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Sunday, May 23, 1999 Published at 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK

Wasim prompts Aussie downfall

Darren Lehmann loses his wicket

Pak 275-8, Aus 265 all out off 49.5 overs, Pakistan won by 10 runs

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Pakistan defeated Australia by 10 runs in a thrilling match at Headingley on Sunday.

A crucial spell from captain Wasim Akram destroyed the Australian lower order and removed the key man Michael Bevan.

He and Steve Waugh took the Aussies from the perilous position of 101 for 4 to the 200 mark.

But Akram, who bowled masterfully throughout his spell, finally produced the delivery to remove the stubborn Bevan, with the Australian flicking the ball to Azhar Mahmood.

Damien Martyn took the crease at that point, and with Waugh the pair took their score to within 37 runs of the Pakistan total before Shoaib Akhtar bowled the skipper.

Quick single

Ten runs later, Shane Warne failed to make sufficient ground on a quick single and he too returned to the pavilion, followed quickly by Paul Reiffel, whose top edge off Saqulain Mushtaq was held by Wasim.

With 14 runs required off the final over, things looked difficult for the Australians, and Wasim took full advantage of their desperate circumstances by bowling both Martyn and Glenn McGrath.

Things had looked bleak for Waugh's men from the start of their innings.

They had already endured a terrible opening over as Wasim claimed the wicket of Adam Gilchrist before the Australians could get off the mark.

[ image: Adam Gilchrist is bowled by Wasim Akram]
Adam Gilchrist is bowled by Wasim Akram
But Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting averted the potential disaster, scoring freely off Shoaib and Wasim.

In passing the half century, the pair had also managed to keep the run rate close to that which is required.

After guiding their side to 91 for the loss of just one wicket, Waugh edged Abdul Rassaq and was caught behind, and he was followed by Ponting just nine runs later, whose misguided sweep off the bowling of Saqulain Mushtaq fell into the hands of Saeed Anwar

And in the same over, Darren Lehman's dreadful attempt at another sweep resulted in a top edge which was snapped up by Moin Khan.

That left the Aussies on 101 for 4, with much depending on Bevan, one of the best one-day batsmen in the world.

And his dismissal by Wasim after he and his captain had put on more than a 100 runs effectively spelled the end of the Australian challenge, despite the drama with the tail order batsmen.

Superb effort

Earlier, Pakistan had set Australia 276 to win after a superb effort.

Half centuries from Razzaq and Inzamam-ul Haq guided their side from 46 for three to 164 before some lethal hitting by the late order batsmen took the total searing past the 250 mark.

All the Australian bowlers took some heavy punishment - the highlight being 16 off one over from McGrath.

The paceman was hit for six by Moin and Inzamam and seldom looked happy in the face of the onslaught.

Quick start

[ image: Wajahatullah Wasti: Failed to make a big impression]
Wajahatullah Wasti: Failed to make a big impression
After starting off quickly and racing to 32 at a rate of four runs an over, the recalled Reiffel tempted Anwar into a leg glance and the Pakistan opener only succeeded in flicking the ball through to Gilchrist.

Saeed's innings of 25 had been in sharp contrast to that of Wajahatullah Wasti, who had only reached nine when he was caught in the gully by Australian captain Waugh off the bowling of McGrath.

To compound Pakistan's problems, Ijaz Ahmed was trapped leg before by Damien Fleming to leave the score at 46 for three.

[ image: Damien Fleming celebrates the wicket of Ijaz Ahmed]
Damien Fleming celebrates the wicket of Ijaz Ahmed
Ijaz had failed to trouble the scorers but then came Inzamam to join Abdul, and despite the pair failing to communicate over how to run between the wickets, they produced some tremendous attacking cricket in dangerous conditions.

Captain Waugh was hit for seven runs from his first over, while Reiffel finished his spell at an average of just under five runs an over.


That period saw the match swing back into Pakistan's favour, as Australia failed to find a fifth bowler who could adequately stem the tide.

Then came the fall of Abdul's wicket, who was caught by Fleming off Shane Warne for 60 but that simply allowed Yousuf Youhana to take on the Australian attack in devastating fashion.

His 29 from 16 balls saw Pakistan cruise past 200, until he was run out by Inzamam, who refused to run on Youhana'a call.

Shortly after it was Inzamam's turn to walk back to the pavilion, a Fleming delivery hitting him on the foot and stopping him from running as Akram raced to the striker's end.

Tremendous power

[ image: Inzamam-ul Haq: A powerful and destructive innings]
Inzamam-ul Haq: A powerful and destructive innings
The hefty right hander had hit 81 runs in an innings of tremendous power if not poise.

Akram fell caught behind off Fleming shortly afterwards, his 13 runs having helped Pakistan to keep their run rate flowing.

One more run out, that of Azhar, allowed Moin to take centre stage, and he did not disappoint, hitting an unbeaten 31 which included three sixes and two fours.

The final over, bowled by McGrath, saw 12 more runs, and that could be crucial as Australia attempt a difficult chase against one of the most fearsome bowling attacks in the world.

Australia: Steve Waugh (captain), Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Darren Lehmann, Michael Bevan, Damien Martyn, Paul Reiffel, Shane Warne, Damien Fleming, Glenn McGrath
Pakistan: Wasim Akram (captain), Saeed Anwar, Abdul Razzaq, Ijaz Ahmed, Inzamam-ul Haq, Wajahatullah Wasti, Yousuf Youhana, Moin Khan, Azhar Mahmood, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (South Africa) and Peter Willey (England). Television umpire: Ray Julian (England)
Match referee: Raman Subba Row (England).

- Group B: Australia v Pakistan
23 May 99 at Headingley

Pakistan beat Australia by 10 runs Scorecard correct at 18:05 GMT 19:05 UK

Australia 265 all out (49.5overs)
Pakistan 275 for 8 (50overs) , overs completed

Australia innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
AC Gilchrist b Wasim Akram 0 3 - -
ME Waugh c Moin Khan b Abdul Razzaq 41 49 6 -
RT Ponting c Saeed Anwar b Saqlain Mushtaq 47 60 7 -
DS Lehmann c Moin Khan b Saqlain Mushtaq 5 9 1 -
SR Waugh b Shoaib Akhtar 49 65 2 1
MG Bevan c Azhar Mahmood b Wasim Akram 61 80 3 1
DR Martyn b Wasim Akram 18 25 - -
SK Warne run out 1 6 - -
PR Reiffel c Wasim Akram b Saqlain Mushtaq 1 4 - -
DW Fleming not out 4 3 - -
GD McGrath b Wasim Akram 0 2 - -
Extras 5b 12lb 14w 7nb 38
TOTAL: 49.5 overs 265

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (0 Gilchrist, 0 mins), 2-91 (91 Waugh, 71 mins), 3-100 (9 Ponting, 10 mins), 4-101 (1 Lehmann, 1 mins), 5-214 (113 Bevan, 102 mins), 6-238 (24 Waugh, 17 mins), 7-248 (10 Warne, 11 mins), 8-251 (3 Reiffel, 5 mins), 9-265 (14 Martyn, 13 mins), 10-265 (0 McGrath, 1 mins)

Bowler O M R W
Wasim Akram 9.5 1 40 4
Shoaib Akhtar 10 0 46 1
Azhar Mahmood 10 0 61 0
Saqlain Mushtaq 10 1 51 3
Abdul Razzaq 10 0 50 1
Pakistan innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
Wajahatullah Wasti c Waugh b McGrath 9 31 1 -
Saeed Anwar c Gilchrist b Reiffel 25 23 5 -
Abdul Razzaq c Fleming b Warne 60 99 3 1
Ijaz Ahmed lbw b Fleming 0 6 - -
Inzamam-ul-Haq run out 81 104 6 1
Yousuf Youhana run out 29 16 4 1
Wasim Akram c Gilchrist b Fleming 13 12 2 -
Moin Khan not out 31 12 2 3
Azhar Mahmood run out 1 1 - -
Saqlain Mushtaq not out 0 - - -
Extras 1b 6lb 15w 4nb 26
TOTAL: 8 wkts, 50 overs 275

Fall of wickets: 1-32 (32 Saeed Anwar, 31 mins), 2-44 (12 Wajahatullah Wasti, 15 mins), 3-46 (2 Ijaz Ahmed, 5 mins), 4-164 (118 Abdul Razzaq, 104 mins), 5-216 (52 Yousuf Youhana, 17 mins), 6-230 (14 Inzamam-ul-Haq, 9 mins), 7-262 (32 Wasim Akram, 12 mins), 8-265 (3 Azhar Mahmood, 1 mins) Did not bat: Shoaib Akhtar

Bowler O M R W
D W Fleming 10 3 37 2
P R Reiffel 10 1 48 1
G D McGrath 10 1 54 1
S K Warne 10 0 50 1
S R Waugh 6 0 37 0
D R Martyn 2 0 25 0
D S Lehmann 2 0 17 0

Australia won the toss and decided to field

Umpires: R E Koertzen, P Willey

A C Gilchrist (wkt) , M E Waugh , R T Ponting , D S Lehmann , S R Waugh (capt) , M G Bevan , D R Martyn , S K Warne , P R Reiffel , D W Fleming , G D McGrath ,

Saeed Anwar , Wajahatullah Wasti , Abdul Razzaq , Ijaz Ahmed , Inzamam-ul-Haq , Yousuf Youhana , Azhar Mahmood , Moin Khan , Wasim Akram , Saqlain Mushtaq , Shoaib Akhtar ,

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