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1st ODI: Aus beat Pak by 4 wickets

Associated Press
Aug 30, 2012 at 12:11am IST

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Sharjah: Captain Michael Clarke and George Bailey hit half-centuries after fast bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets to lead Australia to a four-wicket win against Pakistan in the first of three one-day internationals.

Starc claimed 42 for 5 and was helped by James Pattinson's 19 for 3 as Australia bowled out Pakistan for 198 in the 46th over at Sharjah Stadium.

Spin then gave Pakistan a chance. Mohammad Hafeez bowled David Warner, Shahid Afridi dismissed Matthew Wade and Saeed Ajmal removed the Hussey brothers to leave Australia on 67 for 4.

1st ODI: Australia beat Pakistan by 4 wickets

Captain Michael Clarke and George Bailey hit half-centuries to lead Australia to a four-wicket win against Pakistan in the first ODI.

Clarke, the team's best batsman against spin, struck 66 off 96 balls in a 54-run stand with Bailey, who made 57.

Bailey and newcomer Glenn Maxwell put on a 58-run partnership to take Australia within sight of victory.

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