JPN: Prudent batting display from right handers Yunus Khan and Umar Akmal sealed Pakistan's victory by four wickets against the defending champions Australia and ended their unbeateable record in the World Cup after 34 games.


Brett Lee produced a fiery bowling spell and troubled Pak batsmen with pace and his athleticism on field.

After the loss of two early wickets Pakistan were in danger of breaking apart but Younus Khan, who is a seasoned campaigner knew how to guide the team out of such jittery situations and did just that frustrating Aussies to the core.

Chasing a mediocre Australian total, Pakistan started off in a splendid fashion, Lee made life uneasy for Pak. He picked up opener Hafeez with a superb catch off his own bowling and looked like taking wicket every ball.

Pak crack Australia down to 176

Ricky ponting would be ruing his decision to bat first as Pakistan bowlers put up a clinical performance and skittle the Australians out for a modest 176. Umar Gul, with three wickets, was the stand out bowler for Pak.

Afridi's men seemed on fire, as they rocked Australian innings and Australian middle order fell apart quickly.

It was all happening in Colombo, Ponting adjudged out by the third umpire after Pakistan reviewed the decision, meanwhile Brad Haddin was involved in a ruffle with Pak skipper Shahid Afridi.

Ponting and wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin were building a good platform for the team after the early loss of Shane Watson.

Umar Gul initailly struggled with fitness on the field but the bowler struck for Pakistan early as he went through the defences of Aussie opener Shane Watson.

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and chose to bat first against Pakistan in a group A match at RPS, Colombo.

Australia team

BJ Haddin†, SR Watson, RT Ponting*, MJ Clarke, CL White, MEK Hussey, SPD Smith, MG Johnson, B Lee, JJ Krejza, SW Tait

Pakistan team

Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal†, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi*, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz