Pakistan vs Australia
Pakistan win by 23 runs
Well, it's the first time Pakistan have beaten Australia in 13 games over all formats and they've done it in style! Umar Akmal was the man who did the damage with the bat for Pakistan, almost a lone ranger with his 64 off 31 the highest score by some way. With 167 on the board it seemed Pakistan may have been a bit short, but in the end it was more than enough. All the bowlers (Akhtar aside) have chipped in, with Gul, Ajmal and Aamer proving far too much for the Australian batsman. Join us again tomorrow for the second T20I between these two sides, it's sure to be a cracker.
Over 19 Ajmal wd-W-6-W
144 - Wicket! Australia are falling apart here as Johnson goes down swinging! He comes down track and swings over the top of the ball, Akmal is presented with an easy stumping and he doesn't let the opportunity pass. Well nobody saw that coming! Tait picks the ball of his toes and deposits it over the midwicket fence for a maximum! Wicket! Ajmal gets his revenge though as he has Tait stumped to seal a 23-run victory for Pakistan!
Over 18 Gul lb-W-2-1-0-W
137-8 - Gul returns. Wicket! What a beauty! There will be no heroics tonight from Hussey! A brilliant full delivery that seemed to swing in late towards the batsman who had no answer. Johnson digs the ball out into the leg side for two to get off the mark. Wicket! Gul finishes the over with another wicket! Paine shaped to play a dab round the corner the ball before and tries it again this time but is beaten by a bit of swing - into the right-hander this time having gone into the left-handed Hussy earlier! - and like many before him has his stumps rearranged.
Over 17 Aamer 4-1-4-1-W-1
133-6 - Super shot from Smith as he gets down low and clears his front leg, working the ball to the extra cover fence. Chipped over midwicket by Hussey and there are cries of 'catch' but it's well wide of the man in the deep and results in four more runs. Wicket! Smith's little cameo ends with his stumps disturbed as he looks to heave it across into the leg side but gets nowhere near it, an ugly looking dismissal for the Australian but Aamer certainly isn't complaining!
Over 16 Ajmal 0-lb-0-2-0-1
122-5 - Nicely played by Smith as he gives himself room and cuts into the off side for two. Ajmal's first two deliveries to the youngster have both been the doosra. Another good fine over from Ajmal.
Over 15 Aamer lb-W-4-0-1-4
118-5 - Aamer returns and immediately has a shout for lbw, but it was sliding down. Wicket! Another great catch from Afridi sends White back to the pavilion! White pushes forward and gets it off the bottom of the bat, the ball loops wide of Afridi at short cover but making ground and diving to his right the skipper takes the catch. Poor stuff from Aamer as he strays down leg and Hussey effortlessly dabs the ball to the fine leg fence. Great stuff from Smith as he clips his first delivery wide of mid on for four.
Over 14 Ajmal 1-0-2-0-4-6
108-4 - Guided wide of the man at short third man for two by White. White really wants to get after Ajmal but the spinner isn't allowing him a chance so White decides to make the ball work for him regardless, first manufacturing a clip shot to the square leg fence before cracking the ball over midwicket for six.
Over 13 Afridi 1-4-1-0-0-1
95-4 - Spin from both ends as Afridi continues. A poor ball from Afridi, a full toss on leg and Hussey clips it wide of midwicket for four. The momentum is certainly with Pakistan at the moment with two new men at the crease.
Over 12 Ajmal 1-W-1-0-1-0
87-4 - Ajmal joins the attack. Last time he played Australia an expensive over to Mike Hussey cost Pakistan a place in the World T20 final. Wicket! If he is thinking of that day there are no signs of it as he bowls Warner with a beauty. The Australian was looking to go leg side and was beaten for pace with his stumps disturbed! And now it's Mike Hussey v Saeed Ajmal round two! Hussey begins sedately enough, nudging the ball into the covers for a single. An outstanding over from Ajmal.
Over 11 Afridi 1-1-2-W-0-1nb-1
85-3 - Wicket! Perhaps a bit of frustration from Hussey as he looks to heave one over midwicket but skies it into the extra cover region, it hangs in the air for quite some time but Shoiab Malik takes the catch comfortably in the end. Afridi oversteps and White's first ball will be a free hit! White smashes a quicker one into the off side but it's straight to the fielder so just a single. The end of a good over for Pakistan.
Over 10 Gul 1-1-0-1-0-2
77-2 - Great stuff from Gul as he restricts the batsman to singles for the most part with Warner picking up two flicked wide of fine leg to end the over.
Over 9 Afridi wd-0-2-1-1-1-4
72-2 - Warner continues to look to plat Afridi into the leg side but the bowler prevents him from doing so initially before the Australian flicks the ball to long on for two - literally straight to the fielder but they still manage two. Clobbered straight down the ground and Warner finds the fence. He seemed to be growing frustrated by his inability to find the fence but he makes no mistake this time.
Over 8 Gul 1-0-1-2-1-0
63-2 - Umar Gul - the highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket - comes into the attack. Super running as Warner heaves the ball wide of long on and they immediately set off in search of two.
Over 7 Afridi 1-0-0-0-1-0
58-2 - Spin is introduced for the first time in the form of skipper Shahid Afridi. And he begins strongly, restricting the Australians to just the two singles; Warner in particular didn't look that comfortable against him.
Over 6 Razzaq 1-4-0-0-6-1
56-2 - Warner pinches a single to mid off before Hussey finds the fence once more, and again it's the cut shot that does the trick. Pakistan are being punished every time they offer too much width. Super shot! Hussey is beaten by Razzaq but bounces back well, coming down the track and lifting it over the long off fence for six.
Over 5 Akhtar 4-0-0-2-4-4
44-2 - A change of ends for Akhtar, let's see if it helps. It appears not! Hussey cuts the first delivery powerfully behind square for four. Better stuff from the fast man as he beats Hussey outside off. Driven sweetly by Hussey, it's cut off by Ajmal at mid off but they're able to pick up two. Four more! This time angled to the left of third man where a lumbering Razzaq can't cut it off. Another one! Wow, this is quite something, it's too short and too wide and get's the treatment as Hussey uses the pace of the ball to get it through point.
Over 4 Razzaq 2-W-0-0-0-1
30-2 - Not surprisingly after his horror show over, Akhtar is taken out of the attack to be replaced by Razzaq. Wicket! Great catch! After a few misfields in the previous over Afridi shows his team-mates how it should be done with a great diving catch above his shoulder at short cover to send Clarke packing. After a few nervous deliveries David Hussey nudges the ball to third man for a single to get off the mark.
Over 3 Aamer 1-1-0-1-1-1
27-1 - Ooh, a chance at point as Clarke plays it nearly straight to the fielder and they gallop through for the run and the misfield means it's an easy one when it shouldn't have been. The batsmen exchange singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Over 2 Akhtar 4-4-4-4-4-0
22-1 - An 86m/h loosener from Akhtar is dispatched by Warner over cover for four. The crowd were going wild for the Rawalpindi Express before he started, but they are dead quiet now. Absolutely no respect from Warner, who has punished Akhtar for five consecutive boundaries! Driving, cutting and helping down the legside on his way to 20.
Over 1 Aamer 0-0-0-1-wd-0-W
2-1 What a start from the young left-arm pace man. He beats the other talented left-hander, Warner, with pure pace and then catches the bottom of Warner's bat with one that perhaps keeps a little low. The Aussie opener takes four balls to get off the mark and Aamer battles to adjust first up with a wide to the right handed Watson. Aamer comes back fiercly with one that beats Watson, and then Wicket! Watson is out lbw! He doesn't think so though, signalling his bat to the umpire. Definitely hitting if not for the edge, though hard to tell whether bat or pad came first. Anyway, Watson has to go for a duck.
Mohammed Aamer, or Amir if you believe his shirt, to open the bowling to Warner and Watson.
Target: 168 for victory
We have what promsies to be an exciting run-chase on our hands. 161 is apparently the local par-score for domestic T20 cricket so 167 should be very competitive. An exhilirating 20 overs with the crowd cheering anything with a hint of Pakistani green. Umar Akmal once again proved his talent, a stunning half century really was the key after some early Pakistan wickets - including Afridi for a first-baller. Join us in a short while as the Aussies chase at Edgbaston.
Over 20 Nannes 1-1-6-0-1-W,1
167-8 - Nannes has had a wretched day today, compounded by a drop catch by Tait from Umar Gul who skied the ball off the leading edge to third man. How much will that cost Australia with five to come? Aamer gives Gul the strike back and he times across the line for six! Over midwicket. One through to the keeper renders no run but there is one from the final delivery as the batting pair scramble for runs and, looking for the overthrow, Umar Gul is run out in the chaos.
Over 19 Tait 1-1-W-wd-1-1
157-7 - Tait is on the mark first up, again full and swinging in. Aamer does well toget bat on ball to feed his partner the strike. Wicket! He rightly expects it to be coming full, fast and straight but Tait is hugely intelligent throwing in a 70m/h ball, just a touch shorter, which bowls Akmal!Fantastic bowling, that was supreme! Tait is unable to get anything more to add to the wicket column, as Gul and Aamer play down the ground for ones. 2 for 25 for Tait.
Over 18 D Hussey 2-2-0-1-1-0
151-6 - The domestic cricket par-score is 161 on this ground. Aamer gets two from the first ball, and two from the second. Pakistan would prefer to have Akmal on strike against the spinner but they've still pushed for twos. Akmal finally gets the strike but takes only the single leaving Aamer to swing hard, and miss, the final delivery.
Over 17 Tait W-0-0-1-5wd-1-1
145-6 - Gone! That's the end of Razzaq! Tait bowls the perfect fast bowler's delivery, an inswinging yorker at express pace which castles the legstump. Razzaq gone for seven, and the partnership worth 39. Mohammad Aamer is the new man and boy do Pakistan want Akmal on strike. Aamer does not look all that competent with bat in hand. He eventually gets one away to give Akmal two balls from Tait. With another full inswinging deliverly the right hander shuffles inside and is happy to see the ball run away for five wides. Tait responds well with an accurate bouncer which the form man can only fend off for one, and won't have the strike as Aamer takes a single to keep it.
Over 16 Smith 1-1-1-2-1-4
137-5 - A single on offer as Smith goes to Akmal is nearly turned down to by the man in form, but he reluctantly trots through for the one. He and Razzaq then exchange singles before Razzaq cuts well for two. He then goes down the ground arrgressively but bounces it to midon allowing Akmal another go, with which he grabs four more! Akmal has reached his highest T20I score, beating his previous best of 56.
Over 15 Johnson 1-6-4-2-0-1
127-5 - What a contest, unbridled talent all around. Razzaq has given Umar Akmal the strike again, quite rightly and he's having a racket, pulling away for six! And then smashing four. That's the quickest Pakistan fifty in T20I cricket (off 21 balls), and that's asking something with the powerful hitters they've got. When it's not in the hitting zone Akmal just guides it into gaps for ones and twos. He's taken one of the final ball to keep the strike.
Over 14 Smith 1-1-0-0-1-4
113-5 - Smith against Akmal, that's something we may hear a bit more in the future with these two talented youngsters set to be around for a while. Akmal wants a dig at the legspinner and instructs Razzaq to give him one. He duly does and Akmal is down the wicket, but just for a single this time. Given the strike once more Umar Akmal does get his boundary - bizarrly a bumper from Smith is pulled away through midwicket to the fence.
Over 13 Johnson 0-1-0-lb-4-2
105-6 - Akmal circumspectly see off the first delivery before on one leg smashing to the cover sweeper for one. A legbye brings up three figures for Pakistan and Akmal again is all class. A full slower ball from Johnson is guided late by Akmal finer than third man for four. Two more to the other side of third man show just how well Akmal watches the ball to the last moment.
Over 12 Nannes 0-1-wd-4-1-4-W
98-5 - Back to pace for Clarke who looks to Nannes for a necessary break-through. Nannes though is not looking too fluid, throwing in another wide while attempting a slower one. Akmal is fresh off a hundred in the warm up game against Kent and is hugely talented, he proves it with an incredible paddle premeditated against Nannes for four! Wonderful stroke. Clarke is now unsettled and shifting the field around but with Nannes off the mark, short and wide, there is no stopping Shoaib Malik who cuts for four. Partnership now 51 from 26 balls. The last ball is a confusing one. Malik edges through to Paine who catches it and then stays grounded for a moment, allowing the batsmen through for the single. Aleem calls over and gives runs. Paine appeals that he's caught it and the umpires go upstairs. WICKET! Good thing they did too with the tv umpire adjudging it out. Correct he was too it seems. Bizarre dismissal and Malik is on his way for 21.
Over 11 D Hussey 4-4-1-4-4-nb-1
87-4 - Dave Hussey's contribution has been a bonus for Michael Clarke so far, his first two overs going for seven. But Malik messes up his figures somewhat by elegantly hitting over cover, and then cutting past point for consecutive fours. Malik hands over to Akmal who clobbers consecutive fours of his own, the pick a straight hit powerful and low. A no-ball from Hussey makes matters worse, just a single from the free-hit and it is all of 20 from the over. Fair to say Dave Hussey won't get a fourth over. The partnership is now worth 40 from 21. Interesting to see Malik just consulting with the umpires before that free hit, checking that the Aussie fielders had to stay in position for the free-hit, he's been out of the game for a while and his knowledge of the rules has got a little rusty.
Over 10 Smith 1-1-1-6-6-0
67-4 - Umar Akmal comes down the wicket to Smith and hoikes it, on the ground to longon. Malik goes the same route for the same rewards. Six!The crowd are back in full voice. Umar Akmal wants a piece of Steve Smith! Fantastic straight hit for the maximum. Six! And again, self-same shot, just a little further. Will it be three in three? Akmal chosses instead to play back to Smith who's response is decent, beating the right hander through to Paine.
Over 9 D Hussey 1-0-1-1-0-1
52-4 - Australia have a buzz about them and Hussey is getting through his overs quickly. There just singles on offer two with Akmal and Malik content just to turn it about for now.
Over 8 Smith 0-0-1-W-0-1
48-4 - And Clarke does turn to Smith who starts short and wide but Shoaib Malik, who came in at four, chops straight to the fielder. Malik looks uneasy with the pace of the wicket and inside edges down to longoff. WICKET! Smith was given the challenge of having a go at the big man Shahid Afridi, and it's paid immediate dividends! Afridi goes to sweep a full ball and is hit on the pad on the full, dead in front and he's out for a first-baller. Umar Akmal, with lumo-lime lip-ice, gets off the mark with one to the cover fence.
Over 7 D Hussey 1-0-1-W-W-1
46-3 - So Michael Clarke has turned to the off spinning Dave Hussey. Steve Smith got a hammering last time out against Pakistan so perhaps there is a reluctance to get him on. Wicket! It doesn't matter who's bowling when there's a run out though, Butt playing into the covers, taking a step or two, and Akmal coming down the pitch beofre turning to retreat but ending way short of his ground. Not sure who was at fault there. Wicket! Another one! Butt can go and continue the argument with Akmal. The lefthander swept at Hussey and top edged to the sae hands of David Warner in the deep. Never mind though, the crowd is as excited as they've been all day as Shahid Afridi strides in.
That's it for the powerplay, three fours. one six and it's 43 for one...
Over 6 Johnson 0-0-4-0-2-1
43-1 - Johnson finds a little more rhythm and a tight line which Butt is down the wicket too and swats it straight to cover, no run there. The next ball gets deliberatley guided for four past a diving Tim Paine and a short third man. Butt gets a short one from Johnson which he should have cashed-in on, but a lack of timing leaves it at two.
Over 5 Tait 1-0-wd-0-2-4-0
36-1 - The expensive Nannes is replaced by the express Shaun Tait. Nannes went for 10 in his first two. Salman Butt looks a great foil for the in-form Akmal, again he easily drops a Tait delivery down for one. Tait's guilty of another wide, that's nine for the Aussies so far. Akmal is looking to hit Tait into the legside and gets it right driving through midwicket for a couple. A clubbed shot over midof only just clears the fielder, but it has enough on it to reach the fence and another Akmal boundary.
Over 4 Johnson 1-1-0-1-2-0
28-1 - Mitcehll Johnson is back, Shaun Tait given only the one over. Salman Butt happily drops for a single off the first ball, keen to give the in-form Akmal the strike. The right hander then gets a rusty delivery from Johnson, a full toss outsdie off stump and guides it to third man for one. The Aussies nearly get their man as Akmal commits to a suicidal single straight to Dave Hussey at short third man. No direct hits means that Pakistan's number three gets to carry on.
Over 3 Nannes 1-5wd-1-6-0-0-4
23-1 - Nannes strays onto the older Akmal's legs and is whipped away for a single fof the pads, much to the delight of the partisan 'home' crowd. It might as well be in Pakistan this one, given the noise and singing going on. Another cheer goes up for four wides down the leg side, a diving Paine not able to get a glove on it. And Six! Not all that short and Akmal makes Nannes Tait, pulling away for the maximum. Great stroke. And bang, Akmal goes again, this time over cover, expansive drive for four! The Aussies will have to get Akmal out soon or else there is serious damage on the way.
Over 2 Tait wd-0-wd-1-0-0-0
6-1 - So after a first over from Nannes, the Pakistan pair have Shaun Tait to fend off. The slingy paceman makes it easier by going far wide down the legside, just trying too hard for pace. He does the same again before going short to Akmal who fends away down to third man. Tait finishes with a yorker and is just getting into his rhythm towards the end of the over.
Over 1 Nannes 0-0-wd-1-W-0-1
3-1 - Wicket! There really is so much noise here at Edgbaston, what an atmosphere. Horns blowing none-stop, but they are silenced as Shahzaib Hasan hists his first ball straight to Dave Hussey at mid-off. First blood Australia. Akmal is next in and Clarke persists with the two slips. Both Butt and Kamran Akmal gett off the mark with guided edges to third man. Throw in a wide and that's the first over.
And we're set
Butt and Hasan walk out and it's Dirk Nannes, no doubt chuffed at the Netherlands progress in South Africa, who is ball in hand.
This one should be a cracker! Strap yourselves in folks.
So no surprises really. Refreshing to have Dave Warner back in the Aussie side after the England one-days. Also great to see the competitive Mitchell Johnson in the Aussie line-up. For Pakistan their bowling attack looks serious, Akhtar and Gul into the side since the last meeting of these two sides.
Australia - Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke (capt), David Hussey, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, Tim Paine (wk), Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait.
Pakistan - Salman Butt, Shahzaib Hasan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Abdur Razzaq, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamer.
Pakistan have won the spin of the coin, and Shahid Afridi has chosen to bat first.
Welcome to our coverage of the first of two T20I clashes which promise much. Australia are just cranking up the form after a slow start to their time in England, and Pakistan are restoring their cricketing pride, slowly but surely, under the leadership of Shahid Afridi. Thanks for joining us today folks.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first Twenty20 International between Pakistan and the Aussies at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Our coverage kicks off at 15:30 GMT.
- 5th Jul 2010
- Aleem Dar and Nadeem Ghauri
australia BATTING CARD
|Watson||lbw b M Amir||0|
|Clarke||c Afridi b Razzaq||5|
|Hussey||c Malik b Afridi||34|
|White||c Afridi b M Amir||17|
|Smith||b M Amir||12|
|Johnson||st Akmal b Ajmal||3|
|Tait||st Akmal b Ajmal||6|
|Extras||1nb, 3w, 3lb||7|
|Total||All out, 18.4 Overs||144|