Australia v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 23, 2014

The familiar thrill of Pakistan's win-conjuring trick

Pakistan staged two impressive comebacks in the match to trounce Australia, reviving an old act of creating a win from a difficult situation
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Umar Akmal rates his 94 as the best knock of his career

Like the World Twenty20 2012, Pakistan came up against Australia on Sunday right after a meek display against India. Once again, they played like the Pakistan side fans expect, showing that it was the pressure of an India game that brought out all the diffidence two nights ago. The intensity was not close to the levels of the Premadasa in October 2012, but the similarities were there.

That evening, Pakistan had to win, and win big, to make the semi-finals ahead of India. This evening, a loss would not have knocked them out of the tournament, but would have still left them teetering on the brink. Both times, Pakistan batted first. In 2012, they made 149 and defended it with such ferocity Australia were out of it long before their chase meandered to a feeble end. In 2014, Umar Akmal sent them rocketing to 191. Then Australia lost two wickets in the first over. This is where the similarities would end.

Pakistan are usually all over the chasing side after such a batting effort and a successful start with the ball. Until Glenn Maxwell happened. He swept six after six, each blow hacking away at Pakistan's spirit. Not even Saeed Ajmal and his doosra were spared. Bilawal Bhatti went for 30 in one over. The asking rate had come down to 7.5. When anything and everything your bowlers come up with is swatted for six, it is an understatement to say that it is demoralising. And Pakistan did what probably any side would have done in the face of such an assault, for a while at least. They were rattled. They dropped catches.

Akmal had already brought them back once in the match, after a rather weak start. Are two comebacks possible in a T20 match? Maybe they are, when Pakistan are making the comebacks. The asking rate for Australia was still extremely manageable, around eight, when Maxwell finally hit one that failed to clear Ahmed Shehzad in the deep.

Suddenly, it was as if the elusive combination of a safe had been cracked. Suddenly, bowlers who had cost so many runs until now found suffocating lines and lengths. Suddenly, fielders who had been fumbling and putting down straightforward chances seemed to spring up wherever the ball went and pounced on it. A gigantic wall had sprung up out of thin air to block Australia's smooth progress. All Australia's batsmen were managing against it were scores of 4, 2, 8, 0, 3 and 3.

When you come from a generation that grew up watching Pakistan conjure wins out of sheer will, you expect that to happen even now. Everything has changed - times, personnel, the game itself. That expectation, though, refuses to go away. And although the frequency may have dipped, Pakistan are still capable of conjuring such victories, as they showed tonight.

Amid such vintage Pakistani thrill at the end, what Akmal achieved at the start should not be overlooked. He caught Pakistan by the scruff and dragged them out of the abyss they had fallen into against the Indians, and one they threatened to slip further down into at 25 for 2. Akmal had all the intent and aggression that had gone absent against India.

It is tempting to the see the patterns for Pakistan in this match - from Akmal's dominance with the bat to Babar's controlled opening with the ball to the commanding closing by the team. There is the small matter of Maxwell's massive scare in the middle. To the faithful, Pakistan were always going to find a way around him. To those who aren't, Australia gave it away under pressure. Either way, there is no denying the swiftness, the finality and the thrill of that wall Pakistan constructed.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SaudAlvi on March 28, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    @zarasochozarasamjho - Fawad Alam and Anwar Ali - maybe you should think a little also ... Fawad is a good test player and can play in one days but currently has no T20 skills m and Anwar Ali is good for club level only next you will want M. Sami in team... grow up .. both have no control. having said that Shoaib malik has no place in any side now .. Bhatti can be groomed but I think better options are avaialble.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 26, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    As a Pakistan supporter, I would nearly always (> 95%) opt for Pakistan batting first. This is because of their weak batting and very strong bowling. If batting second, Pakistan would be under even greater pressure chasing; but bowling second Pakistan always stands a chance. Why Australia allowed Pakistan to bat first is really intriguing, but lucky for Pakistan. Australia's fielding was quite poor uncharacteristically; and that cost them the match more than anything else. Pakistan, for its own part, selects players based on nepotism and provincialism thus choosing Shoaib Malik and Bilawal Bhutta instead of the much superior Fawad Alam and Anwar Ali. Hats off to the Akmal brothers for their batting and Babar, Ajmal, Afridi, & Gul for their splendid bowling that Pakistan won. Unbelieveably, Ajmal: 18th over - 1 run & 1 wicket; Gul: 19th over - 7 runs & 1 wicket. The match was virtually won By Pakistan by the end of the 19th over.

  • Jagger on March 26, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    I think the article missed a number of salient points. It was a battle to get in on that wicket. Once in, one could score heavily. The successful batsmen came in at a time where quick wickets were lost or lost around them and they had time to get their head down. Getting in, increased in difficulty as the game went on. Even the pace bowlers were more difficult to get away in the second innings.

    Winning the toss and bowling was a mistake. They were familiar conditions for Pakistan, not us. The way Hogg carried on after dropping Akmal was ridiculous behaviour from a senior player. He should never have bowled the next over in that highly fragile state of mind. The tactic of bowling first may have worked on Pakistan's well documented mental frailties, but in actuality our own frailties were fully exposed. All things considered, Pakistan deserved their win. Well played by a decent cricket team vs a team of multi-millionaire prima-donnas.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    where are stats for this game?getting 500wkts and scoring 10k runs i thought t was milestone achived by afridi wanted to read more about it.but after 2 days no stats for this match.

  • on March 24, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    it was awesome victory from team pakistan .. nd I hope pak will continue the things same they did against aussies it would be intersting if pak nd india will go for finals... best of luck pakistan

  • Desihungama on March 24, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin - i think what's been happening is bowling coach M. Akram is tying to change bowlers length, line, variations and etc and in process falling to realize Pakistan has always enjoyed success due to their bowler's raw ability and sheer talent rather than their knack to learn and grow into a complete bowler. Those who did do that became legends like Fazal, Imran, Akram, Waqar. I did not see a single slow ball when Maxwell was going berserk. All that needed slow ball or two to get him mistime a hit but none came.

  • BoonBoom on March 24, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Abhishek: one of the very balanced article where you used every word so appropriately that I simply rate this piece of writing well above Pakistan performance against Australia! The beauty about your writing is that you don't mix emotions with facts.... a rarity among cricinfo writers!!

  • on March 24, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    absolutely loved the article. brief and telling.

  • KSB on March 24, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Woow! what a match that was. Match was full of entertainment. This was contest of skill and nerves as well. I must say Pakistan always best in T20 comparing to any team in the world. Pakistan are only team that qualify for semi-finals each edition of T20 WC. This edition they will surely qualify for the semi-final. Key success factors for Pakistan will be AFRIDI, AJMAL, U. AKMAL.

  • CharlesCrasto on March 24, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Amazing writing skills, Mr Purohit!!!

  • SaudAlvi on March 28, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    @zarasochozarasamjho - Fawad Alam and Anwar Ali - maybe you should think a little also ... Fawad is a good test player and can play in one days but currently has no T20 skills m and Anwar Ali is good for club level only next you will want M. Sami in team... grow up .. both have no control. having said that Shoaib malik has no place in any side now .. Bhatti can be groomed but I think better options are avaialble.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 26, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    As a Pakistan supporter, I would nearly always (> 95%) opt for Pakistan batting first. This is because of their weak batting and very strong bowling. If batting second, Pakistan would be under even greater pressure chasing; but bowling second Pakistan always stands a chance. Why Australia allowed Pakistan to bat first is really intriguing, but lucky for Pakistan. Australia's fielding was quite poor uncharacteristically; and that cost them the match more than anything else. Pakistan, for its own part, selects players based on nepotism and provincialism thus choosing Shoaib Malik and Bilawal Bhutta instead of the much superior Fawad Alam and Anwar Ali. Hats off to the Akmal brothers for their batting and Babar, Ajmal, Afridi, & Gul for their splendid bowling that Pakistan won. Unbelieveably, Ajmal: 18th over - 1 run & 1 wicket; Gul: 19th over - 7 runs & 1 wicket. The match was virtually won By Pakistan by the end of the 19th over.

  • Jagger on March 26, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    I think the article missed a number of salient points. It was a battle to get in on that wicket. Once in, one could score heavily. The successful batsmen came in at a time where quick wickets were lost or lost around them and they had time to get their head down. Getting in, increased in difficulty as the game went on. Even the pace bowlers were more difficult to get away in the second innings.

    Winning the toss and bowling was a mistake. They were familiar conditions for Pakistan, not us. The way Hogg carried on after dropping Akmal was ridiculous behaviour from a senior player. He should never have bowled the next over in that highly fragile state of mind. The tactic of bowling first may have worked on Pakistan's well documented mental frailties, but in actuality our own frailties were fully exposed. All things considered, Pakistan deserved their win. Well played by a decent cricket team vs a team of multi-millionaire prima-donnas.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    where are stats for this game?getting 500wkts and scoring 10k runs i thought t was milestone achived by afridi wanted to read more about it.but after 2 days no stats for this match.

  • on March 24, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    it was awesome victory from team pakistan .. nd I hope pak will continue the things same they did against aussies it would be intersting if pak nd india will go for finals... best of luck pakistan

  • Desihungama on March 24, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin - i think what's been happening is bowling coach M. Akram is tying to change bowlers length, line, variations and etc and in process falling to realize Pakistan has always enjoyed success due to their bowler's raw ability and sheer talent rather than their knack to learn and grow into a complete bowler. Those who did do that became legends like Fazal, Imran, Akram, Waqar. I did not see a single slow ball when Maxwell was going berserk. All that needed slow ball or two to get him mistime a hit but none came.

  • BoonBoom on March 24, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Abhishek: one of the very balanced article where you used every word so appropriately that I simply rate this piece of writing well above Pakistan performance against Australia! The beauty about your writing is that you don't mix emotions with facts.... a rarity among cricinfo writers!!

  • on March 24, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    absolutely loved the article. brief and telling.

  • KSB on March 24, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Woow! what a match that was. Match was full of entertainment. This was contest of skill and nerves as well. I must say Pakistan always best in T20 comparing to any team in the world. Pakistan are only team that qualify for semi-finals each edition of T20 WC. This edition they will surely qualify for the semi-final. Key success factors for Pakistan will be AFRIDI, AJMAL, U. AKMAL.

  • CharlesCrasto on March 24, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Amazing writing skills, Mr Purohit!!!

  • jaymuk on March 24, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    @SaraJahanSeAchha .. 2009 T20 world cup semi finals and finals check the cricinfo stats while u are at teh site. MoM afridi .. i know it hurts when your team loses to arch rivals but that for the love of game say what is right .. for the love of game YES .. Virat is awesome but i do not want him to be against pak.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 24, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Afridi is a total overrated player who performs once in a blue moon. His order is too down below. If he is expected to score, he needs to be higher up the order. His heroics were against minnows Bangladesh in Asia cup and his performance was glorified beyond need. His 2 sixer's came against India in the very last over against India, this is not a big achievement. Instead Pak media glorified him to great heights for an after all subcontinent cup. This is the true tournament where likes of SA, Australia, India play a different level game. Also Sohaib Malik time is also over, his slot could be given to Fawaad.

  • on March 24, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @ subratachakrabarty agree Aussie tactics were poor Bailey is not captaincy material. But disagree with u on team combination as this was the finest T20 players available in Aus.

    Bailey lacks traditional Aussie killer instincts.

    @mgr125128...........have to feel for u. You r absolutely r8 on most points. World's perspective towards Ind is just like that of world towards men compared to women. If a woman invents 1 modestly useful thing & they say women defeat men in science & technology front too forgetting that men have million imperative inventions & when men do sth g8 they say Mankind have done this never giving credit to gender male.

    But cumulative & rate based stats r not sugar-coated. Check cricinfo statsguru by team & u will find oppositions score on avg 70 runs more vs Indian bowling avg compared to Pakistani bowling despite playing on similar tracks.

  • mgr125128 on March 24, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Unpredictability or mercurial team is nothing but a sugar coated word for the term "Inconsistent or flashes in pan brilliance". A word conjured up by the fans to give some "fluke" wins a sugar coating. Lets analyse...If Afridi score once in 25 innings it is called boom boom king but if a Maxwell hits a flurry of sixes he is called lucky. If Indian bowlers leak runs its called normal but if they take wickets or restrict opposition it is called getting lucky of BCCI flexing their financial muscles. If Pakistani bowlers take wickets , its talent oozing but if they leak runs its termed as just a bad day at office.If akmal score big ,it is coined as potential unleashed but if Rohit sharma scores 200 it is called flat track .Well I guess sugar coating is good if it gets you good sleep at night especially if you weak team disappointing you more often than not.

  • on March 24, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Afridi would have come @ no 5 instead of Shoib Maqsoud. It was too late when Boom Boom came to the crease. When spinners were bowling there was definite some fire works but Lala missed it so badly. keep playing Zulfikar Baber if Pak wants to win the title.

  • st_aubrun on March 24, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Re "Suddenly, it was as if the elusive combination of a safe had been cracked." I think Osman Samiuddin wrote in detail about the cultural reasons why this happens to Pakistan - in an article called "The Haal of Pakistan cricket." Amongst the best cricket articles ever.

  • on March 24, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Finally Australia floundered somewhere during their incredible run thus far. But only a fool can count them not favourites even after this match.

    Given that Maxwell has plundered Pakistan and almost Usain Bolt away with the game, it was still a matter of two wickets for Pakistan and some intent from Fielders. Fortunately both things happened rather simultaneously for them.

    Afridi-the bowler showed why he is an indispensable asset and Ajmal showed at the crunch moment, i really am the magician. Umar Gul, God!! where was he since last many matches. Yess he can still be The same Umar Gul.

    U Akmal, seeing you bat like this, i wonder why can't you do it regularly given the talent of run scoring you have. When will the Kohilesque crease occupying hunger struck you?

  • subratachakrabarty on March 24, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Well, that was some T20 match. Got to admit, this wasn't the Aussie team, we all would like to see. I think the turning point is when Hogg dropped U Akmal. U can't drop such easy chances. If Pakistan posted such a mammoth total, its not the awesome hitting by Akmal, but sloppy fielding and pathetic bowling by Aussies. And this time, the team selection took me by surprise. I don't know as to why players like Osman Khawaja and Phil Hughes are missing. I don't understand as to why James Faulkner was not in playing XI. Coulter-Nile and Starc were ineffective and very ordinary. I just hope that they come back strongly in their next encounter against WI. Its worth noting that Gayle failed against India. He wouldn't like to do so against his next opponent. I guess, in this group of death, it will be a tug of war for top 2 for the next round.

  • CrapySaysThat on March 24, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Watching our Aussie team flatting like a deck of cards was extremely disappointing. It is not a rocket science to select someone who can hold the inning together after the loss of two three wickets and when you have Osman Khawaja and Phil Hughes then why on the earth you need to select Brad Hodge, etc. For Jesus sake select these two players who have shown immense talent in the Big bash and stop playing arrogant and selfish. Just imagine that the best bowler of Big Bash Yasir Arfat has no place in Pak team then how come our bowlers can face other Pak supers. Time for Aus to wake up and think beyond the fence.

  • swingstowin on March 24, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Absolutely! Pakistan team have this knack of winning the matches when their defeat seems certain. One day against S.Africa in S. Africa comes to mind when AB was thrashing our bowlers all over the ground,yet some how Pakistan managed to win that game. Also couple of years ago against Sri Lanka in UAE when Afridi turned the game on its head to take the match. Having said that Pakistan team are also masters of giving it away when the win seems certain. Unpredictable is the word of them.

  • swingstowin on March 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Absolutely! Pakistan team have this knack of winning the matches when their defeat seems certain. One day against S.Africa in S. Africa comes to mind when AB was thrashing our bowlers all over the ground,yet some how Pakistan managed to win that game. Also couple of years ago against Sri Lanka in UAE when Afridi turned the game on its head to take the match. Having said that Pakistan team are also masters of giving it away when the win seems certain. Unpredictable is the word of them.

  • sherishahmir on March 24, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    The game between two giants remain see-saw and winner can be anyone despite the fact that Australians r more mentally tough and probably Pakistanis r having more natural talent but from such situations it can be any team game. Umer Akmal, Maxwell and Finch played superbly with bats and Ajmal was good in bowling. Pakistan should capitalize this marvelous win for their rest of matches against west Indies and Bangladesh in terms of toughness and intensity involved.

  • CherryWood_Champion on March 24, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Maxwell's golden arm in sub-continent conditions would have helped the Aussies to win this game. It is a shame, he did not get a single over to be bowled.

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on March 24, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Well done pakistan. The big talk has been malik. I think he should open the innings with shezad. Kamran at 6 is gud becoz he is good striker of ball while as shoaib malik can gain some confidence while opening. I don't c pakistan dropping malik becoz he is exprienced. If he does not perform at opening slot then i m afraid to say that they are playing with only 7 guyz becoz hafiz, malik, shezad and batti don't perform. Before yesterday i hatted hafiz becoz i thought he was selfish but bolwing ajmal 18th over gul 19th and giving bhatti the confidence to bowl last over instad of bowling himself(im my view if hafiz had bolwled last over and become hero) woulg hav been selfish. I liked the move to bowl bhatti. Love u hafiz for those 3 moves, but improve ur batting of bat at opening slot at number 3 maqsood is gud.

  • hellothereeveryone on March 24, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Pakistan may not be rated very highly in world cricket (mostly due to a totally non professional approach) but only this team is capable of producing such amazing and entertaining cricket which is a treat to watch wheather you are a Pakistan fan or not. I hope they play the rest of the tournament in this style and not the tame way they played against India the other night when they looked completely off color and under pressure of the big match. This will make the tournament much more fun to watch. I hope this match will bring their confidence back and they will start performing in a way that does justice to the loads of talent they have.

  • FHZAHID on March 24, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan won at last. But Pakistan bowling was terrible, they should not have given 175 runs with one of the strongest bowling attack in the cricketing world. Its a great worry for Pakistan for their bowling performance for rest of the tournament. Two more big games against West Indies and Bangladesh are ahead. Come on bowlers and do the needful for which you are known to.

    However, great performance by Akmal brothers which provided the platform for such a big total. Keep it up.

  • on March 24, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    very well written .Both teams played their top level cricket and audience loved it .no doubt miracle played its part for pakistan .

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 24, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    I thought it was over for Pakistan but Ajmal is absolutely incredible...He is a super-talented bowler..Australia in my view made a mistake of attacking Ajmal in his last over...Pak is incredibly fortunate to have a bowler like Ajmal, he can be compared to Murli in terms of performance, you never win against Murali if you do not show respect to him on the field.

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 24, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    I still feel that Brad Hogg was the difference between the two teams. However bad Bilawal Bhatti might have been when he went for 30 in one over, Hogg was much worse. At least Bhatti took some wickets in the end - Hogg never looked likely. Australia have to wake up to the fact that in spinning conditions they didn't pick a spinner good enough to take advantage. And, worst of all, they picked just 3 pacers! Thankfully, Faulkner will be playing against West Indies, and hopefully Cameron White gets a shot too - criminal that these two missed the cut against Pakistan. All credit to Pakistan for once again pulling off a one man miracle win (this time Umar Akmal) but if Australia had got their selections right, that still wouldn't have been enough.

  • on March 24, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Amazingly refreshing article. Can't wait to read some more by Abhishek Purohit.

  • Cricket_Only on March 24, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    Great Article. thank you for writing an article of this caliber: Pure Non-Bias. I have a feeling Final ill be between Pakistan and India and history will not be repeated this me.

  • Nasim4mkhulna on March 23, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    What an amazing match. Could have gone either way and truly players who hold the pressure well has won the match.

  • on March 23, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    I don't understand one thing "Why Ajmal didn't go round the the wicket early on when Maxwell and Finch was slogging him for sixes? I still think Shoaib Malik should not be in the team. They need a left hander in the middle to overcome leg Spiner and left arm slow bowlers. They can try sharjeel in his place. AND Bhatti needs to be replaced by Junaid, he has got yorker and its always difficult to hit a left hand bowler. They should have took Imran Nazir he a very dangerous player in those tpye of wickets.

  • izzidole on March 23, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    After winning the toss and electing to field for no reason according to Bailey in mid afternoon without the threat of dew whatsoever coupled with poor bowling and fielding never seen before by an aussie cricket team contributed to their defeat against Pakistan. It ws a very poor piece of captaincy by capt. Geoge Bailey and Australia never recovered from this untill Glen Maxwell nearly made up for it by some lusty hitting. They scored 102 runs in just 8 overs and was well on their way to victory when the momentum started to slow down and suddenly they started to lose wickets. Probably the wicket began to slow down and strokeplay was difficuilt which meant that Bailey's decision to field first had backfired. Untill then the aussies were right on top and the Pakistan bowling was in tatters. I reckon Australia put unnecessary pressure on themselves by not electing to bat first on a good wicket and eventually lost the match

  • on March 23, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    Well done Pakistan :)

  • on March 23, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Awesome article, brilliant thrill match u ll ever see, well done team in green it's funny both team were green but u kno what I meant

  • Zahidsaltin on March 23, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Was it Maxwell or was it the Pakistan bowler who bowled so badly in those 12 overs. I saw the Pakistani bowlrs with all those fulltosses and then I saw the opening spell by the indian fast bowlers in the NeXT match. Pakistan bowler were as pathetic as the indians were exceptional. I think Pakisan should fire Mohammad Akram as bowling coach.

  • on March 23, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Its a wonderful piece of article. Just struck straight to the heart.

  • on March 23, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    94 off 53 was not just contribution. it was the match winning knock. with contribution from afridi and kamran as well. ajmal, gul , afriri bowled well but cant ignore baber's effort. which was special.

  • on March 23, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    very good efoort from both sides

  • on March 23, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    very well written. maxi's wicket came at right point but 2-3 overs before that, the bowlers were getting hold of things. they scored very less before his wicket and that added up the pressure because they were not getting desired shots. also given 2 chances which pak put down.

    afridi bowled very well after many games. that is a positive sign for pak. his little innings was also vital.

    Gul also bowled superb in his 2 nd spell. he has been off colour lately but was good in this game. ajmal came back good and his last over 1 for 1 was good and it killed chance and given more flexibility for last over.

    and we cant forget the contribution of baber. getting 2 big wickets in 1 over and guy was coming after a gap. place not confirmed in team so it was a really good effort from him. he should be praised for it.

    this is beauty of pakistan cricket. 1 day so poor and next day super.

  • on March 23, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    xcellent writing skills boi

  • on March 23, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Great work AP. Very well written

  • on March 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Article very well written!

  • on March 23, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Its a wonderful article.. Amazing come back by Pakistan, Love you Pakistan, Go Green Go

  • on March 23, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Afridi's 11 ball 20 runs brought the Victory not forgetting the vital contribution made by constantly improving Umar Akmal. According to the circumstances in T 20 Afridi should be given atleast 05 overs to accelerate the score. well doe Pakistan carry on from here....

  • on March 23, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    great artical . thoroughly enjoyed

  • on March 23, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    i would Reckon that pakistani bowlers specially (afridi and umer gull) they got back their bowling form which is really a good sign for pakistan. Zulkarnain babar was simply fantastic and i will suggest if pakistan wants to win this WC T20 they need to promote afridi up to the order... because right now he can middle the ball pretty well...

  • on March 23, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Tremendously well written article. It's simply emphasizing the fact the Pakistan is a team that wins or loses in a dramatic fashion, simply like watching a movie!

  • AliSyedain on March 23, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Was the Maxwell wicket the turning point. I think not. Three overs before, Maxwell and Finch probably decided that the game is well in their hands and they should start taking it easy. Take fewer risks perhaps. And that is when they lost momentum. The Pakistani bowlers gained confidence and to me Maxwell's miscued pull-sweep was perhaps not against the run of play.

    I am reminded if Bangalore, when Aamir Sohail lost his cool and his momentum against India.

  • on March 23, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Massive win, its was over at one stage. Australia do have hyper game in t20 they tends to get over-performed at times without a balance performance.

  • on March 23, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    what a wonderful article it is, loved it

  • phaicy on March 23, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Nice kits ... and you wont be mistaken for traffic cones

  • on March 23, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan a well deserved and much needed win. If only we batted like that against India. Especially delighted to see the way Umar Gul was bowling at the back end of the innings his line and length was fabulous full and straight and he put the icing on the cake with that brutal Yorker. All the bowlers deserve commended for bringing Pakistan back into the game. Umar Akmal also proved why he is one of the world's best batsmen in T20 Cricket. This victory against Australia was a perfect example that you can never ever take your eyes of a Pakistan game especially in T20. Well Played Lads

  • on March 23, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Such a great match. It was a nail biting finish. As I expect Zulfikar Barar finally get a chance. congratulation to Pakistan keep it up. wish you all the best.

  • IAS2009 on March 23, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Pakistan can win this all the way if they don't meet India, Pakistan have mental block against India in world cup, this loosing streak in WC is taking fun out of watching India Pak game in World cups, it is sneaked into the T20 also, Pakistan have to play with free mind like they did against Aussies. India spinners looked very good against WI also, they have good chance winning WC now with the batting they have, if bowling clicks like it is.

  • on March 23, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    i think misbah should be in for shoaib malik... misbah is bigger and greater player...

  • Simon.Says on March 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Brilliant win, group wide open. Brilliant stuff by Purohit

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on March 23, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Well done pakistan. Umar u r g8. Best of luck. Inshaallah we will win.

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    What a fantastic article. Great job. It was indeed one of the best comebacks surely. The turning point of the game for me though was Maxwell's key wicket. Afridi and Ajmal surely can change the game for you anytime of the day. Fascinating cricketers to watch. Never lose hope, go Green!

  • warraich101 on March 23, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Great Game , cant ask for more better than this.

  • Saadcricketlover on March 23, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Pakistan show why they are credited as favourites and unpredictable,mericulous by all the foreign experts apart from the indians. Even after some terrible performances. Long live cricket Pakistan! always wish you success and good luck.

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    A great comeback by Pakistan indeed. For me though, the comeback began when Afridi took that Maxwell wicket. Everything just tumbled for Aussies that point on. Just like when Afridi took that amazing catch against the Kiwis during the 2nd World T20. This match showed how Pakistan can't handle pressure against the Indians when it comes to matches that are on a grander scale. Sure they have a better record but this curse can only be broken with a great captain. Someone like Imran Khan. Sadly we don't have that. Seeing Afridi in that India match showed us all that Pak team do get under pressure. During the 2011 World Cup someone told Afridi "It would be awesome if Pak and India played eachother in the final" and he replied "Are you out of your mind? Final has pressure of its own and you want to add the "India" pressure to that as well!?" Nuff said.

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    congrats Pakistan what a match

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    probably the best article about this match that i will ever see.best game of t20 ever!!!

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  • on March 23, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    probably the best article about this match that i will ever see.best game of t20 ever!!!

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    congrats Pakistan what a match

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    A great comeback by Pakistan indeed. For me though, the comeback began when Afridi took that Maxwell wicket. Everything just tumbled for Aussies that point on. Just like when Afridi took that amazing catch against the Kiwis during the 2nd World T20. This match showed how Pakistan can't handle pressure against the Indians when it comes to matches that are on a grander scale. Sure they have a better record but this curse can only be broken with a great captain. Someone like Imran Khan. Sadly we don't have that. Seeing Afridi in that India match showed us all that Pak team do get under pressure. During the 2011 World Cup someone told Afridi "It would be awesome if Pak and India played eachother in the final" and he replied "Are you out of your mind? Final has pressure of its own and you want to add the "India" pressure to that as well!?" Nuff said.

  • Saadcricketlover on March 23, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Pakistan show why they are credited as favourites and unpredictable,mericulous by all the foreign experts apart from the indians. Even after some terrible performances. Long live cricket Pakistan! always wish you success and good luck.

  • warraich101 on March 23, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Great Game , cant ask for more better than this.

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    What a fantastic article. Great job. It was indeed one of the best comebacks surely. The turning point of the game for me though was Maxwell's key wicket. Afridi and Ajmal surely can change the game for you anytime of the day. Fascinating cricketers to watch. Never lose hope, go Green!

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on March 23, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Well done pakistan. Umar u r g8. Best of luck. Inshaallah we will win.

  • Simon.Says on March 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Brilliant win, group wide open. Brilliant stuff by Purohit

  • on March 23, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    i think misbah should be in for shoaib malik... misbah is bigger and greater player...

  • IAS2009 on March 23, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Pakistan can win this all the way if they don't meet India, Pakistan have mental block against India in world cup, this loosing streak in WC is taking fun out of watching India Pak game in World cups, it is sneaked into the T20 also, Pakistan have to play with free mind like they did against Aussies. India spinners looked very good against WI also, they have good chance winning WC now with the batting they have, if bowling clicks like it is.