Captain Michael Clarke and George Bailey hit half-centuries to lead Australia to a four-wicket win against Pakistan in the first ODI.
Sharjah: Captain Michael Clarke and George Bailey hit half-centuries after fast bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets to lead Australia to a four-wicket win against Pakistan in the first of three one-day internationals.
Starc claimed 42 for 5 and was helped by James Pattinson's 19 for 3 as Australia bowled out Pakistan for 198 in the 46th over at Sharjah Stadium.
Spin then gave Pakistan a chance. Mohammad Hafeez bowled David Warner, Shahid Afridi dismissed Matthew Wade and Saeed Ajmal removed the Hussey brothers to leave Australia on 67 for 4.
Clarke, the team's best batsman against spin, struck 66 off 96 balls in a 54-run stand with Bailey, who made 57.
Bailey and newcomer Glenn Maxwell put on a 58-run partnership to take Australia within sight of victory.