Partnerships and fielding of right team helped Pakistan come back into the contention, leaving the UAE series fate on the final match to be played in Sharjah Cricket ground on September 3.

If Pakistan play like today's game then there is a possibility that they will clinch the series easily. The Australian post a fighting total of 248 runs on the board while at once stage it was evident that they might score 270 plus runs but Junaid Khan late burst in final overs restricted them to 248 as he grabbed two quick wickets in his last spell and compelled Australians to score 248.

At the start of Pakistan innings it felt that the hosts will face tough resistance from the Australians while chasing the victory target. But sensible batting and partnerships made it possible for Pakistan to achieve the total. Pakistani openers Hafeez and Nasir collected 67 runs for the opening stand.

Nasir Jamshed and Azhar Ali added valuable 100 runs for the second wickets stand that made Pakistan work much easier. Nasir Jamshed became the highest scorer from Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi by scoring 97 runs. He was a bit unlucky to complete his century due to hamstring injury and caught at mid-off while trying to hit a boundary to complete his century.

Azhar Ali also scored steady half-century but he needs improvement in his batting to adjust himself in the one-day format of game. On the other hand, Kamran Akmal again failed to perform behind the wicket and floored few easy chances while Pakistani fielders missed as many as seven run-out chances on direct throws.

Michael Hussey played brilliantly to help visitors post 248 runs for the loss of 9 wickets but his efforts fail to avert the defeat. Clarke and Bailey also played their roles and made some good contributions for their team. Davis Hussey also failed and went for duck of Saeed Ajmal.

Pakistan needs to improve its fielding department if its goes with these kinds of fielding skills they will fail to compete in the World Twenty20 Cup and should be out of contention in the earlier stages of the mega event.

Pakistan made few changes in the squad for the second one-day internationals and that paid for Pakistan. Junaid Khan was included in place of Aizaz Cheema and the left arm pacer did his job brilliantly and bowled heart out to claim three wickets in his first appearance in the ODI series and impressed the crowd with his bowling abilities and proved his credentials.

Saeed Ajmal was picked of the bowlers for his figure of 4/32 but Abdul Rehman failed to grab any wicket and gave over 50 runs in his 10 overs spell. Sohail Tanvir went wicket-less though he bowled well but failed to impress the crowd with his bowling abilities.

Due factor also played its role during the Pakistan innings as Australian failed to grip the ball. Due factor also played vital role in team's victory as Australian failed to bowl according to their wish while severe heat around 50 degree at night also disturbed players of both the teams. A nearly packed crowd witness the match in the severe heat and boosted their heroes morale that was early looked difficult.

Pakistan should go in the series decider with the same team to continue their winning momentum to win the rubber. Team management and tour committee should now think about the next match to be played on Monday at the Sharjah Stadium