Minister, PSB officials congratulate Pak team on win over Australia

March 20th, 2011 - 12:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Mar. 20 (ANI): Pakistan’s Sports Minister Shaukat Ullah, the Director General of the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, and the PSB Secretary, Aziz Bilour, have congratulated the Pakistan cricket team for beating defending champion Australia comprehensively in the 2011 World Cup.

In their separate messages, they said Pakistan has shown the world that the team is capable of beating any side when in form.

Shaukat Ullah hoped the team would continue its winning streak and win the World Cup for the nation which is praying day and night for the success of its team, reports The Nation.

Pakistan were the last team to overcome Australia at a World Cup and it was they who on Saturday brought Ricky Ponting’s 34-match unbeaten run in the tournament to an end with a four-wicket victory in Colombo to secure top spot in Group A.

The reigning World Cup champions were bundled out for 176 on a difficult surface, their lowest total in a World Cup since 1992, and despite a mighty effort from Brett Lee Pakistan were guided home by Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq.

Australia was desperate not to relinquish a proud record dating back to May 23, 1999.

After their batting subsided with 20 balls unused, Australia’s only chance was to bowl Pakistan out, but in the event it required Lee himself to do most of the damage. He removed both openers in a fiery new-ball burst before returning to claim Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq with consecutive deliveries in 23rd over, leaving Pakistan wobbling on 98 for 4.

But thereafter, Umar Akmal and Razzaq saw their team home for the loss of a further two wickets.The scoring patterns of the two teams were distinctly different in this match: Australia took 89 singles, 13 twos, and struck ten fours; Pakistan took 59 singles, eight twos, but struck 21 fours, more than twice the number that Australia managed.

Brett Lee’s figures of 4 for 28 are his best against Pakistan. In 21 ODIs against them, he has taken 38 wickets at 23.18. (ANI)

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