Clarke hails great escape
Australia T20 captain Michael Clarke was relieved after his side dug out a two-run win over Pakistan.
Last Updated: 05/02/10 3:56pm
Australia T20 captain Michael Clarke was relieved after his side escaped with a two-run win over Pakistan in Melbourne.
Clarke, in his first official game in full-time charge, promoted himself up to number three in the order and made a solid 32 off 26 balls.
But with the exception of David Warner (24) and David Hussey (40no), no other batsman reached double figures as the hosts limped to 127 all out from 18.4 overs.
Pakistan seemed to be cruising to victory at 98-4 only for a dramatic collapse which saw them eventually finish short at 125-9.
Clarke admitted he thought his side had failed to do enough during their time at the crease.
"I definitely thought we were 20 or 30 runs short, I would have liked 150, but with our attack we knew that if we held onto our chances we were in with a chance," he said.
"I thought the wicket was beautiful, it was about getting in and getting a start.
"The guys who got a start should have got a big score. I thought Dave Hussey played beautifully and kept the innings together.
"We had to work hard in the field and it's great to get a result."
South Australia paceman Shaun Tait was one of the standout performers with the ball, his hostile spell - which included one delivery of 160.7kph - resulting in figures of 3-13 from four overs.
"That was probably the quickest I've bowled for a while," he judged.
"That first over was pretty good but I kept my pace up all night I thought.
"And it just shows how good we are in the field. Any score over 100 is competitive in this form of the game."
For Pakistan, the defeat capped a disappointing tour in which they have been clean swept in the Test series (3-0) and one-dayers (5-0).
Stand-in captain Shoaib Malik conceded they should have at least ended the trip on a high note, especially when Kamran Akmal (64) was going well.
"We didn't bat well and we were expecting Kamran Akmal to finish the game but unfortunately he got out," said Malik.
"We were playing one of the best teams in the world and we would have won this game if we had batted properly."