Cricket

Oz in thrilling T20 escape

2010-02-05 14:56
Shaun Tait (File)
Melbourne - Australia came back from the dead to beat Pakistan by two runs in their only Twenty20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.

Pakistan started the chase confidently, and even though they lost two pairs of wickets in quick succession, Kamran Akmal and his brother Umar looked in control and took the team to within 29 runs of victory.

Meanwhile, Kamran reached his third T20 fifty, but then suffered a slight aberration - after being given a life by Mitchell Johnson on the boundary - when one ball later he hit a Shaun Tait delivery straight to Michael Hussey at mid-on for 64, his highest T20 score.

This proved to be the turning point of the game, giving leggie Steve Smith the opportunity to bag two quick scalps on debut.

Needing 10 off the final over, Umar Akmal was dismissed off the first delivery, and the last two batsmen could only manage seven runs.

Tait's 3/13 came off three spells of incredibly quick and accurate bowling, reaching speeds of well into the 150's.

Earlier, the hosts were dismissed for 127 with eight balls to spare.

Opting to bat first, Australia were never allowed to set the tone as Pakistan's bowlers and fielders kept picking up wickets at regular intervals.

The only batsmen to make any impression were David Warner (22), Michael Clarke (32) and Hussey who was unbeaten on 40 off 31 deliveries.

The T20 world champions, Pakistan, were lead exceptionally well by previously discarded captain Shoaib Malik, who is standing in for the suspended Shahid Afridi.

Australia had a brief glimmer of hope with Warner and Clarke at the crease, but with the fall of the latter's wicket on 68, it was one-way traffic as the hosts proceeded to lose their last eight wickets for 51 runs.

Gul was the pick of the attack with 3/20, but every one chipped in, including Umar Akmal who instigated two of the three run-outs in the innings.

Teams:

Australia:
DA Warner, SR Watson, MJ Clarke (captain), DJ Hussey, CL White, TR Birt, BJ Haddin (wk), SPD Smith, MG Johnson, SW Tait, DP Nannes

Pakistan:
Kamran Akmal (wk), Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik (captain), Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam, Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Kallis stars in IPL opener

2014-04-16 21:03

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
Vote

What was the No 1 reason for the Proteas losing their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final to India?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.