Sidelights – ICC World T20 | Pakistan Vs Australia
This game can rightly be called ‘a game of mixed fortunes’. First, it was Pakistan who, despite could score 191 runs after being on 25/2 at one stage and found themselves on the winning side and later it was Australia who despite losing two wickets in the first over and got hope from Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch as if they will run away with the match, found themselves on the losing side. The victory margin may look big, but it was closely contested game for sure. Thanks to Umar Akmal, who scored 94 runs Pakistan managed a ‘score board pressure’ on Australia right from the word ‘go’ and Australia nearly made a match of it, thanks to Glenn Maxwell’s heroics.
ICC World T20 | Group 2 | Match 16 | Pakistan Vs Australia
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Toss: Australia and elected to field first
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Saeed Ajmal
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Brad Hogg, Doug Bollinger
Mini Score Card:
Pakistan 191/5 (20) – Umar Akmal 94 (54) | Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/36 (4)
Australia 175 – all out (20) – Glenn Maxwell 74 (33) | Zulfiqar Babar 2/26 (4)
Result: Pakistan won by 16 runs
Points: Pakistan 2 (2), Australia 0
Man of the match: Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong (Both England) | Kumar Dharmasena (3rd– Sri Lanka) | Richard Illingworth (Reserve – England)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
How they played the game:
Powerplay: Pakistan 36 runs, 2 wickets | Australia 57 runs, 2 wickets
First 50 runs: Pakistan 45 balls | Australia 34 balls
50-100 runs: Pakistan 24 balls | Australia 25 balls
100-150 runs: Pakistan 30 balls | Australia 45 balls
Pakistan – 3rd Wicket 96 runs off 52 balls | Contributors: Umar Akmal 59 (32) and Kamran Akmal 25 (20)
Australia – 3rd Wicket 118 runs off 65 balls | Contributors: Glenn Maxwell 74 (33) and Aaron Finch 37 (32)
Pakistan: 19 (9 – Umar Akmal | 4 – Kamran Akmal | 2 – Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi | 1 – Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik)
Australia: 16 (7 – Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell | 1 – David Warner, Shane Watson)
Pakistan 5 (4 – Umar Akmal | 1 – Shahid Afridi)
Australia 8 (6 – Glenn Maxwell | 2 – Aaron Finch)
Important facts of the match
- In the score of 175 only Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell could manage double digit scores for Australia.
- Maxwell’s 50 in 18 balls is the fastest 50 by an Australian in T20I, equaling David Warner against West Indies at SCG in 2009-10.
- The No.4 batsmen’s score tally of 168 is the best in T20Is till date. Previous was by Ricky Ponting (98*) and Scotts Styris (66) in the first ever T20I in 2005.
In the pic: Umar Akmal reacts after getting dismissed for 94 runs
Picture Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo