Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Twenty20, Edgbaston July 5, 2010

Umar blitz sets up Pakistan victory

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Pakistan 167 for 8 (Umar Akmal 64) beat Australia 144 (Warner 41, Ajmal 3-26, Aamer 3-27) by 23 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It can't bring back the World Twenty20 trophy, but Pakistan extracted some sort of revenge on Australia in their first meeting since the semi-final in St Lucia. Again, a vigorous Umar Akmal half-century set up Pakistan's innings but this time their bowlers, led by Mohammad Aamer, did enough to strangle Australia's run-rate and deny Michael Clarke's men, who couldn't chase down 168.

In May, it took something special from Michael Hussey to drive Australia into the decider against England, as he monstered the 18 needed off the last over, bowled by Saeed Ajmal. This time, Ajmal fittingly collected the final wicket and was mobbed by his team-mates as Australia fell to a 23-run defeat, their first loss to Pakistan in any format in their past 13 meetings.

Umar set up the victory with the fastest Twenty20 international half-century by a Pakistan player, a 21-ball effort that brought the thousands of Pakistan fans at Edgbaston to their feet. Their 167 for 8 looked competitive but gettable, and when David Warner scythed five boundaries from Shoaib Akhtar's first five balls, Australia appeared to be in charge.

But once the field went back, and Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul came on, the runs dried up. Gul delivered yorker after yorker, and Afridi altered his pace and angle to keep Warner and David Hussey guessing during their 52-run stand. Hussey had 34 from 28 balls when he skied Afridi to mid-on, and Warner followed in the next over.

Warner's 41 from 31 was more restrained than his usual Twenty20 efforts, with the attack on Akhtar his only period of dominance. Ajmal, the unlucky man asked to bowl the final over in St Lucia, deceived Warner with a ball that went straight on, beat the bat and crashed into the stumps. That brought Michael Hussey to the crease, but there were no heroics this time.

The Australians needed some top-order support for Warner; instead, Michael Clarke's dismal Twenty20 batting record continued. He was caught for 5, trying to force Abdul Razzaq through cover and it is now eight innings since he has scored better than a run a ball in a Twenty20 for his country.

Aamer (3 for 27) began the strong bowling effort by trapping Shane Watson lbw in the first over of the chase, before he returned to snare the key wickets of Cameron White and Steven Smith. With every wicket the Pakistan fans roared and blasted on their air horns, just as they had during Umar's batting blitz.

The highlight of his 64 was a pair of sixes straight down the ground off Smith, but his ability to the find the gaps and invent ways of scoring was remarkable. It takes a brave man to paddle sweep a Dirk Nannes full toss off middle stump, but Umar made it look like the most logical selection of stroke and ran the ball to the fine-leg boundary.

He departed in the 19th over, bowled by Shaun Tait, but by then he'd done enough. Umar was the star, but he had good support from Shoaib Malik in a 51-run stand that included 20 off one over, as Malik launched a stinging attack on David Hussey's offspin.

Malik was out in unusual fashion when he edged a slow bouncer behind off Nannes and the batsmen took a cheeky single, only for replays to show that Tim Paine had completed the catch diving forward. Pakistan looked like they might not even bat out their overs after they stumbled to 47 for 4 in the eighth over.

Umar's recovery won Pakistan the game, and earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. There was no world trophy on offer, but the win will give Pakistan confidence ahead of their long tour of England. And a confident Pakistan is a dangerous Pakistan.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • BoomBoom_Khan on July 8, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    @rajeevsingh, man i love your enthusiasm for the game, Indian cricket and India I wish I could offer you more assistance but as a reward I will promise you that we will take good care of Sania Mirza for ya ;-)

  • SnowSnake on July 8, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    @Nick Giannakis: Sorry, I am not a jealous kind of guy. Neither I take too much pride in my of someone elses nationality. Even if I were poorest of poor Indian and you were richest of rich Australian, I would not belittle myself or praise you. It is just not my thing. @Settinsun: I did not compute the speeds in ODI so frankly I don't know tait's balling speeds. I just reported what I saw in 1st T20ODI and my comments are limited to that T20 only. I aplologize for typos because I am working off a French Keyboard from Internet Cafe in Montreal and it is hard find to delete key (is it demarrer or arret veille or veille).

  • neds85 on July 7, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    @rasghar786 and rajeevsingh...Guys dnt fight , Both teams i.e Pakistan and India are very talented , both teams have got world class players, its true rajeev Pakistan cricket is suffering by all means but still we have performed exceptionally well against India , Please see the record of Last 4 ODI's Played between the two teams:

    Kitply cup(Tri nation series in Bangladesh) , Jun 2008, Pakistan beat India. Asia cup , jun-jul 2008 , Pakistan beat India. Icc Champions Throphy ,Sep-Oct 2009 , Pakistan beat India. Asia cup ,2010 , India beat Pakistan.

    Plus we won the T20 WC last year, and Team india, couldn't even qualify for 2nd round of WC in 2nd and 3rd T20 WC...I m a Pakistani and i love both(PAK and IND) Teams.

  • on July 7, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Pakistani team is proud of me and I love the Pakistani team, but the Pakistan team will have to prove themselves all over the world, and will remain steadfast and make the game superman, my pray is always with you. Pakistan Zindaabad

  • rajeevsingh on July 7, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Rasghar786, If you want to live in the past, please do so. The important thing is what the team is achieving today and not 15 or 20 years back. Have a look at the record of Ind-Pak matches in the past 5 years. Do not forget the 4-1 pasting that India gave the Pakis and the 2-1 test series win in Pakistan. Then the final of the 20-20 final in South Africa and then the Asia cup. We know the full history of Sharjah where Pakistan have won more than 90% of their matches, most of which were fixed. There is no point bringing back past records or performances. Have a look where Pakistan stands today. No country are going to step foot in Pakistan atleast till the next 5 years. You may address these core issues rather than gloating over 1 or 2 wins and that too in T-20 cricket which anyway is a lottery.

  • rasghar786 on July 7, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    @rajeevsingh, Some Stats for your big headed self: Pakistan Vs India, as of 30th June 2010 Test ODI T20 Matches Played 59 119 2 Matches Pakistan Won 12 64 0 Matches India Won 9 46 2 No Result: 38 4 0

    As you can see, Pakistan have a better track record for Pakistan Vs India matches. Only 2 T20's have been played, not enough to comment on. As for the ODI's Pakistan have a better record as well as in Tests. Please next time before speaking, check the stats. It's funny how you have forgotten the Champions Trophy where nearly every Indian was praying for a Pakistani win to stay in the competition. The IPL snub backfired, Pakistan have 3 of the top 10 T20 bowlers and some of the best all rounders. Remind me, who do India have in the T20 section? Your bowling attack is no match for ours, our batting is improving day by day. Your batsmen are getting very old!

  • sal80 on July 6, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    @ rajeevsingh

    why are you forgetting the soo many defeats tht indian team has get frm pak team in Sharjah and the most recent was in Champions trophy and evne the most worst for the indian team was tht they were praying for pak win so tht indian team may progress ..and 2ndly IPL is not ICC look what happen when you drop pak players in 2nd IPL we won T20trophy .so think with the open mind rather 1sided mind ..and in asia cup it was close game not a 1 sided affair which indian team win so dnt get over the moon on tht victory

  • SettingSun on July 6, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    @SnowSnake - are you a real person or just a sentient calculator? If you will insist on using statistics to back up every single point you make, did you see the England v Australia ODIs? Did you see Tait's average speeds? Somewhere around 94 mph, if I remember rightly. And that's over 10 overs. He bowled a number of deliveries over 97mph. Now if that isn't fast in your book then you are just wrong. I mean, I know you are completely anti-Australian but you really have got to stop making yourself looking so foolish in trying to make Aussie players look so bad, just because your Yuvraj is such an under-achiever. Put that in your StatsGuru and smoke it.

  • on July 6, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    @snowsnake. if you're an american citizen living there you should be envious of australia's standard of living. if you go to the 'human development reports' from the united nations website. there you will find global rankings for each country in regards to their standard of living. they use such factors as life expectancy, education and per-capita GDP to determine these rankings. australia leaves the whole world in it's wake except for norway with our quality of life. your nation comes in at thirteenth. i can only speculate your high levels of crime could be responsible for your inferiour ranking. :)

  • rajeevsingh on July 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    If Pakistan can throw water bottles on the Australians after winning a match for the first time in 14 matches, then I really pity the Pakistan team and public. Good that our Indian team taught the Pakistanis a lesson in the Asia cup. The Pakistanis win nothing and they come out of their hotels everyday as if they are b…dy champions. Please ask Mr. Shoaib Akhthar how he felt after messing with our star Harbhajan Singh? Also ask Kamran Akmal never to have any sort of tiff with Gautam Gambhir or you will repent. Pakistanis are usually big talk and lots of hot air. They can win 1 or 2 matches against Australia but they have no chance against us Indians. Remember the 20-20 final in 2007. Pakistan who has the most foolish cricket administration ever with full of clowns and no less are their public. Even after being humiliated by India at the IPL auction, Pakistan is supporting India to oppose John Howard. They rightfully deserve the name 'Buffoons' given to them by Malcolm Speed.

  • BoomBoom_Khan on July 8, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    @rajeevsingh, man i love your enthusiasm for the game, Indian cricket and India I wish I could offer you more assistance but as a reward I will promise you that we will take good care of Sania Mirza for ya ;-)

  • SnowSnake on July 8, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    @Nick Giannakis: Sorry, I am not a jealous kind of guy. Neither I take too much pride in my of someone elses nationality. Even if I were poorest of poor Indian and you were richest of rich Australian, I would not belittle myself or praise you. It is just not my thing. @Settinsun: I did not compute the speeds in ODI so frankly I don't know tait's balling speeds. I just reported what I saw in 1st T20ODI and my comments are limited to that T20 only. I aplologize for typos because I am working off a French Keyboard from Internet Cafe in Montreal and it is hard find to delete key (is it demarrer or arret veille or veille).

  • neds85 on July 7, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    @rasghar786 and rajeevsingh...Guys dnt fight , Both teams i.e Pakistan and India are very talented , both teams have got world class players, its true rajeev Pakistan cricket is suffering by all means but still we have performed exceptionally well against India , Please see the record of Last 4 ODI's Played between the two teams:

    Kitply cup(Tri nation series in Bangladesh) , Jun 2008, Pakistan beat India. Asia cup , jun-jul 2008 , Pakistan beat India. Icc Champions Throphy ,Sep-Oct 2009 , Pakistan beat India. Asia cup ,2010 , India beat Pakistan.

    Plus we won the T20 WC last year, and Team india, couldn't even qualify for 2nd round of WC in 2nd and 3rd T20 WC...I m a Pakistani and i love both(PAK and IND) Teams.

  • on July 7, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Pakistani team is proud of me and I love the Pakistani team, but the Pakistan team will have to prove themselves all over the world, and will remain steadfast and make the game superman, my pray is always with you. Pakistan Zindaabad

  • rajeevsingh on July 7, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Rasghar786, If you want to live in the past, please do so. The important thing is what the team is achieving today and not 15 or 20 years back. Have a look at the record of Ind-Pak matches in the past 5 years. Do not forget the 4-1 pasting that India gave the Pakis and the 2-1 test series win in Pakistan. Then the final of the 20-20 final in South Africa and then the Asia cup. We know the full history of Sharjah where Pakistan have won more than 90% of their matches, most of which were fixed. There is no point bringing back past records or performances. Have a look where Pakistan stands today. No country are going to step foot in Pakistan atleast till the next 5 years. You may address these core issues rather than gloating over 1 or 2 wins and that too in T-20 cricket which anyway is a lottery.

  • rasghar786 on July 7, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    @rajeevsingh, Some Stats for your big headed self: Pakistan Vs India, as of 30th June 2010 Test ODI T20 Matches Played 59 119 2 Matches Pakistan Won 12 64 0 Matches India Won 9 46 2 No Result: 38 4 0

    As you can see, Pakistan have a better track record for Pakistan Vs India matches. Only 2 T20's have been played, not enough to comment on. As for the ODI's Pakistan have a better record as well as in Tests. Please next time before speaking, check the stats. It's funny how you have forgotten the Champions Trophy where nearly every Indian was praying for a Pakistani win to stay in the competition. The IPL snub backfired, Pakistan have 3 of the top 10 T20 bowlers and some of the best all rounders. Remind me, who do India have in the T20 section? Your bowling attack is no match for ours, our batting is improving day by day. Your batsmen are getting very old!

  • sal80 on July 6, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    @ rajeevsingh

    why are you forgetting the soo many defeats tht indian team has get frm pak team in Sharjah and the most recent was in Champions trophy and evne the most worst for the indian team was tht they were praying for pak win so tht indian team may progress ..and 2ndly IPL is not ICC look what happen when you drop pak players in 2nd IPL we won T20trophy .so think with the open mind rather 1sided mind ..and in asia cup it was close game not a 1 sided affair which indian team win so dnt get over the moon on tht victory

  • SettingSun on July 6, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    @SnowSnake - are you a real person or just a sentient calculator? If you will insist on using statistics to back up every single point you make, did you see the England v Australia ODIs? Did you see Tait's average speeds? Somewhere around 94 mph, if I remember rightly. And that's over 10 overs. He bowled a number of deliveries over 97mph. Now if that isn't fast in your book then you are just wrong. I mean, I know you are completely anti-Australian but you really have got to stop making yourself looking so foolish in trying to make Aussie players look so bad, just because your Yuvraj is such an under-achiever. Put that in your StatsGuru and smoke it.

  • on July 6, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    @snowsnake. if you're an american citizen living there you should be envious of australia's standard of living. if you go to the 'human development reports' from the united nations website. there you will find global rankings for each country in regards to their standard of living. they use such factors as life expectancy, education and per-capita GDP to determine these rankings. australia leaves the whole world in it's wake except for norway with our quality of life. your nation comes in at thirteenth. i can only speculate your high levels of crime could be responsible for your inferiour ranking. :)

  • rajeevsingh on July 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    If Pakistan can throw water bottles on the Australians after winning a match for the first time in 14 matches, then I really pity the Pakistan team and public. Good that our Indian team taught the Pakistanis a lesson in the Asia cup. The Pakistanis win nothing and they come out of their hotels everyday as if they are b…dy champions. Please ask Mr. Shoaib Akhthar how he felt after messing with our star Harbhajan Singh? Also ask Kamran Akmal never to have any sort of tiff with Gautam Gambhir or you will repent. Pakistanis are usually big talk and lots of hot air. They can win 1 or 2 matches against Australia but they have no chance against us Indians. Remember the 20-20 final in 2007. Pakistan who has the most foolish cricket administration ever with full of clowns and no less are their public. Even after being humiliated by India at the IPL auction, Pakistan is supporting India to oppose John Howard. They rightfully deserve the name 'Buffoons' given to them by Malcolm Speed.

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Pakistan were struggling to make a move and The young Umar Akmal leads them out of trouble. Overall a clinical win is what the pakistanis won, but the world expects this from them on a consistent basis.

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Its always good to beat Australia congrats pakistan...........

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Congratulations to all PAKISTANIS ...As a cricket fan i am looking a great batsman like Sachin tendulkar in UMAR AKMAL. Best of Luck for his bright future.

  • FIPL on July 6, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    @ Najib Ul Rehman Malik: I am sorry I should not be comparing Umer Akmal with Tendulker, because I don't want him to score a lot of runs and Pakistan fail to Win. Sachin is a master technician without any doubt and highest runs getter in the world but do you remember how many times he score 100 and India wins the match????? He is a good batsman but he is never a good finisher. So many times he brings India close to victory and sank them. And also recall your memory it takes a lot of time for Sachin to score his first ODI 100. And I already said it might be too early to compare (in run getting sense) Umer with sachin.

  • Desihungama on July 6, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    To SIREN6800 on (July 06 2010, 04:30 AM GMT)

    I disagree with you on Akhtar. Warner's 5 consective boundaries were not convincing as Shoaib was bowling at nearly 150-153 and a mere touch, the ball was racing toward the boundry as there were no field restrictions and Afridi had placed the best fielder in Razzaq at point. (Now, that last point is a joke). Afridi though is inspiring enough but he has yet to learn the relams of captanicy. He should have brought Akhtar back for over Ajmal bowled but I assume being a senior and experienced it won't dent his confidence. Again, being a smart captain Afridi need to learn to utilize what he got. Akhtar must be allowed to bowl when there is no field restriction. Why? He's mastered one of those very fast short pitch balls similar to the one Tendulkar got out on 99 in that forgettable Worldcup.

  • SnowSnake on July 6, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    @mattyboy95. Frankly, I did not compute the average speed of Pak. bowlers. If I were to guess, Amer was averaging around 139, Shoaib may be around 142 (only two overs). The reason I kept track of Aus. bowlers was due to media hype that all 3 can all ball over 150 Kmph. Of 20 overs Aus. produced only 6 deliveries over 150Kmph and all under 153 kmph. I was just trying to find the truth, I guess.

  • SnowSnake on July 6, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    @hris: Thank you for your criticism. I agree with most of what you have said. I will explain my reasoning. In T20, a bowler bowls only 24 deliveries so it is possible to bowl 24 high speed deliveries. A typical fast bowler balls two overs in 1-5 over slot and next two overs in 15-20 over slot. So a fast bowler gets adequate rest between spells to consistently ball fast. Also, with new ball the drag on the ball is low due to its shine so it is possible to get extra 1-2kmph speed. With that said, here is average speed that I am using for my classification (averaged over 4 overs including wides and no balls): 135-139kmph {fast medium}; 140-145kmph {borderline fast}; {146-150} fast. That is why I called Johnson fast medium; and Tait and Nannes borderline fast.

  • ChainDo on July 6, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    @All My Friends across the border.... YES Pakistan is a good team if (1) They stop drug abuse (2) They stop getting caught in ball tampering (3) They stop transporting drugs (4) They stop changing captains like watchmen on duty (5) They stop changing PCB chiefs at a drop of hat (6) They stop recalling suspended players (7)... (8)... But when will all this happen? And compare Umar with VVRichards? You must be joking. Last time Imran compared Sachin and Inzamam, results are there to see.............. Ha Ha...

  • SnowSnake on July 6, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    @Nick Giannakis: I am a US Citizen living in the USA, so I am not jealous of either Australia, its team or its standard of living. I do praise Brett Lee and still believe that he is fast bowler than Shaun Tait. I am somewhat surprised that Australian fans are taking my comments so personally (and also personally attacking my standard of living etc. ) when evidence is there for all to see. Why would Ponting let Tait ball 2 overs spells? I have taken time to crunch numbers, and I back my claims with data. Tait is a borderline fast bowler who balls fast on overdrive with 2 over spells. I am supporting Pak. team (now you claim that I am Indian supporting Pak. team) because it has quality balling and better batting than Aus. If anything, most of my criticism is against australian selection board for relying too much on ageing batmen of by gone era. I expect higher quality from Australia because I know they can find them. Until that happens, my criticism will continue.

  • mriaz on July 6, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    folks..its just another odd win for pak based on the individual talent.n nothing much to be read in it as the very next match u can see very upside down. As the bunch of bats they are carrying with this team is full of jokers..Salman butt (can run his full team out)...malik (he cant find place in India domestic team)..shahzib..razzak, Akhtar (Spent forces)...afridi (never expect fom him)..new comers (no body ever heard)...all these making international pak team...only god can save them...good luck scraps....

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Cricinfo didn't publish tonight's match preview yet...3 hours to go!

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    umar akmal is the best player under preessure he has a very big heart both he and his brother

  • on July 6, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    CONGRATS PAKISTAN........IF THERE IS UNITY AND RESPECT TO EACH OTHER THAN NO DOUBT THAT NOBODY CAN STOP TO PAKISTAN......... ITS TRUTH AND MY BELIEVE..............BUCK UP PAKISTAAN............. I REMEMBER THE WORDS OF THE ONE OF THE TOP MOST FAMOUS VIV RICHARDS COMMENTS THE PAKISTAN TEAM IS UN PREDICTABLE TEAM AND THE WORD OF ALLAH MAKE THEM UNITED .........GOOD LUCK FOR UPCOMING MATCH..... PLAY WITH UNITY EITHER ITS PLAYED BY ONE ONLY BUT WHOLE TEAM HAVE TO PROVE THE RESPOSIBILITY.

  • SachinIsAGoner on July 6, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Pakistan beat Australia "at last". See you Pakistan after 13 Games for your next victory.

  • cskfangg on July 6, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    atlast.....atlast...pakistan won a match against aussies... plz dont praise too much about akmal, yes he is talented youth.,but has to grow and had to go a longway.. the real problem is that if a player does well, then the pakistanis started praising him as a king.. Then the player thinks, he is a everything in pakistan cricket..then loose his concentration in game and do politics in team(the likes of malik)..so please let this Guy grow as well matuared and experienced cricketer and compare with sachin or viv richards.. well done pakistan team ..continue with same confident...

  • SnowSnake on July 6, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    @SettingSun: I am just reporting the facts. Just compute Shaun Tait's speed in today's T20. It is only 24 balls. All you have to do is add up the numbers and divide by 24 (assuming no wides). Shaun Tait averages around 145kmph. Yes, that is fast, but he is no Brett Lee or Akthar in their prime. Shaun can bowl a fast ball once in a while, but he cannot ball fast consistently. Sorry, these are just facts. I mean it is just four overs. We are not talking 10 overs like ODI or 20+ overs in test where his average will drop significantly. He averaged 140 kmph in his 4th over of last T20.

  • ratee on July 6, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Pakistan just needs consistency now and to maintain the momentum as the belief that they can beat the Aussies can come after they beat them two or three times in quick succession.

    One thing is sure that this Aussie team is not at the same level as it was two years ago and is beatable!!

  • irfanzulfiqar786 on July 6, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    its the time to prove the shrewdness and verstality of talent in the pakistani team however the yesterdays t20 only shows the spark of the forth coming blasts from the pakistani heroes , its the twilight of the dark nights which were overwhelming the pakistani cricket however the time has come to prove that we are up for all the challenges and we will win all the matches and leave the hallmarks of the dawn of the new and fresh revitalised pakistan , aameen

  • dr.jha on July 6, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    @ ali imran ... hey mate... i may be busy at times .. but i do know my cricket :)... looking forward to your comments on today's match... :)

  • dr.jha on July 6, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    @ Ali Imran... am so sorry mate... was caught up in the clinics :) oh my heartiest congratulations to pakistan...an yes... your assessment is correct... they did play as a unit... afridi brings a sense of pride with himself... oh and the younger akmal... phenomenal man... this makes three simply awesome innings he has played against very good opponents... if he keeps his head down and stay away from team politics ... he will be an asset for pakistan... oh may i add... when i watched his debut test inning against new zealand last year.scored like 100 odd... with 200 run partnershp with his brother..he showed so much talent and temperament that i thought he would go on to become the captain one day...and he repeated it in second inning... was disappointed when i heard he was involved in some back biting against youis khan...he just needs to concentrate on his cricket.. he is good... congratulations again pakistan..well played..

  • dr.jha on July 6, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    well played pakistan... umar is a special talent..his counterattack after the loss of wickets was special... oh an afridi was very proactive in the field...... watch out australia... good win for pakistan... can they repeat it ???? yes... will they be able to ??? time will tell :)

  • Marcio on July 6, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Ah yes, "Australia is now an average side which is easily beaten." Looks like it. They were lucky to beat Pakistan in 13 straight games, and lucky to make the World T20 final, and then their 3-2 loss to England in the 1 dayers would have been a 5-0 loss if they hadn't luckily won the last 2 games. England won the deciding game by a single wicket only because they wanted to make it exciting, and Australia wee, you guessed it, lucky. Aussie fastbowlers can only bowl fast, and the great swing they were getting in the 5th game against England was just the wind blowing it - so lucky!

    Pakistan to win all games, and if they lose it will be becasue of bad luck.

  • on July 6, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    @jambojet.... pl don't campare umar with sachin as sachin is a master technician while umar A is master blaster... campare him with viv richards as both, when firing, look like playing against kids.... umar has adv of superb timings, and a big heart..... May Allah save him from indulging him into match fixings friendship with shoab malik.....

  • kapilesh23 on July 6, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    i understand pak played well .it has been a refreshing victory for all the pakistani nationals but think for a second it was a one t20 match .pakistan still have a series to go and prove there prudentials by defeating aus and eng .so dont be overjoyed so much by one victory .

  • on July 6, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    great team spirit shows by pakistani last day. please don't compare Umar Akmal with sachin. Sachin is a great player but i never see him to play such a great inning in pressure in his 400 ODI carrier as Umar palyed last day

  • on July 6, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Hi guyes, this pakistani team, who beat every team of the world if they play with heart

  • Fan84 on July 6, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    I AM VERY FIRM on my statement ,, Aussies are not looking great since they lost the series to england,, they played without their prime players,, they din't play well agains the pakisthanis who on the other hand trying their luck hard to beat the aussies ,, it is clearly evident that the aussies are not mentally prepared to get beaten from pakistan.. i wish to aussies on the top of the world in all formats of teh games,, as long as clark is playing t20,, iam very sad to say that powerful aussie are playing only 10 !!!!

  • Mudassar2009 on July 6, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Pakistan vs Australia is local series.but i hope to pakistan team is good performance next match. our player's is satemna in only T20 cricket. but orignal cricket is test and one day international.we are only enjoy to Baby cricket.shahid afridi is like to shoaib akhtar continue cricket and more rathaym come.umar akmal is good staylish batsman

  • UmairTariq on July 6, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    I believe Australian cricket is lightly on downward trend. Not that they lack talent but I feel Australian cricket board has had some influence of PCB (which this management is renown for making stupid decision). Why I say this is because I feel Australia are holding on to Ricky Ponting unnecessarily. He had peak and brought lots of success to Cricket Australia but now his time is over and they should give a good farewell and hand over his duties to his successor. Also handing over T20 captaincy to Micheal Clarke is another mistake. The type of cricketer he is, does not suit the t20 format. SO very difficult for him to prosper in this format. Hence if captain is not performing, that will add to additional pressure which will reflect in performance of team (example of Muhammad Yousuf during tour of Australia).

  • on July 6, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Congrats to the Pakistanis, but the real challenge is to win an ODI or Test match against Oz. T20's are not a true gauge of a teams talent - as shown by the frequent upsets - and the results need to be taken with a grain of salt.

  • izazkhan on July 6, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Well Done Pakistani Team.. Specially the the Big 2 Umars and brilliant Afridi (captaincy) Hope you keep this momentum going. But one thing Iwill request from all the Pakistani Cricket lovers is always back the team even if they are losing...Being a die hard fans we always hurt when they lose but in what circumstances Pakistani cricket and Team is, if it was some other team would be just dreaming about winning a match. We are having real LIONS in our Team. Give them some time they will rule the world again Inshallah.

    LIONS fight as group and tell the world this is the way cricket is been played even there is no international cricket in the country..(Which will be restored soon Inshallah) Long live Pakistan and Pakistani Team ...Amin

  • karthikfromchennai on July 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Lose 10 and win 1........

  • Tayk on July 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    a remarkable performance from Pakistanis.And great innigs from Umer.Akmal.Hope Pakistan win today also.Inshallah.

  • on July 6, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    although shoaib akhter was not up to the task yesterday but he bowled a 153 km/h delievery, and shaun tait yesterday bowled a 151 km/h fastest delievery in his spell.. so u can judge it pretty easily that who is fast and who is the fastest.. :)... pakistan zindabad .. best of luck team pakistan/.. :D

  • salarian12000 on July 6, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    @Scott Struiksma: Fab 4- if they were gone INDIA would be pretty hopeless. Murali, Jaya and Sanga- if they were gone SRI would be pretty hopeless. Steyn, Morkel and Kallis- if they were gone SA would be pretty hopeless. Ponting, Clark and Hussy- if they were gone AUS would be pretty hopeless. Sir, a team wins because of such match winners. In every win, there is always 1 or 2 match winning performances. Every sport team in the world has some match winners. And saying that if such such players were gone, a team would be hopeless is just pathetic and pessimistic thinking.

  • on July 6, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    what a game Pakistan played last night

    INSHALLAH Pakistan will again beat AUS today also

  • SettingSun on July 6, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @SnowSnake - making friends again, I see? Ever heard of the phrase "There are three types of lies - lies, damned lies and statistics?" No-one cares about what you found digging around in StatsGuru - anyone with half a mind could tell you that Shaun Tait is very fast. Maybe we should send you out to face him. Without a box.

  • FIPL on July 6, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    First of all thanks to almighty Allah. Well played Pakistan. Keep it up and make it 2 - 0. @ Umer Akmal, what a star performer. It may be too early to say but yes we are looking at another Sachin Tendulker. @ Umer Gul what can I say about him absolutely brilliant we really missed him in Caribbean. If he would have been there it would have been 2 T20 World Cup for Pakistan in a row. @ Afridi he confirms that "Catches Win Matches" what a fine performance in the field. @ Mailk he still need to work hard and try to come out these 20-30 runs ings if he gets a start capitalized it @ Shazaib he should give another chance don't throw him out so do Shoaib Akhter. All in all well palyed Pakistan

  • on July 6, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Both umars deliver their Best well done Pakistan

  • on July 6, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Akmal is the greatest talent pakistan has produced since a long time.

  • on July 6, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    PAKISTANI TEAM Good Luck for today!!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Pakistan Zinda Baad. I love Pakisan. Proud to be Pakistani. I am still waiting CONGRATULATIONS from dr.jha who had mentioned that no one can beat Australia? Pakistani players have talent and once they play as TEAM it is very hard to beat because every player is MATCH WINNER.

    Good luck for today!!!

  • UsmanMalik57 on July 6, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Welcome Victory :) Consistency has been the issue with Pakistan for recent years , hope Pakistan win today as well ....

  • Taz786 on July 6, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Great all round team performance which was nearly derailed by one Shoaib Akhter, The guy is clearly overweight, doesn't want to shorten his run up, by the time he reaches the crease he's knackered so ends up bowling a loose delivery and getting smashed away to the Boundary. Watching those 12 balls bowled by him yesterday were painful. 8 of them ended up going for 4 and the other ones would have gone for 4, had it not been for the fielders getting in the way of the ball.

    If they play him again today in the second match, he will be taken apart, drop him and give someone else a chance. He's past his sell by date.

  • ashy16in_ on July 6, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Australia will always be one batsman short as long as Michael Clarke continues to play in T20s. Clarke looks woefully out of sorts in T20s. James Hopes should replace Clarke in the next T20 and Cameron White should be made captain.

  • asimnk on July 6, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Although Pakistan have done good job and obviously Umar played very well.. Pakistan need the same performance by the the other players also...We need to improve our feilding always... Shoaib Akhtar should learn from Gul how to ball on the wickets..GEO PAKISTAN

  • on July 6, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    welldone green caps....go and never look back

  • on July 6, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Well work by men in green shirts . umar ukmal bravely played his innnings and the difrennce last night we saw is umar gul bowling he is the briliant bowler in the Pakistan side Well come back by him . good work PAkistan and best of luck in upcoming matches . GEO PAKISTAN TEAM .PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • on July 6, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Bravoooo Pakistanis.... Be like a thunder Storm for Aussies!! Push them back to milestones.

  • on July 6, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    former t20 champs.........

  • on July 6, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    well, at one stage i thought pakistan is far better for nothing... Monday's T20 win proved that no other team can mess with them. Australia may hve Shaun Tait, he can be a fast bowler,but wat did he do for the team? Nothing..Only he bowled some tidy overs. But look at umar Gul ( T20 specialist ), he may be not fast as Shaun but he was more accurate with his line and length and is an expert in delivering those in-swinging yokers . Those who saw the match would hve witnessed it when Gul packed Mike Hussey with his famous yoker. Pakistan would hve surely won that disasterous semi final in the Carribean if Gul was present.. Unfortunately he was not there. I was really impressed with his bowling. He did not play the T20 or the asia cup. It is really pleasing 2 see the dangerous gul back in form after a long gap.. Hopefully we would see another gul performance on Tuesday and pakistan should thrash Australia.

  • on July 6, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    PAKISTAN

    ZINDABAD

  • on July 6, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Pakistan Rocks..............Difference at St. Lucia was Umar Gul........we missed him badly there......the intensity at St Lucia was also little down....I think hopefully we are back on track....

  • on July 6, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Both Umar's are most essential for every Paki win.1 in Batting and other in Bowling.Bowling is very good except old horse Shoaib.if Pakistan play like this in all games they will winner every game.Best of luck for them for the whole tour.

  • Fan84 on July 6, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Poor Pakistanis have won for the first time against the mentally not prepared australia,,if they played like real aussies,, i don't think pakisthan would have won,,its aussies again that will be on the top of the world in all formats of the games,,

  • mani199 on July 6, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Ahhhhhhhh GULL,, we missed you in T20 worldcup, where were u Gull,

  • Sonoual on July 6, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Bring Imran Nazir, Sohail Tanveer & Mohammad Irfan then it will be very tough for any team to beat Pakistan. These all three are real heroes particularly in T20. Shoaib Akhtar should take retirement with grace. He should vacate the place for Mohammad Irfan & let the Pak win series by series.

  • mani199 on July 6, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Umar Akmal, you beauty.. Guys,, i think he can be blindly pick the award of icc emerging player of the year, what you all says..will icc choose him?

  • on July 6, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Love to see Australia loosing.........

  • asim.cricket on July 6, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Plz you should try again today match win.

  • Asif_Iqbal on July 6, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    What I remarked before match was absolutely correct that GUL make the difference

  • landl47 on July 6, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Let's not go overboard- Pakistan won for the first time in 13 tries over a side which has lost to England in their last encounters in all 3 formats. Pakistan bowled and fielded well but relied on one man for their batting. This doesn't look like a great Pakistan side, unless the batting improves. Poor old Something_Witty; first England, now Pakistan. It must be hard work being an Aussie supporter just at the moment.

  • Apurba_Dey on July 6, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Thanks Pakistan team for a win against Aussies

  • on July 6, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    We must Praise and Proud on what Pakistan did yesterday. GEO Pakistan!

  • on July 6, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    I was pretty satisfied with the effort by the Pakistanis. But I still want to see Imran Nazir batting up-the-order in this line-up because Shahzaib has not shown any signs of flexibility & reliability in his recent outings. Bowling was splendid(if we overlook Shoaib's mess).

  • on July 6, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    LETS GO PAKISTAN ... LETS GO PAKISTAN ... LETS GO PAKISTAN. Great innies from umar akmal 1 of the finds of world cricket, brilliant bowling, Shoaib is trying to make a come back so lets see what happens, all and all good going.

  • on July 6, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Now can Pakistan clinch this series .. just one more game to go .. go Pakistan go ..

  • on July 6, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    lol what's the bet snowsnake is indian? this guy tries to stick the boot into the aussies with every article on cricinfo. i can only assume he is motivated to do this because our team has been incredibly successful compared to his and we enjoy a vastly superiour standard of living. :)

  • Shayan.Aamir on July 6, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    It was nice to see Men in Green back on the track again after the horrible run against Aussies.With Afridi leading from the front one could now hope that the Boom Boom eleven will now be showing good results in upcoming encounters as well. It was indeed pleasure getting Pakistan overwhelming support from neutral tertiary like England.Men in Green adds spark to cricket and this was quite evident last eve.keep shining guys. Both of the Umers helped Pakistan secure an easy victory at the end but Pindi Express failed miserably but this could happen to a guy who is aging now and don't have the speed once associated to his name.If he is to play for Pak he needs to be geared up by maintaining good line n length with a reasonable pace. Commenting on Aussies, their pace is good enough o hurt any batting side with added advantage of some awesome fielding. WE shouldn't say that they are of average capacity or power.Yes, they failed but this is the cricket and anything can happen to any side.

  • ifzal_XI on July 6, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    thanks pakistan team for a win against aussies.

  • ABeautiulMind on July 6, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    I can see Umar Akmal as the "Little Master" of Pakistan. He got tremendous natural talent which must be polished further and he must "kept himslef away from politics". He must be given appropriate chances to play for his country. He is the one who can break Sachin's record and can score double century in ODIs. I pray for his future endeavor.

  • on July 6, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    We must Praise and Proud on what Pakistan did yesterday. GEO Pakistan!

  • AleemLatif on July 6, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Good consolidation win by Pakistan. The team is looking like a unit at this stage which had been a rarity in the past. All credit goes to Afridi and well backed up by 2 Akmals and rest of the team. I am sure there are many many more Umar Akmals in Pakistan - it is just a matter of PCB not searching them at grass-roots levels. The team which won today's match should not be changed. Shoab Akhtar - stop pretending that you are too old and tired while bowling - you got to go with a fighting mind to get your best and to show the world that you are still the best. Razzak - you were too lazy in your fielding - learn to dive - if you can - at this age.

  • on July 6, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Umar Gul was the difference!!!

  • SIREN6800 on July 6, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Thia match has proven that Shoaib Akhtar,s era is over. At 35 he has last his lethal speed, and he is unable to maintain his line and length. Just imagine as a lead bowler he was punished with five consective boundries in T20 where every run is crucial.Thanks to his other counter parts who played their role very well and did not let aussies to materialize the runs offerred by shoaib. These thirty four crucial runs in twelve balls are enough for any team to lead them to a humilating defeat. I do not see any room for him in the team unless he proves it otherwise.

    I believe its time for him to reconsider his future seriously, as he has been humilated enough by indians in recent asia cup and now by aussies . I would not be surprised if Aridi drops him in the next fixture. Its sad to see ending him his great carrier like this but its life and we have to deal with reality and can not let him hurt the rest of team.

  • on July 6, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Umar Blitz seals victory for Pakistan Hope this continues for a long time & the return of 2 Umars ( GUL&AKMAL) will certainly fancy their chances BOOM BOOM Afridi ----------a job well done

  • sachin1bradman2 on July 6, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    How refreshing was it to see the two Umars (Gul and Akmal) play fearless, uninhibited cricket against a solid Aussie line-up. That's the advantage of having a captain like Afridi folks, the pathan warrior, with his never-say-die attitude.

  • hris on July 6, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    @snowsnake calm damn. one or two matches doesnt prove anything. You look at the average pace of everyfast bowler, over a lot of matches then you will know who is the fastest. Even people like Steyn, brett Lee sometimes bowl at an average pace of around 140, or even lower on an some rare days. if you think nannes, tait and johnson are not fast then please check the average speed of every fast bowler in the world and tell me who bowl with an average speed of 150 every match. You wont find a single bowler. Even akhtar or brett lee in their so called prime didnt bowl consitently at 150.

    About this match, I think Umar Akmal played a brilliant knock. Pakistan played well and deserved to win. But still the reason Austalia is the best cause they are consitent year in year out. Its not about one match or one series. Everyone is bound to have a few loses.

  • Cricfan27 on July 6, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Al-hamdulillah...Now it is high time Akhter must retire with grace before anymore controversy...Well done Pakistan..Congratulations, Afridi and the team!!If Afridi continues to perform in this fashion, and we pray so, he will become one of the world's best ever legendary captains....In the past captains of the cricket world learned from Imran Khan and now to the new generation captains he will be the idol.

  • on July 6, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Umar Akmal is not the enemy of Australia he is the enemy of the ball, but Umar Gul hates every batsman. Saeed Ajmal should be thankful to M. Hussy to humiliate him in semis and teach him a great lesson in the bowling. Shoaib though 99 years old will is not go down tomorrow without swinging. Ajmal should talk to Shoib Akhtar. Shoaib Malik is constantly trying to impress his wife Sania to keep the marriage intact. Afridi is great entertainer and most loved cricketer by fans, he would take a single and might celebrate like he has conquered the world. Kamran Akmal disturbing the stumps should have bee been the man of the match. Mohammad Aamir could becom the most dangerous bowler ever seen by cricket. Aamir and Gul in tandem can destroy any team. Captaincy of Afridi is best and his love for Shoaib Akhtar despite how Australian welcomed him was all-amazing. All hats off to Australia defeating Pakistan 13 times that proved an unlucky number for them but lucky for Pakistan

  • Fan84 on July 6, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    comments by godfather are absolutely agreeable, Australia was "PAINED" by paine,,did he think he was playing a test cricket when he scored a massive fifty taking his own sweet time,, what are the selectors doing... and clarke yet again a rubbish cricketer in t20 and sometimes onedays too,, i prefer PONTING to captain t20 as well,, he is more better than clarke,,

  • on July 6, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    it was a special win for pakistan. again that cool umar akamal shows his potential. hope pakistan will take the revenge of their previous defeat

  • zippydingdong on July 6, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Being an aussie I was impressed by Pakistan and their fight and deserved the win.But a lot of comments are a bit on the early side,its one game and only 40 overs.3 hours of cricket should not give any indication to the outcome of the test series but if you guys want to look at it like that go for it. I must say though Michael Clarke has got to go,I said it 2 years ago I said it at the T20 world cup and I'll say it again.He is not a good T20 batsman and never will be and the longer he is in the team it could start hampering the way he bats in ODI's and test cricket.T20 has no time for pretenders,pup step down mate.There are plenty of blokes in that team who can lead.

  • Fan84 on July 6, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    it doesn't matter if the aussies are beaten in one single game, they lost only because they batted second, it is sad to see tait din't bowl as a speed as expected and mitch who is capable of bowling 95 miles even in test with a wornout ball, din't bowl 150 +, they will surely take a lession from this loss,, and aussies are going to level the t20 and win the test matches 2-0,, cheer up aussies,, Mr clarke,, u gracefully step down the order rather than coming 1 down,, you are unfit to play t20s,,pls take this as my word,,

  • on July 6, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    I told you the tide was changing in T20, Australia found themselves lucky in World cup but that was just luck as this performance clearly shows the great talent in Pakistani team for T20 (SUBAHNALLAH)! Umar Akmal with batting and Umar Gul with bowling (rightly said, missed him in the world cup) performed very well! Also, Saeed Ajmal and Muahammad Amir bowled very well. Razzaq and Afridi looked good. But still, one game remains to completely take revenge for the shocking defeat in the world cup, come on PAKISTAN!!! Pakistan's gonna take it 2-0!! AAMEEN PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    The tide is changing in T20's just as i said and the arrogant didn't agree, you got the result people. INSHAALLAH PAKISTAN will clinch the victory today again!!! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 6, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    Aussies are now a very average outfit which canbe beaten easily.....They have the most over-hyped captain in Clarke and fast bowlers who can only bowl fast and nothing much...

    A good win for Pakistan..............they are doing well under Afridi.

  • on July 6, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    I had GIVEN_UP wen D.Hussey and Warner were cruising... all i was waiting was 4 White or M.Huss 2 finish it off, but the most inspirational captain joined the show - slowed down the run-rate immensely, took the crucial wicket of D.Hussey(turning point of match), and jst wen the game was slippin out of Pakistan, took AMAZING catches - and lets not 4get his amazing decisions.... TRULY THE NXT IMRAN KHAN............... PS: The ball on which M.HUssey got out has 2 b ball of the year - UNPLAYABLE!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    i love pakistan congratulation to all people both umars are star in this match so as amir

  • on July 6, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    And what would pakistan team team be without the two umars - gul and akmal

  • satanswish on July 6, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Michael Clarke is not performing himself, Ponting would have been better captain instead. This was shocking loss to Aussies against substandard Pakistan team.

  • on July 6, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Welldone Pakistan ! looking for more and more and more exciting Cricket

  • Joji_ on July 6, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Great win!! We watched the match even though it started at 12 midnight here in singapore. Was kicking my self when Pakistan was limping 47/4 and then again when shoaib akhtar was slaughtered. But then Umer gul, ajmal and afridi sent down the perfect overs to grab the win. That cartwheeling legstump of MK hussey sent a roar all over my hostel block!!! Though there is a long tour to go and I wont read too much in this win, Still it made a pretty happy bloke :D

  • mattyboy95 on July 6, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    @SnowSnake, What was the average speeds for the pakistani bowlers? it wasn't an extremey fast wicket. @GodFather007, Tim Paine'ss strike rate for the big bash last summer was 200.

  • GreenCrazy on July 6, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    What a beautiful team effort was that. Well done Pakistan. Well Done BoomBoom. Next hunting is today. This is what we want from our team.

  • wanderer1 on July 6, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Horns are the new Vuvuzela's. You either love them or hate them. Vuvu for life!!!

  • ManiMB on July 5, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Although once more Umar Akmal heroics saved the day for Pakistan's batsmen and Afridi's leadership justified, I feel that we are all missing out on one name and that is Waqar Younis. Who I believe is doing a great job to refine the raw talented youngsters and since his arrival a difference in the spirit of the team can be feeled. Umar Akmal was pretty much being criticised of throwing away his wicket with rash and immature shot selection is also playing more responsibly. Afridi after 300 ODIs has finally realised his batting strength that if you've hit a couple of "Boom Booms" taking a single is the best option !! Hats off to Aamer, Gul, Afridi, Ajmal, Umar Ak. and of course Waqar Younis !!

  • on July 5, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I still think Michael clarke is impending Aussies success in the shorter version of the game. He is definitely not fit in 20-20 and even in one dayers you can see the difference Marsh brought to the team once he was dropped. A marsh instead of Aussie Golden boy would have made a big difference, in their shorter version of the game

  • Attractivue on July 5, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Great victory for Pakistan. A bit disapointed by Shoaib Akhtar but he still bowled a few delieveries over 150KM/H. I think people should stop bagging him after all he bowled really well in the Asia cup.

    Give him one more game and Im sure he'll join the party!

  • Vishnu27 on July 5, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    SnowSnake: you need to get out more. A lot more!

  • on July 5, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    So do stats reveal opposite still? Mr. Writer

  • on July 5, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @ SnowSnake: Really? It doesn't exactly take a genius to recognize the fact that in T20 cricket average speeds aren't exactly a reliable criterion to judge the ability of a fast bowler, Tait bowled a lot of deliveries at about 120 KM to mislead the batsmen, like he did against Umar Akmal.

  • moorepark on July 5, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    this shows what pakistan can do when they are all on the same page. unfortunatley as soon as they become favourites in a match, well i dont have to be nostradamus to predict what will happen. one or two players will have glaring errors in their game and there you go again.

  • khalidSami on July 5, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    A great win for Pakistan. This match was evenly poised and the Australians had an edge so long Michael Hussey was on the crease. It was great to see Shahid Afridi take the 2 catches and Kamran 2 stumping that was the difference in this match for Pakistan's victory. In our past losses missed chances haunted us and even cost us few victories. Shoaib Akhtar needs to relax and focus on his line and length his pace will come later. Shahzaib is an exciting player and definitely should get another chance. Therefore I suggest that Pakistan should play the same side tomorrow.

    As for Australians they should pray that catches go to other members of the team other than to Afridi & Malik.

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    its just because of the team spirit. so i wish pakistan will white wash...

  • NetBee on July 5, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, and great to see the spirit and hunger the showed to win. I am looking forward for test series against Aussies, got a ticket of second day of first test in Lords. Cheering up for Team Pakistan.

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan - I believe this result really showed the different dimensions both slow and fast bowling can bring to a game, and the importance of structuring a run chase well. I couldn't help noticing the glum Akhtar in the background of the celebrations - he almost looked disappointed when an Australian wicket fell. I think Gul's control of swing was also excellent today as well.

  • dineshdutt on July 5, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    well done afridi u r lucky charm keep going and do well in tests please

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    MashAllah! Congratulations to All Pakistani Fan :-)

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    This time Hussey could've done the same, but we had Gul this time around, Thank God!

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Sir Faisal Mashood Afridi !! I dont know why you are so critical of the team.The reason shahzaib is opening is Kamran akmal can play number 3 but probably shahzaib cannot, also shahzaib is given a license to go out and take advantage of power play. Shahzaib is a perfectly OK opener. You would not have said this if he kept on batting for 5 overs. Shoaib is a bit off color but I do believe that he is still a match winner. On the other hand I have been reading comments and the role of fawad alam in the team for a long time. Nothing against him I think he is suited for 50 overs game more than T - 20.

  • crictonite on July 5, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    I'm not as impressed with Shahzaib Hasan as I once was. The guy looks like Inzamam, but certainly does not play like him. He cannot run between the wickets so he looks to hit boundaries, but he does not have the strokeplay that Inzamam had. He's young, but he needs to lose weight and lose it quickly if he wants to play test cricket for Pakistan.

  • crictonite on July 5, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    I'm not as impressed with Shahzaib Hasan as I once was. The guy looks like Inzamam, but certainly does not play like him. He cannot run between the wickets so he looks to hit boundaries, but he does not have the strokeplay that Inzamam had. He's young, but he needs to lose weight and lose it quickly if he wants to play test cricket for Pakistan.

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Im glad that pakistan have finally beaten auzzie,but there is still one thing that annoys me about this. And it is the fact that the Pakistani fans believe that they are the best team in the world and they clearly arent at the moment. So this win is just gonna make pakistani fans go on more about how they have the greatest team. Pakistan is pretty over-rated, of course they can pull off some good wins, so can every team. Afridi - Akmals and Gul if they were gone they would be pretty hopeless

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan specially 2 Umars for beating Aussies... I know you guys will think Shoaib Akhter should be dropped, but just think again, it is not fair on him, he just started playing international cricket again, it takes time get fully recovered physically and mentally, I think if he get selected again maybe in ODI's against England, he will perform well, but I can't say if he will do it tomorrow, he might, who knows, like I said, he just need to be a regular player to get that confident going for him and need support from everyone including fans, team, captain who trust his abilities... He still can bowl fast, we don't have many fast bowlers, so we need him...

  • on July 5, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    wat a great match we have seen. Its all about commitment and passion what i dislike about batting in pakistan side is salman Butt ... In my opinion he should fire not just stop and stop each and every ball this is not test its T20 another problem with butt is running . several times other batsman got out due to his bad running. But wish you best of luck pakistan for next game :)

  • fouadkamil on July 5, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    It's a pitty there is no mention of Umar Gul in the article. Whereas he was clearly the difference between today and the semifinal in St lucia where Pakistan appeared a bowler short throughout. Gul is the leading T20 bowler and he showed today why...

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Was an excellent match to watch going one way then the other. Umar Akmal played a blinder the 6 he hit off Johnson was nothing short of genius! Tomorrows match should be rather interesting lets see if pakistan can keep the intensity at the same level

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    loved it awsome batting by umar hes gona be a great int his format of the game

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Great win Pakistan,keep it going!!

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Again I have to say Shazaib should not be opening the innings, K.Akmal and Butt have been successful recently, why fix something that isn't broken? Fawwad Alam deserves a chance ahead of him or if Fawwad is deemed not a suitable T20 player than a real, eyes tight shut, slogger like Imran Nazir. Two of my prediction from the last post came true today, 1. Shaziab would fail. 2. Akhtar would be slaughtered.

    Gul surprised me by bowling a majestic over though.

  • SnowSnake on July 5, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Australian fast bowling is overrated. While the media says they have 3 bowlers that bowl over 150 kmph. I decided to find the averages speeds per over for 4 overs. Here is what I got: Johnson (138.5 kmph), Nannes (142 kmph) and Tait (144.74 kmph). Tait bowled exactly 5 deliveries over 150 kmph (all less than 153 kmph) in about 30 balls including wides (less than 17%). Tait is no Brett Lee or Akthar in their prime. While he can bowl an odd bowl around 100 mph, he is a borderline fast bowler averaging less than 90 mph in an ODI/T20 game. I would expect him to bowl averaging 140kmph or less in tests. Johnson is clearly a fast medium bowler. Nannes is a borderline fast bowler as well with age not in his side. Australian batting is overrated and the result is evident with all out in less than 20 overs. Clark, Mike Hussey, White were all bad. I predict that Pak. will win the test series as well.

  • SYEDAKIFSHOAIB on July 5, 2010, 20:42 GMT

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  • on July 5, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Every other team could have consolidated after 3 wickets in 7 balls but the way Umar & Shoaib attacked the aussies, the momentum went back with Pakistan. This brave batting by Pakistan gave a hint of Aussies way. This was perfect show of "Handle Aussies in an Aussies Way". A lots of match winners in Pakistan team make it difficult for any team on a given day. Hope they will keep performing better and better..... Ones who failed will click tomorrow for sure...........Fantastic overall...........

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. The big difference between the both sides was Umar Gul its awesome to see him back.

  • Godfather007 on July 5, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Sensational win for Pakistan breaking the 13 game painful jinx.Umar Akmal played a terrific knock & the way he treated Johnson & Smith was a treat to watch.The other Umar(Gul) made life terrible for the Aussie batsman & is definitely the best T20 bowler in the world right now!!This Pakistan win should be an exciting build up to the 2 test series.Australian batting on the other hand looked pathetic.Michael Clarke is a completely rubbish T20 cricketer.Just 1 fifty,avg 21,sr 101 in 31 games doesn't augur well for him & puts serious question marks about his ability as a batsman & skipper.I am desperately waiting for a blinder of a knock from Pup.Another weak link in Oz batting line up is Tim Paine, wonder why Smith was sent above him!! It was truly a hillarious moment when he was trying to scoop Gul.Can't the Australian selectors throw in a wk who can take some more responsibility rather than a trundler who scores at a snail's pace(remember his 54 of 90 balls against England)

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    well well it is happend Pakistan beat Australia after consiquitive 13 deefts in every form of game. Itisnice to see that under the leadership of Shahid Afaridi boys aere working hard and playing together,it is a mixture of seniors and new comers and juniors. Ihope jthis combination will continue and they will get more wins in their upcoming Test series against Australia and Pakistan. A word of advise for Shoib Akhtar his time is over he should quitely announce his reitirement in all farm of cricket, and give younger players for the future and servival of cricket in Pakistan, he can serve Pakistan crcicket in other way by usi ng his experiences to the new boys. Good luck shahid and Pakistan cricket

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Amazing team performance by Pakistan which we have been seeing since the Asia cup but unfortunately there was no win but today finally the team is back to the winning track. The team performed as one Unit as we all dream of and an amazing performance by Umar Akmal that provided the bowlers with a score that they could defend and which they eventually did in the end. Great Captaincy yet Again by Shahid Afridi who held some spectacular catches today! The best moment for all Pakistani fans was when Umar Gul bowled the excellent yorket to get rid of Mike Hussey, a much awaited dismissal that Pakistan wanted to see! Lets just pray that Team Pakistan continues with this momentum InshAllah. Pakistan Zindabaad!

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    a much needed win for Pakistan.they were heavily criticised by everyone specially the western media..i think there's alot of talent in the team,they just need to be focused and should keep themselves away from the board politics..as far as todays match was concerned there was some excellent bowling specially by umar gul,he was just simply outstanding,but the fielding overall was poor and alot of easy runs were given.i think they should drop shoaib akhtar in the next match and opt for a batssman instead cuz shoaib is not fit to play in any format of the game.

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Wow, that Umar Akmal can bat and that Mohamad Aamer can bowl.

    Can't wait for the tests, I'd love to see him in a longer format and whether the Aussies can trick him into giving it away too early.

    Will be see Boom Boom in the tests?

    Aussie fan but I still get excited about Pakistan, they are due some good times after so much hardship.

  • BSLICK on July 5, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    amazing win, go pakistan!!!!!!!!

  • UAETigers on July 5, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    I love the way Pakistani's are playing in Afridi's captaincy. He is growing mature match by match and he will settle down shortly. The highlight of the match was the believe and fight back shown my Pakistan when Aussies were cruising nicely. It was a great team effort and a heart winning performance by the guys. Fielding and running between the wickets will improve some day :)

    Afridi's captaincy and his decisions paid off well during the match, in my opinion Pakistan should play unchanged with Shoaib Akhtar in the squad as he just came after long period. He is too dangerous and has proven lethal against Aussie batting line-up. Well played guys and we hope the same result for tomorrows match.

  • djdrastic on July 5, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Man they're an awesome unit to behold when playing well. If they drop Akhtar and work on their fielding that team would be unbeatable in 20/20's.

    Sidenote:That ball to M Hussey was unplayable.What a peach !

  • Stark62 on July 5, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    U. Akmal was just sensational but unfortunately fell to Tait's slower delivery but the plus side for Pak is that Gul is back!!!!

  • Pacman123 on July 5, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    An all round performance by Pakistan, hope they win the second T 20 too.

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    well thank god pakistan won the match against australia. now i hope umar shows this performance in the next game.

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan! Well done Shahid Afridi and the rest of the team. The team looks united and hungry for success. Lets make it 2-0 tomorrow. Shoaib Akhter should be rested and Mohd. Asif or Wahab Riaz should be in the eleven

  • zubi007 on July 5, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    wel dis had 2 b done well played pak, in st lucia we really missed gul's in swinging yorkers otherwise we woluld have knocked out aussies in d semis, overall well played apart from akhtar's bowling!!!! Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!

  • AtifSubhani on July 5, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    it was a brilliant performance by the bowlers. Though it wasnt a big score for Aussies, but Gul,Ajmal,Afridi,Amir,Razzaq everyone was up to the mark except for the old horse Akhtar. Brilliant batting by Umar Akmal was the key in Pakistans success cuz he was the one who took Pakistan par 160. Revenge it was for Pakistan. Winning against Australia always gives a wonderful feeling always. Hope we will win tomorrow as well ! Pakistan Zindabad !

  • Abdul.Moiz on July 5, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Good work by Pakistan Team Good to see them back again

  • roxap on July 5, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    great job..........disappointed with shoaib performance, hope he can do well in the coming games

  • on July 5, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    It was a great set up by Umar Akmal and a great ending by Umar Gul...

  • gameboyz on July 5, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    congrats pakistan at last pak have break the jinx by beating aussie hope they will carry on.

  • 4thelement on July 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Atlast there is a reward for some consistent hardwork put to display by this young but courageous pakistani outfit under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi. It started from the final ODI of the Australian Tour and continued till the end of the Asia Cup touring through Australia in Australia, England in Dubai, T20 WC, Asia Cup and finally against Aussies in England. The Umar Akmal is as brave as lion and finally showed his character with making some remarkable contributions with the bat through out this journed of struggle and determination. The other Umar also made his presence felt with what was lacking with Shoaib Akhter, a great comeback by Umar Gul. Congrats Pakistani Team and the Pakistanis!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WaqasBaig on July 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Great Win! Superb team effort boys. Be confident, and give 100%, thats what we want to you guys to do, Losing/winning is part of the game but what matters is the way u played!

    WellDone@Umar. You are future of pakistan Batting, am i seeing another Sachin from subcontinet!

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • azmat666 on July 5, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    go all the way pakistan.. well done keep it up.. umar gul is t20 specialest

  • gettussaa on July 5, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    What a wonderful player Umar Akmal is ! A pleasure to watch. To say that he is the next SRT is too much but he has it in him to follow in his footsteps. Can't wait to see him in Tests and I sincerely hope that his carer does not suffer due to Pakistan's cricket isolation in regards to playing at home.

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    It is not just another victory for Pakistan. The huge margin of defeat, inflicted on Australia, in the context of T20 format of the game, speaks volumes about the outstanding performance by the Afridi Army.In my opinion the DYNAMITE leadership of Afridi was the main factor in Pakistan's victory.

  • americancricket.org on July 5, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    What an atmosphere. Pakistani fans in England are awesome. Congrats Afridi & Co. for a well deserved victory.

  • Big_Poppa on July 5, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Unbelievable batting by Umar Akmal and superb death bowling by Umar Gul. Pakistan missed him terribly at the World Twenty20.

  • SamAsh07 on July 5, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Lol. That's the Pakistani Team I wanted to see, I was 150% right when I said to my friends and family "Absence of Umar Gul in the T20 World Cup will hurt Pakistan real bad". And now he is back with a bang!! If this guy bowls like this in the 50-over World Cup, Pakistan will most definitely be the most feared side (Ajmal, Gul & Amir - The No.1 Trio), and ofcourse Akhtar needs to return to his lightning fast spells. Batsmen need to ALL stand-up. And that's that. Pakistan will lift the World Cup.

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, this is your time, everything supports you, the swinging dry English season the best bowling combination a young star batsmen in form, an aggressive captain, a confidence boosting opener of the season, you have what it takes to do it.

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    it was long due :) and why the hell would you guys want me to write atleast 25 characters... strange !

  • zubi007 on July 5, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    wel dis had 2 b done well played pak, in st lucia we really missed gul's in swinging yorkers otherwise we woluld have knocked out aussies in d semis, overall well played apart from akhtar's bowling!!!! Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    We finally win! :) Thank God :) The World's Greatest Team :)

  • honestno2 on July 5, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    iTS pAyBaCk tiMe Australia......................... Birmingham is Lahore...........watchout dudez..........m loving it !!! :)

  • yasirjalil on July 5, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Bravo Pakistan well done guys just keep it up for your nation we need it just go with your positives ad leave the rest upto the Almighty!!!!

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    so guys finally pakistan won

    i think an outstanding effort by bowlers and umer akmel

    watch out for tommorow

  • Something_Witty on July 5, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Let me be the first to say well played to Pakistan. They look a very good T20 and ODI side, and have done for a long time. I don't mind our boys losing to teams with a bit of talent, it's just losing to the insipid pommy side that annoys me. It's always fun to watch games against Pakistan, but jeez I wish they'd give it a rest with those ridiculous horns that they blow for 100% of the match.

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Nice team work....I still hope have good hopes in Akhtar for rest of the summer season.

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    pak best efort i love it:P

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Wonderful to see this long desired victory...I was just thinking ,"What If Umar Gul had played that Semi final at St Lucia...

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    u 4got 2 mention Afridi's inspirational catches which turned the game on and the crucial D.Hussey wicket which he took wen AUS were cruising... luv dis new Imran Khan...

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    feel the presence of gul,.. and umar shows that why they call him the special talent..........

  • kashif.rehan on July 5, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    The only difference between this match and the semi final is Umar Gul the most dangerous bowler in T20 cricket. Umar Akmal is the mainstay of Pakistan's batting in England tour. Very well played Pakistan.

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    GOOOOOOOOOOO PAKISTAN

    UMAR AKMAL U DA MANN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adysol on July 5, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Amazing... Go Pakistan Go.. Great start to a long tour. Loved the Comment from Nasir Hussain "GUL IS BACK"....

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    See I told you guys Smith won't bring any buzz, it was his over in which Umer Akmal hit 2 sixes and it turned the match. It would have been better if they did put in an extra fast bowler in their ranks, the Aussies I mean. Great play by Pakistan!

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Wohooooooooo Common PAKISTAN !!

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  • on July 5, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Wohooooooooo Common PAKISTAN !!

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    See I told you guys Smith won't bring any buzz, it was his over in which Umer Akmal hit 2 sixes and it turned the match. It would have been better if they did put in an extra fast bowler in their ranks, the Aussies I mean. Great play by Pakistan!

  • Adysol on July 5, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Amazing... Go Pakistan Go.. Great start to a long tour. Loved the Comment from Nasir Hussain "GUL IS BACK"....

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    GOOOOOOOOOOO PAKISTAN

    UMAR AKMAL U DA MANN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kashif.rehan on July 5, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    The only difference between this match and the semi final is Umar Gul the most dangerous bowler in T20 cricket. Umar Akmal is the mainstay of Pakistan's batting in England tour. Very well played Pakistan.

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    feel the presence of gul,.. and umar shows that why they call him the special talent..........

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    u 4got 2 mention Afridi's inspirational catches which turned the game on and the crucial D.Hussey wicket which he took wen AUS were cruising... luv dis new Imran Khan...

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Wonderful to see this long desired victory...I was just thinking ,"What If Umar Gul had played that Semi final at St Lucia...

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    pak best efort i love it:P

  • on July 5, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Nice team work....I still hope have good hopes in Akhtar for rest of the summer season.