Pakistan end Australia record run, Bangladesh crash

NEW DELHI, March 19, 2011 (AFP) – Pakistan ended defending champions Australia’s 34-match unbeaten World Cup run on Saturday while hapless Bangladesh crashed out in a humiliating rout at the hands of South Africa. On the day that India, England and, barring a mathematical miracle, West Indies completed the quarter-final line-up, Pakistan beat Australia by four wickets in Colombo to take top spot in Group A.

Paceman Umar Gul took 3-30 to help Pakistan dismiss Australia for 176 — their lowest World Cup total since 1992 — before Umar Akmal (44 not out) and Asad Shafiq (46) helped steer Pakistan to victory in 41 overs.

Pakistan finished with 10 points and will play the fourth-placed team in Group B, while Australia (nine points) finished third behind Sri Lanka (nine points) on run-rate and will play the second-placed team from Group B.

That could mean a clash with India in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Saturday’s loss was Australia’s first in the World Cup since losing to Pakistan by 10 runs in Leeds in 1999.

But the champions, led by spearhead Brett Lee (4-28), fought hard before Abdul Razzaq (20 not out) hit two boundaries off spinner Jason Krejza to complete the victory. Brad Haddin (42), Michae