We're ready to start. Watson marks his guard. Mohammad Asif is ready.

Teams: The lineups are updated above. Two debutants for Australia - Steve Smith the legspinning allrounder and Travis Birt, the Tasmanian left-handed batsman.

For Pakistan, Imran Nazir returns. By the way, Imran Farhat is also making his T20 debut.

Omair: "Sensible and responsible batting is all what Pakistan needs. Bowling has been decent throughout the tour at least in my opinion. I hope all departments click for the T20 World Champion today!"

With all the drama behind the scenes with Pakistan on this tour, there's enough material to write a book.

7pm: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the one-off Twenty20 between Australia and Pakistan at the MCG.

Toss: Australia have won the toss and they will bat first. We will get the teams up shortly.

The T20 champions Pakistan sign off their tour with this game. It's their last chance to save face after what's been a rather depressing tour so far. At least, this is a format they're good at. They're without Afridi for this game so Shoaib Malik will lead. For more, read the preview by Peter English.

0.1

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, on target straightaway, cramps him up for room and he pushes it back to the bowler

0.2

Mohammad Asif to Watson, FOUR, that's a late evening slash, Asif's very very generous with his width, short as well, Watson sends that flying over the slips, see you later

0.3

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, good comeback,he gets the ball to nip back and he chops it down towards slip

0.4

Mohammad Asif to Watson, no run, reckless slash outside the off stump, seems to be in a hurry to move on

0.5

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 2 runs, in the air and right in the middle of two fielders! He doesn't fully control the pull and short fine leg runs back, but Nazir dives forward and collects it from the deep

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Watson, 1 run, tucks it to the on side and retains the strike

I'm Kanishkaa, your commentator for the moment

End of over 1 (7 runs) Australia 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
SR Watson    7* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-7-0
DA Warner    0* (0b)     

1.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Watson, no run, gets away with a delivery down the leg side on his pads, tries to work it away but the ball rolls to the keeper off his pads

1.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Watson, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers him just wide of first slip

1.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, FOUR, super way to get off the mark, Naved errs by pitching it full and giving him width, he chops it hard onto the ground and the ball races past the covers

1.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, no run, holds the length back and he taps it back to the bowler

1.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, 2 runs, OUT, super throw from the deep and the third umpire has a look, Warner latches on to the width outside off and slices it in the air just over backward point, Umar Akmal runs back from cover point, slides and fires a flat throw to the keeper, Watson wasn't quick enough on the third run

SR Watson run out 8 (6m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

1.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, whoopsy! Clarke slips at the the crease as he whips it away to the on side and he's on all fours, watch out for the stumps, Pup

End of over 2 (9 runs) Australia 16/1 (RR: 8.00)
MJ Clarke    2* (1b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-9-0
DA Warner    6* (3b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-7-0

2.1

Mohammad Asif to Warner, 1 run, shuffles and clips him down to the on side

2.2

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, FOUR, too wide outside off, gentle pace too, he has enough time to roll his wrists and push it away effortlessly wide of backward point

2.3

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, pushes it down the track and tells his partner to wait

2.4

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, almost an action replay, Clarke gets forward a bit too early and he hits it back to the bowler

2.5

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 2 runs, angles towards the pads and he calls for the second run the minute the ball beats midwicket

2.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 2 runs, clips it away off his pads again wide of midwicket

Great atmosphere at the G

End of over 3 (9 runs) Australia 25/1 (RR: 8.33)
MJ Clarke    10* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-16-0
DA Warner    7* (4b 1x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-9-0

3.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, 1 run, ungainly shot by Warner, makes room and the ball flies off the toe of the bat and just drops short of Asif at third man

3.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, no run, picks the slower ball a little too late and he lunges forward and pushes it towards mid-off

3.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he works it to the on side

3.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, 1 run, plays his favourite shot - the pull - it travels flat and quick but there's cover at deep square leg

3.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, slower ball clipped wide of square leg, he has to hurry back for the second and the throw is pretty much on target but the bowler fumbles and clips the bails with his hands instead

3.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, plays a short-arm pull down to deep square leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 31/1 (RR: 7.75)
MJ Clarke    14* (10b 1x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-15-0
DA Warner    9* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-16-0

4.1

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run

4.2

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 2 runs, shuffles across his stumps early and deliberately clips him wide of square leg

4.3

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, excellent running, he drops the ball in front of cover and calls immediately, puts pressure on the infield

4.4

Mohammad Asif to Warner, SIX, That's a Warner special! He latches on to a short of a length delivery and just whams it over deep midwicket, he's caught but by the spectator over the fence, somebody give him a VB! It's on me

4.5

Mohammad Asif to Warner, 1 run, gets a leading edge to the off side and he hurries the single

4.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, tries to play it down to third man but he misses it

End of over 5 (10 runs) Australia 41/1 (RR: 8.20)
MJ Clarke    17* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-26-0
DA Warner    16* (8b 1x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-15-0

5.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, 1 run, makes room bur checks his shot and ends up chopping it wide of cover

5.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, grants him width and he slices it wide of point, Gul charges across from third man and mops up

5.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, opportunity missed by Pakistan! Clarke drops it towards extra cover and takes a big risk, he looked in real danger of being run out but Khalid Latif's throw at the bowler's end cleared Mt Everest

5.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, 3 runs, goes for an ungainly heave but the ball drops in the middle of nowhere in the deep on the off side

5.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, width again and he gets a thick outside edge this time to third man

5.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Warner, 1 run, makes room and squirts it wide of cover point for a single

End of over 6 (9 runs) Australia 50/1 (RR: 8.33)
DA Warner    21* (11b 1x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-24-0
MJ Clarke    21* (17b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-26-0

Good start for Australia, Asif to continue, no slip, comes over the wicket

6.1

Mohammad Asif to Warner, 1 run, stays beside the line and pushes it wide of cover and calls immediately

6.2

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, no run, lovely delivery, Clarke is very circumspect as he gets forward to drive and the late movement beats the outside edge

6.3

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, gets to the pitch of the ball and pushes it to mid-off

6.4

Mohammad Asif to Warner, 2 runs, Dropped Stiff chance, Warner swings at a slow delivery and Asif is a bit late to react, the ball deflects off his fingers to long-on

6.5

Mohammad Asif to Warner, OUT, fell for the trap! Warner makes a lot of room to crash that over the off side, the ball is there to be hit but he doesn't spot the fielder Imran Nazir at deep point, easy catch

DA Warner c Imran Nazir b Mohammad Asif 24 (29m 14b 1x4 1x6) SR: 171.42

6.6

Mohammad Asif to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads and he clips it down to square leg for a single

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 55/2 (RR: 7.85)
MJ Clarke    23* (20b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-31-1
DJ Hussey    0* (0b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-24-0

Malik to bowl, no close fielders

7.1

Shoaib Malik to Clarke, FOUR, lot of intent there, he uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and plays an exquisite airborne drive over the covers, the fielder in the deep had no chance

7.2

Shoaib Malik to Clarke, 1 run, steps down and turns it towards mid-on

7.3

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, 1 run, gives him width but he ends up chopping it down to point

7.4

Shoaib Malik to Clarke, 2 runs, squirts it behind square on the off side but the running is good, complete the second easily

7.5

Shoaib Malik to Clarke, 1 run, chops it towards short third man and sets off immediately

7.6

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, 1 run, shuffles and clips it behind square on the on side for a single

Vikash: "I think PCB has a rule which says "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path ...."

End of over 8 (10 runs) Australia 65/2 (RR: 8.12)
DJ Hussey    2* (2b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    31* (24b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-31-1

Here's Umar Gul

8.1

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, top edges the pull and it falls safe! Hussey isn't in control of that shot and the fielder from deep square charges forward

8.2

Umar Gul to Clarke, 1 run, pushes it towards backward point and sets off, Fawad does really well to slide and save another run, good cricket all round

8.3

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, edges it to the pads and the ball rolls to cover and he risks the single, the throw was wide

8.4

Umar Gul to Clarke, OUT, good reflexes! Clarke gets slightly forward and beside the line to slash it away over the off side, but Fawad is alert at point and cups his hands behind that screamer, he kept his eyes on the ball which was like a bolt of lightning

MJ Clarke c Fawad Alam b Umar Gul 32 (31m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 123.07

8.5

Umar Gul to White, no run, full on the off stump and he pushes it towards mid-off

8.6

Umar Gul to White, 1 wide, bowls it short but down the leg side

8.6

Umar Gul to White, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it just wide of backward point

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 70/3 (RR: 7.77)
CL White    1* (2b)      Umar Gul    1-0-5-1
DJ Hussey    4* (4b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-10-0

9.1

Shoaib Malik to White, 1 run, flatter delivery and he pushes it with the turn down to long-on

9.2

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, no run, stays back and pushes it down to mid-off

9.3

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it through the line to long-on

9.4

Shoaib Malik to White, 1 run, punches it to the off side for a single

9.5

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, 1 run, gets to the pitch of it and pushes it to long-on

9.6

Shoaib Malik to White, no run, slow and wide outside off and chopped down to cover

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 74/3 (RR: 7.40)
CL White    3* (5b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-14-0
DJ Hussey    6* (7b)      Umar Gul    1-0-5-1

10.1

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, full and swinging in, he pushes it through the line to Asif at long-off

10.2

Umar Gul to White, no run, drops it shorter, gets it to nip back in and nearly slices him in half, the ball hits his hips and rolls to the off side

10.3

Umar Gul to White, 1 run, full on the off stump and he gently pushes it down to long-off

10.4

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, short and drifting on the body, he shuffles and clips him to the on side

10.5

Umar Gul to White, OUT, fabulous cricket from Pakistan! Gul catches White all at sea with a short delivery, the ball lobs off White's body and lobs to Fawad at point, Gul thinks White got some glove on it and they go up for the catch, but an unsettled and dazed White ambles out of his crease and an alert Fawad fires the throw at the stumps at White's end, the third umpire takes a look

CL White run out 4 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

10.6

Umar Gul to Birt, 1 run, full on the pads and he works him down to long-on, first runs in Australia colours

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 78/4 (RR: 7.09)
TR Birt    1* (1b)      Umar Gul    2-0-9-1
DJ Hussey    8* (9b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-14-0

11.1

Shoaib Malik to Birt, OUT, forgettable debut in the end for Birt, Malik comes round the wicket and fires it flat on the stumps, Birt goes a long way across and tries to paddle it away, the ball crashes on to leg and middle

TR Birt b Shoaib Malik 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Australia need to rebuild here

11.2

Shoaib Malik to Haddin, no run, defends with soft hands and the ball nearly dribbles back to his stumps

11.3

Shoaib Malik to Haddin, no run, gets forward and drives back to the bowler

11.4

Shoaib Malik to Haddin, 1 run, gets forward and drives him down to long-off

11.5

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers him to the off side

11.6

Shoaib Malik to Haddin, 1 wide, OUT, it's a wide down the leg side and Pakistan aren't complaining at all! Cleverly bowled, fires it down the leg side on seeing Haddin come down the pitch, Kamran does well to follow the line and whip off the bails, he's a long way out

BJ Haddin st †Kamran Akmal b Shoaib Malik 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

11.6

Shoaib Malik to Smith, 1 run, gets off the mark with a clip down to square leg

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End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 82/6 (RR: 6.83)
SPD Smith    1* (1b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-18-2
DJ Hussey    9* (10b)      Umar Gul    2-0-9-1

12.1

Saeed Ajmal to Smith, 1 run, meanwhile his namesake pinches a single to point

12.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it through the line to long-on

12.3

Saeed Ajmal to Smith, 1 run, sower through the air and he rocks back and cuts to sweeper cover

12.4

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, no run, quicker one, gets turn and bounce, Hussey nearly chops it onto his stumps

12.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, knocks it behind square leg

12.6

Saeed Ajmal to Smith, no run

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 86/6 (RR: 6.61)
SPD Smith    3* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0
DJ Hussey    11* (13b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-18-2

13.1

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, 1 run, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives him down to long-on

13.2

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run, makes room to cut but misses

13.3

Shoaib Malik to Smith, FOUR, lot of confidence in that shot! He chips down the track early and carves him over extra cover, bisects 2 fielders in the deep

13.4

Shoaib Malik to Smith, 1 run, shuffles and clips him behind square on the on side

13.5

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, SIX, that goes rows back! Hussey chips down the track, gets his high backlift down on the ball and lofts with the turn, lands several rows over wide long-on

13.6

Shoaib Malik to Hussey, 1 run

End of over 14 (13 runs) Australia 99/6 (RR: 7.07)
DJ Hussey    19* (16b 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-31-2
SPD Smith    8* (7b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0

14.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, no run, taps it towards extra cover and sets off very quickly, has to dive at the crease

14.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, no run, swings at it outside off and fails to connect

14.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 2 runs, slower yorker and he does well to whips it away past square leg

14.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, full on the stumps and pushed to long-on

14.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Smith, OUT, the slower ball from hell! That was actually a googly! Naved foxes Smith who doesn't quite know whether to play at it or not, the ball cuts back in and slices him in half, he won't want to see a replay of that

SPD Smith b Naved-ul-Hasan 8 (10m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

14.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Johnson, no run, fires it quicker and the ball skids onto his pads

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 102/7 (RR: 6.80)
MG Johnson    0* (1b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-27-1
DJ Hussey    22* (20b 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-31-2

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, squeezes it out to third man and he has to hurry for the single, the throw is wide

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Johnson, no run, full on the off stump and driven to mid-off

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Johnson, no run, speeds past the outside edge, phew that was close

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Johnson, no run

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Johnson, 2 runs, tries to heave it to the on side and nearly chops it onto his stumps, very nearly the 8th wicket there

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Johnson, no run, skids through and he pushes it to the off side

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 105/7 (RR: 6.56)
MG Johnson    2* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-7-0
DJ Hussey    23* (21b 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-27-1

16.1

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, full on the off stump and he drives to the off side

16.2

Umar Gul to Johnson, OUT, it gets worse for Australia! Another terrific delivery, Gul bangs it in really short and it's a snorter, Johnson desperately sways backward to evade it and the ball brushes his glove, Kamran knows it

MG Johnson c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 2 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

16.3

Umar Gul to Nannes, 1 run, low full toss and he clips it down to deep midwicket

16.4

Umar Gul to Hussey, FOUR, oh nice stuff! Gul errs by dropping it short and giving him width, Hussey backs away and times the cut really well, beats third man

16.5

Umar Gul to Hussey, 2 runs, brilliant fielding! Pakistan where were you all this while? The batsman pounds it down the ground and Naved at long-on sprints to his left and just manages to pull it back, that looked an obvious four

16.6

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, full on the pads and squeezed out to the on side

End of over 17 (9 runs) Australia 114/8 (RR: 6.70)
DJ Hussey    31* (25b 1x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    3-0-18-2
DP Nannes    1* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-7-0

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, full on the pads and he clips it to square leg

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to Nannes, no run, tossed up on the pads and worked to the on side

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Nannes, 3 runs, outside edge beats slip, puts pressure on nazir at third man, good running by Hussey to get back for the third

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, OUT, not so good running this time! Hussey rocks back and pulls a slower short delivery, mixup in the running and Umar fires the throw to the bowler's end, he's gone by a mile

DP Nannes run out 4 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, no run, fires that in very quick and he pushes it back to the bowler

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, SIX, take that! Hussey steps down the pitch on seeing the flight and carts that long and high over wide long-on

End of over 18 (11 runs) Australia 125/9 (RR: 6.94)
DJ Hussey    39* (29b 1x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-18-0
SW Tait    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    3-0-18-2

18.1

Umar Gul to Tait, 1 run, does well to squeeze out a fast yorker, he risks a single to Fawad at point and the throw was just wide, he was a goner otherwise

18.2

Umar Gul to Hussey, no run, backs away from his crease and Gul does well to bowl the bouncer, Hussey swishes at thin air

18.3

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, circumspect running again, squeezes it out to the off side and the throw to the bowler's end is wide

18.4

Umar Gul to Tait, OUT, easy catch for Alam this time, Tait gets forward to a pitched up delivery and ends up spooning it straight to point

SW Tait c Fawad Alam b Umar Gul 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

It's been Pakistan all the way so far, save for a brief period in the beginning when Warner and Clarke were hitting it around. Pakistan picked themselves up with their fielding and disciplined bowling. That double strike by Malik was the turning point. They've done all the hard work to get this far. They shouldn't mess this up.

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Quaid: "Pak should start its series with T20 matches, then ODI and in the end, Test matches. T20 will pump their spirits right from start."

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