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Pakistan stun the Aussies in thriller


A brilliant stand of 119 between captain Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq helped Pakistan to a superb six-wicket win over Australia in the Super Eights at the Wanderers.

Pakistan have one foot in the semi-finals of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 after a six-wicket victory over Australia in the Super Eights.

A solid if unspectacular batting display had set Pakistan a target of 165 for victory in the Group F encounter, which they duly reached in 19.1 overs thanks to an assured performance by Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq.

The pair came to the crease with Pakistan struggling at 46 for four and went on to share a fine 119-run stand.

Captain Malik finished unbeaten on 52 from 38 balls while Misbah was 66 not out in a man-of-the-match performance.

Stuart Clark impressed with the ball for the Australians, finishing with three for 27 after taking the early wickets of openers Imran Nazir (10) and Mohammad Hafeez (15).

But the Aussie attack had no answer to the Pakistan middle order and victory was secured when Andrew Symonds sent down a wide with the scores level.

Australia made a sluggish start to their innings as opener Matthew Hayden fell for just one before Adam Gilchrist went for 24 to leave them 32 for two.

An injury to Ricky Ponting did not help matters, the captain requiring a runner due to a leg injury before Hafeez bowled him for 27.

Michael Hussey and Brad Hodge steadied the innings with knocks of 37 and 36 respectively, but Australia's total never really looked enough on a decent batting pitch.

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