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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi-
rates---Glenn Maxwell bowled a
maiden last over to earn one-
run victory in the third and final
one-day international against
Pakistan and ensure Australia
stayed on top of world ranking
with a 3-0 whitewash in the
SCORE: Australia 231-9 (Steven
Smith 77, David Warner 56; Sohail
Tavir 3-40, Shahid Afridi 2-44)
def. Pakistan 230 (Asad Shafiq
50, Sohaib Maqsood 34; Kane
Richardson 2-36, Glenn Maxwell
2-41) by 1 run.
Pakistan needed just two runs
off the last six balls, but Maxwell
(2-41) clean bowled Sohail Tanvir
off the second delivery and then
tall Mohammad Irfan missed the
next three deliveries before giving
up an easy catch off the last ball.
Tanvir and Zulfiqar Babar had
brought Pakistan within sight of
victory with a 22-run ninth wick-
et stand before Maxwell s bril-
liance saw them dismissed for
230 after Australia was restricted
But Australia should have sep-
arated the pair and made it 208-
9 when Faulkner dislodged the
bails at the non-striker s end with
Babar inches short of the crease,
but surprisingly none of the Aus-
Pakistan s regular captain Mis-
bah-ul-Haq opted to sit out from
the dead rubber match in one of
the four changes made by Pak-
istan and stand-in captain Shahid
Afridi did well to restrict Australia
after losing the toss.
However, the brittle batting
lineup continued to struggle
against Australia s pace and spin
and even the two replacements
Sohaib Maqsood (34) and Umar
Amin (19) couldn t bat around
top scorer Asad Shafiq (50).
Sarfraz Ahmed (32) and Ahmed
Shehzad (26) had provided a good
start of 56 in 11 overs before left-
arm spinner Xavier Doherty
struck with his first ball when he
clean bowled Shehzad.
Ahmed was run out while
going for a needless second run
and Fawad Alam fell to a brilliant
anticipation by Steven Smith,
who changed his position from
first slip to leg slip in time and
caught the left-hander without
Shafiq and Maqsood then
cruised Pakistan to 154-3 by put-
ting on 74 runs for the fourth
wicket stand before both departed
within four runs and Afridi fell
in his usual reckless fashion by
giving a skier to Smith at mid on.
Earlier, Australia s total revolved
around Smith (77 off 105 balls)
and David Warner (56 off 63 balls)
half centuries before Pakistan hit
back through Tanvir s 3-40 and
Afridi s 2-44. Left-arm fast
bowler Tanvir, playing his first
match of the series, restricted
Australia s batsmen and also got
the prized wicket of Smith to fin-
ish with 3-40 off 10 overs. (AP)
SHANGHAI---Shanghai Masters win-
ner Roger Federer was so rusty in his
first match back this week after a
month-long break that he was close to
packing his bags and heading home.
The Swiss star had racked up 57
unforced errors against Leonardo Mayer
in the second round and fought off five
match points before finally pulling
through well after midnight.
Four days after his narrow escape,
however, he captured his fourth title of
the year with a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) win over
France s Gilles Simon in yesterday s final.
"I got very, very lucky," Federer said.
"I know what a privilege it is to be here
It s been a banner year for Federer
despite the fact he s fallen just short at
the majors, including a heart-breaking
loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon
final. Federer leads the tour this season
in match wins (61), top-10 wins (13) and
final appearances (nine). And on Monday,
he will leap past Rafael Nadal to No. 2
in the rankings for the first time in more
than a year.
Though Djokovic is still far ahead in
No. 1, Federer also got his third win of
the year against the Serb in the semifinals.
He put on such a dominant display that
Djokovic said in an unusually brief post-
match news conference that it was the
best Federer has ever played against him.
A year ago, it was a different story.
Bothered by back problems, he fell to a
number of lower-ranked players and
only won one title. (AP)
Federer wins 4th title of
year at Shanghai Masters
Maxwell snatches one-run victory for Australia
Australian batsman David Warner bats during the against Pakistan. AP PHOTO
Thunder star Kevin
Durant has foot fracture
OKLAHOMA CITY---Kevin Durant
has a fractured foot and the NBA s
MVP seems likely to be sidelined
for at least the start of the season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder yes-
terday said Durant informed the team
of "discomfort" in his right foot after
practice a day earlier. He underwent
tests and the team said in a state-
ment he was diagnosed with a
"Jones" fracture---a broken bone at
the base of the small toe. It s unclear
how the injury happened.
The Thunder said traditional
treatment requires surgery, and
recent NBA cases have resulted in
a return to play in six to eight weeks.
The Thunder open their season
Oct. 29 at Portland. A six-week
absence could have Durant back for
the start of December, which would
allow him to play about 65 games.
Durant won the scoring title last
season, collected his first MVP award
and led the Thunder to the Western
Conference finals. He skipped play-
ing for the US national team in this
summer s Basketball World Cup so
he could get additional rest. He
played in two preseason games
before complaining of pain.
The Thunder were forced to play
for nearly two months last season
without their other All-Star, Russell
Westbrook, because of a knee injury,
but remained among the West s best
because of Durant s brilliance.
He averaged 32 points, 7.4 points
and 5.5 assists and was an over-
whelming winner of MVP honors,
ending LeBron James bid for a third
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