Australia, playing their first match after a long gap of five months, were precariously placed at 49 for four at one stage after being sent into bat. They recovered and eventually made 179 for seven off their allotted 50 overs.
Chasing a rather easy target, Pakistan were well on course as two star batsmen Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq were associated in 75-run stand for the second wicket.
At this stage things beginning to happen as Inzamam was stumped and Saeed Anwar was forced to retire with hamstring injury. Wickets tumbled at regular intervals with the Man of the Match Shane Warne and Steve Waugh doing most of the damage with three wickets each.
From winning position, Pakistan were restricted to 151 for nine in their stipulated 50 overs and lost the game by 28 runs in the end.
Text: Anant Gaundalkar