Mitchell Starc's five-for restricts Pakistan to 198

Asad Shafiq top scored for Pakistan with 56 runs AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Aug 28, 2012

Australia have restricted Pakistan to a low score of 198 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Earlier, winning the toss, Pakistan had opted to bat first.

Mitchell Starc shone for Australia as he grabbed a five-for conceding just 42 runs. Batting first, Paksitan was on back foot from the start as Australia picked wickets at the regular intervals.

Pakistan, who have not beaten Australia in a one-day series since 2002, have lost 4-1 to England and 3-1 in Sri Lanka, slipping to sixth in the one-day rankings.

Australia, who slid to fourth from number one for the first time in three years after a humiliating 4-0 defeat in England last month, not only face an opponent laced with quality spinners but also with high temperatures.

Pakistan, who are playing their home series on neutral venues because of security fears in their country, was forced to host the series in the extreme hot conditions in United Arab Emirates after Sri Lanka backed out as alternate.

Brief Score: Pakistan 198 all-out in 45.1 overs (Asad Shafiq 56, Umar Akmal 52; Mitchell Starc 5 for 42) vs Australia

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