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Starc stars as Australia dig in to beat Pakistan

Published Aug 28, 2012 10:00pm


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Asad Shafiq (R) reacts after he was dismissed by Australian bowler Mitchell Starc (C). -Photo by AFP

Mitchell Starc took 5-42 and Michael Clarke and George Bailey hit fifties to help Australia beat Pakistan by four wickets in the first limited overs international here on Tuesday.

The lanky left-armer's best one-day figures helped Australia keep their rivals down to 198 in 45.1 overs before they fought hard against Pakistani spinners to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at Sharjah Stadium.

Australia owed their run chase to some responsible batting by skipper Clarke (66), who added an invaluable 54 with Bailey for the fifth wicket before Baily-Glenn Maxwell (38) put on 63 for the sixth to see off the target in 48.2 overs.

Pakistan had attacked through their much-vaunted spinning trio of Saeed Ajmal (3-30), Mohammad Hafeez (2-29) and Shahid Afridi (1-37) but Australian batting was led by Clarke and finished by Bailey with an unbeaten 88-ball 57.

Clarke hit five boundaries during his 95-ball knock.

Ajmal struck with his first ball of the match, trapping a nervous Michael Hussey (five) infront and then had David Hussey (three) caught in the slip off his last ball of the second over.

Bailey hit a six in the penultimate over before taking a single to seal the match.

Hafeez had dismissed David Warner (five) and Afrridi had Matthew Wade (10).

Earlier left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc took a career best 5-42 and James Pattinson (3-19) to derail Pakistan, who won the toss and batted.

The 22-year-old Starc, who took 4-47 in Australia's 66-run win over Afghanistan here on Saturday, helped Australia keep the lengthy rival batting line-up of seven batsmen to a modest total, losing the last six men for just 38.

Pakistan were recovering well when the batting power-play began in the 36th over with the total at 159-4 but lost three wickets in the five overs for just 16 runs with Starc dismissing Asad Shafiq (56), Kamran Akmal (four) and Shahid Afridi (nought) in an incisive bowling display.

His previous best of 4-27 came against Sri Lanka at Brisbane two years ago. He also took 4-47 in Australia's 66-run win over Afghanistan here on Saturday.

Starc ended all hopes of Pakistan batting through their 50-overs when he had Umar Akmal (52) in the 41st over.

It was Starc's new-ball partner Pattinson who provided Australia with two early breakthroughs, dismissing Hafeez (four) in the fifth over before getting Azhar Ali (five) in the seventh.

Starc forced an edge off a short delivery off opener Nasir Jamshed to wicket-keeper Wade.

Shafiq and Misbah-ul Haq added 59 for the fourth wicket before the Pakistani skipper played a rash shot off paceman Dan Christian and was bowled for 26.

Shafiq then found an able partner in Umar as both hit out at Australian spinners to the best effect, with both hitting two sixes each. Shafiq also hit two boundaries during his 77-ball knock.

Umar also hit two boundaries during his 55-ball knock.

The second match will be played in Abu Dhabi on August 31 while the third will be here on September 3. Both teams will play three Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10.

Misbah's take:

"We were at least 30 runs short in our total. We've played enough cricket (to know what to do) and the most important thing is to bat 50 overs. With our bowling line-up a total of 230 or 240 would have been defendable. Our bowlers tried hard and its okay that we were fighting so well but you just have to blame the batting."

Man of the match Starc on Pakistan's capitulation:

"We bowled to our plans really well. You can say they played poor shots but we kept it simple, stuck to our game plans and took wickets in the powerplays."



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Dawn-Guy Aug 29, 2012 06:24am
Did any adult with balls have ever asked these Pakistani Player that what is wrong with you guys. Do you think you do not have the opportunities to play enough cricket? Do you not have the desire to give a better shot? Do you not have the discipline and skills to put forth some meaningful performance? Winning or losing does not matter. It is the way you as a team lose after a series of losses. Why can't some of you just retire from Cricket
jeet Aug 29, 2012 04:29pm
The match was fixed. No team in the world can beat Pakistan ever.
saumil dave Aug 29, 2012 03:08pm
ha ha ha, India too weak??? u lot got beaten in Asia cup mate, chill no need to put India in everything, grow up. Get ur house in order.
Syed Aug 29, 2012 06:19am
Afridi and Kamran Akmal are not worth keeping. Pakistan should let them go and give chance to some new players. Next Pakistan must also get rid of Misbah and Younus Khan.
Capt C M Khan Aug 29, 2012 08:30am
This team can never beat Australia. They must play Anwar and Junaid. Kamran (WWW- World's Worst Wicketkeeper) should open. Hafiz worlds best Bowler should play at six.
Talha Aug 29, 2012 08:02am
agree..infact he was better off as a batsman for the team..he was a fine opener when he used to come with saeed anwar
Faridoon Aug 29, 2012 07:06am
This is so typical. If you are a rookie player (like Starc) looking to make a big impact on the cricket scene, play against Pakistan. Also, same holds true for out of form players if they want to kick start a purple patch. We oblige so willingly.
Ahmed Awais Aug 29, 2012 07:30am
What is Kamran Akmal doing in the team ? he is put in because of his BATTING ??? has he scored anything of any worth in last three years ?????? SHAME ON PCB.
Ali Salman Aug 29, 2012 11:30am
one cannot ask shahid aifridi to quit since it is not all just his mistake. look at his bowling figure he is an expert bowler and a part time batsman... The main reason that Pakistan always got defeated in big games is only we dont have players to perform well under tense situation. we have ample talent to defeat any team of the cricket world
Prashant -India Aug 29, 2012 06:00am
I would say this again that the performance of the coaches and the managers should be tied to a win/loss ratio.
Kaazi Saab Aug 29, 2012 01:39am
Pakistan has dreadful selectors. Why on earth would you omit someone like Junaid Khan? He's had a fantastic series against Sri Lanka. This is a perfect opportunity to let him go through the aussies while his confidence is high.
pakistanisports Aug 29, 2012 07:13am
I have my doubts on "the best in the worlds". Gone are the days when we had Waqar and Wasim, or Shoaib or even Mohammad Aamir and Asif. We need to work on our fast bowling department. I wish Mohammad Akram does his work wonderfully
Amir Aug 29, 2012 01:57am
Is it time for Shahid Afridi to say good bye to ODIs as well because he has to stay there for few overs which perhaps is too long an inning for him. His batting average of 23.40 (ODIs)is much worse than his batting average in test cricket 36.51. Which means he was doing much better in test cricket in terms of batting. His reason for leaving test cricket during the test series was lack of temperament. He is probably lacking temperament for ODIs also.
Talha Aug 29, 2012 02:22am
Our "opening batsman" is the "no. 1 ranked ODI bowler" but a total failulre in batting..this actually shows how much focus is done on batting..he occupies the opening slot based on a criteria other than merit and by giving up very easily and early to even a poor bowling attack he puts pressure on the middle order and tail..our middle order is satisfactory and tail needs to do better..with the current batting we are not going any further and may lose the 4th spot in test rankings as well. PCB pls stop chanting the slogans of a quality spin trio and focus equally on all areas..
EmMoosa Aug 28, 2012 10:25pm
Until we do not stop choosing punjab eleven pakistan will be humiliated all the time.
Nasser Ali Khan Aug 28, 2012 10:24pm
Wrong MMS. Pakistan don't have batsmen - period! Since when was Warne a paceman?
Sheetal Aug 29, 2012 04:26pm
How many times Pak thrashed India in the last 5 years ? India has put Pakistan firmly behind them. Check the last 5 years statsistics. Also India has defeated Pakistan in every World Cup and I hope you recall India's successful chase at recent Asia Cup in Dhaka. Good luck with your dreams.
Shafi Aug 29, 2012 03:23am
Pakistan cricket is going down towards drains just like hockey.
Sarabjeet (India) Aug 29, 2012 10:44am
Misbah is an absolute class act in Pakistan's team and resembles the calmness and composure of MS Dhoni thereby deserving to be the Captain of Pakistan team. Check out the average of Misbah whilst batting second and chasing totals. He should not be blamed for every defeat and there would be a few matches where he might not score enough but then the onus remains on other batsmen in the line-up. Moreover, I wonder why Umar Akmal bats low down the order at No.6???? I strongly believe he should bat at No.3 or No.4 at the most.
Fen Tian Aug 28, 2012 11:46pm
Can Pakistan team live with Kamran Akmal?Where Dhoni,Prior,Sangakara,Jayawardhene all excelling with batting.This guy keeps on failing for ever.If you cannot bat and keep wickets,simply don't play at all.He is wasting one of the batsman role.Pakistan making great mistake in dropping Abdur Rehman.
Umair Khalid Aug 29, 2012 06:53am
pathetic performance by the batsmen and fast bowlers! how come Misbah and what-more played tanvir and cheema instead of anwar and junaid. Junaid and Anwar are better bowlers than the tanvir and cheema. they are fools cauz they never learn from their mistakes!
KHAN Aug 28, 2012 10:39pm
But we have fast Bowlers,the best in the World.I think we lack planning ,they should watch the other team players,and bowlers.And then plan their game.
Sarabjeet (India) Aug 29, 2012 11:21am
Well no offence to your team, but Indian team has a better mental strength than most other teams. This is pretty apparent with the kind of huge totals that India have chased in the recent past - most notably chasing 330 against Pak in the Asia Cup. However, with all due to respect to Misbah and his lieutenants, Pakistan team needs a drastic change in their mental attitude whilst batting only. Therefore, majority will not be in agreement with your views.
MMS Aug 28, 2012 03:49pm
I told you so. REad my last comment. Pakistan do not have batsmen to play against the fast ball. Find the batsmen to play against the fast ball and we may have a chance.
zak Aug 29, 2012 07:18am
we need consistency-a core of team players of 6 or 7 and the rest can be swithch trials of other. Mostr importantly, we have weak mental strenght because everyone knows in pak team u do bad once and u get dropped no room for error hence too pressurised play. That why core team of 6/7 so they can play with confidence. Aussies always win when it comes down to mental strenght. If it was Indian team-pak's would have thrashed them. worthy opponents are -Aussy, S.Africa, Brits. India too weak.
Abdullah Hussain Aug 29, 2012 07:27am
SALAHUDDIN ZAKI Aug 29, 2012 12:38am
Pakistan have great Young batsmen, but selection committee does not give them chance, they rely on older batsman like misbaul haq, shoib malik, shahid afride, younus khan.
kashif Aug 29, 2012 06:13am
.....Pakistan have got this...that....left..right and our players are not mentally strong(as well as physically... even look at their casual body language), they are not committed to their Imran and Javed , same goes for hockey and squash....these players were legends and were strong player both mentally and physically, and there experience made them unforgettable ....infact those was the last such bread w we have all Dalda products packed with lots of party and other any other shortcuts! etc. except taking the sport as there bread and butter and really feeling the pain of bring only shame to our nation.....and hearts badly when they keep on underperforming
Mumtaz.Rizvi Aug 29, 2012 06:13am
The so called hawks fell again on the ground .nation should never expect this pakistan side to beat the quality sides such as australia and others. iam sick of listening the expert comments "ohh our boys really fought hard but hard luck" such defeats the destiny of nation where nothing is selected on merit.
Syed Aug 29, 2012 09:22pm
KHAN Aug 30, 2012 04:55pm
ha ha ha
kirther SG Aug 29, 2012 08:56pm
Instead of criticizing cricketers one should look at the credentials of the Chairman and selection committee. Has anybody taken into account the performance of ex-chairman and ex cricketer Mohammad Ilyas of the selection committee. When incompetent people with political backing are given important positions they can only make the whole country suffer. Players like Misbah, Kamran Akmal and Cheema are not even good enough to be selected in any top county team. With such players Pakistan will end up below Bangladesh in ranking.
Dilawar Aug 29, 2012 03:57am
Same old dance and song. Don't they get bored with the same old drubbing over and over again. Even a bum fights for a win once in a while. These are some professional players have they realized this that they should put an honest day work into the profession which is paying them quite heftily. Do you have any say Mr. Coach, Dav What_more?! Any one can teach the technical stuff your job is to instill the fight in the dog. You have failed to inspire the guys to go for a win. If losing the game is the only thing you can bring to the table then you have accomplished your mission.
Noorani Aug 29, 2012 05:54am
Drop off team spoiler Shahid Afridi and things will change for good.
saifullah khan Aug 29, 2012 03:12am
yes u r ryt 100%
Dilawar Aug 29, 2012 04:00am
Same old dance and song. Don't they get bored with the same old drubbing over and over again. Even a bum fights for a win once in a while. These are some professional players have they realized this that they should put an honest day work into the profession which is paying them quite heftily. Do you have any say Mr. Coach, Dav What_more?! Any one can teach the technical stuff your job is to instill the fight in the dog. You have failed to inspire the guys to go for a win. If losing games is the only thing you can bring to the table then you have accomplished your mission one more time.
Khurram Aug 30, 2012 06:28am
Why criticism for Afridi? He is a very good bowler and he can bat in the lower order. It's the job of specialist batsmen to score runs. Pakistan needs more consistent batsmen.