Pakistan ended Australia’s 34-match unbeaten run at World Cups with a tense four-wicket victory in Colombo to secure prime spot in cluster A.
Ricky Ponting’s aspect looked out of kinds when selecting to bat, crumbling to 176 all out with Umar Gul (3-30) and Abdul Razzaq (2-8) impressing.
Brett Lee took 4-28 in reply to check Pakistan’s nerve however Umar Akmal saw them home with an unbeaten forty eight.
The defeat was Australia’s initial at a World Cup since 1999.
Pakistan were the victors that day at Headingley too and it had been fitting that Abdul Razzaq, the sole man in their team to play in each games, ought to hit the winning boundary.
Not continually the foremost consistent of sides, Shahid Afridi’s men were totally centered on this occasion, particularly therefore when an occasion throughout the Australian innings when many players were concerned during a heated exchange with Australia’s Brad Haddin.
And whereas Pakistan seem to be coming back sensible at the correct time all over again, Cup holders Australia can see this defeat as a much-needed warning call.
They had not faced a significant challenge in previous games and also the result can surely stiffen their resolve sooner than the knockout part of the competition, where a clash with India appearance doubtless if the co-hosts beat West Indies on Sunday.
Their batting show against Pakistan was a bizarrely subdued effort and Shane Watson had already been bowled for 9 by the spectacular Gul before skipper Ricky Ponting was dismissed in controversial circumstances.
Pakistan claimed a catch when he looked as if it would edge Mohammad Hafeez into the gloves of Kamran Akmal however umpire Marais Erasmus turned down the charm.
Captain Afridi immediately used a referral that duly revealed a large nick however an unseemly row had already broken out within the middle and Haddin and looked as if it would push Younus Khan before Ponting walked off.
With wickets falling, Australia required Haddin to place the incident out of his mind however he was unable to resist the temptation to throw the bat at a Wahab Riaz delivery, however solely managed to edge behind for forty two.
Cameron White was run out for eight courtesy of a fine throw from sq. leg from Misbah-ul-Haq before Michael Clarke missed an tried pull with a ugly swipe and was bowled by Razzaq.
Mike Hussey (12) didn’t realize any type before chipping Abdur Rehman to wide mid-on whereas another fine delivery from Razzaq jagged away and caught Mitchell Johnson’s edge to dismiss the all-rounder for a duck.
Resilience down the order isn’t absent when Ponting’s aspect are involved however even a brisk twenty five from Steve Smith couldn’t stop Australia’s lowest World Cup total since 1992.
Early wickets continually place the shivers through a dressing space though and when Lee took a sprawling come catch to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez for 5, the nerves should are jumpy.
The veteran paceman then trapped Kamran Akmal (23) however a stand of fifty three between Younus and Asad Shafiq place Pakistan not off course.
But Lee had different ideas and removed Younus (23) and Misbah in successive balls in his second spell – each with fine edges through to the keeper.
Shafique (46) and Umar Akmal steadied the ship once more before the previous nicked Johnson behind and a brainless heave from Afridi (2) once more created things uneasy for Pakistan at 142-6.
But Umar (44 not out) and Razzaq (20 not out) held their nerve to secure a morale-boosting victory with 9 overs to spare.