Australia set 268-run target for Pakistan in 2nd ODI
SYDNEY: Australia set a moderate target of 268 runs for Pakistan in the second One-day International here at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
After put into batting by Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf, Australia made 267 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 250 overs.
Openers Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh provided their team a solid start of exact 100 runs in 19.5 overs before Pakistani spinners stopped the Australian batting firwork and got three more wickets for 66 runs.
Watson hammered 69 from 71 balls with nine fours and a six while Marsh made 41 off 60 balls and both were dismissed by leg-spinner Shahid Afridi.
Captain Ponting could make 13 and his deputy Michael Clarke 25 before Cameron White and Michael Hussey added 55 runs for the fifth wicket stand.
Hussey departed for 29 when Australia reached 221 but White, who hit a century to help Australia win the first match of the series, again displayed fine stroke-play and made 55 off 58 balls with four boundaries and a six.
For Pakistan, fast bowler Mohammad Aamer captured three wickets for 53 and Afridi claimed two for 35 while Umar Gul took one wicket.
Australia retained the same eleven that took a 1-0 lead in Brisbane whereas Pakistan made one change as seamer Umar Gul replaced Mohammad Asif, who could not play due to hand injury.