DUBAI: Pace man Mitchell Johnson bowled with fire to restrict Pakistan to 215 after half-centuries from openers Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shahzad in the second day-night international in Dubai on Friday.
Pakistan, trailing the three-match series 1-0, looked well on course for a big total after Ahmed (65) and Shahzad (61) put on a rare 126-run stand for the opening wicket but Australia hit back to take the last nine wickets for a mere 89 runs to be bowled out in 49.3 over’s.
Johnson, who took 3-24 in Australia’s 93-run win in the first one-day, put the brakes on the innings dismissing Ahmed, Umar Akmal (five) and Shahid Afridi (two) to finish with 3-40 in a fiery 10-over spell.
Pakistan, who the toss and batted, cruised to their first century stand in 44 innings as Ahmed and Shahzad batted with authority against a spin-cum pace attack.
Ahmed, promoted to open the innings in this series, reached his maiden half-century off 60 balls while Shahzad took 63 balls to his eighth. He hit five boundaries and a six off 72 balls.
Shahzad hit five boundaries in his 82-ball knock.