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Bevan stars in Australia's 260

Published: Saturday, January 22, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Australia maintained an impressive run rate and finished at 260 for nine in 50 overs against Pakistan in the three-nation ODI Series on Sunday in Melbourne. In fact it could have been a bigger total on this fine batting wicket but for some effective performance by the Pakistan attack.

Australia was on 188 for 3 in 35.1 overs. At that stage, the home team's chances of posting a total in the vicinity of 300 appeared bright. But the Australian batsmen in their effort to accelerate the run-rate lost six more wickets --two of them in the last over from Saqlain Mushtaq. So only 72 runs came in the last 15 overs.

Australia owes a lot to Rickey Ponting (53 in 64 balls), Michael Bevan (83in 101) and Andrew Symonds (35 in 26). Pointing who had scored three successive 'ducks' in this series touched his wonted form at the right moment. He and Bevan added 66 runs in 13 overs for the third wicket. Then Bevan and Symonds another 66 runs for the fourth wicket in 11.2 overs.

The real value of those two associations would be known only in the final analysis. For, but for those quick runs Australia would not have reached a challenging total after having won the toss. Pakistan wicket-keeper Moin Khan got his 200th victim behind the wicket when he took the snick from Symonds bat off Shoaib Akhtar. After that he snatched another catch, this time to dismiss Bevan off Afridi. Later in the 50th over, bowled by Saqlain, he effected two stumpings to finish his morning work on a grand note.

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