Watson stars in Aussie victory

Watson stars in Aussie victory

Watson stars in Aussie victory

Opting to bat, Australia posted a decent 191, though the score could have been bigger had they not suffered a dramatic collapse right at the end.
Shane Watson (81) and David Hussey (53) were the architects of the huge Australian total as the duo put on an aggressive 98-run partnership for the third wicket.

However, Mohammad Aamer sent down a five-wicket maiden -- including two run-outs -- in the 20th over to trigger a sensational collapse.

Australia defended the total comfortably as they bundled out Pakistan for 157 at the Beausejour stadium.

Pakistan had beaten Bangladesh on Sunday and will hope Australia down Bangladesh in the last league match of the group, which will ensure their progress to next stage.
Pakistan made a shaky start to their chase, thanks to disciplined bowling by the Australian pace trio of Dirk Nannes (3/41), Shaun Tait (3/20) and Mitchell Johnson (2/21).

All three pacemen contributed in removing the rival top- order, leaving Pakistan to do a catch-up job all the time.

By the fifth over, Pakistan had lost Kamran Akmal (0), Salman Butt (15) and Mohammed Hafeez (12) as they found the going tough against a fiery pace attack. Earlier, Watson and Hussey smashed blistering fifties before the dramatic collapse. Young paceman Aamer bowled an unbelievable last over which saw five Australian wickets going down without adding a run to the scoreboard.

The sensational over gave Pakistan something to cheer as before that, they were treated with utter disdain by the Australian top-order batsmen. Aamer got the wickets of Brad Haddin, Johnson and Tait off the first, second and last balls of the final over respectively, while two batsmen ran themselves out.
Australia began well, riding on a fiery start by their openers, and went on to consolidate their innings splendidly. David Warner (26) and Watson put on a quick-fire 51 inside six overs to lay the foundation for a big score. Mohammed Sami broke the partnership in his first over by scalping Warner.