Jamshed gives Pakistan hope

2012-10-02 13:51

Colombo - Nasir Jamshed hit 55 off 46 balls to steer Pakistan to 149-6 against Australia in a key group two Super Eights match of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Tuesday.

The left-hander smashed four boundaries and two sixes after Pakistan, who were sent in to bat on a slow pitch at the Premadasa stadium, had lost the openers by the sixth over.

Jamshed put on 79 off 55 balls for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal, who made 32 before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three deliveries.

Abdul Razzaq marked his return to the side in place of Yasir Arafat to make 22 from 17 balls.

Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3-20 for Australia, who will advance to the semi-finals with their third successive win.

The second semi-finalist from the group will be decided only after the India-South Africa game later on Tuesday.

Both Pakistan and India have one win each from two games, while South Africa lost both their matches.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was leg-before to Starc in the second over, before Imran Nazir was snapped up at mid-off when he mis-hit a drive off Shane Watson.

Jamshed reached his half-century with a boundary off Brad Hogg and celebrated the landmark by lofting the next ball for a six to bring up 100 of the innings.

He was caught in the deep trying to hit spinner Xavier Doherty out of the ground in the 15th over. Two balls later, Kamran Akmal was dismissed in Starc's next over.


  • daleinn - 2012-10-02 14:17

    Pakistan has done well so far to make a decent total and peg Oz back... Watson and Warner out! Imagine if we could have done that!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 14:32

      i'll only be happy when hussey is out too :)

      daleinn - 2012-10-02 14:56

      looks like OZ has choking fever too !

      daleinn - 2012-10-02 15:02

      looks like India vs SA is gona be a dead rubber

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 15:12

      will hope SA win it so we can live to fight Sri Lanka and knock them out too :)

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-02 15:23

      Australia is in the semi's and we are out. India can still qualify should they beat us, it is only a dead rubber for us. Sri Lanka and Windies already in the semi's.

  • pagel.trivia - 2012-10-02 14:25

    Australia started very slow (43/2 after 9.0) - not good for us. Let's hope they can pull something out of the hat.

  • pagel.trivia - 2012-10-02 14:34

    espncricinfo: "South Africa were unbeaten throughout World T20 2007, they just played one match badly which was last of Super Eight against India and they were knocked-out. Same could happen to Australia today."

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 14:42

      they could be all out for 112 if we get the hustler.

  • uraharabluekisuke - 2012-10-02 14:46

    With australia losing Proteas are automatically eliminated

  • stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 15:00

    Well either Sri Lanka or Pakistan have to win the tournament. They cant seem to win anything esle. But they have allies on this site where they think its okay to only win something every four years

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 15:11

      to be fair these major tournaments are when you're tested against the worlds best. in a series it's just 2 or three teams and winning doesn't have the same recognition as winning a WC. nobody remembers the series you won, but everybody remembers a WC :)

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 15:22

      To each is own. I will be extremely sceptical if a person said to me if the team only wins every four years and it could do poorly in between. How long can England go back to 1966. I will be happy if Proteas win another one, but I would take a tets series whitewash in Aus later in the year anytime of the day.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-10-02 15:06

    Guess the Proteas' game will be a dead rubber

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-10-02 15:17

      No it won't. India can still make it.

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