Pakistan ends Australia’s streak in World Cup

Pakistan ended Australia’s 34-match unbeaten streak in the World Cup with a tense four-wicket victory on Saturday, advancing to the quarterfinals atop Group A.

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Published: Sun 20 Mar 2011, 10:41 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:28 AM

Led by paceman Umar Gul’s 3-30, Pakistan bowled out the four-time champion for 176 in 46.4 overs. It was Australia lowest first innings World Cup total since it lost to Pakistan in 1992.

Umar Akmal held his nerve with an unbeaten 44 after Brett Lee’s 4-28 to guide the 1992 champion to 178-6 in 41 overs.

Pakistan finished the group matches with 10 points. Australia was pushed to third place behind Sri Lanka, with both locked on nine points each.

New Zealand is the fourth quarterfinalist from Group A and will meet Group B leader South Africa in the knockout stage.

Asad Shafiq’s steady 46 and Akmal’s mature knock stood up against the four-pronged pace attack to guide Pakistan to victory with nine overs to spare.

The last time the Australians lost at the World Cup was in the group stage in 1999 — also to Pakistan. The Australians rebounded to beat Pakistan in the final in ‘99 and successfully defended the title in 2003 and ‘07.

Tempers flared early on the field between top scorer Brad Haddin (42) and a few Pakistan players after his captain Ricky Ponting refused to walk when he had clearly got a big edge to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

Pakistan deservedly won the caught behind decision on referral but not before Haddin exchanged words with Pakistan players as they all awaited the television umpire’s decision.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Ponting shared the best partnership for Australia by adding 63 runs for the second wicket with Haddin but the innings never gained momentum.

Pakistan’s ploy to give the new ball to leftarm spinner Abdur Rehman worked well on a slow wicket as openers Haddin and Shane Watson (9) struggled to give the innings a quick start.

Watson drove Rehman for a first ball boundary on the on-side before he was bowled by Gul (3-30) off a delivery which swung back into the right-hander and knocked the top of off-stump.

Ponting top edged a four behind the wicketkeeper off leftarmer Wahab Riaz before hitting an exquisite cover drive in the same over.

But Afridi intelligently rotated his bowlers on a slow wicket where it is tough for strokeplayers.

Ponting was shaping up well but needlessly tried to cut offspinner Mohammad Hafeez and got a big edge. South African umpire Marais Erasmus rejected the appeal before Pakistan rightly won on referral.

Haddin appeared to lose his cool in an exchange of words with Pakistan players when he edged Wahab Riaz as Australia slipped to 90-3.

Michael Clarke (34) and Cameroon White (8) tried to resurrect the innings before Australia’s middle order collapsed, losing four wickets for 30 runs.

Abdul Razzaq, who was introduced into the attack in the 35th over, clipped the Clarke’s bails with an inswinger and also got an edge of Mitchell Johnson (0).

Gul, who went off the field for treatment on his left hamstring after bowling five overs, returned to wrap up the innings by removing Jason Krejza (7) and Brett Lee (5).

Pakistan stuttered in its run-chase briefly when Lee found the shoulder of opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez’s (9) bat and then won an lbw decision against Kamran Akmal (23).

Lee returned in the 23rd over and had experienced Younis Khan (31) and Misbah caught behind off successive deliveries before 21-year-old Umar Akmal and Shafiq added 42 runs.

Australia grabbed two more quick wickets for three runs when Watson held onto Shafiq’s edge at first slip and Lee caught Afridi at the long on as Pakistan slipped to 142-6 in the 33rd over.

Razzaq (20 not out) survived some nervy moments in a 36-run stand with Umar Akmal, bringing up victory by hitting Krejza for two successive boundaries.


Shane Watson b Gul 9

Brad Haddin c Kamran Akmal b Riaz 42

Ricky Ponting c Kamran Akmal b Hafeez 19

Michael Clarke b Razzaq 34

Cameron White run out 8

Mike Hussey c Misbah b Rehman 12

Steve Smith b Afridi 25

Mitchell Johnson c Kamran Akmal b Razzaq 0

Jason Krejza b Gul 7

Brett Lee c Mibah b Gul 5

Shaun Tait not out 0

Extras: (5lb, 10w) 15

TOTAL: (all out) 176

Overs: 46.4.

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-75, 3-90, 4-117, 5-134, 6-144, 7-147, 8-169, 9-176, 10-176.

Bowling: Umar Gul 7.4-1-30-3 (5w), Abdur Rehman 10-0-34-1 (1w), Shahid Afridi 9-0-34-1 (1w), Wahab Riaz 6-0-39-1 (3w), Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-26-1, Abdul Razzaq 4-0-8-2. Pakistan Innings=

Kamran Akmal lbw b Lee 23

Mohammad Hafeez c and b Lee 5

Asad Shafiq c Watson b Johnson 46

Younis Khan c Haddin b Lee 31

Misbah-ul-Haq c Haddin b Lee 0

Umar Akmal not out 44

Shahid Afridi c Lee b Krejza 2

Abdul Razzaq not out 20

Extras: (2b, 1lb, 4w) 7

TOTAL: (for six wickets) 178

Overs: 41.

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-45, 3-98, 4-98, 5-139, 6-142.

Did not bat: Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz.

Bowling: Brett Lee 8-1-28-4, Shaun Tait 8-1-37-0 (3w), Mitchell Johnson 9-1-40-1 (1w), Shane Watson 6-0-26-0, Jason Krejza 10-0-44-1.

Toss: Australia.

Result: Pakistan won by four wickets.

Umpires: Tony Hill, New Zealand, and Nigel Llong, England.

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus, South Africa. Match referee: Chris Broad, England.

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