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Australia beat Pakistan by four wickets

Clarke fell three runs short of a century but Lehmann ensured victory with an unbeaten 49.
PTI | By Associated Press, Hobart
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2005 01:24 PM IST

New opening combination of Michael Clarke and Simon Katich put on 107 runs in 105 balls on Sunday to lead Australia to a four-wicket win over Pakistan in a tri-series limited-overs cricket match.

Set a revised target of 253 in 45 overs after a 40-minute rain delay, Australia reached 253/6 with Darren Lehmann on 49 not out and Brad Hogg on three.

Pakistan scored 272/7 in their 50 overs.

Katich was out for 38, but Clarke went on to post 97 from 96 balls with 12 fours and a six.

He was out — caught in the deep off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez — trying to bring up his century with a boundary over mid on.

The Australians won with 12 balls to spare after the cheap dismissals of Ricky Ponting (6), Damien Martyn (11) and Andrew Symonds for a duck.

Abdul Razzaq led Pakistan's bowlers with 2-41.


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