result
5th ODI (D/N), Abu Dhabi, May 3 2009, Australia v Pakistan ODI Series
(47/50 ov, target 251)254/3
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
player of the series
11y
• The Bulletin by Alex Malcolm

Akmal ton ensures consolation win

A scintillating century from Kamran Akmal helped guide Pakistan to a seven-wicket win, and book-ending victories in their five-match series against Australia

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Scorecard summary
Australia250/4(50 overs)
Pakistan254/3(47 overs)
end of over 4712 runs
PAK: 254/3CRR: 5.40 
Misbah-ul-Haq76 (81)
Kamran Akmal116 (115)
Ben Hilfenhaus8-1-43-0
Ben Laughlin7-0-48-0

Sorry for the confusion over the scoring. It's been sorted.

That ends a thoroughly professional chase by Pakistan. They have earned a consolation win and for once, their batsmen have done justice to themselves. Akmal and Misbah added 198 for the fourth wicket and as soon as they came together, set about ticking the runs away. They created opportunities, picked the gaps and constantly picked the singles, ensuring their stand was always above a run a ball.

Subhan, from Pakistan: "Its unbelievable how Pakistan chased today, truly amazing, is it the same team who failed to chase 200 on this pitch?

Whenever there are talks going on for replacing Akmal, he comes up with such an innings.. Its better selectors tell him before every match that it will be his last match.."

We'll cut to the presentation.

There are a million prizes to be won. This will take all night.

Akmal gets his Man of the Match award. " Misbah encouraged me. We clicked at the right time. Misbah talked to me after every over."

Clarke is the Man of the Series.

Younis: "The spinners did the job for us first. It was a team effort. We were talking about rotate the strike before the chase. They finished very well. Kamran has always done the job at the top of the order. I have learnt a lot from the Aussies in this series about handling pressure. This is a young team and they are gelling well."

Clarke: "It was another great. Full credit to Pakistan. With 250 we were still confident, we let ourselves down in the field. Watson deserved his century. I will return home so I will miss the Twenty20. Few of the guys will have a round of golf tomorrow."

The PCB has given a special award of Rs 500,000 for Kamran Akmal. Very generous gesture. This shows how much this win means for them.

Thanks for your company. Do join us for the one-off Twenty20 on May 7 in Dubai. This is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

46.6
4
Hilfenhaus to Misbah, FOUR runs

Game over! Misbah gets forward to a pitched up delivery and chips him high over mid-on's reach

46.5
Hilfenhaus to Misbah, no run

he bangs in the bouncer and Misbah fails to make contact on the hook

46.4
Hilfenhaus to Misbah, no run

he pushes it hard to mid-off and yells at his partner to stay back

46.3
4
Hilfenhaus to Misbah, FOUR runs

yet another half tracker, he swivels and thumps it high over midwicket, nobody patrolling the area to stop that

46.2
4
Hilfenhaus to Misbah, FOUR runs

drops it fractionally short and Misbah gets into position early for the pull rolls his wrists and thumps him past the fielder who sprints from deep square leg

46.1
Hilfenhaus to Misbah, no run
end of over 4614 runs
PAK: 242/3CRR: 5.26 • RRR: 2.25 • Need 9 from 24b
Kamran Akmal116 (115)
Misbah-ul-Haq64 (75)
Ben Laughlin7-0-48-0
Michael Clarke4-1-27-0
45.6
4
Laughlin to Kamran, FOUR runs

this time he stays at the crease, comes to the pitch of the ball and drives elegantly through the covers

45.6
1w
Laughlin to Kamran, 1 wide

slides wide down the leg side, wide called

45.5
Laughlin to Kamran, no run

he has a huge swing and a miss, he wants to finish this off now

45.4
4
Laughlin to Kamran, FOUR runs

this time ha backs away and goes squarer, he scoops it over backward point this time, it's the highest score by a wicketkeeper against Australia after Ken Wadsworth and Sangakkara

45.3
4
Laughlin to Kamran, FOUR runs

he makes room to a slower ball and scoops him over extra cover

45.2
1
Laughlin to Misbah, 1 run

swings on the pads and he clips it with ease down to deep midwicket

45.1
Laughlin to Misbah, no run

full and swinging inwards, he pushes it to mid-on

Pakistan have taken the 3rd Powerplay

end of over 458 runs
PAK: 228/3CRR: 5.06 • RRR: 4.60 • Need 23 from 30b
Kamran Akmal104 (111)
Misbah-ul-Haq63 (73)
Michael Clarke4-1-27-0
Ben Laughlin6-0-34-0
44.6
4
Clarke to Kamran, FOUR runs

tosses it on middle and leg, he gets on his knee and slog sweeps him just over the reach of deep square leg who leaps up, a few inches more and it would have been a six

44.5
1
Clarke to Misbah, 1 run

gets forward and pushes it to long-on

44.4
Clarke to Misbah, no run

rocks back and cuts it to point

44.3
1
Clarke to Kamran, 1 run

he sweeps it to fine leg and brings up his fifth ODI hundred! Akmal gets on his knee and does the sajda, Younis is on his feet

44.2
1
Clarke to Misbah, 1 run

kneels down early and sweeps to fine leg

44.1
1
Clarke to Kamran, 1 run

sweeps and places it to short fine leg

end of over 444 runs
PAK: 220/3CRR: 5.00 • RRR: 5.17 • Need 31 from 36b
Kamran Akmal98 (108)
Misbah-ul-Haq61 (70)
Ben Laughlin6-0-34-0
Michael Clarke3-1-19-0
43.6
1
Laughlin to Kamran, 1 run

chance! Akmal jams out a reverse swinging yorker on the full to the off side and the fielder has a shy at the stumps from cover point, a direct hit by Clarke may have sent Akmal back

Best performances - batsmen
Kamran Akmal portrait
Kamran Akmal
116 runs (115)
13 fours
0 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
34 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
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Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson
116 runs (146)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
28 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
2815105112441
Best performances - bowlers
Nathan Hauritz, player portrait
NM Hauritz
O
10
M
0
R
44
W
2
ECO
4.4
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal
O
10
M
0
R
40
W
1
ECO
4
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia v Pakistan ODI Series
Season2009
Player Of The Match
Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal
Player Of The Series
Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke
Series resultAustralia won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberODI No. 2849
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 days3 May 2009 - daynight match (50-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Nadeem Ghauri
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Zameer Haider
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe