White ton ends Pakistan's resistance

Pakistan 274 Australia 275-5

Following a 3-0 victory in the Test series, Australia continued their dominance over Pakistan yesterday by going 1-0 up in the one-day series. A century from Cameron White helped his side take a five-wicket victory.

Chasing 275, White enjoyed fruitful partnerships with Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey to steer the home side from 84 for 3 to their target with nine balls to spare. White was eventually bowled for 105 by Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, with Clarke adding a half-century in a strong middle-order display.

Earlier in the day, Salman Butt posted 72 in Pakistan's innings, while some late big-hitting from Shahid Afridi (48), a little too late to earn an IPL call-up, also helped boost their total to 274, although the tourists were pegged back by four wickets for all-rounder Shane Watson. Australia got away to a poor start when Watson departed early after quick Mohammad Aamer dug one in short and the opener gloved a catch to Saeed Ajmal at mid-on.

Shaun Marsh and Ricky Ponting attempted to lift the run-rate but Pakistan struck again when Marsh drove Mohammad Asif straight to Rana Naved-ul-Hasan for just 15. Ponting and Clarke rebuilt despite Aamer and Asif bowling with considerable pace.

Ponting was out for 27 to Afridi's leg-spin. But playing a mature and controlled innings, Clarke reached his half-century off 58 balls and White followed soon after notching his fifty off 52 balls at the start of the 35th over.

All the good work Australia had done working the ball around the field nearly came to an end straight after White's fifty when Clarke top-edged a pull shot from Aamer high to fine-leg. But poor fielding from Butt let Pakistan down and Australia off the hook as he dropped a sitter.

A ball after bringing up their 100 partnership and with the total at 186, the Clarke-White combination was broken when Clarke was run out by Rana.

Australia were on 200 with 10 overs remaining, needing 75 to win and with David Hussey joining White at the crease, victory looked a certainty.

White brought the crowd to its feet when he gave Afridi some payback for the Pakistani all-rounder's earlier efforts with the bat, hitting him for three consecutive sixes in the 41st over as Australia rolled home.

Brisbane scoreboard

Pakistan won toss

Australia beat Pakistan by 5 wkts

PAKISTAN

......... Runs......... 6s......... 4s......... Bls

S Butt c Haddin b Bollinger......... 72......... 0......... 12......... 81

†K Akmal c Clarke b Watson......... 34......... 0......... 4......... 34

Y Khan c Marsh b McKay......... 46......... 0......... 1......... 74

*M Yousuf b Bollinger......... 2......... 0......... 0......... 7

U Akmal c Haddin b McKay......... 23......... 0......... 3......... 22

S Malik c Haddin b Watson......... 28......... 0......... 2......... 33

S Afridi c Hussey b Watson......... 48......... 3......... 5......... 26

M Aamer c Haddin b McKay......... 0......... 0......... 0......... 1

R Naved-ul-Hasan not out......... 8......... 0......... 1......... 11

S Ajmal c Clarke b Watson......... 2......... 0......... 0......... 7

M Asif run out (Ponting)......... 0......... 0......... 0......... 4

Extras (lb 4, w 5, nb 2)......... 11

Total (49.4 overs)......... 274

Fall: 1-62, 2-117, 3-123, 4-156, 5-205, 6-221, 7-227, 8-269, 9-274, 10-274.

Bowling: S Watson 10-0-36-4, D Bollinger 9.4-0-37-2, C McKay 9-0-61-3, M Clarke 2-0-8-0, M Hussey 2-0-12-0, P Siddle 8-1-48-0, N Hauritz 9-0-68-0.

AUSTRALIA

......... Runs......... 6s......... 4s......... Bls

S R Watson c Ajmal b Aamer......... 5......... 0......... 0......... 12

S E Marsh c Naved-ul-Hasan b Asif......... 15......... 0......... 2......... 24

*R T Ponting c sub b Afridi......... 27......... 0......... 1......... 47

M J Clarke run out (Naved-ul-Hasan)......... 58......... 0......... 1......... 76

C L White b Naved-ul-Hasan......... 105......... 4......... 8......... 88

M E K Hussey not out......... 35......... 0......... 2......... 37

†B J Haddin not out......... 7......... 0......... 0......... 7

Extras (b 4, lb 10, w 9)......... 23

Total (5 wkts, 48.3 overs)......... 275

Fall: 1-16, 2-37, 3-84, 4-186, 5-260.

Did Not Bat: N M Hauritz, C J McKay, P M Siddle, D E Bollinger.

Bowling: M Aamer 9-0-29-1, M Asif 10-1-44-1, R Naved-ul-Hasan 10-0-61-1, S Afridi 10-0-66-1, S Ajmal 9.3-0-61-0.

Umpires: E A R de Silva (SL) & R J Tucker (Aus).

Australia have now won three of the six One-day Internationals against Pakistan in Brisbane. Yesterday's win followed a five-wicket World Series

victory in January 1989 and a 67-run win in February of the following year.

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