Australia vs Pakistan in UAE, 2009
5 Match ODI Cricket Series in UAE
PAK v AUS, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi: Australia beats Pakistan by 27 runs (AUS 2:1)
Apr 27, 2009Michael 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, 2nd ODI, Dubai: Symonds stars for Australia (AUS 1:1)
Apr 24, 2009Andrew 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, 1st ODI, Dubai: Pakistan beat Australia by 4 wickets (PAK 1:0)
Apr 22, 2009Shahid 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
Apr 22, 2009Australia 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.
Australia vs South Africa Cricket Series 2009
3 Tests, 2 T20Is, 5 ODIs in South Africa
AUS v SA, 5th ODI, Johannesburg: Victorious Australia regain number two ranking (AUS 2:3)
Apr 17, 2009Australia regained their world number two ranking with a comfortable 47-run win over South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.
Australia took advantage of being given first use of an excellent batting pitch by South African captain Graeme Smith, making 303 for seven despite a mid-innings stumble. Despite a second wicket stand of 104 between Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis, South Africa fell steadily behind the asking rate and wickets fell at regular intervals after Gibbs was out for 82.
The series win meant that South Africa retained their world number one ranking. Australia briefly slipped to third behind India after losing the fourth match in Port Elizabeth on Monday but returned to the number two spot with their consolation win. South Africa won the series 3-2 following a 4-1 series win in Australia earlier in the series.
AUS v SA, 5th ODI, Johannesburg: Australia 303-7 (50.0 overs) beat South africa 256 (45.5 overs) by 47 runs
AUS v SA, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth: Gibbs, Steyn lead S. Africa to series win (SA 3:1)
Apr 13, 2009Herschelle Gibbs hit a sparkling century and Dale Steyn took four wickets to lift South Africa to a series-clinching 61-run win over Australia in the fourth one-dayer on Monday.
The hosts clinched the series 3-1, Gibbs smashing 110 and AB de Villiers 84 in a commanding total of 317 for six.
Australia started well with an opening stand of 129 in 127 balls between Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke but they lost their way against the spinners and were bowled out for 256 in the 46th over. The final match of the series is in Johannesburg on Friday
AUS v SA, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth: South africa 317-6 (50.0 overs) beat Australia 256 (45.5 overs) by 61 runs
AUS v SA, 3rd ODI, Cape Town: South Africa beat Australia by 25 runs (SA 2:1)
Apr 09, 2009Half-centuries from Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers proved decisive as South Africa eased to a 25-run victory over Australia in the third one-day international in Cape Town.
Kallis and De Villiers shared a 114-run partnership for the third wicket to rescue the home side from early trouble to post 289 for six. The tourists struggled in their chase, with Callum Ferguson (63) and James Hopes (63 not out) only briefly threatening as outstanding fielding and Roelof van der Merwe's three for 37 restricted the visitors to 264 for seven.
AUS v SA, 3rd ODI, Cape Town: South africa 289-6 (50.0 overs) beat Australia 264-7 (50.0 overs) by 25 runs
AUS v SA, 2nd ODI, Centurion: South africa beat Australia to level series (SA 1:1)
Apr 05, 2009South Africa beat Australia by seven wickets Sunday to square the five-match series at 1-1 after opening bowlers Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn took four wickets each to help bowl out Australia for 131.
Parnell, a 19-year-old left-arm seamer, finished with 4-25 in just his second ODI after having figures of 3-3 in his first four overs, while Steyn claimed 4-27 as Australia was dismissed in less than 41 overs for its 16th lowest total. The Proteas reached 132 for three wickets in the 27th over at SuperSport Park after captain Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis had added 69 in 11.1 overs for the second wicket.
AUS v SA, 2nd ODI, Centurion: South africa 132-3 (26.2 overs) beat Australia 131 (40.2 overs) by 7 wickets
AUS v SA, 1st ODI, Durban: Australia beat South Africa by 141 runs (AUS 1:0)
Apr 03, 2009Mike Hussey ended a run of poor form with a match-winning innings for Australia in the first one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead Friday.
Hussey hit 83 not out as Australia piled up 286 for seven. South Africa were then bowled out for 145 as Australia completed a crushing 141-run win in the opening encounter of a five-match series.