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

Australia crush Pakistan by 94 runs


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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  • Cool 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Sharky 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Andrew 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.

  • mazen 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

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

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

  • vinit 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.

  • Michael 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.

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