Pakistan vs Australia
That's a wrap
Saeed Ajmal, wins the man of the series award for his fantsatic display of spin bowling. We look forward to see more from him at the T20 World Cup. This game has wet all of our appetites for the World Cup. Australia showed us today that we cannot count them out of the running with a display that would have challenged any team in World cricket.
Man of the match
David Warner wins 'man of the match' for his explosive batting at the top of Australian innings, he scored 59 off 39.
Victory - Australia
Victory to Austarlia by 94 runs. Pakistan were under pressure from the very beginning after Australia's record 168 in Dubai today. In my opinion, Razzaq, could have put a little more effort into his innings as he spent long periods probing at the ball. Stay tuned for the 'man of the match.'
Over 20 Starc W
74-10 - WICKET!!! All over here as Starc cleans up Ajmals stumps. He tries to work it fine but misses the full ball from round the wicket and is BOWLED for one run.
Over 19 Cummins 0-0-4-0-0-0
74-9 - Hasan Prods at a wide one, he manages a thick edge to Cummins dismay as he can only watch as the ball skids to the boundary for FOUR! The game is all but lost for Pakistan but Australia will want to bowl Pakistan all out tonight to cap this great performance.
Over 18 Maxwell 0-0-1-4b-0-1
70-9 - Maxwell gets one to beat everything, including the keeper. FOUR byes to Wades dismay as he fails to gather.
Over 17 Cummins 4-0-W-0-0-0
64-9 - WICKET!!! The first ball is slow, full and wide. Razzaq makes no mistakes as he pumps the ball high over extra cover for FOUR! The joy is short lived though as Razzaq tries a similar shot but only connects with the toe. The ball skies to third man as substitute David Hussey comes in and makes the catch to his right.
Over 16 Maxwell 0-1-1-1-W-1
60-8 - WICKET!!! Poor running from Gul; he fails to pick up his pace as well as sliding his bat in and is found wanting as Hogg gets the ball into the keeper from the deep.
Over 15 Hogg W-0-0-1-0-0
57-7 - WICKET!!! Hogg bowls the googly to Arafat, who can't pick it and makes an absolute hash of it. He tries to pull it but it moves away and all he manages is the top edge to White at Slip. Gul, who replaces Arafat, also looks at sea against this display of bowling.
Over 14 Watson 0-1-1-1-1-1
56-6 - Singles to long-on and long-off as Australia are happy to allow Pakistan to survive on singles. Fantastic fielding from Christian at backward point saves a boundary from the bat of Razzaq as he uses the bowlers pace to try squeeze a boundary.
Over 13 Starc 3-0-0-0-1-1
51-6 - Razzaq has been kept very quiet by the Aussies as it is Arafat, with feet firmly planted, who drives the ball to extra cover as the diving Hussey on the boundary saves the four.
Over 12 Christain 1-0-0-0-6-1
46-6 - SIX!!! Arafat hits Pakistan's first SIX as he slogs across the line and connects sweetly as the ball flies for a SIX. He pushes the last ball to sweeper to retain the strike.
Over 11 Hogg 0-0-0-0-0-0
38-6 - MAIDEN! First maiden of the match as Hogg displays some great spin. Arafat looks completely out of his depth on this pitch. The RR moves up to 15.
Over 10 Maxwell 2-W-1-0-1wd-0
38-6 - WICKET!!! Maxwell gets one to hold up off the pitch, that combined with Jamshed playing early results in the ball being lofted to mid-off for a comfortable catch to Bailey. The crowd start streaming out with that wicket as Arafat comes to the middle.
Over 9 Hogg 4-1-0-0-0-0
34-5 - FOUR!!! Pakistan break free with a flat, low mow of a sweep through mid-wicket for FOUR! Hogg does really well though to only a allow one more off the over though as it is nudges to fine leg off a full ball.
Over 8 Maxwell 0-0-0-1-0-2
29-5 - Maxwell joins the attack and does well to keep the pressure on the Pakistan batsmen; who look increasingly aggitated. Don't be suprised if we see either a boundary or a wicket soon.
Over 7 Hogg 0-1wd-0-1-1-0-1
26-5 - Brad Hogg into the attack as the rate required moves close to 11 off the over. The last hope of victory for Pakistan rests with these two, Australia on the other hand, would love to smash Pakistan ahead of the T20 world cup and go in with a little bit of confidence.
Over 6 Watson W-1-0-1-0-0
21-5 - WICKET!!! Fantastic catch from Hussey at deep mid-wicket, Akmal gets under a length ball but does not get enough distance on it, Hussey comes takes it at full sprint but has to turn as he catches it to avoid falling over the boundary, it is referred but the third umpire can find no fault and Razzaq is welcomed to the crease with a massive roar from the crowd; one would think they have forgotten their team is 21-5.
Over 5 Cummins 1-1-0-0-0-1
19-4 - Cummins is looking in great form; only allowing 3 singles off the over. He angles the ball beautifully into the wickets and is making the scoring of runs look difficult.
Over 4 Starc 1-0-0-W-0-0
16-4 - WICKET!!! Starc continues, as Akmal tries to turn the ball to the leg side but only manages a top edge as the ball is lofted to Watson at mid-off for a simple catch. Pressure is piling on to the Pakistani's now as the Aussies are bowling with great speed and accuracy.
Over 3 Cummins 4-W-0-0-W-0
15-3 - WICKETs!!! Not a great start for Pakistan; first ball is stroked by Hafeez over mid-off for a sneaky boundary, he tries the same thing the next ball, but this ball is pitched up a little more and Hafeez can only hit it straight into short cover for a simple catch. Malik in and then OUT!!! Only stays for three balls before departing to an absolute ripper of an in-swinger; the ball is quick and full. Most batsmen would go out to that ball early in their innings.
Over 2 Starc 0-1wd -W-0-4-0-0
11-1 - WICKET!!! Nazir falls early as he plays all around one that pitches on middle and straightens up. He does not look happy at the decision, but it is as plumb as an LBW decision can be. Jamshed in early and reaches for a wide one and gets a thick edge past the slips for an early boundary.
Over 1 Watson 2-0-3-0-0-1
6-0 - Watson starts to Hafeez and great running from the Pakistan openers immediately as Hafeez squeezes the first ball behind point for two. Hafeez flicks the third ball through mid-wicket in the air as the batters cross for three.
End of innings 167-7
Australia will feel they have missed out on a big score here today, after a cracking start by Warner and Watson. Pakistan did well to pull them back though, through great fielding in the deep and some tight bowling as well as wickets at crucial times from Gul, Arafat and Ajmal
Over 20 Gul 2-2-1-2-W-1
168-7 - WICKET!!! Wade slices the first two balls through the covers for two runs off each ball as he looks to make the most of the last over. Christian is on strike after a single to long-onas Gul puts a slower bouncer in; Christian, tries to pull it with all he has but only manages a thin edge as Akmal makes no mistake and a soft wicket for the Aussies. Cummins comes in to face the last ball as Australia end on 168-7 with their 20 overs.
Over 19 Ajmal 1-0-W-0-0-1
160-6 - WICKET!!! After a fantastic start by the Aussies, Pakistan have pulled this back with great bowling and fielding. Ajmal castles Hussey, he puts in a quicker one and beats Hussey for pace; who played inside the line.
Over 18 Gul 1-0-W-0-4-2
158-5 - WICKET!!! White does not trouble the scorers as he just does not get enough onto it and skies it to Umar Akmal at long-on, who fumbles it but makes it safe. Hussey finally gets a start with a smash through deep mid-wicket off his front foot for his first boundary; flat and hard!
Over 17 Ajmal W-1lb-4b-0-1-0
151-4 - WICKET!!! Bailey gets castled by the best spinner in world cricket, he tries to slog sweep it and just misses it completely; the ball turns back and castles him! Ajmal shows his class on the third ball again as he gets one to move from the foot marks and it beats everything, it turns a good meter and goes for four byes.
Over 16 Hafeez 1-2-0-0-1-0
145-3 - Hafeez carries on and flies through his over, two to deep square off the pads of Bailey is the highlight of the over.
Over 15 Hasan 2-4-0-W-1-0
141-3 - WICKET!!! Maxwell slogs a ball from outside off to deep mid-wicket; Jamshed, sprinting in off the boundary takes a fantastic catch to send the dangerous Aussie back to the shed. Captain Bailey to the crease.
Over14 Hafeez 1-1-6-1-1-1
134-2 - SIX!!! Maxwell pulls a length ball over square for a huge SIX!!! He really put everything into that shot!
Over 13 Arafat W-0-4-4-0-1
123-2 - WICKET!!! Warner chases a widish ball but only manages to top edge the ball high into the sky as Hafeez gets under it at point to take the catch, Hussey to the crease as the batters cross, Maxwell refusing to be held done plays two great shots and is rewarded by two boundaries through cover and mid-wicket respectively
Over 12 Hafeez 0-0-0-0-0-2
114-1 - Hafeez into the attack as Maxwell can only manage two off the final ball to save the over, great first over from the skipper!
Over 11 Arafat 6-1-0-W-1-0
112-1 - WICKET!!! Finally some respite for Pakistan as Watson, tries to pull a slower ball and top edges it down to short fine-leg. He departs for a fantastic 47. Maxwell to the crease and immediately off the mark with a single to extra cover.
Over 10 Ajmal 6-1-6-0-
104-0 - Australian batsman are showing their class as they show no respect for Ajmal with sixes over mid-wicket again. Great slogging off good balls!!! Warner is the first batsman to get to 50 as Pakistan scramble to save this innings.
Over 9 Hasan 6-0-0-6-6-1
89-0 - SIXES!!!! Its raining sixes in Dubai as Warner not wanting to be left behind, he picks out mid-wicket and slogs the three balls with great slog sweeps. The bowlers can only watch as these balls are flying everywhere!
Over 8 Malik 6-1-1-6-0-6
70-0 - Malik into the attack and Watson immediately takes a liking to the off-spinner with three huge sixes. All three being smashes over mid-wicket as Malik puts the ball perfectly into the slot to be smashed. The crowd is getting great catching practice today.
Over 7 Hasan 0-2-2wd-0-1-wd-1-1
50-0 - Raza Hasan into the attack with his fast, flat, orthodox off-spinners. Warner removes his helmet and changes gloves under the Dubai heat. Australia is lucky to be awarded 2 wides when a ball deflects off Warners thigh down to fine leg. In total 8 runs from the over as Aussies pick off singles to long-on.
Over 6 Ajmal 0-1-0-0-0-0
42-0 - The Spin Doctor is into the attack to try slow down the scoring which is 8.4 at the start of this over. He immediately has effect, and only allows the one single to mid-wicket off the over.
Over 5 Razzaq 2-2-6-0-1-3
41-0 - Watson is not wanting to be left out. He steps under a short ball from Razzaq and lofts the ball high over square for a huge SIX!!! Great shot off a very average ball. Warner mistimes the last ball through the covers, but in a gap, he is lucky to be rewards with three for his efforts.
Over 4 Gul 1-6-1-1-1-1
27-0 - Warner has arrived to play. Warner steps forward off a length ball and smokes the ball with a flat bat over long-on for a massive SIX!!! Gul replies with a fantastic bouncer three balls later that follows Warner and connects with his gloves, one single.
Over 3 Razzaq 1-0-4-0-0-1
16-0 - Massive appeal from Razzaq against Watson off the second ball; the ball moves off the seam and into Watson pads, the umpire not interested. Next ball, Razzaq tries it again but Watson, replies with a crunching drive over the bowlers head; he does not even move as he watches the ball smash into the boundary.
Over 2 Gul 0-0-1-1-1
10-0 - Gul to Watson, Gul gets the ball to move immediately off the seam and beats Watson with his second ball with one that cuts back. Each batsmen gets two singles with some good running from Australia early in this innings
Over 1 Razzaq 0-0-4-0-0-2
6-0 - After bowling the 20th over on Friday, Abdul Razzaq opens the bowling today. Warner opens and chases the third ball, which is pitched wide outside off, he gets a thick edge and opens his account with a boundary past the diving third man. Warner flicks the last ball off his pads for two to deep midwicket.
5 min to go! The pitch looks good with very little grass! players take the field, LETS GO!!!
Toss - Pakistan
Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bowl. With the series decided this is by no means a worthless match; both teams will be looking forward to the upcoming World T20 tournament. Australia, are also playing for their pride today as they have dropped to 10th place on the ICC T20 rankings, one below Ireland.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the final fixture of the three-match series, which Mohammad Hafeez's men lead two-nil (unassailable, indeed), between Pakistan and Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.
- 10th Sep 2012
- Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Dubai International Cricket Stadium
- A Raza and Z Haider
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Hafeez||c P.J. Cummins||9|
|Nazir||lbw b M A Starc||1|
|Jamshed||c Bailey b Maxwell||17|
|Malik||b P.J. Cummins||0|
|Akmal||c Watson b M A Starc||0|
|Akmal||c Hussey b Watson||2|
|Razzaq||c sub P.J. Cummins||13|
|Arafat||c White b G.B. Hogg||15|
|Ajmal||b M A Starc||1|
|Hasan Raza||not out||5|
|Total||All Out, 19.1 Overs||74|