Pakistan v Australia, 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket T20, Edgbaston July 6, 2010

Aamer helps Pakistan to 2-0 Twenty20 win

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Pakistan 162 for 9 (Kamran Akmal 33, O'Keefe 3-29, Nannes 3-30) beat Australia 151 (D Hussey 33, Mohammad Aamer 3-27) by 11 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

If Pakistan are a confidence team, their Twenty20 efforts over the past two days augur well for next week's first Test. A day after they ended their 12-match losing stretch against Australia across all formats, Mohammad Aamer helped them begin their own winning streak with an 11-run victory that brought 2-0 series triumph. Tests are a very different story, but their Twenty20 form has given the group a spark.

There was a distinct sense of déjà vu after Monday's game; again there was a big crowd of Pakistan fans, again Pakistan scored around the 160 mark and again Australia's batsmen were tied down and couldn't lift their tempo for a successful chase. The last pair was left needing 19 from the final over and despite a six from Dirk Nannes, they came up short.

Aamer made important late runs and then removed Australia's openers, but Pakistan had useful contributions from all their key men. Shahid Afridi made a quick 18 and grabbed two wickets, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and Umar Akmal all chipped in at the top of the order, and Shoaib Akhtar and Saeed Ajmal were hard to get away.

The Rawalpindi Express was out of steam on Monday but had gained momentum 24 hours later. Akhtar has been driving around Birmingham in a red Ferrari over the past few days and perhaps the speedy number inspired him, for he was comfortably the quickest bowler in the match and hovered around 95mph.

A couple of sizzling bouncers whizzed past the faces of Australian batsmen but the only man to fall to Akhtar was Tim Paine, who skewed an ugly swipe to mid-off. Akhtar had begun by conceding a pair of fours in his opening over as Michael Clarke showed the sort of Twenty20 form he has not displayed in recent times.

Australia had rested Shane Watson, so Clarke took it upon himself to open the innings, finding the gaps and clearing the infield several times with well-judged chips and drives. Clarke had motored to 30 from 17 deliveries when he played on to Aamer, and the bowler was so pumped at his success that in his follow through he leapt in celebration and crashed into the departing Clarke.

Aamer immediately apologised and the men exchanged a friendly pat on the arm, but Clarke was frustrated with himself for failing to push on. It was Aamer's second wicket - he had already trapped David Warner lbw for 1 - and he went on to finish with 3 for 27. James Hopes (30) and David Hussey (33) worked the ball around through the middle overs but boundaries were few and far between, and too much work was left too late.

Australia had set themselves a task by allowing Pakistan to reach almost the same score as won them the game on Monday. A late 20 not out from Aamer was especially valuable and included a pair of sixes off the debutant spinner Steve O'Keefe and David Hussey. The spinners bowled well, and O'Keefe finished with 3 for 29, which was an impressive return for a man who hadn't played a Twenty20 for his state for nearly 18 months.

Afridi and Umar Akmal provided a key partnership for Pakistan; their 30-run stand included one monstrous six from Afridi, who slapped Shaun Tait straight back over the bowler's head. The ball cleared the construction area, put a cameraman at risk, and exited the stadium to the roars of the Pakistan fans.

Nannes (3 for 30) collected them both in consecutive balls in the 17th over, Umar (25) caught and bowled when his top edge flew so high that almost any member of the infield could have run in and claimed it, and Afridi caught behind for 18. Already, Butt and Kamran Akmal had given them a strong start with a 61-run combination.

The left-arm spinner O'Keefe struck in his first over when Butt top-edged a sweep and was caught at short fine leg for 31. Kamran followed soon afterwards for 33 when he skied a pull off Mitchell Johnson and was caught by Clarke running back at midwicket. O'Keefe had helped give Australia a way into the middle order, but they couldn't make it count.

If Pakistan were surprised by the selection of O'Keefe, they must have been even more taken aback at Clarke's choice of opening bowler. David Hussey sent down the first over - the first time Australia had opened with a spinner in a Twenty20 international - and it was a success, a wicket-maiden that included Shahzaib Hasan lbw trying to slog-sweep.

The day began in triumph for Australia; it ended in jubilation for Pakistan. It has also set the scene for a fascinating Test series.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on July 8, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Youngsters should be future of Pakistan, if 2 to 3 players like Mohammad AAmer and Umar Akmal could be discovered within a year or so under the captaincy of Afridi, Shoaib Malik or Umer Gul no one could beat Pakistan. era of Shoaib Akhtar is over and he is a drag now. Shoaib Malik is consistant and has bowling potential too. Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt have confidence as openers, pair discovered after a long struggle. Overall, the team has gained in one year. Thanks

  • Mustafa7 on July 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    congratulations to pak team but would've been much better if they had tried umar amin in this match in place of shahzeb. Umar Amin is a very classy one down batsman, needs one good inning to show his real potential.

  • SanketGandhare on July 7, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    pakistan after long time though won against aus ... but its only T20 rem... n they already hav experience of reaching semis,finals,and also winnind the T20 World cup....n all the success is due to Umar Gul n not to forget Shahid Afridi as leg spinner n most economical bowler......further Amir n Akmal brothers are rising stars...

  • wanderer1 on July 7, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    @Sampath: "Guys the only reason pakistan won is because australia played poorly"... erm, can't that be said for 90% of all cricket matches ever played, the other team played poorly, well duh?? Such a poor excuse.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    The real test of Afridi comes when Pak is losing and/or seen gifting another game and how he and other players cope with the situation around them. Everyone looks united in winning. Real test of character comes when you are losing. Let's see if he's got what Imran Khan had. In my opinion, he is a better people's management person than Khan was who was outright opposite to humble, though I admire him a lot.

  • on July 7, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    first to hadsoff to pakistan team to winning the match against australia but shahid bhai want to make pakistan people happy by sixes and taking out shoaib akhtar bcz his bowling is so bad inshallah pakistan will white wash and make australia people think that they r the losers against pakistan in test series

  • ubdworld on July 7, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    i like umar akmal . . . . AUSTRALIA SUCKS . . . . .

  • SnowSnake on July 7, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Congratulations, Pakistan. I missed the game due to my travel to Montreal for Mardi Gras. Cricket is not much better than watching French Canadian girls dance in skimppy clothes :). I hope that Siddle comes back for Australia for Tests. This way tests will be interesting. From comments it appears that Shoiab did well. He is such an asset for Pakistan. Love to see him stay away from controversies and play the game for a few more years.

  • on July 7, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Tim Paine's selection is laughable.Selectors should not look only at the numbers and select a player.They should also take into consideration the quality of shots played by the player and the quality of the bowling he was up against.I think matthew wade or luke ronchi would have done a better job.

  • on July 7, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Guys the only reason pakistan won is because australia played poorly.Look at the number of extras conceeded in both matches.Besides,aussies conceeded too many runs to tailenders.Pakistan should not have gotten past 140-150 in both matches.

  • on July 8, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Youngsters should be future of Pakistan, if 2 to 3 players like Mohammad AAmer and Umar Akmal could be discovered within a year or so under the captaincy of Afridi, Shoaib Malik or Umer Gul no one could beat Pakistan. era of Shoaib Akhtar is over and he is a drag now. Shoaib Malik is consistant and has bowling potential too. Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt have confidence as openers, pair discovered after a long struggle. Overall, the team has gained in one year. Thanks

  • Mustafa7 on July 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    congratulations to pak team but would've been much better if they had tried umar amin in this match in place of shahzeb. Umar Amin is a very classy one down batsman, needs one good inning to show his real potential.

  • SanketGandhare on July 7, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    pakistan after long time though won against aus ... but its only T20 rem... n they already hav experience of reaching semis,finals,and also winnind the T20 World cup....n all the success is due to Umar Gul n not to forget Shahid Afridi as leg spinner n most economical bowler......further Amir n Akmal brothers are rising stars...

  • wanderer1 on July 7, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    @Sampath: "Guys the only reason pakistan won is because australia played poorly"... erm, can't that be said for 90% of all cricket matches ever played, the other team played poorly, well duh?? Such a poor excuse.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    The real test of Afridi comes when Pak is losing and/or seen gifting another game and how he and other players cope with the situation around them. Everyone looks united in winning. Real test of character comes when you are losing. Let's see if he's got what Imran Khan had. In my opinion, he is a better people's management person than Khan was who was outright opposite to humble, though I admire him a lot.

  • on July 7, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    first to hadsoff to pakistan team to winning the match against australia but shahid bhai want to make pakistan people happy by sixes and taking out shoaib akhtar bcz his bowling is so bad inshallah pakistan will white wash and make australia people think that they r the losers against pakistan in test series

  • ubdworld on July 7, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    i like umar akmal . . . . AUSTRALIA SUCKS . . . . .

  • SnowSnake on July 7, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Congratulations, Pakistan. I missed the game due to my travel to Montreal for Mardi Gras. Cricket is not much better than watching French Canadian girls dance in skimppy clothes :). I hope that Siddle comes back for Australia for Tests. This way tests will be interesting. From comments it appears that Shoiab did well. He is such an asset for Pakistan. Love to see him stay away from controversies and play the game for a few more years.

  • on July 7, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Tim Paine's selection is laughable.Selectors should not look only at the numbers and select a player.They should also take into consideration the quality of shots played by the player and the quality of the bowling he was up against.I think matthew wade or luke ronchi would have done a better job.

  • on July 7, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Guys the only reason pakistan won is because australia played poorly.Look at the number of extras conceeded in both matches.Besides,aussies conceeded too many runs to tailenders.Pakistan should not have gotten past 140-150 in both matches.

  • on July 7, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Ammer and Umar is one of hero from Pakistan cricket team and Also hands off to Afridi captaincy and leadership.Australia lost because Pakistan bowled well.shoaib bowing well today.Afridi is not giving bowling to razzaq today

  • on July 7, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad!! DIl DIl PAKISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gr, F

  • on July 7, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    he is one of hero from Pakistan cricket team i like him su much

  • Aussasinator on July 7, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Nobody does a demolition job better than Pakistan, when in full flow. Its just that they need to be consistent. At 35, Shoaib Akhthar seems to be as quick as ever, while Tait and Johnson look like they've dropped in pace in just 1 match. Any injury around the corner? With this bowling Johnson is unlikely to make a difference. So the Ashes scenario looks heartening for England!

  • aa61761 on July 7, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Shaun Tait is NOT capable of bowling at 100 mph, the best Shaun can do is bowl around 93-94 mph. Only SHOAIB AKHTAR crossed 100 mph mark. Australia lost because Pakistan bowled well.

  • anto338 on July 7, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    baal!!!!!!!

  • FIPL on July 7, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    @ Fan84 : No I don't agree, let me tell you Australia can never compromise on there playing standards unless they themselves are save and wanted to knock out other teams like Steve Waugh did against West Indians in World Cup to knock New Zealand out. Regarding Shaun Tait we have a long discussion already @ cricinfo that he can bowl hard bowls like 100 miles/h once in a blue moon and he can not bowl fast over 150km/p consistently like Shoaib did yesterday and let me tell you Australia don't like to lost to Pakistan and India

  • razalakhani on July 7, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    @ Fan84: Thanks a lot for great wishes.

    But please dont include and attached lame excuses for defending the aussies... a win is a win after all and everyone should acknowledge and recognize it... aussies are sledgers and dont respect the game as other teams...apart from their great great professionalism they apply in the game, they deserve to get beaten even by non-test playing nations every now and then....

  • razalakhani on July 7, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    @ haroonalvi: current stats: Pak vs Aus in T20: matches- 9, Pak- 5, Aus- 4

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    for last few matches under afridi captaincy.razzaq is not lukng happy.afridi is not giving bowling to razzaq.i tnk afridi dnt like razzaq.btw razzaq is so awesome bowler

  • Fan84 on July 7, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    iam an indian and very great fan of Australia cricket,first many congratulations to pakisthan for winning the t20,, but it is sad to diclose the fact that ,, the aussies din't play like aussies ,, even shaun TAIT who is capable of bowling 100miles,, bolwled only at an average of 85s,, this is becuase ,, they are unhappy for losing to england,, and they played pakisthan with no interest,, even without that batting , bowling star watto,,, can anyone agree... i still congratulate pakisthan for breaking the losing streak against Aussies,,

  • Jhammatian on July 7, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Pakistanis atlast took the revenge and also make a call to everyone that " Come on , we are ready to defeat u " ... Also hands off to Afridi captaincy and leadership .... Pakistan Zindabad

  • FIPL on July 7, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    @ Stationmaster: Are you comparing Umer GUL with " ordinary english bowlers" . Umer Gul taking 46 wickets with averge of 13.04 with economy 6.00 as compare to stuart broad taking 33 wickets @ averge of 21.36 and economy 7.51 and Umer getting M Hussey out 2 in a row .. come on .. come out of dream and stop comparing ordinary bowlers with great T20 Umer GUL. A great player is always a great player and umer gul showed it

  • boomboompow on July 7, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Welcome back SHoaib and njoy da Ferrari :) great work boys keep it up

  • on July 7, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    i wish Pakistan can continue playing in the same spirit from now onwards ..

  • Talha.Asif on July 7, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    I think that these 2 victories show that Pakistan CAN beat a good side consistently. The only thing that all Pakistani teams have lacked is discipline. They're never been disciplined enough consistently to win the longer formats. If they can bring that into their game, only then will they be able to beat all the quality sides. But these 2 wins have given a ray of hope to all the Pakistani fans. All the best to them!

  • inoor on July 7, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    I had the pleasure of watching both the matches at Edgbaston and I can say for sure that Pakistan were just an Umar Gul away from a third successive WT20 Final.

  • on July 7, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Australia have now lost 5 of their last 7 games,congratulations to England and Pakistan.Austalia are bad sportsmen and sore losers,it's good to see them taken down apeg or two.

  • djdrastic on July 7, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Had to eat my own words after Akhtar bowled really well yesterday.Great bowling performance again by Pakistan.

  • on July 7, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    It was fun, but can't quite call it revenge. Even if Pakistan beat Australia in the next two T20s they play, it still won't take away from the fact that they were beaten on the biggest stage. Had Pakistan won there, they surely would have gone on to win the final.

  • on July 7, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Nothing to say more like that ..............just owsome...........Afridiiiiiiizzzzzzzz Rockszzzzzz

  • VVchowdary on July 7, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Hey Comon dudes we should only appreciate them while if they win any ODI / Test series against India / Australia /England / Srilanka / SouthAfrica then only we can belive the pakistan is coming back to winning track, until then we cant belive them. I fan of Cricket thats allllllllllll.I dont think any batsman is using perfect technique in T20s , if they dont find solution for the coming bowl they are just swinging bat and they dont know where the ball will touch the bat, if it works we call them blaster , bomber , super , ha ha ha ha ha ha, . Love THE TESTS & ODIs thats only the real cricket and real test for batsmans as well as bowlers.

    Is there anyone to agree with me ??????

  • cskfangg on July 7, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Iam an indian..but iam really overjoyed to see this win!! pakistan has to proceed this wiinning streak in all formats..winning aussie..is not a small thing!great characters shown by pakistanis..I hope they do well..and we have lot of Indo-pak matches in future...if pak team will become the prime force then they might give gud fight to India & Aus...

  • djdrastic on July 7, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Had to eat my own words after Akhtar bowled really well yesterday.Great bowling performance again by Pakistan.

  • rllafretaw on July 7, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Pakistan may not be playing at home but it is like a second home to them due to the large crowds of pakistani supporters they have in England who will make them 'feel' at home when playing here. Only the England cricket team could match that support in this country. (OR perhaps India if they were playing anyone other than England). I enjoyed the matches, but of course that is natural for a Pom when seeing the Aussies beaten by anyone.

  • on July 7, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Thats more like it !!!!!!!! Pakistan Zindabad

  • Dilseben on July 7, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Awesome performance by the Pakistanis after the massacre they faced Down Under..Pakistan has always been my favourite team after India,but they always have this uncanny habit of performing maginificiently on one day & churning up an absymal performance on the very next day...hopefully that trend will change with a well settled bowling squad which is firing on all cylinders & an inspirational captain in Afridi...they still have got a long way to go as there is batting is just not gud enough nor is their fielding...if they can make marked improvements in those two departments..then there is no doubt that the test matches will be a very close affair!!!

  • Milan31 on July 7, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Many Many congratulations for team Pakistan for winning 2 T20's. We are the real champions in T20. Now comes the real test. Aussies will come back strongly with their pace attacks and Pak does not have the experience in the batting department. Two Akmal brothers and Butt are the only batsmen with real hope. Bowling is fine. Gonna be real tough. All the best Pakistan. We want to see you once again beating Aussies but this time in Test Format.

  • AleemLatif on July 7, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Great work by Afridi and Co. They have started playing like men and not like bloody cowards under Yousaf's captaincy during OZ tour. I am impressed by Afridi's captaincy and the enthusiasm he is showing while captaining the side - that is going to be crucial factor in the games ahead. Pak team needed a bold leader and they have got the right man - who is also fully being backed-up by PCB. Kamran Akmal is still the best wicket keeper we have in stock. Both brothers are the stem of this Pak squad - mainly both are real fighters and play with heart and soul. I would like to see Shoab Akhtar in the Test Matches too. He is still much quicker than Tait - and still a wicket taker and much better than Asif. Or otherwise PCB should give a chance to Mohd Irfan but Asif is good for nothing. Umar Amin has a very good technique - so should be given more chances. Ajmal should play in the tests instead of Kaneria. These high spirits would be pivotal for success during the tests too, for Pak team.

  • zippydingdong on July 7, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Congrats must go to Pakistan,but please people take it easy.80 overs of cricket and Pakistan are back?I dont think so.It will take a long time for Pakistan to get any respect after their last few years of their badly embroiled incidents in the game from the player treatment and sackings and match fixing investigations.Your saviour captain Afridi was only caught months ago ripping shreds out of a ball with his teeth which he got off very lightly for.How he is allowed to play international cricket is beyond me. So bring on the real cricket,this will seperate the boys from the men and I do hope Pakistan hit their straps because I love watching them when theyre on song just like the last two T20's.But its a very different game test cricket.

  • SVSTomar on July 7, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Just Want "Imran Nazir" Back As An Opener In One-Day & T20 Teams. All The Best

  • sherazsohail on July 7, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Its really good to see Shoaib Akhtar in action. last night he was really looking like a young Shoaib Akhtar. he is really fast and furious. he should be included in the test squat against Australia. All others also played very well especially Muhammad Amir and Kamran Akmal and this 2-0 win is really good for Pakistan after 12 consecutive losses. best of luck for green shirts in the upcoming test series.

  • Gilliana on July 7, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Hey guys, You have every reason to celebrate but don't get carried away. Test cricket is something we Aussies know how to win. Our losses are just a little encouragement to you blokes and the Poms. Test cricket is another type of game which we know to win.

  • on July 7, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Well done guys, at last revenge has been taken. Carry on same performance in test as well........

  • on July 7, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    thank you pakistan to give a very good victoru

  • Jasir8 on July 7, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    that was a awesome game played by Pakistan but i will suggest to change the opening of Pakistani team.Shahzaib is not doing a good opening so kamran Akmal and Salman Butt should be sent as openers.I will also suggest why the PAK team is missing Imran Nazir.He is a good batsman.And also a good opener as well................

  • ABeautiulMind on July 7, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Energetic Afridi was all over the ground, I think he is learning how to lead team under pressure. He should be thinking mature because this is his last chance in his career. Team has some good combinations in it, settling down to almost a balanced side except some good opening partnerships. At the end of the day "consistency" is something needed for this squad.

  • on July 7, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    White Wash Aussies, Well done Pakistan well done. good ture so far expect it to continue in the same way. THE WINNING WAY.

  • kmy777 on July 7, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    good result of team efferts.Hope to see same spirit of fight in teat maches also. good luck to afridi and his team.

  • stationmaster on July 7, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    @ Stark 62, Pak having Gul and winning the T20 World Cup is like saying England would have one the World Cup if they had all a few more players fit. Every team has players unfit, even England, who won it comfortably. So dream on dude.

  • Ibad_Meomon on July 7, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Salam to All.... I always Go For PAKISTAN whether it wins or Loose because Winning or Loosing is a Part of Game.... By The Way nice Performance and Look like Unite and Decipline Performance.... Keep it Up.. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • NZ-Bonza on July 7, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    All the Pak fans carrying on like they've won the world cup... it was 2 Twenty-20 games. Hardly Aussies best format and the biggest contrast from test cricket possible. I'm no Aussie fan, but they will crush Pakistan in the Tests. These loses will only steel the Aussies resolve to come out and smash Pakistan in the Tests. Afridi, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Shoaib... All good players on their day but they don't have what it takes to compete against the Aussies day in, day out for 5 days straight. I think Umar Akmal is 1 of the finest batting prospects in Wolrd cricket but is still a few years away from being a world class TEST batsmen. And Afridi has proven time & again that he's not up to Test cricket. Aus bring back Ponting, Katich, North, Hilfanhaus etc... Well done to Pakistan for ending the 13 match drought, but to all you fans suddenly thinking that the gaping holes in Pakistan cricket have been magically fixed within 48 hours of cricket, you've got another thing coming!

  • on July 7, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    luvd every bit of it .....CONGRATS to all PAKIS .. we need Imran Nazir back in this line up and the team will be complete.. Hope they play well in Test series. GOOD LUCK

  • GreenCrazy on July 7, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Brilliant.... OK. All the bugs are fixed now. Team is looking good now. Well done BoomBoom. We are started. Go ahead. Don't look back.

  • on July 7, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    simply superb performance from all depts .

  • on July 7, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    This one reminded of the 90s when Pakistan had too many options - When Akhter was hit for 5 fours in a row yesterday , we had enough players to rely on . We had Afridi bowling , we had Gul pacing those in dippers , we had Amir cracking the speedometer , Akmal and then we still had reserves with Razzi and Malik ! This is good ! - Butt has been in reasonable form , so we just need to provide him more support for the opening runs

    Good job again today ! Green team is performing and thriving on this confidence. Lets see if they can keep their nerves and perform in the test matches against Aussies.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Great news, well done and a deserved win.

  • nauman421 on July 7, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Great great great win by Pakistan. keep it up boys. The team is a little unbalanced though. Frankly there is no place for shahzaib up the order. Kamran and Butt make a good openining pari. We can put an all-rounder (Yasir Arafat/Hafeez) or specialist batsman (Umar Amin/Yasir Hameed). Anyways all the best for tests boys!!

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    The name of the T20 series sponsered by MCC which the better Greens won 2-0 'Spirit of Cricket' was ...very well showed by the Pakistanis; Amir apologizing straightaway after accidentally colliding with Clarke, Ajmal's thumbs up to O'Keefe and even Akhtar acknowledging White's play except the Australian Tait reacting to Butt's refusal to play one of his deliveries ...

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Go pakistan! boom boomm!!! pakistan just kicked the aussies butt AGAIN! i hope they play this good in test cricket :D keep ur fingers crossed pakistan is one unpredicatable team... :DDD

  • Attractivue on July 6, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I still can't understand some of the people here bagging "Old Horse" Shoaib Akhtar. Who cares about his age? He's still bowling even faster than Shaun Tait. What more does Pakistan want?

    Yesterday he was a completely different bowler. Instead of jogging to his jump, he was steaming in just like old days and consistently bowled over 150KM/h.

    Its just a matter of time (hopefully not too long) before he starts taking wickets as well!

  • on July 6, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Finally some positive signs for Pakistan cricket....however its important that we keep our heads about it and play with more unity and venom in Tests and ODI's.....Australia is a completely different beast in ODI's and Tests

  • UmairTariq on July 6, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    @zubi007 .... the revenge was for the semi final match world t20 which australia took from us...... the sydney test was not snatched from us rather we gifted it to them perfectly packaged. Anyways congrats to pakistan and good luck for test series.

  • americancricket.org on July 6, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    I am hugely pleased to see tail-enders contributing with bat it shows Unity and Team spirit. WHEN WE PLAY TOGETHER WE WIN!!

  • bobmartin on July 6, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Well firstly as an avid cricket supporter who has no allegiance to Pakistan, I also congratulate them on two excellent results played in the true spirit of cricket.. It's wonderful to see a team that was in the doldrums suddenly come to light under new management and go some way to restoring it's obvious potential.. Long may it continue. International cricket needs good teams playing hard and fair and competing well to make their positions in the ICC tables a true reflection of their relative strength. Unfortunately, it has to be said, that Pakistan is it's own worst enemy for a variety of reasons, not all of which are directly cricket related. Until and if these problems are resolved, then Pakistan won't play host to another nation.. and that really is a shame. ...

  • m.a.khokhar on July 6, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Congratulation pakistan well done pakistan.. I love Shoaib Akhtar he bowled brilliantly today and with too much pace.. he was looking to get wicket at each ball and was really steaming in . What a sight when shoaib bowls like that .. he s still the fastest bowler of the world and the best pace attack in world that pakistan have.. long live Pakistan..

  • Big_Poppa on July 6, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Brings me tears of joy...

  • Taz786 on July 6, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Just like London buses, you wait ages for a win over the Aussies then two come along at the same time !

    Well done to the Pakistan team they held their nerve and got the measure of the Aussies, let's hope they can put up a good performance against them in the Test Series next week.

  • crictonite on July 6, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    I am surprised there's no mention of the horrendous umpiring in the bulletin.Although I was glad to see Pakistan win, the ICC should not allow host umpires in this day and age. Umpires should always be neutral at the international level, even in bilateral series.

  • magd2992 on July 6, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Well done, Pakistan. You have proven that Australia's T20 World Cup performance was a fluke - Australia are an ordinary T20 side. However, it's now time for some real cricket, and I suspect the Pakistan team will struggle during the Test series.

  • IGL2010 on July 6, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    T20 entertainment is over...the real cricket starts... let the paki thrashing begin in test matches. Lets see if they can cross 300 in any innings and win any test match this whole summer. Eng and Aus will eat them in all test matches. may be after they loose a few test matches they bring yunas and yusaf back for tests and ODI...

  • on July 6, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Well Done. Pakistan! keep it up.

  • Desihungama on July 6, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    And with this victory Pakistan has now become the first and the only team in the world to have a winning record against every T20 playing nation. What a great feat. Well done!.

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    wonderful team performance under Afridi as captain...they missed Gul & 2 Shoaib in Word T20 otherwise Pak might have that one...Unity & discipline in the team, now Pak need one good opener...Congrat Pak..

  • ACHOO88 on July 6, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    HEY every1 well done pakistan carry on like this in test matched and send australis home with a white wash wohoooooo

  • Stark62 on July 6, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    I can't believe Pak finally beat Aus. :)

    Sweet revenge also, if Pak had Gul in the T20 WC then Pak would have gone to the final and won it.

  • Pak_Cricket_fan on July 6, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Pakistan has come back to its winning track. Now NO team can stop them winning matches, no matter what format it is. Couple of suggestions... we should bring Mohammad Irfan in instead of OLD OLD horse Shoaib Akhtar and bring Imran Nazir in as we are also preparing for World Cup. Akmal brothers are the best, Shahid Afridi is shining since he got captaincy, Mohammad Aamer is improving day by day and making himself a key bowler for Pakistan, Umar Gul made a good comeback. All in all Pakistan cricket is doing good under Waqar Younis coaching and Shahid Afridi captaincy. GOOD LUCK Shahid Afridi and co. for the rest of the tour. Pakistan and Pakistan cricket zindabad!!!

  • DrAtharAbbas on July 6, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    I had commented before the first match: Pakistan are not unpredictable in T20 cricket especially when Umar Gul is bowling the last overs. Their win/loss ratio was more than 2 before the series and it has only improved now, better than any other team in the world. THEY ARE PREDICTABLE AND THE PREDICTABILITY IS FOR THEM TO WIN. The second very important factor which every writer is ignoring. They are not playing any home games for a long time now, NO HOME GAMES. Football, national or club level, tennis david cup, etc.. every sport takes into consideration, even in the laws, how the home advantage can be neutralized. This series which is technically a home series is not really at home. It is only neutral territory and at least Australia does not have a home advantage. We can well imagine if Pakistan was playing T20 matches in Pakistan as well, how high this win/loss ratio would have been.

  • aceruser on July 6, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Weldone Pakistan. . Thrust is quenched......its been a long time now....Afridi has learned from his mistakes so did his men. . It took a while this unit to regroup and put the right combination in both bat n ball. Waqar has been around now, so he knows the guys well. Afridi clearly pumped up and taking the Captency seriosuly, a v healthy sign. Test matches round the corner, though we cant compare both formats of the game but let me tell you, Australia will have to Play extremely well to repeat what they did in their home turf. When Pakistan is on song..... boy you just cant stop them...

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    again I don't understand why Shazaib is opening. Butt and Akmal had a good partnership in the first game of 40-odd and now of 61 after Shazaib has gotten out for naught in the first over of the game in consecutive innings.

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    If we had a batting line up like we had in 05, Inzi and YoYos, with the bowling line-up we have right now of Asif, Aamer, Gul, Kaneria and Afridi we could start our own winning streak against Australia in the Test matches but guys like Akmal, Amin, Fawwad have never played test cricket in England, we don't have much of a realistic chance of winning the next two games. Perhaps if Kamran Akmal is dropped from the Test matches as wicket keeper we could still do well.

  • Umair_umair on July 6, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Well Done. Hope Pak team give some fight in Test Matches.

  • pratadd on July 6, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    awesome game, atleast pak team is playing as one unit :D

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    This is the what we called Pakistani Spirit when at their best then does'nt matter who's the opponents. Really glad to see these two T20s Hope fully Pakistani keep this momentum to make ourselves proud and happy not only for the current rest of series but also in future Best of LUCK .... GEO PAKISTAN.

  • haroonalvi on July 6, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Whenever Pakistan plays Australia, someone does a whitewash. Good to see Australia on the receiving end. And as for the current stats: Pak vs Aus in T20: matches- 7, Pak- 4, Aus- 3

  • FarMad on July 6, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    congrats Pakistan Team...!!! winning one match can be of luck, but winning 2 in 2 days, shows that the new look team has put all the controversies and politics on the back burner and played truely like a team... But the real test of this young team will begin in the tests... hope to see a fight from Pakistan team in tests too... If they can manage to draw, it will be great...!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Pak will lose the test series 2-0

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    So it is all there for Pakistan after their long run on luck and a well deserved victory. Hopfully they can carry this rejuvenated spirit to the longer version which incidently may also be test of their batting stay power for otherwise a good batting talent. Good luck.......

  • on July 6, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Pakistan are back......The am waiting to see if Ponting now gives any arrogant interview

  • zubi007 on July 6, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    We won the series and it was d revenge of semi final but its not over real revenge is still the sydney test which aus snatched from us now its our turn 2 pay back aussies,,,,,,,,, Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!

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  • zubi007 on July 6, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    We won the series and it was d revenge of semi final but its not over real revenge is still the sydney test which aus snatched from us now its our turn 2 pay back aussies,,,,,,,,, Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Pakistan are back......The am waiting to see if Ponting now gives any arrogant interview

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    So it is all there for Pakistan after their long run on luck and a well deserved victory. Hopfully they can carry this rejuvenated spirit to the longer version which incidently may also be test of their batting stay power for otherwise a good batting talent. Good luck.......

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Pak will lose the test series 2-0

  • FarMad on July 6, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    congrats Pakistan Team...!!! winning one match can be of luck, but winning 2 in 2 days, shows that the new look team has put all the controversies and politics on the back burner and played truely like a team... But the real test of this young team will begin in the tests... hope to see a fight from Pakistan team in tests too... If they can manage to draw, it will be great...!!!

  • haroonalvi on July 6, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Whenever Pakistan plays Australia, someone does a whitewash. Good to see Australia on the receiving end. And as for the current stats: Pak vs Aus in T20: matches- 7, Pak- 4, Aus- 3

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    This is the what we called Pakistani Spirit when at their best then does'nt matter who's the opponents. Really glad to see these two T20s Hope fully Pakistani keep this momentum to make ourselves proud and happy not only for the current rest of series but also in future Best of LUCK .... GEO PAKISTAN.

  • pratadd on July 6, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    awesome game, atleast pak team is playing as one unit :D

  • Umair_umair on July 6, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Well Done. Hope Pak team give some fight in Test Matches.

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    If we had a batting line up like we had in 05, Inzi and YoYos, with the bowling line-up we have right now of Asif, Aamer, Gul, Kaneria and Afridi we could start our own winning streak against Australia in the Test matches but guys like Akmal, Amin, Fawwad have never played test cricket in England, we don't have much of a realistic chance of winning the next two games. Perhaps if Kamran Akmal is dropped from the Test matches as wicket keeper we could still do well.