Australia Wins First ODI In Pakistan

Australia starts their tour with a four wicket victory.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia’s One Day International side turned around a poor batting start to claim the first game of the ODI series against Pakistan by four wickets.

Captain Michael Clarke saved the batting attack while young speed bowler Mitchell Starc put together a career best effort to lead the bowlers.

Played in Sharjah, Australia’s pace attack split Pakistan open behind Mitchell Starc’s career best haul of five wickets for just 42 runs. James Pattison was also good. He took 3-19 and dismissed tailender Saeed Ajmal to end Pakistan’s innings at 198 in the 46th over.

Asad Shafiq (56) and Umar Akmal (52) were Pakistan’s best with the bat, but the home side didn’t get much support other than Nasir Jamshed's 23.

Australia struggled early; they lost openers Warner and Wade for a combined 15 runs before the Hussey brothers collected a total of just eight.

Clarke was the standout as his teammates fell around him. He hit five of Australia’s first six 4s and made 66 runs from 96 balls before being dismissed leg before wicket by Hafeez.

It was Clarke’s 54 run partnership with George Bailey (57 not out) that dug the visitor’s out of their early hole before Bailey and Glenn Maxwell (38 from 38 deliveries) were able to pull Australia within 10 runs of victory.

Bailey hit Cheema for a single to backward square for the winner.

Saeed Ajmal was Pakistan’s  best with the bowl, taking 3-30.