ADELAIDE // Australia demonstrated their bowling depth and took an unassailable 3-0 series lead after beating Pakistan by 40 runs in the one-day international at Adelaide Oval today. The Aussies scored 286 before dismissing the tourists for 246 in the 48th over. Man of the match Ryan Harris, who was brought into the side to replace Peter Siddle, took five for 43 while Clint McKay continued his impressive run in the national side with three for 48. Umar Akmal (59 off 76 balls) and Fawad Alam (33 off 52), who came together when the score was on 60 for four, kept their side in the contest while a blazing 58-run stand between Shahid Afridi (40 off 29 balls) and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (33 off 28) provided Ricky Ponting's men with some anxious moments in the final 10 overs. After Pakistan lost their openers Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt early, Mohammad Yousuf began his knock like a man on a mission but the under-seige captain chopped on a Shane Watson delivery to his stumps for just 11. With Yousuf gone, Pakistan were relying heavily on Younis Khan to steady the ship. But the right-hander edged a McKay ball through to Brad Haddin who took a sharp, one-handed catch above his head and the score was 60 for four. Umar Akmal and Alam joined forces in the 14th over and went about reviving the tourists' hopes of victory.
But their dangerous partnership came to an end when Akmal was caught behind after trying to guide a Harris delivery down to third man. Afridi and Rana started swinging as soon as they arrived at the crease and for a while their cavalier attitude paid off. They salvaged 36 runs off overs 41-43 but could not go on with it. Earlier, a steady 83 off 113 from opener Shaun Marsh, with support from Watson (33 off 37), provided Australia with a launchpad before Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey blazed away in the final 10 overs. Clarke, who reached 56 without scoring a boundary, went on to make 80 off 90 deliveries while Hussey's 49 came off just 28 deliveries - the duo combining for an 80-run partnership off just 33 balls. Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif took two wickets each but it was another disappointing day in the field for the tourists.
Australia: Shane Watson b Asif 33 Shaun Marsh st K Akmal b S Ajmal 83 Ricky Ponting lbw b Naved-ul-Hasan 0 Michael Clarke b Umar Gul 80 Cameron White c K Akmal b Naved-ul-Hasan 28 Michael Hussey c Younis b Umar Gul 49 Brad Haddin not out 1 Nathan Hauritz not out 0 Extras (1b, 1lb, 5nb, 5w) 12 Total (6 wickets, 50 overs) 286 Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-64, 3-149, 4-204, 5-284, 6-284 Bowling: M Asif 10-0-51-1 (1w) Umar Gul 10-1-80-2 (2w) Naved-ul-Hasan 10-0-57-2 (1w) Shahid Afridi 10-0-55-0 Saeed Ajmal 10-0-41-1 Pakistan: Salman Butt lbw b McKay 34 Kamran Akmal lbw b Harris 1 Younis Khan c Haddin b McKay 12 Mohammad Yousuf b Watson 11 Umar Akmal c Haddin b Harris 59 Fawad Alam b McKay 33 Shahid Afridi b Harris 40 Naved-ul-Hasan c White b Harris 33 Umar Gul c Haddin b Harris 0 Saeed Ajmal not out 8 Mohammad Asif c Haddin b Hauritz 1 Extras (11lb, 3w) 14 Total (all out, 47.4 overs) 246 Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-47, 3-58, 4-60, 5-145, 6-168, 7-226, 8-226, 9-238 Bowling: Bollinger 9-0-35-0 (1w) Harris 10-0-43-5 Watson 9-0-66-1 (1w) McKay 10-1-48-3 (1w) Hauritz 7.4-0-37-1 Clarke 2-0-6-0