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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 December, 2004, 04:36 GMT
Australia seal Melbourne victory
Second Test, Melbourne, day four: Australia 379 & 127-1 beat Pakistan 341 & 163 by nine wickets

Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden
Ponting and Hayden's partnership guided Australia home
Matthew Hayden and captain Ricky Ponting scored unbeaten half-centuries against Pakistan to guide Australia to a record fifth series win of 2004.

The pair's second-wicket stand of 116 steered Australia to a nine wicket win in the second Test and a 2-0 lead.

Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne combined to take seven wickets in Pakistan's second innings of 163, which left the home side chasing a modest 126 to win.

Australia lost Justin Langer early on, but Hayden and Ponting led them home.

Pakistan resumed their second innings on 85-5 with an overall lead of 47 runs, needing some sterling work from their lower order to get back into the match.

But Mohammad Sami (11) fell lbw to Jason Gillespie and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal failed to settle as he was out for a duck to leave the visitors on 101-7.

Then all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who had retired hurt with split webbing in his hand, returned after Akmal's dismissal and scored a courageous 41 with four fours and two sixes.

It's another great series win... this side keeps breaking records
Ricky Ponting

Malik's knock came to an end when he misjudged a delivery from Warne (3-66) and was caught at mid-on, lifting the world's leading wicket-taker to a total of 561 victims.

In the following over McGrath (4-35) was finally introduced into the attack and the paceman struck with his second ball, removing Abdul Razzaq for 19.

Razzaq also played a brave innings after he had been taken to hospital on Tuesday complaining of dizziness and nausea.

Shoaib Akhtar hit Warne for two sixes but was caught behind off McGrath's bowling in the next over as the innings closed 22 minutes before the lunch break.

Australia lost Langer for five in the second over, caught behind off the bowling of Sami.

But Hayden (56 not out) and Ponting (62 not out) wasted little time in reaching the victory target.

Ponting clubbed leg-spinner Danish Kaneria over long-on for six to hit the winning runs in the 28th over.

Australia: J L Langer, M L Hayden, R T Ponting (capt), D R Martyn D S Lehmann, M J Clarke, A C Gilchrist (wkt), S K Warne J N Gillespie, M S Kasprowicz, G D McGrath.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Younis Khan Yousuf Youhana (Capt), Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq Kamran Akmal (Wkt), Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Danish Kaneria.

Umpires: R E Koertzen and J W Lloyds

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