Pakistan vs Australia Highlights 1st ODI 28 August 2012. Pakistan vs Australia Cricket Highlights 1st ODI online on 28-08-2012. Pakistan vs Australia 1st ODI Highlights 2012 Sharjah. Pak vs Aus 1st ODI Highlights, 28 August 2012.
Australia were grateful for the 29 balls given up by Pakistan as the latter half of their innings collapsed, using them to secure a meritorious victory in the first ODI in the heat of Sharjah. The frenzied conclusion of Pakistan’s innings contrasted with the composure shown by Michael Clarke’s team, who took a major step towards preserving an unbeaten record against the subcontinental side that has lasted since 2002.
While Clarke played a critical role, notching a fluent 66 when all around him looked fraught in the face of Pakistan’s spin, it was equally heartening for the Australians that the less seasoned George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell supplied the game-clinching stand. Maxwell perished to an impetuous reverse sweep with the win in sight, but Dan Christian kept Bailey company until the final runs were collected, with four wickets and 10 balls to spare.
Though Christian’s change-up had Misbah undone, Umar Akmal’s aggression in Shafiq’s company had Pakistan placed neatly enough at 159 for 4 when they took the batting Powerplay. Having played with no little intelligence to that point, Shafiq could not resist the temptation to try to pierce the field, and an ugly swish at Starc had his stumps splayed.
Kamran Akmal could not get comfortable, and in the last of the Powerplay overs he spooned a catch to mid-on. Clarke’s knack for astute field placings was to be rewarded the very next ball with the prized wicket of Afridi, edging Starc low to the captain at slip. The Powerplay had thus reaped three wickets at a cost of 16 runs and the rest of the innings petered out, wasting that critical 29 balls.
1st 3 Missed Wickets are added at the End of this Part.
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