Australia vs Pakistan
Australia win by two runs
Phew, that was tight. In the end its more disappointment for Pakistan. The visitors haven't won a match on their entire tour Down Under. Pakistan did really well to restrict Australia to 127, putting in a great shift in the field. They looked good for periods with the bat, with the impetuous see-sawing from one team to the other. The Akmal brothers looked to have sealed the win but in the end fell just short. Shaun Tait was brilliant with ball for Australia, bowling with incredible accuracy and direction to match it. For Pakistan it's a long trip back home while Australia continue their international campaign with a five-match ODI series against the West Indies, starting n Sunday. Do join us then. Cheers.
Over 20 Watson W-1-1-0-1lb-4
125-9 - It's Shane Watson to bowl the final over. WICKET! Akmal goes for the big heave over long on that's been so successful, but he can't quite get hold of it and it's straight to Warner in the deep. Ajmal swings down to long on for a single. It's a short ball and Asif angles it wide of backward point for a single. A big swing and a miss from Ajmal. Going on the hook and Ajmal is hit on the shoulder, the ball runs down to third man and they pick up a leg bye. Six needed of the final ball to tie the game. Four runs but it's not enough! So close yet so far for Pakistan!
Over 19 Nannes 0-0-0-2-0-W
118-8 - Dirk Nannes returns to the attack. He starts with a good short ball. Another good short ball, the square leg umpire decides it wasn't over shoulder height though. Gul moves towards off and looks to hook into the leg side but he can't make contact. Just short! Gul slices the ball into the third man region, Tait comes in looking to take the catch but the ball drops short and they pick up two. A big swing and a miss from Gul. WICKET! Poor stuff from GUl as he moves way, way outside off, looking to help it round the corner, he gives Nannes a look at all three stumps and the bowler hits the target. Ten required with two wickets in hand.
Over 18 Smith 1-W-6-1-1-1
116-7 - Smith to continue. Tossed up and Umar prods it down the ground for a single.WICKET! Rana comes down the ground and has a massive heave, he misses it by a mile though and Haddin does the rest! Umar Gul goes after him first up, effortlessly heaving the ball over the long on fence for six! Knocked into the covers off the back foot and Gul picks up a single. Flicked in the leg side by Akmal but he only manages a single. Nudged to mid off for one more. Pakistan require a run a ball in the final two overs with three wickets still in the bag.
Over 17 Johnson 0-0-0-0-0-0
106-6 - Rana is cracked on the breast bone by a Johnson short ball; he's worn that awfully well, barely flinching. Good stuff from Johnson, not allowing Rana to get off strike. A maiden in the final flings of a twenty20 clash, amazing stuff.
Over 16 Smith 2-1-W-0-1-2
106-6 - An interesting move as Smith returns. Umar sweeps the ball out to midwicket and picks up two. One more to the total, driven down to long off. WICKET! Smith picks up his first wicket in international cricket! Draws the batsman forward and shapes away from him Fawad pushes at it and edges it to White at slip. Rana gets back and nudges the ball into the covers for a single. Flicked behind square and really well placed, allowing Umar to come back for the second.
Over 15 Tait W-0-0-0-1-1
100-5 - WICKET! Clarke turns to Tait and again the quick does the job for him, picking up the key scalp of Kamran. Johnson isn't made to pay for his job in the previous over as Kamran lofts the ball to Hussey at mid on, not quite getting enough elevation on it. A great knock from the 'keeper. Fawad Alam is the new man and he struggles to get Tait away initially, no need to panic though. He picks up a single, working the ball to third man. Umar angles a yorker wide of off stump down to third man for a single. That's the end of Tait's spell, a great exhibition of fast bowling.
Over 14 Watson 1-2-2-0-1-1
98-4 - Watson is back and oh so nearly picks up a wicket first up as Kamran chips a slower ball back down the ground, but Watson can't quite get up high enough to take the catch. Good running as the Akmal brothers pick up two as Umar angles the ball wide of third man. Great placement as Umar turns the ball into the leg side and rushes through for two. Nudged down to third man for a single. Dropped! Flicked out to Johnson at deep square leg who looks to have matters into control but somehow manages to drop a comfortable catch. Having done so well earlier to affect the run out, Johnson may just have cost Australia the match with that howler.
Over 13 Smith 1-0-4-2-2-1
91-4 - Cut to Tait at point who makes a good diving stop to keep them down to one. Driven inside out over the head of the man at extra cover, just avoiding the fielders outstretched hand. Pulled powerfully by Kamran and he picks up two. Nudged down to long no for two. Cut out to deep point for a single to end the over.
Over 12 Nannes 0-2-1-1-1-6
81-4 - Nannes is back. Ooh, that was lucky, pushing forward and Umar edges it wide of slip for two. Nudged wide of Warner at mid on by Umar he picks up one. Pulled out to deep square leg for a single to Kamran. Dabbed into the covers and Umar scurries through for the single. Another maximum over wide mid on from Kamran and that's his fifty, a superb knock.
Over 11 Smith 1-0-0-1-4-2
70-4 - Steven Smith enters the attack for the first time. Kamran goes after him immediately, cracking the ball into the off side and it reaches the cover sweeper on the one bounce. One more to the total as Umar nudges the ball round the corner. A bit of width and Kamran is onto it, showing great strength as he creates enough pace on the ball to beat the cover sweeper. Paddle round the corner by Kamran and he picks up two.
Over 10 Johnson 0-1lb-0-2-0-0
62-4 - Johnson returns, this time from the Southern End. Kmaran goes on the hook but misses; he's hit on the chest but manages to scamper through for a leg bye. Turned wide of Tait at fine leg, the batsmen sprint through for the second, it looks tight for a moment but the trough takes a bad bounce in front of Haddin.
Over 9 Tait 1lb-1-0-W-0-0
59-4 - Tait returns the fray. What was really impressive about his first spell was that his direction was really controlled, so often he is fast but all over the show, not tonight though he's been on target for the most part. WICKET! The change works, Malik is gone! An attempted Yorker that turned into a low full toss and Malik chips it to Birt at midwicket. Umar has a nibble at one outside off but is beaten or pace.
Over 8 Watson 1-1-1-4-4-0
57-3 - Pushed to the left of mid off by Mailk and he trots through for a single. Kamran drives out to the cover sweeper for one more. Malik cracks a cut into the off side but straight to the man in the deep. Super shot from Kamran, he swivels and dispatches a pull over wide mid on for four. Another boundary! Kamran goes hard at that one hammering a cut behind square.
Over 7 Johnson 1-0-0-1-0-0
46-3 - Kamran tucks the ball round the corner for a single. Well bowled by Johnson, tucking Malik up with a bit of well directed bounce, the skipper defends it onto his toes and some good awareness sees them pick up a quick single.
Over 6 Watson 0-0-W-0-0-0
44-3 - A double change with Shane Watson coming into the attack. A swing and a miss at one outside off from Latif. WICKET! Gone! A touch slower from Watson and Latif is hit on the pads looking to work the ball into the leg side and umpire Reiffel gives him his marching orders. A poor decision though, there was a big inside edge. Malik comes in ahead of Umar Akmal, a good move from the skipper, looking to take the responsibility himself. Having seen 20 runs clobbered of Johnson's over, Watson follows it up with a maiden wicket; good effort.
Over 5 Johnson 4-1-2-4-wd-2-6
44-2 - Tait takes a break and is replaced by Mitchell Johnson. A short ball first up and Latif is up to the task, hooking powerfully behind square for four. Another short ball, pinning Latif back in his crease, the batsman defends into the leg side and picks up a single. Akmal goes for the pull, he gets it on the toe end of the bat and the ball flies over the head of mid on, the ball is in the air for a long time but drops safely. Super shot from Kamran, pulling over wide mid on for four. Akmal drives through the line and lifts the ball over mid on four two more. Maximum! Another cracker from Kamran, Hoisting the ball sweetly down the ground for six!
Over 4 Nannes 0-3-1-4-2-4
24-2 - Kamran goes on the pull and picks up three, just not enough on it to find the boundary. Latif gets off the mark, working the ball to third man. Akmal isn't holding back; a good length ball from Nannes and Akmal stands tall and cracks the ball over a wide mid on. Ooh, that was close, slicing the ball over cover and only just out of reach of the shortest man on the field, David Warner. Along the ground this time, driven sweetly for four. A big over there for Pakistan.
Over 3 Tait 1-0-4-W-0-0
10-2 - Three slips in place. Yes, you read that correctly, three slips in a twenty20 game. Straying onto the pads and Akmal is able to deflect the ball away for a leg bye. A half volley and it is smashed through the covers and Farhat picks up four. WICKET! The slips come into play with Farhat edging behind to first slip as he looked to run the ball to third man!
Over 2 Nannes 0-0-0-0-W-0
5-1 - It's Nannes from the other end; he's no slouch either, starting off at just under 150km/h. This really is tough for the batsmen. WICKET! Desperate to get off the strike Nazir pushes the ball in the direction of mid off where Johnson swoops in and unleashes a ferocious direct hit; Nazir is short of his ground and Pakistan are one down.
- 5th Feb 2010
- P R Reiffel and R J Tucker
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Farhat||c Watson b Tait||8|
|Akmal||c Hussey b Tait||64|
|Latif||lbw b Watson||6|
|Malik||c Birt b Tait||3|
|Akmal||c Warner b Watson||21|
|Alam||c White b Smith||1|
|Naved-ul-Hasan||st Haddin b Smith||1|
|Total||Close, 20.0 Overs||125 - 9|