Sunday, January 24, 2010

AUSTRALIA VS PAKISTAN 2nd ODI:Australia thump Pakistan by 140 runs

Australia thrashed an insipid Pakistan side by 140 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series at the SCG on Sunday. Chasing 268 for victory, the tourists were dismissed for 127 - their lowest one-day total against Australia on these shores.

Skipper Mohammad Yousuf (58) top scored with a gritty half-century.

In-form batsmen Shane Watson (69 off 71 balls) and Cameron White (55 off 58 balls) earlier navigated Australia to 6-267 after Pakistan elected to field.That total looked imposing from the start of Pakistan's innings as paceman Doug Bollinger (2-17 off eight overs) pierced the top order. He removed Salman Butt and (2) and Younis Khan (zero) in the space of four balls in the fifth over.

White pouched both catches off Bollinger's bowling before his Victorian teammate Clint McKay produced his own fine piece of fielding to run out Kamran Akmal (16) following a mix-up with Yousuf.

Siddle knocked back Umar Akmal's (0) off-stump with the youngster done for pace.

Ponting then joined in the fielding exhibition by taking a spectacular one-handed diving catch in his left hand at point to end Shoaib Malik's (2) painful stay.

When Shahid Afridi (9) fell the score was 6-58 the contest had ended.

Watson earlier handed the home side an ideal start before spinner Afridi (2-35 off 10 overs) put the clamps on Australia in the middle overs.

Ponting (13) never really got going, deputy Michael Clarke (25) didn't do much better and Mike Hussey (29) fell late trying to lift the rate.

But White backed up his century in game one with a typically helter-skelter knock.

The two teams will now meet on Australia Day in Adelaide.


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