2014 ICC World Twenty20, Group 2: Australia vs Pakistan – As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava & Jayanta Oinam
Updates from the 16th match of 2014 ICC World Twenty20, between Australia vs Pakistan being played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
Over 20 || Score 175/10
Bilawal Bhatti to bowl the final over, Brad Haddin is on strike, 23 needed from 6. He begins with a length delivery, Haddin smashes it towards long-on, two runs scored. 21 needed from 5. The second ball was a full-toss, Haddin hit it straight to covers where Afridi dropped a tough chance, but that doesn't help Australia as Starc is run-out! 20 needed from 4. Brad Hogg is the new man in. He takes a single off the first ball he faces. 19 needed from 3 balls. Haddin hits the fourth ball straight to the fielder at deep midwicket! 19 needed from 2. Hogg scores two runs through covers, 17 needed from 1. Hogg tried to hit the last ball out of the park, missed it, and the stumps were rattled! Pakistan have won the match by 16 runs.
GB Hogg b Bilawal Bhatti 3 (3b)
BJ Haddin c Shoaib Malik b Bilawal Bhatti 8 (8b)
MA Starc run out 3 (2b)
Over 19 || Score 169/7
30 needed from 12 balls, Gul to bowl his final over. Brad Haddin is on strike. Haddin hit the first ball towards deep midwicket for a single. 29 required from 11. Umar Gul fires a yorker and the stumps are rattled, Coulter-Nile is bowled! Mitchell Starc is the new man in, the onus now on Haddin to show some fight. 29 needed from 10. Starc takes a single, 28 needed from 9. Haddin hits the ball towards square leg, two runs scored. 26 needed from 8. Haddin manages a single off a yorker, 25 needed from 7. Starc drove the last ball towards deep cover, two runs scored. 23 need from 6.
NM Coulter-Nile b Umar Gul 0 (3b)
Over 18 || Score 162/6
Ajmal to bowl his final over, Haddin on strike. The first ball was a dot delivery and Haddin worked the second towards third man for a single. Finch made too much room for himself on the leg side and failed to make any contact, another dot ball. Ajmal bowls a quicker delivery, a clever delivery and Aaron Finch is bowled! Finch has scored 64 runs, but he has consumed 54 balls. Coulter-Nile is the new man in. Pakistan now have a real chance of winning the match with two new batsmen at the crease. Nile tried to play a slog sweep off the fifth ball, didn't connect. Nile tried a similar stroke off the last ball, which saw a similar result, no run scored. Just one run from the over and a wicket for Ajmal! Superb stuff!
AJ Finch b Saeed Ajmal 65 (54b)
Over 17 || Score 161/5
Umar Gul to bowl his third over. Hodge was offered width, he slashed hard at it, Saeed Ajmal ran to his right from deep backward point and took a brilliant catch to dismiss Hodge! What a time to lose a wicket. Brad Haddin is the new man in. Finch will have to take the charge now. Finch smashed the fifth ball for a boundary towards deep square leg. 31 needed from the last three overs. Finch's wicket here could make a big difference for Pakistan.
BJ Hodge c Saeed Ajmal b Umar Gul 2 (3b)
Over 16 || Score 153/4
Afridi to bowl his final over. And he strikes first ball, Bailey is bowled! The Asutralian skipper was looking clueless out there and it was just a matter of time that he was dismissed. Brad Hodge is the new man in. Finch swept the third ball of the over through deep square leg for a boundary! Seven runs from the over. Afridi ends his spell and he has got Pakistan back into the game with the wickets of Maxwell and Bailey. 39 required from the last four overs.
GJ Bailey b Shahid Afridi 4 (9b)
Over 15 || Score 146/3
Ajmal to bowl his third over. Finch once again got an outside-edge off the last ball, which rushed past third man for a boundary and Finch has also reached his half-century off 44 balls! Eight runs from the over. It has been a good comeback from Pakistan so far.
Over 14 || Score 138/3
Afridi to bowl his third over. Finch got a leading edge off the fifth ball and it cleared Umar Gul at short third man and went all the way for a boundary! Six runs from the over. Pakistan have managed to restrain the Aussies from scoring too many runs in the last three to four overs.
Over 13 || Score 132/3
Babar to bowl his final over. Babar bowled two dot balls and followed it with a full-toss on the leg side which Finch hit for a boundary! Six runs from the over.
Over 12 || Score 126/3
Afridi has been brought back into the attack, he went for 15 runs in his first over. Lala strikes gets the big fish – Glenn Maxwell! Maxwell ran out of luck when he tried another big hit, but on this occasion found the fielder at deep midwicket. It has been a fascinating knock from Maxwell and he has given his side a real hope to win the game. 118 runs were added for the third wicket between Finch and Maxwell. Skipper George Bailey has come to the crease. Four runs and a wicket for Afridi from the over.
GJ Maxwell c Ahmed Shehzad b Shahid Afridi 74 (33b)
Over 11 || Score 122/2
Umar Gul has been brought into the attack. Ajmal has gone for 25 runs without a wicket in two overs and he dropped Maxwell off Gul's bowling! Gul bowled a low full-toss and Maxwell mistimed it straight to Ajmal, who got under the ball but grassed it at the last moment. That could prove to be very costly, Maxwell was batting on 70 when he was dropped. Five from the over. These two are now batting sensibly as they know the run-rate is well within their reach.
Over 10 || Score 117/2
Ajmal to bowl his second over. Maxwell doesn't bother to give respect to Ajmal and he slaps his second ball over deep midwicket for his sixth six of the match! Ajmal went a little wayward and Maxwell smashed it towards deep square leg for a boundary! 12 runs from the over.
Over 9 || Score 105/2
Babar has been brought back into the attack. Some respite for Pakistan, three runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 102/2
Bilawal Bhatti brought into the attack. Finch greets him with a boundary towards deep midwicket. Maxwell was offered room outside the off-stump and he played a cut shot for another boundary! Bhatti follows it with a short ball and Maxwell smashed that for a six over deep midwicket! Bhatti's fifth ball was a quicker delivery and Maxwell slapped that over long-on for another six which brought his half-century off just 18 balls! Bhatti was under pressure and he bowled a beamer which went past the keeper for four byes! Bhatti bowled a full-toss to end the over and Maxwell drove that through covers for another boundary! Absolute carnage from Maxwell, 30 runs from the over. Australia have crossed 100 runs in just 8 overs! What a comeback this from the Aussies.
Glenn Maxwell 58* (20b) Aaron Finch 31* (23b)
Over 7 || Score 72/2
Shahid Afridi comes into the attack. Afridi bowler a slower googly and Finch slapped that over wide of long-on for his second Six of the match! Afridi ended the over with a quicker ball and Maxwell handsomely hit it over deep midwicket for another Six! After losing Warner and Watson in the first over, Australia are now back in the game and are dictating terms. 15 runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 57/2
Saeed Ajmal has been introduced into the attack. Fourth ball was a quicker delivery and Finch smacked that over deep midwicket for a Six! Finch made some room for himself off the fifth ball and hit it through covers for a boundary. Good over for Australia, 13 runs from it.
Over 5 || Score 44/2
Time for pace, Umar Gul brought into the attack. Finch was looking desperate to score boundaries, haven't scored any of them so far. Maxwell saw some room outside the off-stump off the fifth ball and worked that cleverly past the fielder at point for a boundary! Gul ended the over with a full-toss and this time Maxwell went over covers for another boundary! Nine runs from the over. Australia are slowly finding their momentum.
Over 4 || Score 35/2
Hafeez to continue. Maxwell charged down the wicket off the third ball and smashed it over deep midwicket for a Six! Hafeez went wayward off the last ball, Maxwell swept that handsomely over deep square leg for another Six! Finch is yet to make an impact, Maxwell has found his rhythm! 15 runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 20/2
Babar to continue. The second ball was a length delivery and Maxwell swept that fine towards deep square leg for boundary! Maxwell followed it with another boundary, this time over covers! Nine runs from the over.
Over 2 || Score 11/2
Spin from both ends, Mohammad Hafeez comes into the attack. Good start this from Hafeez, three runs from the over. Pressure building on Australia.
Over 1 || Score 8/2
Zulfiqar Babar to open the bowling for Pakistan, Warner and Finch will open the batting for Australia. David Warner charged down the wicket, got a leading edge which went over point for a boundary! Warner was looking to make some room on the off-side, the ball spun into him and his off-stump was uprooted! Pakistan have got the breakthrough! Shane Watson is the new man in. Watson charged down the wicket off the fifth ball and hit it straight down the ground for a boundary! Guess what, Babar strikes again! Watson is caught behind! What a start for Pakistan, Australia are under tremendous pressure chasing the formidable score!
SR Watson c Kamran Akmal b Zulfiqar Babar 4 (4b)
DA Warner b Zulfiqar Babar 4 (2b)
Over 20 || Score 191/5
Starc to bowl the final over of the innings, Umar Akmal on strike. Starc bowled a full-toss first ball and Akmal hit it straight to Maxwell at long-on. Shoaib Malik is the new man in. Afridi is on strike. Starc bowled another full-toss and Afridi cleverly worked that towards third man for a boundary! Afridi managed a single off the third ball. Starc bowled another full-toss and Malik got an edge that rushed past third man for a boundary! Malik failed to make any contact with the fifth ball which would have been another full-toss had he hit it. Starc ended the over with a length ball and Malik hit that over mid-off for two runs. So after a brilliant innings from Umar Akmal, Pakistan have reached a formidable score and Australia need 192 runs to win the match!
Shahid Afridi 20* (11b) Shoaib Malik 6* (3b)
Umar Akmal c Maxwell b Starc 94 (54b)
Over 19 || Score 180/4
Bollinger to bowl his final over. Bollinger started the over with two dot balls. Akmal hit the third one towards long-on and it fell just short of Warner, two runs scored. The fourth ball was a full-toss and Akmal slapped that high towards deep square leg, two more runs scored. Akmal took a single off the fifth ball. Excellent finish this from Bollinger, just five runs from it.
Over 18 || Score 175/4
Mitchell Starc to bowl his third over. He began with a full-toss and Akmal slapped that over covers for a boundary! Starc hasn't managed to get his yorkers right, he bowled another full-toss to Akmal who slapped it way long over deep midwicket for his fourth six of the match! Pakistan will now aim for 200, Akmal is just 11 runs short of a magnificent century!
Over 17 || Score 162/4
Shane Watson to bowl his final over. The third ball was a slower one, Afridi got into position early and he clobbered that high and long over deep midwicket for a massive Six! Akmal took a single off the fifth ball and got Afridi on strike. Long-off was inside the circle and as Watson bowled round the stumps, Afridi cleared the fielder at mid-off for another boundary! 14 runs from the over.
Over 16 || Score 148/4
Coulter-Nile to bowl his final over. He began with a length ball and Akmal launched that over midwicket for a boundary! Sohaib Maqsood wasn't looking at his best today, and his stay ended when a yorker rattled his stumps, Coulter-Nile picks his second wicket! Eight runs from the over, Afridi is the new man in. Pakistan need a cameo from him today.
Sohaib Maqsood b Coulter-Nile 5 (7b)
Over 15 || Score 140/3
Bollinger has been brought into the attack. He starts the over with a wayward delivery on the leg side and Akmal uses the pace and clears the fielder at short fine leg for a boundary! Nine from the over. Pakistan should try getting to a score of 180 runs. They should get there with Afridi, Malik yet to come and Akmal, Maqsood at the crease.
Over 14 || Score 131/3
Hogg to continue. He began the over with a brilliant ball which spun into the batsmen after pitching outside the off-stump, the batsman missed it, so did Haddin and it went for four byes. Eight runs from the over.
Over 13 || Score 123/3
Coulter-Nile has been brought back into the attack. Umar Akmal was offered some width off the third ball and he played another powerful cut shot past the fielder at point for a boundary! But he finally broke the partnership, as Kamran Akmal slashed hard at a ball which was short and wide and was caught by David Warner at deep backward point. Nine runs from the over. Sohaib Maqsood is the new man in.
Kamran Akmal c Warner b Coulter-Nile 31 (31b)
Over 12 || Score 114/2
Aaron Finch has been brought into the attack. Umar Akmal greeted him with two sixes and a boundary! Both the sixes were hit over deep midwicket, while a powerful cut shot sent the ball past third man for four runs. Umar Akmal has also reached his half-century off just 28 balls! It has been a scintillating innings from Umar and he is looking unstoppable at the moment. 18 runs from the over.
Over 11 || Score 96/2
Brad Hogg into his second over. The second ball spun away, the batsmen missed it, the keeper missed it and it cost Australia 5 wides! Kamran Akmal was offered some width off the second ball which he hit over extra-cover for a boundary! Another big over for Pakistan – thirteen runs from it! Akmal brothers are making Australia feel the heat!
Over 10 || Score 83/2
Watson continued for his penultimate over of the match. The Pakistani brothers played out three deliveries for singles, then a missed chance, again, as Kamran tried to flick the fourth delivery – a full toss.
In between, the Akmals have completed a fifty partnership from 24 balls.
Over 9 || Score 69/2
And Brad Hogg arrived. Hugely respected veteran, still going strong at the age of 43.
The chinaman bowler started his over with good length delivery which Umar played towards square leg for a single.
The his brother, Kamran treated the Aussie spinner with disdain, striking two successive boundaries. Four runs came off the three remaining balls for Pakistan.
Over 8 || Score 56/2
Valuable Extras for Pakistan. The eighth over started with three wides. Then two boundaries, both by Umar helped Pakistan crossed 50. The final delivery of the over, by Coulter-Nile almost got a wicket. But veteran Hogg spilled the catch at deep square leg boundary. Hard chance, and lucky Umar survived.
Over 7 || Score 42/2
Watson successfully kept the brothers quite for the first four deliveries, but in the fifth ball, the junior Akmal struck a beautiful power-driven boundary through the cover.
Then a single completed the over.
Over 6 || Score 36/2
Nathan Coulter-Nile brought in for the sixth over. Started with a a rather uncharacteristic leg-bye by Kamran, then three unproductive balls later, he dispatches one – a straight four from a cross-bat which almost took down the umpire.
A single change the guard between the brothers and Umar took a single off the last ball.
Over 5 || Score 29/2
Wicket for Shane Watson. Good bowling change from Bailey.
Mohammad Hafeez dragged on a fullish delivery from the Aussie all-rounder. And the stumps are castled.
Mohammad Hafeez b Shane Watson 13 (10b)
In the centre, its the Akmal brothers. Umar played out the remaining four deliveries, taking two twos in the third and fourth deliveries.
Over 4 || Score 25/1
Having got the better of Shehzad in his very first over itself, a confident Bollinger ran into Hafeez.
The Pakistan skipper took off for a double, then cooled off with two dots before sending one to mid-wicket boundary. He found another boundary in the same area, this time playing a cross-batted shot.
Good over for Pakistan. 11 runs.
Over 3 || Score 14/1
Starc started the third over with a wide delivery, Kamran Akmal played out a fuller delivery next up. He ollowed it up with a boundary – a beautifully timed shot through the short point area.
Then, a quite period. Three dot deliveries.
Over 2 || Score 9/1
Doug Bollinger, who shared the new ball with Mitchell Starc, started with a beautiful, well-controlled outs-swinger. Kamran Akmal left the delivery giving the respect it deserved.
The Pakistani wicket-keeper took a single, after playing a deft shot towards the third-man.
Then, wicket for Australia. Bollinger taking a return catch, a rather easy one, after Shehzad failed to complete an attempted pull-shot off a rising delivery.
Perfect return-match for the Aussie left-handed bowler.
Ahmed Shehzad c & b Doug Bollinger 5 (5b )
Thus arrived skipper, Mohammad Hafeez in the centre. He played out the two remaining deliveries, starting with a double.
Over 1|| Score 6/0
What a way to start the innings for Pakistan. Ahmed Shehzad dispatched the outswinging delivery, with some width towards the covers boundary.
But two deliveries afterwards, Shehzad survived a call for a caught behind, with the review indicating that it was only the bat hitting the ground after the ball had passed. The sound, it would have been a deafening one for Pakistan supporters...considering the fact that Shehzad is the leading Pakistani scorer against the Aussies in this format.
Good job by the umpires.
Toss: Australia won the toss, and Pakistan will bat first.
In all the past six T20 matches played here, the team which has won the toss also won the match. India-Pakistan match last Friday being the latest example.
Here are the teams:
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (capt.), Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Doug Bollinger
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Hafeez (capt.), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Saeed Ajmal
Mirpur: It`s a Super Sunday today.
Fixtures: Australia vs Pakistan; India vs West Indies.
In the first match, Australians – the most successful of them all, will take on Pakistan. Having lost their opening match to arch-rivals India, Pakistan cannot afford any further slip-up.
Australians, on form, are one of the favourites to win the tournament. Under George Bailey, these squad is playing like champions. Surprisingly though, they have not won this tournament.
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But Australians are primed to lift this trophy too, specially considering their recent form in all formats of the game, starting the routing of England in the Ashes, then the success in South Africa.
And just after this match, we will have the epic clash involving Indian and West Indian teams.
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Get ready for some super cricket!