Starc inspires Australia

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Mitchell Starc's five for 42 put Australia in charge at Sharjah
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Mitchell Starc's five for 42 put Australia in charge at Sharjah

Mitchell Starc claimed five wickets as Australia took control of the first one-day international against Pakistan at Sharjah.

In the first game of a three-match series Australia restricted Pakistan to a disappointing 198 all out, Starc claiming five for 42 and James Pattinson also bowling well to return an impressive three for 19 off 9.1 overs.

Pakistan struggled throughout the innings, with Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal hitting half-centuries but Nasir Jamshed and captain Misbah-ul-Haq the only other batsmen reaching double figures.

Pakistan's struggles began when they lost opener Mohammad Hafeez and then Azhar Ali in quick succession with just 28 runs on the scoreboard.

Hafeez went with the total on 20, having scored four, when he was caught by David Hussey off the bowling of Pattinson. The same bowler struck again when he removed Azhar for five, with this time Mitchell Johnson taking the catch.

When Jamshed became the third wicket to fall Pakistan were plunged further into trouble with the total on 40, caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade off Starc.

Shafiq and Misbah, who had decided to bat after winning the toss, showed some resistence as they put on 59 runs for the fourth wicket. Misbah went for 26, bowled by Dan Christian, but again Pakistan showed some fight.

Shafiq and Umar Akmal had taken the total to 160 when the former was bowled to become Starc's second victim. But Starc combined with Michael Clarke twice to strike two decisive further blows.

First Kamran Akmal went for four and when Shahid Afridi fell to the same combination for a duck Pakistan were in real trouble at 175 for seven with just over 10 overs remaining. Umar Akmal had become the second Pakistan batsman to reach his half-century before he fell to Starc for 52, with George Bailey taking the catch.

His dismissal took Pakistan's last real hope of setting a challenging target and they were unable to get past 200 with almost five overs remaining.

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