ICC World T20: Pakistan win a thriller against Australia

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Pakistan registered a 16-run victory over Australia in their ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group 2 match. Australia was on course for a win after a sensational batting display by Glenn Maxwell (74 from 33) but the Pakistan spinners bowled brilliantly to bundle out Australia for 175 .

Chasing 192, Australia lost its two wickets in the very first over, David Warner (4) and Shane Watson (4) both fell to left arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. With Australia 8/2 in first over what followed next was mind boggling batting display by Maxell as he looked like almost set to take the game away solitarily from Pakistan. His 74 at a striking rate of 224.24 included seven 4s and six whopping 6s. Maxwell along with Aaron Finch added 118 runs for 3rd wicket but what was incredible about this partnership was it came off just 64 balls.

Maxwell did not look to bog down after disastrous start and right from the go attacked Pakistan bowlers including Saed Ajmal. As long as Maxwell was in the middle Australia were looking to chase down target successfully, but Shahid Afridi set it up for Pakistan as he scalped dangerous wickets of Maxwell and Australian skipper George Bailey. After that Australia lost the momentum Maxwell had provided them.

Needing 31 from three overs, well set Aaron finch (65)was dismissed in 18th over by Saed Ajmal who gave away just one run in that over. Umar Gul bowled the 19th over and Australia only scored seven runs off his over with the loss of one wicket.

Australia then needed 23 runs from last over and Bilawal Bhatti who gave away 30 runs in his first over was chosen to bowl, he held onto his nerve and made sure Australia was All out for 175

Babar, Gul, Bhatti and Afridi picked two wickets each and Saed Ajmal took one wicket.

Earlier Pakistan after the shaky start went on to finish high, courtesy 96 run partnership between Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal for the 3rd wicket. Umar Akmal missed his century by six runs as he was dismissed on 94 runs, besides his brilliance with the bat Kamran Akmal (31)andShahid Afridi (20*)made sure Pakistan post a target of 192.

Coulter Nile scalped two wickets while Doug Bollinger, Shane Watson and Mitchell Starc picked one wicket each.

Man of the Match: Umar Akmal
Brief Scores: Australia 175 All Out (J. Maxwell 74, Z. Babar 26/2) lost to Pakistan 191/5 (U. Akmal 94, C. Nile 36/2)by 16 runs.