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Razzaq lifts Pak to narrow victory

Abdul Razzaq hammered an unbeaten 61-ball 89 and Naved-ul-Hasan produced a last-gasp three-wicket burst as Pakistan edged home by 13 runs.
PTI | By Reuters, Melbourne
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2005 08:25 PM IST

Abdul Razzaq hammered an unbeaten 89 from 61 balls and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan produced a last-gasp three-wicket burst as Pakistan edged home by 13 runs in a limited-overs match against Australia A on Wednesday.

The unlikely win, sealed with eight balls to spare, came after the touring side were whitewashed 3-0 by Australia in their Test series. They face the world champions and West Indies in a triangular one-day series starting later this week.

Pakistan fought back twice to steal the win. They had slumped to 117 for five in the 30th over when Razzaq arrived to hoist his side to 279 for eight at Adelaide Oval.

He then took two for 45 in Australia A's 266 all out but it was Naved-ul-Hasan who proved the key as he took three for 42.

Reverse-swinging the old ball, he ripped through the tail as Australia A lost their last six wickets for 12 runs.

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