Australia v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Pakistan hold on in high-voltage game

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

March 23, 2014

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Pakistan 191 for 5 (Umar Akmal 94) beat Australia 175 (Maxwell 74, Finch 65) by 16 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Crowe: Australia don't have the spin game for this tournament

If ever proof was needed that Pakistan are world cricket's most mercurial side, take this match as exhibit A. Bilawal Bhatti's first over cost 30 runs, Pakistan dropped two catches in three balls, they conceded an 18-ball half-century to Glenn Maxwell and in their own innings stumbled to 25 for 2 in their fifth over. Oh, and they won. Comfortably, in the end. So relaxed was Mohammad Hafeez by the end that he trusted Bhatti with the final over, with Australia needing 23. They managed six.

This really was a split personality of a game. The fielding from both sides was poor, as was some of the bowling. But the striking from Umar Akmal and Maxwell was breathtaking, and a couple of wonderful overs from two of Pakistan's spinners, Zulfiqar Babar and Saeed Ajmal, meant more than Bhatti's dirty 30-run over. Perhaps the most important feature of the match was the lopsided nature of Australia's scorecard; nobody but Maxwell and Aaron Finch reached double figures.

Smart stats

  • Umar Akmal's 94 is the second-highest score by a Pakistan batsman in Twenty20 internationals. Ahmed Shehzad had made an unbeaten 98 against Zimbabwe in August last year.
  • In his last ten T20I innings, Umar has scored 337 runs at an average of 42.12 and a strike rate of 138.68, the best among Pakistan batsmen during this period.
  • Glenn Maxwell got to his half-century in 18 balls, which is the fourth-fastest in Twenty20 internationals. Only Yuvraj Singh, Paul Stirling and Stephan Myburgh have scored a half-century in fewer balls.
  • Maxwell's strike rate of 224.24 is the fourth-highest for an Australian batsman who's faced at least 25 balls in an innings.
  • The No. 4 batsmen from both teams were the top-scorers, and totalled 168 runs in the match, the highest by No. 4 batsmen in a T20I; the previous-highest was 164, by Ricky Ponting (98 not out) and Scott Styris (66) in the first ever T20I, in 2005.
  • Bilawal Bhatti went for 30 runs in the eighth over of the innings, the fourth-most expensive over in Twenty20 internationals. Stuart Broad (36 v India, 2007), Izatullah Dawlatzai (32 v England, 2012) and Wayne Parnell (32 v England, 2012) are the only bowlers to concede more runs in an over.

And yet while they were at the crease together, Australia rocketed into favouritism. Chasing 192, they had come together at 8 for 2 at the end of the first over, after Babar's quicker ball rattled David Warner's stumps and his turner caught the edge of Shane Watson's bat on the way through to Kamran Akmal. But from there, Maxwell and Finch lifted Australia to 126 for 2 in the 12th over, a position from which they could have and should have won.

Had Maxwell stayed there they would have. As he struck six after six with conventional strokeplay, it was hard to work out why he had tried to reverse-sweep Hafeez from the first ball of his innings. Nerves, perhaps. But when he stood still and played the ball on its merits, he was almost impossible to stop. He clubbed Hafeez over midwicket and square leg for two sixes in an over and struck another as Shahid Afridi leaked 15 in his first over.

Afridi seemed Scrooge-like compared to Bhatti, who was thumped for two consecutive sixes that brought Maxwell his half-century, the equal fastest in a T20 international by an Australia player. The record was set by David Warner, who struck an 18-ball fifty against West Indies in 2009-10 at the SCG, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and the LA Dodgers are playing Major League Baseball this week. Some of Maxwell's strikes belonged there.

He was put down on 70 by Ajmal in the deep - two balls earlier Kamran had failed to glove Finch's edge behind off Ajmal's doosra - but on 74 Maxwell fell when he picked out deep midwicket off the bowling of Afridi. And magically, the runs dried up. The rest of the Australians struggled to force the pace against Pakistan's spin; George Bailey was bowled by Afridi for 4 off nine balls and after Brad Hodge was well caught in the deep by Ajmal off Umar Gul, Ajmal got rid of the other main danger, Finch.

Australia needed 31 off the final three overs when Ajmal was given his last over, and it was a brilliant one. Finch, settled but still a little scratchy, was bowled by an Ajmal straight ball for 65 off 54 balls, and the over brought one run and one wicket. And, more or less, one Pakistan victory. Because 30 off two overs was too much for Australia's lower order; Gul and Bhatti picked up wickets and there was a run out, and Australia were bowled out from the last ball for 175.

It meant that Umar Akmal's batting had not been in vain. That Pakistan reached 191 for 5 was a remarkable effort given that they were struggling at 25 for 2 in the fifth over. But the Akmal brothers combined to give Bailey a headache for the next three quarters of an hour.

They scored at 11.29 during their 96-run partnership and although Kamran has an excellent record against Australia it was Umar who really did the damage this time. Powerful through and over midwicket, especially during an 18-run over from part-time spinner Finch, who was twice dispatched dismissively over deep midwicket, Umar was also able to rocket the ball down the ground straight back past the bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Kamran struck four fours during his run-a-ball 31 but the partnership ended when he tried to lift a cut over deep point off Coulter-Nile but was well taken by Warner running around on the boundary. Coulter-Nile picked up a second wicket when he yorked Sohaib Maqsood for 5, but Umar remained at the crease and seemed destined to become the first Pakistan batsman to reach a century in a Twenty20 international.

That was not to be. In the final over of the innings, on 94 from 53 balls, he tried to clear the long-on boundary off Mitchell Starc and was caught in the deep by Maxwell. A quick unbeaten 20 from Afridi helped Pakistan to 191 for 5, but the Australians were left wondering what could have been had they been a little less sloppy in the field.

Umar had been dropped on 22 when he lifted Coulter-Nile to deep square leg and Brad Hogg put down a catch that was coming to him at pace, but should have been taken comfortably. Afridi was also put down by Hodge at point and Kamran was grassed by Doug Bollinger at short fine leg, although the umpire called a no-ball against the bowler Shane Watson in any case.

Bollinger's first international for two and a half years had started more promisingly - he struck in the second over of the match when Ahmed Shehzad top-edged a pull and was caught by Bollinger himself. When Hafeez played on off Watson in the fifth over, Australia could dream of a small chase. In their dreams.

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Posted by ScottStevo on (March 27, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Sorry, Jagger, but in limited overs cricket S Watson is just about the first name on the team sheet. He should only EVER bat 1, 2 or 3. That's a weird sample selection, mate. As Homer J Simpson once said, "You can use statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that!" Explain to me how Watson isn't good enough when he averages 47 in his last 8 tests? He averages 38 from his last 4 ODIs and 2 of those innings were ducks! He averages 42 from his last 9 ODIs! He averages 32 @130SR from his last 14 T20Is. Looking at those stats, what are you complaining about?!

Posted by Jagger on (March 27, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

I thought it was clear, but just in case there remains any confusion - no I do not like Watson the cricketer with a pea heart at all - No, I have not missed a series in 30+ years I even flew from Shanghai to Hong Kong specially to watch Oz v SL on the Downunder bar's telly - No one more disappointing? Not with his talent there hasn't been - Never said drop him from limited overs cricket, only from tests, but in any form of cricket he should NOT be batting in the top 3. In fact, make it the top 5.

Perhaps you should help me by explaining why he averages 14.37 across the most recent 2 Tests, 2 ODI's and 3 T20i's for his past 8 international innings for me (he got another start in the prior innings and failed once again to go on with it), I am very interested to see how you can reconcile that record rather than what happened 5 years ago. Before he chose IPL over his country.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 27, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

@Jagger, obviously you missed when he was the player of the tournament in a previous edition of the T20WC and he single handedly won us every single game by destroying spinners and pacers alike. It's plain to see you don't like the bloke, and I agree that he's been disappointing as his talents appear wasted, though a lot of what you're stating is purely your opinion of Watson. I've seen him build beautiful innings, especially in 09 when we threw him to the lions after Hughes was dropped. Also, you've got that completely wrong as in ODI's early wickets are ALWAYS what teams are looking for. It's a little difficult to be bowling economically when you're in powerplay. Also, you can't replace Watson with a batsman, especially so in limited overs cricket. If he's the most disappointing player you've seen in a baggy green, I'm thinking you aren't old enough to have witnessed some of our sides back in the day when we were truly poor!

Posted by Jagger on (March 27, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Yeah that wasn't the reason I was told and if it is as you explained I would be very, very surprised. I don't regard him as a middle order batsman either - 6, 7 or 8. Your stats are all based upon facing pace bowling at the top of the order. He won't get that in T20 on the Indian subcontinent anymore. Pakistan opened with 2 spinners and got him in the first over. Breathtakingly predictable. I just think he is more suited batting at the death vs pace. He could do a lot of damage with a clear head and a licence to throw the bat. He stuffs around too much when he bats higher. Both Maddinson and Lynn would be better. Watching him trying to build an innings is painful to watch. That pad is a target. Furthermore, opening the batting in one day cricket is the best place to build up an average. Most of the time they're not even trying to get you out but to stop you scoring. No, I stand by everything I said about Watson. He's the most disappointing player I've seen in a Baggy Green.

Posted by ious on (March 27, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

It is good thing that Umar Akmal is in great form and this thing will helpful for Pakistan in the next matches but Hafeez has to play a positive cricket!!Congrates and best of luck team PAKISTAN!

Posted by Meety on (March 27, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

@ScottStevo on (March 25, 2014, 9:01 GMT) - I agree, there is nothing to suggest (bar a few lusty innings in Tests this summer), that Watto is anything but a top order batsmen in the short forms. @Jagger on (March 25, 2014, 7:00 GMT) - the reality with Watto is that he got a run at the top of the order because Oz's middle order was way too strong (2009) for him to slot in. Watto has been a long time under achiever, but a large share of that is due to injuries disrupting his career, coupled with (IMO) an overeagerness to slot him straight back into the side before he has got his eye back in FC cricket. His ODI stats make him one of the best allrounders ever, & that was achieved by batting at the top of the order coupled with good economical medium pace. He has done nothing in short forms in the middle of the order.As an opener he averages near 45 - with a S/R of 90, he has barely batted 25 times below #3 out of 150 innings.

Posted by Jagger on (March 26, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

When Watson fails at 1, 2 or 3, the whole team is like a punctured tyre. Then what happens next is Maxwell thinks he can happily tonk away because he's done enough when he hasn't and it permeates through. I think Watson is a cancer in the team. George needs to grip him but he can't because he can least afford any bad blood against him. That's why he's useless too. Clarke gripped him and look what happened. Mickey Arthur lost his job and Clarke, not Watson, got hammered in the press. I see the senior blokes making faces and shaking their heads when Watson and Maxwell are dismissed. So much talent, so little heart.

When he was younger everyone said give him time to bloom. Well, he bloomed for about 5 minutes and that was in the IPL.

Posted by FahadSiyal on (March 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

well done Pakistan i love t20 world cup

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 25, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

@Jagger, I respectfully disagree. If we were discussing test cricket, I'd find it difficult to refute those claims (although I still believe that we can still get good use of Watson in tests.) However, in limited overs cricket, Watson has been one of our best and in T20Is, undoubtedly our best batsman. In T20 Watson at 6 is a complete waste of time. Opening or 3 is exactly where he should be...

Posted by majboor on (March 25, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

HOPE, Pakistan doesn't get carried away by the win.Same tradition Afridi& Akmal Bailing out Pak.Infact its a miracle win & these things always happen to Pak team.What is the lesson Pak will get out of this.Bowling coach is really a dumb Master.If things are not sorted out by the Pak benefeciaries it is just a matter of another Game.The Foremost thing for Pak Team is to get Overseas Specialist Batsmens.You can't heavily depend on Akmal & Afridi.Had pakistan been chasing 191against Australia in the same Match?Pak Team Should have Lot of Scripts.

Posted by Jagger on (March 25, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

@ ScottStevo - Admire your comments generally but agree 100% with disco bob in this case. Watson is not a number 3. Should be dedicated limited overs player batting 6, 7 or 8. He is an allrounder, yet refuses to bowl 4 overs at full pace! Except of course if he's playing IPL - that's a another story. FACT: He only got a run up the order on potential in a weak side & to hide his deficiency facing spin. He has not fulfilled the faith invested in him. With the amount of cricket he has been given he should be dominating now (whereas in reality it seems he seems all washed up). He will make one big score every series to save his own career but generally a failed project.

Posted by hansieyoyo on (March 24, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

Team for next game against BD in batting order: - Afridi - Sharjeel - Hafeez - Umer - Kamran - Fawad - Bilawal - Rahman - Umer Gul - Babar - Ajmal

Posted by kahvas on (March 24, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

Its funny to see some Aussies saying T20 is not that important after losing. Had they won, which they will in some other encounters they're not going to speak the same language. If T20 is not that important why are aussie fans watching them and why hasnt Australia fielded their B level team. Please change your normal behavior and give credit where its due.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

pakistan need to play in same style aggresive cricket post a good total and the defend it .pakistan are capable of beating any twam in the world.inshallah we will get to the semis

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 24, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

India may have peaked too soon while Pak just gaining momentum. With India the last 7 players have not even got batting chance. Dhoni if wins the toss, just for the sheer testing should opt for batting for this sake. I would say Australia, SA, NZ are the teams to watch out. Although India has beaten Pak, it's all fair and square now India, Pak and SL have equal chance.

Posted by hansieyoyo on (March 24, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Based on how T20 works and knowing of Pakistan weakness - Pakistan batting should start with attack and keep attacking and consolidate in end. someone mentioned, the ball is hard and easier to clear the rope in the first 10 overs - plus - first 5 overs of fielding restrictions - hence use power hitters in beginning

Hence, first 4/5 batsman can attack with Hafeez and Fawad/Misbah to prove as anchor and get some runs on board, if things go bad in early attack. We need players like Misbah/Fawad in team since they have a cool head and they are pretty dangerous hitters too.

You need solid spin attack to win this world cup. With Ajmal, Rahman, Babr, Hafeez & Afridi you have that with Hafeez/Afridi being frontline attack batsmen and Rahman who can hit as well. I think Umar Gul and Bilawal are only fast bowlers needed and both can swing their bats too. No need for geniune fast bowler in Bangladesh conditions unless you had a top performing one which Junaid is not at this point.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

gudluck team pakistan

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 24, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

@disco_bob, if not our best T20 batsman at 3, then who??? Honestly, this Watson hating stuff is overboard. He's been by far our best T20 batsman...What doesn't instill me with any confidence is a long time contributor posting ludicrous comments like that.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

pak can easily beat any team... I had a feeling pre_match, that pak would grab it.... but dont kniw why they take india as they are playing with allians. pak still have better record against india in all formate of game. they used to beat india when india had SOURAV...TENDULKAR...DRAVID...LAXMAN...yet pakistan uses to beat them comfortably. ...... now india have better players but not good as those players who do I mention in the above.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

That's why Pakistan is such a special team in T20

Posted by mattandy on (March 24, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

IMO, Pak and Subcontinent teams for that matter have to win against each other to win this world cup. The teams like England, Australia, NZ and WI are not well equipped against subcontinent spinners and conditions to compete against them. South Africa on the other hand has a better understanding and also they have Dale Steyn. Among subcontinent teams India is in better position because of their batting. Their batsmen have the knowledge and understanding to handle the subcontinent spinners and conditions as well. Pakistan may win against the foreign teams but they will be beaten by the subcontinent teams at the end. The Pak batsmen may have talents but do not have the consistency to win against Sl or India and or may be against Bangla team as well(provided Bangla Team does not implode every other match). Although I'm a South African i do not think SA will be able to handle subcontinent spinners but they surely give you a good fight. At the end India or SL will prevail & win the Cup!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

hope it continues for Pakistan.. I m still worried for Pakistan batting

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

My Team would be with this batting order, 1 warner, 2 Finch, 3 Hodge, 4 Maxwell, 5 Bailey, 6 Watson, 7 Faulkner, 8 Hadin, 9 M Starc, 10 MuirHead, 11 Bollinger Best playing 11

Posted by disco_bob on (March 24, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Whether Test or T20, Watson is not someone who inspires confidence coming in at 3

Posted by DylanBrah on (March 24, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Wasn't Hogg completely useless in the previous world cup? Now he is given another chance? I think Muirhead was doing a fine job, but was axed for no apparent reason... If your good enough you're old enough.

Posted by dineshjethi on (March 24, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

It seems to be you are over driving. I see Pakistan in the final but not so sure about India because right now India are chasing but what happened when they will have to defend the score, may be it is in the semi-final then who say? Pakistan is a gifted side and when they play without any fear factor in their mind, nobody can stop them

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Indian bowling is coming good in this tournament and being a Pakistani I m fearing an Indo-Pak final would result into an indian win because in batting, if we score 180, than we stand a chance against India and similarly if we bowl first, we must contain them inside 170 mark which would b highly unlikely n difficult In case its an Indo*Pak final It will be 75-25 in Indian court

Posted by Practical_person on (March 24, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Things seem to be topsy-turvy at the moment - Pakistan is batting well and bowling average and India is bowling well and batting average.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 24, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

@cdeeky: You are contradicting yourself buddy. You just said based on how WI played against India they cannot beat Pakistan. But I am sure you also saw the Ind-Pak game. Then how can you say Pak are the clear favorite if the two teams meet in the final?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

wondering what purpose does Malik serves in this team. A team that doesnot select its combination on merit can never become a champion team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

group A India pak and group b srilanka in semifinal.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

End was again a nail biting, pressure, tension and tension for all the nation, but it was ended well. Good Job Greet shirts.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Pakistan need to play their natural game. Their loss to India was more for their undue hype, mental pressure of public and fear factor than opponents good game. Australians are better team than India, yet, Pakistan outplayed them due to free flow of the game without the fear factor. Well done Captian & Pakistan Team. Keep it up.

Posted by cdeeky on (March 24, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@ it seems that you are day dreaming. You have seen standard of bowling and batting of WI against India therefore how you can hope WI may upset Pakistan.

I see Pakistan and India meeting again in the Finals - a great game to watch with Pakistani a clearly favorites.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Full credit to Hafeez for taking the gamble to let Zulfiqar Babar bowl the first over instead of himself...had Warner or Watson also fired, we were toast...all in all, a good performance by the undisputable champions of mystery, but I still feel had Razzaq been in the team, we would have been better.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

once again a top notch game of cricket of almost two equally matched teams overall. had Pak played sharjeel instead of shoaib and junaid in place of bhatti would have given a more easy win. Pak should bring in these two changes for the future matches to make their chances healthy for qualifying into semi's.

Posted by mohsinj on (March 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

be scared india, Aussies are gonna take full advantage of your bowling attack

Posted by Vicky_22 on (March 24, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

Luckily Pak won this match...but it won't make into semis sure...note down now... coz it will thrashed badly in the hand of West Indies... For Semi final teams are India, West Indies, Srilanka & South Africa

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

kindly drop shoaib malik and bring sharjil khan. then see the scoring rate.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Australians fielding was not good.

Especially from HADDIN. he caused 15 plus runs. he is also not a game finisher. he needs to be sacked.

bowling areas should be improved.

there were no line and length balls like McGrath and Bret lee.

need to improve a lot to gain the trophy.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Pakistan team is most mercurial side in the cricket world.

Posted by Tinybaba on (March 24, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

Hi missionbegins2011, How can you say this is a fluke ? Pakistanis were better than Aussies in all three departments during the match hence they won. On the other hand batting of Maxwell was sheer luck where he should have been out first ball reverse sweeping. Pakistanis are good enough to get rid of all the so called T20 experts of Australia cheaply and that was the reason for their victory. I predict that Aussies will lose India and West Indies match without any doubt and will not be in the semis. Take my work for that. Sorry big bash boys ! ! !

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

Bangladesh will qualify for 2nd round sure....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

I feel like we should have included Misbah ul Haq in our squad. No matter what format we play, he is our best batsman by a country mile. A consistent, reliable performer. HE can hit sixes when he wants to. In a fast, frenetic game of t20 cricket, you need a calm and reassuring head like Misbah's to guide in an innings. India has MS Dhoni, SA has Hashim Amla. By not including Misbhah, Pakistan are shooting themselves in the foot here.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Wow...It was extraordinary Game and Pakistan Won. Looking at both Australia and Pakistan ; from this group they will move to next stage. India though won first too matches pure on some poor batting performances by Pk and WI but I do not see they can beat Australia while Bangladesh will be a tough customer for their childish bowling attack. Pakistan seems clearing to semi final with 2 easy custodians WI and Bangladesh considering world's best bowling strength while seeing their batsmen now firing. Best of luck Pakistan and See u in final to win T20.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

It was a cracker and the game of nerves - Pakistan kept the nerves and were rewarded with a deserved win. With the two contrasting games, Pakistan should contemplate now on the weaknesses of other teams especially the Windies, it is good to have the last game against them as Pakistan will be exactly knowing what they require to do to enter in the Semis. From here on it seems that Australia will lose one more game, either to India or the West Indies. India seem to be winning all group games and Bangladesh seem to lose all its games, in this case scenario Pakistan vs West Indies game will be the decider for the second semi finalist from this group, which I feel Pakistan will be the team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

ok guys it was pakistan's luck that maxwel got out.maybe aussies were lucky that they gpt hafeez's wicket early otherwise 230+ on the board was must.anf indians are buying matches.thwy must stop celebrating.otherwise its the same bowling attack they were hammered out and inside india.listen so called big 3s you can only dream about the major trophies except you buy them.

Posted by dineshjethi on (March 24, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Pakistan should dropped Bhatti and bring Sohail Tanvir into the squad. Bring in Sharjil Khan and Out: Shoaib Malik is a spent force. Silly mistakes, Pakistan team management is doing right at the moment.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

@missionbegins2011 Note it Bangladesh will going to beat Australia ;)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

Australia had almost won but Saeed Ajmal's Last over was turning point !

Posted by vefa on (March 24, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

pak did well, but pak should learn form the mistakes they did in these 2 games. Pak should have brought one extra batsman with them in the squad. Good luck greens.

Posted by dineshjethi on (March 24, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. A win without any peremptorily approach. It is sheer luck and not class. Pakistan stun the formidable Aussies. History goes down scripting Pakistan victory. Saeed Ajmal is world class bowler and Pakistan relied heavily upon him to deliver otherwise it is just a cattle class bowling performance of Pakistan. But at the end of the day it's celebration time for Pakistan team.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (March 24, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

A fluke victory by PAK, they were really lucky that Maxwell got out. Still no assurance of a next round seat for them, cause AUS is going to come really hard now at other teams. IND already has one foot in the next round & with WI not looking so great, i think AUS will be the second team to qualify from this group

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 24, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

pakistan should pick kamran akmal even in one day and test squad, akmal brothers are the only batsman in pakistan

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

What Ozs Were Lacking in Their Bowling Department Was Short pitch Deliveries Every body knows That Pakistanis are not Good Pullers or hookers But The Bowlers Were going For Full Pitched Deliveries or Full Tosses. May Be Short Boundary Was Playing in Their Mind Really They were Not Prepared To face Pakistan who always delivers When They are Pushed Back To wall. Ozs Should Play One More Spinner or Fast Bowling Should be according To plan. Pakistan should Rest Bilawal Bhatti and Bring Back T20 Specialist Sohail Tanveer and Sharjeel Should come in place Of Sohaib Maqsood West indies will not be a walk in the Park.

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 24, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

australlia missed faulkner

Posted by Rajiv007 on (March 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

We want IND Vs PAK of luck Pak brothers.... Indian fan.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

What a game! This high scoring game was a thrill to watch. At one point it seems Aussis are gonna win but Pakistan bowlers did the job.

Posted by karnamgiridhar on (March 24, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Well Saeed Ajmal is the only bowler I rate very high for his intelligence and consistency. In fact he is the best off spinner in he world currently. Rest are all mediocre, sheer running and throwing. Umar Gul has been I for a long time but never posed danger to any team Right? Afridi always relies on his stars, it may be his day or not. On the other hand, supposed to be "weak bowling attack", India has been doing good so far. Bhuvi produced the most economical T20 spell against a brutal hitting WI.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

What Pakistan needs is opening from hafeez and kamran in next game Against spinners both r lethal and aggressive and can score 45 runs in PP against WI spinners Than shehzad umar and maqsood can come accordingly Against WI, Pak should bat first n try to score 165 and the game will be thrz for sure Against BD they should opt to field and restrict them under 170

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 5:53 GMT)

Australia plays outstanding cricket in their first 12 overs of batting. but once Pakistan hold their nerves they came back through spin, and an umar gul over. it was a comparative match, that the important thing. I think dropping catches cost Australia. before start of match it was Australia only to win it.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

Let's not kid ourselves that this is a larger indictment of teams unable to play on turning tracks.One its not.Its T20 and one defeat doesnt make any team terrible backyard heroes or anything in that order.Australia self destructed in the field and with bat especially in the 18 th over by Ajmal.Should have just milked him for 6-7 runs without taking chances knowing fully well faster men had to finish up the overs.Instead they tried to slog him lost the important wicket and got only a run.Though selection has improved for Tests ,ODI and T20 selection leaves a lot to be desired.Too many passengers in the team.Same comment I made in SA t20s.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

Lolz.... @ Birdz_eye > You mean it Pakistan players are not capable to play the third class bowling attack. They should play and practice with those playing teams like Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Gini, etc. because it is all known pakistan players are not defend indian bowling attack anymore anywhere and may be this scenario will continue in all coming future. Mr. Supporter please advice your team to make practice to play so called third class indian bowling (like) attack and themselves expertise...

Posted by Meety on (March 24, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Pakistan really is a mystery - terrible one game, world beaters the next. Oz were cruising to a victory, but Pakistan snatched it away from us.

Posted by Razvi_Cricinfo on (March 24, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

After the Glenn Maxwells blistering innings which brings the requires runrate to 7.5 Everyone decided that its Aussies Match.. but then Entered the most senior pakistani cricketer LALA to dismiss MAXWELL & BAILEY in his spell and the ajmals stunning catch at the end brought back the confidence in Pakistan Team & Got the result.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 24, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4. Australia can rest their players in the all coming matches and prepare for next WC. lol. Accept your defeat, kid.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

i dont know y the hell people are underestimating india.they have been bowling good and surely are favourites to win.pakistan as always hit wonder.they wont go beyond group stage

Posted by UbairKash on (March 24, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

Congritulations to Pak team. It was really a thriller. Pak put a huge total on the board and took two wickets in the first over, everyone was thinking this is allover but then Maxwell came in who had different ideas. He blasted Pak bowling along with Finch. He made 15 nd 30 runs of Afridi nd Bhatti respectively. Then it was a revenge time and Afridi got him and Bailey with a Beauty. Afridi first nd then Ajmal showed their class and took the match away from Aussies. Beauty of the match was Umar nd Maxwell really!!!!! With this win Pak stay in the tournament which is good nd I hope they will keep doing like this....BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN! !!!!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 24, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

After the heights of achievement recently this tourney-or this loss-hardly matters to Aussies.They were out to have good time of it-Maxwell-and let result take care it self-or luck you can say.Aus have rested their * players for more imp. ventures later.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

Aussie is out of t20

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 3:42 GMT)

if pak batted properly they could have beaten India... indian death still a problem.. thing is it is nit exposed bcz of the genious of mishra.. take mishra out India has a problem. . sir need step up... drop shami & bring in Aaron. . even though he went wrong in Bangladesh. .. he is the man to get those fast Yorkers in... shami is no more good

Posted by QASIM_cricket on (March 24, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

I have no words to write because the feelings cannot be written. In the chase when Australia were looking unstoppable and Pakistani bowlers with there all respect in the cricketing world were looking ordinary i felt, its the end for PAKISTAN Cricket. The nation which is united due to this sport and cricket lives within there blood, there was every reason for there supporters to be in a heart breaking situation. After there loss against India and then unable to restrict Aussies, this was the most grief moment for there fans. But then what happened was what this team is known for"come back". But what a come back that was. It lifted the whole Nation again. The Nation which believe in One GOD, this was the come back which raised there Faith once again. Once again they start living and believing. I believe for the years to come, cricket will be a binding and an uplifting factor for the PAKISTANI NATION because whenever we see this kind of performance from the men in Green Our Faith lifts

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

I turned the TV off after the 12th over as I decided to get an early night for work the next day and thought that Australia would have this won by the 18th over. If only I stayed up another 5 minutes!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Pakistan is again going to make history . Review the both world up that Pakistan have won after loosing first match they rocked .. Thanks to the both teams , a high entertaining match :-)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

very well played by akmal brother,s

Posted by Mushy112 on (March 24, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

By posting 191 runs and taking two wkts in da ist ovr, we thought it was all over for Bailey and co but Maxwell had other ideas. At da end of da day, Ajmal and Afridi had da last laugh.

Posted by birdz_eye on (March 24, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

hahaa loved to see the optimism of Indian fans to see India Pakistan final. Mean they think India are already in the finals what a joke. India have not been tested in T20 pressure yet & so far their tactics of play safe with spinners & chase have worked. I am sure other sides have picked them up till now. I don't see India reaching beyond semi finals. Even to reach semis they still have to go through Australia & Bangladesh who would also fancy their chances against third line bowling attack of India. So May the proving side win the WC not ICC's baby boy!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 2:26 GMT) the best team in the world

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

@Stark62- Only raw power doesn't win you matches, You need proper technique and finesse to keep the scoring board ticking and dude you certainly don't follow IPL that's why ypu don't know anything abt raina..He's the second batsman after Gayle to hit more sixes in IPL.. And Kohli is the most tactically brilliant batsman on the planet who knows when to step up the scoring rate and when to play safe..That's why he's so consistent.. India gonna win this tournament for sure..

Posted by Charindra on (March 24, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

Typical Pakistan! Abysmal yet brilliant on the same day.

Posted by Living_It on (March 24, 2014, 2:05 GMT)

Australia blew it. They really should have won it from there. Shows the importance of having Faulkner in the side, with him coming in at 8 i would have backed in Australia still

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 24, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

Well done to Pakistan they played some good cricket. As for Australia think this game was sloppy, there usual high fielding standards was very ordinary. The wicket keeping was very ordinary and the running between wickets wasn't great either. These are the elements that usually give Australia the edge. In T20 if you are off your game you will lose however still a long way to go in the tournament.

Posted by oscoli67 on (March 24, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

good to see Australia's youth policy getting the rewards they deserve, 43 yrs old, can't catch, getting dragged after 3 overs of being carted round the park, 39 years old, can't catch, out for 2 when the pressure's on...... They say the future's bright.

Posted by qadir49 on (March 24, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

I love Pakistan the great team of world.There is no cricket without Pakistan.

Posted by greenandgold_crickets_bogans on (March 24, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

So Australia are still relying on a couple of players to hold their team together... well I never. In the sub continent they don't have the bowlers to beat local teams, and once maxwell or finch fail they don't have the batsmen either. Amazing how quickly the arrogance re-appears.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 1:50 GMT)

I was absolutely high voltage match. just wanna say if pak haven't got any substitute of malik thn he should bowl too as he can bowl very well n im sure wickets of Bangladesh will help him.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 1:02 GMT)

For God's Sake Drop Shoaib Malik And Give A Chance To Sharjeel Khan.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 24, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

@jb633, for the second day in a row you have nothing substantial to post other than commenting on a poster. Good for you. Cheers....

Coming back to the topic, isn't this an overseas tour for SA and Australia? They were beating teams on their home pitches or on pitches similar to their home pitches. So, stop gloating and/or crying and take it on the chin when people question the credentials of those two teams when they have to play in conditions different from their home. Simple!

Posted by badyon on (March 24, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

Bailey needs to be held solely accountable. Woeful captaincy - bowls Finch at a crucial stage and then doesn't bowl Maxwell at all? Comes in when Australia are in an overwhelmingly winning position and then bogs the whole innings down? He is good for nothing, and needs to be sacked immediately. Next in line for sacking is Invers, playing 4 seamers are you kidding me?

Team for WI match - Finch, Watson, Maxwell, Hodge, Warner, Faulkner, Christian, Haddin, Starc, Hogg, Muirhead.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 24, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

A strangely unAustralian game from Australia. They played like Pakistan, and Pakistan played like Pakistan as well. So a lot of sloppy fielding and slogging.

Boof and co are pretty clued in. They won't allow this kind of poor fielding and bowling two games in a row.

Australia have a very good team, however, and should win at least two of their next three games, if not all. I can't see them playing this badly again. Really, with so many gun bats in the team, all but one or two had to fail for Australia to lose. And I don't think that will happen too often - especially if Faulkner comes back into the team.

In the end this is T20. Anyone can win on the day. And this was a bad day at the office for Australia.

Posted by LoungeChairCritic on (March 24, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. The best team on the day won. It took some guts to come back into the game after Maxwell's innings. At least Australia made a game of it after bowling and fielding badly. We have had a wonderful 6 months so we eventually had to have a loss. Maxwell is a special talent who I think should be playing test match cricket. He proved that he can play the longer format in last two shield innings for Victoria. When we go to Dubai latter in the year to play Pakistan our batting order should be Warner, Rogers, Smith, Clarke, Maxwell, Watson. Smith is batting at 3 in the current shield final v WA. I think Smith is a flexible enough batsmen to make number 3 work for him.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 24, 2014, 0:26 GMT)

Ajmal overrated, still went for nearly 10 an over.

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 24, 2014, 0:26 GMT)

Weird to see Pakistan fast bowling, a few months ago they only had left hand bowlers now they are right handed. Pathetic bowling, fieliding and batting by Austrailia. If not for Maxwel they would have lost it long time ago. can you believe only 2 players in double figures? One thing is for sure the favourite team who can win this Cup cannot have Shoaib Malik in the side. Pathetic player and pathetic person.

Posted by popcorn on (March 24, 2014, 0:17 GMT)

Australia have a toothless bowling attack. Neither pace,nor spin. I never did like Doug Bollinger for his bowling - absolutely wrong choice in place of Mitchell Johnson. In the ENTIRE MATCH, I did not see ONE wicket -taking delivery. Wickets fell because of mistakes by the Pakistani batsmen,not because it was a good ball. No point having a fearsome batting order when the run chase that was set up by the Aussie bowlers (note what I am saying - the run chase was NOT set up by the Pakistani batsmen)was far too big for this fearsome batting line-up to chase down.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (March 24, 2014, 0:13 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. Hafeez & co. deserve all the praise especially after the fiasco (against India) to bounce back and derail the Australian juggernaut. Ominous signs for opposition (forthcoming matches - Pakistan firing on all cylinders) ! The "Barmy Army" must have cheered ( for first time during last Australian summer ) !!!!! Good luck Pakistan, play hard the GREAT SPORTS, give it your best shot. Power to you !

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 23:59 GMT)

That was one amazing game , the thing that stood out for me is not the performances but Pakistan ability keep their cool when Australia was turning it on . If this game was played a year or two back we could have see Pakistan crumble under the pressure but this time Pakistan held it together which is great to see. Something has changed for the good , good luck to the Pakistan team . SL fan !!

Posted by whocareswhowins on (March 23, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Deserved victory. They were much more relaxed today, and the result shows. They should be able to qualify comfortably for the semis. India have been lucky with the toss, given the dew factor in the evening games. Yuvraj is hopelessly out of form; should be replaced by Rahane. Maybe Yuvraj will prove me wrong. India cannot afford to be complacent. They should have tried to improve their NRR today, but failed. How costly will that be?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 23, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

It would be a surprise if Aussie batsmen can put bat to ball against Amit Mishra. These are not those one dimensional doctored pitches one would find in Aus, SA and England. Proper challenging tracks - something for everybody - batsmen, spinners and pacers. What a relief that cricket is atlast being played on fair sporting pitches.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (March 23, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

I want to say well done to Pakistan for winning the game, but really Australia played poorly. I think once Ajmal, Afridi and Gul worked out that the Aus batsmen were literally always going to try to hit toward the short boundary regardless of where the bill pitched it was game over for Australia. It was a good tactic against dozing Eng and SA sides but Pak woke up to it and now everyone else will too. I'm a bit confused about Finch's and Bailey's innings - did they not know we were chasing 9 an over? Not sure why Bailey elected to bowl first and some of his bowling changes were questionable.

Posted by CSpiers on (March 23, 2014, 23:27 GMT)

Aus should have won this easily after maxwell and finch, very disappointed.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 23:23 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan on beating the world's most over rated and over hyped side at the moment. After some big hitting that luckily came off partly due to an early dropped catch, not more than 2 Aussies of this "mighty" line up got into double figures. The arrogant Warner has once again proved ineffective in the subcontinent and it was good to see him walk off the field with his tail between the legs. Crumbling spectacularly against spin, Aussies made 58-8 in their last 10 overs. Not many teams are going to be bowled out in this tournament on basically flat tracks that offer a bit of assistance to the spinners, but the "powerful" "mighty" and (self) "destructive" Aussies can take pride in have achieved just that. Looking forward to more drubbings. Heartiest congratulations to Pakistan once again.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 23:20 GMT)

Pakistan gives u d most thriling games. They can loose from winning position and they can also win from nowhere. Just like they did today. Amazing. I hope d Pick good Side for remaining games. Not sure why d drop Junaid . Next match drop Bhatti and Malik for sharjeel and Junaid

Posted by JG2704 on (March 23, 2014, 22:44 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. I feel if Australia had won the 2 semi final places would be all but decided but now all 4 of the major sides still have qualification in their own hands - albeit India being in the driving seat

Posted by Waqs77 on (March 23, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

@ Posted by the_predator on (March 23, 2014, 18:04 GMT: don't go over the top. Ajmal has bowled in both matches in pressure situations when the other team is chasing and always in the most difficult situation of the inng. and he delivered. Today also he pulled it back after first over bashing. While mishra has bowled so far in a "pressure less" situation where the other team batting was already struggling. He will be tested when india will be bowling second in dew and when the other team batting will be hammering indian front line bowlers. Then you will see where he stands. This is the tendency of indians, they don't calculate important aspects and form an opinion. So far lucky that dhoni won both toss.

Posted by Imad_K on (March 23, 2014, 22:40 GMT)

I really don't understand the mentality of Pakistan - it's always such a roller coaster. Like I've been saying for the last 10 years+ the problem with Pakistan is that are normally 20/3 or 30/3 in all formats of the game and then rely on a few batsmen to salvage the game for them - the difference being in T20 even with that kind of score you can recover. Pakistan need to understand - stop throwing your wickets away by playing stupid shots and out of frustration trying to hit every ball out the ground. It's very SIMPLE just get to 70/80 runs off the first 10 overs with 1/2 wickets down - even though they were trying their best to be about 4 wickets down in the first 10. Today is a prime example - fortunately they were 80 for 2 off 10 and look where they finished. You can get to that kind of score without going crazy and just rotating the strike in the first 10 - but why do Pakistan fail to understand that fact.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 23, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

I mean it is always a pleasure Pakistan beating Australia, i'm sure these teams will make a quick exit from this WT20, teams like Auss, Eng, NZ and SA but I hope SA do well.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 23, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

Well t20 is not that imp. for Aussies.Moreover aft. all the stupendous run in all forms recently,seems Aussies find hard to motivate selves for this event.Can guage from 'experimental' squad selection-no Mitch,Patto,Harris,Siddle etc.,43 y.o lead spinner.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 21:42 GMT)

Drop these haddin with wade or paine haddin is not a t20 batsman

Posted by kahvas on (March 23, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

Amazing day, most fragile batting lineup dominates with the bat and weakest bowling lineup, bowls amazingly. Congratulations to Pakistan and India.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 23, 2014, 21:35 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Too good for us. Umar's innings was superb and your bowling was good as well. ..Everyone said we'd struggle against the spin and we did.

It's not all over for Au yet, but we have to improve at least 50% on that effort. Pakistan is back on track and if they play solidly from here they'll make the semi's. Anyway, off to work now.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

That nail biting is not good for the nails,What a game only pakistan can dominate and then be dominated like that,but it ended well so we live for another day.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 21:05 GMT)

So akmal bros will be staying for another few tournaments at least even if they give horrible performance Thts my only concern. Pakistan needs to give Razzaq a chance. Omer gul is just waste of time he's not on form he needs to be taken out

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

1 thing , 4 teams played on same ground but sanjay did not mentioned small ground while other teams were batting as much as he said it when pak was batting. were boundaries made bigger for others?

Posted by jhumpir on (March 23, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

The pakistan first 3 has to be consistent and most importantly has to do better running between the wickets. Pakistan top is not consistent. Hafeez has to know as a captain he has to play responsible shots. Cant't expect miracle every time from lower middle orders. I wonder what happen to all the people who wants dhoni heads just few weeks ago?. The only team which can stop India this tournament is srilanka.

Posted by Bvzia on (March 23, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Good death bowling Gul improved performance augurs well However in order for Pakistan to proceed and be a realistic title contender problems need to be sorted out starting with removing parasites likes Malik and kamran Wicket keeping mistakes are ongoing and this guy can never learn Doesn't matter if he scores 30 50 it will not make up for,a dropped catch or missed stumping w Otherwise expect a roller coaster with possibility of defeat in each match and even if reaching the knockout phase

Posted by RayyanAli on (March 23, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Please....please....and please.....replace Shoaib Malik with Sharjeel Khan or Fawad Alam as soon as possible....otherwise he(Malik) will definately play a vital role in Pakistan's defeat in upcoming matches....he is so much useless....and does not have the power at all to clear the ropes....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

shoaib malik and bilawal bhatti should be replaced by sharjeel and junaid if they want to win another match

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

well played Pak and India today. i am pretty convinced that these both teams will qualify for semis and will face SA and SL on semis. most probably Pak Vs SA and SL vs IND. Being a Pak fan, i am very happy to see a few Indian Fans wishing Pak good wishes and Luck. Thats the gesture the two of us must posses. Bring the Cup to South Asia, T20 belongs here. Best of luck to SL as well.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal is the best of best out there ...INCOMPARABLE

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

There is a Message for all teams from this message. Whenever you will give Pak bowling attack a chance........they will sneak through and will penetrate. that's what happened. Aussies became a little OVER confident after having 112 in 12 overs and gave Pakistani bowlers a chance. They cashed it. We must acknowledge despite of their unstable batting history, Pak still is the best bowling attack in the World. When it comes to FAST bowling they have the best ones in the lot and in Spin departments they are having the excellence of Ajmal, hafiz, Afridi and now baber. So rich in talent team. they have too many choices in bowling. If Pak post a handsome Total on Board..Its quite difficult for any team in the world to coupe with their bowling.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

I m requesting Pakistan cricket management please Omit Mr shoaib Malik from the Team i will pay him match fee, plz take this step for the sake of Pakistan Cricket. I m sure 100 % audience will appreciate this step.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 23, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

Excellent all-round performance by Pakistan, WELL DONE ! As an Indian fan, I am very happy both India and Pakistan have won today. Hopefully, with God's blessing, both our teams will qualify for semi finals and then it will be India vs Pakistan in the grand finale. :)

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (March 23, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Gr8 win today. Boom boom and Akmal are truly champions. Not sure if anyone noticed de Kocks wicket over 4.3 was a throw ball by Melinga in SA-SL match yesterday. The angle was way more than 15 deg. Don't understand why referee failed to pick up. That wicket cost Safa the match

Posted by Saghir_Rizvi on (March 23, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Among all, the best part was that Umar Gul got his form back, the death yorker form...! and Hafeez's captaincy was at its peak in the last eight overs.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

In the next outing against BD Pakistan should go in with the most experienced I would suggest the order to be as Akmal. Ahmed, Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Sohaib, Afridi, Malik, Gul, Babar, Tanvir(Or Junaid), Ajmal

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

Pakistan is becoming too predictable with bowling changes. If they want to play bhatti, give him 2 overs in PP, give hafeez 1 zulfiqar 1 and afridi 1 over with 1 over of Gul give ajmal 1 over before 10th mark only. Hafeez needs to rotate his bowlers well against WI, Junaid khan is a better option than Bhatti With Gul back with his yorkers, he junaid n ajmal can keep RR of opposition below 7.5 in last 6,7 overs Malik should play against WI because WI opens with spin and sharjeel is worst against spin so we have malik the only option

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Team still needs fine tuning.You need players who can win a match virtually single handed, sadly shohaib malik, now pass his best days, doesnt fall in that class any more and more so he is not bowling any more. Sharjeel can be finisher at no 6/7 and lot better choice. Afridi as a batsman,is always a gamble 50/50 again good at no 8, last 2 to 3 overs man . Bhati is still better choice tha sohail tanveer for pace , and bounce or consider playing only one fast bowler Gul.

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

This is tirn in favour of pakistan is only becoz of shahid afridi becoz he took wickets of maxwell n bailey than gul n ajmal cheaped in

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

junaid was missed a lot.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 23, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Pakistan is the only team with the bowling to tame this Aussie batting lineup - The only issue was whether their batting click to score an above-par score.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

It seems the sub-continent writers already have the competition marked out...personally I believe their are more teams in this than just India and Pakistan.

Posted by NISHARTH on (March 23, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

i think turning point was afridi's two wickets he is the real all rounder. congrats pakistan from a sri lankan fan

Posted by Desihungama on (March 23, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Wow. Maxwell sure did lit up the place. I bet most Pak fans will have nightmares of those huge sixes. I know I will. But then again it was Pakistan bowling that came good which is it's real strength. For Man of the Match, I would pick moment and not a man as such it was Australian half innings break that allowed Pak bowlers to straightened their line and lengths and made breakthroughs. Had there been no break, this was a goner for Pak but well responded Australia and well played Pakistan. Match for the ages! So it looks to be Aus, Pak will fight out for 2nd spot in the group and with that NRR will come affect for remaining matches.

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

It was umar who saved pakistan today good all round cricket by afridi and one over by ajmal. Pakistan cant improve fielding however they should get rid of bhatti and shoaib asap sohail tanvir for sure. Sharjeel opener hafeez two down.

Posted by chechong0114 on (March 23, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Full points to Pakistan for an absolutely excellent victory. Never in my wildest dreams would I pick Pakistan to beat Australia, especially under coach Lehmann. Gone are the days when the mighty Australians could go into a cricket match with more fast bowlers than spinners and bowl out a team on any kind of wicket, but u have to hand it to the Pakistanis they played a great game. Hats of to Bangladesh for hosting 3 back to back tournaments in such a small space of time and in my personal opinion as a nation they have done an absolutely tremendous job.Hats of to the ICC as well for the way this tournament has been organized, from the very start everything has been just excellent great for the game of cricket.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Pakistan is the best nobody can beat pakistan now in this world cup and final is gna be between india and pakistan.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 23, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Well done to Pak. Aus should've won with 70 needed from 54 with 8 wickets in hand. Poor fielding and bowling at times from both sides, but interesting enough viewing.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

It would be the great world cup once again if Pakistan and India qualify for Final

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Always been a big fan of pak ckt..alwyz keep neutrlz like me on d edge of our seats..n it was d same d pedigree of ur bowling attack..dat magical spell frm ajmal tday(1run 1wkt over)..n d crunch momnt was xcptionl..keep goin pak..jus replace malik fr sharjeel n advice shrhzad to ocupy d crease..wth a score of 150 regulrly no one cn bt pak wth its boelng attck..bankng on anthr india pak finlz dis tournmnt..bleed blue;-)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Bilawal and Malik should n replaced by Junaid and Sharjeel

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

gr8 win by Pakistan.

Posted by the_predator on (March 23, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

I am a indian. But to those who are saying INDIA is safe. that is not completely true. What if Pakistan and Australia win all of their matches with big margin? lets say INDIA losses to AUS very badly (like last world cup). Or india loses to BD (although unlikely). :) what happens then? But at this moment INDIA Is seating comfortably at the top. They are at +0.581,nearest Pakistan is +0.077. so a good +.50 GAP. But having said that I think INDIA will go through. They have the most threatening spinner of the tournament. To me AMIT Mishra at this moment looks even more potent than Saeed Ajmal. Also I expect BD and WI will give few surprises. CHRIS Gayle will not fail everyday. Also I Feel AUS may find AMIT Mishra difficult to handle.

Posted by alipk52 on (March 23, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

Well it's not necessary that only Pakistan is on the receiving end where they lost from winning position, they can done that too, After Maxwell Finch blitz, it was looking uncertain for Pakistan to make a comeback, but Australia did Pakistan today, and Gul and Ajmal bowled superbly at the death and amended their ealier hammerings, this is the thing which is missing in Pakistan's bowling since Irfan injured, still I feel Umer Gul should do what he best at, bowling yorkers after yorkers, For Bhatti, I must say he's the one who helped Aussies to launch an assault with that 1st over, but he finishes off well, I am sure he'll learn which areas to bowl, he have to learn it by himself now, as we seen bowling coach, Akram's zero coaching ability to improve a bowler, Bilawal is really good product, he needs a coach like Wasim/Waqar etc...I would like to see our management hands over resignation with thanks to Akram, after all he has failed to coach a proper asset.

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Bleed blue!!..wat a game btwn pak n oz..crackng match

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

go pakistan all prayers are with you.... do it for ur nation who is facing agony........

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Bating was the concern for Pakistan ahead of the match,but the way Akmal brothers batted was a treat to watch. I think Pakistan should give a chance to Sohail Tanveer for Bhatti and Sharjeel should replace either Shahzad or Malik.. 2 left handers will be handy against Bangladesh as they have 3 left arm spinners. Fielding needs to improve alott,specially field placing is an issue for Pakistan.. I hope Pakistan and India will meet in the final

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Aussies have some best hitters in their T20 line up but in the end its ajmal who is a magician set win for pak ....congratz

Posted by finix........... on (March 23, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

signs of tough battle to come..i sense pak will beat WI easily becoz of their spin quality and WI batsman not mentally strong..

seems it will have India and Pakistan in semis...

from other grp,i guess SL and NZ will qualify..Pak will fency their chances agnst both the teams,,and india have beaten SL most number of times in ICC event..NZ might be easy to beat becoz of their lackluster spinners..another indo-pak final waiting,it seems...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Shakeel is a good prospect but Shoaib Malik is better fielder and believe me Pakistan need the fielding as best as possible, I have seen sharjeel misfiled and let easy balls to go to four before he can play he needs to practise fielding. It's the basics

Posted by Stark62 on (March 23, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

@ Arun Bose I don't think you understand raw power!!

Kohli, Raina etc are all in the U. Akmal, De' Velliers and MacCullum category, where they have the talent to clear the boundaries.

Players like Gayle, Afridi, Dhoni ect are the definition of raw power and I hope you understand the difference now.

Posted by TSJ07 on (March 23, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Good win by Pak.This will put pressure on Aus and WI for rest of matches. India probably qualified as they are expected to win against BD.

Posted by PureMagic on (March 23, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

@ Ind_Cric_Fan79 Thanks bro congrats to India too on cake walking today against Windes.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

exactly dr naveed Malik should b dropd n sharjeel should b a part of playing 11 in next game

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

1 K Akmal, 2 Sharjeel K, 3 Ahmed Shezad, 4 Hafeez, 5 Umer Akmal, 6 Shoaib Maqsood, 7 Malik, 8 Ajmal, 9 Gul, 10 Junaid, 11 Zulfiqar. If you need a batsman on 8 position u better quit. And when u have Shoaib & Hafeez why u need another bowler ??

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

plz remove malik and bhatti if they wana win next matches. thanks

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 23, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Congrats Pak team.

Wishes from Indian Fan.

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Pakistan needs to pull up their socks and get somegood bowling.Their strenght is becomming their weakness.

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 23, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

congrats Pak...every ball I was watching and supporting for you guys its been always a pleasure to watch Pak play and I almost felt like my team is playing ...Respect for was just awesome to score 190 against such a good team and winning the match after the Maxwell of luck for Pak team and my Pak brothers for the rest of the matches....I hope one of the Asian team lift the cup....with love from India....

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 23, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Well done pakistan wil be interesting who qualifies since it is a tough group

Posted by dmqi on (March 23, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

PAK and West Indies both played against India, both team scored around 130 against India and India overtook those scores for 3 wickets. So, West Indies and Pakistan have about same strength. Against Australia that equation does not hold. Is it uncertain cricket or unpredictable Pak team? May be both but India looked solid.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

congratulation to all pakistani fans . plz drop bhatti ,malik and add sharjell and sohail tanveer or junaid khan.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

congratulation pakistan team, if they want to win next matches plz change bhatti to junaid or sohail tanver and 1 more change shoaib malik to sharjeel khan.thanks

Posted by drnaveed on (March 23, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

i think , Pakistan should bring n sharjeel khan in place of shoaib malik.sharjeel is more attacking batsman than shoaib at present, he should open the innings along with ahmed shehzad , followed by m.hafeez, kamran akmal ,ummar akmal ,maqsood, afridi,bhatti,gul,zulfiqar,and ajmal in the batting order.

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (March 23, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Congrats PAK team... Always love to watch this team...

U.Akmal played a beautiful inning. he is a dangerous player and he should try to be consistent for PAK..

Maxwel - lovely innings GREAT MATCH to watch.. Hope IND and PAK qualifies from this group...

congrats bros...

-Indian Cricket Fan

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Awsome performance pakistanr amazing pull back. Great team work. May the asian team take the trophy

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

no team in d world can make a come back like how pak did it yoday, hats off to d best bowling attack in d world

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

It was a breath taking match for a while i thought its over for pak journey in world cup but they won from no where :)

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (March 23, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

@Kanwarnittin Preet Singh Shah: Thanks bro. for ur sincere love to Pakistan.....Love and respect ur thoughts!!! May anyone out of Pak/Ind/SL lift the trophy!!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Great innings by U.Akmal & Maxwell. Congrats pakistan who caught this match. Ajmal turn out the match from losing side to winning.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Akmal brothers strengthen their records against Australia. What a victory for Pakistan. Bowlers held their nerves with 66 required of 50 balls required by Australia with 8 wickets in hand. two thumbs up for both teams. This world t20 is alive now.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

i love pakistan and wish it to be champion

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

I have a question for Pakistan selector s. What is Malik doing in the team. Why not have Sharjeel instead. He can bat quickly and adds at least one left hander in the side. Malik is useless in the side.

Posted by PakSelectorsRbad on (March 23, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Good job by Ajmal and Babar....But Gul and Afridi were excellent....Again Sohai..Shoaib and as usual Hafeez failed. Hafeez is not a captain in any way. If Pakistan wants to win Misbah should be Captain and Hafeez should only be used as a backup batsman..Next game again Pakistan will not make as many runs. Hafeez is going to be out under 10 and Umer may not get second chances...So Pak selectors need to get neutral in selecting team

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

breathtaking game ... luv u guys..u didnt let us down againnnnn!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

from shambles to majestic. only pakistan can do that

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

what a performance by Pakistan! they truly r the most unpredictable team in the world

Posted by AnotherCricketer on (March 23, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan on the win. I wonder what is the role of Shoaib Malik in the team. I can't remember the last time he won the game for Pakistan. And yet we continue to see him in Pakistan colors. Strange!

Posted by Marain_Khan on (March 23, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

What a Game.. Well done Zulfi,Ajmal,Afridi,Gul and Umer.. A great match indeed.. Keep it up Pak,best of luck

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

WOW! just shows what the Pakistani bowlers can do when their batting clicks

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

The Mirpur wicket became tacky from the 12th over onwards in the second half when Australia batted. Australia found it difficult to get runs against the spinners and even against Umar Gul after this point.Obviously the ground moisture comes up in the evening and makes it difficult to bat. However batting in the second half of the second game (starting at 19.30 local time) becomes easy when the dew sets in.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

What a great come back by pakistan .. well played akmal..afridi did it again and proved why he is in pakistan he is a match winner 20 runs 2 wickets one run out..that 18th over from ajmal was fantastic , he is truly a magician. but one thing i really dont like when Umar akmal said that this man of the match is dedicated to my big brother..come on man u r a professional u r playing for pakistan not for your brother,he proved it again how he back his brother place in the team, he should have dedicated this award to Pakistan bcs its 23rd march (pakistan resolution day). PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 23, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Clearly Pakistan were favourites to win this match for sure. Well played Akmal.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

The best bowling line up showed what they are capable of.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Maxwell is a tank, he could have single handedly taken the game from Pakistan, but obviously experience came out ontop. Mashallah Pakistan, looking to keep their world t20 record

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (March 23, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Awesome, i live in canada only 13 years old. I was checking up with the score all night on iphone. Execellent performance. Hopefully we will once again make the semis and this time win the cup. Ajmal got his revenge from the australians from 2010 wc in the one pakistan got 191 and ajmal gave 23 in the last over. Top performance by Umar Akmal. This momentum will hopefully help Pakistan win this cup.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Thanks to both teams not to make it a one sided game. Well done! Interesting match indeed. Once again Pak proved that they are the most unpredictable team in the cricket world!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

i love pakistan

Posted by vishwa1111 on (March 23, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Umar Akmal was superb....Congratz for pakistan from SL...... &

bhatti= chandimal=dhawan...they do nothing for team but always play in the team....LOL

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

what a great victory... love u pakistan.....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

What an excellent game of cricket. A Nail-Biting Win by Pakistan on Pakistan' Day. Brilliant batting by the young Akmal and match winning partnership by the brother. Maxwell put a real good show but in the end Pakistan kept their nerves and bowlers did a fantastic job to see Pakistan home. An over all superb game of Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

akmals kind off love batting against Aus, they both are top run scorers against aus in t20 s and with good avg in 40+ and high strike rate

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

thnx alot to those bangldeshi who suppported pakistan...afridi took wickets in 12th n 16th overs...broke ausi momentum...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Well done

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

we done it love u pak

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

great victory

Posted by wezwaz on (March 23, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

You don't win the toss and send the opposition in, in a T20 game, otherwise you get what you deserve. Enough said.

Posted by Fadi.Sheikh on (March 23, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

Hafeez Eleven was charged and tried their Heart out. Things were a bit Wavy when Maxwell was at the Crease and Suddenly after his Departure they Conquered Aussie Line up. It was the Big Day for Pakistan (Pakistan Resolution Day) and they have done Excellent for the Spectators. BEST OF LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

well done hafeez great captaincy .......... to rotate his bowlers and believe in the likes of bhatti .......Afridi is the real man of the match

Posted by vkias on (March 23, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

tough luck for Australia....well played by Pak....especially after the wicket of Maxwell...Pak turned the match for its side....really to defeat Australia..super human effort was needed and Pak succeeded in that...Haddin, Hodge, Bailey ruined the chances of Aussies...this result kept the group wide open....its very interesting now onwards...

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Great gift from PAKISTAN team To PAKISTAN on PAKISTAN day It was great team affert.I pray that in next 2 match the will win and Qualify for semi final and win the T20 world's cup INSHALLAH***

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Well done Pakistan! Great to see you beat Australia, the giants in world cricket. As Sri Lanka managed to beat another giant- South Africa yesterday, it shows where we stand at the world stage (at least in t20 format). Once again congratulations and warm wishes from Sri Lanka!

Posted by love_pk on (March 23, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

What a cracker of a game. Umer akmal has all but win the game for pak even before aus start their batting but what an unbelievable knock by Maxwell. For a moment I thought aus going to win the match well before 20th over but credit to pak to pulling off this wonderful victory. Well played both teams.

Posted by Tash2001 on (March 23, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

Pakistan's team selectors did well in dropping Junaid Khan. He has not been bowling to his potential as could be seen in the Asia Cup and earlier in the series against Sri Lanka. Considering the Aussies percieved weakness against spin, Zulfiqar Babar was a good choice and he justified his selection. Well played Pakistan. The match against India, it seems was an aberration specially when Pakistan players do not play in IPL, they have less experience as compared to the Indians.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

I love Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

@Stark62- India has all the raw power it needs to clear any boundary.. Raina, Rohit, Virat Kohli, MSD, Yuvraj singh.. Which game do you follow? Golf?

Posted by waqas-mazhar on (March 23, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Aussies have to face tough time in BANGLADESH conditions... Condition well suit to ASIAN teams

Posted by jb633 on (March 23, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas, and another day on which you show to the world your complete lack of cricketing understanding.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

what a roller coaster game. Great game by both teams. Aus gave a mighty scare to pakistan but simply from 2 men. no other batsman scored in double digit. But still a lot of fire power. No team can get so close when they loose 2 of their top batsmen in 1st over. Finch, not that comfortable but Maxi showed why he is million $$ boy. Poor fielding though.

Well played by Pakistan. They held nerves when a big partnership was going. so much pressure. they dropped both finch & Max in 3 balls. shoulders were down& looked mentally lost.

good bowling by Baber,Afridi & Gul. Ajmal came back well. Bhatti's last over was good. could have 3 wickets. 

Superb by Umar. got life but was brilliant  innings. Kamran also batted ok. wasted few balls but ok as pak lost 2 quick wickets. BUT drop of finch by Kami???

Shehzad-Hafeez played mindless & poor shot. need sensible aggression.

Baber was superb. 1st over was great.  ajmal's 18th over was excellent. Afridi was good with bat & effort.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

biggest relevation from this game is that both pak and aus dont have excellent bowling units as trumpeted by their fans. both gave more than 175 runs on a turning track.with such mediocre bowling efforts, india (yuvi,doni,raina,virat) and wi(gayle,sammy, smith,bravo,russel,powell) will find it easy to chase any target or set big scores. india wi are most poised to win from this b group. australian bowling is seriously overrated.

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

It is a real cricket. The way last 6 over Pakistan blow that was the beauty from Pakistan. Good luck for Pakistan for comming games.

Posted by Tbilisi on (March 23, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

This is all about T20. I would like to appreciate the pak team the way they won it. NERVE was the main factor. Pak bowling have been testified so many times but Australia wasn't week batting line... Congrats and good lick for next game.

Posted by myscric on (March 23, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

well done Hafeez 11! excellent match i believe T20 is all about to manage nerves and play sensiblly.. Pak should continue and follow the same key to win this T20 contest.. Aussies played well there were some individual performances and team work was missing whch cud ve changed the result in fav of aussies... In the end it was a great game of cricket for cricket lovers....

Posted by myscric on (March 23, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

well done Hafeez 11! excellent match i believe T20 is all about to manage nerves and play sensiblly.. Pak should continue and follow the same key to win this T20 contest.. Aussies played well there were some individual performances and team work was missing whch cud ve changed the result in fav of aussies... In the end it was a great game of cricket for cricket lovers....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

great win for pakistan.. congratz.. At tje begining of the game some of the commentators (all indians) belittled them so much and said that aussies were better than pak by a country mile...great way to prove their critics wrong...

Posted by momer79 on (March 23, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

catchers win matches......this is a message for aus

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 23, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

cont... Moreover Aussies haue never warmed up to shortest-and most popular!-form,i.e never been as serious of it as other 2.Shows in rankings.Fact they rested worlds fastest,picked 43 y.o commentator cum p/time franchise player cum WC winner ,says all.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

This could be the game that kick-starts Maxwell's career.Congrats Pakistan on a good win and need I say more about Umar Akmal.Terrific game

Posted by adamhw on (March 23, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Really well done Pakistan. Very intelligent captaincy from Hafeez at the end - not easy with only 2 quicks, and after Bhatti's first over. Gave the ball to Gul for the 19th, which worked excellently and took substantial pressure off Bhatti for the last. I suspect many would have kept back Gul for the 20th, which may well have led to carnage in the 19th and a different result.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 23, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

This WC will lift by Asian Team. SL defeat SA. Now PAK defeat Aus Evening Ind will thrash WI. Game between these 3 nations.

Posted by momer79 on (March 23, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

haven't seen anyone murdering spinners like maxwell did today but not enough though.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

I am Willing to bet this will be the Best Match of the Tournament in regards to high scores and Thunderous batting, Well played Max....but it was the day of the brothers two :)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Boy-o-boy Australia made this match theirs in the first 8 overs, and i think every Pakistani fan felt it to the core, but the way Pakistan cam back, speaks volume. I think they just defeated one of the strongest team in this tournament. Other teams watch out for Australia, they'll chase anything down. Congratulations to Pakistan on winning this game on Pakistan Day, must respect and love. Best of luck for the future games. Pakistan Zindabad!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

brilliant come back from Pakistan this is what t20 is all about. Well deserved win

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 23, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

This is why Sri Lanka & Pakistan are similar because they just don't thrive on flat batting alone but have two trusted dependable bowling units.Sri Lanka was succumbing to SA onslaught with the bat when their bowling turned it around to win handsomely & Pak showed the same with their varied attack. Great matches & well done to all the four teams in fact who thrilled with their competitive nature.

Posted by abidurrehman on (March 23, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Both team played very well , but since it was a DO or DIE match for Pakistan so they kept their nerve and finally they were blessed , Go green seize every thing

Posted by Divinetouch on (March 23, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan for thumping Australia. Australian to be considered good must prove themselves on turning wickets.

Warner looked silly and to a 35 year old at that. He must have been very glad that he got out before Ajmal bowled.

Australian bowling Conceeded the highest number of runs in this stage of the tournament.

Posted by kokokakoko on (March 23, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Pakistan did accordingly.. they are unpredictable and they showed the same drama here today.. i love them because, they can win from world champs easily and lose from the lowest easily.. now Pakistan can reach final with more ease.. waiting for the match with India and that will be the final..

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 23, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Well such is nature of format that who gets lucky on the day wins it.Pak had the luck today.Also the Aus team could not motivate themselves for this event after all the success they had recently-even 'that' Aus side of 5-6 yrs would be pleased with it.

Posted by 4_Best_Cricket on (March 23, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

Nail biting game and a thriller to watch Akmal and Maxwell bat. Both teams put a good show together. Poor fielding by both teams. Was it due to pressure?

Pakistan bowling also seems out of touch in this tournament. If Pakistan has any chance of winning, they need to score like they did today.

If India beats WI today, Australia will play for survival. If India loses today, India and Australia will play for survival. Any thoughts?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

what is this??130 against a mediocre bowling attack and now 190 against a much better bowling i guess AUS was missing MJ and also there was no dew bowling last, PAK needs to keep the same spin dept for the mighty WI and good luck to IND want to see a PAK-IND final

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 23, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

What a match, and a win at the end for Pakistan, hope Pakistan learn few things from today match that Attack is the best defence both in batting and bowling.... Pakistan once again did a blunder by dropping Junaid Khan... and they needed him...Hope they learn if your main bowler goes for runs in one over it doesn't make any sense you drop him in next match, Junaid is needed in every match, ... Hafeez should be thankful to the bowlers who covered his ass.... People who think Hafeez is full time bowler see today he was hiding behind Afridi, Ajmal and Zulfiqar babar....and people who blame shoaib malik for his strike rate.. see he played with strike rate of 200 :)

Posted by cricketsubh on (March 23, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

i think aus pick wrong team for this match and berly makes a match changing call when they go for run ches vs pak bowling attack every one know pak team not a gud chersers

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 23, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

Great game and in the end Pakistan deserved to win due to their fightback but I can't understand why Bailey didn't bowl Maxwell. Every other bowler was being thrashed around and Maxwell is at least better than Finch. Also, we later saw how much of an impact spin had on the pitch. Hogg was struggling and Maxwell should have been utilized. But you live and learn. This tournament is going to be decided by spin and if Hogg can't do it for the Aussies, they might have to look into Muirhead. Maxwell still needs to be used.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 23, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

This game is proof that a T20 is never over until it's over. Australia looked to be cruising with Maxwell and Finch at the crease but one wicket can change things dramatically and that's exactly what happened here.

Posted by vkias on (March 23, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

tough luck for Australia....well played by Pak....especially after the wicket of Maxwell...Pak turned the match for its side....really to defeat Australia..super human effort was needed and Pak succeeded in that...Haddin, Hodge, Bailey ruined the chances of Aussies...this result kept the group wide open....its very interesting now onwards...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Unpredictable team

Posted by Stark62 on (March 23, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

In terms of both power hitting and rotating the strike well, Aus by far have the best batting line up in this tournament!

WI's have too many power hitters and can't take the singles or doubles, whilst Ind don't have the raw power to clear the boundaries but can rotate the strike well and build momentum through fours.

Anyway, Pak were always favourites to win this match, after posting 191 because they have a genuine wicket taking bowling attack and we saw that on display today.

Posted by CricketRockStar on (March 23, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

What a Brilliant Match in Good spirit from both Sides and Crowd; This Match explore and test both side in every way. Bravo

Posted by fearless69 on (March 23, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

Well played pakistan.. Great last overs by ajmal and umar gul.. Umar akmal must perform consistently.. Great knock by Maxwell.. Great match.. well fought by both teams...

Respect from India..

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 23, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Australia is a decent team. It was SA yesterday and it is now the turn of Australia. They can beat their chests all they want by winning on their doctored pitches. But when they travel overseas and confronted with challenging pitches, they can't buy a win, with the bat or with the ball, and run for cover with tails firmly between their legs. That's the reality. Congratulations to Pakistan on opening their account in this WT20.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Really enjoyed the Match, Maxwell played marvelously so as Umar Akmal, Being a Pakistani I really like how match ended. But bowling is bit disappointing, Last 8 Overs were superb. Pakistan really need a good bowling coach, Waqar or Wasim. Australia I guess gifted the match at the end when they need 70 for 54 balls and 8 wickets. It looks like they wanted to end the match in 17 18 overs. All In all really enjoyed the match. Good Luck Pakistan

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Great for PAKISTAN , well done.I hope they will continue success in next two matches( Bangladesh and west Indies) Wish you best of luck Go Green.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Maxwell, Warner and the likes are all playing IPL...while Afridi, the Akmals and the pakistani gang are not in IPL...I dont understand why?

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Suit, 191 was not a massive total. On that ground I'd say 180 was par. Very short boundaries square of the wicket. If not for the terrible first over, Australia would have won comfortably. This AUS team will score 200 half the time.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Well done Team Pakistan! From no where you won this match! This is a true sports spirit, play for a Win and Don't scare from losing

Posted by WickedCricketer on (March 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

I think Bailey's captaincy is usually pretty decent, but tonight he had multiple brain implosions:

- Wins the toss but sends in Pakistan to bat, despite having a very strong batting line up at his disposal.

- Gets Aaron Finch to bowl to set batsmen, and he's promptly carted for 18 runs in his over.

- After Maxwell puts Australia in the box seat with only 66 runs needed and 7 wickets in hand, Bailey comes in and plays a nothing innings with a S/R of 44, which puts pressure of every batsmen after him. In fact, every other Aussie batsmen scores faster than Bailey.

Sorry George, you dropped the ball on this one and cost Australia the match!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

I am surprised to all the comments about ajmal. I like him too. but if you check the number and review the match It was shahid afridi who really turned the table around by taking two wickets in 12th and 16th over and one of them was maxwell. each and every one of you just praising ajmal. y? even afridi has a run out and 20 precious runs on his account for todays overall performance. Grow up gusy. choose the right guy to praise and support the right person. good luck

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Another nailbiter.Well done Pak.Hard luck Australia.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

so, alll the critics suddenly turned in favour of Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Afridi u beauty ... Real game changer , by taking the wicket of glenn maxwell Afridi did it again of Pakistan !!

Posted by momer79 on (March 23, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

i think if india beats WI today then india and pak in semi final. AUS had a good chance to beat pak to do but i think this group now alot depends on ind vs Wi game.

I can't see WI beating pakistan but AUS can beat WI easily.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

well done Pakistan, but Maxwell batting unbelievable fantastic, 20/20 Matches required winning Spirit as well, i think Pakistani Team could easily win this World cup if they continue this winning Spirit through out the matches. Good on Pak. Otherside Australia missed Mitch, a big match winning bowler, Australian team is also quite unpredictable now.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

Maxwell was superb today.he was turning it on for Australia single handedly.but unfortunately except Maxwell and Finch no one even reached double digit mark. heart break for Australia..

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Yes Phantom Tom, it's a disgrace, but the authorities won't touch him. Seen the same thing over and over again from him.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

I would Say MAXWELL did splendid job but could not take the time over the line but really deserves appreciation because he did more than what a batsman could do in such situation. At the end of the day, it was about who would keep the nerve would win and Pak certainly did. One thing should be noticed that when Maxwell got out that time difference of required runs and balls was about 20 and that margin kept constant so no Aussies player took initiative to blow one over to get over that margin. Good game!

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (March 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

@Kanwarnittin Preet Singh Shah !!! seriously love your thinking :) thanks for being a true sports lover

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

really Pakistan have showed that they are most unpredictable team of worlds over can change a game AjmaL 0,1,0,W,0,0 what an over

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

pakistan u beauty....congrats for such a great victory. well hopefully we will meet in finals agains. good luck guyss

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

One has to admit the performance by Maxwell, this match could have ended in 14 overs if he was still batting. Well played Pakistan, Hard luck Australia.

Posted by kc69 on (March 23, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Well played Pakistan..Hope to see an Indo-pak final.

Posted by Susit on (March 23, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Well played Pakistan! first for posting that massive total against a good bowling attack and then an excellent counterattack with the bowl!Keep it up!! Greetings from Sri Lanka!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

haddin hodge hogg let oz down.......what's the point of experience. .....fielding and bowling was pathetic

Posted by ispaewbi on (March 23, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

An absolute nail-bitter. Exactly how a T20 game should be.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

@Stuart Meechan... lets have a history class here shall we... the first t 20 world was in South Africa (not a sub continent country) and guess who won .. India... and second one was in England .. (i don't find England to be a sub-continent country as well) and see who won it .. the first two t20 worlds it was sub-continent teams in the finals (in non sub continent conditions).. then they went to play in Windies and England got the trophy.. the thing is.. if teams like australia or new zealand are good in their own backyard only then they shouldn't consider them the contenders for this trophy... Sub-continent teams play and win in non- sub continent conditions as well.. deal with it..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

What a game, was it different Pakistan to the one that played India ??

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

congrats pakistan. u deserved this win. good to see u guys winning. pakistan is my all time favourite cricket team no matter how they perform currently. you guys not gonna believe m from india bt whenever I play cricket on play station I always choose pakistan my home team. just a touch of bad luck nd politics that restricting pakistan to be dominant nation over world cricket. No matters weather pakistan win or india , I will be super happy from both sides..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

Well Done Team Pakistan. Good luck for pakistan Baily did a blunder and offer batting to a team who have very poor history as chaser. Thanks to Akmal Brothers who played for Pakistan and contributed a good total. Then a fabulous start by Zulifikhar Babar. But at end a good unity and convencing victory for pakistan which was inevitable for Green Shirts to light a hope in T20.

Posted by LoveCric1975 on (March 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

First time that I have seen all 11 right handed batsmen in a side, hoggy needs a lefty to settle in

Posted by Himadri_Debnath on (March 23, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

Congrats pak from an indian fan

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

A great match.Just shows how Australias 35+ strategy is a big fail.Hodge is an international failure .He is a domestic champion and has done well all over the world . 46 from 29 was easy and he along with Finch could have done it .Why were haddin and the 43 y o Hogg picked and why was there no place for Cam White .Get in Lynn Paine Muirhead.On the other hand the 36 y o Ajmal showed why he is the best spinner in the world .He bowled them out of the game with that 18 th over.Glenn maxwell has grown .He is closest to being the next Andrew Symonds for Australia .Why did not bailey give him the ball instead of Finch ?.Stupid planning by Aussie selectors .Get in younger performing players or go back down under packing your bags sadly

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

pak players said before world cup if we will beat India we will get the momentum, but what actually happened, they got their momentum being beaten by India

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 23, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

ajmal you beauty........ what an over ,what a champion.Every team in the world dreamed to have a bowler like him.Also afridi,babar bowled well.This australians thinks they can survive against spin with slogging to evey spinner.Go and learn how to play spin.BTW congratulations to pakistan from sri lanka.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 23, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Worst bowling display by Pakistan in the first 12 overs. Gul and Bhatti didn't know what they were doing. Mohammad Akran needs to be sent packing home. In his tenure it has gone to the worst.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

So after a narrow loss when they played their worst possible game and were cruising to an easy win at one point, Stuart Meechan, you think Australia can't win in Bang? I see it very differently. I doubt Australia will play anywhere near that badly again. This was easily the worst bowling and fielding performance I have seen from Aus in T20 cricket. Ever. In fact I can't ever remember worse in any recent longer format game either. And they still would have won easily if not for that Ajmal catch.

Posted by PakSelectorsRbad on (March 23, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Pakistan is roller coaster because bad selectors.. Sohaib...Shoaib..Hafeez..Bilawal played really bad.. Thanks to Umer and Gul for saving Pakistans... Ajmal and Afridi did what is expected of a real international players...

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (March 23, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Awesome match.....enjoyed this.......akmal was superb, maxwell is a super star.....well done Pak,....well done to both teams

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

pakistan have proved once again that it can defeat any team when coming out with a positive frame of mind....well done grean shirts .proud of u

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

what a roller coaster game. Great game by both teams. Aus gave a mighty scare to pakistan but simply from 2 men. no other batsman scored in double digit. But still a lot of fire power. No team can get so close when they loose 2 of their top batsmen in 1st over. Finch, not that comfortable but Maxi showed why he is million $$ boy. Poor fielding though.

Well played by Pakistan. They held nerves when a big partnership was going. so much pressure. they dropped both finch & Max in 3 balls. shoulders were down& looked mentally lost.

good bowling by Baber,Afridi & Gul. Ajmal came back well. Bhatti's last over was good. could have 3 wickets.

Superb by Umar. got life but was brilliant innings. Kamran also batted ok. wasted few balls but ok as pak lost 2 quick wickets. BUT drop of finch by Kami???

Shehzad-Hafeez played mindless & poor shot. need sensible aggression.

Baber was superb. 1st over was great. ajmal's 18th over was excellent. Afridi was good with bat & effort.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 23, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

Lol...So i was right...Exactly same scenario just like Pak vs Aus 2010 match...But it was Hessey who turned the match upside down in last over..This time Aus needed that Hussey type inngs again in last over..But they could not produce such hitting again...What a match...I am shocked to see how many times this game changed...After 1st inngs it looked like a great total...But then Aus went all out & almost won this match..then suddenly game shifting towards Pak... One last thing...Why is that in every WC..Pak loses to India & then Pak advances to Semifinals or finals...It's been like that in almost every WC that i remember till now...I would not be surprised if Pak advances to the next round this time as well...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

I am really impressed with Pakistan's performance today. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

@Alnoor Khumani...Just because fawad alam plays for Pakistan and Pakistani not Aussie

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Shane shillingford must be sitting at home shaking his head at how his bowling action is under scrutiny and adjmal gets away with chucking, sorry people if an off spinner can bowl a ball at 106 kph like the one that bowled finch with no change to his action and an arm that bent it has to be a throw

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Besides a power pack game and win for us I must say Hafeez was poor in captaincy ... You need to back your bowlers . In first 10 overs he kept changing bowlers even if they had one bad over. He Is not really a professor. Even though I have not supported it but t20 captain should be afridi

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

one of the ever best game i seen in ma life great batting by maxwell n finch... but the most inspiring innings by umer akmal match winning... i love you team gream :D shuker ALHUMDULILLAH :D

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Great comeback by Pakistan. Congrats from Sri Lanka!!

Posted by 11MP on (March 23, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

congratulations to my PAK friends! Good game and good luck for next game. I am sure you guys will go to sami-final.

Posted by Adoh on (March 23, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

Australias fielding was shocking in this game, haven't seen worse fielding by Australia in a long time - this alone lost them the game. Maxwell was superb - Finch did not time a ball in his whole innings and got an amazing score considering. The rest of the Australian batting line up was trash - not a single score with double figures. Australia the new SA - choke on that! Well done to Pakistan, you rode your luck quite well. Good to see Camel head Gul get a few wickets.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (March 23, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

@AusFanQLD Dont you hate it when you dont wait until a match is over before making a bold statement? To answer your question - everyone.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (March 23, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan - a very entertaining & gripping match, one of the best T20's ever seen. From an Indian fan

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Don't know why Faulkner is not playing . Is he injured ??

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

Well Well Well..... Only Pakistan cricket team will deliver such entertainment to you. Many would say that pathetic bowling by Pakistan and more pathetic batting by Oziz, But I would say Very good bowling and very good batting by maxwell, he could have mistimed any of those sixes but he is no Pakistani Batsman. what a thriller, what a thriller.. congrats Pakistan and very very very very well done Australia they earned a lot of respect at-least from me.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 23, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

great comeback this, we can't realize the amount of joy the pak players would have gotten after being dismantled to all parts in first 10 overs. pak will be really tough to beat after this sort of confidence boost

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

Yes!! It was only a matter of time.

Posted by india_the_looser on (March 23, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

thnx all Bangladeshi fans to support pak going stadium in number .luv and support for you guys.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

well done pak. u were battered by aussie batsmen but aussie bowlers were poorer than pak bowlers. both sides gave more than 170 runs away. with such listless bowling on flat turning tracks, india and wi will have no problem winning from this group.aus were poor and should respect conditions and select 2 or 3 spinner(doherty maybe? lols) if they want 1 or 2 wins from this group

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

I wonder why Aussies didnt pick Fawad Alam for spin option!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Pakistan. always a roller coaster supporting them. when aus were only 2 down I feared the worst. now we are on the verge of victory!

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

What an over by ajmal 18th over conceded 1 run an took a wickets!!…… good to see indians supporting pak !! Love you indies :*

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Game over. Maxwell blew it I'm afraid. That Afridi over decided the game. I said it before the over started, then Maxwell hit it straight to the fielder. Still, a great innings. The Hogg dropped catch cost Australia an easy win here. PAK only have. Few power hitters, and they were in at the key points in the innings. AUS lost it when they started pulling back and going for singles. They should have kept attacking.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

@ David! Except maxwell no one could play pakistan well

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Pakistan have a best spin bowlng attack. , they are still my 2nd favorites..

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

come on pak win it for urself and ur neighbours india. aus must go out ,now.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

What this match will ultimately prove is that in the subcontinent, India,Pakistan and Sri Lanka are huge favourites for the trophy. I really can't see past these three and although the likes of Australia and New Zealand are powerful sides, they will struggle to win the competition in these conditions

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Pakistan is a making strong comeback... The top quality bowling

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

I see pathetic attempt by the aussies to bolster their team .. but friends be ready to hear excuses again.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Aus fail to spin

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Ajmal you beauty <3 pak on fire <3 ^_^

Posted by jb633 on (March 23, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

The commentators are very frustrating here. There is a huge difference between not being able to play spin and not being able to play Ajmal. Ajmal is the best spinner in the world against any batsmen. For all those who have slated Gul, he has bowled well and you need him in the side. Having a bowler who can get the yorkers in is essential.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

Ajmal! A true magician

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

come on pak, dent aus chances of reaching semis by winning ur first game. india then can qualify to semis even if they lose 2 out of 4 left games on rr if aus loses today. come on pakis win it today.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

good to see the ugly aussies on the back foot .. now wait and see them say this form of cricket is not important.

Posted by jb633 on (March 23, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Ajmal has turned the game for Pakistan. He is a champion bowler and performs time and again. Pakistan should win this game but hopefully they will have had a scare and will plan better against the WI. They have the ability that is no doubt but they need to be meticulous with their preparation too.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 23, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

What a match - game on!!! Ajmal proves why he is world class!!!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 23, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Baileys 4 off 9 could prove critical. His team lost alot of momentum while he persisted with trying to hit leg side deliveries on the offside without success.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Isn't Faulkner a part of the squad ? He has won games from similar situations in recent past - Mohali and Brisbane.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

Go Pakistan .. defeat the aussies .. never liked the ugly aussies .. its time to rub thier faces on the dirt ..all the best

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 23, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

Pak should be brave - Let Bhatti have another over!?

Posted by Mayzie on (March 23, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Game on with Bailey getting out

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

umar gull needs rest...he is isn't doing any good to the team...

Posted by Vikum72 on (March 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Pakistan need to get Bailey fast. He may not look much, but he's one of the biggest hitters in that team. If he gets set even 15 an over is a possibility.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Aussies have set asail home thanks to the Maxwell blitzkrieg

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

@Arun Bose: Australian batsmen struggle against spin?? Are you kidding?? Have you not watched Maxwell assault? Apart from Maxwell, even Watson, Bailey, Faulkner also can play comfortably.. Classic example is recent Ind-Aus series where they showed no mercy on our bowlers. India's strong batting line up and the sub-continent condition advantage alone saved India to win that series marginaly.

Posted by Vikum72 on (March 23, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Pakistan Pakistan, what are you doing? Did you guys forget to wash your hands after dinner? What hitting by the Big Show!!!

Posted by vkias on (March 23, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

@Arun Bose....i have not seen any one statement of Aussie players and fans before the match...they are playing their natural game....hope you watching their batting...its rampaging going on....i like their batting and attitude of Bailey....always keeps smiling, whatever may be the an Indian fan, i like Aussie batting...but they should have included doherty and lyon to their side, but its not of much use because they look average spinners when compared to Asian spinners...great stuff for entertainment here....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

if ausies can play Pakistan spin .., then they can play any other. too they are looking unstoppable. , unless they bat first

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

Pak have mentally lost it now. Finch dropped by akmal and now Maxi dropped by ajmal in 3 balls. shoulders are down now.

Posted by AusFanQld on (March 23, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

who is writing australia off now?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Maxwell Blitzkrieg has left the Pakistani audience shell shocked, not to mention the Saeed Ajmal catch drop.

Posted by Rahulthevirufan on (March 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

I just deselected Maxwell 2day morning really biggest mistake...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

What an assault by Maxwell, showed no mercy on any of the Pakistan bowlers. If he is smacking these superlative Pakistan bowlers, imagine what he would do when play against mediocre or below average Indian bowlers.. Can't wait for Ind-Aus clashi

Posted by jb633 on (March 23, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

I think a lot of the Asian sides have become complacent when they play at home against ENG/AUS/SA/NZ. Pakistan have clearly done no planning when it comes to looking at the Aussie batsmen. They have picked 5 spinners and just assumed the Aussies will crumble against them. If they have watched Maxwell and Finch they would surely know both of them like spin and hit a long ball. Maxwell in particular loves the pace off and he has destroyed it on countless occasions. Even the commentators just expect the spinners to come on and destroy Aus and the arrogance with which Ganguly dismissed the Aussie batsmen at the start of this innings is really coming back to bite him. I hope Aus go on to wallop Pakistan here. You need seamers as well as spinners. Poor planning and complacency is hurting Pak.

Posted by vkias on (March 23, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Its absolutely rampage from Australian seems that Maxwell take over the work where Afridi left....they might have seen the Netherlands Vs Ireland match yesterday night.....96 runs partnership in just only 7.2 overs.....thats why i fear of this Australian batting line up....the best batting lineup in the tournament....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

I think ajmal wil retire coz of maxwell

Posted by vkias on (March 23, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

Its absolutely rampage from Australian seems that Maxwell take over the work where Afridi left....they might have seen the Netherlands Vs Ireland match yesterday night.....96 runs partnership in just only 7.2 overs.....thats why i fear of this Australian batting line up....the best batting lineup in the tournament....

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

What was that, Arun Bose? Worst ever?

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

what listless bowling from pak. after 2 early wickets, pak bowling is leaking runs like a diarrhea patient. they are only assuming they have best attack in the world but in reality they are for a rude awakening at the hand of india aus and wi. even bangladesh cud defeat them on home turf. maxwell showing world why he was sold for a million in ipl . 58 runs in 19 balls. 30 runs for bhatti following footsteps of ishant, broad.

Posted by jb633 on (March 23, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Have a blow Bhatti. Dispatched!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

maxwell wht a player u are wonderful supper.

Posted by looloogun on (March 23, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

clint mckay should have been there becos coulter nile seems to me like the dernbach of australia .also pick the other spinner along wit hogg in de conditions .and miss chris lynn .

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Blow Me Down !!! Looks like Australia are gonna win with overs to spare !!!

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 23, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

It was the Umar Akmal show at first now its the Maxwell show! What an entertainment - My God I commented in this forum that Pakistan has probably the best spin attack but looks like all their spinners are going for a toss here!!! Half century Maxie.... Wow wht a feast!!!!

Posted by jb633 on (March 23, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

Aus are destroying Pakistan. Amazing stuff from Maxwell. I wish we (England) had a guy who plays shots from ball one. If he comes off you win the game.

Posted by Vikum72 on (March 23, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Pakistan, you have to win this match! If you let Australia win, you will have created a monster that will steamroll every other team in the group and may be in the entire tournament!

Posted by vkias on (March 23, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

two wickets already gone....Hafeez and Shehzad on the way to pavillion..Pak is in deep trouble....unless they score 180+..their winning chance is very less against aussies....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

why maxwell wasn't given to bowl instead of finch is a mystery. dunno what was bailey come on maxwell make ur captain feel uneasy.

Posted by PakEditor on (March 23, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Shahid Afridi Batting Stat: Strike Rate 181.81 (check), Customary 6 (check), Random 4s (check), Balls faced 11 (check), Runs scored 20 (nice and check), Out/Not out - Not out (ch...wait a minute).

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Rohit Sharma - hopefully you are watching Maxwell bat !!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

Australian fans hype up their fragile team so much that everyone presumes that It's a dangerous team but frankly It's stupidity beyond imagination if you think you can survive in these conditions with all pace bowling attack and only one old spinner.. And australian batsmen struggle against good quality spin, when will they learn to respect the opposition and conditions? All talk, nothing to show won't work anymore.. Seriously this is the worst australian team ever to play in the sub-continent.. Don't fool around here, you will be thrashed around the park everytime.. Go pakistan.. beat them.. Whole asia is with you.. BTW I am an Indian..

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 23, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

@Hello13: Foolish to write him off after 1 innings.

Posted by lillee4PM on (March 23, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Poor captaincy from Bailey; can't understand why he decided to bowl first and he had no explanation himself at the toss; he didn't bowl Maxwell and used Finch instead. The bowling in general was poor and so was the fielding. Now we've lost two early wickets and the Paks will try and slow bowl us to death but we should have enough guns to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!

Posted by anoop3301 on (March 23, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4: Pakistan scored 130 against indian bowling attack that you dismissed as mediocre and now 191 against "top class" Australian attack. That puts into perspective your knowledge about Indian team. By the way, Australian team is far superior to SL team. It is a foregone conclusion where the SL team is going to head once knock out matches start.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:27 GMT)

Let's not celebrate too early. Some aggressive bowling display is also needed from Pakistan.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

same pak batsmen who scored only 130 vs india scored 190 against aus. tells u balling strengths of india and aus ,especially in sub continent. now aus lost 2 "most dangerous batsmen" in warner and watson in first over. when it rains it pours.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

Great batting by akmal brothers and baber won the match for pakistan in the very 1st over

Posted by Hello13 on (March 23, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

I remember Warner saying how he was going to score so many runs in the subcontinent. How's that going davey?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

Two major wickets in first over ... N Pakistan is dominating all over Australia

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

What a bowl ... And Warner goes home on very second ball of the innings ... Wow

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

Ajmal is real legent after giving 12 in frst over againist india but he finishes 18/1 in 4 over megician

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, and well played Umar Akmal! It was unfortunate that you couldn't get a century, you deserved it.

Posted by Nigah on (March 23, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

@Middle Path fantastic comment if this 45 old man took 2 to 3 wickets than you must praised him, btw who are club level batsman just check after two hours.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

great total creates PAK team

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

Imran nazir should be in t20 squad.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

Guys don;t write off OZ. Pakistan can't defend this total, with poor fielding and lack lustre bowling from seamers.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

wat bating pak team.... Inshaa Allah pak won the match by 40-60runs

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Good batting. Finally PAK came for wct20. total turnaround from 1st game. Not an ideal start though.

Hafeez said they will be aggressive but Ahmed and Hafeez played mindless shots. Aggressive, if you mean we will just swing at everything but poor shots.

A good innings by Kamran as well. wasted few balls early on but it did worked well for paksitan as 2 wickets went down.

Superb by Umar Akmal. got a chance but made them pay for poor fielding. missed 1st 100 by a pakistani in t20s. overall superb innings.

Aus were really poor in the field. drops, misfields and bowling was also not good.

Aus have succesfully chased only once against pakistan . wct20 semi final 2010. where Hussey hit Ajmal in last over .

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

So Ameya Shinde, I take it you think AUS is only going to score 120 on a great batting track with tiny square of the wicket boundaries? I'd give that about a one in fifty chance. 180 would be par on this surface, but Aus have an above par batting lineup I'm afraid. It's even Stevens. PAK will have to get both Warner and Finch out in the first five overs or they will most likely lose. If they are still there after five, it's game over.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 23, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Anyone noticed this thing... Pak vs Aus T20 WC Semifinals...Pak giving a target of 191 to Aus...And Aus chasing it down due to Hussey..In that match Same Umer Akmal played a blazing inngs & helped Pak score 191... Amazing coincidence...The only difference is that now there's no Hussey this time..Let's see..This match would be one hell of a match..waiting for the 2nd inngs now...Great job Umer...

Posted by Yuvi_storm on (March 23, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Whoa! Congrates Umar! But feel sad to see pakistan played so under pressure against india in world cups!! Go pakistan go!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

great batting great game and great victory for pakistan InshaAllah

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

Where the hell is world class bowling from Australia. Pak.. Has poor batting in group 2 and if they score more than 190 against aus means it's gonna be hard for Aussie to win against Bangladesh as well with bowling.

Posted by RagTagTeam on (March 23, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

Just wait until Aus bats before you say you have won the match... In saying that, the Aussies fielding was abysmal and ruined their bowling efforts...

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 23, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

How long will you experiment with Shahzad at the top ? please accept that he is not technically correct, he either slogs or blocks, that is not international class. replace him with Sharjeel atleast he will make a quick fire 20-25.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

Deja Vu - T20 World Cup 2010 semi finals. BUT no Hussey and no White who really won the game for Aussies absent in this team. Maxwell isn't such a bad replacement for White I suppose, but who will play a Hussey like innings for Australia ?

Posted by DragonCricketer on (March 23, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

Umar Akmal - a match winning innings - Dropped early by the oldest man playing world cricket. (Akmal can be a world class batsmen. He has that look. Extra time.)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

@xtrafalgarx : Exactly what I was thinking - Doherty. Especially against Pakistan who only have right handers in their line up. A bit of turn on offer in the pitch makes a left arm spinner more dangerous against right handed batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Pakistani bowlers are not at the top of their game and Australia have some explosive batsmen in their ranks. This match ain't over by any means!

Posted by jb633 on (March 23, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

@xtrafalgax, yeah I agree that Hogg has lost it. I think Aus will always struggle in Asia because they don't have a class spinner in any format. As a make do job though it would seem the sensible option to have X over Hogg.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Too early to say but a Pakistan win opens up this Group.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

the game is all but over for Australia.A defeat by 60-70 runs is looming and should book their tickets for early flight home.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

Aussies have come to subcontinent with a 43 yo hogg.they must be dreaming for the cup.even a club batting line up are now thrashing them.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

What the hell? Bowling Finch with two set batsmen? This is not a test match, George Bailey, where batsmen will relax and get themselves out! Anyway, this is the worst fielding and bowling display I can recall from Australia in years. If Hogg had held that catch off Umar Akmal this whole game would have been totally different. A lot of wild slogging by the Akmal brothers early on, but the risks paid off - thanks to the dropped catch.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

To all PAK supporter, support our team. Today (day Green) we should be united.

Posted by Hello13 on (March 23, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

Australian fans talk up their team so much, but their Batsmen are useless in unfamiliar conditions.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 23, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

This is where i didn't mind the humble X man, Doherty. We don't have an out and out attacking spinner, so why not just get one who keeps things tights rather than ambitiously aiming for a leggy who just can't get it right anymore?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

Pakistan bowling is the weak link. They always had issues with batting but it was bowling that get them 70% of their victories.

Posted by DragonCricketer on (March 23, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

Can't the Aussies get someone better than 43 y.o. Hogg? Its a young mans game. he has just dropped an important catch and is now getting carted.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

Kamran Akmal is a great T20 batsmen by Pakistan standards. I am surprised at the criticism towards him. Sure he can't be a Test match keeper but he is a decent bat who plays well under pressure.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 23, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

How long will you experiment with Shahzad at the top ? please accept that he is not technically correct, he either slogs or blocks, that is not international class. replace him with Sharjeel atleast he will make a quick fire 20-25.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 23, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

How long will you experiment with Shahzad at the top ? please accept that he is not technically correct, he either slogs or blocks, that is not international class. replace him with Sharjeel atleast he will make a quick fire 20-25.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Great stuff from Hafeez. Slog everything cross bat. A 50/50 chance of getting out. Lasted three slogs and got onto two of them before being bowled. So better than average.

Posted by wapuser on (March 23, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Why do Pakistan keep playing Kamran Akmal and Mailk

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Hafeez said that they need to be aggressive. but need some sense there. Both ahmed and hafeez played mindless strokes attacking.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 23, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Pak will need score near 200 to have any chance v this power packed-and long-batting of Aussies.But fragile and hopeless Pak crumbled v Ind bowling.Cant see geting more than 100 v this top class Aus bowling unit-poss. best fielding side too.An easy Aus W.

Posted by indicricket on (March 23, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Very sad to see Shehzad waste his talent so often

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Pakistan will lose today also they will pay the price of wrong team selection..............

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

I think babar is a good addition, but instead juniad, gul should have been out.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Good luck with Malik, feed him with energy drinks.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Akmal Mafia & Shoaib Malik is destroying Pakistan cricket. Umar Akmal is good but please get rid from Kamran for the betterment of Pakistan cricket

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