Pakistan v Australia, 3rd T20I, Dubai September 10, 2012

Australia crush Pakistan by 94 runs

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Australia 168 for 7 (Warner 59, Watson 47, Ajmal 2-19) beat Pakistan 74 (Starc 3-11, Cummins 3-15) by 94 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia began the series with one of their worst Twenty20 losses but they finished it with their second-best win in the format, crushing Pakistan by 94 runs in the dead rubber in Dubai. David Warner and Shane Watson set up the victory with an Australian-record opening partnership before Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc ran through Pakistan, who suffered their worst defeat in a T20 international and were all out for 74, their lowest total in the format.

Pakistan still won the series 2-1 but if the old sporting cliché that you're only as good as your last performance can be trusted, the Australians will be reasonably happy when they arrive in Sri Lanka in the next few days for the ICC World Twenty20. The fact that Warner and Watson both fired and found their six-hitting rhythm would be especially pleasing for the captain George Bailey, although some more runs from the middle order would have been preferable.

Cummins was outstanding with the new ball as Pakistan slumped to 19 for 5 in the chase, and Brad Hogg's 1 for 11 - the most economical four-over spell by an Australian in a T20 international - was another positive sign for the Australians. They narrowly missed out on bettering their most comprehensive T20 victory, the 95-run defeat they inflicted on South Africa at the Gabba in January 2006, and it was a win Australia desperately needed, having fallen to tenth on the ICC T20 rankings.

Pursuing 169 for a clean sweep, Pakistan simply couldn't get into the chase. Imran Nazir was lbw to a Starc inswinger in the second over and Cummins picked up two wickets in the next over, Mohammad Hafeez caught at cover and Shoaib Malik bowled for a third-ball duck by a super inswinger that swerved in between bat and pad.

Starc picked up his second wicket when he had Kamran Akmal caught off a leading edge and Umar Akmal followed soon afterwards when he thought he connected well enough to clear deep midwicket off Watson, only to see Michael Hussey run around the boundary rope and take an excellent catch while staying just inside the field of play. At 19 for 5, Pakistan were all but gone.

The offspinner Glenn Maxwell claimed his first international wicket, in his sixth match, when Nasir Jamshed, who top scored with 17, pushed a catch to cover. Abdul Razzaq and Yasir Arafat batted for a while, though not threatening to lift the run-rate, before Hogg was rewarded for his fine bowling when Arafat misread the wrong'un and was caught at slip for 15.

Hogg was then involved in the run-out of Umar Gul, before Cummins and Starc returned to claim a third wicket each as Pakistan were dismissed for 74 in the 20th over. It confirmed the 94-run margin - Pakistan's previous worst loss was 48 runs - but Pakistan will be keen to put this match out of their minds and remember the first two games when they head to Sri Lanka for the World T20.

Australia will go there with some confidence in their openers after they put on a 111-run stand, beating the previous Australian record opening stand of 104. When the Warner-Watson partnership ended Australia lost seven wickets for 57, and the slump was their only concern for the day, though it did not prove to be problematic.

Pakistan's fast bowlers helped Warner and Watson out with a few length deliveries that were dispatched to the boundary or over it early in the innings, and three sixes thumped over midwicket by Watson in one over from Shoaib Malik really got the Australian innings moving. Warner followed that with three sixes off Raza Hasan in the next over, and then showcased his switch-hitting ability by changing to a right-handed position and slogging Saeed Ajmal over the left-hander's cover for six.

He raced to his half-century from 28 deliveries and Watson seemed destined for a fifty as well, until he hooked Arafat's slower bouncer to short fine leg for 47 from 32 balls. Arafat, included at the expense of Sohail Tanvir, also got rid of Warner, who skied a catch for 59 from 34 balls. After that, the Australians couldn't find the same sort of momentum, although Maxwell, promoted to No.3, struck one hefty six in his 27 from 20 balls before he slog-swept Hasan to deep midwicket.

Only one other batsman managed a boundary: Michael Hussey, who scored 12 from 14 balls. It was to Pakistan's credit that they ran through the middle order so efficiently. Bailey was bowled for 3 when he tried to slog-sweep Ajmal; Cameron White was caught at long-on off Gul for a four-ball duck; and Hussey was bowled to give Ajmal figures of 2 for 19 from four overs.

Daniel Christian was the final man out, caught behind off Gul (2 for 30) in the final over, and the Australians finished with Matthew Wade on 6 and Cummins on 1. But it was what Cummins did with the ball that was most impressive.

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

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  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 13, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @mazii well your team isn't really setting the world on fire with your performances. indian team loses games but comes back and wins important games in great style. pakistan on the other hands are CHOKERS.

  • on September 13, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Emphatic victory from the Aussies! a clear statement that we're also here to win this. Pakistan should really consider swapping their status for Ireland considering most of their players are old and are unable to hold International matches but good luck Australia for World T20 Championship.

  • on September 13, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @raj r ganesan hit the nail on the head bloke couldn't have put any better mate .@mazii living in your own world i reckon are n't ya ? You are yet to win a match against India in the world cup be it 20-20 or 50 over tournament.You said England flogged the aussies 4-0 in the recently concluded ODI series didn't ya?Mate don't worry aussies always return the favor with interest and Englishmen along with cook will be cooked next time these two teams meet be it in England or in Australia as these guys (Englishmen) are highly inconsistent .England did not last long as the number one test team for more than a year .Now without Pietersen these guys are even more vulnerable than before and a high profile series against India is coming up before the Ashes . I wouldn't be surprised if England get thrashed by India and later by Australia . adios.

  • SuperSharky on September 13, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I rate 2009 T20 World Cup winners, Pakistan, also as a great 20twenty team and remembered Umar Gul and Shafridi's match-winning performance against South Africa in that 2009 T20 Semi-Final World Cup. Australia were last week, before this game, rated 10th (behind Ireland) on the T20 rankings. But by beating Pakistan with such a perfect performance, tells you that you can't even throw Australia away as possible 2012 T20 World Cup winners. But I agree with what Shane Watson said about West Indies chances in this years World Cup. West Indies do have a strong T20 unit.

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    @mazii pakistan were blackwashed in australia in 2009 /2010 series and england hammered them 4-0 in the ODI series in the UAE.Mate agreed england beat australia 4-0 in the recently concluded ODI series but their record against the aussies in the ODIS in the recent past sucks big time and so is yours against india. I would advise you to accept the reality that your team is just a flash in the pan or else you are bound to cut a sorry figure in the forthcoming tournaments including the t20 world cup. No offence intended though. Besides we are eagerly waiting for the " all conquering england team " to arrive here so that we can return the hospitality that they had served us in 2011. Mate i am a big fan of wasim and waqar but it is a pity that your country is unable to produce legends of that ilk. We were thrashed 8-0 by england and australia, agreed but we are the only team to have thrashed this overrated sorry the all conquering england team 5-0 in the odi series that followed the to.

  • Meety on September 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @Jono Makim - fair call re: Hoggy on bouncier pitches. I also would say that White has dissappointed in his return to the team & also agree that DHussey is coming OUT of form. So in some respects dropping a batsmen for McKay & keeping Hoggy would make sense. I would say that Hoggy had a fair bit of match practise leading into the series - he played in the SL T20 - which on the other hand is another good reason for him to be considered as he would be the only bowler in the squad with current T20 experience there.

  • mazii on September 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Raj R Ganesan....from 2005...lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....Great dear by your logic all the previous games between India and Pakistan were just lost by India because they were complacent. Great dear keep it up. Your rationals and plausible arguments are enough to make smile on many faces. When did the last time visited Pakistan: any guesses? Dear just recently Australia was hammered by England 4-0 and India was hammered by both of these 8-0 and at the same time Pakistan hammered England- the then world #1, 3-0 in tests. I admit Pakistan is better in tests and t20s and they are pathetic in ODIs. The problem is that you are not admitting that India is not good in tests. Pakistan has not been playing at home. No matter whatever the conditions are in UAE, No country wants to play home series out of home. Any how, admission of reality cannot make your ego less effective. Learn to digest reality, otherwise, India will be thrashed again. Pakistan won a test against england and australia,India not

  • Hindh on September 12, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    What a thrashing of a lifetime Pak have got woohoooo........

  • reality_check27 on September 12, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @alikhan224 there a lot of records and comments that never get posted for a lot of people so thats good and as far substance is goes even pakistan team deosnt have any so i dont understand why ur trying show some . and as far as ur team goes it hasnt made it to no 1 test ranking we have about a year ago a format that is more important and u couldnt even beat west indies in westindies and everyone remembers world cup 2011 winners ofcourse india we have achieved more in last ten years than ur team has since it started playing.

  • Wallaroo on September 12, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    There was no way Aus were going to stay down and defeated. What a way to bounce back, never underestimate Aus, we're a passionate people with a great cricketing history for good reason.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 13, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @mazii well your team isn't really setting the world on fire with your performances. indian team loses games but comes back and wins important games in great style. pakistan on the other hands are CHOKERS.

  • on September 13, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Emphatic victory from the Aussies! a clear statement that we're also here to win this. Pakistan should really consider swapping their status for Ireland considering most of their players are old and are unable to hold International matches but good luck Australia for World T20 Championship.

  • on September 13, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @raj r ganesan hit the nail on the head bloke couldn't have put any better mate .@mazii living in your own world i reckon are n't ya ? You are yet to win a match against India in the world cup be it 20-20 or 50 over tournament.You said England flogged the aussies 4-0 in the recently concluded ODI series didn't ya?Mate don't worry aussies always return the favor with interest and Englishmen along with cook will be cooked next time these two teams meet be it in England or in Australia as these guys (Englishmen) are highly inconsistent .England did not last long as the number one test team for more than a year .Now without Pietersen these guys are even more vulnerable than before and a high profile series against India is coming up before the Ashes . I wouldn't be surprised if England get thrashed by India and later by Australia . adios.

  • SuperSharky on September 13, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I rate 2009 T20 World Cup winners, Pakistan, also as a great 20twenty team and remembered Umar Gul and Shafridi's match-winning performance against South Africa in that 2009 T20 Semi-Final World Cup. Australia were last week, before this game, rated 10th (behind Ireland) on the T20 rankings. But by beating Pakistan with such a perfect performance, tells you that you can't even throw Australia away as possible 2012 T20 World Cup winners. But I agree with what Shane Watson said about West Indies chances in this years World Cup. West Indies do have a strong T20 unit.

  • on September 13, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    @mazii pakistan were blackwashed in australia in 2009 /2010 series and england hammered them 4-0 in the ODI series in the UAE.Mate agreed england beat australia 4-0 in the recently concluded ODI series but their record against the aussies in the ODIS in the recent past sucks big time and so is yours against india. I would advise you to accept the reality that your team is just a flash in the pan or else you are bound to cut a sorry figure in the forthcoming tournaments including the t20 world cup. No offence intended though. Besides we are eagerly waiting for the " all conquering england team " to arrive here so that we can return the hospitality that they had served us in 2011. Mate i am a big fan of wasim and waqar but it is a pity that your country is unable to produce legends of that ilk. We were thrashed 8-0 by england and australia, agreed but we are the only team to have thrashed this overrated sorry the all conquering england team 5-0 in the odi series that followed the to.

  • Meety on September 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @Jono Makim - fair call re: Hoggy on bouncier pitches. I also would say that White has dissappointed in his return to the team & also agree that DHussey is coming OUT of form. So in some respects dropping a batsmen for McKay & keeping Hoggy would make sense. I would say that Hoggy had a fair bit of match practise leading into the series - he played in the SL T20 - which on the other hand is another good reason for him to be considered as he would be the only bowler in the squad with current T20 experience there.

  • mazii on September 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Raj R Ganesan....from 2005...lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....Great dear by your logic all the previous games between India and Pakistan were just lost by India because they were complacent. Great dear keep it up. Your rationals and plausible arguments are enough to make smile on many faces. When did the last time visited Pakistan: any guesses? Dear just recently Australia was hammered by England 4-0 and India was hammered by both of these 8-0 and at the same time Pakistan hammered England- the then world #1, 3-0 in tests. I admit Pakistan is better in tests and t20s and they are pathetic in ODIs. The problem is that you are not admitting that India is not good in tests. Pakistan has not been playing at home. No matter whatever the conditions are in UAE, No country wants to play home series out of home. Any how, admission of reality cannot make your ego less effective. Learn to digest reality, otherwise, India will be thrashed again. Pakistan won a test against england and australia,India not

  • Hindh on September 12, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    What a thrashing of a lifetime Pak have got woohoooo........

  • reality_check27 on September 12, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @alikhan224 there a lot of records and comments that never get posted for a lot of people so thats good and as far substance is goes even pakistan team deosnt have any so i dont understand why ur trying show some . and as far as ur team goes it hasnt made it to no 1 test ranking we have about a year ago a format that is more important and u couldnt even beat west indies in westindies and everyone remembers world cup 2011 winners ofcourse india we have achieved more in last ten years than ur team has since it started playing.

  • Wallaroo on September 12, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    There was no way Aus were going to stay down and defeated. What a way to bounce back, never underestimate Aus, we're a passionate people with a great cricketing history for good reason.

  • Narbavi on September 12, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @alikhan224: Oh is it?? over the last 5years we won the t20 wc, 50 over wc and were at top of test rankings for two years, is this enough substance you are talking about?? to top it all, we beat u in the t20wc and 50 over wc on the way to winning it!!

  • naz_pak on September 12, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    People are expecting too much of australia, but it must be accepted that the Aussies will not anytime in the near future be anywhere close to what the were in the 2000 onwards era. Mcgrath, warne, ponting, Waughs, bevan, all are gone and so is the Australian team of old. This current Aussy team is a very average team, no domination is gona be done by this team, simply, theres no star players in the team anymore.

  • Muttee on September 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    @ Narsimha: so if hussey out was given by umpire, would have been a similar stories in ODIs as what happened in T20s.

  • on September 12, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @Meety. I'd happilly leave out White for McKay. I just don't see White or D Hussey making any meaningful runs in Sri Lanka. And if there is a little pace and bounce in the pitches then Hoggy will only be more dangerous. I think it would be fair to say that Hoggy didn't have too much bowling under his belt coming into his first match here so I wouldn't place too much emphasis on that...... @ Chris P. It may be sports entertainment but i'm sure they are all playing to win and when its the best players playing, i.e international T20's I think some of the skills on show are pretty good, unlike IPL/Big Bash etc it's not just an ordinary provincial trundler ambling in to be smitten for 6 for the umpteenth time.

  • cricbytes on September 12, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    i think its alot over due title "Australia crush Pakistan by 94 runs" for Pak vs Aus series. Pakistan Won the series 2-1 i think but the title is only focusing on last game. Atleast show some courage to admire

  • alikhan224 on September 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @reality_check27..dude as other indians who thought that india's record is far better against pak in ODIs in last 10-12 yrs, ur record is also baseless..but i wont go into the details coz like last time my comments wont be published and u know the reason...but for ur fluke issue, i will just be waiting for an indian fluke by winning against the kiwis in t20s as ind has been beaten by NZ since 2007..this is ur so called indian team...its better not to show-off when u dont have substance.

  • alikhan224 on September 12, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    well i expected my comments to be published, about pak and ind matches record in the last 10-12 yrs, but i can guess it very easily as why these were not published...but everyone please just have a look at the records since 1978 in ODIs between pak and ind for every 10 yr period and pak has been dominant in every 10 yr period...i.e from1978-1990,1991-2000 and 2001-2012...last 10 yrs record is that total ODIs played b/w pak and ind are 44...pak won 22,ind 21 and 1 match abandoned...this is the only 10 yr period that ind have come that close to pak, otherwise in all the other 10 yr period, pak has been dominant...so to all who mention 10 yr period again and again, pls see the records and then comment..pakistan always zindabad.

  • on September 12, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @maazi well said mate. you said that aussies win only in their homeground are you sure about that. I got the information that pakistan were beaten in the UAE in the recently concluded ODI series and not in australia.Isn't UAE the new home ground for Pakistan.mate we indians love to see good cricket irrespective of the country playing it.first tell your country men to beat the aussies in a test and ODI series as it has been 10 years since you have won a proper ODI series against them. Just a piece of statistics for ya on india vs pakistan since 2005 (only ODIS),out of 15 games played between the two nations only 4 have been won by pakistan and the rest by india.calculate it if you can. Besides ask your countrymen how they are gonna combat irfan pathan and mitchell starc as their batting is awful against the leftarm seamers.cheers

  • haseeb on September 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @meety well i dont think bailey is confident enough with his batting resources coz after watson and warner no one is really got going so i doubt if he is going to drop christian or white ..maxwell certainly deserves to play and he should he has got some talent even if he doesnt bowl..may be later in the tournament if batting clicks .so lets see but i would love to see three fast men playing for Australia tats going to be really hard for any time coz i cant see any batting line up scoring more than 10 runs at best from these threee...

  • on September 12, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    The Tigers(Bangladesh) are surely hoping to face Pakistan. Not to mention, they have a score to settle. Pakistan would have to withstand the tigers' incursion to survive. Pakistan devoured the cat's lair and the abode in the Asia Cup Finals. They plundered the grail, the tigers were debilitated and pushed to the limits. Pakistan would be on the receiving end of the Tigers' wrath and I can certainly tell you this.... RETRIBUTION WILL BE ENTAILED! Mushfiq the leader of the pack, Shakib the General and Tamim, the leader of the cavalry has set the sail with the rest of the comrades. They will reach the Isle of Lanka and would countermand everything. Their eyes would be on the grail( The Trophy) and they are ready to fight for it. They never relinquish! Not to mention, I root Pakistan just like I root for the Aussies. But the Tigers are the heartbeats of 160 million Bangladeshis.. Anyhow, Good Luck to our adversaries!

  • Narbavi on September 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: look at your denial, you are telling me we haven't produced world class bowlers like your country which i completely agree, but you are denying the fact that your team has failed to produce world class batsman like india does every now and then!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 12, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    @Crazy4cricket40: Yes India lost but not by 94 runs....Having said that, a game is a game. I am an Indian fan who also admires Pakistani cricket. I wish well for Pakistan in the upcoming World T20 championships. God bless.

  • Meety on September 12, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    @Biggus/Jono Makim - my Original Post did not go thru! I didn't see this game nor the one before - where Hoggy got 0/38 & we lost by a run! I wasn't basing my musings on ONE game, but rather the last 2 years, our best Spin bowler in this format has been D Hussey. If it is a given we go with 3 specialist bowlers, Starc is basically an automatic selection, Cummins is nearly an automatic choice, that leaves Doherty, Hogg & McKay. Doherty's T20 average is 130, & McKay does not have great T20 stats, but his ODIs are great. Conventional wisdom says we need a spinner, but his he in the best bowlers?

  • Analyse23 on September 12, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Poor performance from pakistan, bad captaincy by hafeez, why is shoaib malik in the side??? He has been in the pakistan team for the last 6months and has not produced any runs or taken any wickets, he is a waste of space in the side, pakistan need to invest in young alrounders like hammad azam, too much polictics in the pakistan team. My 20/20 team:

    1 imran nazir 2 nasir jamshed 3 mohammed hafiz 4 umar akmal 5 kamran akmal 6 abdul razzaq 7 shahid afridi 8 sohail tanvir 9 abdul rehman 10 umar gul 11 saeed ajmal

    This is the most decent pakistan side to play in the 20/20 world cup, saeed ajmal and abdur rehman are the 2 best spinners in the world and should play in sri lanka, sohail tanveer bring variety with his left arm medium pace, big hitting batting and suppory to umar gul. Then you have your back top quality back up bowlers like afridi, hafeez and razzaq

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    @haseeb on (September 11 2012, 11:18 AM GMT) - I know Sanga has said that he thinks SL pitches have become faster & bouncier, so this could play well for a Pace orientated attack. I want McKay to start for Oz, & given its hard to drop Cummins or Starc (espicially) - it sort of looks like McKay v Hogg. UNLESS they drop either Christian/White/Maxwell????

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 11 2012, 21:22 PM GMT) - got me Plumb in front!LOL! I couldn't help myself!!!!! re: T20s - I agree, ODIs & Tests is way ahead, that being said - I hate seeing an Ozzy lose a game of marbles - so I'll be giving them 100% support! ps: I really hope we don't lose to Ireland! LOL!!!!!

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    @Jono Makim/Biggus - didn't see the match, I didn't see the previous match either when Hoggy got 0/38 off 4 overs. I love Hoggy, (the little Postie with attitude), but if you take the emotion out of it, in the 4 games he's played since returning to the team - his record is no better than DHussey or S Smith. Then when you consider Cummins & Starc are on fire AND IF you assume Oz will play 3 specialist bowlers, its McKay v Hoggy. So my opinion was based on his overall return v one game. I am keen on McKay being in the side as I am fairly sure his ODI form will carry accross to T20s, although I have to admit, his career int. T20 stats are not good reading, whilst his ODI stats are brilliant. I do accept that conventional wisdom would demand a specialist spinner & that is Doherty v Hogg, - I'd take Hoggy as Doherty's T20 average is 130!

  • Crazy4cricket40 on September 11, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Mazil: well said bro....perfect answers to australian fans and indians. In between just to mention India lost to very average team Nez zealand in their own backyard.

  • Chris_P on September 11, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    @Meety. Was it a slow day to respond to our friend? LOL. Really, these games are just basically practice games. The World Cup T20 has something, but for cricket enthusiasts, this is NOT cricket. As many know I still play cricket & I have played a few T20 games, and really, it's only sports entertainment that uses cricket gear.

  • on September 11, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Though i am another indian fanatic i would agree with what mazee said. exactly to the point.

  • kc69 on September 11, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    I guess its a common speciality for all sub continental teams such as Pakistan,India and Sri Lanka to go on top and fall hard from there.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 11, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Absolute HAMMERING of Pakistan !!! This is why AUS can never be written off. I have utmost respect for them. Pakistan shouldn't be worried. They have a wonderful bowling attack and should feel relatively confident going into the tournament.

  • dariuscorny on September 11, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    @musa441 keep dreaming and Ind will extend its domination over Pak in coming years.....

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 11, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    @dariuscomdy,that was my way to make most of Aussies realis that none of frmat z easier or use.less,i hope it helps?

  • mazii on September 11, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    If Pakistan wins against Australia then it is a fluke and if Pakistan thrashes Australia, like the first t20, then its another off day for Ausies fans. If Pakistan wins in a super over then its just another fluke. If Australia wins ODI series against Pakistan then wow what a team Australia is. To all Ausies fans just come out from that dominating mindset. Australia isn't a team of late 90s and early 20s. Denial is an enemy of reality. On the other hand, why Indian fans are whining about here venting their anguish over Pakistan loss. Don't you have any other work to do. Sorry, I forgot it that Indian fans can never digest Pakistan's accomplishments. This is as simple is that. Australia like other teams, except SA, can just win at home. And stop bringing your (ausies) legacy in the discussion. Lets wait who will be the winner and then utter any word. Pakistan, India and Srilanka are the strongest contenders for the cup. Now please, Australian fans, pray for your team.

  • getsetgopk on September 11, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I didn't hear anyone saying 'Afridi didn't play and we got bulldozed'? What happened? Should we now throw our entire team in the Arabian sea or what? LOL Afridi is a match winner, no way the Aussies would have carted Afridi like they carted these other bowlers. International cricket is no joke you need your best of the best to be there otherwise you will get bulldozed like the other night. Well played Australia!!!

  • reality_check27 on September 11, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    just to remind some pak fans who say we lost 4-0 to austalia in australia well in 2009/2010 aus pak series in australia pakistan was whitewashed as well they lost 3-0 in test 5-0 in one days and 1-0 in t20 so u should be the last one to say anything

  • reality_check27 on September 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @alikhan224 i will give u better example of fluke finally after 13 to 15 years later pakistan has won something against australia home and awaythat is the best example of fluke that u can find anywhere even on crickinfo in records section

  • Biggus on September 11, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @Meety-Jono speaks the truth mate, Hoggy was on fire last night. I'd be making a spot for him on that showing, no lie.

  • on September 11, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    WHere is Rameez Raza? what was his latest comment on Pak Performance, is he still telling that Pak is the best Team in the cricketing world?

  • darshanguru13 on September 11, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    aus u shoul be in last of rankings tables in cery format

  • musa441 on September 11, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @rajesh_india_1990 dude just check overall stats of pakistan and india rivalries and u will find pakistan has dominated india in one days and tests both in t20 pakistan's record is not good against india becoz all the t20s played between india and pakistan have been in the WCs. and in world cup i dont know why but its a fact pakistan has failed to beat india in world cups for along long time but this doesnt mean pakistan cant beat india the matches other than in WCs pakistan has clearly dominated india over the years yes a little slump in the last 5 years or so but thats bad atch soon pakistan will be able to beat india like they used to beat them at will in the 90's!!

  • on September 11, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Pakistan is worst batting side ever .... dont have cricketing brains at all

  • alikhan224 on September 11, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @sachinisawesome...was this enlightenment ENOUGH dude or shall i put some more light? pls dont embarrass urself by asking about tests coz u know who is ahead in that format too....so chill and cheer for the better team on its day...Pakistan always zindabad.

  • seniorgators on September 11, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @bouncedout Your regular contributions are more than a tad selective depending on whether quoting history or not suits you. Here's a little history for you. Who is the only test country to have a superior win loss ratio against every other country it has ever played and by a large margin? (10 countries including World 11''s) Which same country has a superior win loss ratio against every other country in one day cricket(18 including World 11). That same country does have an inferior win loss ratio to 3 of 9 countries in T20 but with limited numbers played thus far. Sadly England's record is vastly inferior. In Tests/ODI's against OZ they are vastly inferior and have an equal record in T20's. Anything you quote is history so I thought you may wish to muse over the entire lot. Hence if OZ have problems with pressure over the years as you claim then clearly every other country in your opinion must be significantly greater chokers. Seems the facts leave you bowled over and Bounced Out !

  • wakaPAK on September 11, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Australia well done; I think aussies can win World cup even if they are ranked lower than Irish.Australian team is perfect in terms of diverse bowling attack! Pakistan should learn two things from this defeat.. No.1 Diversity in bowling attack is the key to success in T20; Suhail Tanvir may not be a good bowler but his left arm is important and so is Afridi's leg spin. Having three right seamers is no diversity! Hasan is learning and he'll be good in next few matches! No.2: Bowling has always been our strength and we should work on that if it goes wrong there's no chance we can win. Gul, Ajmal can guarantee 8 economical overs; the problem is the rest of 12 overs; you can add 4 of hafeez but you can not be that tight; we should have six economical bowlers instead of five. let's hope afridi get's well and hope he gets his form ; then we are left with 4 overs and the only person you can recommend for that is left armer Junaid. Mr.Hafeez! experimenting is good in controlled environment

  • on September 11, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    i am bangladesh it is india will the tweny20 world cup

  • on September 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @Meety, did you watch Hoggy bowl last night? They couldn't even get bat on ball against him. He is our Narine/Mendis/Ajmal and it's a long while since any of the opposing teams have seen him bowl. He is a major trump card in my opinion. I like McKay's bowling too but i'm not sure how he fits into the team, given that Watto and Christian can bowl some pretty tidy medium stuff.

  • haseeb on September 11, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @meety i agree with u what u said abt mckay i have seen him bowl in 2 or 3 odis he has got a decent pace and good variations ..but this boy starc is s some bowler .. i would say Australia should go with cummins starc and mckay they dont have to play hogg ..i mean these days srilankas pitches have changed and it helps the fast bowlers and trio are not like any other fast bowlers they dont bowl up and down stuff all of them have good bowling actions good control its not going to be easy for anyone to hit them for sixes ..play 3 of them with watson and maxwell and D hussey ..Australia is in with a good chance :)

  • Crazy_Pk on September 11, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @ Srinivasan Ramachandran!! Its fact that last match Pak lost by 94 runs and spinner too were hammered by Aussis but remember my bro it was only aussis opner who did this job other than this you can see the result ( 1-111 (Watson, 10.4 ov), 2-114 (Warner, 12.1 ov), 3-140 (Maxwell, 14.4 ov), 4-145 (Bailey, 16.1 ov), 5-152 (White, 17.3 ov), 6-159 (Hussey, 18.3 ov), 7-167 (Christian, 19.5 ov)) and I challenge you and other like you that its happened once in a 15-20 match that someone is hitting like this if dont believe, review previous matches record in this serious. I think you will realize. Ajmal is good enough for aussis on others like you and will see the more entertainment in wct20

  • reality_check on September 11, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Aussies should not get too comfortable with this win. If it wasn't for Warner and Watson, Aus score would have been around 120 or less. These two ONLY clicked in this dead rubber without anything to lose. It would be much different in T20 world cup where every game will count. Aus middle order is still soft against quality spin.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 11, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    did u think guys Abdul Razaq ,s cricket is over now? is he have same power hitting ........no.........so why he??????

  • bouncedout on September 11, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @sawifan

    That's it, you keep looking back at history because it is all you Aus supporters have left.

    Enland did lose one game to Ireland...... but they never dropped below them in the rankings in any format. The same cannot be said of your lot.

    keep smiling!

  • _Australian_ on September 11, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa.....most enjoyable comment.

  • Biggus on September 11, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa-ROFL. Made my day mate. Any time you want a serious game of cricket you know what to do, we'll leave the key under the mat.

  • bobmartin on September 11, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 11 2012, 10:01 AM GMT) "...Our boys did however get to meet several saffa friends on the tour who are now playing for england, which is always nice." They also got a few tasty texts from one of them too.. Just "banter between team mates" wasn't it.. Harmless fun really..

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - you do realise the stupidity of that comment don't you? Oz have NEVER (unlike England), EVER been beaten by Ireland in an ODI or T20. We also don't need to raid the Irish talent to prop a faltering national team! LOL! @Jono Makim - I know logic suggest that we should play a specialist spinner in the SL T20 W/Cup, but I sort of unsure whether Doherty or Hoggy are in our best attack (I'm thinking Starc/McKay & cummins - with Watto, Christian, Maxwell & DHussey).

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 11, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover Lol...Then why your players like Afridi etc etc wants to play in that Circus?.....and how many times we beat you..i dont know when your pakistan won over India....still you fans are beating your chests...lol

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @ScottStevo on (September 11 2012, 08:47 AM GMT) - re: McKay, fine to disagree, but I would rather you could substantiate the claim that McKay is "...an average medium pacer without too much guise in his variations..." McKay has taken 57 wickets in 32 ODIs, at a world class sub 29 S/R, he has a FC S/R of 27, & a career ODI E/Rate of 4.7. All this would suggest he is a fair bit better than "...average..." Apart from his career ODI stats (hasn't played enuff T20s to use), other reasons why McKay will be a useful addition to the starting line up 1) He was our best bowler versus an in form England, 2) Is a great foil (variety) for either Starc or Cummins or both, 3) possesses an excellent slower ball, 4) His slower speed will mean batsmen can't easily deflect him to the boundary. I have not been a big fan of McKays, but his consistency over the last 2 years is outstanding & he deserves (IMO) to be given first shot at a spot at the W/Cup. BTW - I am also massive Starc & Cummins fans.

  • bouncedout on September 11, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @Rickyvoncanterbury

    You're quite right England haven't done much this year.

    England did whitewash Aus in a one day series but that was so easy that it can't really be seen as any sort of achievement.

    Keep your chin up old son, Aus are bound to win at least one game at the world cup, aren't they?

  • dariuscorny on September 11, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @MickyBoy.paklover in this forum only i hv read one of your comment which quoted"who cares about t20's they are useless" now you say "who cares about odis,tests and t20s are future",it seems your priorities change with pakistan's loss....what wud happen,if this is the trend, then you might rather say"playing cricket is useless altogether" coz pak has not won against Oz in this UAE tour

  • sawifan on September 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy... since Ireland bent us over? Didn't u guys play IRE in the last WC. How did that pan out for you?

  • punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on September 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    as DSIG3 wrote "this game needs as much skill as a poker game" I agree even though the Aussies won the game. Can someone explain to me how much strategy can you have when it is all over in no time??

  • rickyvoncanterbury on September 11, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    @bouncedout wow headline news England win 2 one day games all series ,and not much more all year, but hiding that dissapointment is becoming harder isn't it.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on September 11, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Good to see Ozzie hitting some form before the long awaited series between the 2 heavy weights of world cricket - SA vs Oz.

    The tour in england has been a nice little warm up to this, not much of a sweat broken as it wouldve been better to play a team with more skill and committment.....Our boys did however get to meet several saffa friends on the tour who are now playing for england, which is always nice.

  • reality_check on September 11, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    So Pakistan got crushed by the 10th team in the ranking. Shame on Pakistan ;)))

  • Baber_Baloch on September 11, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    think if just AJMAL not in pak tean waht happen............poor PAk team no consistancy

  • dsig3 on September 11, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    What a ridiculous format. Requires as much skill as a game of poker. The rest it seems is as variable as dumb luck. England won it for gods sake! Good to see us get some pride after some bad losses first up. Bailey needs to get this team going for the world cup or he will find himself playing tassie club cricket. Still not convinced he has domestic level talent.

  • Stark62 on September 11, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Not surprised and not worried about the result either.

    Nazir is very explosive on his day but not consistent enough, hence the reason why I wanted Shezhad in the team and he could have taken Shafiq's place in the squad, who is a Test blocker.

    Malik has been in dreadful form but he'll come good and Umar should be batting at no. 4, not his elder brother.

    Also, with the return of Afridi, Pak will have a much stronger bowling line up and Tanvir seems to be the only pace bowler good enough to pair up with Gul but I would have loved to seen Talha and Junaid in the squad, in place of Sami and Arafat.

  • JUBINJOSE on September 11, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    pakistan cannot win the T20 world cup with the help of better bowlers only,their batting line up must show some responsibility and justice to their talents

  • RednWhiteArmy on September 11, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Welcome back to all the aussys, hadnt seen much of you's since Ireland bent you over haha

  • bouncedout on September 11, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @Jonesy2

    "see, this is what happens when they try and win"

    Brilliant, only a one eyed Aussie could come out with that.

    What you are saying is that Aus did not try and win the first two games which actually mattered but then tried their hardest in a dead rubber. Brilliant

    What actually happened is that Aus played better beause there was no pressure on them. Therefore they didn't choke as they did in the first two games.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 11, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Personaly,i thnk hafez n co took it too easy,if they could open with their strength i.e spin,i dn't thnk aus would have raced to 100 as quickly,a gd fightback by hafez n co in last 10 concedng jst 60 odd.PAK SHOULD HAVE WÖN D ODI SERIES CNSIDRNG WE WERE DOMINATNG ist 35 ovrs in ist odi,HARD LUCK PAK,BT WHO CARES ABOUT ODIS,since TESTS N T20S R D FUTUR 4 CRICKET.

  • NomZia on September 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Pak need to lift up the batting. They need to post and chase big targets. Bowling can never win 100% of the matches. Pak need to learn to win through batting. Then only they can be world champions. Most people in and out of Pak will be still blaming the bowling for the defeat. The AUS openers batted superbly. Our batsmen needed to give a similar reply.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 11, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @sachinisawsome,lets talk about t20 now,when was last time india qualified 4 t20 wcp(2007 z a thing of past).@Narbavi,U R TERIBLY WRNG MAN! Pak z a more consistnt t20,test nowadays than india( ovral,pak z stil mils ahead in odis,tests)....... YES,ON D WHOLE PAK HAV PRODUCD BETR CRICKT TALNT THAN INDIA CONSIDRNG WE HAV PRODUCD SO MANY BATNG GREATS TO COUNTR IND WHILE THEY HAD HAV NT A SINGL BOWLR OF PAK'S CATEGORY.

  • CricBlogger05 on September 11, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @ Sachinisawesome....Totally agree with you! @ Mohammad Zamin...Stop looking at only one side of the coin brother. If Pakistan would have played India regularly within last 10 years, they would have lost 9 out of 10 matches, like they do whenever they play each other anyways. It is just bad luck for Indians that they played them most when they were at the weakest and Pakistan was at its strongest. Rest as far as overall talent is concerned, Pakistan have rarely produced great batting legends like Tendulkars, Gavaskars and many more. So to conclude: Pakistan have always been better in producing bowling talents while India has always bettered Pakistan in producing batsmen. And ofcourse Indian fielding is definately better than Pakistan.

  • Hammond on September 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    All hail Australia! Kings of the dead rubber!

  • ScottStevo on September 11, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @Meety, Completely disagree with you regarding McKay taking a spot from either Cumins or Starc. Hopefully that doesn't happen as he's an average medium pacer without too much guise in his variations and personally, I'd be filthy if he even looks like getting a start in front of these two lads.

  • Tmalik on September 11, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    shameful defeat for Hafeez & Co., and food for thought for them!!! luckily they had won the series but this is attitude team Hafeez has, relax after game win or so... every game has to played to win doesnt matter if series won already or not... they need to take every game as new game and aim for nothing less than victory, this was pretty ordinary show by team Pakistan!!!!

  • superstar100 on September 11, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    the geat pakistani bating lineup shows great performance again how they play if they have to get big score !!!!

  • sachinisawesome on September 11, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @Mohammad Zamin, If we are talking about talent then India has produced better Batsmen than Pakistan and Pakistan Has produced better fast bowlers than India.And if India and Pakistan would have been playing each other consistently then India would have also dominated Pakistan.And that era when Pakistan DOMINATED India that time Pakistan was very strong and India was very weak.

  • bouncedout on September 11, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Wow...headline news....Australia win a game of T20. Just a shame that Pakistan had already hammered them twice to win the series.

    To be fair to Pakistan they didn't look interested in the game.Probably a bit of complaceny having dominated the Aus team in the previous games.

    Can't see Aus making any impact in the World Cup despite how desperately they want success in this format.Trouble is the tend to fold at the first sign of real pressure.

  • PakCricSpin on September 11, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Everybody knows Pakistan is not the best side in the world. That's why if they manage to defeat anybody, its usually egg on their opponent's face. :P While if they themselves get defeated its no big deal. They've done this many times and in style - just like yesterday. :)

  • Selassie-I on September 11, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    I think anyone is in witha chance in this WC, no one has a stand out team and with the unpredictable nature of T20 it should be an entertaning tournament. Nice to see warner pull out a switch hit, a good ten games after promising to switch hit Swann all over the park! He can be explosive but only doing it 5% of the time probably isn't good enough and just makes hima walking wicket. My prediciton for the WC is West Indies....

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 11, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I dont agree with tittle though. dont you think it should have been "Australia crushed Pakistan in Dead Rubber "?

  • Solid_Snake on September 11, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @Rajesh India->When was the last time India and pakistan played together? 1 match/year and you talk as if indian record is 100% win against pak.. Well if thats the case then happy dreaming..Play 1 match against pak,win it and then go into hiding.Then after a year come back again and then start boosting that win

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 11, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Pakistan deserved this after playing Arfat and some other club level players. Malik is useless and for raza hassan its too early to give him chance against big teams. these are ones who give the game to Australian. Arfat is just club level player. Well played Australia. Ajmal proved once again that he is majician.

  • on September 11, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    India is for now..a better team than Pakistan...though Pakistan Dominated India for about 20 years..when I say dominate..I mean DOMINATE, whereas the Indian team has never dominated Pakistan, they win in World cups and did beat Pakistan in the Asia Cup as well but that as far as it goes. Pakistan has been at its weakest for the last 10 years and India has been at its strongest. Overall Pakistan has produced better talent than India.

  • AMEERCI on September 11, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    ICC ranking does not reflects true picture. See Australian yesterday match and decide.

  • sachinisawesome on September 11, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover What stats are we talking about here buddy. If I am not wrong India and Pakistan has only played 2 matches against each other and both are won by India. And for the last 10-12 years India has always had an edge over Pakistan. Enlighten me please.

  • Biggus on September 11, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta -I will have to take issue with you over one point however. I haven't suddenly come to the conclusion that T20 is terribly important now that we've won the last game. I'm still not fond of the format and I doubt the players think as highly of it as they do of tests and ODIs but it is understood by us that they will try to win any game they are involved in, else why bother stepping onto the field in the first place? To do anything else would make no sense to us at all. It is, however, still 'Hit and Giggle', and we DON'T take it all that seriously. No sour grapes, no ulterior motives, no conspiracy theories, we just think it's a wee bit silly and the overblown hype unnecessary. That we still seek to win at it is easy to explain, we just can't help ourselves, it's a compulsion.

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 11, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    These 4 giant T20's teams will be there in the semi-finals in the upcoming T20 WC according to their points. So note it down: Pakistan, W.Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The rest of the teams are just under average. So get ready for the mega event.

  • Shan16966 on September 11, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    A thorough performance that has been long expected from this team. Playing in Sri Lanka though will be different.Watson refuses to leave his crease against spin and will be tested up the order. Would like to see the AUS XI as 1. Warner 2. Michael Hussey (Based on his ability to play spin and pace, also to bat through the innings) 3. Watson 4. Bailey 5. David Hussey 6. White 7. Wade 8. Maxwell 9. Cummins 10. Starc 11. Hogg

  • makdunya786 on September 11, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    One wrong decision creates huge impact in the outcome of a match. Yesterday Shane Watson was clear plum in front but unfortunately that decision was turned down by umpire.

  • Hira1 on September 11, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    i dont think Pakistan will have any problems in T20 world cup reaching the semi final as the condition will be favoring Pakistan and when it comes to semi final and final it hardly matter how good you are what matter is how one perform on a given day...but please get rid of these old horses (shoaib, imran nazir, razak) once the tournament is over and inject more youngsters in their team.

  • on September 11, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @Jose and Meety, you are right.. a few spoil it for the rest, unfortunately..... Good win for the Aussies, but being realistic I thought they gifted the Aussies a good total here by not opening up with a spinner as they usually would. Having said that, it was great to see Watto and Warner striking the ball so cleanly and great to see another cameo from Maxwell too. Starc, Cummins and Hogg were all impressive with the ball. I hope Starc bumped into Wasim again while he is there in the UAE, it'd be terrific if he can keep swinging the ball around across all formats, if he and Cummins can keep progressng like they are.... watch out!

  • alikhan224 on September 11, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @sobersfan...dear u must know 1st that what is a fluke...fluke would be if pak had lost 2 and won the last...or pak won the first and lost the remaining 2...but it was opposite...we won first 2 and lost the four...and also england and australia drubbing u 4-0 each was also not a fluke...yes if india had won only won test their, which they couldnt, then that would have been a fluke...mind u, but u wont find a better understanding of fluke in any dictionary.

  • Narbavi on September 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: Semis of a t20 world cup?? big deal!! we won it in 2007, infact we beat u twice in that tournament including the final to win it, and we won the 50 over wc in 2011, again we beat u in the semis to win it,

  • prem_kishore on September 11, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Wake UP....Aussies Back with a bang............Just supports from Middle Order... specially White, Hussy, Baily, Wade.......they would be champs.........

  • haseeb on September 11, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    the best combination for pakistan team if they want to get anywhere close to worldT20 trophy.. 1)imran nazir 2) nasir jamshed 3) kamran akmal 4)hafeez 5) umar akmal 6)asad shafiq 7 )afridi 8) razzaq 9) sohail tanvir 10) umar gul 11) saeed ajmal ..Give free license to imran nazir dont tell him to play straight ..and u need to be flexible with ur batting order depending on the situation u might need to promote Afridi or razzaq up the order and its not necessary that u give batting to asad shafiq all the time if u see two wickets gone down in first 6 overs u can send asad then to steady the batting line up ..i think razzaq is a better hitter agaisnt fast bowlers so send him up the order inside 6 overs if teams bring on spinners even then its easy for him with fielders inside the circle coz he cant play spin with fielders outside as well afridi can do better in that situation ..

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 11, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    @Rajeshindia,when did india qualifid 4 semis in t20 wc,i thnk Ur team Z WAY OVR.RATD CNSIDRNG THEY HAVE IPL CIRCUIS N ICL N YET THEY FAIL INTRNATNL..... I THINK PAK Z STIL A GD TEAM,MALIK SHOULD B REPLACD WITH ASAD,KAMRAN MADE TO OPEN,....,I GUES IFS N BUTS DN'T COUNT MUCH BT FINAL RESLT MATRS,IF PAK COULD GET REVIEWD HUSY N AFRIDI COULD HAV HELD ON DAVID's Chance,N IF COULD FACE LAST POWRPLAY WITHOUT LOSNG MUCH IN IST ODI,PAK WOULD HAV CLEAN SWEPT.ENUFF SAID

  • haseeb on September 11, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    certainly a wake up call for pakistan Team..in T20 cricket u can beaten by any team..there is no doubt pakistan took this game lightly they were experimenting a lot but pakistan has a biggest issue in the fast bowling department u cant rely on ur spinners in t20 cricket spinners can go for sixes 2 or 3 in an over quite easily..tats y i felt they made a mistake by not selecting junaid khan if he is not there then atleast play m.sami and pakistan's batting order is not right hafeez has to bat at 3 .. u have to have right and left combination at the start ..drop shoaib malik and play asad shafiq .and one more mistake hafeez is making telling imran nazir to play striaght if people notice he asked nazir to play staright to watson tats not his natural game he has to give him free license to play his shots tats what he does best and tats y he is in the team ..

  • Heisenburg on September 11, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @johntycodes White was a fair selection, he's been amazing in T20 leagues, he's been tried and he has failed, the selectors aren't stupid and won't pick him again if he fails in the warm up matches.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 11, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @sachinisawsome,that might hold true 4 odis,bt 4 tests n t20s ?stats tel evrythng.(U SHOULD B GD ENUF TO CHECK IT OUT)

  • khurramsch on September 11, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    1 thing is proved that is imran nazir & shoib malik are now only domestic or leagure players not international anymore. also question marks on razaks batting. afridi is also not in good batting shape now. so that means in batting pakistan has real problems with selection. self destruc of some of players also issue. also they should think over batting order . poor from pakistan too much experimenting. they are never good chasers but decide to chase. then strange bowling changes not like 1st 2 t20s. hafez delayed himself and ajmal .

  • khurramsch on September 11, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    1 match is nothing to judge. but it was good from watson & warner. problem is consistant performace whcih will matter in wc as there will be no 2nd chance. & people claiming that 2nd could have gone either way or If this happened then or if that happened then, mates that is part of game pakistan could also say if hussy was given out in 3rd then?? these are art of games.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 11, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Yes pakistan is better than india but ONLY IN DREAMS....when was the last time pakistan beat india?

  • johntycodes on September 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Gee what a suprise cameron white came out to bat and tried to block like always and went out. Unless white is dropped I won't be following the aussies anymore. It's got to the point where I don't even think the selectors know why they are picking him anymore. He can't bowl and can't bat which is why he comes in number 8. What's the point.

  • sachinisawesome on September 11, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @Don Roshan Dias Please clarify on what terms Pakistan is a better team than India. Man to Man India has a better team. Apart from Offspining Genius that Pakistan has.

  • RandyOZ on September 11, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    No one cares about T20 cricket, but you'd have been stupid to think you could keep Australia down.

  • on September 11, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    against inconsistance pakistan team ........one day he became world best team .........and another day he became world worst team..............

  • on September 11, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    This is the nature of the game, a couple lucky wickets and it's all over, a couple of crappy shots and it's a careful approach that turns the game into a bore... Mickey mouse cricket.

  • on September 11, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    it was a victory and nothing more...everybody knows pakistan isnt predictible team...look at score card of aussies and u ll know...that only two men on top played well...minus their runs and what lefts behind...the same pakistani scorecard...

  • Winsome on September 11, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Typical Australia, get thrashed, then thrash. They have zero consistentcy which means they won't be a threat in any of the big tournaments.

  • on September 11, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    This heavy defeat could be a blessing in disguise for Pakistan.

  • vertical on September 11, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    How does a 19 year old swing it both ways with such control!?Amazing! Sreesanth at 30 still can't control his outswinger.Australian pace attack has a great future so does England and Saffers.If India ever want to compete overseas they have to produce quick tall fast bowlers regularly.The likes of Vinay Kumar and U19 Sandeep Sharma are medium pacers with no future. Coming to this match,an Australian win was always on the cards,their batting line up is far better than the Pakistanis if not for Ajmal,they would have won the t20 series.His 4 overs often decide the fate of the t20 game.

  • sundoo on September 11, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Inspite of their performance , the Aussies are way behind Srilanka n Pakistan as favourites in the ensuing World Cup T 20.

  • on September 11, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Australia is better side but not in T20 guys!!!

  • Zaid_sl on September 11, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    It's 12.30 a.m here in Sri Lanka n I was waiting patiently to see pak win.that's the type of hardcore fans v r.winning n loosing is part of the game but loosing without fighting n that mainly due to stupidity is so frustrating as a fan. It's been very clear that hafeez n nazir aren't good openers n nazir is not at all a good batsmen.iv been complaining about this for a very long time. An opener should have a very good hand-eyes coordination n good use of the feet n the ability to penetrate the gap. Imran nazir needs to be dropped he'll never score against good bowling. Hafeez needs to play as a middle order batsman.

    Nasir jamshed n k.akmal should open.

    Batsmen needs to learn alot about improvisation like moving down the pitch,shuffling,switch hit etc to break the rhythm of the bowler

  • Meety on September 11, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta - "...There is a fraternity of Global cricket lovers..." - well said. You're more than welcome on Ozzy articles IMO. It's a frustrating thing, Oz have a couple of Trolls that spend most of their time Trolling on other teams articles, so we then get responding Trollism & the cycle can't be broken because it's all "retaliation"! I'd just keep a mental list of the good & bad regulars on here & repond accordingly! @Moppa - yes, on the positive, we trended well in te series. From a crap Game 1, to a flip of the coin Game 2 to a dominate Game 3. The BEST thing IMO about the win, was our batting lineup still was not near 100% effectiveness. We probably were about 15 to 20 runs short of where we should of been AND we haven't used McKay yet, who I think is an excellent short form bowler.

  • on September 11, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Good start for aussies for the World T20 World Cup

  • jonesy2 on September 11, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    see. this what happens when they actually try and win not tinker around experimenting. warner, watson, maxwell, starc, cummins, hogg all abosolutely brilliant. amazing

  • veerakannadiga on September 11, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    well done Australia. way to go. Love the way Watson plays.This is what you call a Royal Thumping.

  • allieeb on September 11, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Super over should have been bowled by Starc then Oz win series I think (O_o)

  • Heisenburg on September 11, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    They should replace Christian with Hilfenhaus, he played well for CSK. Christian hasn't contributed with the bat anyway, and hasn't been too good with the ball either.

  • Cobra0077 on September 11, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    The headlines should have been "Pak got Crushed"

  • ProdigyA on September 11, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Glad that Aus showed Pak where they belong. New guys r hopeless n always pullin out veterans from retirement.

  • docsunny on September 11, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Typical Pak Batting collapse . If Pak wants to show consistent performances , they should do away with spent forces like Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razaaq and Imran nazir . They have been proven failures time and time again and it is beehoves pak cricket to groom some youngsters for future in stead . The more abridged the format , the more the skills and technique come into question as you are required to hit and score of good balls which one can't expect from sloggers .

  • on September 11, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    AUSTRALIA SIDE HAS PROVED THEY ARE BETTER THAN PAKISTAN TEAM

  • jmcilhinney on September 11, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    @Ashik Imran on (September 11 2012, 03:17 AM GMT), unfortunately that would prove very little to nothing. Over time, the better teams will end up with the greater proportion of wins but the margins are so close in T20 that the tiniest bit of luck can turn a game. That adds to the excitement I guess but it's exactly why T20 doesn't get respect from ardent cricket fans. The shorter the format the less you have to sustain a performance so the easier it is to fluke a win. Look at the difference between game 1 and game 3 in this series. While you might see swings like that in ODI or Test series, they would be far less common.

  • on September 11, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    talk about your team Dias whos better and whos not time will say so just think about SL.

  • on September 11, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Imran Nazir should not be playing at international lvl. malik's technique is not v.good. after Inzi and Yousuf Pak heavily depend on a good start. If pak gets a good opening or top order partnership then only pak wins most of the time. Hafeez and Jamshed should open and to consolidate asad shafiq should be the no3 batsman.

  • abdullahiqbal on September 11, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Aus is best team for t20 series is not importent for aus .but they have chance to won the world cup pak is best team too but last match was not best for them thieq batting line was too bad agianst pacer

  • on September 11, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    only challenge is given by ajmal otherwise situation can be worse,but i still believe Pakistan still better side than India

  • on September 11, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    I am dying to see a knock out world cup consisiting of top 8 teams only according to the ranking !!!

  • jmcilhinney on September 11, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    This series turned out the most uneven even series ever: one very close game that could have gone either way and one easy win each. That's the nature of T20 cricket I suppose. I reckon that Australia will be the more pleased of the two, having the better late form going into the T20 WC but it still wasn't exactly a complete performance. It only really takes one good innings to propel a T20 total and Australia got two here, but they didn't necessarily get the contributions they would have liked from the rest of the batsmen. They look to have bowled well but bowling is always helped by scoreboard pressure, which they won't always have. I don't think that either of these teams will be going into the tournament as favourite but they are both still quite capable of winning it if they get it together at the right times, such is the nature of T20.

  • QingdaoXI on September 11, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir straight frrom the team, they doesnt deserve the place in the team, where they are always flop and play good in innings once in a while. Bring A. Shafiq into the team, If he has more chances of scoring and coach can define his role too, Bring A. Shezad back in the squad after declaring one of the Imran Nazir or Shoaib Malik is injured, and cant go for world cup. Pakistan should go with this XI: N. Jamshed, A. Shehzad, A. Shafiq, K. Akmal, Mohd Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afredi, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal. It will be two solid batsmen in top three and one attacking batsmen. than 2 attacking batsmen and a solid batsmen in middle order for late flourish. with Razzaq and afredi i get chance can go all guns blazing. And if there is turning track and opposition is other than subcontinent teams play R.Hazan in place of Tanveer.

  • Rabbito on September 11, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Can't understand these losers that go on and on about us being below ireland ect. Sure, we're not all that crash hot in T20 at the moment, and not the best around at ODI, but just remember forms temporary, class is permernant. and to be honest, this teams got a lot of class, it just needs a bit of experience and time ect. Sure, we've got a bit of a ways to go, but we'll get there....

  • BG4cricket on September 11, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Encouraging win by the Aussies although I am not sure about the World Cup prospects of either team. For me Pakistan's batting is not really consistently good enough and they will need a lot more runs from Hafeez if they are to be a chance, Ajmal's wizardry aside. The Aussies have potential but will need massive performances from Watson and Warner at the top of the order and wickets from Cummins and Starc to be a show as they seem 1 specialist fast scoring batsman light and their spinning stocks look very light on. Nonetheless with D Hussey in for White this looks the best 11 we can put out and will have to do. Pakistan might be better having Shafiq in for Nasir to bolster the batting. I think the best all round bowling team (Sth Africa) might meet the best all round batting team (West Indies) in the final but anyone's guess as to the other 2 semi spots.

  • TheUnderTakerTheMasterofPain on September 11, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    can Ireland still beat Australia????

  • maddy20 on September 11, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Its surprising to see comments claiming Aus is best bla bla bla and they will win the worldcup especially after so many of them dismissed the format after the last game!

  • g.narsimha on September 11, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    So the super over saved, other wise it would have been similar story as in odis ,

  • ZafarPasha on September 11, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    What has prompted Hafiz to send Australia in when Pak won the Toss. Pakistan's strength mainly is in their spin bowling. Had Pakistan Batted first using the perfect batting track with no pressure of the chase, it would have been much better. Moreover what Pakistani selectors wants from Razak and Shoaib Malik, the spent forces and also from Imran Nazir. Imran Nazir is another player who lives with his one performance in 10 matches and goes on playing in the hope of doing wonders which are not there.Still time to get rid of old horses and bank on youngsters.

  • Moppa on September 11, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    I'm with you @Meety, us Aussie fans can't get too excited about a dead rubber win, but it does restore confidence. It also proves how flukey the T20 format is - it just takes one or two players to fire (in this case Warner and Watson getting a good start) and the whole game is different. I would say, given this flukiness, Australia has a chance in the T20 world cup, but much less than other teams with more consistent weapons in this format (e.g. WI - Gayle, Pollard, Narine).

  • heathrf1974 on September 11, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Good short term experience for Australia in sub-continental conditions leading into the T20 WC. Dan Christian and Cameron White may be under pressure to hold their places. I would have David Hussey and McKay.

  • PakCricSpin on September 11, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Its not a shocker. Before the game started I predicted that Pakistan will set a record. :P I am a Pakistani myself so I know pretty well how the mind works of my countrymen. We were in no mood to give Australia a final punch. We were in the mood to just waltz around and finish the match as early as possible.

    This heavy defeat was also needed to deflate Pakistani media and fan egos. Its never right to have such boosted egos. What I say is, if Pakistan slumps to a heavy loss its not a big deal. They've done it so many times. But when Australia slumps - its headlines. In other words Pakistan's accomplishment in the 1st T20 is much more significant than Australia's in the 3rd T20. ;)

  • on September 11, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Now I would like to see the face of the Pakistan coach who said he was pleased with Pakistan's progress.The fact remains Pakitan that are poor chasers and will remain .The first match shocked Aussies because they could not handle the spin trio .Second match ,they came back stronger and tied it ,though they lost it int he super over .Third match ,They have decoded the spinners 70 % and came back with a bang !!Thats an Aussie character !! And mind you they got the best preparation for WcT20 with the best bowling side and have been fired up like never before!!!

  • on September 11, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Brad Hogg is not just "Breed Hogs" as some one had misspelled his name in one of the comments after the 2nd T-20. What a little ol'playaa ! Wow!

  • on September 11, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Re: Oz Team. Watson & Warner are still their best bets for opening in T-20. Guys like Bailey & White are not their best choices for the middle; there could be many better replacements-- Mike Hussey will be the pillar there, in Sri Lanka. There is a Starc difference between the two Mitchels; the younger one is the one to bet for the future; perhaps in any format. Maxwell is proving to be a good utility player, and seems to be better than Steve Smith, though the latter is spectacular in fielding. Any team needs one or two such players. I feel, Michael Clarke could be a good Captain for them in all formats, though he started with a negative feeling for T-20. He had matured a lot, after assuming Captaincy (of course, he lost part of his exuberance, though... which I miss) P.S. Don't say that non-Aussies and non-Paks have no business to be here. There is a fraternity of Global cricket lovers. Trite and hateful comments can come from anyone. And, all of us need some sense pf humour!

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 11, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    GREAT WIN FOR AUS.NOW THIS PROVES THAT PAKISTAN'S FIRST TWO WINS ARE MERE FLUKE.

  • Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on September 11, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    What's worse? Australia being ranked below Ireland or Pakistan being beaten by a team that's ranked below Ireland? Both sides are in pretty good form going into the World Cup, both should be happy with some performances this series. Both will want greater consistency, but that's the magic of 20/20 - it's pretty much never consistent. At the Pakistan fans whinging about their team - do you ever think your lads will win more if there was a greater team culture in your country? If your comments are anything to go by, you guys are your team's worst enemy. Culture starts with the fans.

  • Sinhaya on September 11, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    I suppose Pakistani batting woes came to light again. But still they may have taken things lightly after winning the series. T20 world cup is simply anyone's game as all teams have had a fair share of wins and losses.

  • JustOUT on September 11, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @Cricinfo - In ur gallery, James pattinson is not the one to bowl over Shoaib Malik. It is Cummins. Pls rectify that.

  • Marcio on September 11, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    As I predicted, AUS would win the final game, making the ultimate decider a one run super over win in the second game. The team just has too many good players to not win the majority of T20 games it plays. How often will Warner and Watson both fail? Not that often. Claims that this is "the weakest Aussie team ever" are just nonsense. It is actually a very well balanced team, especially with Hogg in there. The Pakistani batsmen could barely get bat on ball when he was bowling (1-11 from four). The wicket was turning bigtime, so what can you expect? And it does put Ajmal's bowling into perspective. Not saying he isn't very good, but these conditions turn a menace into a monster. AUS have as much chance as anyone of winning the T20 WC. Sorry to disappoint the bashers.

  • on September 11, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    A few things are clear. 1. Any team can win a T-20. on a given day. 2. A good & breezy opening partnership always helps.(e.g. When Gouty & Viru clicks, India wins most of the time.And vice versa. Jayasurya-Kalu pair also had proved that in the past.) The 2 "W"s of OZ is a formidable pair. 3. Any format becomes important for the fans in any country, if its team wins (On the contrary, T-20 is just hit &giggle if you lose. Tests are boring, if you lose. ODi will become irrelevant, if you lose) 4. Pitches are less important in T-20s and so on.

  • on September 11, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    what a shame!!! Pakistan Lost by 94 runs in T20 format!! even though the score is 168!!! common guys, u r one of the world Cup Contester ...!

  • Biggus on September 11, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    It's not the end of the world for Pakistan, they just had a bad day at the office. Still a danger for the T20 title in my opinion.

  • cricketfannik on September 10, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    there is no momentom in T 20 its just full of mishits and new form of Baseball. any one can win this T 20. no technique is required and when the real test comes big names of T20 fails coz their batting becomes too stupid. anyways enjy

  • avmd on September 10, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Get rid of useless players who are good enough for domestic 20/20 only, Razzaq and Imran Nazir in particular. What was Razaq trying to achieve with his 48 ball 13 runs inning in a 20/20 int, for god sake ?

  • bobagorof on September 10, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    So much for Pakistan winning 3-0. Australia, though, shouldn't rest on their laurels after 1 win in 3 matches. Their bowlers and opening partnership did well, and they've demonstrated they can be a very good side on their day. Now they need to put it all together consistently. Pakistan need to learn not to take their foot off the pedal when they have the upper hand.

  • RyanSmith on September 10, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    If you guys want Australia to win the world cup, keep bashing them and telling us how even Ireland are better in this format! The Australians just need something to fire them up and use as motivation to bring them together and perform to their potential. It is like when they lost the CB series to England in 2007 then were clean swept 3-0 by the kiwi's and people started saying how bad they were getting. Not only did they win the World Cup immediately after without losing a game, but they weren't even pushed in any of the matches. Australia lost the the ashes in 09, then smashed England 6-1 and won the Champions trophy without dropping a game. etc Australia respond well to criticism so keep it up!

  • on September 10, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Coming from an Indian fan who supports Pakistan against Australia..go figure...i think a series win is a series win but the second T-20 was not a convincing win at all and the third was a triple innings victory if there is such a thing..i think Australia has asked enough questions and put doubts. The second one could have gone either way...I think Sri Lanka has a good chance...Pakistan will win if they learn to use Ajmal judiciously. He needs to be brought on earlier to put pressure ..5 7 9 11th over..not sure if he is a better older ball bowler or not...

  • Zahidsaltin on September 10, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Not because we lost today, IQBAL QASIM has not been the best of selectors. Here in T20, Shoaib Malik, Yasser Arfat, Raza Hassan, Mohammad Sami, Imran farhat and Imran Nazir all are a bad choice. Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzeb Hassan, Cheema, Abdul rehman and Haris Sohail were a better choice.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 10, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    1) HAFIZ has time n again pushed it uppish without a force behind it and lost his wicket in similar way. Play it on role or put force behind a uppish strok. (2) Shoaib hasn't performed for pakistan for 3 years now despite being selected in every series. Enough is enough Iqbal Qasim and Ferdos Asheq. (3) Imran Nazir is just a hype, he scores only in every 12th match. Replace him with Asad Shafiq and let Kamran open the innings.

  • Meety on September 10, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    @disco_bob - reality is, it was a dead rubber. There are only TWO good things to come out of this 1) We weren't whitewashed, 2) We have built momentum, from a low base in game 1, to a team that looks VERY good with bat & ball in Game 3. I don't think Pakistan had much stomach for a chase in this match. They fought back well from Oz being 0/111, it could of been 200. Starc & Cummins are a pretty good duo when on song, although I would imagine a fit McKay will get the nod ahead of one of them. Intersting batting line up having Wade @ #8!!!!!!!!

  • Jaz1975 on September 10, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Hafeez should have chosen bat first as Pak is bad chaser, keep in mind, 1st T20, PaK beat Aus with 7 wickets and 31 balls remaining, I know it should not be used as excuse, Pak should learn after todays defeat, I am agree with lot of you that shoib Malik and Imran Nazir should go now, Kamran Akmal and Nasir Jamshid should open, Asad Shafiq T20 strike rate is over 100%, why not try him, Hammad Azam is good all rounder, Umer Akmal sholuld be put on watch list. Raza Hasan is young prospect, needs to get more experience, if Afridi is fit should be back for Raza Hasan as he is good fielder and if stays on crease, could hit big score in less balls, good luck Pakistan for T20 WC.

  • Dannymania on September 10, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    A bad day it was,for pakistan.There are just so many excuses to 'justify' this loss but it just comes down to the fact that it was a shambolic defeat.All the fuss about pakistan winning the T20 series and australia going down in the ratings,was absolutely wiped clean as a whistle by the australian cricket team.its unbelievable what they accomplished in just one game.they managed to leave an impression out of just one T20 game!The Aussies have left an impression for the upcoming world cup.The pakistanis beat the aussies in the series,and well they did absolutely murder australia in the first T20,the third one was a total disaster for pakistan as was pretty evident.Imran nazir,Shoaib Malik,Hafeez and Kamran Akmal,these batsmen dont have any technique to face great swing.Malik,hafeez and kamran akmal are all a LOT better than Imran nazir though.i just cant comprehend why he cant play swing well!!he has been an opener for such a long time!surely a little technique should've come out!damn!

  • on September 10, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    For how long is the Pakistani Cricket Team going to keep people like Shoaib Malik? He was never a super star...the earlier they get rid of him the better it is. He is only good for a regional team.

  • on September 10, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi ooo we will see whoz ordinary and over rated on 17th in the warm up game untill then worry about the kiwiz the might give u a beating to remember ;) lolzzzz

  • Crazy4cricket40 on September 10, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    some changes required for the WCT2o. Asad shafiq instead of shoaib Malik...I have been fan of him but i think he is done now..Junaid khan for Yasir arafat...and Afridi will obviously take place of Raza hasan. imran nazir is also questionable. yasir arafat, raza hasan and nazir still should be in 15man squad.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 10, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover LOL once you get humiliated you can start calling the format 'useless' and what not. very convenient. don't want to acknowledge the fact that your batting and bowling are below international standards. you struggled, huffed and puffed and barely managed to beat a team ranked below ireland. says a lot about quality of your team.

  • on September 10, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    i thout pakistan is gonna white wash aus just like they did to their counterpart in test cricket but soon aus gonna get whooped by the irish good luck aus wow what a team

  • wc1992 on September 10, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    @disco_bob i am loving australia in aus after the 2nd T20.... love to aussie faces long and hopless in melbourne ......last game who cares ....ball is not going to swing always so watch out for Irland

  • ygkd on September 10, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    I saw an interesting statistic last night. Which country has hit the most sixes in T20Int's? It isn't Pakistan, despite them playing the most matches. It isn't SA which is the best team in the overall game or England who are the current World champions (though maybe for not much longer). Of course, after last night's 12 sixes to Australia, the answer is obvious - they're the ones who hit the most over the rope. Is this partly the formula for both their T20 success and failure? Hit enough "maximums" and you win (singles come from mishits). Don't hit them and you won't. People say Pakistan is enigmatic. Well, I guess that sums up Australia, in the shortest form, too.

  • Nadeem1976 on September 10, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    why people are crying about this loss. this was dead rubber and good practice match for WC. it's ok to lose because it's very hard to beat aussies in every match.

    I hope to see better play from both aussies and pak in WC. simple.

  • Indianpunjabi on September 10, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @All Pakistani Fans What Happened to Overrated t20 Champions ??? Lolzz Ordinary Team will Bat Ordinarily and Will Get Allout for 74 lolzz

  • SurlyCynic on September 10, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Pakistan collapse to an extremely low total in a meaningless game. Wow. Who would have bet on that?

  • disco_bob on September 10, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    I love the way that the Pakistan fans crow about 'winning the series', which in effect was decided by a single run in the middle match. And throw in pakistan's lowest T20 total ever. If Australia can keep up this momentum we'll be overhauling the mighty Ireland in no time ;¬)

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 10, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Just goes to prove how random 20-20 is. This morning Australia were awful and England had been found out. a few hours later.....

  • UK_Chap on September 10, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    All you people that keep saying that it like home conditions, the UAE is NOT the subcontinent. Subcontinent consists of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The UAE is in the middle east. Geography lesson for those Indian and Pakistani so called experts that keep referring to it as home conditions. Home conditions means when you play at HOME.

  • on September 10, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    @ shak 90,i totally agree with you mate,its an eye opener for our team,in my view,Imran Nazir deserves no place in the team as he has failed to make an impact yet again by demonstrating his serious vulnerability against the full-pitched deliveries,instead,we can go with Afridi at the top of the order with Razzaq and Akmal to do the job in the death overs.To say the least,Afridi can play better than Nazir,the rest of the team looks fine to me apart from Malik,i think he has been provided with too many chances,now,its time to give Shafiq a chance,he can do a much more reasonable job in the middle overs of the innings with his solid technique and temperament afterall,you need something like that in your team as you cannot afford to have all sloggers in the team.My team to start with in the wc: 1-M.Hafeez,2-N.Jamshed,3-S.Afridi,4-K.Akmal,5-Asad Shafiq,6-U.Akmal,7-A.Razzaq,8-S.tanvir,9-Y.Arafat,10-U.Gul,11-S.Ajmal. This would give Afridi some time to do what he did in wc 2009!

  • pak78 on September 10, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    totally wrong decision from the start hafeez should have opted to bat first knowing his bowlers and himself were on form and what ever score they would have put on it would have been difficult for the aussies to chase with preesure on there batsmen looking at a 3 nil white wash thats why watson and warner went all guns blazing knowing that a big score can only save them and thats what happend......... any way well played ausssies congrats. bring on the mega event cant wait.

  • on September 10, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    That was some high class hoicking from Warner and Watson. If either of those two get going, watch out Ireland. Thanks for inventing Guinness, but I remember Riverdance... the horror. It's payback time. How Australia can't 3-4 more guys to try and slog- sweep every ball into the midwicket stands is a bit beyond me. Although, I suppose that's a shot M.Hussey can play and that Maxwell seems like he has a T20 future. It's a bit sad to see White reduced to this, as I rated him as a talented player. But, suppose he got his chances with the test side. Hope Bailey doesn't go the same way. The UAE trip would have an interesting life experience for some of the squads younger players and it's nice to be able to play Pakistan again. Oh and the Afghans too

  • omar.choudhary on September 10, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    As a Pakistani cricket fan, I am disappointed with this massive loss (Could have been 3-0) and those people saying that Pakistan's team made Australia look like a half decent attack, well they are only half right. Yes, Pakistan have the tendency to make average bowlers look like good bowlers (This match it was Watson and Maxwell who got the crown from Pakistan's batsmen) but also it was a mixture excellent, unplayable bowling from Starc and good fielding. To Australian Cricket Supporters, I think Cummins is overrated compared to Starc, who looks to be the future of the next Australian fast bowlers.

  • SPA001 on September 10, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Green shirts are enigmatic bunch which makes them an interesting team to follow. To beat Australia in a series in any sort of format since 2002 is a big achievement. Imran Nazir, is one of many from a large pool of Pakistan players, whose game it seems has stood still for a number of years. Even ICL experience did him not much good. He has rarely taken up a challenge against a quality attack but like Afridi is too much of a hit-and-miss material to create fear in the opposition. Despite a crushing defeat in the third t20, Pakistan has every chance of reaching semi-final, for the fourth consecutive time in the ICC t20 World Championship.

  • on September 10, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    dump shoaib malik. he is now a club level player at best. if i had gotten so many chances in my professional life, i would be steve jobs or warren buffet by now. so he was decent at best at one point in time. no longer.

    i am really really sad for Imran Nazir. What the hell happened to him?

  • on September 10, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    most people say it doesn't matters cuz we won the series ... but it does and I could say revenge is taken by Australians and ... our impact on them after 1st and 2nd match was destroyed in third

  • UK_Chap on September 10, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    It is shocking the way Pakistan played, the bowling had no intensity or bite to it. I have seen this so many times before, when they have won a series they go off the boil. Having said that, Australia took advantage and played a great game and good on them. Congratulations to the Aussies.

    I see rabid fans of other teams gloating in mischievous contempt.

  • Ncnotorious on September 10, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    lmao WI is too strong in this format of the game...think abt their 11 and how almost every1 one of them is the star on their IPL team

  • Haleos on September 10, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    shows what a positive attitude can do. If Oz had been positive from the start the results would have been different. Pakistan bowling more often than not hides their below average batting. when the bowling fails, they loose badly.

  • Qureshizzzzzz on September 10, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Well Done Australia. Very Bad Pakistan. True Face Of Pakistan Batsmen. Scared Of Good Fast Bowling Even If They Are Playing In Subcontinent. Very Very Bad.

  • guitarboy on September 10, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Well it's only pakistan who can conjure up a performance like this.If this squad was an experient for the world cup next week then it proved a couple of things,shoaib malik and imran nazir are useless and shouldn't even been in the 15 man suad.Umar akmal talent is to get out stupidly by picking out the only fielder on the boundary.And if anyone rated pakistan as a potential winner of the world cup,well that must have been an april fools day joke.

  • Riz000 on September 10, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    wat can i say?? PAKISTAN SHOULD HAVE PLYED SAMI INSTEAD OF HASAN RAZA HAFEEZ LOOKS NO WHERE NEAR A OPENER FROM DAY ONE IN ALL FORMATS OF GAMES WE NEED A PACE BOWLER LIKE SHOAIB AKHTAR

  • Naveed85 on September 10, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Imran Nazir played close to 100 matches in (odis+T20)..and look at the success hardly 2 or 3 matches.. jeez never seen this guy scoring runs in international match..can't understand why he got so much support in pakistan .. there is a huge diffence between club cricket and international matches

  • khankijaan on September 10, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @Worclcupwinner2011::Dude u've probably forgotten that it hasn't been a decade since PAk have won any series against Aus,,if u remember that 2009 bilateral t20 series played in England b/w PAk and Aus , u'll come to know that PAk beat Aus with 2-0 lead..to add further to ur knowledge ,this 'UNpredictable teAm" which is so-called "iNCONSISTENT" by u ,has been the most consistent t20 side in all of the recent t20 Worldcups...

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 10, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    @WCUPWINNERS2011, I GUES IND Z ONLY TEAM DESERVD TO BE CALD "CHAMPION" N WCUP TROPHY SHOULD B HANDED OVR TO INDIA WITHOUT A SINGLE BAL TO BE BOWLD SINCE IT WOULD B WASTAGE OF TIME.@SMITH ROBERTSON,WHO CARES? We won d series of a vry useles format n ur team won a dead ruber.

  • arshad771 on September 10, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    we should keep the players like shoaib malik and Yasir Arafat..

  • Jaffa79 on September 10, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Bangladesh...the Aussies are gunning for you!!!!!

  • Midonoff on September 10, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Well, well reality kicks in for Pakistan, as they were on cloud nine the last couple of days ago. This shows when Australia is wounded they are dangerous. Will be an interesting match with WI I have WI to edge it as the have the batting line up. I know people are going to say Pakistan already won the series but i wouldn't buy that comment.

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    This is the Pakistan that I know of :). Welcome back green shirts :)

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 10, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    WARNER 59 out.....PAKISTAN 74 all out....:))

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    So Australia have defeated Pakistan and have climbed to the top of the rankings (back on top of Ireland; LOL) Congratulations Aussies! We are proud of you. Cant imagine a time when Aussie supporters are crooning about their team "jumping" through the rankings from no.11 to no.10!! Now Oz can enter the world t2 with a false sense of security. And they'll be shown where they belong, no doubt.

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    It is a good sign that Shoaib Malik did not perform, door bells are ringing .. it is time to say good bye to cricket World Be aware.... Australia might win the WC

  • bobmartin on September 10, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Pakistan all out for 74 against that pie-chucker attack...God it makes the Aussies look like a half-decent team...

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 10, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Who CARES ABOUT THS USE.LESS,CIRCUIS LIKE,HIT N MISS SHOW,PAK MUST LOOK TO STREGNTHN THEIR TEST SIDE NOW LOLZ,....AUS GOT A WIN FINALY BT WE DIDN'T WANT OUR TEAM TO PERFRM AS BADLY AS THS ONE,HOPE IT WAS JST AN EYE OPENR N NO FURTHR DAMAGE Z DONE,NOW MR.PROFESOR WOULD NT LIKE TO MAKE TOO MANY CHANGES HOPFULY N MUST FIGHT IT OUT IN WC WITH DS VRY TEAM WITH ONE ODD CHANGE AT D MOST.

  • khurramsch on September 10, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Aus fans after loosing series and 5 matches finaly firing batting from 2 players?

  • shak90 on September 10, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Much needed defeat for Pakistan, as they were about to enter the big tournament in a relaxed state of mind. They should know their weaknesses and learn a lesson moving ahead. Well done Australians

  • F.R.Khan on September 10, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Im really shocked. Nothing to say just waiting 4 wc. Hpe they'll shocked me again.

  • khurramsch on September 10, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    It took aus batsmen 5 matches to finally fire. Too poor from pakistan, thy r never good chasers then why thy chose to bowl is poor decision then too much experimentswith bowling changes. Not bowling himself early and not ajmal early. Also it showed that imran nazir & malik r only domestic or leauge players now.also questions on razak he is also off color in his last few intl or league outings. Too much faliures now. Worries for pak batting order, and 2nd need to support ajmal more.

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 10, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Australia demolished Pakistan in T20 both in batting as well as bowling in 3rd T20 taking perfect revenge for the first T20 humiliation. Pakistanis would like to call this team as unpredictable, a softer polite word for inconsistent.However if they are epxecting to win Worldcup without needing to chase..I guess they will need to win the tosses all the way upto final and in this hope their bowling never fails even once and they score 140 in every match. Champion team really ?????

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 10, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    After huffing puffing and somehow winning the superover , Pakistan won a series after decade with Aussies probably weakest Australian team ever. The other two matches were pretty one sided with aus 89 allout in 1st T20 and Pak returning favor in 3rdT20 with a score of 74 . Pakistan best T20 team was stretched to limit in their format by a team which is below Ireland in ranking . Pakistan loose the match mentally moment they hear theyneed to chase 150+ in a T20. No make that moment they see 150+ to be chased even in ODIs..Still they are considered favorites to win by their own fans. Gotta admire the dream bubble these fans live in and gotta admire the one view glasses they wear where a super over victory is seen as champion stuff performance.

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    what an bounce back Aussie. that was a indelible switch hit six by Warner to Ajmal Bowl. Amazing. remember 2nd Fifity got jzt 15 Balls By dangerous Warner and Watson

  • Resultpredictor on September 10, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Australia thrashed Pak... Pakistan lowest team total in T20I, heavist defeat in terms of runs.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 10, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    hehe Australia especially their top order just humiliated the old Pakistan team great future :)

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Very very very poor performance all out for 94 score but any ways they won the series 2-1 best of luck for the next match

  • cool2cool on September 10, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Interestingly, both India's and Pakistan's lowest T20 score is 74 and against Australia.

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    lool Pakistan was bowled out for their lowest T20 score congratulations Australia now bring us the World T20 home its about time the Australians arise again well done. I think Ireland deserve a chance for Pakistan now should be a cracker of a tournament though all the best Aussies.

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    To all the Aussies who will join us shortly, PAKISTAN DOESN'T TAKES T20 SERIOUSLY ;-)

  • kc69 on September 10, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Looking at the 4 wickets that went down i believe Pakistan are going to be bowled out for their the lowest score ever

  • Kak-mal_Khan on September 10, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    ok where do we start - for all anti-Arafat campaigners, looks like he might be one of the higest scorers with his 15 runs and also he took 2 wkts and was not as bad as Shoaib 'the so called experienced' Malik, secondly he actually helped Pak win the 2nd 20/20 with his direct throw and a well judged running catch, without him we would surely have lost this series - quite a useful club cricketer can show our international players a lesson. To all fellow premature Pakistan fans for Aussie bashing, I think even Ireland would have given a better display with their low ranked batting, how shameful was this? and those that said this game would be loss anyway for Pakistan, I bet you also knew how amazingly badly the loss would be? In my eyes the series is a tie, Pakistan can not confidently walk away after this display!

  • cric_fan_ on September 10, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    At the time of writing this Pakistan is 54/6 after 13.4 overs, it'll loose the match almost certainly. Australia will be happy with the outcome of this series, after being crushed in the first t20 they come back to tie the second one dealt Pakistan a deadly blow in the last one. Their performance has inclined with each match of the series while Pakistan's has declined, if Pak batting continued in the same way they'll certainly not go far in t20 WC, Ajmal alone can't save them.

  • JaDeD_INDIAN on September 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Pakistan failing at chases is getting too common, need to see strong Pakistan like the times of Ijaz Ahmed and Inzi in the middle order with world's best bowling attack. And i'm INDIAN . Hope Razzaq turns around the match.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 10, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    I hope Arafat takes no more wickets. Please pcb selectors. For God sake he is just waste of space.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 10, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I was pleading not to play arfat and raza hassan. now you deserve this? because they are hamering everyone. They are just club level players. especially Arfat.

  • Tanvir110 on September 10, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    i think Pakistan made mistake here.. pakistan should go with Mohammad Sami instead of Yasir Arafat.... he is fast....

  • abdullahiqbal on September 10, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    pakistan should openthe bat by kamran and imran open balling attack by gul and razaq

  • bumsonseats on September 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    i epect the aussies to win as pakistan have won the series. if they do win it will give them that happy feeling of taking a dead rubber.

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  • bumsonseats on September 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    i epect the aussies to win as pakistan have won the series. if they do win it will give them that happy feeling of taking a dead rubber.

  • abdullahiqbal on September 10, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    pakistan should openthe bat by kamran and imran open balling attack by gul and razaq

  • Tanvir110 on September 10, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    i think Pakistan made mistake here.. pakistan should go with Mohammad Sami instead of Yasir Arafat.... he is fast....

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 10, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I was pleading not to play arfat and raza hassan. now you deserve this? because they are hamering everyone. They are just club level players. especially Arfat.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 10, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    I hope Arafat takes no more wickets. Please pcb selectors. For God sake he is just waste of space.

  • JaDeD_INDIAN on September 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Pakistan failing at chases is getting too common, need to see strong Pakistan like the times of Ijaz Ahmed and Inzi in the middle order with world's best bowling attack. And i'm INDIAN . Hope Razzaq turns around the match.

  • cric_fan_ on September 10, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    At the time of writing this Pakistan is 54/6 after 13.4 overs, it'll loose the match almost certainly. Australia will be happy with the outcome of this series, after being crushed in the first t20 they come back to tie the second one dealt Pakistan a deadly blow in the last one. Their performance has inclined with each match of the series while Pakistan's has declined, if Pak batting continued in the same way they'll certainly not go far in t20 WC, Ajmal alone can't save them.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on September 10, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    ok where do we start - for all anti-Arafat campaigners, looks like he might be one of the higest scorers with his 15 runs and also he took 2 wkts and was not as bad as Shoaib 'the so called experienced' Malik, secondly he actually helped Pak win the 2nd 20/20 with his direct throw and a well judged running catch, without him we would surely have lost this series - quite a useful club cricketer can show our international players a lesson. To all fellow premature Pakistan fans for Aussie bashing, I think even Ireland would have given a better display with their low ranked batting, how shameful was this? and those that said this game would be loss anyway for Pakistan, I bet you also knew how amazingly badly the loss would be? In my eyes the series is a tie, Pakistan can not confidently walk away after this display!

  • kc69 on September 10, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Looking at the 4 wickets that went down i believe Pakistan are going to be bowled out for their the lowest score ever

  • on September 10, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    To all the Aussies who will join us shortly, PAKISTAN DOESN'T TAKES T20 SERIOUSLY ;-)