Pakistan v Australia Cricket Series at UAE 2009

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PAK v AUS, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi: Clarke and Bollinger lead Australia to series win (3:1)

Michael Clarke struck a sparkling hundred as Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the fourth day-night international at Abu Dhabi on Friday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.
The 28-year-old Australian captain hit an unbeaten 100 and was well supported by Watson (85 not out) as the pair added 197 for the third wicket to ease Australia past a modest 198-run target with 5.4 overs to spare. Pakistan were bowled out for 197 in 48.4 overs with Australian left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger taking 5-35 in only his second international one-day match.
Pakistan won the first match by four wickets before Australia came back strongly to win the second by six wickets and the third by 27 runs. The fifth and final match will be played here on Sunday.
PAK v AUS, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi: Australia 200-2 (44.2 overs) beat Pakistan 197 (48.4 overs) by 8 wickets

PAK v AUS, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi: Pakistan can still win, says coach

Pakistan can beat Australia Friday to keep alive their hopes of winning the current one-day series, coach Intikhab Alam said Thursday.
Despite being 2-1 down after losing the third game Monday, Pakistan was still determined to win the remaining two games and the series, Alam said, if only for their fans back home. "We desperately want to win the series for the sake of millions of fans... who have been deprived of watching (international) matches" by security concerns, Alam said.
Pakistan was forced to move the current series to neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates after Australia refused to tour Pakistan, citing the high security risks. Pakistan started the series promisingly by winning the first match by four wickets. But Australia came back strongly, winning the second match by six wickets and the third by 27 runs here Monday.

PAK v AUS, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi: Australia beats Pakistan by 27 runs (AUS 2:1)

Michael Clarke's all-round performance helped his team give Pakistan a dose of their own medicine as Australia won the third day-night international by 27 runs at Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The 28-year-old hit a fighting 66 to anchor an otherwise struggling Australian innings which helped them reach 198-7 in their allotted 50 overs before claiming 3-15 to bowl Pakistan out for 171 in 47.1 overs.
Clarke's brilliant bowling which saw Pakistan lose their ten wickets in the space of 76 runs -- steered his team to a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The remaining two matches will be played here on May 1 and 3. The only Twenty20 match is scheduled for Dubai on May 7.
PAK v AUS, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi: Australia 198-7 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 171 (47.1 overs) by 27 runs

PAK v AUS, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi: Pakistan look to pacemen for early Australian wickets

Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam urged his pace spearheads to provide early breakthroughs to keep Australia to a low score in the third one-day international at Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The pace trio of Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Rao Iftikhar have managed just two wickets between them in the first two matches - both by Gul - allowing the Australians to win the second match in Dubai by six wickets on Friday. The five-match series stands at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first match by four wickets, also in Dubai, on Wednesday.
Injury-plagued Akhtar, who has just one wicket to show for his last four one-dayers, played both games despite suffering from a viral infection but may be rested on Monday for all-rounders Sohail Tanvir or Yasir Arfat to come in. Alam said Australia were a professional side and would continue to press hard for victories.

PAK v AUS, 2nd ODI, Dubai: Symonds stars for Australia (AUS 1:1)

Andrew Symonds rewarded the faith of the Australian selectors as he led his side to a six-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international in Dubai.
The all-rounder got the call for this series after undergoing counselling to deal with a series of off-field controversies, but after failing with the bat in the first-game defeat, displayed the talent which keeps Australia coming back for more. His two wickets for 12 runs helped finish off the Pakistan tail as they made 207, and his brisk half-century carried Australia almost all the way as they reached their target with 29 balls to spare.
After Brad Haddin went for just eight, Shane Watson's 30 and 48 from James Hopes had helped Australia build a solid platform, but Pakistan dismissed the pair within the space of three balls to leave the tourists in a more nervous position at 93 for three when Symonds strode to the crease. He took a while to play himself in, but after the offer of a free hit against Shoaib Malik was smashed for his first four in the 29th over, Symonds began to express himself a little more and hit Saeed Ajmal for six in the next over.
By the time he was bowled by Shahid Afridi for 58 off 62 balls, the damage had been done with Australia well ahead of the run rate and only 25 runs from their target. Michael Clarke's unbeaten 39 and 10 from Callum Ferguson saw them home.
PAK v AUS, 2nd ODI, Dubai: Australia 208-4 (45.1 overs) beat Pakistan 207 (46.2 overs) by 6 wickets

PAK v AUS, 2nd ODI, Dubai: Shoaib may miss 2nd ODI

The second ODI match of five match series between Pakistan and Australian cricket teams will be played on Friday at Dubai cricket stadium while speed-star Rawalpindi Express will most probably miss the match due to viral infection.
Opener Nasir Jamsheed will also be dropped from the 11-member squad owing to injury and new comer youngster energetic Ahmed Shahzad will be placed in the team on for him. Pakistan trounced World Champs in first ODI with the career-best performance by all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi with ball and bat, which got Pakistan 1-0 lead in five-match ODI series on Wednesday.
Two changes are expected in team for second ODI as unfit opener Nasir Jamsheed might be replaced by youngster Ahmed Shahzad as skipper Younis Kahn has also hinted at this while Manager national team Yaver Saeed informed media that Shoaib Akhter has been trapped by viral infection whose inclusion will de decided before match. Stunning and promising new coming fast bowler Sohail Tanveer will likely be included in the squad on for Akhter.
Australian team, on the other hand, is also expected one change as opener Shaun Marsh, having been hit by hamstring injury, is flying back to country. Cricket Australia (CA) has made Marcos part of team.

PAK v AUS, 1st ODI, Dubai: Pakistan beat Australia by 4 wickets (PAK 1:0)

Shahid Afridi claimed six victims to pave the way for Pakistan to claim victory by four wickets in their opening one-day international against Australia in Dubai.
The Pakistan all-rounder claimed career-best figures of six for 38 as Australia could only manage a paltry 168 in an innings that lasted just 38.5 overs. The world champions again lost their way in the middle overs, losing eight for 27 at one stage as they wilted against Afridi's spin.
It could have been worse for the Australians who relied on a last-wicket stand of 46 runs between James Hopes (48 not out) and Ben Hilfenhaus (four) to give their score some respectability.
Pakistan's reply, while slow going at times, always looked on track with Kamran Akmal hitting 48 at the top of the order before Misbah-ul-Haq anchored the innings with an unbeaten 30 from 68 balls.
PAK v AUS, 1st ODI, Dubai: Pakistan 171-6 (44.1 overs) beat Australia 168 (38.5 overs) by 4 wickets

PAK v AUS, 1st ODI, Dubai: Symonds, Watson to provide spark for Australia

Australia are banking on the return of Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson to provide the spark for a jaded side which takes on Pakistan in the first of five One-Day Internationals on Wednesday.
The two powerful all-rounders should lift the Australians who are resting captain Ricky Ponting, batsman Mike Hussey and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson for the series against Pakistan which has been moved to the UAE because of security concerns.
Stand-in skipper Michael Clarke was also looking forward to the return of fast bowler Brett Lee, who is scheduled to be fit for the third match of the series.

Pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar back in Pakistan ODI cricket team

Pakistan cricket selectors have recalled fit-again fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for the five one-day internationals and a twenty20 game against Australia in the United Arab Emirates later this month.
"Akhtar is super fit," chief selector Abdul Qadir told reporters Monday while announcing a 15-member squad. Akhtar, 33, has played just two one-day internationals in 16 months due to disciplinary and fitness problems. Nicknamed the Rawalpindi Express, Akhtar underwent a strenuous three-day fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore last week and impressed selectors with his pace.
"The doctor and physio told us that his fitness level has increased which is a good sign for Pakistan," Qadir said. "He also bowled four overs in the nets last Friday in front of the selectors and one of his deliveries was recorded at 149 km/h." In January, Akhtar made an unimpressive return to international cricket after 14 months out and he was subsequently dropped after taking just one wicket for 88 runs in two limited-overs games against Sri Lanka at home. He failed to complete his full quota of 10 overs in either of the games. He was later ruled out of the Test series against Sri Lanka due to a knee injury.
Pakistan team: Younis Khan (capt.), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Fawad Alam, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Rao Iftikhar, Shoaib Akhtar.

Pakistan Cricket Series Results 2009

Pakistan ODI Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
v Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0
Total 3 1 2 0

Pakistan Test Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
v Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
Total 2 0 0 2

Pakistan Twenty20 Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
- 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.