Pakistan vs Australia
In case you missed it, Austarlia beat Pakistan in the humidity of Sharjah by 4 wickets.
Man of the match
After a lengthy award ceremony, Mitchell Starc was awarded the man of the match! Congrats on your great bowling performance!
Australia will be relieved to go one up in the series. The match was a low scoring affair and both teams literally sweated for every run and wicket. Credit to Pakistan, who fought every step of the way and at times were unlucky not to be rewarded with wickets but Australia proved to be to good. An extra 15 runs would have changed the face of the game, we know for next time that the Pakistanian spin bowlers are not to be under estimated and will be a force to be dealt with in the next two ODI's. My 'man of the match' either Starc or Clarke deserve the award, but let's see.
Over 49 Cheema 6-1
199-6 - ITS ALL OVER!!!! Bailey deposited the first ball of the over over the long-offs head with a classy lofted drive, the ball was back of length and just lent back onto it. He finished it off one ball later as he pulls the ball to mid-wicket for the victory... Match report to follow shortly.
Over 48 Ajmal 1-1-0-1-0-0
192-6 - Fifty up for Bailey; he had a very tough start but ahs been compoosed in the face of world class spin and come out on top. 7 needed off 12 as the Austrlians still seem content to knock the deficit off in singles.
Over 47 Cheema 0-1-1-1lb-0-1
189-6 - Pakistan will be regreting not getting another twenty runs; with the out field being so slow and the pitch so responsive to spin. As it stands though Austarlia need 10 off 18 to go one up in this three match series.
Over 46 Ajmal 1-4-W-0-0-1-
184-6 - WICKET!!! The big wicket of Maxwell, who has made his presence felt here tonight. Tries to reverse sweep Ajmal agian but mistimes it and is given out LBW as it strikes the pads. The ball clearly pitches outside leg but we can only assume Bowden judges the shot as that of a left hander.
Over 45 Tanvir 4-0-2-6-1-1
179-5 - HUGE over for Australia and Maxwell. First ball sees a thick edge fly to third man as it skids over the boundary rope, the ball was wide outside off as Maxwell cam down the wicket looking to loft it over extra cover. Three balls later He gets under a short one and pulls it easily over mid-wicket for a maximum
Over 44 Cheema 0-0-1-1-1-1
165-5 - Four easy singles release the pressure off the Aussies who are looking desperately for a boundary.
Over 43 Ali 1-1-0-2-0-1
161-5 - CLOSE!!! Shafiq at deep mid-wicket makes a great effort to get to a skied ball from Bailey, I would not classify it as a drop but rather a great attempt. Saved the boundary though.
Over 42 Afridi 1lb-1-0-1-1-1
156-5 - Afridi bowls his final over of the innings and is unlucky not to have more wickets than he has, as he has bowled tightly especially in his earlier overs. Batsmen finding it easy to get inside the ball and push it into the gaps for singles. Victory for Pakistan depend on inner fielders and cutting the singles out.
Over 41Ali 0-0-1-1-2-0
151-5 - Ali back into the attack, Australia hitting the ball as hard as they can but the ball just dies in the dew on the outfield. Remember it is 01:00 am in Shajah as we speak. Four runs picked up off the over.
Over 40 Afridi 1-0-1-0-0-1
147-5 - Afridi back in the attack and produces a jaffer of a delivery; the fifth ball is tossed up, lands in the rough and beats everything but the keepers gloves... how that missed the stumps has everyone baffled. Great come back over from the crowd favourite.
Over 39 Tanvir 1lb-1lb-1-1-0-0
144-5 - Over goes by at a good rate of four to the over. This is all that Australia need to do in order to win, Pakistan on the other hand will be looking to Ajmal to delver some magic and crack open the tail.
Over 38 Ajmal 1-0-0-0-0-2
140-5 - DROPPED!!! Thin edge from Maxwell sees the ball hit the tip of Akmal's gloves, half a chance goes down as the batting powerplay comes to an end. Late cut off the last ball from Maxwell sees him rewarded with two runs to third man.
Over 37 Tanvir 1wd-0-1-1-1-1-0
137-5 - Ball is acting up on this very hard, crumbly surface; last ball keeps a bit low as it goes through to the keeper. Pakistan will be encouraged by that as they need wickets if they are to win this game.
Over 36 Ajmal 1b-0-2-0-
132-5 - Ajmal back into the attack as the new Aussie batsmen are looking to increase the run rate, Maxwell tries to reverse sweep the first ball he has ever received from Ajmal to little success, Bailey two balls later tries to hit the skin off the ball. Ajmal does not look amused.
Over 35 Tanvir 0-1-1-1-1-1
129-5 - 70 required for victory as the left handed opening bowler returns, Maxwell is playing some good shots with power but unable to find the gaps. Five singles to the the batsmen.
Over 34 Hafeez 1-0-0-1-W-3
124-5 - WICKET!!! Pakistan lost their way four balls into their powerplay, Australia loose theirs five balls in. Clarke misjudges the pace of the ball and is trapped in front of the wickets. The players go up in a chorus of an appeal and little doubt that the ball was missing. The batting powerplay strikes again! Maxwell comes to the crease with only 2 runs to his name, his first ball is cut to third man and he gets his new ODI highest of 3. Well Done young man!
119-4 - Hafeez with his last over today as Australia take their batting powerplay, can they succeed where Pakistan fell?
- 28th Aug 2012
- Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
- Sharjah CA Stadium, UAE
- B F Bowden and Z Haider
australia BATTING CARD
|Wade||c M.K. Niazi b Afridi||10|
|Clarke||lbw b Hafeez||66|
|Hussey||lbw b Ajmal||5|
|Hussey||c M.K. Niazi b Ajmal||3|
|Maxwell||lbw b Ajmal||38|
|Extras||6w, 1b, 5lb||12|
|Total||48.2 Overs||199 - 6|