Seamer steals the limelight

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

COACH Waqar You­nis hailed Pak­istan’s hard­fought four-wicket win over Aus­tralia as a ma­jor achieve­ment yes­ter­day and picked out seamer Umar Gul as the star of the show. Gul took 3-30 and Ab­dul Raz­zaq claimed 2-8 as Aus­tralia were bowled out for 176 in 46.4 overs – their low­est to­tal since the 1992 World Cup – be­fore Pak­istan foiled Brett Lee’s 4-28 to chase down the tar­get with nine overs left. Satur­day’s de­feat ended Aus­tralia’s 34-match un­beaten streak at the World Cup, a run stretch­ing back to Pak­istan’s 10-run vic­tory at Leeds in 1999. ‘‘ Def­i­nitely it’s an achieve­ment,’’ said Waqar, whose team fin­ished top of Group A with 10 points from six matches and will face the fourth-placed team in Group B in Dhaka in the first quar­ter-fi­nal on Wed­nes­day. Aus­tralia ended up third and are likely to play In­dia on Thurs­day.

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