Nasir Jamshed hits a shot. -Photo by AFP

ABU DHABI: Opener Nasir Jamshed hit an aggressive 97 to guide Pakistan to a seven-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day, levelling the three-match series at 1-1 here on Friday.

The 22-year-old left-hander took the attack to the Australian bowlers during his 98-ball innings, hitting 11 boundaries and two well-timed sixes to help his team successfully chase a challenging 249-run target in the 43.4 overs at Abu Dhabi Stadium.

Australia owed their recovery to another left-hander Michael Hussey (61) to post a challenging total despite an impressive performance by Pakistan's ace spinner Saeed Ajmal (4-32).

Australia had won the first match by four wickets in Sharjah on Tuesday.

The third and final match will be played in Sharjah on Monday.

Pakistan's batting, which folded in the first one-day for 198, showed a remarkable improvement as Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez (23) raced to 66 by the 12th over to set their team on course for a win.

Even when Hafeez pulled Dan Christian straight into the hands of Hussey, Jamshed remained unpurturbed, treating the Australian bowlers with contempt as he pulled Christian for two exquisite sixes over mid-wicket.

He brought up his sixth one-day fifty off 58 balls.

As he looked set for his second hundred, Jamshed miscued a drive off Mitchell Johnson straight into the hands of Starc at mid-off. He added 101 for the second wicket with Azhar Ali who made 59 not out.

Pakistan also lost Asad Shafiq (nine) but Ali and Misbah-ul Haq (35) saw off the target.

Australian paceman Starc and James Pattinson who shared eight wickets between them in the first match failed in the excessive dew as they found the ball hard to grip, dismissing just one batsman.

Earlier Hussey came good with his 38th one-day fifty to lead Australian recovery from a precarious 87-4 after they won the toss and batted. Australia scored 73 runs in the last ten overs foiling Ajmal who at one point looked capable of keeping Australia down to 220.

Hussey added an invaluable 66 for the fifth wicket with George Bailey (39) and then a rapid 58 for the sixth with Glenn Maxwell who made 28 in 27 balls to propel the Australian total.

Hussey hit two sixes and a boundary off 72 balls before he was bowled by Ajmal in the 46th over.

Australia had lost opener Mathew Wade in the second over for seven before David Warner and Michael Clarke added 66 for the second wicket.

Warner, who played an uncharacteristically slow knock, with his first run coming off his 19th delivery, and Clarke (37) slowly progresed the score to 74 before Pakistani spinners Ajmal and Hafeez (1-28) took three quick wickets.

Hafeez dismissed Clarke while Ajmal accounted for Warner -- both trapped in front of the wicket. Warner hit two boundaries in his 24 which came off 68 balls.

Australia upped the pace of their innings when Maxwell hit two towering sixes off Rehman in the 40th over, helping them to 31 in the batting power-play. Paceman Junaid Khan took 3-52.


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Fen Tian
September 2, 2012 5:02 pm
Oh yeah that's why they thrased Number 01 England that time 3:0.All credit to Misbah,he achieved what nobody else has done in history.Nothing wrong with mental stuffs,its all they need to improve on fielding aspect which takes time unless you have proper fielding development program at initial stages of their career.Rest all team in modern era struggling against quality bowling.Even Indian team quality batsman struggle on English and Australian pitches.All skills and strength works for them on dead pitches of Indian subcontinent pitches.
September 1, 2012 2:44 am
misbah needs to concentrate on bating
September 1, 2012 9:01 am
Nasir Jamshed is an excellent talent. His co-ordination of eyes and hands is superb. He seems to have the right kind of temperament. He should be made a permanent feature in the team and 'sifarishi' players should not be allowed to dislodge him !!
September 1, 2012 3:17 am
Pakistani team needs constant physical and mental training. Winning one match or even this series is not good enough because the fundamental weaknesses are right there. Physical training to improve fielding and mental training to improve confidence of batsmen in themselves. Pakistani batsmen are not so skilled but lack mental toughness more. Also, professional (non-political) attitude is a great need.
September 1, 2012 1:52 pm
It would be better for Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Yonus Khan to retire and make way for youngsters to take their place.
September 1, 2012 8:38 am
Pakistan must have to use Ahmed shehzad along with nasir jamshed then you will see the performance.
September 1, 2012 1:23 am
Under the extreme humid conditions of the UAE, team batting 2nd seems to have some advantage.
September 1, 2012 12:04 am
How is this not the main news on the cricket page? Come on some Pakistani PRIDE! Great game 'BOYS'. Awesome job ajmal, junaid and jamshed.
Atta Khan
September 1, 2012 7:28 am
Well done Pak team as it is the only thing left in corrupt Pakistan by Zardari. I think instead of Rahman Afridi should be in team as he is a good bowler and can bat.
September 1, 2012 3:12 pm
Drop Sohail Tanvir. He is no good.
September 1, 2012 6:15 am
Good to see pakistan winning.LOVE u guys.Being a kashmiri i want to see pak on top of world cricket,your one win makes us so much proud that i cant express.
Fen Tian
August 31, 2012 11:07 pm
Pakistan has option to use Ahmed Shezhad along with Nasir Jamshed who seems to be exceptional kind of player.They could be very useful in all format of games.Another excellent captain innings from Misbah and well supported and led by Nasir Jamshed and Azhar Ali.From bowling perspective team is excellent especially spin bowling department is world class,Junaid Khan seems to be settling down in team.Fielding needs much more improvement and it will take time to see changes.
Capt C M Khan
September 1, 2012 8:01 am
Congrats. We need a geniune right arm fast bowler and one geniune wicket keeper. Pls find selection bosses.
September 1, 2012 2:55 am
Nasir Jamshed and Saeed Ajmal are my heroes! Go Team Pakistan! You have done us so proud !
naseer qureshi
September 1, 2012 1:40 pm
Alhamdu Lillah
Jay Malik
September 1, 2012 5:10 am
I am glad Afridi was kept out of the game - his Boom Boom nonsense which has run out of time - has been correctlly muzzled. Afridi has done his bit for Pakistan - it is time to gracefully bow out - focus on his business- and give the younger lot their place in the SUN. JS
September 1, 2012 2:18 pm
Fen- A team can only play with 11 players at a time. Who would be removed to brig in Ahmed Shehzad. Also in reality, Pakistan team does not have Amla, Kohli, cook type players and becomes luck of draw to win.
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