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Akmal, Misbah lead Pakistan turnaround

KAMRAN Akmal's unbeaten knock of 116 and Misbah-ul-Haq's 76 not out helped Pakistan regain some lost pride with a victory over Australia in its fifth and final one-day international in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Sunday.

Australia had already won the series, which finished 3-2.

A brilliant partnership of 198 runs for the fourth wicket in just 31 overs helped Pakistan engineer a remarkable turnaround, reaching 254-4, after the first three wickets had fallen for 56 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The batsmen were under pressure after Shane Watson also struck an unbeaten 116 to help Australia post a healthy total of 250 for four on a batsman-friendly wicket.

Watson was ably supported by Brad Haddin (36 from 31 balls) and Callum Ferguson's 41 from 42 balls. Watson hit six fours and two sixes in his 146-ball stay which was much better than his scrappy 85 not out in the last game on Friday.

Watson's century meant Pakistan had to bat at five runs an over for the first time in the low-scoring series.

But it proved to be a comfortable victory as Akmal helped himself to a fifth ODI century with just 13 boundaries while Misbah reached his eighth half century from 56 balls. Akmal played with a pulled hamstring and cramps towards the end but reached his hundred in 110 balls.

"Misbah is an experienced batsman and he kept guiding me through the overs. Thank god, we clicked well at the right time," Akmal said.

"All credit to Pakistan. They played well and deserved to win. With 250 on the board, we were confident but let ourselves down in the field," Australian captain Michael Clarke said.

But he paid tribute to his team's performance over the series and for having played "the type of cricket we have in hot conditions, tough wickets, especially after coming from South Africa. The conditions have been so different."


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