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Pakistan thump Australia by seven wickets in 2nd ODI under extremely humid conditions

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, Sep 01, 2012 05:10 hrs

Pakistan has won the second one-day international of the three match series against Australia in United Arab Emirates under extremely humid conditions.

The game will be remembered for the 31C heat and 95 per cent humidity suffered by the players, as Australia made 9-248 before Pakistan replied with 3-249 to ease to a big victory with 38 deliveries to spare.

Opener Nasir Jamshed's 97 proved to be a match winning knock for Pakistan, as Australia's bowlers struggled to control the wet ball in the late-night dew.

Australia captain Michael Clarke said his decision to bat first was wrong, and they should have bowled first to tackle the late night dew.

"It was the wrong decision after winning the toss to bat first," News.com.au quoted Clarke, as saying.

Jamshed hit 11 fours and two sixes in a stylish performance but was cramping badly and played a tired-looking shot to mid-off, falling three runs shy of his second ODI century.

Mohammad Hafeez (23) was out to a longhop from Dan Christian at 1-66, but Azhar Ali (59 not out) and skipper Misbahul Haq (35 not out) saw Pakistan home.

Australia had won the toss but found themselves in trouble at 4-87 with the dismissals of Matthew Wade (seven), Warner (24 off 68 balls), Michael Clarke (37) and David Hussey (duck).

Mike Hussey top-scored with 61, sharing half-century partnerships with George Bailey (39) and Maxwell (28 off 27 balls).

Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal gave another brilliant display with a return of 4-32 after his 3-30 in the first ODI.

The third and final game is in Sharjah on Monday night, and Pakistan would be taking extra motivation from the fact they haven't beaten Australia in an ODI series for a decade. (ANI)




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