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Pakistan end long winless streak against Australia

AFP , BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, right, celebrates with Shoaib Malik after the dismissal of Australia’s David Warner during their Twenty20 match on Monday in Birmingham, England.

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Pakistan beat Australia for the first time in 13 matches across all formats as they won the first Twenty20 international by 23 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, on Monday.

They were indebted to Umar Akmal’s career-best 64 that helped Pakistan to a total of 167 for eight after they’d been 47 for four.

Australia, chasing 168 to win, were bowled out for 144 with off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (three for 26) and paceman Mohammad Aamer doing the bulk of the damage.

Australia were 85 for four when Michael Hussey came to the crease.

They’d been 62 for four, chasing 192 when the left-hander’s unbeaten 60 off 24 balls saw Australia to a thrilling three-wicket win over Pakistan in the World Twenty20 semi-final in St Lucia in May — the last time the teams met.

However, Umar Gul captured the prize wicket of Hussey with a superb delivery and then bowled Tim Paine to leave Australia needing 31 off 12 balls.

Ajmal finished the match by having both Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait stumped by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

Australia lost opener Shane Watson for a second ball nought when he was leg before wicket to a brilliant inswinger from Aamer.

However, the second over, from Shoaib Akhtar, went for 20 as David Warner struck fours off the first five balls.

Clarke fell for five when he was caught by Shahid Afridi at short extra-cover off Abdul Razzaq.

Australia were four down when Warner, who made 41 off just 30 balls, was bowled by Ajmal.

Afridi then held his second excellent catch, to dismiss Cameron White off Aamer, and Pakistan were right back in the match with Australia 109 for five.

Earlier Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik (21) revived the Pakistan innings with a stand of 51 after they had slumped to 47 for four in the eighth over.

Umar hoisted Mitchell Johnson for six and pulled him for four off successive balls to go to 50 before he was bowled by Tait.

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