A committed Australia hit back to level the series on Friday and show they would not be swept aside by Pakistan’s crafty spin. While Shahid Afridi starred again with both disciplines, the performance of Andrew Symonds, who struck a half-century and two blows with the ball, gave Michael Clarke’s team a big boost after the allrounder’s troubles on and off the field over the past year.
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After Symonds’ innings the Australians were able to cruise to an important victory by six wickets, which moved them alongside their opponents, who were more professional in the opening match in Dubai on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi hosts the final three encounters of the tight series that is testing the progress of both sides as they peer towards the World Twenty20 in June.