Player of the Match
Player of the Match
215dThe Bulletin by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Afridi helps Pakistan draw first blood

A team desperate to erase painful memories of the security situation in their country felt at home in their new, adopted venue, with a four-wicket win against a struggling Australian side in Dubai

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JR Hopes
48(46) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 3 3 9 6 4 5 18
Kamran Akmal
48(62) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
12 4 1 10 12 4 1 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Shahid Afridi
O10
M0
R38
W6
Eco3.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O10
M1
R19
W2
Eco1.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30 Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

22 April 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

A morale-boosting win for Pakistan after all that has happened in the recent months. Australia were in control early on, but were dented by a six-wicket burst from Shahid Afridi. Though they did fight back well to make Pakistan work for their runs, a score of 168 never looked threatening. Kamran Akmal was the star with the bat, making a fluent 48, and Afridi provided some entertainment with a quickfire 24. Misbah laboured to 30, but his presence at the crease was important for Pakistan to scale down their target.

Australia will try to bat hard at the nets, facing their spinners and using their feet a lot more to get some much needed practice ahead of their second match. Hold fire, and we'll bring you the details from the presentation shortly.

There are a zillion people on the presentation podium. Shahid Afridi is the Man of the Match. No surprises there.

Afridi: "I'm very happy to perform this well against a very good side. I learnt a lot from Abdul Qadir." Short and sweet.

Clarke: "Full credit to Pakistan. Our middle-order needs to work more, especially against spin. The pitch kept a little low and spun. We need to have a look at the footage and improve upon our batting come Friday."

Younis: "The Australians made it hard for us, but in the end it's a team effort. Our spinners did the job for us. In the UAE, the pitch does help the spinners a bit. Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal bowled really well."

That's all we have from here folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Join us again on Friday for the second ODI. Until then, on behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, it's goodbye from Siddhartha Talya. Cheers!

44.1
4
Bracken to Umar Gul, FOUR runs, It's all over, just a fraction full on the off, he swings across the line to clear mid-on to finish this off

Bracken to bowl

END OF OVER:
44 | 8 Runs | PAK: 167/6 (2 runs required from 35 balls, RR: 3.79, RRR: 0.33)

  • Misbah-ul-Haq30 (68b)
  • Umar Gul4 (12b)
  • A Symonds3-0-18-1
  • NW Bracken9-2-21-0
43.6
0
Symonds to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full outside off, he's already made room, drilled straight to cover

Just two more needed now

43.5
4
Symonds to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, four more, flighted on the off stump, gets forward and chips it well over midwicket to beat the fielder in the deep for a boundary
43.4
4
Symonds to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, finally, short on the off, waits for it to spin into him, rocks back and pulls it away wide of a diving square leg
43.3
0
Symonds to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, does it again, flighted outside off, gets across and nudges it to square leg
43.2
0
Symonds to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, closes the face and works it to square leg

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st5Kamran AkmalSalman Butt
2nd28Kamran AkmalYounis Khan
3rd48Shoaib MalikKamran Akmal
4th18Shoaib MalikMisbah-ul-Haq
5th39Shahid AfridiMisbah-ul-Haq
6th14Misbah-ul-HaqNasir Jamshed
7th19Misbah-ul-HaqUmar Gul