Abu Dhabi: Opener Nasir Jamshed hit an aggressive 97 to guide Pakistan to a seven-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day, levelling the three-match series at 1-1 here.
The 22-year-old left-hander took the attack to the Australian bowlers during his 98-ball innings, hitting 11 boundaries and two well-timed sixes to help his team successfully chase a challenging 249-run target in the 43.4 overs at Abu Dhabi Stadium on Friday.
Australia owed their recovery to another left-hander, Michael Hussey (61) to post a challenging total despite an impressive performance by Pakistan’s ace spinner Saeed Ajmal (four for 32).
Australia had won the first match by four wickets in Sharjah on Tuesday. The third and final match will be played in Sharjah on Monday.
Pakistan’s batting, which folded in the first one-day for 198, showed a remarkable improvement as Jamshed and Mohammed Hafeez (23) raced to 66 by the 12th over to set their team on course for a win.