Australia have taken a one-nil lead in their one-day international series against Pakistan, but their batsmen are still baffled by the wizardry of Pakistan's spinners.
Skipper Michael Clarke (66) and George Bailey (57 not out), along with a run-a-ball 38 from second-gamer Glenn Maxwell, helped steer Australia to a total of 6-199 with 10 balls to spare.
Pakistan had won the toss but were skittled for 198 all out in 45.1 overs.
Bailey admits Saeed Ajmal (3-30), Shahid Afridi (1-37) and ODI cricket's top-ranked bowler Mohammad Hafeez (2-29) are keeping Australia's batsmen guessing.
David Warner and Matthew Wade fell cheaply while attempting to slog the spinners.
"With opening the batting there's responsibility," Bailey said on Wednesday morning.
"We want Matty Wade and Davey Warner to be scoring hundreds for us.
"But we also know that their ball-striking can get us off to a flyer too. So there's a balance to be found there."
Bailey, who hit only one four and one six in his 88-ball stay, said reaching the fence was tough on a slow-paced pitch and a slow outfield in steamy Sharjah.
"We knew if we batted the 50 overs we were going to get the runs. It was just a matter of sticking it out," he said.
Australia's win was set up by some brilliant pace bowling from James Pattinson (3-19) and Mitchell Starc (5-42), who claimed his second man-of-the-match award in less than a week after taking four wickets last weekend against Afghanistan.
In contrast, Pakistan are using spin as their main weapon.
"They know that Asians are not so good against the pace and we know that they are not so good against the spin, so that's how the cricket is played," Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq said.
Offspinner Ajmal dismissed David Hussey and Mike Hussey for a total of eight runs and also trapped Maxwell lbw.
"Their strength is their spinners and we've probably got some deficiencies against spin," Bailey said.
"So it's a real working point for us.
"That's one of the real focuses we'll have going into Abu Dhabi (For Friday's second game) is how we play him and probably how we milk him a little better.
"Towards the back end after he'd taken his wickets, the key was probably just to see him out.
"If we scored runs off him that was great. If we didn't then that's okay, we'll just try to target the other bowlers.
"It's nice to have faced Ajmal a little more I guess so you get a better feel of how to play him."
All three matches have been scheduled to start at 6pm and finish at 1.45am to avoid the 40-degree afternoon temperatures.
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