result
40th Match, Group A (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Mar 19 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup
(41/50 ov, target 177)178/6
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 54 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
umar-akmal
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• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Pakistan end Australia's run to finish top

Pakistan were the last team to overcome Australia at a World Cup and brought Ricky Ponting's 34-match unbeaten run with a four-wicket victory in Colombo to secure top spot in Group A

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Scores: M Venkat Raghav
Comms: Sahil Dutta
Scorecard summary
Australia176/10(46.4 overs)
Umar Gul3/30(7.4)
Pakistan178/6(41 overs)
Asad Shafiq46 (81)
Umar Akmal*44 (59)
Brett Lee4/28(8)
Jason Krejza1/44(10)
end of over 419 runs
PAK: 178/6CRR: 4.34 
Abdul Razzaq20 (24)
Umar Akmal44 (59)
Jason Krejza 10-0-44-1
Brett Lee 8-1-28-4

Pakistan win by four wickets Umar can take a lot of credit for steering the chase home with an unbeaten 44. Shafiq set it up with a patient 46 but Brett Lee and Jason Krejza aside, Australia were impotent. Finally, after 34 games without defeat in the World Cup, Australia have been toppled. Intriguingly this sets up a likely clash between Australia and India in the quarters, while Pakistan will probably play West Indies. Andrew McGlashan will have plenty more in his bulletin and we also have a gallery. Amazing how simple Pakistan made it in the end. There is a man who deserves plenty of credit - Waqar Younis - and Osman Samiuddin has an excellent interview with him by. Plenty to savour and in time our YouTube channel will have interviews and whatnot so look out.

Ponting, in that typically Aussie way, describes his team's batting effort as 'ordinary'. It was a lot less than that. Afridi on the other hand is full of bounding energy and when asked to explain his dismissal, smiles broadly and pleads "don't ask! don't ask!". Ah, how can you not love that man!?

Umar is named man of the match for his unbeaten 44. Lee was probably the outstanding performer of the day but losers and losers. That's all from us - Sahil Dutta, Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan. India take on West Indies tomorrow which will decide the who plays who in the quarters.

40.6
4
Krejza to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR runs

that's it! Australia's proud undefeated run in World Cups finally comes to an end. Razzaq creams this through cover, calmly tucks his bat under his arm and walks off! Comfortable win in the end and Pakistan top the group!

40.5
4
Krejza to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR runs

just one hit away now! Too short from Krejza and Razzaq gets deep into his crease to haul this through midwicket for four

40.4
1
Krejza to Umar Akmal, 1 run

open-faced steer to point gives Umar a single and takes Pakistan even closer

40.3
Krejza to Umar Akmal, no run

tossed up outside off but Umar's drive is careful

40.2
Krejza to Umar Akmal, no run

driven off the back foot with the spin to mid-on

40.1
Krejza to Umar Akmal, no run

finds really huge spin from a long way outside off, caught Umar by surprise but the batsman adjusted nicely to dab to point

Krejza to finish off his spell, he's been very good today.

end of over 402 runs
PAK: 169/6CRR: 4.22 RRR: 0.80
Abdul Razzaq12 (22)
Umar Akmal43 (55)
Brett Lee 8-1-28-4
Jason Krejza 9-0-35-1
39.6
Lee to Abdul Razzaq, no run

full-pitched to finish the over. Very straight too, but so was Razzaq's bat

39.5
Lee to Abdul Razzaq, no run

still more hostility from Lee! Bangs in a short ball that climbs past Razzaq and crashes into Haddin's gloves

39.4
1
Lee to Umar Akmal, 1 run

slower ball, or at least the pitch made it a slower ball. Umar waits, nudes to leg and jogs through

39.3
1
Lee to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run

smoothly driven through cover. Nine needed now and finally the heads are dropping. Ponting has been stroppy all tournament and looks thoroughly annoyed at the moment

39.2
Lee to Abdul Razzaq, no run

good line from Lee, around off stump. Razzaq drives loosely but without alarm

39.1
Lee to Abdul Razzaq, no run

ooh, already he's found something that Tait couldn't. It zips off the track and climbs past Razzaq's outside edge

Just 10 runs to go for Australia's decade-long record. Here's Lee. Hat-trick anyone?

end of over 395 runs
PAK: 167/6CRR: 4.28 RRR: 0.90
Umar Akmal42 (54)
Abdul Razzaq11 (17)
Jason Krejza 9-0-35-1
Shaun Tait 8-1-37-0
38.6
2b
Krejza to Umar Akmal, 2 byes

the turn and bounce beats everyone, including Haddin. Just jumped from a length and Haddin couldn't collect cleanly

38.5
1
Krejza to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run

Razzaq is attempting another cut and without quite timing it earns a single to cover

38.4
1
Krejza to Umar Akmal, 1 run

flicked firmly down the ground for a riskless single

38.3
Krejza to Umar Akmal, no run

Umar whips his bottom hand through the ball with the spin but picks out midwicket

38.2
1
Krejza to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run

better this time, guiding the ball with a straight bat to cover

38.1
Krejza to Abdul Razzaq, no run

ooh, bottom-edge lands close to the stumps but Razzaq survives

end of over 386 runs
PAK: 162/6CRR: 4.26 RRR: 1.25
Umar Akmal41 (51)
Abdul Razzaq9 (14)
Shaun Tait 8-1-37-0
Jason Krejza 8-0-32-1
37.6
Tait to Umar Akmal, no run

flash and miss outside off! To be fair to Umar it was there to hit but for some reason he missed it

37.5
2
Tait to Umar Akmal, 2 runs

Tait lands a rapid yorker that Umar neatly, thoughtfully even, guides to third man for a well-run couple

Best performances - batters
Asad Shafiq portrait
Asad Shafiq PAK
46 runs (81)
5 fours
0 six
Control83%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Umar Akmal portrait
Umar Akmal PAK
44 runs (59)
4 fours
1 six
Control80%
Productive shot
leg glance
18 runs
1 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Brett Lee player pic
B Lee AUS
O
8
M
1
R
28
W
4
ECO
3.5
Umar Gul portrait
Umar Gul PAK
O
7.4
M
1
R
30
W
3
ECO
3.91
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Season2010/11
Player Of The Match
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
Match numberODI no. 3139
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days19 March 2011 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
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Tyron Wijewardene
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
PointsPakistan 2, Australia 0
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