Australia beat Pakistan by six wickets

Updated: 25 April 2009 06:33 IST

With the help of knocks from Andrew Symonds and James Hopes, Australia won the second One-Day International against Pakistan by 6 wickets in Dubai.


Andrew Symonds hit a half-century and took two wickets on Friday to steer Australia to a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the second One-Day International to level at 1-1 the five-match series.

Symonds, who played his first match for Australia on Wednesday since July, made 58 in 62 balls at Dubai Sports City cricket stadium after earlier collecting 2-12 to help bowl out Pakistan for 207 in a total the Australians eclipsed with almost five overs left.

All-rounders James Hopes of Australia and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan also had good all-around games. Hopes took 2-45 with his medium-pacers and then scored 48, while Afridi claimed 2-38 with his legspinners and also hit 41.

Australia lost opener Brad Haddin early when he was bowled by Umar Gul trying an ambitious slog, but Hopes and Shane Watson added 77 for the second wicket.

When Hopes fell to Afridi and Watson to Saeed Ajmal on 93, it seemed the spin duo were back to haunt the Australians after having led Pakistan to a four-wicket win.

But Symonds and captain Michael Clarke added 90 for the fourth wicket before the former was bowled by Afridi in the 40th over.

Clarke remained unbeaten on 39 of 72 balls.

Earlier, Pakistan never got going as wickets fell at regular intervals before being bowled out in the 47th over. Spinners Nathan Hauritz and Symonds took a total of five wickets, and the fast bowlers were difficult to score runs from.

Opener Salman Butt top-scored with 57 off 112 balls before becoming one of Hauritz's three wickets. It was left to some late hitting from Afridi (41 from 40 balls), and Shoaib Akhtar (25 in 14 balls) to ensure Pakistan scored more than 200.

Hauritz also dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq on 12 after he reverse-swept and David Hussey took a diving catch at short third-man, and former captain Shoaib Malik, who edged a delivery onto his ankle on 7 and Haddin caught the ricochet.

Afridi, who was put down at long-off by Ben Laughlin off Hauritz when on 3, hit five boundaries and a six before being caught by Haddin off Hopes.

Pakistan, which won the opening match on Wednesday by four wickets, made one change, bringing in 17-year-old debutant batsman Ahmed Shehzad for the injured Nasir Jamshed.

Australia made three changes. David Hussey replaced Shaun Marsh, who has flown back to Australia after pulling his hamstring. Left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger comes in for Ben Hilfenhaus to make his ODI debut, while Ben Laughlin replaces Stuart Clark.

The remaining three matches of the series will be played in Abu Dhabi. The solitary Twenty20 match is on May 7.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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