Pakistan thumped Australia by seven wickets to level the three-match series at 1-1, leaving the prospect of an intriguing third match in Sharjah tomorrow. Australia won the first match by four wickets in Sharjah.¬†Clarke said that electing to bat first after winning the toss had backfired. “It was the wrong decision after winning the toss to bat first.”

Michael Clarke on Friday. Pic/AFP

Sparked by a 61 from Michael Hussey, Australia posted a score of 248-9 in with Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal taking 4-32. Opener Nasir Jamshed smashed a 98-ball 97 to put Pakistan on track before Azhar Ali (59 not out) and Misbah-ul Haq (39 not out) helped Pakistan chase down the target with 6.2 overs to spare. “Full credit to Pakistan. I thought they played really well, they bowled really well, then they came out and batted well, so I don’t want to take anything away from Pakistan, they outplayed us,” said Clarke.

Misbah agreed it was a good toss to lose. “It was a good toss to lose. Both the teams were not sure about what was going to happen because there wasn’t so much dew on Thursday night. But dew was a major factor on Friday,” Misbah said.