Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20, Dubai September 5, 2012

Spinners help Pakistan crush Australia

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Pakistan 90 for 3 (K Akmal 31*) beat Australia 89 (Warner 22, Tanvir 3-13) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan began their warm-up for the ICC World Twenty20 with a comprehensive win over Australia in Dubai, where their spinners flummoxed Australia's long batting line-up. Not since the second T20 international ever played had Australia scored as few in an innings as the 89 for which they were dismissed in this match, and although Pakistan lost three wickets in the chase they were never in danger of losing. They cruised to the target with 31 balls to spare.

Statistics don't always mean much in T20 but the story of this match could be summed up with a few numbers. It was the first time since another loss to Pakistan in Dubai in May 2009 that Australia failed to hit a six in a T20 innings. They struck only three fours in the 19.3 overs they faced; Pakistan had that many within four overs. The only time Australia scored fewer in a completed T20 innings was 79 against England in Southampton in 2005, back when the IPL was not even a glimmer in Lalit Modi's eye. Never before had a team beaten Australia with so many balls to spare.

But the figures don't tell how Pakistan managed such a one-sided result. Sohail Tanvir finished with 3 for 13 but it was the work of the spinners, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and the debutant Raza Hasan that kept Australia from posting a competitive score. They picked up two wickets each and the regular breakthroughs and large boundaries starved the Australians.

Again they found Ajmal difficult to pick, while Hasan's clever variations showed that he can be a force at international level, while Hafeez was typically tidy. Pakistan also held their catches, which they had not always done during the ODIs, and only three Australians reached double figures, making it irrelevant that they had entered the game with eight batsmen.

David Warner top scored with 22 from 25 balls, an innings that at the time looked scratchy but was solid when compared with the rest of the performances. Warner was the third man to fall when he pushed a catch back to the bowler Hafeez, after the innings had started shakily when Shane Watson was trapped in front by Umar Gul for 8.

Promoted to No.3, Michael Hussey chipped a catch to cover when he failed to pick Tanvir's slower ball. Warner and George Bailey provided a slight recovery with a 33-run stand before Warner went, and that was followed soon after by Hasan's first international wicket, which came when David Hussey failed to clear the man at long on.

Bailey fell for 14 when he top edged a sweep off Hafeez and was caught at deep backward square leg, and it was up to Cameron White and Matthew Wade to attempt a recovery. But Pakistan's spinners were too good for White and Wade, Ajmal's variations especially deceptive, although it was Hasan who broke the partnership when Wade holed out to deep midwicket for 6 from 13 balls.

Glenn Maxwell, who came in at No.8, was caught at deep square leg off Ajmal for 4 and next ball White failed to read Ajmal and was bowled for 15 off 22 balls. Xavier Doherty survived the hat trick ball but that was about all the Australians had to celebrate, as Tanvir finished off the tail to end up with 3 for 13.

Australia's bowlers had nothing to defend and their cause was hopeless from the start. Hafeez and Imran Nazir, playing his first international for two and a half years, gave Pakistan a solid start with their 30-run opening stand. They both found the boundary and Nazir showed a willingness to take on the Australian bowlers, despite the small chase.

Hafeez (17) fell to a slower ball from Pat Cummins when he chipped a catch to midwicket and the Australians claimed a second when Ben Hilfenhaus bowled Nasir Jamshed for 10 with a good inswinger. Nazir eventually fell for 22 when he pushed a Watson full toss to cover, but Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik saw Pakistan home. Akmal struck the only six of the match and finished unbeaten on 31 from 24 balls. He hit more boundaries on his own than the Australians did for their entire innings.

It was a clinical performance from Pakistan, but Australia did little to suggest their ninth place in the ICC T20 rankings is anything but accurate. Of course in T20 anything can happen on any day; Australia just need to make sure something happens for them before this series is out. Because one day like this in the World T20 could be enough to send them home early.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Here's my take on the first T20 match. Firstly, the toss was crucial as Australia were caught unprepared on how to handle the T20 innings especially after transitioning from the ODI format; even Pakistan would have struggled had they been batting first. Secondly, it was the overall fielding that the Pakistani's can be proud of as they grabbed all the crucial chances given by the Ausies; the ODI outcome could've also been different had they fielded better. Lastly, the individual battle between the two young captain's of their T20 sides was comprehensively won by Hafeez aka The Professor; Bailey was exposed with his fielding decisions and seems to be a liability with the bat, whereas, Hafeez was spot on with his bowling changes and contributed well in the batting department. Key changes for both teams: AUS: McKay for Hilfenhouse (more pace and bounce), Christian for Maxwell (better all rounder); PAk: Afridi for Razzaq (adds bowling option)

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Pakistan can win world T20 on serious note if batsmen help their bowlers. They have world-class bowlers.

  • POSTED BY TrueFactors on | September 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    For sure, Aussies team is not deserving Rank#9. Pak team is better than their rank too. In ICC WT20, I am sure these two teams will perform better.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @Marcio: Exactly! We did lose the ODI series despite being thoroughly dominant with the bowling, and losing despite THAT bowling attack is nothing to be proud of. Nasty and gloating comments do no nation any good. Statements like "may the best team win" are just as bad. May Pakistan win, Ameen! @RandyOZ: Yeah t20 IS hit and giggle, the rankings are quite fickle, and tests are best, not to mention Pakistan were the top t20 side when they were the worst test and ODI side. Nonetheless, this is still an international series, not like football-like leagues, so the patriotic element is present, and the standard of play is infinitely better in internationals than in league games. The bowlers actually have a raison d'ĂȘtre.

  • POSTED BY thebarmyarmy on | September 6, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Australian fans dont like 20twenty? Hence posting here. LOL

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | September 6, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    fluke win for pak.aus will comeback hard in next two matches and crusk this ordinary pak side.

  • POSTED BY Muttee on | September 6, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    anyone claiming that T20 is not real cricket then please stop coming on a T20 match report, end of story and someone saying Aus won the leg that mattered more, you cannot be more wrong. If they mattered this much then Australia wouldn't have been asking for 6T20 matches instead of 3 of each. One-dayers didn't matter this time around solely based on the upcoming world cup. Any event in the cricketing world where all the nations are participating matters, period.

    I am a great fan of Ausi team, but they are on a decline, just like Pak was a few years back. Pak is good at T20 because a lot of T20 is played in pakistan and also even fewer over matches in the streets where most of these players have come from. So yeah it does matter, Ausies just need to find the right balance with bat and ball and also the right order of batting. This pitch is not a grea spinning wicket, it assist the pacers as well as Gul has showed in a lot of previous matches played here

  • POSTED BY prannsshu on | September 6, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    T20, the bikini cricket. Pathetic. This can not be the best version, odi and test are far better. All what u need is 2 good overs to win the game. R u kidding me?

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Green and Gold, ur point z reasnble, i think d same regrdng pak team,even if they whitewash aus now,d unfulfild dream of thrashng ausies n setlng some past scores stil gona hurt me big time as ths aus team z weakst of ausies team pak playd about a decad ago,test z definitly suprem form of crickt n I m hapy that pak,undr misbha's captainship doing briliantly there,so prblm z with our odi side nt with t20 or test side.BST OF LUCK TO AUS BT I CAN'T SEE THEM DOING ANYTHNG SUBSTANCIAL DURNG DIS SERIES .BT LETS SEE

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 6, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    As i wrote bfor 2nd odi,these non.sbcntinental teams(wi,nz,eng,sa,aus) can't score even 150 in tests n odis n would strugle to score run a bal against dis pak bowlng provided thre z sme assistance 4rm pitch(nt square turners) plus fieldrs hold on their chances.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Here's my take on the first T20 match. Firstly, the toss was crucial as Australia were caught unprepared on how to handle the T20 innings especially after transitioning from the ODI format; even Pakistan would have struggled had they been batting first. Secondly, it was the overall fielding that the Pakistani's can be proud of as they grabbed all the crucial chances given by the Ausies; the ODI outcome could've also been different had they fielded better. Lastly, the individual battle between the two young captain's of their T20 sides was comprehensively won by Hafeez aka The Professor; Bailey was exposed with his fielding decisions and seems to be a liability with the bat, whereas, Hafeez was spot on with his bowling changes and contributed well in the batting department. Key changes for both teams: AUS: McKay for Hilfenhouse (more pace and bounce), Christian for Maxwell (better all rounder); PAk: Afridi for Razzaq (adds bowling option)

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Pakistan can win world T20 on serious note if batsmen help their bowlers. They have world-class bowlers.

  • POSTED BY TrueFactors on | September 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    For sure, Aussies team is not deserving Rank#9. Pak team is better than their rank too. In ICC WT20, I am sure these two teams will perform better.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @Marcio: Exactly! We did lose the ODI series despite being thoroughly dominant with the bowling, and losing despite THAT bowling attack is nothing to be proud of. Nasty and gloating comments do no nation any good. Statements like "may the best team win" are just as bad. May Pakistan win, Ameen! @RandyOZ: Yeah t20 IS hit and giggle, the rankings are quite fickle, and tests are best, not to mention Pakistan were the top t20 side when they were the worst test and ODI side. Nonetheless, this is still an international series, not like football-like leagues, so the patriotic element is present, and the standard of play is infinitely better in internationals than in league games. The bowlers actually have a raison d'ĂȘtre.

  • POSTED BY thebarmyarmy on | September 6, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Australian fans dont like 20twenty? Hence posting here. LOL

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | September 6, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    fluke win for pak.aus will comeback hard in next two matches and crusk this ordinary pak side.

  • POSTED BY Muttee on | September 6, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    anyone claiming that T20 is not real cricket then please stop coming on a T20 match report, end of story and someone saying Aus won the leg that mattered more, you cannot be more wrong. If they mattered this much then Australia wouldn't have been asking for 6T20 matches instead of 3 of each. One-dayers didn't matter this time around solely based on the upcoming world cup. Any event in the cricketing world where all the nations are participating matters, period.

    I am a great fan of Ausi team, but they are on a decline, just like Pak was a few years back. Pak is good at T20 because a lot of T20 is played in pakistan and also even fewer over matches in the streets where most of these players have come from. So yeah it does matter, Ausies just need to find the right balance with bat and ball and also the right order of batting. This pitch is not a grea spinning wicket, it assist the pacers as well as Gul has showed in a lot of previous matches played here

  • POSTED BY prannsshu on | September 6, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    T20, the bikini cricket. Pathetic. This can not be the best version, odi and test are far better. All what u need is 2 good overs to win the game. R u kidding me?

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Green and Gold, ur point z reasnble, i think d same regrdng pak team,even if they whitewash aus now,d unfulfild dream of thrashng ausies n setlng some past scores stil gona hurt me big time as ths aus team z weakst of ausies team pak playd about a decad ago,test z definitly suprem form of crickt n I m hapy that pak,undr misbha's captainship doing briliantly there,so prblm z with our odi side nt with t20 or test side.BST OF LUCK TO AUS BT I CAN'T SEE THEM DOING ANYTHNG SUBSTANCIAL DURNG DIS SERIES .BT LETS SEE

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 6, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    As i wrote bfor 2nd odi,these non.sbcntinental teams(wi,nz,eng,sa,aus) can't score even 150 in tests n odis n would strugle to score run a bal against dis pak bowlng provided thre z sme assistance 4rm pitch(nt square turners) plus fieldrs hold on their chances.

  • POSTED BY punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on | September 6, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    That I believe was shocking captaincy!! He sent in Michael Hussey instead of White who could take the attack back and went in at number 4 and batted slowly and that put the pressure on the other batsmen who then had to play risky to get the score moving. I hope George will get it right the next time. Anyway I was never and I am still not a big fan of T20 because it has to do with the luck of the minute and almost no strategies by me test is the best and ODI aren't bad but T20 is total baloney!!

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | September 6, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Firstly well done to Pak - they played better than us and you should always congratulate a team for doing so (country to belief not all aussies are bad losers). My slef - I would much rather win a series vs Pak in tests than in T20s - but im more of a purist cricketer. Tests show the real ability to play the game - where you have to bat through long periods or bowl to longer plans. This T20 stuff is all about managing firepower. We havent really done well historically at T20s but hopfully we will get better (whilst im not a massive fan of T20s i still want my side to win). Very strange though as we have a lot of the elements to win and individual players to do so but it just dosent happen as a team. That being said it is a sport where the scores could very well be the opposite in the next match. Lets see how the series pans out shall we.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    i don't care much about t20s, thats why i read the all reports/interviews/preview/comments and waste my 3 and half hour watching nonsense hitting and throwing at midnight, (seems like a bit cricket actually but i am not sure if it was ) ... and here i am posting the comment which surely indicates that i really don't care much or less about t20s :-) end of the story ... BTW what is this t20 is all about ??

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    australia surely needs to cum strongly in the nxt 2 games...dis is important to perform wel in T20 world cup...get habiyual to subcontinent conditions...sort out deir batting problms against spin...!! this series is gr8 learning curve for aus...

  • POSTED BY S-A-M-1994 on | September 6, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Sour Grapes.When ya Say "WE DONT CARE OF T20S " after defeat lolz

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | September 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Really dont care who is ahead of is in T20 infact happy to be bottom, what i care about is we are in the top 4 in test cricket. I would rather send the guys playing the super 8 or 6 or whatever it is cricket to this tournament and our test players can go and work on there technique.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    again afridi was not played and pak won

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    I really impress with Raza hasan.

  • POSTED BY SaintsFan on | September 6, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    See what dropping a player does to him!! Gul needs to be kept on his toes just like this. Hopefully Afridi will also understand pretty soon that despite being the top wicket taker in T20s, he can ALSO be sat out to warm the bench if he does not perform. Pakistan made the most of the match situation and brought the out of form Kamran Akmal as well as Malik into action. That should give do their confidence a world of good. Now lets talk about the Aussies. I'm stunned at the Aussie selection >??? No Brad Hogg? REALLY? And I believe Michael Clarke is your best batsman and not only he is a nemesis to the PAK team as a batsman, he is also a wonderful left arm spinner who can come very handy. And oh yeah, BTW his Captaincy is far better than Bailey's.. So, well done Cricket Australia for sitting him out. Go PAKISTAN !!!

  • POSTED BY eusamsh on | September 6, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    @Melbourne_Mick: Mate, its natural to ignore what one cant achieve. I am wondering what would be your thoughts about Australia and 1-day format; had aussies not escaped "narrowly" the series defeat in 1-day format against Pakistan. Lets have Australia improve on T20 instead of playing down what you cant achieve.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 6, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Oh please enough with this 'I dont care its T20', I'm a Pak fan and I dont care either but then again it was a match between your country and mine and we beat you there. You keep on telling yourself you dont care would make you look stupid because people shouldn't play even darts if they think they are no good. Anyways, Pakistani spinners had their claws in Auss batters right from the ODI's but they somehow managed to scratch their way past the line but they keep coming back at them and this was another examples of Australia's spin problems. Well played indeed!

  • POSTED BY Clyde on | September 6, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    It is not so much that we don't take it seriously so much as we don't know what it is. For example, I am no doubt completely off the air in suggesting that in such a short match the trick would be for the batsman to advance down the pitch when the bowler no longer has a chance to revise his delivery and belt the ball for four. The fact that I don't know what this would not work is just one piece of evidence that I don't know what T20 is.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    As a Pakistani, well played, however our batting still has a few kinks that need to be worked out. This is not the first time Mohammad Hafeez has been out caught, bowled, lbw trying to play across to straight deliveries.

    Imran Nazir is a terrible blocker but a good hitter and that's what we need, he has the bat speed to adjust to pace bowlers unlike most pakistani batsmen who are very lacking when it comes to conquering quality pace bowling.

    Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell are exciting, disappointed me a little this game but I'm sure they will bounce back, I want to see a strong Australia again much better they be strong than the poms..

  • POSTED BY vertical on | September 6, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    The difference in this game was Pakistan caught all their catches and the Aussies misjudges the boundaries ,so many of them caught in the deep.Seeing how horrible the Aussies have been in this format unless Hogg produces a good performance they would struggle in the World t20.One thing about the t20 is it evens out the teams,specialist batsmen are no longer needed and with long boundaries spinners become a huge threat.Pakistan's exceptional performance in this format can be attributed to this factor.I cannot rate the debutant Hasan yet,would like to see him in Tests to make a judgment.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | September 6, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan, i think it will be really hard for non-subcontinents teams to compet in T-20 world cup as int-20 you have to go after every bowler, hope one of our subcontinent team wins this world cup. Australians have loose the platform how on earth Bailey is made a captain, when he doesnt deserved the place in t-20 side, they should have choosen a good team, becuase there are some good players fort-20 in Australisn domestic circuit, and if they have Hogg in the squad, so why dont you play him ,guyies, you are trying to play defensive in this conditons by playing most of the pace bowlers, if you go by the same way, Pakistan will thrashed you 3-0.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 6, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Oh, I did forget AUS lost 2-0 vs SL, but also forgot the 1-1 vs IND last season. That makes four drawn series (WI, SA,ENG, IND) and one loss (SL) in the last 5 T20 series AUS have played (if I remember correctly). Perhaps things aren't quite as bad as some believe - or want to believe.

  • POSTED BY callsunder on | September 6, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Terrific performance by Pakistan bowlers !Looks like Pakistan will soon be a dream team in T20 with this kind of bowling attack !

  • POSTED BY vertical on | September 6, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Packing up the batting line up is futile ,India did that mistake too earlier when the t20 format was raw.Maxwell and White's bowling is not up to international standards.They should be in the team as batsmen only and not allrounders.Wade is quite ordinary against quality spin.Brad Haddin should have been in the team for the t20 world cup.Warner is struggling and should be replaced by Hogg to boost the bowling

  • POSTED BY Melbourne_Mick on | September 6, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Who cares, its not a real form of Cricket anyway. Test and ODI's are where it's at and to be honest, Australia probably shouldn't even bother entering a team into T20 internationals.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 6, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @RJHB, I'd really interested to know when these regular T20 thrashings occurred. Australia drew the last 3 T20 series, if my memory serves me correctly: SA, WI, ENG. All 1-1. But hey, this game probably heralds a trend, just like the 2nd ODI here vs PAK spelt the end of all ODI victories for AUS (lasted exactly 1 game). Or the 47 vs SA (where SA lost 9-49 on the same day). AUS won the next test of that series to square it. Or the 7 run test loss to NZ last summer. Another doomsday trend that lasted exactly one game - AUS won 6 of the next 7 tests. Nothing like a trend of one game to bring on the reign of the Apocalypse. Guaranteed. I'm backing AUS to bounce back, and putting my $ on Oz for the next game. There is a definite trend there if ever there was one ;-)

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | September 6, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Australia's problem is they do so many changes in the team selection from one format to another

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 6, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    for those wondering where I am - I couldn't care less about T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    congrat to new leg spinner. Ajmal is always gr8. once again he proved that he should be selected. sirlankan.. pitches are very slow and these high class spinners will make huge difference. bad luck australia.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    You always win when you never miss a catch and able to hit thee stump directly

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | September 6, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Keep Afridi away from rest of the series.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    brillent pakistan i love u k Akmal

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 6, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @ Randy Oz. Your AUS team looks awful mate. Nothing in the cupboard at all.

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | September 6, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Love it! Terrible T20 side, Australia don't seem to have a clue how to put together the right side. Part of the problem is that we, Australia, as a team, as supporters, do not take T20 as seriously as other countries do. So we got thrashed and regularly get well beaten, and rank 9. Oh well, so what? Care factor zero, bring on the test cricket!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 6, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is indeed bowling magically. He is the reason why I am watching this series. Fab bowler. Def the best spinner in the world at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 6, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Hmm, 47 all out in SA, 0-4 in England, 0-2 and 0-2 in India and now 89 all out in UAE. I hope now it is clear that the Aussies can bat neither on fast wickets or spinning wickets nor on slow flat wickets. Next time an Eng fan or an Oz fan tries to say that Pak or SL or India can't bat in Eng or SA or Oz they need to have a look at what their own teams have done.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 6, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @Harmony111, so AUS can't play in these conditions? So which team just won the ODI series that finished 3 days ago? I have to wonder whether some people actually engage their frontal lobes before they post. They beat SL (tests, ODIs) and the WI (tests, drew ODIs) in similar conditions away from home in recent series too. Beat BANG 3-0 away in ODIs just before that. It pays to actually refer to reality when stating something.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 6, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan, and not a good day at the office for us.

  • POSTED BY tonobwoy on | September 6, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Oh how the mighty have fallen !!!! Pakistan is a dangerous side. They can be a big threat in the T20 World Cup. The West Indies may be a ''''PAPPYSHOW''' favourite but Souyh Africa and Pakistan are the two most dangerous teams. As a West Indian I am backing West Indies to win ONCE WE PLAY TO OUR FULLEST POTENTIAL.... but the Pakistanis and South Africans are the maiin threats.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 6, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Not a great batting performance, but I wouldn't read too much into it just yet, given that Australia just beat the same team in the ODI series. These kinds of things can happen in T20 cricket. Australia have a very strong batting lineup with many players having proved themselves excellent in the T20 format, and several against spin in these kinds of conditions as well. Australia's low ranking is not because they can't play T20 - they haven't lost a T20 series for a year. Nor have they won one - because they don't play much as an international team. I expect they will improve very quickly. And even if they lose all three games here it really doesn't matter for the T20 WC. They have a team that can do very well. All it will take is for someone like Warner, Watson, the Husseys or Maxwell to fire and they will post big scores. I'd like to see Starc in there. He is an excellent T20 bowler. Why take out your most dominant bowler just because it's a shortened game? Hogg should get a run too.

  • POSTED BY Ameeega on | September 6, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Wow! I expect Pak, Ind and Ban will help SL not to let T20 trophy going outside the Subcon.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 6, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Well played the men in green. Sad I was so sleepy during the match. I will watch the highlights by all means.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    My ideal T20 team would be

    Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal Nasir Jamshed Umar Akmal/Hafeez Hafeez/Umar Akmal A. Razzak Yasir Arfat/Asad Shafiq/Shoaib malik Shahid Afridi Sohail Tanvir Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal Haan Raza

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    Great win congrats I thnk hafeez capianed well, imaginative, intuitive and dynamic as compared to Misbah who do is soert of hands off and made blunders in the 3rd ODi to make PAkistan lose a match which they should have won. Taking off Saeed ajmal, putting in Afridi at 3, not taking the review against hussy, weak field placing allowing singles

    HApp to see Imran NAzir and Razzak and Gul back (And thanks no sami or farhat)

    My deal T20 team would be

  • POSTED BY johntycodes on | September 6, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    What an absolute disgrace from our batting line up. Australia batted 9 deep and still they came out as usual just trying to push singles for the wholw innings. Can someone please say to smash out at the start of the innings. Trying to see off bowlers or take no risks doesn't work. They are going to lose wickets anyway so why not go out in a blaze of glory. I won't be watching the remaining matches because I know australia won't change.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 6, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Well played Pakistan and indeed impressive. I was feeling sleepy during the Aussie innings so could not see Pakistan bat but I did see the result when I checked cricinfo in my mobile when I woke up in the night and was glad to see Pakistan win. Raza Hassan could well be one of the greatest ever left arm spin bowlers as so far non slow left arm spinner has been a continuous match winner. @Cpt.Meanster, well said bro. I am a Lankan and will support West Indies, India and Pakistan to enter the semi finals along with Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | September 6, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Only three boundaries in 89 runs by Australia says it all. In a test thats fine, but in a T20?

  • POSTED BY Moppa on | September 5, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    To all the Aussie bashers (fast track bullies, etc)... short memories? Australia won the ODI series, lucky or otherwise, TWO DAYS ago! If you want to cherrypick formats (Test/ODI/T20), locations (home/away/neutral/Asia/England/somewhere else) and ignore results that undermine your opinion, you'll always be able to find proof that "this is the worst team in cricket history". And everyone else will have proof of your delusions and biases.

  • POSTED BY D.V.C. on | September 5, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Can anyone explain to me why Hogg didn't play? Australia's biggest problem in T20 is the selectors have no idea about it. We need separate selection panels for each form of the game.

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | September 5, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Wow! How often do you see a T20 innings where no batsman passes a 100 strike rate?

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 5, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    DONT EVER WRITE OFF ANY TEAM. ON THEIR DAY ANYONE CAN INFLICT A LOSS. YOU WIN SOME AND YOU LOSE SOME. WELL DONE PAKISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY VinnieVincent on | September 5, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    When are the Australian selectors going to wake up and see that they have no idea at all about picking a T20 side? Where is Birt? The best batsman in the Big Bash can't even get in the T20 World Cup squad. It's a slogfest, bring in some hitters.

  • POSTED BY Afridynamite on | September 5, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Australia is ranked below minnows Bangladesh in the T20 rankings and it looks they will stay there after this series

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | September 5, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Thrashed again! Is this the worst team in cricket history?

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | September 5, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Couldnt even score 100 runs between them huh? hahaha i guess thats why their ranked below West Indies, New Zealand and Bangladesh....

  • POSTED BY cric4world on | September 5, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    bring in afridi for shoaib malik and possibly another pacer for sohail tanvir. he did good today but he is not international level material. he performs in one game but in others he doesnt only disappoint but disappoints so bad that pakistan loses bcoz of him. junaid should b given a long run or bring a new face but dont let tanvir keep his place by taking couple of wickets in a game n then pushing pakistan to brink of defeat in next 5 games

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | September 5, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Interesting 2 see dat, what happened if aus lost by 3-0..then they'll b at RANKING 10 BEHIND IRELAND! Aus played better than pak in d odi series bt WEAKNESS agaist SPIN is FIRING BADLY....aus new guys r tallented bt dey r badly weak in spin what i'v never seen in AUSTRALIA! don't think me i'm anti aus, i'v enough RESPECT 4 aus..bt these scences r DANGER RED ALERT r aus, if dey not able 2 recover dat they'll b a MEDIUM or low medium standard team with in 2-3 years..

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 5, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Well done Pakistan ! Best wishes from an Indian fan. @Desihungama: Thanks man. Indians and Pakistanis should stick together. We are brothers from different mothers. I will be rooting for Pakistan in the world T20 whenever India are not playing.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | September 5, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    The_Ashes on (September 04 2012, 23:17 PM GMT) Well Done Australia! now bring us the World T20 Championship! As for the coming 3 T20 series, Australia will win 3-0 hands down :) Pride (arrogance) comes before the fall

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 5, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Well done guys.. keep it up. Gul was missed in ODI,s. Pakistan has to decrease one spin bowler and include asad shafeeq in the side for middle order.

  • POSTED BY TheGreatestGameEverPlayed on | September 5, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Why isn't Afridi playing in T20's ? not very consistent, but He can still produce. I mean T20 is all about power hitting.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 5, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Good to see some brilliant fielding from pakistan. Catches win matches. I think pakistan is too heavy spin. they need a another batsman in the side. May be shafeeq for raza hassan. Hafeez should be batting at kamrans number and kamran should be opening. or may be imran nazir and nasir jamshed should open with kamran at number 3 and hafeez at 4.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    well well well done by pak team

  • POSTED BY avmd on | September 5, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Wizard, Stop it ! with your performance, you keep embarrassing ICC committee who didn't nominate you for the cricketer of the year. NO one deserves it more than you do.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    i suggest we remove misbah as a one day captain and change up the one day line up for pakistan they do so bad in odi cricket but do pretty good in t20...this was a great game and thrashing...

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Luving it. Maxwell wasn't so hot in this game like the previous one. And guess who got him out "The Wizard" aka Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY BG4cricket on | September 5, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Why on earth would Australia leave Starc out after his performances in the ODI series. The key to T20 is getting wickets as Pakistan showed tonight and that is what Australia should focus on. Maxwell and White are similar players - good strikers who in my mind just roll their arm over and Maxwell is a waste if batting at 8 so I think White goes out for Starc which balances the attack better and if the batsmen can't still get enough runs then they don't deserve their spots.

  • POSTED BY Dilbar786 on | September 5, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    thats more like ittt Pakistan !

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 5, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Well played Pakistan and Well played India. I just had to say it.@Hira1 - That's because you field young players and they are keen to do good. Older players usually spill the beans.

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | September 5, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    just goes and shows you if you hold on 2 all your catches the match does go in your favour. any way congrats to team pakistan well played and spin king saeed v love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu dnt worry if you dont get theses poxy icc awards coz your magic is an award its self sirrr....................................

  • POSTED BY elimomin on | September 5, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    well it was a team effort .. spinners were not solely responsible .. the pacers were also back in action as the pacers took 4 of the total wickets and the field package was quite surprising and good to see ..

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Tony Greig came up with a new nickname for Saeed Ajmal, "The Wizard". Let's call him that from now on wards guys. Go Wizard.

  • POSTED BY SwingReverse on | September 5, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    This was a good display by Pakistan, congrats! I think Aus team is having trouble switching between ODI and T20, on the other hand Pak team is becoming T20 specialists.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Awesome. Nice to see all the upcoming and or returning cricketers perform so well. :). We finally gave Australia a thrashing they will remember for a very very long time. Infact we've set a new record for them. We have been a thorn in their side for some time now.

  • POSTED BY Number_5 on | September 5, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    If we truly want to embrace this hit and giggle thing, they need to pick the best team for the job..Well played PAK. pls bring on summer and the real cricket however..

  • POSTED BY Ifty_Khan on | September 5, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal the thorn in Aus side... lets make it 3-0 now!

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Australia justified they rating i guess.....chuckles....

  • POSTED BY NetBee on | September 5, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Good team performance by Pakistan. For a change they hold all their catches. Best of luck team Pakistan in next game :)

  • POSTED BY SaintsFan on | September 5, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    WHAT A THRASHING!!!! Having said that, Pakistan don't get too comfortable. Rameez, stop talking about a series win just yet. Aussies' pride has been damaged heavily and they are going to come hard in the next game. Pakistan's key to winning the series would be to stay alert rather than getting complacent. Just ask Nasir Jamshed!! Having played beautifully in the one dayers and having hit two good looking boundaries, complacency got the better of him. YOU HAVE TO SHOW THE AUSSIES RESPECT EVEN AFTER THIS HAMMERING. After all they are professionals and with this embarrassing defeat, they will be ready to come out as wounded tigers. Go PAKISTAN !!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Awesome performace by pakistan ...

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | September 5, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    WONDERFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    lol 89 what a thrashing ..go pakistani!! australia is just a very ordinary fast track bully team & they proved it again..

  • POSTED BY S-A-M-1994 on | September 5, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Well Done Pak shaheens.........Go Green Go :)

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | September 5, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Well played Pakistan! Ajmal / Hafeez are mystery spinners and will be a big impact in the world cup. I was very impressed with the young left hand spinner .. a good talent to look forward. Hope you carry on the form for remainder of the series and to worldcup. Cheers - Indian Cricket Fan!

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Better fof Pak not tobe Happy with the performance coz derz lot of area of improvements specifi cally batting order and fielding.. by d way good luck pak.. Love u India

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    T20 outfit of green shirts look much versatile & aggressive than the ODIs also rapid rotation of bowlers with a mix of pace & spine was great to watch. I hope Aussies would readjust & come with a better show in next game other wise they looked to me a very mediocre T20 side. Though I loved pacey spell of Cummins surely a fascinating fast bowler in the making.

  • POSTED BY aa61761 on | September 5, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    What happened? Where are Aussie supporters and Pakistan bangers now? Catches win matches. Dropped catches always defeat Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY PakiPassion on | September 5, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Well played Greens .. Keep up the good Work

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    its just awesome from the tigers that is Pakistan! :)

  • POSTED BY Jaz1975 on | September 5, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Congrat Pakistan, hopefully Pak can keep this winning momentum and go for T20 world cup, well played Kamran Akmal, I would like to see him coming one down, good job by bowlers, Congrat to new comer Raza Hasan, good luck Team Pak for next match, what happened to Glen Maxwell today? Australian Future prospect?

  • POSTED BY S-A-M-1994 on | September 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Expected Result.Pakistan the King of T20 Cricket.....Pakistan Zindabad <3

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Be Aware All the Teams Becoz Pakistan is best Side in T20

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    nice to see pak after loosing oneday series againts australia

  • POSTED BY kashifsyed on | September 5, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Congrats Team Pakistan! It made the 3rd ODI loss, a bit of a distant memory now. Welcome back Imran Nazir and the debutant Raza Hassan.

  • POSTED BY HamidYakub on | September 5, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Assalam-u-Alaikum its a great & exceptional win by Pakistan Raza Hasan is another edition to Pakistan Spin department & Hafeez captained the team far better then Misbah

  • POSTED BY cricketing on | September 5, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Pakistan is looking a real solid team for the upcoming world cup. Tanvir Doing well, Ajmal is still unplayable (Sri-Lankan pitch is gonna help spinners although they say that SLPL has turned pitches to more seamer friendly). I am an avid English Supporter but Pakistan is definitely the team to beat.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    That's what happens when Pakistan takes the catches!

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Pakistan outplayed Australia in this match.Umar gul inclusion improved the balance of the side.Ajmal was impressive as usual. As far as Aussies are concerned the intent to go after bowling was missing in this game as well. The ground is bigger which made it difficult for them to clear the fence against pak spinners.Australian Pace attack is impressive.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Why we need Misbah in ODI

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    wellllllllll done team paaaaaakisssssssssssssssssssstannnnnnnnnnnnnnn............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllove you

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    WC is going to be fun now.. pak t20 squad looks promising !

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    australia lack batsmen who can just blast away any bowler. All of them play a very conservative innings. Even david warner also is not playing his natural game. Australia really should look forward to their batting. If things continue like this then iam afraid they might not even qualify for the quarters in the t20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Well done PAKISTAN.........keep it up till T20 WC

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Well played Pak......I hope they retain the same squad for the world cup....

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.......today you guys played like champion.......

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    nice good efforts by Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 5, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Hmm, 47 all out in SA, 0-4 in England, 0-2 and 0-2 in India and now 89 all out in UAE. I hope now it is clear that the Aussies can bat neither on fast wickets or spinning wickets nor on slow flat wickets. Next time an Eng fan or an Oz fan tries to say that Pak or SL or India can't bat in Eng or SA or Oz they need to have a look at what their own teams have done.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | September 5, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Will any of the Aussies get a ton today.....let me pose the question again, will all of the Aussies combined get a ton today? ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | September 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    good pakistan included youngsters in the team and Pak fielding is awesome tonight ...what they have done overnight??.amazing improvement

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | September 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    This seems to be the norm here, Pak spin heavy and Aus Pace heavy......... will be interesting to see how Pak batsmen handle Aus as there is no solid specialist batsman in the team. Jamshed is too young and making his debut while Imran Nazir is tried and failed fella while Umar Akmal has 'in-cosistency' written all over him. rest of the batsmen are all bits and piece players. Hafeez and Mali are in no way specialist. Pak still have a decent amount of experience though and guys who are capable to pull off. Aus on theother hand is too batting heavy. But this might be the right thing as they are up against Pak batting and you really dont need too many quality bowlers to bowl this team out.

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | September 5, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    A high scoring match in offing as both sides loaded with hard-hitting batsmen. Bowlers have their work cut out on true surface. Should be a fiercely competitive game. Cant wait for "the magician" (AJMAL) in action !

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 5, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Too many bowlers and Bowling Allrounders in Pakistans squad. Pakistan selection is making no sense. why do u need 7 bowlers in a side to bowl 20 overs???

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    gud playing XI but missing afridi very much

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  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    gud playing XI but missing afridi very much

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 5, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Too many bowlers and Bowling Allrounders in Pakistans squad. Pakistan selection is making no sense. why do u need 7 bowlers in a side to bowl 20 overs???

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | September 5, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    A high scoring match in offing as both sides loaded with hard-hitting batsmen. Bowlers have their work cut out on true surface. Should be a fiercely competitive game. Cant wait for "the magician" (AJMAL) in action !

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | September 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    This seems to be the norm here, Pak spin heavy and Aus Pace heavy......... will be interesting to see how Pak batsmen handle Aus as there is no solid specialist batsman in the team. Jamshed is too young and making his debut while Imran Nazir is tried and failed fella while Umar Akmal has 'in-cosistency' written all over him. rest of the batsmen are all bits and piece players. Hafeez and Mali are in no way specialist. Pak still have a decent amount of experience though and guys who are capable to pull off. Aus on theother hand is too batting heavy. But this might be the right thing as they are up against Pak batting and you really dont need too many quality bowlers to bowl this team out.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | September 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    good pakistan included youngsters in the team and Pak fielding is awesome tonight ...what they have done overnight??.amazing improvement

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | September 5, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Will any of the Aussies get a ton today.....let me pose the question again, will all of the Aussies combined get a ton today? ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 5, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Hmm, 47 all out in SA, 0-4 in England, 0-2 and 0-2 in India and now 89 all out in UAE. I hope now it is clear that the Aussies can bat neither on fast wickets or spinning wickets nor on slow flat wickets. Next time an Eng fan or an Oz fan tries to say that Pak or SL or India can't bat in Eng or SA or Oz they need to have a look at what their own teams have done.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    nice good efforts by Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.......today you guys played like champion.......

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Well played Pak......I hope they retain the same squad for the world cup....