Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Ahmed Shehzad
43(81) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 0 0 0 5 0 1 1
MJ Clarke
100(122) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 0 1 3 10 4 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Shoaib Akhtar
O7.0
M0
R42
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DE Bollinger
O7.4
M0
R35
W5
Eco4.56
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

A thumping in the end. 197 on this pitch, one felt, was still competitive but it took a lot of grit and concentration from both these batsmen to pull it off quite comfortably in the end.

Australia were under pressure, down two wickets for just three runs. But Clarke and co were determined to finish the series off here, after that superb comeback in the previous game where Pakistan were on top for a good part of their innings.

Clarke was rarely beaten early in his innings, and was particularly brilliant against spinners against whom he used his feet superbly. He charged down the track to anything that was pitched up, and nudged, tickled and dabbed his way to a determined century.

Watson was a bit of contrast, particularly against spin, missing attempted pulls and cuts on numerous occasions but the presence of Clarke helped him, and he too gradually began to open up, getting periodic boundaries to ensure the Pakistanis could never sense a chance.

Australia have proven deserved winners after three consecutive wins while the promise shown by Pakistan, under adversity, in their victory in the first game, sadly for them, didn't reach its desired end. We'll get you the details from the presentation shortly.

Doug Bollinger is the Man of the Match for his five-wicket haul.

Bolly: "It was pretty hot, but I really enjoyed it. I tried to swing the ball, and bowled at a good pace. It worked really well."

Younis: "We committed the same mistake as we did earlier, not scoring much after winning the toss. They won easily in the end. Clarke and Watson had a fantastic partnership, and that's what we've been missing. We will tey our best for the next game and play for our pride."

Michael Clarke: "Bolly bowled brilliantly. Our bowlers stood up once again. Watson played brilliantly upfront. We worked hard, had a good partnership and it worked beautifully. Few cramps along the way, but it worked fine in the end."

Thats all we have from here folks. The series is sealed 3-1, but there is still a matter of a dead rubber on the 3rd of May. Join us then. Thanks for your feedback. Cheers!

44.2
4
Shoaib Malik to Watson, FOUR runs, The series is sealed! Swept away with utter contempt between deep square leg and deep midwicket
44.1
0
Shoaib Malik to Watson, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, turned away to midwicket

END OF OVER:
44 | 9 Runs | AUS: 196/2

  • MJ Clarke100 (122b)
  • SR Watson81 (138b)
  • Shoaib Akhtar7-0-42-2
  • Saeed Ajmal10-1-20-0
43.6
4
Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, FOUR runs, gets to his century with an exquisite drive wide of cover, drove it on the up, good length outside off and he punched it stylishly to the boundary to reach his fourth ODI century, sublime knock
43.5
0
Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, bouncer banged in on the off stump and Clarke ducks

Just four away from a century, Clarke

43.4
1
Shoaib Akhtar to Watson, 1 run, yorker length on the off, dug out between point and cover for a single
43.3
4
Shoaib Akhtar to Watson, FOUR runs, slower one bowled short outside off, edges it away wide of the keeper, deliberately done, leapt off the pitch to take the edge and go really fine

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Ahmed Shehzad
43(81) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 0 0 0 5 0 1 1
MJ Clarke
100(122) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 0 1 3 10 4 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Shoaib Akhtar
O7.0
M0
R42
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DE Bollinger
O7.4
M0
R35
W5
Eco4.56
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF