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Starc bowls Australia to victory against WI

A maiden century from George Bailey and another inspired bowling performance from the emerging Mitchell Starc helped Australia beat the West Indies by 54 runs in the second one-day international at WACA Ground on Sunday. Set 267 to win after Bailey’s unbeaten 125 rescued the Australian innings, the West Indies were cruising at 159 for three in the run chase, before the return of Starc to the attack turned the match again as the tourists were bowled out 212 in the 39th over.

Starc (5-32) had claimed the first three wickets in the West Indian innings, all lbw, to have them reeling at 33 for three, but when he came back into the attack Australians were struggling, with opener Kieran Powell and Dwayne Bravo putting on a century partnership for the fourth wicket. However, the left-armer struck two more telling blows to halt Windies.


BATTLING PAK HOLD UP SOUTH AFRICA VICTORY BID


Pakistan batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq held up South Africa’s push for victory with a defiant fifth wicket partnership on the third day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Pakistan were 183 for four at the close after being set to make an improbable 480 to win. The match seemed headed for an early finish when the first four wickets fell for 82 runs, but Pakistan captain Misbah (44 not out) and the stocky Shafiq (53 not out) defended grimly for more than three hours, adding an unbeaten 101.

SA remained in a strong position to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series,  with a second new ball due after five overs on Monday and only wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed of the remaining batsmen likely to offer sustained resistance to the South African fast bowlers.
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