Australia tour of England and Ireland, 2nd T20I: Australia v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jul 6, 2010
Pakistan won by 11 runs
Played at Edgbaston, Birmingham (neutral venue)
6 July 2010 (20-over match)

5.00pm Ready to go here, Shahzaib Hasan will take strike to er... David Hussey. Fancy that! Deep midwicket and deep long on in place....

4.50pm Australia have a new partnership at the top of the order with Watson missing. Captain Michael Clarke, who's been in pretty hideous Twenty20 form recently, will open alongside David Warner.

4.45pm Jenry is already impressed with what he's seen: "Great move by the Aussies, the two spin options in the last game and the one in St. Lucia allowed Pakistan to really get away, spinners are ineffective against them in this format it seems." Isn't O'Keefe a spinner?

Meanwhile Faddi is an Afridi fan. "Consistency is what we need from Pakistan.I believe with Afridi as Captain they are heading towards the right direction. I just hope they can prove that thought correct with another good victory here."

4.35pm Hello and welcome Cricinfo's coverage of the 2nd T20 International between Pakistan and Australia at Edgbaston. I'm Sahil Dutta and together with Liam Brickhill, we shall be bringing all you all the action today.

Pakistan brilliantly won the first game in front of a raucous Birmingham crowd and the atmosphere today is already electric again. Really feels like a proper home game for Pakistan.

Toss news: Pakistan have won the toss and will bat first. Massive cheer at the news of a winning toss!

Pakistan are unchanged but for Australia Shane Watson and Steven Smith have been rested with James Hopes and Steve O'Keefe coming into the side. He's only ever played three domestic T20s in his entire career.

The crowd seem utterly unreserved in voicing their opinions and you too can have a rant - on our Facebook page - though I desperately beg all of you to play nice.

0.1

DJ Hussey to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, few things could be more gentle than this off spin, but starts well enough, outside off and defended

0.2

DJ Hussey to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, driven firmly this time, but Hasan picked out cover

0.3

DJ Hussey to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, good move already by Clarke it seems, defended back to the bowler

0.4

DJ Hussey to Shahzaib Hasan, OUT, done it! David Hussey strikes! Not the most memorable shot you'll ever see, a massive heave-ho across the line and it crashes into the pads bang in front

Shahzaib Hasan lbw b DJ Hussey 0 (1m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Michael Clarke really has cooked up a storm with this move. Kamran Akmal is the new man.

0.5

DJ Hussey to Kamran Akmal, no run, still nothing off Hussey, Akmal prods it back to the bowler

0.6

DJ Hussey to Kamran Akmal, no run, wicket maiden to gets things off. Well done David Hussey. Kamran plays and misses outside off to Hussey, the first time Australia have ever opened with a spinner in T20 cricket. Is Hussey even a spinner?

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 0/1 (RR: 0.00)

    • Kamran Akmal 0 (2b)
    • Salman Butt 0 (0b)
    • DJ Hussey 1-1-0-1

Bit quicker from this end - it's Shaun Tait.

1.1

Tait to Salman Butt, 1 wide, starts by bolting down a wide outside off stump, Butt plays but can't reach it

1.1

Tait to Salman Butt, 1 run, this is better, swift and on a good line, Butt works it to third man for a single

1.2

Tait to Kamran Akmal, no run, first time he's gone for his usual full length, and it's blocked out firmly to mid on

1.3

Tait to Kamran Akmal, no run, good stuff again from Tait, good length, tight line, Kamran gives himself a touch of room but defends

1.4

Tait to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, width is a real no no in this form of the game, Tait gave Kamran space to free his arms and he threw absolutely everything at it, nailing it one-bounce to the point boundary

1.5

Tait to Kamran Akmal, no run, tighter line this time and though Kamran swings a booming drive away, he finds the cover fielder

1.6

Tait to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, has a leg-side fiddle for a couple ever been so loudly cheered? Brilliant noise out there

End of over 2 (7 runs) Pakistan 7/1 (RR: 3.50)

    • Kamran Akmal 5 (7b 1x4)
    • Salman Butt 1 (1b)
    • SW Tait 1-0-7-0
    • DJ Hussey 1-1-0-1

Right, Hussey has done his job it seems, time for Dirk Nannes.

2.1

Nannes to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, starts tidily, on a length outside off, Kamran drives but some swift sliding fielding at point keeps it to one

2.2

Nannes to Salman Butt, no run, lovely bowling from Nannes, no fuss, just full and straight and Butt digs it out to midwicket

2.3

Nannes to Salman Butt, no run, bouncer this time, it was angling down the leg side as well, Butt ducked underneath it, and would probably have hoped for a wide

2.4

Nannes to Salman Butt, FOUR, good batting this, Butt's favourite boundary shot in this format, skipping leg side of the ball and banging it through cover for four

2.5

Nannes to Salman Butt, 2 runs, nicely done, follows up the boundary with a couple of pure delicacy, dinking a guide down to fine third man

2.6

Nannes to Salman Butt, no run, again Butt advanced down the track and outside leg, Nannes saw him coming and shoved it in slower and shorter, enough to prevent Butt from timing him off-side swipe

End of over 3 (7 runs) Pakistan 14/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • Salman Butt 7 (6b 1x4)
    • Kamran Akmal 6 (8b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-7-0
    • SW Tait 1-0-7-0

Another bowling change, and this guy is no slouch either - Mitchell Johnson.

3.1

Johnson to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, oops, real horrid loosener from Johnson, very shot and slow, sat up at Kamran who helped a pull shot all the way for six, good timing

3.2

Johnson to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, Johnson goes full this time, slanting it across Kamran who slugs hard at it, gets a thick outside edge the sails one bounce to third man

3.3

Johnson to Salman Butt, FOUR, this is turning into a good over for Pakistan, Johnson looking to cramp Butt, yet it's too close to leg stump and the batsman whips it through midwicket for four

3.4

Johnson to Salman Butt, no run, lucky to get away with this Johnson, Butt creamed it through the covers but some swift diving fielding from O'Keefe at cover prevented runs

3.5

Johnson to Salman Butt, FOUR, bang! Lovely shot again from Butt, through his favourite extra-cover area, giving himself a touch of room and scything it through the off side

3.6

Johnson to Salman Butt, 1 run, single to finish the over, Butt just turning his wrists over the ball to clip it to midwicket for one

End of over 4 (14 runs) Pakistan 28/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • Salman Butt 16 (10b 3x4)
    • Kamran Akmal 11 (10b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-14-0
    • DP Nannes 1-0-7-0
4.1

Nannes to Salman Butt, no run, again Butt skips down the track and outside leg, can't quite time the 'drive' this time

4.2

Nannes to Salman Butt, no run, this time Butt played from the crease, and actually timed it a lot better, but picked out the cover fielder

4.3

Nannes to Salman Butt, FOUR, that'll do! You wouldn't say it was perfect timing but it's a safe shot, edging outside leg stump and slicing it miles over point for another boundary

4.4

Nannes to Salman Butt, 1 run, good bowling from Nannes, banged in much shorter and following Butt as he disappeared outside leg, the batsman could only bang it without timing to mid off for a single

4.5

Nannes to Kamran Akmal, no run, nothing on offer here for Akmal just blocked carefully

4.6

Nannes to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, good finish and Pakistan are rolling! Short from Nannes, Akmal picked a gap behind square on the leg side and wheeled a pull shot away

End of over 5 (9 runs) Pakistan 37/1 (RR: 7.40)

    • Kamran Akmal 15 (12b 3x4)
    • Salman Butt 21 (14b 4x4)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-16-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-14-0

Another change of bowling, Tait is back. The pitch looks very good here.

5.1

Tait to Salman Butt, no run, Butt was looking to give himself room again, but it was a touch too quick for Butt and he missed the attempted flay

5.2

Tait to Salman Butt, no run, this time it's an old fashioned passage of play, on off stump on a good length, firmly blocked to mid off

5.3

Tait to Salman Butt, FOUR, that is no place to be bowling with fine leg up in the circle, short and down the leg side, Butt helped it on its way for a boundary

5.4

Tait to Salman Butt, 1 wide, full from Tait this time, but it's too far down the leg side

5.4

Tait to Salman Butt, 1 wide, oh no, Tait is misfiring a touch here. Slung in short and wide down the leg side again

Well, Tait has lost it a touch. Butt pulled out last minute, just as Tait was gathering to bowl and Tait ran all the way down to the batsman to shout at him. He's smiling now though

5.4

Tait to Salman Butt, 1 run, after all that it's a slower ball, which is pretty smart from Tait, blocked into the covers for a quick single

5.5

Tait to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, this won't improve Tait's mood, with no fine leg in place, Tait shoves in a short ball, Kamran happily swishes at it, getting a top-edge into the vacant fine-leg area and it bobbles over the rope for another four

5.6

Tait to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, fuller from Tait and Kamran looks for an extra-cover heave, ends up edging it safely over the infield for a couple

End of over 6 (13 runs) Pakistan 50/1 (RR: 8.33)

    • Kamran Akmal 21 (14b 4x4)
    • Salman Butt 26 (18b 5x4)
    • SW Tait 2-0-20-0
    • DP Nannes 2-0-16-0

Phew! The Powerplay is over, this is breathless stuff. Time for spin - Steve O'Keefe

6.1

O'Keefe to Salman Butt, 1 run, starts well enough, flighted up and around off stump, driven down the ground for one

6.2

O'Keefe to Kamran Akmal, 5 wides, this won't please the debutant, sliding it down the leg side, Paine misses and it runs away for five wides

6.2

O'Keefe to Kamran Akmal, no run, much better now, on a length and line and pushed to cover

6.3

O'Keefe to Kamran Akmal, no run, good ball, shorter and quicker, rushed on to Kamran as he tried to pull, couldn't time it at all

6.4

O'Keefe to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, this time Kamran does get a good connection, bunting it down the ground for a single

6.5

O'Keefe to Salman Butt, FOUR, invention from Butt, reverse-paddle, and he played it well, getting four to third man

6.6

O'Keefe to Salman Butt, OUT, gone this time! Silence in Birmingham! Butt tried to sweep firmly, but it got a top edge and looped towards White at short fine leg, who slid forward and held a good catch

Salman Butt c White b O'Keefe 31 (29m 21b 6x4 0x6) SR: 147.61

End of over 7 (11 runs) Pakistan 61/2 (RR: 8.71)

    • Kamran Akmal 22 (17b 4x4)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-11-1
    • SW Tait 2-0-20-0

It's everyone's favourite groom - Shoaib Malik into the crease. David Hussey back on to bowl.

7.1

DJ Hussey to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, good start from Hussey again, straight and on a good length, pushed to mid on

7.2

DJ Hussey to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik off the mark straight way, milking merrily down the ground for a single

7.3

DJ Hussey to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, Kamran this time plays a comfortable drive, finding deep cover

7.4

DJ Hussey to Shoaib Malik, no run, dot ball, worked straight to the third man fielder

7.5

DJ Hussey to Shoaib Malik, no run, good stuff again from Hussey, what a bonus he's been for Australia, pushed back to the bowler

7.6

DJ Hussey to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, just a single here, worked towards long on

End of over 8 (4 runs) Pakistan 65/2 (RR: 8.12)

    • Shoaib Malik 2 (4b)
    • Kamran Akmal 24 (19b 4x4)
    • DJ Hussey 2-1-4-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-11-1
8.1

O'Keefe to Shoaib Malik, no run, good stuff from O'Keefe, spearing in a yorker that Malik digs out

8.2

O'Keefe to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, just a single here, the bowler doing a good job, clipped to midwicket

8.3

O'Keefe to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, Kamran trying to get after the new man, skips down the wicket and launches a big drive, that is not timed and finds long on for a couple

8.4

O'Keefe to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, just a single again, worked into the leg side

8.5

O'Keefe to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, touch shorter, Malik finds just a single

8.6

O'Keefe to Kamran Akmal, no run, short and darted in, attempted cut is not timed and finds point

End of over 9 (5 runs) Pakistan 70/2 (RR: 7.77)

    • Kamran Akmal 27 (22b 4x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 4 (7b)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-16-1
    • DJ Hussey 2-1-4-1

Change of bowling once more, Mitchell Johnson is back for a go.

9.1

Johnson to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, poor start, really slung in with a low arm, dragged down short and wide of leg

9.1

Johnson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, much better this time, on a good length and line, clipped towards square leg

9.2

Johnson to Kamran Akmal, no run, good stuff from Johnson, slower ball, Kamran looking for something expansive but nothing on offer

9.3

Johnson to Kamran Akmal, SIX, attempted slower ball, Kamran read it and murdered it down the ground where Hussey, leapt, took the ball and tried to parry it back in play before he landed outside the rope, almost pulled it off, but his foot was just in contact with the ground while he tried to parry it away - shades of his IPL catch there

9.4

Johnson to Kamran Akmal, OUT, gone this time! Banged in short, Akmal tried to wheel an enormous pull shot away but got it very high on the bat, and it looped over midwicket where Clarke ran back to pull off an excellent catch

Kamran Akmal c Clarke b Johnson 33 (37m 25b 4x4 1x6) SR: 132.00

Umar Akmal replaces his brother. The lad can bat a bit.

9.5

Johnson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, very calmly done by Malik, dropped into the leg side for a single

9.6

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, good line and good length, Umar blocks his first ball back to the bowler

Time for a change, not in bowling but in comms - here's Liam

End of over 10 (9 runs) Pakistan 79/3 (RR: 7.90)

    • Umar Akmal 0 (1b)
    • Shoaib Malik 6 (9b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-23-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-16-1

Thanks, Sahil

10.1

O'Keefe to Shoaib Malik, no run, driven to mid-off

10.2

O'Keefe to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, flicked across the line to wide long-on, huge gaps on the leg side with fielders back

10.3

O'Keefe to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, darts one in at the pads as the batsman dances down the track, dropped close in and a quick single

10.4

O'Keefe to Umar Akmal, 1 run, a touch short, and worked off the legs to midwicket

10.5

O'Keefe to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik steps back and across and hacks across the line to send the ball down to long-on

10.6

O'Keefe to Umar Akmal, 1 run, too straight, slipping down towards leg stump and nudged to long leg

End of over 11 (6 runs) Pakistan 85/3 (RR: 7.72)

    • Umar Akmal 2 (3b)
    • Shoaib Malik 10 (13b)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-22-1
    • MG Johnson 2-0-23-1
11.1

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, slower one, angling across Umar. He just seemed to roll the fingers over that one, and it gripped on the turf to beat the edge of the bat as Umar looked to guide to third man

11.2

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, and he follows that up with a stinging bouncer that whizzes past the helmet as Umar tries to hook. Huge appeal from Paine, who appeared to think it brushed the glove, but he isn't joined by Johnson

11.3

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, another airy swish outside off, another play-and-miss

11.4

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, he lays bat on this one, chopping it down to third man, just wide of the fielder and they scamper back for the second

11.5

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, Johnson's doing really well here, nice lines and good changes of pace. This was back-of-a-length, angling across him and Johnson finds some lift to beat the edge of an attempted cut again

11.6

Johnson to Umar Akmal, FOUR, hooked down to fine leg! Umar swings the ball off his nose and down to fine leg as Johnson sends down another bouncer

End of over 12 (6 runs) Pakistan 91/3 (RR: 7.58)

    • Umar Akmal 8 (9b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 10 (13b)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-29-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-22-1

Change of attack for Australia, as James Hopes is brought on to bowl his medium-pacers. Paine is up to the stumps.

12.1

Hopes to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, cutter, but well wide of off. Well played by Malik, playing a delicate late cut but the ball goes straight to the man at short third man

12.2

Hopes to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar has almost swung himself off his feet now! Hopes sent one down full and wide and Umar aimed a massive hoick to leg, really throwing everything at the ball, but he toe-ends and loses balance

12.3

Hopes to Umar Akmal, 1 bye, another huge swipe to leg, this time he misses completely but a fumble behind the stumps allows a bye

12.4

Hopes to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, swivel-pulled out to long leg

12.5

Hopes to Umar Akmal, FOUR, neat little shot! It was Umar this time, and instead of trying to bludgeon with his head in the air he kept his eye on the ball and played a little paddle-sweep to dab the ball down and past the short fine leg fielder

12.6

Hopes to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, drilled to wide long-on, and the fielder was right on the fence so they rush back for a second

End of over 13 (9 runs) Pakistan 100/3 (RR: 7.69)

    • Umar Akmal 14 (13b 2x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 12 (15b)
    • JR Hopes 1-0-8-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-29-1

Dirk Nannes comes back into the attack, he wasn't at his best in his first spell - or yesterday

13.1

Nannes to Shoaib Malik, OUT, he gets a wicket straight away! Nannes sent one down just short of a length at decent pace, Malik hops back to pull but the ball just rushes on to him and he ends up lapping it ever so tamely to mid-on. Really soft dismissal there, he won't be pleased... but the crowd are, because it brings Boom Boom to the crease!

Shoaib Malik c O'Keefe b Nannes 12 (22m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Wickets are tumbling that's the nature of the shortest format. It's pretty breathless stuff and if you're planning to leave, don't. If you must, then at least stay up to date with our Twitter wickets alerts.

13.2

Nannes to Shahid Afridi, no run, very full, tapped to mid-on

13.3

Nannes to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, off the mark with a boundary! More back-of-a-length stuff from Nannes, and Afridi just flat-bats it straight back down the track, perfectly bisecting long-off and long-on to pick up four

13.4

Nannes to Shahid Afridi, no run, good response from Nannes, who sends down a pacy and well-directed bouncer. Afridi sways out of the way in a hurry

13.5

Nannes to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, on the hips, pulled out to deep square-leg

13.6

Nannes to Umar Akmal, 1 run, cracked straight at mid-off, but they set off straight away for a single. The fielder fires in a shy, but it's wide of the stumps. Umar was struggling there, would've been out by a yard

End of over 14 (6 runs) Pakistan 106/4 (RR: 7.57)

    • Umar Akmal 15 (14b 2x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 5 (4b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-22-1
    • JR Hopes 1-0-8-0

Left-arm fast from both ends - here's Johnson

14.1

Johnson to Umar Akmal, FOUR, sliced inside-out over cover, he didn't get all of that but it had the beating of the fielder out there! Umar looked just like his brother playing that shot, the wristy sliced lofted drive over cover. Nailed it.

14.2

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar comes down the track and backs way over to leg. Johnson spots him coming and out-smarts him by sending down a full toss wide of off stump, which Umar can't reach

14.3

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar stands at the crease this time, cracking another full toss straight to mid-off

14.4

Johnson to Umar Akmal, FOUR, over mid-off this time! Sheer confidence from Umar, that was very full from Johnson on the off stump but he somehow managed to get underneath it to lift it over the infield. Not sliced like the last one, and went much straighter

mid-off goes back now, mid-on up in the circle

14.5

Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, yorker on off stump, Umar backs to leg and digs it out, angling the bat as he does so to send the ball out to cover point

14.6

Johnson to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi wanders to leg and Johnson follows him, just a single the result as the ball is tapped down to third man

End of over 15 (10 runs) Pakistan 116/4 (RR: 7.73)

    • Shahid Afridi 6 (5b 1x4)
    • Umar Akmal 24 (19b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-39-1
    • DP Nannes 3-0-22-1

Shaun Tait comes back now - Australia will be hoping he can remove one - or both - of this dangerous pair

15.1

Tait to Shahid Afridi, no run, aggression from Afridi straight away! But Tait is equal to it, and Boom Boom is saved by some movement in through the air as he backs to leg and misses a heave over mid-off. The ball would've clattered into leg stump if it hadn't swung in!

15.2

Tait to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, more swing from Tait, this time a yorker on the off stump and Afridi jams it out to point

15.3

Tait to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower ball on a length outside off, Umar didn't quite pick it but re-adjusted to push the ball to long-off

15.4

Tait to Shahid Afridi, SIX, dismissive and imperious! Shaun Tait steams in and hurls one down full at close to 90mph and Afridi just stands there and slams the ball straight back where it came from! Stunning six, very powerfully hit and clunking into the sightscreen. They may need a new ball here...

15.5

Tait to Shahid Afridi, no run, Tait responds with a bouncer as Afridi charges down the track again. He was expecting the yorker again and couldn't lay bat on ball as the ball reared up at him

15.6

Tait to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower ball to finish, very full and on leg stump. Tapped down to long-on

Umar was magnificent yesterday, he hasn't quite found that range today. As yet.

End of over 16 (9 runs) Pakistan 125/4 (RR: 7.81)

    • Shahid Afridi 14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • Umar Akmal 25 (20b 4x4)
    • SW Tait 3-0-29-0
    • MG Johnson 4-0-39-1
16.1

Nannes to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, everything going Afridi's way now. Nannes slips in a short one, Afridi was on the front foot but aimed to pull over midwicket, top-edging up and over Tim Paine to pick up four!

16.2

Nannes to Shahid Afridi, 1 leg bye, Nannes goes full this time, and they pick up one as the ball squirts off the boot/pad to square leg

16.3

Nannes to Umar Akmal, OUT, Umar falls! He hadn't been quite so fluent today, gone for 25 from 21. He had 50 by the time he had faced 21 balls yesterday! Nannes flings one down short and from a wide angle, Umar goes to pull but top-edges straight up in the air. The fielders converge but Nannes calls for it and takes it. The scorecard will read caught-and-bowled but it was quite a catch, went miles in the air.

Umar Akmal c & b Nannes 25 (28m 21b 4x4 0x6) SR: 119.04

16.4

Nannes to Shahid Afridi, OUT, two in two! Nannes on a hat-trick! Afridi looks to run the ball down to third man but it just bounced a little more than he expected, running off the face/top-edge and through to Paine. Big, big wicket and Australia are right back in this.

Shahid Afridi c †Paine b Nannes 18 (18m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 138.46

No slips, but field comes in for the hat-trick...

16.5

Nannes to Mohammad Amir, FOUR, edged! That would've landed in third slip's lap! But instead it's gone down to third man for four. Nannes manages a wry smile - he always seems to play the game in the right spirit

16.6

Nannes to Mohammad Amir, no run, short again outside off, Aamer tries to cut but is beaten

That's the end of a good spell from Nannes. Important wickets!

End of over 17 (9 runs) Pakistan 134/6 (RR: 7.88)

    • Mohammad Amir 4 (2b 1x4)
    • Abdul Razzaq 0 (0b)
    • DP Nannes 4-0-30-3
    • SW Tait 3-0-29-0

Another man who's bowled well comes back - here's David Hussey

17.1

DJ Hussey to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, too short to start, and carved away to deep cover

Hussey comes round the wicket to the left-handed Aamer

17.2

DJ Hussey to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, tucked behind square on the off side, just the single

17.3

DJ Hussey to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, drilled very hard indeed down to long-off, all along the ground

17.4

DJ Hussey to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, slashed off the outer half of the bat to short third man, they scamper a quick single

17.5

DJ Hussey to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, bouncer from Hussey! That was really short, and Razzaq had ample time to rock back and thump a pull out to deep midwicket

17.6

DJ Hussey to Mohammad Amir, 1 no ball, OUT, drama! What's happened here? Hussey comes round the wicket and bowls one full on off stump. Aamer cracks the ball back to him, and the umpire calls no-ball as he's over-stepped ... but Hussey collects the ball in his follow-through and breaks the stumps at the non-strikers end, where Razzaq had backed up too far! So, it'll be a Free hit, but Australia have a very important wicket!

Abdul Razzaq run out 3 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

17.6

DJ Hussey to Mohammad Amir, SIX, too short, Aamer hangs back and swipes the ball miles over wide long-on! Huge six, and valuable runs for Pakistan

End of over 18 (12 runs) Pakistan 146/7 (RR: 8.11)

    • Mohammad Amir 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • Umar Gul 0 (0b)
    • DJ Hussey 3-1-16-1
    • DP Nannes 4-0-30-3

O'Keefe trundles in to bowl his first ball, but Umar Gul isn't ready and backs away. O'Keefe bowls anyway, and disturbs the stumps, but the umpire calls dead ball so that won't count!

18.1

O'Keefe to Umar Gul, OUT, But that will! Well, it's just a replay of the last ball, except this time Gul swung across the line of a legitimate delivery and is bowled! A second wicket for O'Keefe on debut

Umar Gul b O'Keefe 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.2

O'Keefe to Shoaib Akhtar, 1 bye, more drama! Well, Shoaib could've been out twice here! First he missed the ball completely as O'Keefe speared one in at leg stump, but it slips down the leg side. Shoaib is called through for a cheeky single but is slow to set off, and is almost run out at the other end!

18.3

O'Keefe to Mohammad Amir, SIX, Aamer is giving his team a great chance here! Another huge six nailed over long-on, wonderful clean strike

18.4

O'Keefe to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, very full this time, jammed out wide of midwicket for a single

18.5

O'Keefe to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT, third wicket for O'Keefe! Well, Aamer was nailing them and Shoaib wanted to join in, charging down the track and swinging massively to leg ... except he misses the ball completely and it clatters into the leg stump. Well-bowled by O'Keefe, he has turned the ball an inch today but has been nice and accurate

Shoaib Akhtar b O'Keefe 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.6

O'Keefe to Saeed Ajmal, no run, good finish, tossing it up on off stump and it's tapped back to the bowler

End of over 19 (8 runs) Pakistan 154/9 (RR: 8.10)

    • Saeed Ajmal 0 (1b)
    • Mohammad Amir 19 (8b 1x4 2x6)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 4-0-29-3
    • DJ Hussey 3-1-16-1

Shaun Tait to close out the innings for Australia. Aamer had a torrid time against him yesterday, struggling to lay bat on ball. But he has his eye in now...

19.1

Tait to Mohammad Amir, no run, or does he? Tait comes over the wicket and sends down a short-ish delivery on middle and off, angling across the left-hander. Aamer can't lay bat on ball though

19.2

Tait to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, he gets bat on this one, dropping the ball to cover to pick up a quick single. Sensible really, better than just swinging and missing at everything

19.3

Tait to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR, Saeed Ajmal, where have you been hiding? Tait fires one full outside off and Ajmal slashes him away powerfully between cover and point, all along the ground for four!

19.4

Tait to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, ah, there's the Ajmal we know, backing away to leg and toe-ending a swipe to long-on

19.5

Tait to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, slower ball, on a length. Aamer heaves, but the ball hits the bat near the splice and is chipped to long-on

19.6

Tait to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, Tait fires down a pinpoint yorker to finish as Ajmal backs to leg, but the batsman manages to jam down on it and they run a manic single.

So, Pakistan reach 162 courtesy of some late biffing from Mohammad Aamer. They got 167 yesterday and Australia struggled, so this should be another tightly contested run-chase. It's all been a bit manic, really and we're all quite breathless with excitement here at Cricinfo Towers. While I dash off for a calming cuppa, have a look at Brydon's bulletin. It's almost as good as being at the game itself!

These two sides, of course, played an epic semi final in the World Twenty20. As far as cricket's shortest format goes, few things will top that game. Speaking of semi finals, there is another World Cup game happening today - Uruguay are playing Holland - I'm told it will be a cracker, so if you are that way inclined check out our sister site ESPN Soccernet.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Pakistan 162/9

    • Saeed Ajmal 6 (4b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Amir 21 (11b 1x4 2x6)
    • SW Tait 4-0-37-0
    • SNJ O'Keefe 4-0-29-3
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