Australia’s ICC T20 ranking plummets below Ireland after loss to Pak in thriller
Dubai: Australia went below Ireland to the 10th spot in the ICC Twenty20 rankings following their defeat at the hands of Pakistan in a one-over eliminator on the last ball of their second T20 tie.
After both teams were tied on 151 after 20 overs, Australia batted first and scored 11 in six balls.
Led by Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan reached 11 on the fifth ball before Akmal hit Patrick Cummins``s last delivery and just made his ground before the throw.
Pakistan were 0-10 with one ball left. However Cummins bowled a wide, then Pakistan claimed a quick single from the next delivery to notch an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Skipper George Bailey said Pakistan would have been victorious if there was a tie in the extra over, as they hit two boundaries while Australia only scored one.
The final match is on Monday night in Dubai, the AAP reports.
Baily, however remained skeptical over the way the ranking system worked, especially as his side had never played against Ireland before.
“It (a ranking of 10th) doesn`t look very good. I`m still not sure how the rankings work. So Ireland go past us tonight. I`m not sure if we`ve ever played Ireland in a T20. Make of that what you will. If Ireland are a better side than us, then I guess they`ll show it in a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka,” Bailey said.
Australia showed improvement on their second-lowest total ever of 89 on Wednesday in a seven-wicket defeat, and Bailey said he’s taking plenty of positives out of Friday`s performance.