Watson pummels Pakistan

Aamer finishes Australia's innings with a five-wicket maiden

Last updated: 3rd May 2010  

Watson pummels Pakistan

Watson: Brutal knock

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Australia began their bid for ICC World Twenty20 glory in the Caribbean with an impressive 34-run win over defending champions Pakistan.

Shane Watson clobbered 81 and David Hussey hit a breezy half-century to help Australia make 191 at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia.

However their innings ended in extraordinary circumstances with the 20th over being a five-wicket maiden bowled by Mohammad Aamer.

The late collapse did not cost them dear, though, as Pakistan fell well short in their reply, eventually being bowled out for 157.

Their hopes of overhauling Australia's total suffered an early blow when Kamran Akmal was caught at third man off the first legal delivery of the innings.

Dirk Nannes made the initial breakthrough before returning later in the innings to dismiss the dangerous Abdul Razzaq for one and end Misbah ul Haq's brave resistance on 41.

Tait treble

Shaun Tait was also amongst the wickets, taking three for 20. Shahid Afridi was one of his victims, the Pakistan skipper bowled for 33 off 24 balls.

Salman Butt (15), Mohammad Hafeez (12) and Umar Akmal (18) also all made starts before perishing in a run-chase that simply never got going.

In contrast, Australia had built their total on two telling contributions from their top order. Opener Watson led the way with a brutal 49-ball knock that included seven fours and four maximums.

He put on 51 in a hurry with David Warner (26) for the first wicket and after Michael Clarke fell for just two, combined with Hussey, who cleared the ropes five times to make 53 from 29 deliveries, in a crucial 98-run partnership.

Michael Hussey chipped in with 17 before becoming one of five wickets to fall in an amazing final over from teenager Aamer.

The left-arm seamer, 17, dismissed Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson with the first two balls before Hussey and Steven Smith were run out in successive deliveries trying to sneak singles to wicketkeeper Akmal.

Tait managed to survive one ball before being bowled off his pads to give Aamer final figures of three for 23 from his four overs.