Pakistan vs Australia
Pakistan win by 16 runs
Pakistan win by 16 runs. They posted a big score thanks to Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal. The bowling started well with Babar picking up 2 wickets in the first over, but then Maxwell and Finch hit their way through trouble to put Australia in a good position. Pakistan responded well with a few wickets and their spinners did well to restrict Australia. Good game in the end, Pakistan win by 16 runs.
Over 20 - Aus 175/10 (Bollinger 0)
A couple of runs from the first ball, Haddin powers it down the ground. WICKET! Haddin calls for the runs but Starc is out trying to complete the second run. A single and Australia need 19 from the last balls, Bhatti is bowling the last over. Hogg is the new man in, but Haddin is on strike. WICKET! Haddin hits it to deep midwicket, Haddin hits it straight to Malik who takes the catch. A couple of runs and Hogg is out, WICKET! Bhatti redeems himself with a three wicket over, Pakistan win by 16 runs.
Over 19 - Aus 169/7 (Starc 3, Haddin 5)
Gul starts his final over, Haddin takes a single to give the strike to Coulter-Nile. WICKET! Gul strikes, Coulter-Nile is bowled and Pakistan definitely on top now. A couple of runs as Starc takes a single and Haddin on strike. Gul and Hafeez have a conversation before the last ball. A couple of runs to end the over, 7 runs from it. 23 needed from the last over.
Over 18 - Aus 162/6 (Coulter-Nile 0, Haddin 1)
Ajmal to bowl the 18th over. Haddin takes a single to give the strike to Finch, WICKET! Ajmal gets an important wicket and Pakistan have the advantage now. A yorker from Ajmal and Finch's stumps are disturbed. Australia 6 down as Coulter-Nile comes out to bat. Brilliant over, a single and a wicket from it.
Over 17 - Aus 161/5 (Finch 65, Haddin 0)
Hafeez brings Gul back into the attack, a couple of singles to start the over. WICKET! Hodge is out and Pakistan get a big wicket. Ajmal, who dropped an easy chance earlier, holds on to this one and Pakistan are right back in his game. Haddin walks out to bat. A couple of runs and then Finch ends the over with a boundary.
Over 16 - Aus 153/4 (Finch 58, Hodge 1)
WICKET! Pakistan get another one, Bailey looks to hit it through extra cover and Afridi bowls him. Hadge comes to the crease, he is the highest scorer on T20s. A single from the first ball and Hodge is off the mark. Four, Finch powers this through the square leg boundary for four. A couple of runs to end the over, Australia need 39 from 24 balls.
Over 15 - Aus 146/3 (Finch 52, Bailey 4)
Ajmal comes back into the attack, two more overs remaining from him. Four singles from the over, Finch hits the last ball for four. Eight from the over, the required rate is now 9.2, Finch gets his 50.
Over 14 - Aus 138/3 (Finch 47, Bailey 2)
Afridi starts his third over, a single brings Finch on strike. Four, Finch edges it past short third man for four. Six from the over, Australia need 54 from 36 balls.
Over 13 - Aus 132/3 (Finch 42, Bailey 1)
A couple of dots from the Babar over, then Babar bowls a full toss on leg stump and Finch sweeps it to short fine leg for four. A single, and then another run to end the over. Six from the over.
Over 12 - Aus 126/3 (Finch 37, Bailey 0)
Afridi comes back into the attack. A couple of singles to start the over, a couple of byes to Maxwell. WICKET! Slog sweep again and Maxwell hits it straight to Shehzad who takes the catch at deep square leg. Bailey comes to the crease. Four runs from the over.
Over 11 - Aus 122/2 (Finch 36, Maxwell 73)
Gul comes back in the attack. A single from the first ball, Maxwell then hits it to the sweeper and Ajmal drops the catch, this could be very expensive for Pakistan. Five runs from the over.
Over 10 - Aus 117/2 (Finch 34, Maxwell 70)
Ajmal comes in to bowl from the other end. A single from the first ball and three men on the leg side boundary for Maxwell. Six, the three men on the leg side don't have a chance of stopping this, Maxwell hits it cleanly over deep midwicket again for a six. This partnership reached 100 from 51 balls. Ajmal tosses it up and Maxwell sweeps it away on the leg side for four. A single from the fifth ball, 12 runs from the over.
Over 9 - Aus 105/2 (Finch 33, Maxwell 59)
Hafeez turns to Babar to stop the run flow, the last five overs have amounted to 82 runs. A couple of dots to start the over and then a couple of singles. Three singles from the over, a much better over from Pakistan.
Over 8 - Aus 102/2 (Finch 31, Maxwell 58)
Bhatti comes into the attack and Finch welcomes him with a four from the first ball, he hits that straight down the ground. A single and Maxwell hits a four, cutting the ball through the gap at point. Six, there is no point having a deep midwicket because Maxwell is clearing the fielder consistently. Six more and Maxwell gets his 50 in 18 balls, brilliant hitting from the 'Big Show'. Five runs and no ball, Bhatti bowls a high full toss and it goes through everyone for four to fine leg. And Maxwell ends the over with another boundary, 30 runs from the over, Bhatti will be taken out of the attack for the night.
Over 7 - Aus 72/2 (Finch 26, Maxwell 38)
Afridi comes into the attack and a couple of singles from the first two balls. Six, Finch middles this over the square leg boundary for a big one. A single and then Maxwell sweeps it over the leg side for another six. 15 runs from the over.
Over 6 - Aus 57/2 (Finch 18, Maxwell 31)
A couple of singles and then Finch joins the action with a six and a four, 13 runs from the Ajmal's first over.
Over 5 - Aus 44/2 (Finch 6, Maxwell 30)
First signs of pace, Gul comes into the attack. Three dots and then Finch manages to take a single. Four, the slower ball from Gul is put away past third man for four, Maxwell attacking from the start. Four more, full toss on off stump, Maxwell hits it through point for four. Nine runs from the over.
Over 4 - Aus 35/2 (Finch 5, Maxwell 22)
Hafeez starts his second over, Finch takes a single. Maxwell, hits the ball out of the park over midwicket for a six. A couple of singles, Australia require more than 10 per over and Maxwell is changing that. Six more, Maxwell ends the over with another six, the sweep sails over square leg.
Over 3 - Aus 20/2 (Finch 3, Maxwell 9)
Babar continues, Pakistan can bowl all their overs with spin if they want. Maxwell hits Babar through the leg side for four. Four more, Maxwell hits him through the off side for four. Nine runs from the over.
Over 2 - Aus 11/2 (Finch 2, Maxwell 1)
Hafeez into the attack from the other end, Pakistan start with spin. Three singles from the over, Maxwell and Finch at the crease for Australia.
Over 1 - Aus 8/2 (Finch 0)
Four, Warner hits the first ball for four, both innings start with a boundary. WICKET! Bowled him, Warner is out and a big wicket for Pakistan. Watson comes in and he drills it through long-on for four. WICKET! Babar strikes again, Watson is caught behind, big over for Pakistan. Babar is playing instead of Junaid Khan and he makes his mark.
Pakistan 191 for 5
Pakistan lose a couple of wickets early on, but the Akmal brothers, Umar and Kamran gave Pakistan a strong platform. Afridi provided the blows at the end and Umar scored 94. Pakistan end on 191 for 5 after 20 overs on a good pitch.
Over 20 - Pak 191/5 (Malik 6, Afridi 20)
WICKET! Umar Akmal goes out on 94, Starc gets a wicket. Afridi on strike and he hits the next ball for four. A single and Shoaib Malik gets off the mark with a boundary, he hits it through third man. A couple of runs to end the innings, Pakistan 191 for 5 after 20 overs.
Over 19 - Pak 185/4 (U Akmal 94, Afridi 15)
Bollinger to bowl his last over. A quick over from him, 5 runs from it. One over to go.
Over 18 - Pak 180/4 (U Akmal 89, Afridi 15)
Starc bowls a low full toss and Umar slams it over extra cover for four. A couple of singles and then Hodge drops Afridi on the edge of the circle. Six, Umar Akmal slams another one over midwicket for a six, 13 runs from the over.
Over 17 - Pak 162/4 (U Akmal 77, Afridi 14)
Afridi is the new man in, he inside edge the first ball for a couple of runs. Afridi hits the next ball over midwicket for a big six, Watson is expensive today and a couple of singles and Afridi hits the last ball for four.
Over 16 - Pak 148/4 (U Akmal 76, Afridi 1)
Four, Umar Akmal hits the full ball on the leg side for four. Three singles and then WICKET! Maqsood is bowled and Coulter-Nile strikes for Australia. Pakistan 148 for 4.
Over 15 - Pak 140/3 (U Akmal 70, Maqsood 4)
Four, Bollinger comes into the attack and Umar Akmal hits the first ball to the fine leg boundary, flicks it away with ease. Five singles from the rest of the over, Pakistan moving at over 9 runs per over.
Over 14 - Pak 131/3 (U Akmal 63, Maqsood 2)
Hogg bowls it outside off, Maqsood goes for the slog and misses it, the ball rolls away fine, to the third man boundary. Four singles from the over and four byes, 8 in total.
Over 13 - Pak 123/3 (U Akmal 61, Maqsood 0)
A couple of singles to start the over, then Umar hits Coulter-Nile for four more. A single and then WICKET! Australia get a wicket and break a strong partnership. Warner takes a brilliant catch at deep point, good running catch and Kamran falls for 31. Maqsood is the new batsman, Umar takes a couple of runs to end the over, 9 runs from the over.
Over 12 - Pak 114/2 (U Akmal 53, K Akmal 30)
Six, Umar Akmal hits Finch over midwicket for a six, the part timer being attacked. Four more, terrific batting from the younger Akmal, hits it between short point and third man for four more. Six, the 50 partnership comes up for Pakistan, a half-tracker that is hit out of the park. 18 runs from the over.
Over 11 - Pak 96/2 (U Akmal 36, K Akmal 29)
Hogg starts his third over, Umar takes a single and then Hogg bowls it down the leg and it goes for five wides, no chance for the keeper to stop. Four, Hogg bowls the googly, Kamran hits it wide of cover for four. A couple of singles to end the over.
Over 10 - Pak 83/2 (U Akmal 34, K Akmal 24)
Three singles from the first three balls, Watson starts his third over. A no ball from Watson and Kamran is dropped again, poor cricket all around and Pakistan get a free hit. Six, full toss and free hit, Kamran clears the ropes. Pakistan get 83 from the first 10.
Over 9 - Pak 71/2 (U Akmal 25, K Akmal 20)
A single to start the over, Kamran then hits a boundary through deep square leg, a good sweep shot. Four more, Warner misfields and Kamran picks up four more. A couple of singles and then Kamran ends the over with a couple of runs through point.
Over 8 - Pak 56/2 (U Akmal 23, K Akmal 9)
Coulter-Nile bowls the first one down leg and the keeper can't stop the wide either, two extra runs. Four, Umar hits the length ball outside off through the midwicket boundary, four more runs. Umar cuts it away through cover for a single, Pakistan reach 50. Four more, Umar hits it over the bowler's head for four. Dropped, Umar slogs it and the deep square leg fielder drops it.
Over 7 - Pak 42/2 (U Akmal 13, K Akmal 8)
A couple of dots and then a single through long leg for Kamran. Four, Umar comes down the pitch to Watson and hits it to the left of short cover for four. Pakistan moving at 6 per over.
Over 6 - Pak 36/2 (U Akmal 8, K Akmal 7)
Coulter-Nile comes into the attack, double bowling change from Bailey. Four, Umar slaps it for four through the leg side, down the ground, his first boundary.
Over 5 - Pak 29/2 (U Akmal 4, K Akmal 6)
First bowling change from Australia, Watson comes into the attack. WICKET! Bowled him, Watson strikes and Hafeez drags it on to his stumps. He was looking to slog it through the leg side but is out. Umar Akmal comes in to join his brother. He gets off the mark with a couple of runs through the leg side.
Over 4 - Pak 25/1 (Hafeez 13, K Akmal 6)
Bollinger continues from the other end, Hafeez punches it off the back foot through point for a couple of runs. Four, Hafeez hits this through midwicket for four more. Four again, Bollinger strays on the pads and Hafeez helps himself to another boundary. 11 runs from the over.
Over 3 - Pak 14/1 (Hafeez 2, K Akmal 6)
Starc bowls a wide first ball, and then four, Kamran hits it through short point for four, good timing and he finds the gap. Pakistan 14 for 1 after 3 overs.
Over 2 - Pak 9/1 (Hafeez 2, K Akmal 2)
A single to start the Bollinger over, WICKET! Shehzad goes for the pull, is cramped for room and it is hit back to the bowler, Bollinger takes the catch. A couple of runs to Hafeez who is the new batsman.
Over 1 - Pak 6/0 (Shehzad 5, K Akmal 1)
Starc starts for Australia, Shehzad carves the first ball through point for four, brilliant shot to start the innings. A single, an inside edge and Shehzad goes off-strike. The umpires have a little chat before sending this upstairs. Big shout for caught behind and Watson goes for the appeal straightaway at first slip, the third umpire sees the replays and says it was a bump ball. A single and Kamran is off the mark. Six from the first over.
Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Saeed Ajmal
DA Warner, AJ Finch, SR Watson, GJ Maxwell, GJ Bailey, BJ Hodge, BJ Haddin, MA Starc, NM Coulter-Nile, GB Hogg, DE Bollinger
Australia have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of Sunday's crucial World Twenty20 Group 2 fixture between Australia and Pakistan at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
- 23rd Mar 2014
- Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Shere Bangla National Stadium
- N J Llong, R A Kettleborough
- TV Umpire
- H D P K Dharmasena
- Match Referee
- R S Madugalle
- Reserve Umpire
- R K Illingworth
australia BATTING CARD
|D.A. Warner||b Babar||4|
|A.J. Finch||b Ajmal||65|
|S.R. Watson||c Akmal b Babar||4|
|G.J. Maxwell||c Shehzad b Afridi||74|
|G.J. Bailey||b Afridi||4|
|B.J. Hodge||c Ajmal b Gul||2|
|B.J. Haddin||c Malik b Bhatti||8|
|N.M. Coulter-Nile||b Gul||0|
|M.A. Starc||run out (Afridi)||3|
|G.B. Hogg||b Bhatti||3|
|Total||All Out, 20.0 Overs||175|