Australia tour of United Arab Emirates, 3rd T20I: Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Sep 10, 2012
Australia won by 94 runs
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
10 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)

There you go, Razzaq is opening the bowling

Fahad: "I've been to see Razzaq in a few county games over the last few years... and I certainly wouldn't trust him with 4 overs. He is simply too slow now."

Ryan: "Looking at Pakistan squad, they should fix the top five batsmen into their positions permanently. They then have the options to juggle around with three good all rounders - Razzaq, Malik & Afridi at 6,7,8. This way it gives the the fire power in later stage of the innings. As the Sri Lanka pitches are apparently spin friendly, Pakistan only need one specialist bowler in Gul and Razzaq can be the other catalyst as and when required. He is experienced enough at this level to do both jobs and so is Afridi." Does the team management have enough confidence to trust Razzaq with four overs? He's hardly bowled this series, though he's delivered in the only over he's got.

Adil: "So the team selection suggests that both teams have taken safe route. I guess no team want to go to WC with a loss in thier last game. It will be interesting to see if Pak change their batting order and go with a better opener than the captain himslef, Kamran can be a good option."

Mohammad Akram, Pakistan bowling coach, on his approach: "A bowler should go through the physical and mental grind for two years in domestic cricket. He should also be taught to handle the media and should be groomed before he comes to the international level. We used to bowl for two hours at a stretch. Nowadays, players watch their videos and are happy to bowl for 15 minutes. We don't have as much talent now as we used to. I want talented youngsters to be given annual training programmes and I want to monitor them. I am confident we will unearth good talent, fast bowlers as well as spinners. As long as I am there, it should not be that a player is removed after playing one match. I want to guide a player how to react in various situations."

7.30 pm Pakistan win the toss again and will have a bowl

Mohammad Hafeez: "We have one change. Yasir Arafat is back and Sohail Tanvir is rested. We wanted to get the right momentum for the World T20 and the boys are responding well."

George Bailey: "We would have had a bat so that worked out well. Glenn Maxwell comes in for David Hussey. That [the second T20I] was the first time I have been involved in a Super Over."

7.15 pm Welcome to our coverage of the third and final Twenty20 international between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai. Two contrasting matches later, Pakistan have won the series. Can Australia win this one? No side would want to go into a world event having lost its previous series 0-3. Have a look at Dan Brettig's preview for the game.


Abdul Razzaq to Warner, no run, gentle length ball from over the stumps, patted away


Abdul Razzaq to Warner, no run, moves away across the left-hander from a length, worked back to the bowler


Abdul Razzaq to Warner, FOUR, a thick edge first ball, Razzaq has his hands on his head, making Warner drive with a pitched up ball that moved away enough to take the edge, race past the lone slip and beat third man's dive


Abdul Razzaq to Warner, no run, a leg-before appeal now, big one from the bowler, hit right in front of middle stump, on the knee roll, on the hop as he missed the work to leg, but that pitched clearly outside the leg stump


Abdul Razzaq to Warner, no run, solid start this from Razzaq, not much pace, but he's moved it around, kept it tight, this one is pitched up on the stumps, and is worked to leg


Abdul Razzaq to Warner, 2 runs, too much leg side and works it in front of square leg

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • DA Warner 6 (6b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 0 (0b)
    • Abdul Razzaq 1-0-6-0

Umar Gul now


Umar Gul to Watson, no run, zip and away swing first ball, widish delivery swerving away from a good length, Watson goes after it, cannot connect


Umar Gul to Watson, no run, this time he has him flailing outside the line, this ball has done the opposite, it has started slightly across outside off, and then nipped in after pitching on a length, beats the inside edge


Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, into the pads now from short of a length, worked behind square

Mazher Arshad is around: "This is only the 3rd time in history that Australia are playing dead-rubber against Pakistan after losing series. The previous two incidents came in 1982 when Australia toured Pakistan and lost both Test (3-0) and ODI (2-0) series."


Umar Gul to Warner, 1 run, fullish into the pads, and whipped in the air, deep square leg in place few metres in from the rope


Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, goes across, opens up to softly defend a short of a length ball on leg and takes one


Umar Gul to Warner, 1 run, Gul working up some pace, fullish into the stumps, Warner leans across to work to mid on, and beats the direct hit to the other end

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • DA Warner 8 (8b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2 (4b)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-4-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 1-0-6-0

Abdul Razzaq to Warner, 1 run, that kicked a bit from a good length, Warner checks his push from the crease, single is on to extra cover


Abdul Razzaq to Watson, no run, that looked a very good shout, full and catching him on the pads as Watson missed the flick, pitched around off, hit him in front of leg stump as it nipped in, some doubt with the angle


Abdul Razzaq to Watson, FOUR, smack! Watson breaks free in typical fashion, gets forward to a pitched up ball, reaches with the swing and deposits it cleanly straight down the ground


Abdul Razzaq to Watson, no run, was lining up the swing again, this one held its line from a good length, and he defended solidly to off


Abdul Razzaq to Watson, no run, tries to smash it down the ground again, wider line this time, mistimed off the inner part of the blade


Abdul Razzaq to Watson, 1 run, opens the bat late and runs a length ball down to third man

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 16/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • SR Watson 7 (9b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 9 (9b 1x4)
    • Abdul Razzaq 2-0-12-0
    • Umar Gul 1-0-4-0

Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, back of a length, cramping him as it moves in a bit, dropped towards point

Wasif: "going by the frequency and the relevance of the stats that mazher arshad pipes in with, he deserves to be on cricinfo payrolls." don't give him ideas


Umar Gul to Warner, SIX, Warner gets going now, shortish, he pulls off the front foot, from outside the crease, mows it over wide long on


Umar Gul to Warner, 1 run, Gul replies with a skiddy sharp bouncer into Warner, who pulls his head away and hooks it behind square leg


Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, tries the swat down the ground again, thick inside edge behind square leg


Umar Gul to Warner, 1 run, pings him on the glove, good delivery, short of a length, getting big on Warner, who tries to weave out of the line, it holds its line and takes glove to roll behind point


Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, Gul coming back superbly after that six, now he hurls in an inswinging yorker to Watson, who barely gets it away behind square leg

End of over 4 (11 runs) Australia 27/0 (RR: 6.75)

    • SR Watson 10 (12b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 17 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-15-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 2-0-12-0

Yasir Arafat to bowl


Yasir Arafat to Watson, 2 runs, some width first ball, cut late past a diving point, and they charge back for two


Yasir Arafat to Watson, 2 runs, more width, Watson slaps it to the left of mid off, Razzaq scrambles and manages to put in an awkward dive to take pace off the ball


Yasir Arafat to Watson, SIX, carted over deep midwicket, used the angle into him on the back of a length ball, fetching it from middle and heaving it into the stands


Yasir Arafat to Watson, no run, missed out this time, crashed a full delivery straight to mid on


Yasir Arafat to Watson, 1 leg bye, slower one, down the pads, nudged behind square


Yasir Arafat to Warner, 3 runs, pushed in the air, but right in the gap between cover and extra cover, lurches away from them before one of the slides near the rope to haul it back in

End of over 5 (14 runs) Australia 41/0 (RR: 8.20)

    • DA Warner 20 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 20 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • Yasir Arafat 1-0-13-0
    • Umar Gul 2-0-15-0

Here is Ajmal


Saeed Ajmal to Warner, no run, straightens off a length outside off, pushed to point


Saeed Ajmal to Warner, 1 run, fired into middle and leg from round the stumps, worked in front of square


Saeed Ajmal to Watson, no run, moves forward to work towards midwicket, the ball pops up to vacant forward short leg


Saeed Ajmal to Watson, no run, tried to make room and bash him through the off side, cramped for room as it skidded in, forced to covers


Saeed Ajmal to Watson, no run, backs away and opens the face to run it from middle, against the turn, wide of short third man


Saeed Ajmal to Watson, no run, Watson shuffling about in the crease looking to pull, the ball spins in and goes between his legs

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 42/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • SR Watson 20 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 21 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-1-0
    • Yasir Arafat 1-0-13-0

Obaid: "Bringing on a medium pacer when the two openers are set. Might as well offer them a steak with diet coke on the side."

Raza Hasan now, only one over for Arafat


Raza Hasan to Warner, no run, fired in flat to leg stump from over the wicket, rolls away


Raza Hasan to Warner, 2 runs, angled in full to leg again, flicked behind square leg, the throw is very close to the stumps from Arafat, right into Kamran's gloves, direct hit was needed


Raza Hasan to Warner, 3 wides, quick into the pads again, looked to have brushed the pad as he shouldered arms, they run as it is pulled back inside the fine leg rope, given wides


Raza Hasan to Warner, no run, tries to slog-sweep over midwicket, cannot connect with the full delivery angled in


Raza Hasan to Warner, no run


Raza Hasan to Warner, 1 wide, full, flat and fast down the leg side


Raza Hasan to Warner, 1 run, some flight, Warner comes down the track, and swings it hard to long on


Raza Hasan to Watson, 1 run, punched off the front foot to wide long off

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 50/0 (RR: 7.14)

    • SR Watson 21 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 24 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • Raza Hasan 1-0-8-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-1-0

Shoaib Malik to bowl now


Shoaib Malik to Watson, SIX, slog-swept first ball, tossed up on leg stump from round the wicket, Watson reaches out, and dismisses it high over deep midiwicket


Shoaib Malik to Watson, 1 run, lines up a big swing again, this one arrives quicker and fuller, hit down to long on


Shoaib Malik to Warner, 1 run, that has been steered to short fine leg, Warner moves around in the crease, becomes a right-hander, and runs the offbreak from outside his, now, off stump


Shoaib Malik to Watson, SIX, swatted, Malik pitches it shortish and flat now, some width too, Watson readies himself and bashes it flat over midwicket


Shoaib Malik to Watson, no run, full, swung back to the bowler, Malik threatens to throw it back at Watson


Shoaib Malik to Watson, SIX, oh dear, just got worse for Malik off the last ball, low full toss on the pads, Watson deposits it over deep midwicket once more, thank you very much

End of over 8 (20 runs) Australia 70/0 (RR: 8.75)

    • SR Watson 40 (27b 1x4 4x6)
    • DA Warner 25 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-20-0
    • Raza Hasan 1-0-8-0

Raza Hasan to Warner, SIX, they are coming from the other end now, Warner winds up and bursts into a slog sweep over deep square leg


Raza Hasan to Warner, no run, beaten on the cut with a quick one outside off


Raza Hasan to Warner, no run, worked to square leg


Raza Hasan to Warner, SIX, he's created so much momentum with his movement down the track, not to the pitch of the ball, but his swing takes it way behind the boundary at wide long on


Raza Hasan to Warner, SIX, faster they come, higher they go, full, Warner reaches out, picks it from way outside off, and launches it in front of square leg


Raza Hasan to Warner, 1 run, length, worked to midwicket

Raining slog-sweeps and slog-swats, whatever you call them, the ball is disappearing over wide long on and deep midwicket

End of over 9 (19 runs) Australia 89/0 (RR: 9.88)

    • DA Warner 44 (27b 1x4 4x6)
    • SR Watson 40 (27b 1x4 4x6)
    • Raza Hasan 2-0-27-0
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-20-0

Saeed Ajmal to Warner, SIX, hello, Warner has switch-slog-swept Ajmal over deep midwicket, incredible, he is ready with the right-hander's stance, and carts it with just too much power


Saeed Ajmal to Warner, 1 run, worked in front of square leg


Saeed Ajmal to Watson, SIX, another six, shortish from Ajmal, Watson is not quite in position for the pull even as it skids on, but still manages to pack enough power on the swing to cart it over wide long on, first time a batsman has made 50 this series


Saeed Ajmal to Watson, no run, tries to repeat the stroke, this one came on even quicker, and he ends up mishitting to off

Watson having a go at Ajmal


Saeed Ajmal to Watson, 1 run, absolutely crunched, absolutely crunched, down to long on


Saeed Ajmal to Warner, 1 run, slower through the air, outside off, turned softly to leg

End of over 10 (15 runs) Australia 104/0 (RR: 10.40)

    • DA Warner 52 (30b 1x4 5x6)
    • SR Watson 47 (30b 1x4 5x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-16-0
    • Raza Hasan 2-0-27-0

Yasir Arafat in the firing line now


Yasir Arafat to Warner, SIX, they are going after everything, flicked over wide long on for six now, walks down the pitch, again creates so much momentum that he does not need more than a flick to the length ball, and away it goes as it it has been clubbed


Yasir Arafat to Warner, 1 run, shortish, swatted in front of square leg


Yasir Arafat to Watson, no run, swinging in late, full, driven to extra cover


Yasir Arafat to Watson, OUT, relief for Pakistan and release for the crowd, Watson surprised as this short ball nipped back at his throat, ended up hooking weakly and short fine leg took the top edge

SR Watson c Umar Gul b Yasir Arafat 47 (47m 32b 1x4 5x6) SR: 146.87

More Mazher Arshad: "111- That's Australia's highest partnership in Twenty20I Cricket for any wicket. Previous best was earlier in the year, 108 between Watson and Hussey vs West Indies."

Maxwell gets a promotion


Yasir Arafat to Maxwell, 1 run, driven off the front foot to sweeper cover


Yasir Arafat to Warner, no run, slow length ball around middle and leg, nudged towards midwicket, bowler cuts off the single

End of over 11 (8 runs) Australia 112/1 (RR: 10.18)

    • DA Warner 59 (33b 1x4 6x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 1 (1b)
    • Yasir Arafat 2-0-21-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-16-0

Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, no run, shuffles across and works from middle to midwicket


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, no run, moves across again quite calmly, and runs it to short third man


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, no run, comes down the pitch, pushes to midwicket


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, no run, low loopy full toss, patted back to the bowler


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, no run, cannot get it away again, moves across and pushes to extra cover


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, 2 runs, down the track, beaten in the flight, but takes two off a thick outside edge behind point

End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 114/1 (RR: 9.50)

    • GJ Maxwell 3 (7b)
    • DA Warner 59 (33b 1x4 6x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-2-0
    • Yasir Arafat 2-0-21-1

Yasir Arafat to Warner, OUT, Hafeez is settling under the steepler and he takes it at point, Warner swinging hard at a length ball going across, thick edge flies high, and even though there is a fielder very close to him, Hafeez takes it safely

DA Warner c Mohammad Hafeez b Yasir Arafat 59 (53m 34b 1x4 6x6) SR: 173.52


Yasir Arafat to Maxwell, no run, wobbly full one, outside off, swings and mistimes it down the pitch


Yasir Arafat to Maxwell, FOUR, that has been scythed through extra cover, pitched up, width outside off, and he creams it off the front foot


Yasir Arafat to Maxwell, FOUR, another one, Maxwell continuing the attack, heaves a length ball from off through midwicket


Yasir Arafat to Maxwell, no run, yorker moves in full for the middle stump, jammed away to off, bowler fields


Yasir Arafat to Maxwell, 1 run, low full toss swung away to deep square leg

End of over 13 (9 runs) Australia 123/2 (RR: 9.46)

    • GJ Maxwell 12 (12b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 0 (0b)
    • Yasir Arafat 3-0-30-2
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-2-0

Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, 1 run


Mohammad Hafeez to Hussey, 1 run, quick, worked to vacant midwicket


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, SIX, he's given it everything, he really has, swivelled violently to the full ball and shovelled it high over deep square leg


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, 1 run, drills a very full one to long on


Mohammad Hafeez to Hussey, 1 run, worked to midwicket, man from the deep runs in


Mohammad Hafeez to Maxwell, 1 run, skips out, fetches it from wide outside off, does not get hold of it, dragged on the bounce to wide long on

End of over 14 (11 runs) Australia 134/2 (RR: 9.57)

    • GJ Maxwell 21 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (2b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-13-0
    • Yasir Arafat 3-0-30-2

Raza Hasan to Maxwell, 2 runs, straightens as he bowls slow on middle, worked through midwicket, the throw hits direct from the deep at the non-striker's, but Hussey has made it


Raza Hasan to Maxwell, FOUR, thumps a reverse-switch hit past short third man now


Raza Hasan to Maxwell, no run, tries to slog sweep, beaten by the slight turn and bounce outside off


Raza Hasan to Maxwell, OUT, connects with the slog sweep now, but finds deep midwicket who runs in and manages to hold on

GJ Maxwell c Nasir Jamshed b Raza Hasan 27 (14m 20b 3x4 1x6) SR: 135.00


Raza Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, quick on the stumps, worked past the bowler to long on


Raza Hasan to Bailey, no run, driven to a tumbling Hafeez at extra cover

End of over 15 (7 runs) Australia 141/3 (RR: 9.40)

    • GJ Bailey 0 (1b)
    • MEK Hussey 3 (3b)
    • Raza Hasan 3-0-34-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-13-0

Mohammad Hafeez to Hussey, 1 run, worked through midwicket, they are kept to one as Gul runs in from the deep


Mohammad Hafeez to Bailey, 2 runs, shuffles across and works it through square leg, they take the second this time, throw was wayward


Mohammad Hafeez to Bailey, no run, misses the sweep as he is struck on the pad


Mohammad Hafeez to Bailey, no run, going across on a length, slapped straight to extra cover


Mohammad Hafeez to Bailey, 1 run, whipped to deep midwicket


Mohammad Hafeez to Hussey, no run, misses the slog-sweep, inside edged into pad

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 145/3 (RR: 9.06)

    • MEK Hussey 4 (5b)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (5b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-17-0
    • Raza Hasan 3-0-34-1

Saeed Ajmal to Bailey, OUT, bowled 'em, tried the slog sweep, missed, Ajmal found middle with some sharp turn from round the wicket

GJ Bailey b Saeed Ajmal 3 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Saeed Ajmal to White, 1 leg bye, offbreak hits the pads and rolls square on leg as White misses with the bat


Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 4 byes, missed stumping surely, beats the batsman with flight and lots of turn, pitched leg stump, puff of dust as it zips across, Kamran cannot collect, have to wait for replays, yes, Hussey's back leg was in the air


Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, no run


Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, 1 run, cut away to sweeper cover


Saeed Ajmal to White, no run, patted back to the bowler

End of over 17 (6 runs) Australia 151/4 (RR: 8.88)

    • CL White 0 (2b)
    • MEK Hussey 5 (8b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-17-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-17-0

Umar Gul to Hussey, 1 run, full ball angled widish across the left-hander, drives hard but not far enough from extra cover


Umar Gul to White, no run, that moved in late and full, and he ended up pushing it straight back to the bowler


Umar Gul to White, OUT, Australia losing their way towards the end, White now heaves a pitched up ball straight to long on

CL White c Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Mazher Arshad: "Just when Saeed Ajmal passes Shahid Afridi's tally of 58 wickets, Umar Gul now joins Afridi at 58 wickets. These three are the leading wicket-takers in T20I Cricket."


Umar Gul to Hussey, no run, full and right on middle and leg, worked straight to midwicket


Umar Gul to Hussey, FOUR, slower ball, Hussey latches on, pulls it from outside off stump, off the front foot, flat and over midwicket


Umar Gul to Hussey, 2 runs, low full toss now on leg, worked through midwicket, the throw is at the bowler's end as they go for two, but Gul cannot collect the ball cleanly, would have been really tight otherwise

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia 158/5 (RR: 8.77)

    • MEK Hussey 12 (12b 1x4)
    • DT Christian 0 (0b)
    • Umar Gul 3-0-22-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-17-1

Nintan: "Australia are having a Pakistanesque collapse."


Saeed Ajmal to Christian, 1 run, sliding across wide from round the stumps, could have gone harder at that, guided through point


Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, no run, some effort that from the captain at extra cover, it is a flat hit from Hussey, the ball is dying on Hafeez as he dives forward, he takes it on the bounce, and rips the throw to Kamran, who seems surprised as the ball arrives, and hits him, Hussey scrambles back


Saeed Ajmal to Hussey, OUT, no, you can attack Ajmal successfully for only so long, he has the smile on now, cleaning Hussey up with a really quick faster one fired in on a length, Ajmal does a furious jig

MEK Hussey b Saeed Ajmal 12 (28m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71


Saeed Ajmal to Wade, no run


Saeed Ajmal to Wade, no run, cuts from off stump, backward point dives and stops the ball, throws it to the keeper, Wade has to dive back in now


Saeed Ajmal to Wade, 1 run, opens the face as he shuffles across and runs it behind point

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 160/6 (RR: 8.42)

    • MS Wade 1 (3b)
    • DT Christian 1 (1b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-19-2
    • Umar Gul 3-0-22-1

Umar Gul to Wade, 2 runs, full one sliced hard over covers for a couple as sweeper gets to it


Umar Gul to Wade, 2 runs, slices again, off a thick edge down to third man, Wade charges up for the second


Umar Gul to Wade, 1 run, low full toss hit down to long on

Mazher Arshad once again: " Even after going for 2 SIXES in an over, Saeed Ajmal finishes at 4-0-19-2."


Umar Gul to Christian, 2 runs, moving in a bit full, mishit to midwicket, it still fetches them two


Umar Gul to Christian, OUT, slow bouncer, and Gul has one more, Christian had a belated go at it, ended up thick-edging it to the keeper

DT Christian c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 3 (11m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Umar Gul to Cummins, 1 run, high full toss shovelled past extra cover for a single

Australia made 57 for 6 in 9.2 overs after the opening partnership was broken. Remarkable hitting from Warner and Watson, and remarkable fightback from Pakistan. Ajmal tormenting Australia till the very end of this tour then

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 168/7

    • PJ Cummins 1 (1b)
    • MS Wade 6 (6b)
    • Umar Gul 4-0-30-2
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-19-2





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