Pakistan vs Australia
End of innings
What an emphatic victory by Pakistan. The shortest format drew their strengths into sharp focus, and outlined Australia's weaknesses. This is the Australians' heaviest ever T20 defeat, in terms of balls remaining in their innings. They were utterly rudderless with the bat, unable to wrest the initiative from Pakistan's spinners. They hit just one boundary in 13 overs of spin, and just three in their entire innings. Saeed Ajmal was at his mercurial best, while Raza Hasan looked at home as an international Twenty20 spinner. Hafeez contributed two important wickets, Warner and Bailey, while Gul and Tanvir did what was asked of them and ensured there were no chinks in the armour. The Pakistani batsmen were barely challenged while completing the job, and Australia will have to completely re-evaluate their gameplan if they are to have any chance of levelling the series in the second match on Friday evening.
Over 15 - Pak 90/3 (Akmal 31, Malik 9)
Watto delivers the last rites, Shoaib Malik pulling to midwicket for two and then ending the match with a flowing lofted drive to long on for four. Pakistan cruise home in style.
Over 14 - Pak 84/3 (Akmal 31, Malik 3)
I can't remember the last time I saw Cameron White have a bowl in an international ... and it may be a while until we see another one. The pressure built up by Doherty and Watson is eased as Kamran Akmal slams a drive to wide long off for his fourth boundary. Just to keep things interesting, he then top edges a pull in the air out towards the deep midwicket fielder ... but it drops short. Pakistan need just six runs to win, 12 runs having come from that over.
Over 13 - Pak 72/3 (Akmal 20, Malik 2)
I can't tell whether that's hair gel or sweat in Watto's hair ... and I haven't a clue what it is about his bowling that's troubling Pakistan. He's just hitting a length at medium pace, yet he beats the outside edge of Kamran Akmal's bat and keeps the batsmen to just two runs from the over. Pakistan need just 18 from 42 to win, but there's still time to slip up.
Over 12 - Pak 70/3 (Akmal 19, Malik 1)
The batsmen are becalmed by the fall of the wicket, and Doherty motors through a very quick over that sees just two runs scored.
Over 11 - Pak 68/3 (Akmal 18, Malik 0)
WICKET! Watson strikes! He pitched one right up to Nazir at the end of a quiet over and the batsman attempted to blast him through cover. The drive went low and flat, but in the air, towards White, and he plucked the catch inches from the turf. Are Pakistan going to make heavy weather of this? Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik find themselves paired up in the middle ...
Over 10 - Pak 67/2 (Nazir 22, Akmal 17)
Kamran Akmal is looking to end this in a hurry! An adventurous reverse sweep brings his first boundary, a graceful inside-out drive over extra cover brings his second. He follows that up with a smoking shot for six over long-off, and 15 runs flow from the over. Maxwell's batting was mighty impressive the other night, but I haven't been the least bit impressed by his bowling. He just bowls darts. They're nude. There's nothing on them. Only Watto can save Australia now. He's warming up to have a bowl.
Over 9 - Pak 52/2 (Nazir 22, Akmal 2)
Pat Cummins is bowling with a wisdom beyond his 19 years. Akmal is happy to get forward and drive, so Cummins mixes length, slower deliveries and a couple of bouncers to keep him quiet. The second bouncer is called wide, perhaps a little harshly, but just a single comes from the final delivery of the over. Australia need plenty more like that.
Over 8 - Pak 50/2 (Nazir 22, Akmal 1)
Nazir slashes a short ball from Doherty down to third man for his third boundary. It's streaky, but Pakistan will take the runs, and they're already halfway to their target. Kamran Akmal is off the mark straight away with a single into the off side.
Over 7 - Pak 44/2 (Nazir 17, Akmal 0)
WICKET! Could Pakistan's impatience give Australia a chance? Jamshed departs to a wild swipe at Hilfenhaus when he'd already hit a boundary in the over. A length delivery from Hilfenhaus had been pummeled down the ground by the left-hander, and a pair of singles made it six from five balls in the over - well above the required rate. Jamshed then attempted to launch the final ball into orbit, only to see his stumps pegged back.
Over 6 - Pak 38/1 (Nazir 16, Jamshed 5)
Doherty comes into the attack after the breakthrough. He's typically round-arm and slingy, and doesn't find much spin off the surface. Importantly for Australia, he also doesn't concede a boundary and just four runs come from the over. That's the Powerplay done and dusted, so Australia can set their field back now. I doubt they'll do that, though, as they've got to keep attacking and taking wickets if they're to have any chance.
Over 5 - Pak 34/1 (Nazir 13, Jamshed 4)
WICKET! Cummins gets Hafeez with a slower ball! It was an offcutter, pitched up and straight. Hafeez looked to nurdle it into the leg side, but played a little too early and chipped it straight to David Hussey at midwicket. Nasir Jamshed is greeted with a sharp bouncer, but Pakistan's chase continues to develop as Cummins' over is book-ended by a pair of boundaries into the leg side.
Over 4 - Pak 26/0 (Hafeez 13, Nazir 13)
Australia's fast bowlers may be onto something with the short ball to Nazir. This definitely isn't the quickest of tracks, but there's reasonable bounce in it and Hilfenhaus is able to whiz a bouncer past Nazir's grille. The batsman's riposte is immediate and emphatic, however, as he picks up a length delivery with a scything heave into the leg side for the third boundary of the chase. That's as many as Australia got in their entire innings.
Over 3 - Pak 19/0 (Hafeez 10, Nazir 9)
Strapping young quick Pat Cummins comes into the attack. Gosh he's got a wild-eyed, bounding run-up. The batsmen collect a couple of runs into the leg side before Cummins attacks Nazir with the bouncer. The first short ball is ducked under, but Nazir has a full go at the second and is comprehensively beaten for pace. The ball comes off the toe-end of his attempted pull and falls just short of the man at mid-off.
Over 2 - Pak 15/0 (Hafeez 9, Nazir 6)
Ben Hilfenhaus takes the new ball from the other end. He's got two slips in place to start and finds some wobble away from the right-handers, but not much bounce off this dying pitch. A leg-stump half-volley doesn't help Australia's cause, Hafeez flicking it cleanly to the midwicket boundary. The shot went in the air, but well wide of any fielders.
Over 1 - Pak 10/0 (Hafeez 5, Nazir 5)
Australia opt to open the bowling with Glenn Maxwell's offspin, obviously looking to upset Pakistan's tempo. His very first delivery is a raging turner that takes the inside edge of Hafeez' bat and runs down to fine leg, the batsmen taking three runs, but he then offers Imran Nazir a full toss that has happily slapped to the midwicket boundary.
End of innings
What a shocker Australia had. That's their second lowest total in Twenty20s. Pakistan's bowlers were all over them, profiting with pace and spin alike. Not a single boundary was hit after the fourth over. That says it all. Join us in a few minutes for the chase.
Over 20 - Australia 89 all out
Sohail Tanvir wraps up the Australian innings. Cummins' desperate attempt to find a boundary results in another catch in the deep for Umar Akmal, while Hilfenhaus is strangled down the leg side, Kamran Akmal holding onto the edge.
Over 19 - Aus 88/8 (Doherty 5, Cummins 1)
Pakistan hit the stumps twice, unnecessarily, earlier, but now that there's an actual chance for a run out the shy from backward point misses. Great death bowling from Gul though. He slings out a succession of yorkers and low full tosses. STILL no boundaries!
Over 18 - Aus 84/8 (Doherty 3, Cummins 0)
WICKETS! There'll be no heroics from Maxwell tonight, and Australia's batsmen have been totally wiped out by Pakistan as Ajmal removes him and White with consecutive deliveries. Maxwell perished to a slog sweep, Nasir Jamshed taking the catch, while the orthodox offspinner - from round the wicket - zipped through White to rattle his stumps. Ajmal completes another fantastic spell for Pakistan, finishing with 2 for 13 in his four overs.
- 5th Sep 2012
- Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Dubai International Cricket Stadium
- A Raza and S Raza
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Hafeez||c Hussey b P.J. Cummins||17|
|Nazir||c White b Watson||22|
|Jamshed||b B.W. Hilfenhaus||10|
|Total||14.5 Overs||90 - 3|