Seamer steals the limelight
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.