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Cricket: Aamir has Australia in a spin

Aamir Sohail scored a half-century and claimed two wickets to steer Pakistan to a comfortable four-wicket win against Australia in their limited overs World Series match yesterday.

Aamir's patient 52 helped Pakistan overhaul Australia's 199 all out to reach 203 for 6 with 27 balls to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The left-arm orthodox spinner had earlier removed Greg Blewett for 33 and Paul Reiffel for three as Australia laboured to master Pakistan's spin attack.

After taking 2 for 33 from his nine overs, Aamir added 54 runs in a brisk opening partnership with Shahid Afridi.

WORLD SERIES (Sydney): Australia 199; Pakistan 203 for 6 (Ijaz Ahmed 58, Aamir Sohail 52). Pakistan won by four wickets. Standings: 1 Pakistan (P3, Pts4); 2 Australia (4-4); 3 West Indies (3-2).