Australia’s poor one-day form continued as they lost to Pakistan by 4 wickets with a whopping 35 balls remaining. Chief amongst their tormentors was Shahid Afridi, who took 6-38 from his ten overs, his best ever bowling performance in an ODI.
In fact, eight of Australia’s wickets fell to spinners as they crumbled to 168 all out. James Hopes made 48, but ran out of partners and ended as the lone player not to be dismissed (and as the only player other than the top 3 to make it into double figures).
The sides play again on Friday, when Pakistan will be hoping to continue their good form and Australia will be hoping to arrest their seeming decline. The likes of Andrew Symonds, playing in this tournament in the hope of gaining an Ashes place, will nio doubt be desperate to get back out onto the field.