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Pakistan crash through for welcome win

By Sam Lienert 12/01/2005 08:28:40 PM Comments (0)

Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq says his side's ability to escape from a seemingly unwinnable position and defeat Australia A at Adelaide Oval will inspire the tourists for the tri-series against Australia and the West Indies.

Pakistan's 13-run win was its first since beating an invitational side at Lilac Hill five weeks ago.

Pakistan made 8-279 from its 50 overs, then bowled Australia A out for 266 in the 49th over, taking 6-12 in the last four overs.

Pakistan won despite a superb 129 from 123 balls by Australia A captain Brad Haddin, who opened and lasted until the 49th over.

Paceman Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan took three of the last five wickets to fall, while the other two were run-outs after Razzaq started the collapse.

"The main thing is we won the match," Razzaq said.

"We needed that because we lost the Test series, everybody was down, so I hope we will do better in the one-dayers."

Pakistan's solid total was mainly due to Razzaq's 89 not out from 61 balls including six sixes, three in the space of six balls off off-spinner Nathan Hauritz.

Despite the challenging target, Australia A looked as if it would achieve it comfortably, thanks to Haddin, who batted at near a run-a-ball throughout.

His greatest support came from form batsman David Hussey (45 from 54 balls).

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