Pakistan crushed Aussies by seven wickets
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal top scored with an unbeaten 31 followed by opener Imran Nazir (22) and captain Mohammad Hafeez (17) while Nasir Jamshed made 10 and Shoaib Malik remained not out on nine.
Earlier, Pakistani bowlers dismissed Australia for a mere 89 runs in 19.3 overs after Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and put Australia into bat.
This was their second lowest total in Twenty20 International cricket as the previous lowest was 79 which they made against England at Southampton in 2005.
No Australian batsman could get into the double figures except three players — Opener David Warner (22), middle-order batsman Cameron White (15) and captain George Bailey (14).
Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir was the most successful bowler for Pakistan with three for 13 while off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez, and left-arm spinner Raza Hasan claimed two wickets each. Umar Gul took one wicket.”
Australia’s captain George Bailey expressed disappointment over the abject loss.
“I am very disappointed and there’s plenty to go away and work on. You don’t ever want to be setting those sorts of records. But in terms of the group we’ve got together and what we’re capable of, it certainly hasn’t altered my thoughts that we can still be a very good team,” said Bailey.
Bailey, whose team is ranked a lowly ninth in Twenty20 cricket, insisted his team can still win the World Twenty20.
“I still think we can win it. Definitely. Absolutely. I certainly don’t think we will win if we play like we did today. It’s hopefully just a bad performance and one that you won’t see again. Even if we gained a tiny bit of momentum, we gave it back by losing a wicket.”
Bailey said he hoped Australia, who won the preceding one-day series 2-1, will improve.
“It’s a work in progress, it’s going to be a real key the way we play spin and the way we play spin heading into the World Twenty20 too, so we’re working on it.
“In terms of the World Twenty20 there’s no better practice than playing against the world class spinners that Pakistan have in these three games,” said Bailey. (AFP)
About The Author
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.