thousand fans on the ground, must laud them for coming in despite the merciless weather. Bollinger to bowl to Butt

Suhail: "Resting Gul for Akhtar? I don't think this a good idea. Akhtar hasn't taken a wicket from the two matches he played and bringing him in an important game surely isn't a good idea."

14.40 pm: An unforgiving 43 degrees celsius in Abu Dhabi. The pitch is dry, and not too different from the one used last match. But the heat is terrible, and the Australian bowlers will have to toil hard early on. There's still a while to go for the start, so read the preview to the game in the meantime.

14.30 Toss Pakistan win the toss and opt to bat. It's an incredibly hot day, and Younis Khan says he doesn't want to tire out his team by fielding first.

Teams: Pakistan have decided to rest Umar Gul, and have brought in Shoaib Akhtar. Australia have handed Marcus North a debut, and David Hussey has been left out. Doug Bollinger also makes a return.

Pakistan 1 Salman Butt, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Younis Khan (capt), 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Shoaib Akhtar, 10 Yasir Arafat, 11 Saeed Ajmal.

Australia 1 Brad Haddin (wk), 2 James Hopes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Andrew Symonds, 6 Callum Ferguson, 7 Marcus North, 8 Nathan Hauritz, 9 Stuart Clark, 10 Nathan Bracken, 11 Doug Bollinger.

14.25 Hello and welcome to the fourth one-dayer between Australia and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Australia have shrugged off their poor recent ODI form to take a 2-1 lead going into today's game.

0.1

Bollinger to Salman Butt, 2 runs, short on middle and leg, whipped away behind square leg, wide of fine leg, for a couple

0.2

Bollinger to Salman Butt, no run, good length on the off stump, closes the face and pushes it back to the bowler

Two slips in place

0.3

Bollinger to Salman Butt, OUT, gone! Full and wide, moved away, chased it, went for an expansive drive, got a thick edge and Haddin dived well to his left to snap a sharp one

Salman Butt c †Haddin b Bollinger 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

First ODI wicket for Bollinger. He bowled superbly in the last game, but went wicketless. Hes been finally rewarded. Got it to move away and sucked Butt in with the length.

Younis to face now

0.4

Bollinger to Younis Khan, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, dropped into the off side, calls for a single, is sent back

0.5

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fullish on the off, defended off the front foot in the direction towards cover

0.6

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, yorker length on the off, dug out into the leg side, end of a successful over, well done Bolly

End of over 1 (3 runs) Pakistan 3/1 (RR: 3.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    0* (2b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-3-1
Younis Khan    1* (1b)     

Bilal: "I just never seem to understand the PCB think-tank, it's a must win game for Pakistan, although they should've been 2-1 ahead had they not batted poorly in the 3rd odi, why didn't umar gul instead of yasir arafat. You need to have your strongest bowling attack for a must-win game ad i believe the pace attack should've comprimised of shoaib, gul and tanvir and back-up by the 2 spinners, afridi n ajmal."

Bracken to bowl

1.1

Bracken to Younis Khan, FOUR, lucky, short of a good length on the off stump, dabbed at it, got a thin edge just wide of leg stump and to the fine-leg boundary, nipped back in a touch

1.2

Bracken to Younis Khan, no run, fullish on the off stump, pushed through to cover

1.3

Bracken to Younis Khan, 1 run

1.4

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back and punches it short of the bowler

1.5

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, teasing length outside off and moving away, left alone to the keeper

1.6

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, almost had him, drew him forward and Shehzad was found wanting, good length on the off and appeared to hold its line, struck him just outside the line

End of over 2 (5 runs) Pakistan 8/1 (RR: 4.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    0* (5b)      NW Bracken    1-0-5-0
Younis Khan    6* (4b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-3-1

2.1

Bollinger to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length on middle, defended back to the bowler

2.2

Bollinger to Younis Khan, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, gets to the pitch and pushes it back past the bowler wide of mid-off for a single

Freehit time

The slips are out

2.2

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, short outside off, pulls it wide of midwicket, completely mistimed but got it in the gap, gets a couple

2.3

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good length on the off and moving back in, defended towards mid-on

2.4

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, slightly short on middle, drops it short of midwicket and calls for a single, is sent back

2.5

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full and wide, eases it through to mid-off, just a firm push

2.6

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, bang on the off stump, gets forward and defends solidly, Bolly continues to look good

End of over 3 (4 runs) Pakistan 12/1 (RR: 4.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    2* (10b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-7-1
Younis Khan    7* (6b 1x4)      NW Bracken    1-0-5-0

3.1

Bracken to Younis Khan, OUT, drags it onto the stumps, short of a good length outside off, gets a hint of inward movement, Younis plays at it, away from his body, gets a thin edge to clip the off stump

Younis Khan b Bracken 7 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Excellent start for Australia. The unpredictable Misbah comes in. He played a horrendous shot to get out in the last game

3.2

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, appeal for caught behind, that was an edge and the umpire didn't hear it, probing him outside off, tried to defend it off the front foot, moved away to take a thin edge straight to the keeper, Aleem Dar shook his head but the Australians were convinced. Misbah is lucky!

3.3

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, similar delivery but kept a little low, dabbed down to third man for a single

3.4

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length outside off, leaving the right hander, left alone

3.5

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, much fuller, on a driving length, pushed firmly to mid-off

3.6

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, on middle and off, darting back in, played gently to midwicket, good stuff from Australia

End of over 4 (1 run) Pakistan 13/2 (RR: 3.25)
Ahmed Shehzad    2* (13b)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (2b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-7-1

4.1

Bollinger to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, nice pace, around 137.1 kmph, slightly short on the off, opens the face to guide it wide of point for a single

4.2

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, shot! Full on the off stump, the bat turns in his hand as he tries to drive it down, but nicely timed, beats Clarke at mid-on and gets him his first boundary

4.3

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, swinging back in, on middle, punched towards cover

4.4

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good length outside off, angling it away, held its line there, left alone

4.5

Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, mistimes it this time, full and wide, plays it straight to mid-off as he tries to drive hard at it

End of over 5 (5 runs) Pakistan 18/2 (RR: 3.72)
Ahmed Shehzad    6* (17b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2.5-0-12-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (3b)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-1

5.1

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length on the off stump, drops it to point

5.2

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, beat the outside edge, slower offcutter, moved away to evade the bat as he prodded forward

5.3

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot through cover for a single

5.4

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, slower one again, the offcutter bowled at 114.7 kmph, left alone

5.5

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, bringing it back in, pushed through to mid-off on the front foot

5.6

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, slower one again, charged down the track and just chipped it over the bowler, wide of mid-off who gives chase and fumbles to concede an extra run

End of over 6 (3 runs) Pakistan 21/2 (RR: 3.50)
Ahmed Shehzad    8* (20b 1x4)      NW Bracken    3-0-9-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    3* (6b)      DE Bollinger    2.5-0-12-1

Stuart Clarke comes on

6.1

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, 128.2 kmph, good length on the off stump, defended short of cover

6.2

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length on the off stump, stands tall and dabs it to point

6.3

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, testing line outside off, reaches for it and plays it to cover

6.4

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, a little too wide, short outside off and moved away, Misbah let it go

6.4

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly short on the off, dropped short of cover, he's taking his time here, well Pakistan are, slow going so far

6.5

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, brought it back in this time, bunts it to cover

Not much intent from Misbah. He's in block mode at the moment. He played way too slowly in the first game, though the situation did demand it. He was caught off a reverse-sweep in the second, threw away his wicket holing out to long-on in the third and then was out first ball here, but not given. Suffice it to say, he's struggling

6.6

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly short outside off, guided off the back foot to point

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 22/2 (RR: 3.14)
Misbah-ul-Haq    3* (12b)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0
Ahmed Shehzad    8* (20b 1x4)      NW Bracken    3-0-9-1

7.1

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched to mid-off

7.2

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, drive it well but straight to cover, pushed off the front foot, failed to beat the gap

Short mid-off comes in

7.3

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, almost pays off, full and wide, has a wild swing at it, trying to clear midwicket, ends up mistiming it to mid-on

7.4

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, restraining himself this time, irritating pace this from Bracken, 114.3 kmph, irritating for the batsman that is, left alone outside off

7.5

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, a touch quicker, fullish on the off stump, pushed through the line to mid-off

7.6

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, hitting a good length again, pushed off the front foot to cover

End of over 8 (maiden) Pakistan 22/2 (RR: 2.75)
Ahmed Shehzad    8* (26b 1x4)      NW Bracken    4-1-9-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    3* (12b)      SR Clark    1-0-1-0

8.1

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, back of a length on middle, whipped away wide of square leg, two short of fine leg, come on, get a move-on

8.2

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, holding its line, gets behind it and drops it short of the bowler

8.3

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length outside off, holding its line, lets it go through

8.4

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gave him the charge, nothing happened, bunted it back to the bowler, dropped it short seeing him come down

8.5

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nicely done, bowled at 132.4 kmph, moved away sharply after landing just a fraction short outside off, left alone

Long-off and Long-on in place now

8.6

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full on the off stump, driven to long-on for a single

End of over 9 (3 runs) Pakistan 25/2 (RR: 2.77)
Misbah-ul-Haq    6* (18b)      SR Clark    2-0-4-0
Ahmed Shehzad    8* (26b 1x4)      NW Bracken    4-1-9-1

9.1

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly short outside off, hangs his bat out and plays it to point

9.2

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower one bowled on a good length on middle, moved across and pushed it to mid-on

9.3

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower ball bowled slightly short on the off, dabbed to point off the front foot

9.4

Bracken to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 runs, finally, short outside off, rocked back and punched it between point and cover for three runs

The keeper immediately comes up

9.5

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fullish outside off, opens the way and slashes it straight to point

9.6

Bracken to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, just wide of midwicket, stopped on him a little, landed on a length on middle, pushed at it and lobbed just wide of the fielder to add a couple to the score

End of over 10 (5 runs) Pakistan 30/2 (RR: 3.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    10* (28b 1x4)      NW Bracken    5-1-14-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    9* (22b)      SR Clark    2-0-4-0

Australia have taken the second powerplay

10.1

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, legcutter, length ball outside off, came down the track and tried to drive it through the leg side, cut away to beat the outside edge, around 118 kmph

10.2

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, teasing him outside off stump, defended towards cover

10.3

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length outside off, gets forward and drops it short of cover

10.4

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length, accurate again, drops it dead wide of the pitch

10.5

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, a touch fuller, outside off, moves front and across and flicks it away wide of square leg for a couple

10.6

Clark to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length on the off, defended towards point

End of over 11 (2 runs) Pakistan 32/2 (RR: 2.90)
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (28b)      SR Clark    3-0-6-0
Ahmed Shehzad    10* (28b 1x4)      NW Bracken    5-1-14-1

Hopes into the attack

11.1

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short of a length on middle, worked away to deep square leg

11.2

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slightly short on middle, tries to defend it off the back foot,.gets an inside edge behind square, gets a single

11.3

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, really slow pitch this, slower one outside off, pushed wide of mid-on

11.4

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly short on middle, tries to fend it away, is hit on the ribs and it rolls into the off side

11.5

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length on the off, defended off the front foot short of cover

11.6

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short outside off, cut away but straight to point, we'll see many tidy overs today, anything in the range of 200 should be competitive

End of over 12 (3 runs) Pakistan 35/2 (RR: 2.91)
Misbah-ul-Haq    12* (32b)      JR Hopes    1-0-3-0
Ahmed Shehzad    12* (30b 1x4)      SR Clark    3-0-6-0

Hauritz comes on. The grind will continue

12.1

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed it up, on the off stump, driven straight to midwicket

12.2

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 leg byes, on leg stump, tries to clip it fine, brushes his pads on its way wide of fine leg for a couple

12.3

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, tossed up on middle, pushed through to deep midwicket for a couple

12.4

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, two more, full on the off, bends low and paddles it wide of fine leg

12.5

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, quicker one bowled short on the off, turned away to square leg

12.6

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, spun back in sharply, got behind and tickled it square

End of over 13 (5 runs) Pakistan 40/2 (RR: 3.07)
Misbah-ul-Haq    14* (35b)      NM Hauritz    1-0-3-0
Ahmed Shehzad    13* (33b 1x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-3-0

13.1

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, bowled at 129.2 kmph, flicked away to the short fine fielder

13.2

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, slightly slower one, fullish on the off, almost sucked him in, bowled at 122.8 kmph, pushed through it, tried to chip it over the in-field but fortunately mistimed it, fell short of mid-off

13.3

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of a length on middle, comes down the track and plays at it, gets an inside edge onto his pads

13.4

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, on middle and off, taps it towards cover, no intent there

13.5

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fullish on the off stump, defended watchfully towards cover

13.6

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, slower one on the off, punched short of mid-off to steal a quick single

End of over 14 (1 run) Pakistan 41/2 (RR: 2.92)
Ahmed Shehzad    14* (39b 1x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-4-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    14* (35b)      NM Hauritz    1-0-3-0

Brett Lee has joined the Australian squad after not playing a single game in the IPL this season

14.1

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 leg bye, on middle and off, tries to paddle it fine, didn't connect, lobbed up off his pads

14.2

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, swept to fine leg

14.3

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, good length outside off, spun back in to strike him outside the line, gets a run

14.4

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short outside off, gets back and drops it short of point

A leg slip moves in

14.5

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, short on middle, whipped away wide of deep square leg for a couple

14.6

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked away into the leg side again but fine leg runs in to prevent the second

End of over 15 (6 runs) Pakistan 47/2 (RR: 3.13)
Misbah-ul-Haq    18* (39b)      NM Hauritz    2-0-8-0
Ahmed Shehzad    15* (41b 1x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-4-0

15.1

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a length outside off, pushed towards point from the crease, played away from his body there

15.2

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, much straighter, bowled at 128 kmph, walks and defends it to midwicket

15.3

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower one, legcutter, at 112.5 kmph, defended into the off side

15.4

Hopes to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, saw him coming down and dropped it short, fends it behind square for a single

15.5

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, slower one on the off, plenty of those in this game, pushed off the front foot to Clarke at point

15.6

Hopes to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of a length on the off, pushed away to midwicket off the front foot

It's been a struggle. Going at three-an-over in an ODI is certainly not an admirable display by the batsmen, but the pitch is a toughie. Both have seemed to got themselves into a bit of a hole, but Pakistan have wickets left.

End of over 16 (1 run) Pakistan 48/2 (RR: 3.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    15* (43b 1x4)      JR Hopes    3-0-5-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    19* (43b)      NM Hauritz    2-0-8-0

Hauritz to continue

16.1

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flatter on the off stump and spinning in, defended back to the bowler

16.2

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gave it some air this time, defended cautiously on the pitch

16.3

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full outside off, turned short of midwicket and scampered off for a single

16.4

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of a length on middle, paddled to square leg off the front foot

16.5

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up outside off, gets across and chips it just short of midwicket

16.6

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, had him interested for a bit there, got an inside edge onto his pads and lobbed up in front of Haddin who wasn't able to reach it

End of over 17 (1 run) Pakistan 49/2 (RR: 2.88)
Ahmed Shehzad    15* (46b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-9-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    20* (46b)      JR Hopes    3-0-5-0

Marcus North to bowl now, on debut. He's an offspinner

17.1

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, loopy, on middle and leg, at <9>90 kmph, worked away to square leg

17.2

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, runs, finally, short and wide, rocks back and cuts it behind point for three runs, 50 up for Pakistan

17.3

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short on the off, punched off the back foot to long-on

17.4

North to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, a touch fuller, driven down the ground to long-on again

17.5

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up outside off, leans forward and defends

17.6

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted outside off, spinning back in, chopped down to point off the back foot

End of over 18 (4 runs) Pakistan 53/2 (RR: 2.94)
Misbah-ul-Haq    23* (51b)      MJ North    1-0-4-0
Ahmed Shehzad    16* (47b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-9-0

18.1

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, thrown up outside off, pushed away wide of midwicket

18.2

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, moves across to negate the spin, turned away to midwicket

18.3

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flighted on middle, reaches forward and turns it wide of midwicket for a single again

18.4

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, gets forward and paddles it behind square leg for one more

18.5

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flatter, gets outside off to turn it away, rapped on the pads and rolls back to the bowler

18.6

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, quicker one on the off, dabbed to midwicket off the front foot

The last boundary came in the fifth over. So that shows the struggle out in the middle

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 56/2 (RR: 2.94)
Misbah-ul-Haq    24* (55b)      NM Hauritz    4-0-12-0
Ahmed Shehzad    18* (49b 1x4)      MJ North    1-0-4-0

19.1

North to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, loopy outside off, paddled again, a bit of strain that shot, and all that for a single

19.2

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short outside off and moving in, pushed back off the back foot

19.3

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up outside off, Misbah, expecting it to spin back in played inside the line, missed as it went on straight

19.4

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shortish on middle, helped on its way to fine leg

19.5

North to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, quicker on the off stump, tapped to cover

19.6

North to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, first signs of aggression, charges down and clears mid-off, not as well timed but earns a couple, still three-an-over

End of over 20 (4 runs) Pakistan 60/2 (RR: 3.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    21* (52b 1x4)      MJ North    2-0-8-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    25* (58b)      NM Hauritz    4-0-12-0

20.1

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a length on the off, defended into the leg side

20.2

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly flatter, and quicker outside off, pushed off the front foot to cover

20.3

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up on the off stump, dropped short of midwicket, the crowd won't be liking this

20.4

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, quicker on middle and off, turned away wide of midwicket for a quick single

20.5

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, massive spin, shaped himself for a cut but ended up dabbing it just wide of the stumps

20.6

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, nicely done, fetched it from outside off and drove it wide of long-on for a couple

Brings up the 50 partnership, one of the slower ones. True the pitch is hard to score on, but they can take a few risks now given they have wickets in hand

End of over 21 (3 runs) Pakistan 63/2 (RR: 3.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    23* (54b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    5-0-15-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    26* (62b)      MJ North    2-0-8-0

21.1

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked away wide of square leg

21.2

North to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short outside off, gets back and bunts it to deep cover

21.3

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to deep square leg

21.4

North to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, first boundary in almost 17 overs, slower through the air, short outside off, rocks back and punches it hard between long-off and deep cover, firmly struck

21.5

North to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed through to deep cover, nicely done

21.6

North to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, thought of paddling it, but it was a little too wide, ended up dabbing it to point

End of over 22 (8 runs) Pakistan 71/2 (RR: 3.22)
Misbah-ul-Haq    28* (65b)      MJ North    3-0-16-0
Ahmed Shehzad    29* (57b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    5-0-15-0

Quintin: "Was wondering if Pakistan regret that they said they are dissapointed that its not the full strength Aussie team touring because they are struggling. Why let North bowl Symonds can and will do a better job thats why he is there let him bowl. North can be a backup for a seventh bowler if Symonds is in the team thats why he is there. He is an all rounder and gets the job done."

Michael Clarke, the hero from the last game, comes on.

22.1

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed straight to cover

A slip in place for Pup

22.2

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, low full toss on the off stump, driven to long-off

22.3

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, poor ball, picking up now, short on middle, rocks back and pulls it powerfully between deep square leg and deep midwicket

22.4

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up on middle, lunges forward and pushes it back to the bowler

22.5

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, turned away into the leg side short of midwicket

22.6

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 23 (5 runs) Pakistan 76/2 (RR: 3.30)
Misbah-ul-Haq    32* (69b 1x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-5-0
Ahmed Shehzad    30* (59b 2x4)      MJ North    3-0-16-0

23.1

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, quickish outside off, gets across and turns it away to midwicket

23.2

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, flighted outside off, comes down and pushes it down to long-on

23.3

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, easily done, runs coming a little easily now, driven down to long-on again

23.4

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, pushed down the ground for one more

23.5

Hauritz to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up outside off, gets across and paddles it to fine leg

23.6

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fetches it from the off stump and pushes it away to midwicket

End of over 24 (4 runs) Pakistan 80/2 (RR: 3.33)
Ahmed Shehzad    32* (63b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    6-0-19-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    34* (71b 1x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-5-0

24.1

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, beat the outside edge, short on the off and zipped away to beat the outside edge as he prodded at it

24.2

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, dipping into the right hander, full on middle, pushed back to the bowler

24.3

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted on the off, pushed off the front foot to cover

24.4

Clarke to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, plumb, tossed up on middle, went for the sweep after three dot balls, tried to get it behind square, it straightened, he missed and was struck on the back pad in line with the stumps. Bowden raised his finger immediately

Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Clarke 34 (75b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.33

The pair had done reasonably well, but it's back to square one now. MIsbah got bogged down a little, but we must not have great expectations from the scoring rates on this pitch. Clarke, though, works his magic again. Malik comes in

24.5

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up on the off stump, zips away, pushed to cover off the back foot

24.6

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, driven down the ground wide of long-off to get off the mark

End of over 25 (1 run) Pakistan 81/3 (RR: 3.24)
Shoaib Malik    1* (2b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-6-1
Ahmed Shehzad    32* (63b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    6-0-19-0

25.1

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, bowled flattish on the off stump, driven down to long-on

25.2

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, paddle it wide of fine leg, moved well across and helped it on its way

Khair: "I think Pakistan talked up the Australian competition and put pressure on their young team. Pakistan is missing a few players too. Having said that, Pakistan always have some players missing. It will be hard to recall when they played with a full strength team."

25.3

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fullish on the pads, clipped to deep square leg for a single

25.4

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 3 runs, safe shot, plenty of gaps, came down the track and lofted it inside out over mid-off for three runs

25.5

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, two more, tickled down wide of fine leg, Malik has done well in his brief stay

25.6

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run, short outside off, spinning in, cut away to point

End of over 26 (8 runs) Pakistan 89/3 (RR: 3.42)
Shoaib Malik    5* (6b)      NM Hauritz    7-0-27-0
Ahmed Shehzad    36* (65b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-6-1

26.1

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, flighted on the off stump, defended off the front foot to cover

26.2

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, ooh, almost short on middle, came on really slow, stopped on him, went for the pull, was a little early into the shot, got the top edge and Bracken at deep square leg was a little slow getting off the mark and it fell just short of him as he came running in

26.3

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushes at it, thick outside edge wide of point

26.4

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, lands on middle, reaches forward and sweeps it between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a couple more

26.5

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

26.6

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, beaten by the spin! Short, shaped himself for a cut, spun back in prodigiously to beat the outside edge, in fact, it went over the off stump

End of over 27 (6 runs) Pakistan 95/3 (RR: 3.51)
Ahmed Shehzad    39* (69b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-12-1
Shoaib Malik    8* (8b)      NM Hauritz    7-0-27-0

27.1

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up on the off stump, pushed off the front foot

27.2

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short on middle, whipped away wide of midwicket for a single

27.3

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, gave it air, on the off stump, driven down to long-on

27.4

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run, dropped, dipped in, short of a good length outside off, reached forward to defend, spun in sharply to brush the glove on the way to the keeper who fumbled it

27.5

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run

27.6

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards long-on for a single

End of over 28 (3 runs) Pakistan 98/3 (RR: 3.50)
Shoaib Malik    10* (13b)      NM Hauritz    8-0-30-0
Ahmed Shehzad    40* (70b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-12-1

28.1

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, driven firmly wide of deep cover for a couple to bring up the 100, Malik continues to impress

28.2

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, tossed up outside off, bends low and sweeps it powerfully wide of deep square leg, takes off one hand after striking it cleanly

28.3

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed firmly down the ground to long-off

28.4

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, back of a length, chopped down to deep cover of the back foot

28.5

Clarke to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed away off the back foot wide of point for a single

28.6

Clarke to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, on middle and off, tries to work it away, is hand on the pads outside the line

Malik's presence at the crease has helped Shehzad immensely. The run-rate is now gradually inching towards 4, and if they manage to reach somewhere in the range of 200-220, they would have done well

End of over 29 (9 runs) Pakistan 107/3 (RR: 3.68)
Ahmed Shehzad    41* (72b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    4-0-21-1
Shoaib Malik    18* (17b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    8-0-30-0

29.1

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run, Malik is lucky, shapes up for a sweep but not with much conviction, takes the top edge and drops just short of Hauritz

29.2

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run, flighted on the off, pushed into the leg side

29.3

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of a length on middle, worked away off the back foot wide of midwicket

29.4

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, guided wide of point for a single

29.5

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run, tempted him with a flighted one outside off, pushed to cover

29.6

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, quicker through the air, on middle, tickled behind square for a single

End of over 30 (3 runs) Pakistan 110/3 (RR: 3.66)
Shoaib Malik    20* (22b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    9-0-33-0
Ahmed Shehzad    42* (73b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    4-0-21-1

Time for pace, Stuart Clark comes back

Fawad: "I disagree with the comment earlier that Pakistan is missing few players. I will not call the incapabilities of this team on missing players. This is a full strength Pakistan team playing with almost half strength Australian however its the mental pressure that has always got them. Its like Pakistan hockey team playing against Germany or Netherlands. No matter even if you are playing their B teams, the mental pressure just gets us..."

30.1

Clark to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short on middle, worked away to deep square leg for a single

30.2

Clark to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short on middle, dabbed wide of point for a single

30.3

Clark to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slower legcutter, tries to chop it down, gets an under-edge wide of Haddin for a single

30.4

Clark to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short on middle and off, at 133.1 kmph, gets an inside edge wide of Haddin

30.5

Clark to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, slower one on the off, legcutter again, punched to cover

30.6

Clark to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, legcutter again, bowled at 120.4 kmph, worked away wide of midwicket, fails to squeeze in a single

End of over 31 (3 runs) Pakistan 113/3 (RR: 3.64)
Ahmed Shehzad    43* (77b 2x4)      SR Clark    4-0-9-0
Shoaib Malik    22* (24b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    9-0-33-0

31.1

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of a length on middle, punched off the back foot to long-on

31.2

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 byes, beats everything, slower through the air, just outside off and spun back in to beat him as he tried to work it away off the front foot, just missed the stumps and Haddin faied to collect

31.3

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, worked away off the front foot to square leg

31.4

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up outside off, dropped on the off side short of cover

31.5

Hauritz to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, his patience was tested and finally, when offered some flight, failed to resist the temptation. Landed full on the off stump, went for a mighty slog-sweep over midwicket, it spun in, took the top-edge and stuck safely in the palms of Ferguson at long-on

Ahmed Shehzad c Ferguson b Hauritz 43 (81b 2x4 0x6) SR: 53.08

The end of a good knock, but Australia have struck at the right time. Misbah fell just as he and Shehzad had started to get a move-on, and now Hauritz has got rid of the youngster just as he had started to push under Malik's guidance

Afridi is the new batsman

31.6

Hauritz to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up on middle, pushed to mid-off

End of over 32 (3 runs) Pakistan 116/4 (RR: 3.62)
Shoaib Malik    23* (26b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    10-0-34-1
Shahid Afridi    0* (0b)      SR Clark    4-0-9-0

Crucial period this. Afridi to face Clarke. A short mid-on has come in

32.1

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, good length on the off stump, defended just wide of short mid-on

32.2

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, good length on middle, gets across and pushes it to mid-on

32.3

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, goes after it, just a fraction full and his eyes light up, chips it over mid-off, wide of deep cover for a couple

There's a buzz around the ground now. The cheers have picked up

32.4

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, back of a length on middle, defended into the leg side off the back foot

32.5

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower one outside off, cutting away, defended to point off the back foot, it's just wide of him and they get a single

32.6

Clark to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short on middle and leg, tickled wide of square leg for a single

End of over 33 (4 runs) Pakistan 120/4 (RR: 3.63)
Shoaib Malik    24* (27b 1x4)      SR Clark    5-0-13-0
Shahid Afridi    3* (5b)      NM Hauritz    10-0-34-1

Symonds into the attack now

33.1

Symonds to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tossed up on the off, pushed back past Symonds who lets it through followed by midwicket and they allow them a single

33.2

Symonds to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, short outside off, moves across and turns it away wide of deep midwicket for a couple more

33.3

Symonds to Shahid Afridi, no run, flighted outside off, paddled down to short fine

33.4

Symonds to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, he's off, short outside off, tries to cut it past point, gets a thick outside edge to the third-man boundary, the crowd is up

33.5

Symonds to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short on the off stump, makes room and punches it down to deep cover

33.6

Symonds to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full toss on the off stump, he looks determined here, remember is a full toss and he bunts it down to long-on

End of over 34 (9 runs) Pakistan 129/4 (RR: 3.79)
Shoaib Malik    26* (29b 1x4)      A Symonds    1-0-9-0
Shahid Afridi    10* (9b 1x4)      SR Clark    5-0-13-0

Kashif: "Pakistan misses the depth in batting with this new team. In Inzi's time, they had Younis, Yousuf, and Inzi in the middle order and Afridi, Razzaq, and Malik in lower middle. Now they have Afridi and Malik filling spots for core middle order and I don't think you can count them as your core batsmen at this level."

34.1

Clark to Shoaib Malik, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, defended with a straight bat off the back foot

34.2

Clark to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slower one bowled full on middle, picked it up, drove it down the ground to long-on

34.3

Clark to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, powerfully struck, legcutter again, took it on the half-volley and drilled it wide of long-off, he didn't have to cover much ground there but it raced away

34.4

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, on middle and leg, flicked away wide of deep square leg, a risky second but thrown at the wrong end, towards Malik at the non-striker's end

34.5

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, legcutter, beaten this time, short of a good length outside off, fished for it, was almost done in by the movement

34.6

Clark to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, four more, short outside off, played deliberately, it appeared that way, opened the face at the last moment to get it really fine wide of the keeper and a diving third man

The best over of the Pakistan innings, that. They're on track to reach a score in excess of 200 here, but one more wicket soon and they'll be pegged back

End of over 35 (11 runs) Pakistan 140/4 (RR: 4.00)
Shahid Afridi    20* (13b 3x4)      SR Clark    6-0-24-0
Shoaib Malik    27* (31b 1x4)      A Symonds    1-0-9-0

Bollinger is back

35.1

Bollinger to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length outside off and shaping away, left alone to the keeper

35.2

Bollinger to Shoaib Malik, OUT, looked plumb, nipped back in from the off, he got forward to defend but was struck just in line, didn't get across enough and played with bat really close to pad

Shoaib Malik lbw b Bollinger 27 (33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

Timely wicket, Malik was looking fluent. He was dropped earlier, but the lapse didn't prove too costly. It's that man Bolly again, boy he's had a good start in ODI cricket

35.3

Bollinger to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, yorker length outside off, full, dug out towards deep cover for a single

35.4

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed off the front foot towards midwicket

35.5

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, 4 runs, came back in, just manages to get his bat down in time, gets an inside edge onto his pads, calls for a single, is sent back, but a little late, Clarke has a shy at the stumps but misses, and concedes overthrows, four of them, through the midwicket region. Would have been out had he scored a direct hit

35.6

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, no run, back of a length outside off, guided to cover

End of over 36 (5 runs) Pakistan 145/5 (RR: 4.02)
Shahid Afridi    24* (16b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-17-2
Kamran Akmal    1* (1b)      SR Clark    6-0-24-0

36.1

Clark to Kamran Akmal, no run, beaten by the legcutter, bowled at 129.3 kmph, reached forward to defend but it spat away

36.2

Clark to Kamran Akmal, no run, short on middle, defended off the back foot to the bowler

36.3

Clark to Kamran Akmal, no run, coming back in, slightly short on leg stump, defended towards mid-on

36.4

Clark to Kamran Akmal, OUT, kept low and pegged back the offstump, short of a good length bowled at 132 kmph, failed to get his bat down in time and timber!

Kamran Akmal b Clark 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Afridi in the hot seat now. A moment of revival with him and Malik at the crease, but Australia are on top now with two quick wickets. Remember, Pakistan still have the batting powerplay remaining. Yasir Arafat walks in

36.5

Clark to Yasir Arafat, no run, fullish outside off and moved away, left alone to the keeper

36.6

Clark to Yasir Arafat, no run, on middle and leg, tries to fend it away, clips his thighs on the way to square leg

End of over 37 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 145/6 (RR: 3.91)
Yasir Arafat    0* (2b)      SR Clark    7-1-24-1
Shahid Afridi    24* (16b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-17-2

37.1

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, no run, 122.9 kmph, darting back in a touch, defended to point off the front foot

37.2

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, no run, cut away after landing on a good length on middle and off, defended in front of cover

37.3

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, picked the length early, much quicker, bowled at 133.1 kmph, pulled it away wide of mid-on, didn't time it all that well, but well enough for it to reach the ropes

37.4

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, bringing it back on, gets a thick inside edge wide of square leg, sticks to a single

A slip brought in

37.5

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, no run, moved away, covered it well by getting across and pushing it to cover

37.6

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, no run, short of a length outside off, dropped short of point on the back foot

End of over 38 (5 runs) Pakistan 150/6 (RR: 3.94)
Yasir Arafat    0* (4b)      DE Bollinger    5-0-22-2
Shahid Afridi    29* (20b 4x4)      SR Clark    7-1-24-1

38.1

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, full outside off, gets way outside the line to flick it towards square leg, is hit on the pads

38.2

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, fumble at third man, almost palms it to the ropes but gets it on the second attempt, just two taken, tried to work it away but got a thick edge as the ball cut away, lucky

38.3

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, beaten, angling in from slightly wide of the crease and gets it to shape away after landing on a good length as he prods at it

38.4

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, short of a good length outside off, held its line this time, left alone to the keeper

38.5

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short of a length on the off, punched wide of the bowler for a single

38.6

Clark to Yasir Arafat, no run, probing him outside off, taps it towards cover, Arafat intent on giving his senior partner the strike

End of over 39 (3 runs) Pakistan 153/6 (RR: 3.92)
Yasir Arafat    0* (5b)      SR Clark    8-1-27-1
Shahid Afridi    32* (25b 4x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-22-2

Bracken comes back on

39.1

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, no run, slightly short on middle and leg, pushed straight to midwicket

39.2

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, no run, back of a length on the off, slow, at 110.4 kmph, dabbed short of point

39.3

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower one again, at 108.8 kmph, dropped short of point for a quick single

39.4

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, no run, normal pace, around 130 kmph, driven straight to cover

39.5

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, slower one outside leg stump, turned to fine leg for a single

39.6

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower one bowled on a good length on leg stump, turned wide of deep square leg for a single to keep the strike

End of over 40 (3 runs) Pakistan 156/6 (RR: 3.90)
Shahid Afridi    34* (29b 4x4)      NW Bracken    6-1-17-1
Yasir Arafat    1* (7b)      SR Clark    8-1-27-1

Just ten overs left now. When are they taking the batting powerplay?

40.1

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, short outside off, chops it down short of point, doesn't get hold at all

40.2

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, slower one on middle, picked it, drove it firmly wide of a diving midwicket for a couple, wristily done

40.3

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 1 bye, short outside off, tries to swing it away over midwicket, misses, Haddin fumbles and they sneak a bye

40.4

Clark to Yasir Arafat, no run, good length on the off, walks across and pushes it to mid-off

40.5

Clark to Yasir Arafat, no run, short of a good length outside off and moves away, makes no contact as he fishes for it

40.6

Clark to Yasir Arafat, no run, back of a length on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 41 (3 runs) Pakistan 159/6 (RR: 3.87)
Yasir Arafat    1* (10b)      SR Clark    9-1-29-1
Shahid Afridi    36* (32b 4x4)      NW Bracken    6-1-17-1

41.1

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, no run, back of a length on middle, dropped short of the bowler, decent pace, 131 kmph

41.2

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower offcutter, pushed wide of point for a single

41.3

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, no run, slower ball bowled short of a good length outside off, tries to dab it past the keeper, can't beat him

41.4

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, no run, short of a length outside off, kept a little low as he tried to chop it down, misses

41.5

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, no run, keeping him quiet now, slower one again, tapped to cover, decides against the single

41.6

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, no run, offcutter, appeal for caught-behind, there was certainly a deflection as he tried to drive it past the bowler, Haddin takes it bending low but Aleem Dar says no, we need a replay to confirm what happened

End of over 42 (1 run) Pakistan 160/6 (RR: 3.80)
Yasir Arafat    1* (14b)      NW Bracken    7-1-18-1
Shahid Afridi    37* (34b 4x4)      SR Clark    9-1-29-1

42.1

Clark to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, good length on middle and off, chips it just short of deep midwicket

42.2

Clark to Yasir Arafat, SIX, shot! Slightly short on the off, swats it powerfully off the front foot well over the long-on boundary

42.3

Clark to Yasir Arafat, 2 runs, back of a length, nudges it delicately wide of third man for a couple

42.4

Clark to Yasir Arafat, no run, back of a length outside off, dabbed straight to point, the powerplay is yet to come

42.5

Clark to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, slower one on middle and leg, pushed off the front foot wide of midwicket for a quick single

Kaizer: "I dont understand why is Pakistan still not taking the 3rd and final pewerplay . Afridi is here and its no guarantee that he will be able to survive next two or three overs so they should take it now for some boost. In every ODI Pakistanis are just so much late to take the powerplay which causes low runrate and more pressure."

42.6

Clark to Shahid Afridi, no run, short and wide, tries to run it down to keep the strike, misses and admonishes himself

End of over 43 (10 runs) Pakistan 170/6 (RR: 3.95)
Shahid Afridi    38* (36b 4x4)      SR Clark    10-1-39-1
Yasir Arafat    10* (18b 1x6)      NW Bracken    7-1-18-1

Kaizer, you'll be happy now. The third powerplay has been taken. A long-on and a deep square leg in place.

43.1

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, no run, slower ball bowled short on the off, chopped down to Clarke at cover

43.2

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, slower one on the off, comes down and has a wild swing, ends up mistiming it just short of long-off

43.3

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short on middle and leg, punched down to long-on

43.4

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, slower one on leg stump, tickled to short fine, bowled at 101.7 kmph

43.5

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, no run, offcutter, short on the off and cut away, he made room, had a massive swat at it, got a thin edge that was put down by Haddin, or so I thought, apologies, as it bounced just before it got to him

43.6

Bracken to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, on middle and leg, worked away behind square to keep the strike

End of over 44 (4 runs) Pakistan 174/6 (RR: 3.95)
Shahid Afridi    40* (39b 4x4)      NW Bracken    8-1-22-1
Yasir Arafat    12* (21b 1x6)      SR Clark    10-1-39-1

Bolly comes back on

44.1

Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, OUT, gone! Big wicket! Short on middle, gets more bounce and is pacy, bowled at 135 kmph, goes for a mighty pull, gets the top edge as it comes on a little too quickly and North takes an easy catch at mid-on

Shahid Afridi c North b Bollinger 40 (40b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Pakistan need to get to 200 here. Tanvir can bat, and well, so it's upto him and Arafat

44.2

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, FOUR, straying on the pads, waits for it and clips it away really fine to the fine-leg boundary, important runs these

44.3

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, no run, back of a length on the off stump, dropped short of cover

44.4

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, no run, offcutter, tried to dab it down to third man, missed as it moved away

44.5

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, no run, slower one again, pushed at it off the front foot, missed and Haddin took it low, the bowler appealed but Haddin shook his head this time, saying there was no nick

44.6

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, punched to cover

End of over 45 (4 runs) Pakistan 178/7 (RR: 3.95)
Yasir Arafat    16* (26b 1x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    6-0-26-3
Sohail Tanvir    0* (0b)      NW Bracken    8-1-22-1

45.1

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, no run, on middle and off, pushed into the leg side

45.2

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, no run

45.3

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, slower one bowled full outside off, driven to cover who fumbles to let them sneak single

45.4

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, slower one bowled full on middle and leg, worked away wide of midwicket

45.5

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, slower offcutter, defended to point, an unnecessary throw to the striker's end, concedes an overthrow, Watson the culprit, he was also responsible for the misfield early in the over

45.6

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, dabbed wide of point, decides against the single after calling for it

End of over 46 (3 runs) Pakistan 181/7 (RR: 3.93)
Yasir Arafat    17* (28b 1x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    9-1-25-1
Sohail Tanvir    2* (4b)      DE Bollinger    6-0-26-3

46.1

Bollinger to Sohail Tanvir, no run, quick, bowled at 140.6 kmph, full on the off, pushed off the front foot to mid-off

46.2

Bollinger to Sohail Tanvir, no run, short on leg stump, tries to flick it away, hit high on the pads and they squeeze a leg bye

46.3

Bollinger to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, full and wide, tries to drive hard, mistimes it between cover and cover-point for a single

46.4

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, 1 leg bye, short outside leg stump and cut back in, tried to shuffle and work it behind square, was struck on the pads and high

46.5

Bollinger to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR, swung away hard, in the slot from Bolly, full on the middle, picked it and swatted it over midwicket in the vacant gap for a boundary

46.6

Bollinger to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, slower ball bowled short outside off, makes room and chops it down to third man

End of over 47 (7 runs) Pakistan 188/7 (RR: 4.00)
Sohail Tanvir    8* (9b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    7-0-32-3
Yasir Arafat    17* (29b 1x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    9-1-25-1

They just showed one replay of the caught-behind, but it seemed inconclusive. The commentators thought it was bat hitting pad, but we couldn't confirm

47.1

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, no run, pushed into the off side off the back foot

47.2

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, no run

47.3

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, dropped, Watson's having a terrible day, slower one, has a wild swing, gets the top edge and Watson, after getting under it nicely, drops a sitter

47.4

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, worked away behind square off the front foot

47.5

Bracken to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, gone this time! Identical shot, gets the top edge again but is unfortunate it's not Watson under it again, got it much straighter and Hauritz at mid-on shows his team-mate how it's done

Sohail Tanvir c Hauritz b Bracken 9 (13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

47.6

Bracken to Yasir Arafat, FOUR, gets it in the gap, they are inching towards 200 now, on middle, swung away over midwicket to beat long-on and deep midwicket

End of over 48 (6 runs) Pakistan 194/8 (RR: 4.04)
Yasir Arafat    22* (31b 2x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    10-1-31-2
Shoaib Akhtar    0* (0b)      DE Bollinger    7-0-32-3

Shoaib Akhtar to face now

48.1

Bollinger to Shoaib Akhtar, 2 runs, short of a good length outside off, opens the face to guide it behind point and wide of third man for a couple

48.2

Bollinger to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT, change of pace, slower outside off, tries to swat it over the bowler's head, gets the top edge and Clarke at point takes an excellent catch running backwards

Shoaib Akhtar c Clarke b Bollinger 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Bollinger has done superbly today. Pakistan need to get to 200

48.3

Bollinger to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, full on middle and leg, flicked away stylishly to deep square leg

48.4

Bollinger to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, Bollinger gets five!! The legcutter, bowled at around 135 kmph, landed on a good length on middle and cut away to beat the bat and clip off stump

Saeed Ajmal b Bollinger 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Bolly leads the team off the field, after taking a five-for in just his second ODI. Australia have the clear edge, and Pakistan, who had got themselves into a decent position at 116 for 3, lost their last seven wickets for 81.

Australia struck at the right times. Misbah and Shehzad had led the recovery after two early wickets but Clarke then trapped Misbah in front. Malik looked in good touch, scoring at almost a run-a-ball, but was done in by Bollinger. And just when Afridi had gotten into his groove, and was ready to take off in the third powerplay, he skied one to mid-on. Still, 197 is a competitive score, though something in the range of 220 would have been really challenging. Australia will be wary of the influence Ajmal and Afridi have had in this series, but will fancy getting this and recording a series win. Join us in about 40 minutes for the run-chase.

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