Australia, riding on their 34 matches- unbeaten streak in World Cups, were looking to win this match against Pakistan too. Highly confident, Ricky Ponting chose to bat after winning the toss. But they didn’t have a great start with Umar Gul removing Shane Watson. Then came along a fantastic 63-runs partnership between Ponting and Brad Haddin, before Ponting was dismissed by Mohammed Hafeez. After Ponting’s departure, the Aussies started losing wickets quickly, winding up for a paltry 176. Gul was the star bowler as he picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 3.91.
When Australians came out to bowl, Brett Lee, with full vigor, removed Hafeez and Akmal. Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan then stitched a 52 run partnership before Younis Khan fell to Lee. Lee then removed Misbah-ul-Haq leaving Pakistan wobbling at 98 for 4. But then a cameo from Umar Akmal ensured that Pakistan safely reached the target with 4 wickets in hand and thus ended the winning streak of the Australians in the World Cup which continued from 1999 when Steve Waugh’s men won the World Cup.
Australia 176 all out (Haddin 42, Clarke 34, Gul 3-30) lose to Pakistan 178/6, 41 overs (Asad Shafid 46, Umar Akmal 44, Lee 4-28) by 4 wickets.