Colombo, March 19: Some accurate bowling and sharp fielding from the Pakistanis restricted Australia to 176 all out in 46.4 overs . The Aussie batting was looking lacklustre to say the least and the team just a shadow of their former selves as they slumped from 92/3 to 147/7 and then didn't quite recover. Pakistan seamers Umar Gul took three wickets, Abdul Razzaq, a couple, while the spinners pitched in with a scalp a piece. Aussie opener Brad Haddin was the only batsman to play a knock of some note with 42 (scorecard).
The Australian innings got off to a circumspect and unsteady start with Umar Gul bowling Shane Watson in the 5th over. The opener was on his way for 9off 16 balls and Australia were 12/1.
Brad Haddin counter-attacked by smashing Abdur Rehman for a six and then stuck a few fours as Australia moved past 50 in the 12th over. Then Ricky Ponting tried to hit his way out of poor form, by carting Wahab Riaz to the boundary twice in the 14th over.
But Ponting's less-than-impressive run with tha bat continued as he was caught behind off Mohammad Hafeez for 19 off 33 balls, leaving Australia ta 75/2 in 18.4 overs. Brad Haddin was the next to depart when he was caught behind off Riaz for 42 off 80 balls. Australia were tottering at 89/2 in 23 overs, when Cameron White walked to the crease.
White took a single off Riaz to bring up Australia's 100 in the 26th over. Then following a moment of madness, White was run out for 8 and the batting side had slipped to 117/4 in 30.1 overs. Clarke was the next to make his way back to the pavilion, getting bowled by Abdul Razzaq for 34 off 48 as the Aussies had slipped further into trouble at 134/5.
The slide continued to play out with Abdur Rehman getting Hussey caught at mid-wicket and then in the next over, Razzaq had Mitchell Johnson caught behind for aduck. Australia had slumped to 147/7 in 38.4 overs and looking in dire straits.
Steven Smith and Jason Krejza tried to stem the rot by putting on 22 runs together, but then Gul bowled the latter batsman and Australia were 169/8 in 44.3 overs. Then leg-spinning captain Shahid Afridi cleaned up Steven Smith for a fighting 25 before Gul polished off the tail by getting Brett Lee caught. Australia were all out for 176.