Pakistan v Australia, 2nd T20I, Dubai

Pakistan take series after Super Over

The Report by Daniel Brettig

September 7, 2012

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Pakistan 151 for 4 (Hafeez 45, Jamshed 45) beat Australia 151 for 8 (Bailey 42, Ajmal 2-20) through Super Over
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed shared a 76-run stand, Pakistan v Australia, 2nd T20I, Dubai, September 7, 2012
Pakistan's top order provided the platform for a big score © AFP

Seldom has the fickleness of Twenty20 been more evident. Pakistan claimed the series against Australia, but did so in circumstances as far removed from the hiding dealt out in the first match as could be imagined. Mohammad Hafeez's team celebrated their victory in the minutes after midnight in Dubai, yet George Bailey's Australians could also take solace from a much-improved display.

Two days after being routed for 89 on the way to a seven-wicket hiding, Australia scrapped to an enthralling tie. They owed much to the captain George Bailey, who on his 30th birthday compiled the most critical and substantial innings of his T20 career to date, proving his worth as a batsman as well as a captain in the process.

But it would be Pakistan's players who were to be jubilant after the extra deliveries were completed. Umar Gul conceded only one boundary in his Super Over while claiming David Warner's wicket, and the 11 runs Pat Cummins had to defend were to prove too few, the teenager delivering a motley collection of short balls that betrayed the draining effect of the contest and offered meat and drink to Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq. It was unfair that Cummins be left the loser, for it was he who struck a mighty six to tie the match up.

Warner and Shane Watson had earlier given Australia a suitably quick start before the top order experienced their now familiar difficulties with the high-class spin bowling of Saeed Ajmal. After three overs he had the figures of 2-10, but Ajmal's last ball was to be crashed over the boundary by Bailey to ease the pressure on Australia's chase. Ten were required off the final over, bowled by Razzaq, and Pakistan were expectant when Bailey fell. Cummins conjured a stunning six from the penultimate ball to level the scores, before miscuing the final delivery for a simple catch to force the use of the Super Over.

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed provided the spine of Pakistan's innings with a stand of 76, broken only by a superlative catch by Dan Christian, before Umar and Kamran Akmal hit out freely at the finish in a union of 46. Mitchell Starc bowled with swing, speed and economy on his T20I debut to follow up some fine 50-over efforts in Sharjah, but Brad Hogg endured a more difficult outing and was attacked with some relish by Pakistan's batsmen.

Warner has struggled for batting momentum at times on this trip, but he made a swift start to the chase, punching Hafeez's first ball for six and prospering against the pacemen in the company of Shane Watson. However he was to prove no closer to extricating himself from Ajmal's web, bowled in the off spinner's first over having tried unsuccessfully to switch-hit his first ball.

The wicket brought an immediate halt to Australia's momentum, the rate slipping from almost 10 to less than seven in a handful of balls. Michael Hussey and Watson rallied briefly, before Ajmal's reintroduction had the vice-captain sweeping fatally. When Cameron White was thrown out from backward point the next over, Pakistan sensed a series win.

However Bailey, on his birthday, summoned some telling blows off both spinners and pacemen, overcoming a nervy start to make his most meaningful batting contribution since he was named Australia's T20 captain at the start of the year. Michael and David Hussey both perished, but Bailey kept the equation within sight when he pulled Ajmal's final delivery for a towering six.

Bailey brought the equation down to 12 to win from nine balls with consecutive boundaries off Gul, before Matthew Wade was run out to keep Pakistan breathing. Their pulse strengthened with Bailey's exit, but Cummins forced the contest into extra balls.

Having lost the toss, Australia's opening bowlers found some new ball movement. Hafeez snicked and stroked 12 from the first over of the match, while also surviving a desperately tight LBW appeal to a sharp in-swinger. Starc showed the swing and speed that had made him man of the ODI series, swerving one through Imran Nazir second ball.

Hafeez and Jamshed then combined for a noteworthy partnership, which alternated between the considered and the cantankerous in terms of strokeplay. Jamshed was the beneficiary of an uncharacteristic dropped catch by Michael Hussey from the bowling of his brother David, and capitalised by taking to Hogg in his first overseas international since 2007.

Jamshed's stay was ended by a stupendous diving snare from Dan Christian, sprinting with the flight of the ball and sticking out a despairing hand, then finding with great delight after he landed that the ball had stuck. Watson turfed a less difficult chance from Hafeez off Starc, though he atoned for the error by having Pakistan's captain caught in the deep the following over.

The run-rate had hovered around seven, and helped by a steady diet of full tosses the brothers Akmal took it past 7.5 in the closing overs. Umar would be called on for an encore, as Pakistan enjoyed the right side of the nearest run thing many of them will have seen.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Pakistan 40 17 1 37/1 38/1 0/2
Australia 46 10 8 41/1 35/4 0/0

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Posted by Sunilcecil on (September 10, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

should have bowled starc in final super over ! very poor decision my Ausi captain!

Posted by write2nix on (September 10, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Congrats Pak for a wonderful show. Wish we had bowlers like you do!!! All the best for WCT20. Love from India!

Posted by fuzzyeggs on (September 10, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

lol @raees khan indians are making vvs laxman a world class player now too..hw was good but not incrediblee.....what next rohit shrma?

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Indian team is great in all format of cricket game, and the players with India is also best players in the world, i am a Pakistani, and me too like Sachin, Dravid. Ganguly etc...but Kumble is nothing....he is just like an ordinary player. so comparing him with Saeed Ajmal is just like comparing a smal stone with a Mountain...

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@ sobersfan,well mate!only time will tell that,if Ajmal is good in subcontinent only,then he is going to give a stick to your batsmen(MARK MY WORDS as Indian conditions are no different to the subcontinent),and,for your kind information,Ajmal was probably one of the best spinners in the t20 world cups played in 09 and 10 in Eng and West Indies respectively(where,the conditions were no where near those in the subcontinent),and he was probably the best bowler in both the tournaments apart from that last over of the semi final.Still,whatever the case,we love our team and players,unlike you,who just as a result of one bad series,find every possible way to criticize your players.

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

If Pakistan get some consistant batsmans they can rule cricket world for long period.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 9, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990: cmon man dont just admire you kumble for taking 10 wickets in that match you should your admire your indian umpires as well for that record. there performance was also very crucial in taking 10 wickets. you guys are really cracking jokes now. please if you dont like Pakistan's win just dont comment.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 9, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

when ever MEKE HUSSY make runs Australia Dominate ALL,,,he gona won...Remember...same LIKE ODI

Posted by indiasucksgobd on (September 9, 2012, 6:56 GMT)


Posted by omar.choudhary on (September 9, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990 How did Kumble manage to take 600 wickets or so in international cricket? Of course, he had been given enough opportunities to take all those wickets (He played for 18 years). In Ajmal's case, he had to wait until he was 32 to play test cricket, what opportunities was he given? And furthermore in the time Ajmal has been on the international scene he has been far more impressive (He reached 100 test wickets before Kumble did) plus the fact that he has more skill in turning the ball and having more variations compared to Kumble, his main delivery was just a straight, skidding delivery nevertheless he was a hard trier.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 9, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

@ Muhammad Saad Ghani ,how many wickets did ajmal got in aus when pak toured aus in 2010.ajmal bowled well in sub-continent,he is yet to play in sa,did well against ordinary wi side.uae may not be pak home but they r playing here for past 2yrs and the wickets r also like typical sub-continent wicket.ashwin's only away tour is aus where none of the off-spinners did well there incuding great muralidharan.ashwin did well in eng in odi series he was the 2nd highest wicket taker in that series.i'm sure ajmal will be sorted out by ind batsmen this december.

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

extremely confused. how does an artice about a match between pakistan and australia start awhole debate between pakistan and india? quite sad really. my two cents......this t20 match was one of the best internationals that the world has witnessed. i am glad i saw it live. as far as the argument is concerned....shane warne and murali were fabulous bowlers.....but kumble seriously does not belong in that list. dont get me wrong, Im Pakistani, but im a big fan of Ganguly, Dravid, Sehwag. but kumble could not in any sane persons head be considered in the same league as shane warne and murali

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

The reason the match got so close is because Australia took three crucial boundaries in the death overs and in the Super Over off Gul because the Fine Leg was inside the circle. That was also the reason Pakistan lost by 5 runs to England in Dubai last March because Umar Gul kept the fine leg up for Pietersen. With Gul's yorkers, best to keep the fine leg on the boundary.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 8, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

@Newporttiger not only your ajmal,every legend worked hard to get into the international team...and whom are the top class batsman who are peeing in their pants?..this is laughable stuff.....remember what happened to Mendis.... and you dont remember KUMBLE...he is the one who took TEN pakistan wickets in a single innings:)) and career of more than 600wickets...

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 8, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

@Cricfan: why do you just look at 2004/2007 only. look for all time record between pakistan and india? and you will probably talk only about this match after that. i am not happy that aussies getting spanked at number 10 as they are far better team and they will bounse back. and this is the difference of mentality as well. we play to win but you play to beat others. but this really is spoiling the win of pakistan. i loved the game yesterday. please be fair and just admire if you did so as well as it was played in a great sports fighting spirit.

Posted by abmughal on (September 8, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

it was a wonderful doubt. but as a pakistani i appreciate the australians they played liked the wouded tigers. and i would never forget that marvelous catch. at last dont fight enjoy the game and wait 4 the pak and ind sereies....

Posted by kc69 on (September 8, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Guys stop this dumb fights.Being an Indian i woke up entire night to watch this match and i believe Aussies don't know how to play Ajmal.However smart move by Hafeez by sending Gul(Experience works) for super over.

Posted by SWINGKINGPIN on (September 8, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

MY GOD ,PPL STOP BEING SO PETTY, it's just cricket! Just appreciate a good game of cricket has taken place where the better team won ! Why quarrel like Animals. At the end of the day, all of us will have our own favourites and all the Teams have seen Highs n Lows! That wat makes sports watchable if not for the uncertainty. Deal with it guys like men , not like quibbling women!

Posted by Sachin_the_god_forever on (September 8, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

@awais sohrab Man!! Win against cancer and returning to cricket is not easy...can you tell me how many of them did that against the deadly cancer is always greater than win against a team in a super over...i am not saying this as a indian but saying this as a human....thats why so many reports are related to that topics....

Posted by saintsinister on (September 8, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

It was an amazing match.. Kudos to the Kangros to make such a tremendous come back.. Even that loss i dont call a loss. They have my full respect for the fight they showed and almost pulled off the match. Aussies are the only team who can turn the tables on you that fast after that first t20 performance. Good job team Pakistan for holding onto your nerves when i had lost mine in the end overs :D i like hafeez' captaining style wayyy better than misbah.. Already looking forward to the last t20 match. other people, either appreciate this competition or dont waste space here by writing about stupid subjects.. there are another 15 odd other subject regarding your side on this site. Put ur players on ur shrines over there plz.

Posted by newporttiger on (September 8, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990 - I am not one to quote stats all over the place (they are on the statsguru for the ones interested). Whether Ajmal is better or worse than the gents you mentioned, is not as black and white.

How these gents went into the "legendary leagues" is an altogether different story. You must look at the circumstances in which Ajmal has thrived. The bloke only came to bowl superbly in his thirties and had to deal with the usual PCB non-sense of sticking with players that have performed well in the past but not necessarily in the moment (Kaneria?). He had to break sweat to get into the international ranks.

Then again the legends you mention have insane amount of matches played compared to Ajmal. When was the last time you saw top ranked batters peeing their pants when facing the Warnes, the Muralis, the Kumbles (really, Kumble?) and the Saqlains? Surely they were great but had a lot more opportunities to get to the wickets tally that they got to. (Remember Kumble anyone?)

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

@ sobersfan,huh,just wait for the Pak-Ind series and then u will come to know what quality spin bowling is all about.By the way,just tell me how many games have your misnomed heroes have played against Pakistan since Ajmal has been playing,hardly a few times i guess,moreover,taking that asia cup game,i think that was one rare failure of his but he still was probably the best bowler of that match(still managed to dismiss Tendulkar).I think after that december series between the two sides,u will change your views and accept reality.Furthermore,i have a question,how many wickets have your best bowler by far in India,i.e.Ashwin,picked in away games when compared to Ajmal or even Hafeez and Afridi(who you consider to be just mediocre),who have played all their games at venues away from home?Oh,By the grace of ALLAH,we have got so many bowlers that i forgot Abdur Rehman and the young Raza Hasan,who will turn out to be a real star for pak in the near future,remember.Junaid is also among them!

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Ajmal is currently best give him few years and he will be legend ! ^_^

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 8, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

@ Syed_imran_abbas - Pakistan won this game - and it was a fantastic match - I totally agree!!! Believe me i am just as happy to have the Aussies spanked... I also agree that our last tour of England was a disaster, But what PAK fans fail to see is that even your team has not exactly won laurels on the last tours to England and AUS as well (1-3) and (3-0) "thrice in prev decade alone" respectively - Its not my intention to bring the PAK team down - it just won a fabulous match and i hope to see a IND Vs PAK soon in the WC in SL - As for the test series between our 2 sides - we won 2 test series back to back in your own backyard (2004 and 2006/07) .. :).. i can go on - but lets not go there and just enjoy a good game of cricket ...S Ajmal is best spinner in the world at the moment - No questions there!!! He's got that Mystery and Guile which has been missing for a long time since Warne/Saqlain/Murali - that is why we Indians rate him very higher than Swann (OverRated) or Narine ..etc

Posted by voyager on (September 8, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Why can't we enjoy this T20 match and Pakistan series victory in by itself? why bring previous matches/series's and worst of all other teams and players (that were not even involved in this great match) into discussion?

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 8, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

CRicfab or indian fan: This is the time Australian dominated every country in the world. Dont make me remind you your last tour to england. with all your so called home pitches legends. walls and master couldn't win you even you a single game. You better just play IPL and home series. why cant you digest pakistan's sucess. comon dont spoil the party like intruders.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 8, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

@ Syed_imran_abbas and UK_Chap on (September 08 2012, 16:55 PM GMT) - I believe its just one person with 2 nick names - anyway, questioning about India's ability to win Test series in England - well let me refresh your memory - it was as recent as 2007, I agree with you that Pak won 3 English tours on a trot between 1987-1996.. It was a period where English were pathetic even at their own grounds and Pakistan was at its best in the 90's..Now - why don't you answer a simple question - when was the last time Pakistan won (or even drew) a test match in Australia?? -------3 tours to Australia and blanked 3-0 every time - wow that is such an achievement in itself - eh?? i just cant stop laughing when someone says that Pakistan is the best team on tours outside of subcontinent :) :) :)

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 8, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

@ david44 - i think you mean flat tracks=sub continent conditions ? its interesting that you mention the last 3 series that India has played outside of sub continent - i agree with you - we didn't actually set the world on fire - But we had the best record after the invincible Aussies when it came to winning in ALL conditions before the 8-0 disaster hit us - but that applies to every team who play outside their comfort positions/conditions - look at ENG, NZ and even AUS for that matter - they're all at sea when playing spin in sub continent, Still remember a certain World class batsman called IAN BELL Vs Ajmal ? - it was hilarious just to see the nerves when facing quality spin.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 8, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@spirit within,pak was there to beat greatest windies of al times during late 80s when horified umpiring didn't let that hapen,same was d case with pak vs eng test series of 92,india jst rides on 2003 test series victory against aus n some of ind fans(nt all) would keep on beatng drums endlessly for ever aftr

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Pakistani haters from every country are here and talking about how Pakistan is a poor side and if Ajmal was not there, we would have lost. Chill guys chill, keep your sachins, dravids, yuvis to yourself. Let us enjoy our win. Also, one shocking thing is that their is no special coverage for the one of the best match fans ever witnessed. Whereas, 10 reports on how Yuvraj is back, 15 reports on useless issues. Please, give us the credit which is due.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 8, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

As usual people making comments and not knowing what they are talking about. Pakistan has long been the best asian team with the away records. Pakistan won three consecutive tours to England in 1987, 1992 and 1996. When was was the last time India did that ? or have they ever done that ?. In your own comments, Pakistan won 1 test match in England on the last tour. Pakistan lost the 1st test match in Sri Lanka due to some horrific umpiring. As for the W Indies, throughout the nineties Pakistan have been robbed of series victories by some shocking home umpiring, you do not have to take my word. Get copies of the series, its all there to see. As for S.Africa, Pakistan has only toured there about twice in the last 15 years so you hardly expect them to do well after showing only for 1 week before a test match. No more drivel and bluster, lets have some real facts from you.

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 8, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

SpiritWithin : As usual people making comments and not knowing what they are talking about. Pakistan has long been the best asian team with the away records. Pakistan won three consecutive tours to England in 1987, 1992 and 1996. When was was the last time India did that ? or have they ever done that ?. In your own comments, Pakistan won 1 test match in England on the last tour. Pakistan lost the 1st test match in Sri Lanka due to some horrific umpiring. As for the W Indies, throughout the nineties Pakistan have been robbed of series victories by some shocking home umpiring, you do not have to take my word. Get copies of the series, its all there to see. As for S.Africa, Pakistan has only toured there about twice in the last 15 years so you hardly expect them to do well after showing only for 1 week before a test match. No more drivel and bluster, lets have some real facts from you.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 8, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

@OT12 Lol...ajmal is the best spinner ever played cricket?lol...what a laughale stuff....and you are telling ajmal,Saqlain is better than Murali..are you kidding us?....ajmal is a good bowler at this moment but still not in the legendary leagues with warne,murali,kumble,saqlain...

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 8, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

@Marcio,mate! Talkng about history,i have no doubt in my doubt that Aus z stil miles ahead of rest,while safas n pak r 2nd while pak n eng R 2nd to aus in tests while othrs r stil way behind(in terms of wins n loses),BT FRANKLY SPEAKNG ,PRESENT AUS SQUAD Z D WEAKEST 4 d during last decade til date, with d present test squad,aus can önly dominate at home,so it z nt difrnt 4rm pak,,ind while eng,sa can stil give u tough time even at ur backyard,same z case with pak odi team ,on d whole ur aus team z average in tests,slightly above avrge in odis cnsidrng huseys r already on their way to retirment

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 8, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

@sobrsfan, its so strange that a fan 4rm a mediocre team talkng so highly without ground realities to favor him,pak z bst t20 team,pak z one of d bst test team ,if these points hurt u ,its none of our fault,bt since average playrs(kumble,laxmam,azharudin,ganguly,yuvi) r haild as Gods in ur country,so we can anticipate these things 4rm u,U CARY ON N B READY.@all AUSIES,ur test z nt great eithr,so what' this fuss al about?

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Pak threw away the 3rd ODI and thats what matters. They couldve made history for themselves but the idiot Afridi had to give those boundaries and Ahzar had to drop that catch -_________-

Posted by Bogelking on (September 8, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

It was really a cracker of a contest. Both teams showing their "never-say- die" spirit highlighted the game, which makes the viewers prognosticate that tough fight is on the cards in the World cup to be held at SriLanka. However, good to see that fortune does oscillate in this shorter form of cricket, which the purists term to be as the "terrible clutch" over the cricketers which hamper their refined skills. But good to see this match. Really was a great match, and congrats for Hafeez and co, to pull out a superb victory from the jaws of defeat.

Posted by Marcio on (September 8, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

@Junaid Ali, two T20 wins and the power is back in Asia (one of those a tie)? Maybe you forgot the ODI series vs PAK 6 days ago. Australia won. Or the tests and ODI tri-series in AUS? AUS beat IND (4-0) and SL/IND in ODIs. Or the test and ODI series in SL? AUS won again. I'd say that well and truly shows AUS has it over the ASIAN teams 75% of the time, including away from home. It just amazes me how little cricket followers actually know about the very recent history of the teams they write about!

Posted by mhz91 on (September 8, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

another great performance by ajmal ...... he proved his worth again by removing the most set batsman who were milking every bowler .....anyone would agree that the two wickets he got were the real game changers otherwise the match would have been over by 15 overs .... a slap on the so called awards ....

Posted by arunmp3 on (September 8, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

side fr pak in world cup shud be

1)nasir jamshed 2) imran nazir 3) shahid afridi 4) kamran akmal 5) umar akmal 6) abdur razaaq 7) hafeez 8) sohail tanvir 9) umar gul 10) saed ajmal 11) yasir / shoib malik

hammad azam cud hv been t20 squad instead f malik ( by cricinfo t20 squad) ...........

u need 2-3 fast bowlers in t20, considering tanvir n razaaq are half bowlers!arafat cud be included in the squad if he plays well in last t20, btw either afridi r razaaq shud bat up the order ................

sub continental teams + windies will start as fav fr d tourney........

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

i m very happy inshallah pakk will win the 3re match also

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

that was the one off the best t20 ever seen in history of t20 cricket.i didn't get it why they need a super over.tie is best of the result. anybody explain please?????

Posted by Misbah786 on (September 8, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Time to replace Imran Nazir with Yasir Arafat. He deserves a chance in any case..

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@sobersfans, well india always usd to be minnow against pak before 2000,its jst that they got respectabiliy as a test team during ganguly era bt it was a fluke n nt lastng at all,AT PRESENT ,IND Z PITY AVRAGE TEST TEAM WHILE JST SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVRAGE T20,ODI SIDE SO I dn't Know on what grounds U R buildng castles in d air,WE R EQUALY EAGR TO HAVE PAK VS IND SERIES TO B STRTD,SINCE MAIN BATSMEN ALL R GONE N WHAT ABOUT UR BOWLNG? LOLZ OH SORY!,WE HAD BATNG GREATS WITH D LIKE OF ZAHER,ASIF IQBAL,HANIF,INZI,YOUSUF,YOUNIS,SAEED TO CMPLIMENT UR BTSMN,DO U EVR PRDUCD BOWLNG LEGNDS LIKE PAK?ANSWR Z BIG NO.HAHAHA

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

When Oz do badly in T-20, they say, they don't pay much importance to T-20. ( By the way, what is the 'Big Bash' all about?). When England was doing badly in ODIs for a while, they went one step ahead, saying, between Test matches and T-20, there is no scope for ODIs. And ODIs should be phased out. Some teams which never did well in Champions Trophy say it is a meaningless tournament and should be abolished. Sour grapes never go out of fashion, it seems.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

great game of cricket but i wonder why pakistan chose umer akmal for super over ???

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

@Ahmed Ali. Who is Breed Hogs?

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Credit to both teams especially Pakistan team, M. hafeez les Pakistan to a historical win over Aussis which Green shirts need desperately, Razzaq and Arafat direct throw were the two major factors which turn into favor of Pakistan Team. Well done Team Pakistan

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@Villageblacksmith. Mickey Arthur is in good company. If you plan to send him somewhere, please send Duncan Fletcher along with him.

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (September 8, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Real test is WC for both teams. Best of Luck to both sides! Nice team work from Pak.

Posted by on (September 8, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

well done pak, but the T20 world cup 2012 will be a tough one,I believe Pak, Ind, south africa and Australia will be the 4 teams in semi finals.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

@Muhammad Saad Ghani ,lol how many times ajmal played against ind.there is no denying that ajmal is a quality spinner.ajmal torubled sachin only in wc semi other than that ajmal never posed theat to ind batsmen.he was smashed by virat kohli & co in asia cup.yes we haven't produced great bowlers like u but having said that except ajmal ur bowling attack looks weak now.i'm sure when ajmal plays frequently against ind trust me he wil bel tonked all over the park.

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Australian team is weakest ever in last 2 decades. Still Pakistan had to huff puff crawl to beat them in T20 a format Pakistani fans it is best at.Of course Odi Series was lost.

Posted by Meety on (September 8, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

2 things. 1) Bailey has stepped up IMO, (still think Pup or White would of been better ODI options as T20 captain. 2) David Hussey is officially in a slump. Across the 2 limited over formats - he has scored 72 runs in 7 innings, with a 40 something in the middle. He looked so good 6mths ago. White has not shown his form yet either. == == == Encouraging turn around for Oz, another good performance regardless of the result will stand us in a good position for the W/Cup.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Looks like Australian days are getting over... Cricket is back in Sub-Continent with Strong Indian and Pakistani sides and talented Sri Lankan side... Not to forget the all Super-Spirited Bangladeshi team...

Great Days ahead for Sub-Continent Cricket... Amazing Asia Cups are the future

Posted by OT12 on (September 8, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

im surprised by cricinfo, this by far was the best t20 ever played till date and there are no articles nothing apart from match report, where as even a mediocre matches of IPL are given more coverage, as far as the game goes what an amazing game it was, to be very honest Australia got really close but what worries me is that Aus does not have any young star in batting likes off Clarke, Ponting, Hayden and many more Cummins was great I think the whole world should be aware of him couz he will be a serious threat in coming years, on the other NASIR Jamshed was a treat to watch, Hafeez captained the side well, Razzaq, Raza Hassan and Sohail Tanvir needs to work on their fielding... Saeed Ajmal is by far the best spinner who has ever played cricket, Warne was legend, Murli was good too (I know he have 800 wickets) but that does not make him as good as Saeed is at the moment, even back in the days Saqlain was better then Murli.. and cricinfo stop being biased and cover every game on merit

Posted by Meety on (September 8, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

I said earlier - congrats Pakistan. Not wanting to bemoan the result, but I really do think a "Super Over" should be a franchise novelty & NOT a deciding factor in an International fixture. No qualms with the result here, just would rather this be ditvhed as a feature of International T20s!

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

real thriller ................................

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

for me cricket is the winner of this another nail thriling match...crowd got worth of there money....will not talk about Magician Saeed...(ICC do not like when ever he add wickets to his account in every match :P ) i guess hafeez haven't showed courage to face the pressure of captaincy ...and fired his bullets on shoulders of akmal bros and razzaq...totally a gamble....y he havent faced super over along with Imran and Nasir? and i guess we are habitual now to waste God gifted cricketers ...just look at Razzaq...(he use to complain same in his interviews)once a leading all rounder of the world now used like a liability ...Please its captain and couching staff responsibility to give him confidence and use him according to his abbilities ...what about shoaib? a formal captain with loads of xperience but again treating with him like "mother in law"....please hafeez dont be like a street captain who only wants to bowl and bats him self all the way your cards wisely not selfishly

Posted by spiritwithin on (September 8, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

@UK_Chap """I long for the day to see Ind & Pak to play a test series in a neutral venue. India will never do that with Pakistan because we all know why"""....test series r not played in neutral venues,presently if pak is playing at UAE its different matter,other than that d u see any team playing in neutral grounds??so no point talking about india not playing in neutral venus,currently pak is playing in UAE which is similar to subcontinent,away from home pak havent done any better to warrant such comments,whitewashed 4consecutive times in Aus,0-3 & 1-3 in Eng last two tours,beaten in SL,not being able to win a series in WI,lost in SA last time i think india did quite well away from home apart from their two disastrous tour to aus & eng,infact in the last one decade since 2000 india is more consistent away from home among subcontinent teams,try to play well away from asia than talk big

Posted by Marcio on (September 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

To employ a cliche, I think everyone was a winner in this game. Good to see most of the comments have been very positive, especially after so many caustic posts after the first game (mostly from the usual suspects). Sometimes I just get the sense that some things were meant to be, and this time it was Pakistan's time to cross the line first. Now I am very much looking forward to the third game!

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 8, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

It was a really good match the fielding batting bowling everything was good really enjoyed it and at the end the better team won. Pakistani players handled the pressure really nicely this was the best game i have ever watched in t20 GO PAK TEAM!!!

Posted by haseeb on (September 8, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Amazing win thats going to give pakistan a lot of confidence ahead of t20 world cup being in a tough group pakistan needed this win so that they can go about there buisness confidently..pakistan needs to utilize razzaq more he is expereinced & match winner hafeez just have to give him bigger roles like they did by sending for a super over.. i think tat was dav whatmore decision coz hafeez didnt seem happy ..but hafeez was good with the captaincy as all & all good win for pakistan..they should definelty give a game to M.sami and yasir arafat ..

Posted by amjadams on (September 8, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

pakistan should try arafat in place of tanvir in the next match and give shahid afridi rest

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 8, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Sobersfan : what is the matter with you ?, why are you so bitter and twisted. Can you simply not say congratulations to Pakistan for the victory. Also few other Indian fans biting down on their tongues with jealousy and anger. I long for the day to see Ind & Pak to play a test series in a neutral venue. India will never do that with Pakistan because we all know why. India play really well away from home.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

@ sobersfan,well,this just expresses your jealousy that you have never been able to produce bowlers like Ajmal or any other Pakistani legend.Such is the dearth of good bowlers in your country that you have turned to the likes of Wasim Akram,Denis Lilee etc to train your bowlers as you dont have any of yours bowlers meeting the standards of international cricket.On the other hand,in wc 2011,Sachin struggled the most against Ajmal and even survived a straight forward lbw appeal which looked plumb but your so called influence in the icc worked for you,plus,Mike Hussey,Mahela and Sangakara,probably three of the best batsmen in the world said that Ajmal now seems a much more dangerous bowler than he was a couple of years ago!

Posted by himohan007 on (September 8, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

@superstar100 if No.10 ranked Aus beat Pak then it will upset(unexpected) not thrashing. ha ha ha. Just a situational joke for fun not to disrespect Ozzies.

Posted by Rajeev129 on (September 8, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Cummins was a beauty. The way he standed in his crease for that ball against Razzaq was unforgettable, just with his crease positioning i was expecting that he would hit a mighty six. The best moment of the match.

Posted by kickassPakistan on (September 8, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

nice match but pakistan desperately needs better fast bowlers for t20 world cup.

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (September 8, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

@Sobersfan ,even ya chota Don cant Pick ajmal,Big lol at you

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (September 8, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@sobersfan....dont you remember the world cup semi final? even though pak lost the match but did you see Syed Ajmal toying with Indian batsmen, even your selfish cricketer tendulkar didnt have any answer to his doosra, go and watch the highlights of that match.....and by the way this was a match played between aus and Indians please.....thanks

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 8, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Australia is not gona stay at no 10 ranking. To me Pakistan and Australia have always been among best 4 teams. Both Teams deserves alot of praisal for kind of wonderful cricket they showed us yesterday. Thanks to both teams for playing such a hard cricket in such a hot conditions. they fought like warriors.

Posted by zahidnasim799 on (September 8, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Well done Pakistan but i do not know why pakistan did not chose Nasir Jamshaid for super over and why Australia did not chose Michel Starc for bowling the superover

Posted by alischeme on (September 8, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

@ Rakesh Rocky This match was between PAK and AUS. Nothing to do with your Kohli. And FYI Ajmal ranks 1st in ODIs, 2nd in T20s, 3rd in Tests.Surely he didn't get there because he gets ''taken for plenty''.

Posted by Wallaroo on (September 8, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, a deserved win. It's a long road back from here albeit a road we are certainly capable of handling, no worries, job done.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (September 8, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan who were clearly the better team. I'm now seriously worried that we've lost Australia as a team who can at least put up a plucky performance against us Poms over the next couple of years. India is already lost, losing Oz too means only Eng & SA are worth watching. Mr Randyson - welcome back. Hope your stay in Wonderland was dreamy.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (September 8, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

I watched this as a neutral and it was entertaining but Aussie fielding was poor with several routine catches dropped and other than a couple of outstanding run outs and Ajmals bowling was a pretty sub standard standard by both teams(Gul is not very good). Why do you need a super over in a friendly contest at gone midnight?

Posted by ash.pak on (September 8, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Pak deserves 3-0 go pak teach them a lesson how to play away from the home conditions

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

first of all let me congratulate both teams for an outstanding match, this is what t20 is all about.australia played out of their skins to take it to an eliminator but pakistan prevailed in a nail-biting finish to take the series,which should give pakistan a lot of confidence going in to the world football terms this is like manchester city scoring in the final seconds of the game against queens park rangers last season to secure the premiership.I think pakistan will go on to take the series 3-0 because they will play without any pressure. pakistan zindabad!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 8, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

if ajmal plays regularly against ind batsmen he will be sorted out.he bowled brilliantly against aus,eng etc.but he didn't do well against best players of spin bowling.he never troubled indian batsmen.once ind play pak frequently then ajmal will become another mendis who was hammered by ind batsmen.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

For superstar.....yes if u will beat us then....aus beat us in dreams now....ha ha ha lolz

Posted by ash.pak on (September 8, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

i just dont understand that why some of the aussie fans keep on posting that when they lose a game they would just say ozi do not give any importance to the limited or t20 cricket. is it kinda joke ?? if so then why the participate.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

gave razzaq proper chance in batting and bowling he more than kallis .what do u think .plz proffesore hafeez use him properly in t20 worldcup

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

one thing more, the bowling department yesterday except ajmal looked so weak. the new guy raza was not bowling well yesterday. he need time and i don't think he will be a better choice to play with him in the world cup. afridi is farrr superior to him right now.

but u know what i see a second saeed ajmal in him(raza). his bowling is really sharp. the thing he need is experienced 2 or 3 yrs then he will be a bowler like ajmal.

for world cup there should be afridi in place of raza and razzaq should be playing at no.3 after hafeez.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

This was the best cricket match i have ever seen in my life. I think both teams won this match.

Posted by Ali_J_01 on (September 8, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@ Rakesh Rocky Indian play T20 (IPL) more than any one, still none of ther player features in top ten T20 bowlers and top ten t20 run getters.. WAHT A SHAME

Posted by superstar100 on (September 8, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

pak fan are happy by saying that AUS is at no.10 !!!! no problem this no.10 will beat you in last T20 match than all oisez say pak lost to no.10 team LOL !!!! Afridi should reitire now he is not performing with his bat and not included in playing 11 due tO injurey !!!!

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

the best T20 match of all time. Australia and Pakistan both played awesome cricket till end. Love u all that is what needed. winning and losing doesn't matter. Really can't tell how much i was happy after watching the epic match.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

It was the Mistake of Austraila to select Cummins to bowl instead Starc in the super over. Otherwise, they would have won this match.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

it would be better to give a chance to yasir arafat who is t20 specialist,n hafeez should come at no 3 n u have to rely on razzaq as an all rounder ,if he z in team as a batsman then promote him up the order

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Ajmal can only be a threat to such teams who are generally poor players of spin bowling ,he was taken for plenty by virat kohli in Asia cup earlier this year .

Posted by Stark62 on (September 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

@ Parvez Mohaimen What are you talking about?

Afridi is by far the best T20 player Pak have and one of the best, if not the best in the world at this format.

What part of "Highest wicket taker" do you not understand? Yes, Ajmal has caught up with him right now but did you know he has the most runs, out of all the batsmen?

Also, what about Raza Hassan's figures of 0-31?

Posted by ahs123 on (September 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

With all the great bowlers like waqar, waseem and imran in the bank of history, Saeed ajmal in my opinion is the best in maintaining the pressure of his new inventions...i wonder if this guy had been in the team a lil bit earlier.. how much wickets he would have got until now... but at the same time may be luck favours him xoz of this unfair odne to him by not being picked earlier... lets hope he can play at least a 3 more years and writes his name as all time great spinners in the world... he certenly is for me.. no doubt

Posted by iqbaladnan on (September 8, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Well Done Australia, Well Done Pakistan. I think it is not necessary to decide a WINNER in this type of game. Both teams fought extremely well and produced beauties in every aspect of the game. Wishing a similar nail-biter in the next game.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Those Australian fans who are saying that "Australians don't take T20 seriously" are actually doing a great disservice to their team and players. It implies that the Australian team doesn't give their 100% which is absolutely incorrect. Australian players give it their all whether in a warm up or WC game and to imply otherwise is highly insulting. Learn to be good losers!

Posted by silver_rise on (September 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Good Performance by Pakistan

Posted by silver_rise on (September 8, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Absolutely aWesomeeeee performance by Pakistanis. From the batting view Hafeez, Nasir and Kamran take the side to upper level. In the bowling Our great master blaster, the magician, the number one spinner Saeed Ajmal took the 2 important wickets of David Warner & Shane Watson. In the end Australians bat well and tied the match but in the Super Over the young Umar Akmal and all the time great & match winning player Abdul Razzaq give their best performance and took the side to win the 3 match T20I Series with 2-0. Best of Luck Pakistan for World T20.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 8, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Congratulations and very well played PAKISTAN! A lovely match to watch after a long time, the ring of fire wow what a beautiful stadium it is. Razaq the old war horse with loads of experience behind his back pulled it off in the end but Auss has nothing to be ashamed of, they made a fist out of it.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

both teams fought very well and played in the right spirit.There has to be a winner and loser.Hats off to both of them for their efforts.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Pakistan ZindaBAAD.. undoubtedly it was the Best T20 match of this century so far :D loved every bit of it.

Posted by indiasucksgobd on (September 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT)


Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Posted by Hira1 on (September 08 2012, 06:12 AM GMT) : - I agree with Hira1, if Razzaq's bowling will not be used then Hammad Azam was a better choice because Hammad is a better bat and a good fielder, on the other hand Razzaq's batting can be disastrous either to his own team or to the opposition. Razzaq is a liability on the field. And his most important wealth the bowling is not being utilised at all, Bad planning.

Posted by Afta on (September 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

i THINK THE SUPER OVER WAS NOT NECESSARY. As Pakistan lost only 4 wickets reaching their total while Australia had lost 8 wickets to reach their total (which ended in a tie). Obviously, Paskistan should have been declared winner for losing less number of wickets. It's perfectly OK if both had scored the same runs and also lost the same number of wickets to have a super over. If Australia had won in a super over, their victory would be like sneaking through the back door..!

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Well played the men in green and CONGRATULATIONS!! Was a treat to watch indeed though I fell a sleep during the Aussie innings. UAE is a great place to play cricket indeed. But I have reservations about Hafeez's suitability for captaincy. As a Lankan I think Razzaq is a better captain than Hafeez.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

In the two T20 that have been played Hafeez has not given decent bowling opportunities to Abdul Razzaq & Shoeb Mallik. I dont think Shoeb Mallik commands a place in the side in any format for his batting alone. He is not specialist batsman. It can be ok if he is used as an all-rounder. As far as Razzaq is concerned I think he is gettng a rought treatment. Had he been in any other country he would have been either their lead bowler or the most important all-rounder. Razzak had not been utilised in the present series till the point when he was given the all important last over. That was bad. If pak are preparing for the world cup and testing the players like S.Tanvir, Raza Hassan before the World cup begins, then i would say that this is good planning & preparation. But if they intend to continue like this then they may be in the wrong direction. Razzaq has a lot of experience and capability with the ball, he shoud be used more effectively.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Ajmal tickles once more to ICC bunnies. Ajmal is no doubt a majician of spin. bend it like bekcham and spin it like ajmal.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 8, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 08 2012, 02:12 AM GMT) : - Totally agreed with you. Traditionally Pakistan has been a bowlers team, but earlier the bowlers used to be supported by some good batsmanship and a decent fielding. I feel if there is a ranking for fielding efforts pakistan will rank last, even below Zim, Afg & Ireland. But now the same can be said about the batting. I think that in the battng department Pakistan is languishin somewhere at the bottom of the table. But it is there bowling that has always rescued them. In the past pak had players like Saeed Anwar, Sohail, Inzamam, M.Yousuf etc, but at present there is a total paucity of highclass batting across all formats. It is only now that the team seems to building-up with the emergence of Nasir Jamshed in the shorter version and Azhar Ali & Asad Shafiq in the Test format. Personally i dont like Umar Akmal, he always plays the selfish game, he is not a match winner, irresponsible.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (September 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

a great tactical decision by Mickey Mouse Arthur to get cummins to bowl the super over...? as soon as M M Arthur leaves RSA they go to number 1, and as soon as he joins oz.... oz drop like a stone... long may he reign...

Posted by khurramsch on (September 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

great game & good to c pak wining. i think they should try different batting order & send kamran at 1 down with jamshed open up. also this game showed to trust razak a bit and use his bowling more often instead of continuing with hasan & hafez when they were getting hammered. i thought 1st choince to bat would have been inform kamran akmal as he is in good form in both games

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Both teams fought very hard but Better team won the match.. It was really a great game of cricket and no doubt it could have come only from pak n aus. Nasir jamshed is very good find. he needs to work on his fittness.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Good Job Pakistan, wish u best of luck for next match

Posted by ygkd on (September 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Australia has been struck down by a virulent new form of spin-fright, Ajmalaise. It also lays waste to English batting line-ups, but has not yet been recognised by an out-of-touch ICC. How bad does this epidemic have to become before the authorities step in and give it the official status it deserves?

Posted by Areetuffajaan on (September 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

It was a good game of cricket.i can't understand the system of rankings,australia is much better side than ireland......congrats to pak but expected much better than that after total151

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

What a Match! What a Game of Cricket! Cricket at its best! Never seen a match go THAT close in lat 3 years, as far as I remember. Plus, where have you taken my Pakistan team? Direct Hits, Superb Ground fielding, (except 2 mishaps), Brilliant Catching, Consistent Batting? Have they been cursed? Aussies showed a lot of character, Bailey played the gem of an innings! The match of this year? Isn't it? Watson should have been given the Super Over. But, a Nail Biter, I must say!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Had a Awesome time in stadium... congrats Pakistan....

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Well done pakistan team they played superbly and won well kamran akmal

Posted by david44 on (September 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@cricfan well good one here bro all three indian batsmen are flat track bullies just have to look at the last three test series they have played.

Posted by Hira1 on (September 8, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

@BattosaiXX , I am not against inclusion of Razzaq yet at the same time me more interested in seeing young faces in the team and to give them enough chances to prove their worth....what I commented on was a player like Razzaq is simply wasted if captain has no confidence and trust me what if Cummins in the last ball have succeeded in getting single, do you still feel all these people will be supporting Razzaq / Hafeez.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

best game I have seen in quite a while!!! Pakistan won but no one lost. Game of cricket was the biggest winner.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

we see this kind of match after a long time. congrats to team pakistan

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 5:48 GMT)


Posted by FM97 on (September 8, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Super Over, it ruins a bowler... please have the bowl-out back !! It is quite similar to penalty shootout in Football, anyone can have a go at the stumps....

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 8, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

PAThetic CUMMINS.....................:))

Posted by A_S_M on (September 8, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

I agree with Zahidsaltin: No need for final superover - we can take into account number of wickets lost, and then runs scored in boundaries perhaps, to decide the final winner.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

Poor Bailey. After the last T-20, I appealed for someone to Bailey him out. May be it needed a Superman. Since they could not find a Superman, they sent him a Super-over. Bailey did not help himself bailing out, by giving the candy to the confident and eager kid. He forgot that there is a Starc contrast between the two Mitchells. One uses a spray gun. The other is trying to be proficient in using a rifle, not as metronomical as a Pigeon picking grains. The younger Mitchell would have made the Starc difference. If Bailey, didn't play a loving daddy to the exuberant kid, the super over could have made a Starc difference in the result, and thus Bailey-ed him out. Ok; no sense in crying over the spilled beer!

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Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

Congrats. Pak Team...You showed the skill ...Ajmal rocks ! From a BD Fan

Posted by razamir on (September 8, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

Way to Go Pakistan...We need this aggression going in to the World T 20....

Posted by Kristy on (September 8, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

How come Pakistan win the series? This match is tie and there is one more to go right?

Posted by WildAmigo on (September 8, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Absorbing T20 treat to date.. Well played both the teams and finally luck prevails Pak.. Thats why these two teams should play more matches between them. Pak have the spark and unpredictability and Aus have the fighting finis. Hats off to the players.

Posted by wakaPAK on (September 8, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

It was super! the Aussie superman and the superover!

Posted by Vehari-Express on (September 8, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Congratulations to team Pakistan for thrilling win against Australia. It's the one of the best match I have ever seen in my life after last ball six from Legend Javed Miandad. Thanks team Pakistan for winning for your nation and for your family who are very desparate to see such wins.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

Definitely a very happy and a proud Pakistani today.We have some bitter memories against the Aussies (e.g. the t20 Semifinal loss) so today's nail biting win is very much celebrated here in Pakistan. As for Aussies I have very high words of praise. I just love their "give 100% till the game is over" mentality. We all know how good the Aussies have been over the past decades so its a touch harsh on the current lot of players as they are expected to display the same level of flair and killer instinct as their successors used to. Agreed on the fact that these current Aussie players are low on talent when it comes to playing in Asian conditions but they are compensating it beautifully by not letting go of their fighting strengths which I assume is inherited in them. This separates them from the Poms and Kiwis. And I won't read too much into the rankings as their is no set criteria to judge a team int20. Ban played 6/8 games against IRE,SCOT and are ranked 8th above Aus so not a concern.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 8, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Brad Hogg,really!!! Might as well bring back Warne and Mcgrath then. So this is the future of the 'great' Oz team. A 41year old never was has-been!

Posted by V.Jammy on (September 8, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Congratulations Team Pakistan! Mind Blowing victory! We Indians always give full support to you & follow your games completely when you play against all other teams except Team India! Its really a great feeling especially when I see Team India & Team Pakistan beat Aussies & English guys!! Cheers....

Posted by SMALI_RWP on (September 8, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

A great game enthraulling to watch, pity it was not a final of ICC T20. A good win for team Pakistan though the match had its moment of unpredictability which normally one associates with team Pakistan. Both team fought like Gladiators I feel for the Aussies, a professional team which gives its 100% at all times never letting down its supporters and the game of cricket. Well done both teams, winner or loser, cricket was the eventual winner.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

Good match...Enjoyed alot.

Posted by CricketPervert on (September 8, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

As much as I don't like the T20 format, wonderful game nonetheless. DC catch was quite special, was also great to see a packed house.

Posted by shailesh0309 on (September 8, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

I dont know why Baily sent opening to watson in super over. watson not luking so gud in recently n pattinson also make so many mistake During Super over he Bowled almost every ball a short of length.Pak Team is not a very gud but unfortunetly Aussiee's weakness is the spinners .!!!

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (September 8, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Much improved from Australia and a good warm up for the World Cup. I still say Pakistan will win these 3 and Australia will knock them out of the WC on a better pitch. Some criticism of the choice of Cummins at the death on here but it's all about giving him experience and the chance to learn rather than winning one ultimately meaningless match. Well done George Bailey.

Posted by vertical on (September 8, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Aussies should not be bothered much by the rankings they have just played 13 games for heaven's sake.Ireland have notched up wins against other minnows.In t20 one batsman or bowler can make a lot of difference ,4 overs are crucial in a t20 ,while in odi's you can afford to block those 10 overs from a bowler.Good entertainment but t20 does bridge the gap between good and better.There an be quite a few upsets this world cup ,watch out for Zimbabwe who have got some good slow bowlers.

And what a catch,would rate it in the top 5 of all time.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

It is a extra ordinary match.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 8, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

another fluke win for pak,aus shud be proud of themselves,they gave good fight.u can expect a minnow like pak to upset top team anytime.good luck for aus in next for pak luck can't win u many matches.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

This is one of the greatest match in T20Is. From Pakistan its great to see score 151 again Australian pacey attack. Great effort by Aussies achieving 151 against top classes, spin + fast (top leading wicket taker) Bowling. At least Pakistan now feeling bit better after securing series on the basis of Superover. Becoz Green Shirts and Pakistani were feeling pain when once they lost match against India. Welcome Pakistan and Keep it up. Your destination is World No. 1 team and World Cup 2012.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

first of all Pakistan players should go for a bowling check up Especially Saeed Ajmal and Mohammed hafeef its not a proper bowling action. There is no point in proud about the players performance

Posted by sri2001 on (September 8, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Well the Aussies have blame themselves for the loss. Don't know what Brad Hogg was there in the team. He could not have produced the result with the bat. Glen Maxwell should have played. Michael Starc should have bowled the super over as Pat Cummins was predicatable through out the over. It is not the end of road for Australia, as they can bounce back with proper selection.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 8, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Welcome back to all the poms who have been missing the entire summer. Australia don't care about T20 cricket and as a result like helping the developing nations like Ireland get a boost, rather than plundering their resources like England.

Posted by Marcio on (September 8, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

@LandL47 Cummins begged to bowl the super over, so Bailey let him. Don't mind Cummins' figures. He had bowled really well to that point, and only conceding several boundaries from edges and false shots made his figures look bad. Sure, Starc would probably have won the game for Australia, but these are practice games, and Australia had already proven a point by tieing the game. More important is giving the young guys as many chances as possible to excel in pressure situations. Personally, I think Bailey and Cummins both showed heaps of courage, so my hat off to them! Maybe next time it will come off.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (September 8, 2012, 2:31 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

I think, after t20 world cup final (Pakistan vs India) in 2007, this is the best t20 game i have seen. I lost half of my nails. What a display by pakistan. Congratulations Pakistan. Pakistan zindabad!! Australia too played very well. Apart from Ajmal, this time they played the pakistani spinners very well. In the end it was wrong to give super over to Cummins. I think shane watson was the best choice as he has a lot of variety and experience. It was the only tactical mistake autralia did which cost them the match.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 8, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

@ Muhammad Ali Murtaza.. well - very selective statistic i must say - lets look at the other side of the coin brother - Only ONE pak batsman in the top 25 in ODI's is not something to be proud of!!! And the "ONLY" Pak batsman is Umar akmal ranked 13th.. India has 3 batsman in top 10 ODI rankings - more than any other team...Enough said ????

Posted by Adoh on (September 8, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

i like Pat Cummins, though he does tend to get wickets from bat shots. That being said, the loss was because of short pitched bowling. Just how many half trackers taken to or over the boundary must be bowled before the bowler takes notice? Surely the captain has to tell the bowler to stop bowling rubbish. I just don't understand. What I do understand is that Australia is now lower on the ICC T20 table than Ireland - and only 1 place from the bottom. Australia is breaking alot of records recently - just in the wrong direction. I don't see anything changing soon.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

Every match proves that ajmal is a genius, I am still astonished why ajmal has not been acknowledged by the ICC, he's like sachin and lara bein the best batsmen in the world...totally ridiculous and speechless!

Posted by Meety on (September 8, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Deserved it.

Posted by chicko1983 on (September 8, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

To all people questioning the choice to bowl Cummins, its all about experience. To give him a pressure situation to bowl in, something which he will be faced with again in the future, is critical to his development. Im disappointed with the result but as long as the Aussies keep learning about T20 in this series and keep improving, then that is the best outcome for us heading into the World Cup.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

Ok let's be honest. Pakistan 151 score with a strong batting line like this one, backed by world top class bowling to defend it, I think Pakistan dropped the ball again.Well that's not a news to any Pakistani fan out there. But the match ending was a marvelous one. Australia is a tough team to beat. I say that because other than Pakistan, Australia is the only team whose player I recognize by faces. Yes, every single of them. I personally think Pakistan could have done way better and they should since the T20 world cup is a couple of weeks away. I hope they take this winning habit into T20 world cup. I would also like to shout out to my second favorite team on planet earth Sri Lanka and its fans. Wish you luck in the coming big event.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

Very Well Done by PAKISTAN. Congratulations to Australia also as held a strong fight but unluckily Aussies cant win. Now Pakistan should make a clean sweep. Very Very Congratulations to Pakistan who won this match after a strong fight. This is the best match I have ever seen.

Posted by Aryian007 on (September 8, 2012, 1:10 GMT)

Australia has reached record low in icc ranking ....well, done pakistan - and this is coming from a hardcore indian fan!!

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

Best Pakistani Performance ever in a Short form of cricket. Congratulation guys. I love to see Hafeez captaincy in ODI also

Posted by junziboy on (September 8, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

some said super suld not b dr......come on dude....its exciting y wanna get technical and give an undeserving team victories....fight it out battle it out n win dts hw the game shoul b played......well anyways well done pakistan n ajmal...n best was razzaq who dint play much international cricket for a long time n suddenly he was sent at super over n he showed his expirence n calmness so bravo razzaq and the boys in green.....

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

@ Ted Osborne,

Am missing you mate, isn't it time you came out of your hiding hole and made your proclamation on how this is just one of those totally unexpected, lucky and inconsequential victories. And how shortly Australia will trash Ireland to take their honor I mean how they will shortly trash Pakistan... he, he, Ireland was a mistake.... he he I mean it.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

super over is pointless. If we can have drawn tests why can't we have tied T20's. Nothing wrong with a tie, most other sports have them. Save super overs for world cup finals and crucial games. Make them a novelty. Something exciting. Why does a pointless T20 need to be decided, neither is it to decide the winner of an important tournament nor is it a qualifier.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (September 8, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

Some dropped catches and the constant inability for Australian quicks to bowl yorkers at the death cost Australia the game. Well done Pakistan.

Posted by Marcio on (September 8, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

@Nabeel Siddiqui, this is Hogg's first game of the season. Give him a break. He bowled really well last season - everywhere. He is not in the team for nothing.

Posted by Marcio on (September 8, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

I just read elsewhere that Cummins begged to bowl the super over, so baily let him. Now that's what I call great self-belief and trust! That it didn't come off is not that important (the result of this series is neither here nor there). It goes to show that the team culture is healthy - and that 19 year old Cummins will be a fine bowler and player. he has amazing maturity for his years. And don't beleive his bowling figures. His bowling was great - at least 3 boundaries from edges in his first few overs. It's simple bad luck like that which can really change a T20 game. PAK could have been 3 for nothing and the game basically over. That is the way T20 goes, and why any of about 9 teams can win the upcoming T20 WC.

Posted by ccriccfan on (September 8, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

I am an Indian but I have to give credit where due..pakistan has great spinners..wonderful match to watch..australia gave it all...but the better team on the day prevailed, pakistan is going to give many headaches to other teams..congrats pakistan!

Posted by Potatis on (September 8, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Close finish. I see it as Australia on the rise, Pakistan on the decline. Oz to win the final game comfortably. :)

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

This is one match I'm so lucky to have seen live!!! The drama was gripping and both teams made it the best T20 contest I've ever seen :D

Posted by landl47 on (September 8, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Good fightback from Australia, but can anyone explain why Cummins, 4 overs for 38, was given the SuperOver instead of Starc, 4 overs for 17? That seems a very weird choice to me.

Posted by Marcio on (September 7, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

Obviously cricket was the winner, as they say. Congratulations to both teams. Australia virtually had the game won a couple of times, but a bit of bad luck and some poor judgment cost them at crucial times. With just a litttle improvement in some vital areas, Australia will be really tough to beat in T20s. There are just too many class players in there, but it isn't quite coming off as a team. But these games will help greatly. I think AUS can do really well in the WC. There are signs that players are continuing to adjust to these very alien conditions (this was an effective tie in spin-king conditions, after all), and I can't see any reason why they won't continue to improve. Not sure why Cummins was given the super over, when Starc and even Christian were there. Was Starc injured? That cost AUS the game. It was a poor over. But winning these unimportant games is really not as important as the experience for the young guys. Cummins will be the better for it.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

I had the privilege to watch the match at the DUBAI STADIUM TODAY!!!FULL HOUSE, amazing atmosphere and fantastic match...

a few things done right by PAK today...batting first (even though had the temptation to chase due to their recent victories chasing), very good fielding for most part, making Gul bowl the super over instead of getting carried away by the ajmal factor...

what aussies did wrong..making Hogg play who has always been ordinary, dropping two catches,not taking the final single like the akmals..there was no need to hit in the air...

Posted by pak78 on (September 7, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

what a match congrats team pakistan and again magic from the sping king saeed did it again getting the 2 key wickets when both of them players were on fire..... v lova ya ajmal.

Posted by GoldenAsif on (September 7, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

Arguably the most absorbing T20 game to date. What a finish?

Like them or loathe them but the Akmal brothers are worth their places in the T20 side atleast

Kamran HAS justified his selection. played well in the first game as well

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

though I am an Indian, I must say this with conviction that the Murali & Warne Era is over (We still miss u2 big time), Graeme Swan has his days, but the best bowler of SPIN in today's world is none other that Saeed Ajmal; hats off to this young genius. Bowling is about this feeling which we as spectators have, i.e. something will happen just every ball bowled.. that's the magic... what a bowler Ajmal is. If I have to rate current world crickets in terms of spin options, its AJMAL, SWAN & NARINE... as the most impactful players in today's bowling world. It is a sheer pleasure to see the re-birth of Spin, as Indian spin magic does not exist any more. Murali & Warnie.. aren't you 2 proud?

Posted by Imran-Akram on (September 7, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Dear Saeed Ajmal! it doesn't matter now that u ll get the ICC (Indian Cricket Council) award or not. U r and ll b our hero and u have made the nation proud.

Posted by BG4cricket on (September 7, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Terrific match and one Cummins will remember for all the wrong reasons as he had chances to win the game with both bat and ball and unfortunately failed to execute. I am surprised Watson wasn't used for the over given his experience and his record in ODIs but anyway a terrific and exciting match and much improved performance from the Aussies but again no answer to Ajmal's wizardry

Posted by saadfarrukh1 on (September 7, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

well played pakistan well i dont need to praise saeed ajmal he always plays well so todays performance was normal stuff for him......razzaq kept his calm in pressure situation and also batted well......hafeez is a good captain he should take over from misbah in odi too but sami should be kept away from the team in next match

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

Great Win..and Great Bowling by AJMAL who broken the Aus Momentum when he Bowled "WARNER"..This was on turning point of the game..and another Turning point was Last Over Bowled by "ABDUL RAZZAQ"..He is a great and experienced All Rounder.I donot know the reason why he is always ignored......and ICC should see what is the real was very dioppointing to remove SAEDD AJMAL from award list..BUT LEGENDS ARE LEGENDS without any prize because they rule the HEARTS of the FANS........................!!!!! Congrats PAkistan and Congrats true Lovers of cricket........!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 7, 2012, 23:17 GMT)


Posted by Grayark on (September 7, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

Spare a thought for Razzak Didnt have a proper bat before this game nor a bowl. Got both in a tie breaker and performed admirably. Nerves of steel.

Posted by JBerger on (September 7, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

One of the best match if not the best in T20 history. Congrats to both team as this was truly fought valiantly like a war between two defiant gladiators back from the days. This match was a true example of Cricket being the true Champion. Definitely a legendary game for future going into my personal collection. Sure the winner was one but both teams should be congratulated the same way to produce such an intense, nerve wrecking, mind shattering stuff.

It would be a cardinal sin not to mention the unbelievable save from Daniel Christian at mid-wicket at 17.6 over let alone the catch of the century at 12.3 over sending a superb find "Nasir Jamshed" back to pavilion.

Congrats again to both teams. I don't see any other match coming close to this one for a long while.

Posted by intrepid_khan on (September 7, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

T20 has really brought millions of new followers to the Game of Cricket from around the world !! T 20 cricket is tailor made for Asian teams ! specially Pakistan is really a team to watch out for !!! i do have deep respect for our Ozz fellas but plz don't criticize T20 format as you guys are also good at it and its been an awesome tour so far !! Enjoy the moment :) one of the best match i have ever seen !! :)

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Well fought out cricket match and very enjoyable for everyone to watch. At the end T20 design for one team to win unlike other formats and I was it turned to to be Pakistan. On side note did Australia have supermen fielding for them today?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (September 7, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

Unless its a tournament , why cant a game remain a tie? Why does T20 have such a Mickey Mouse element to it? Why did Cummins bowl the super over ahead of Starc? Well done to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

What an exciting and competitive match. Definitely, one of the best in years. Kudos to both teams.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

I am a very unbiased REGULAR cricket follower. This match was thee best friendly T20 Match ever in terms of CROWD, QUALITY OF PLAY AND THRILL . Sensational stuff. Moreover I think Aussies played well . They fought hard in Pakistan Friendly conditions . Yasir Arafat's direct hit changed the match . He should have been awarded the man of the match :D

Posted by Kazakhstan on (September 7, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

This Aus team worst ever I see for last 35 years, but they have potential to bounce back, in ICC t20 cup they only can spoil party of any other team nothing more, Pak must understand that it's just prctice matches befor ICC t20.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 7, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Hope our men in blue will meet you at the WC - that would be a fantastic game just like the one we just witnessed. Cant wait for BAT vs BALL contest that we get in IND Vs PAK games.. well i've got say that the BAT has been winning more than the ball recently ... But best of luck team pakistan- congrats on a good win here.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

the best ranked indian player is ranked 16th in tests...and that is Sachin !.......nice to see that Azhar Ali is also in the TOP 10 alongside younis khan in tests....way to go Azhar

Posted by wasiqjaved on (September 7, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

A New Star is Born for Pakistan ....... PAT CUMMINS (especially for his wicket in final over .... and wide in super over)

Posted by Jawed_Saleem on (September 7, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

Good to see Australia up the ante. A terrific game ( only for Australia to loose/not finishing the job ). Good move from Pakistan to give every player a run before the real thing (T20 cup). Another "fiercely competitive" match (3rd T20) will nicely tune up both the sides.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

well played....truly !!!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

waoooooo great win for pakistan

Posted by sachin_saurav on (September 7, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

go on pak and ajmal miyan,show the cric world that the awards are a shame.

make it 3-0

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

owsome 2 see umer akmal hit the last run and well palyed kamran and ajmal.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 7, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

Can only echo the sentiments of those wanting to see cricket return to Pakistan. While it's good for the expats in the UAE to be able to watch their team, Pakistan need to return home and play these matches in front of capacity crowds.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 7, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

Can't believe men in green were fielding from pakistan. Pakistan was electric in fielding today. Daniel christian did some amazing work in fielding. all in all what a match. Both teams really fought very well and hard and crowd was awesome. they really lift the pakistan side.. they gave somthing to pakistan which they were missing from long time that is home support. cricket was in true spirits of its peak today. Congrates to both teams and cricket fans all around the world.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 7, 2012, 21:47 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

what a super over was superbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Congratulations to both teams. Pakistan did really well to get over the line and win the match at the end. Lastly, Ajmal has become my favourite player along with Afridi. Both individuals can win matches single handily.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 7, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

What a game of cricket.. super play from Pakistan and Australia.. nail biting stuff.. Congrates Pakistan for great win...

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 7, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

HAFEEZ must learn to accelerate in early overs. A strike rate of near 100 is not good enough. Pakistans biggest problem is that they target 150 from the begning. Today they had only 61 in 10 overs and ended up with 151 even when they had only lost 4 wickets. We Need an explosive opening. Players must aim a strike rate of 130.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Australia ranking below Ireland!!

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Bilal Raza & Nauman Butt : again people making comments when they don`t know what their talking about. Pakistan beat Australia in 2010 2 - 0 in England in a 2 match series.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Th Best T20I Match of All Times Thanks To Both The Teams For Giving Such a Fight Wow I Have Never Witnessed Such Master Piece

Posted by s.a.91 on (September 7, 2012, 21:34 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Well done Pakistan team, they are really playing a team, hope this spirit will continue in the future as well, we must appreciate Hafeez presence the .he is really a fighter and always pushing his players, Australia also must be appreciated for fight well, its a very tight match the full crowed must enjoy the best match of two fighting teams, of course always one winer in this short farm of cricket, congratulation all Pakistan cricket players and fences. Hope the cricket should be played n home ground, Look at the supporting crowed which every time applause for any good movement from the players. The Government and BCVCP shouyld hard to arrange home ground matches.

Posted by Number_5 on (September 7, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

wow, a SUPER over. The circus is in town. Well played Pak. some great catches and some big hits. A Super game. Spring is here down under and we see groundsmen preparing pitches for the summer. cant wait.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

you surely cant keep Pakistan out of cricket. Please bring this game to Pakistani grounds. you will enjoy even more.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Unbelievable win by Pakistan. It was an epic match. I stood up and was about to leave the room when Cummins played last ball up in the air and got out on a delivery which was asking for another six. I jumped in joy. I then could not believe when Bailey did not come to open and sent Watson instead. I thought 11 runs is a big ask for Pakistan and further lost hope when I saw Umar Akmal and Razzaq coming to open. It was sheer luck that Cummins first bowl a wide ball in the last delivery and then fielder covering the stumps missed a clear run out to give Paksitan their maiden T 20 series against Aussies. I just loved it. It was epic. It was wonderful when Pakistan won the Asia cup but it was equally thrilling when Pakistan won this second T 20 match in the most unexpected fashion ever. Hafeez was lucky. The gamble he took to give Razzaq last over and then sending Razzaq and Umar Akmal in the Super Over worked. Yasir Arafat was magical in the field. His run out of Wade was game changer.

Posted by .CricFan. on (September 7, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

These are the figures for the period of Aug 04, 2011 to Aug 06, 2012. This is blatantly unfair. As much as I don't care for these awards, I use to have some respect for ICC. Nobody should be allowed to get away with such blatant injustice!

Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 44 55 907.0 156 2765 120 7/55 10/97 23.04 HMRKB Herath (SL) 35 46 874.1 151 2544 84 7/157 12/171 30.60 GP Swann (Eng) 34 42 617.1 79 2181 71 6/82 10/181 30.71 R Ashwin (India) 40 44 609.1 48 2417 70 6/47 9/128 34.52 SCJ Broad (Eng) 28 37 536.5 103 1806 69 7/72 11/165 26.17 KAJ Roach (WI) 22 30 432.2 57 1687 66 5/41 10/146 25.56 SL Malinga (SL) 39 39 323.2 19 1755 65 5/28 5/28 27.00 Umar Gul (Pak) 37 46 489.5 76 1945 65 4/36 6/89 29.92 M Morkel (SA) 25 35 429.5 77 1565 60 6/23 6/77 26.08 JM Anderson (Eng) 23 33 555.4 132 1627 57 5/72 6/116 28.54 VD Philander (SA) 10 19 315.4 67 967 57 6/44 10/102 16.96

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

hard fought win Pakistan ... congratulations

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (September 7, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

@Hyderabadiplayer ROFL at ur comments!!!!!!!! Pakistan is already 2-0 up with unassailable lead........Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by Saim93 on (September 7, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

Alhamdulillah, a performance only Pakistan can come up with!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

It was a privilege to watch such a nail biter. Loved the Aussies never die attitude & Pakistan's instinct of smelling the blood. Honestly all the IPL & BPL is rubbish class of T20 is only to be seen on international level.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

what a matchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

better of abdur razzaq any ather player can come nd why 2day misbah is missing

Posted by fozameer456 on (September 7, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Wooo wooo wow!! What a match i witnessed today, surely the best of the format i have ever seen.Good decisions at crucial times by Hafeez.great to see akmal brothers showing their presence in the team. Great strokes from Bailey on his BD.happy happy mate,good luck for next game. overall a great game of taking day off to watch the game paid off;)

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

A Series Victory by Pak........Cant Believe :p

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:07 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

wasn't this the first ever super over in the history of T20I's?!!

Posted by PakCricSpin on (September 7, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

What an Exciting Match!!!!!! And Great Job Razzaq and Kamran Akmal!!

Posted by Ammad125 on (September 7, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

razzak deserve the man of the match

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

haha loved reading the initial comments when the match was in progress. People can be so judgmental and so Wrong with their views. This was one heck of a thriller. Pakistan Zindabad :)

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq proved really amazed that why hafeez didn't let him to bowl in the entire match and gave him the last over he still can bowl and for me he was the one who made the team won.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

congrats ... pak win the match and also the series ... what a wonderful match ..... superb .... welldone ajmal, gul k akmal, u akmal, jamshed, hafeez and all other team members ... specially the sub arafat ... great throw .....

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

One of the best match of my life...amazing game of cricket. Love You Pakistan, Love You Cricket

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

I hope they do not bring back Mr Afridi for the last T20. He is a burden on this team as his absence made them look much better in the field in all department. His is in the team for his past laurels and this should be stopped.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

@ Hyderabadiplayer: You were saying what? Somebody spoke to soon, eh? Go watch the highlights.

Posted by arslanchakwal on (September 7, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Aussies bad luck........... your glory time is over........... plz search the greats like MCGrath, gilli, pontng, bevan, hayden, martin etc........ hussey can never be beven............

and 1 thng for hafeez that razzaq should be preffered for bowling and battng up the order plz...........

Posted by GreenTeam-Elite on (September 7, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

What a tense Match...Both teams were looking equally Good...Good Luck both sides for world t20!!!

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 7, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

good match by both team....Pakistan won 2-0 good sound...hero is abdul razzaq

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

one of the historic match for sure

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

old is gold razzak done it again 4 pakistan very good team pakistan

Posted by Mian.Invader on (September 7, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

oh i was wrong as i said umer gul was not a good choice for super over but i didn't know ajmal was injured, and thank God am proven wrong :P . But what a match. Man that was awesome match, the best T20 match ever i've witnessed. Thank you australia, thank you pakistan for such a wonderful thriller. it was just like a roller coaster. the momentum was shifting every now and then. and that catch by Dan Cristian, woohoooo, that was simply amazing, i don't have words to describe it, hats off!! we won but it was kind of a lucky win you can say. anyhow win is a win.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Finally Pakistan won the match How it happened ,A real game of nerves, where Pakistani player hold their nerves and Pakistan won the series by 2_0 .What a great match it was, never seen a match like that ,again great bowling by saeed ajmal as it was expected,umer gul also done a great job with the bowl,and for the very first time in the history of t20 cricket Pakistan beat the Australia.......

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

CRiCKET at its best...!!!

Posted by IrfanTrag on (September 7, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.Well done Australia.. A match worth watching on my birthday... great game. Pakistan Team love u.. Keep fighting hard.. 3-0 is on the cards InshaAllah..Great to see Razzaq getting the last over.. He is the real fighter.. He was fighting with the captain to give him the ball to bowl the last over. That shows how much he wants to perform for his team.. I m sure many bowlers at that time would have liked to shy away from bowling that crucial over.. Hats off to u Razzaq. Even if Pakistan would have lost the game, Razzaq was the real winner.. And teams all over the world be ware it seems that Guldozzer is coming back to his own form. What to say abt Ajmal. No words to describe this man... ICC cricketer of the year or not, he is the best bowler right now.. Hafeez seems to keep his cool in pressure situations.. Good cricket bye Aussies as well.. Good work by Julian Fountain and Dav whatmore.. Yasir Arafat what a contribution Man.. Well done.. Go Green Brigade Go...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

To Hyderabadiplayer, Wake up man ,u still sleeping i think.......What a match,.. pak truly deserov to win this match and the series, cricket without pakistan is dull!!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

great match u Pakistan team

Posted by kc69 on (September 7, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Even after losing the T20 series does Australia still say that T20 rankings are illogical and unfair.

Posted by BattosaiXX on (September 7, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

@Hira1 Razzaq proved you wrong. This format is made for him

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Bring it on! yeahhhhh! :D We can take on the world with the 'Magician' on our side, yeah baby!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

@Hayderabadplayer hope you got your reply @Mian invader yes he murdered gul n nw there r tears in Australian dresing room

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

WHAT A THRILLER FROM THE VERY FIRST BALL TO THE VERY LAST ONE. Hats off to both teams for the fighting spirit and exhibition of courage and "never say die" attitude.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Superb.... Awesome...Breath taking match after a long long time...!!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (September 7, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

What a cricket match. Entertainment at it's best. One of the most thrilling matches of all time. T2020 is future of cricket. Pakistan forever. Win against Aussies and India are most precious for us. It's even bigger than wining WC. Great win.

Credit goes to australia for playing that good today against spin. They deserve this win but today was Pakistani day because Mr.Cricket mike hussey got out chasing. I was waiting for this day for years. Mike hussey got out shocker.

You cannot take away Australiaizm from cricket. What an effort by australia. Salute to australians. Great great match.

Posted by ESPN_admin on (September 7, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Great Job Pakistan....................................................

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (September 7, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

@soberfan,where r u?lol Ordinary Australia lost again

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

@Hyderabadiplayer... how u feel now .. ur dream is crushed :P hahahahahha :D.. Australia is now on 10th place in T20 .. Each and every good performance of ajmal is a big slap on ICC :D

Posted by Dilbar786 on (September 7, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

@Hyderabadiplayer hahaha 3-0

Posted by TRIN999 on (September 7, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

sry for Oz fans its may be 2~1 but now against you.Always saying very good bowlers cant stop Pakistanis score 12 runs,although pakistani did that. Anyway very good match.Dint understood though why cummins bowled the last over ,starc was a better option i guess.

Posted by shizam on (September 7, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

As everyone can see when Afridi, Misbah and Younis are not included Pakistan wins. Its time for the seniors to relax and give youngsters the opportunity. The current T-20 squad that Pakistan has is capable of winning the World Cup as long as Afridi does not play.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

The last over of the match was amazing that hafeez decided to give bowl to his experience bowler razaq and he did marvellous job .... Ummmmauh pakistan team we love you ...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

Waooooooooooo what a match and in the end Pakistan hold on nerves to win this thrilling game, Razzaq appeared the factor in the end, Congrats to All the Pakistanis.

Posted by swingstowin on (September 7, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

ok so ajmal didnt bowl cause he got injured,but can any one explain why on earth did Aussies go with Cummins instead of Starc who had the best figures by far?!?!

Posted by deardr on (September 7, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Wow! An all time classic T20,congrats Pakistan,well done Australia.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

I have never watched such a wonderful match in my lifetime.

Posted by Biggus on (September 7, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, too good for us again.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

ohoooo......what a game.........i must say gr8 fight from Ausies as well....but we have won :D

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

this was just an Amazing match !! regardless of the winner of this match , it was quality cricket we saw

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

It looks SLPL has reinvigorated several Pakistani players' careers to come back to the team and they have done very well here. Ranil Herath -Kent

Posted by shome80 on (September 7, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

@Hyderabadiplayer - What do you have to say now.....

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

PAKISTAAAN ZINDABADDD wat a match it was match Of the year for pakistani supporterx

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Thank-you Australia and Pakistan for a match right out of cricketing utopia! Well played to both teams. Catch of the year, wizard's bowling, abdurrazzaq to cummins tying and cummins to abdurrazzaq ending the game, the crowd living the emotion (one of the best crowds cricket gets to see), everybody just going berserk! Both teams fought valiantly till the very end and that is what made this a beautiful and memorable cricket game.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Brilliant stuff from both the teams.. Enjoyed every second of it. Congratz for Pakistan winning the series !!!!!! Hope to catch u all in WT20 in SL.

Posted by naqviali on (September 7, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Just brilliant cricket from both teams, made the day for the spectators, wonderfully done, hats off for both

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Pak VS Aus... Both teams won !!! What a match !! Stunning fight backs by both teams ! Leave the match.... Lets talk about Christian catch !! ABSOLUTE STUNNER !!

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (September 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

King of T20s Pakistan Rocks Again ...Go green Go

Posted by TheGreatestGameEverPlayed on (September 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

My god......That was the best T20 match ever...Thank you Pakistan and Australia. I still have goosebumps. It all came down to experience. Cummins didn't have it enough. Pakistan prevailed. Congratz to Pakistan from Sri Lanka............Aussie, you gave a good fight. well done.

Posted by iliasalich on (September 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq is the real Man of the Match, 20th over he bowled superbly even though he got big six!!! but he is the man who level the score, and hit a great classic 4**** in a super over......Proud to be Pakistani

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Cummins went for 9.25 an over and was chosen to bowl the super over instead of Starc that went for 4.25. Nice one Australia.

Posted by Dannymania on (September 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

umar akmal needs some serious spanking.with a talent like that,he was trying to scoop the deliveries.thanks to razzaq who hit an important boundary at the right was a nice match.loved it.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Good Cricket Match overall............Both teams played really well...Surely not for the faint hearted......Heartening to see a better fielding performance from Pakistan......

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Superb Over! Thanks to cummings :DDdddddddddddddD

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

In my whole life ,never saw such a terrific,entertaining and unpredictable match. Hats off for both teams!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

They have done them

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

What A match, Pakistan Zindabad !!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

what terrafic match played by pakistan against Australia but now turn result of match will be decided by ' SUPER OVER ' I can,t wait 2 Watch this SUPER Match

Posted by Mian.Invader on (September 7, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

how could this happen, i mean australia was on top, and its a tie, a super over needed??? gul with the ball, i mean warner will murder him, bad decision!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Why is this T20 news headline not in the top on homepage and why is it even lower than the county cricket news :S

Doesn't international cricket takes precedence?

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Back Saeed Ajmal to bowl the historic over

Posted by iliasalich on (September 7, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Razzaq must be bowl the last over

Posted by iliasalich on (September 7, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Please swap Sohail Tanvir by Yasir Arafat, as we all know that Yasir had a vast experienced of overseas pitched and specially played a lot county cricket.

Posted by Hira1 on (September 7, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

good come back by Kamran Akmal but what Abdul Razzaq doing ...not giving any bowl in the first match not today till 12th over; hardly bat or field, what is the point in taking him if captain has no confidence in him; better play Hammad Azam or any other youngster

Posted by IndvsEngseries on (September 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Australia's domination over Pakistan continues. Australia will win the last match to win the series 2-1. Congrats Australia.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Love the commentators for giving new names every now and then to Pakistani spin attack. From spin trio, Tony changed them to spin brigade. I'm loving it.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Kamran Akmal and hafeez Nice come back ;)

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 7, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

@Hydrabadiplayer,AREN'T U TOO EARLY TO PREDICT anything?

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Australian need three spiner like steven smith and breed Hoge and doherty i think aus white wash in t20 and aus all batsman dont know play spin bowling

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

They play with 150 as the target from start. 60 runs in 10 overs while only loosing one wicket is bad score. May be they should open with razzaq

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 7, 2012, 17:21 GMT)


Posted by banhire on (September 7, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Just read it caused i was asked to, anyway a steve smithless aussie in this format is as bad as the first T20

Posted by IndvsEngseries on (September 7, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Welcome back Mitchel Starc, the chief destroyer of Pak batting.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

The panic can be seen in Australian team by making changes to their squad. Surely we'll gonna whitewash the series.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

Mate, i dont hold out much hope for the aussies if they have to draft in a 41 year old in order to give the side balance!! Should have asked Warney to have a little bowl also!! It would certainly have livened up the tournament!! Anyway, good luck to all!!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 7, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Brad Hogg eh... and certain Aus. fans never stop trolling on other threads about the 'lack of depth' in other countries' teams. Hopefully all the bowlers can send down 4 overs O.K. without injuries this time.

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