World T20, 16th Match, Group 2: Australia v Pakistan at Dhaka, Mar 23, 2014
World T20 - 16th match, Group 2
Pakistan won by 16 runs
Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur (neutral venue)
23 March 2014 - day/night match (20-over match)

So out walk Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal, practicing a few punches off either foot. Mini-meeting between Bailey. Hodge and the bowler Mitchell Starc

3.20 pm Mirpur gears up for both teams' national anthems.

mehdi zaman: "last time these two met in T20 world cup, Australia and Watson were in explosive form and our spinners strangled them to win the match, in fact Umar Gul didn't even get to bowl till the 18th over, if my memory serves me correctly "

"Why faulkner is not in the team? He was good in the India in similar conditions." Aw Vasim, you haven't read our preview, have you? Faulkner's out with a knee injury

Rupes: "With three left-arm bowlers, the Aussies should be careful that they don't make too much of a rough area outside off stump for Ajmal and Hafeez..." Doubt if it would make as much of an impact in a T20, but hey anything can happen, right?

3.05 pm Match Point is coming up in about five minutes, so do jump on this link and tune into Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan

Sean Pain: "What is the use of having coloured jerseys when it is difficult to distinguish between the teams looking at their jerseys?Aus and Pak have almost the same jersey with same colour combination." Hmph, and to think the captains had nothing to say about this absolutely vital matter...

Khurram: "6 toss before: capt decided to bat or bowl?" It's an equal distribution.

3.00 pm Australia have won the toss and elect to bowl. "No specific reasons for the decision," says George Bailey. Wow, that was casual. "Haven't played well in the business end perhaps," he says in response to Australia never winning this Cup. But he hopes for better luck this time. Pakistan have one change, with Zulfiqar Babar coming in place of Junaid Khan. They have a big meeting before the match and had discussed about playing more aggressively and expressing themselves better, says Mohammad Hafeez. Remember folks, in all six T20s played in Mirpur, the team winning the toss has won the game

Jilani: "T-20+Pak+Cheese and pepperoni pizza, me awake at 5 am, in minus-15 degree weather quite a lot of snow."

2.50 pm "Just love playing the game," says David Warner when asked of his success in T20 cricket. He enjoys the competitiveness involved and the expectation that when one scores 50 off 20, they have to do it all the time. Couldn't happen always. It's all about instinct in the first six overs, he adds. Try and think where the bowler bowls and react. Sometimes he bowls a good one and that's where you have to be switched on enough to put it away. The Pakistan spinners would be tough, he admits, and conditions suit them perfect but he says they've got the gameplan to handle them. Done it in the past, memories of lovely Michael Hussey in St Lucia and hopefully do that again today. Australia are playing fantastic as a group over the last 6-12 months and they're looking to press it forward.

Mohandas Menon tweets: David Warner run distribution in T20Is 0s: 386, 1s: 282, 2s: 64, 3s: 16, 4s: 122, 6s: 59, Balls: 929 #PakvAus #WT20

"Hafez vs Warner will be very interesting duel. Hafeez does not turn much but skids . Gul should be given new ball ahead of Junaid for a over or two. If Pakistan can remove either Flinch or Warner or both that will cause panic in Aussie camp" I wonder if it would only be short-lived panic though, Khondkar Salequ. Plus I've not seen Gul to be the force he usually is

2.40 pm Our very own Shiva Jayaraman shoots out just about the perfect stat with the toss around the corner. Mirpur has hosted six T20s and in all of them the team that has won the toss has gone on to win the game. Tuck into the preview by Brydon Coverdale and the musings from both camps.

"@Omprakash : That's an impossible combination..I wonder whether cricinfo has given you another 100M for picking players :P" wonders a sly Piyush Upadhyay.

"I would suggest Pak team management should re-adjust the batting order and place Sohaib Maqsood at 3 or 4 position," Are you sure, Muhammed Umair. I don't remember him being in good enough hitting form.

OMPRAKASH KHOJA: "Finch,Warner,kohli,watson & Gayle with Ajmal,narine & mishra in my fantasy team .....Can anybody tell me, whom should i make my captain..????" Dilemmas, dilemmas everywhere, eh?

2.30 pm I'm almost tempted to call this brain vs brawn, with Pakistan's canny exponents of spin and Australia's firecracker of a top-order. The pitch report also sets things up, with the track being nice and hard. There is a bit of roughness on it meaning the spinners will come into play, especially later in the afternoon. But Pakistan might not be too keen on facing the Australia quicks straight up.

"Any news about weather?" Ever the important question, Kamran. It's bright and sunny. Perhaps too hot, some might say. But it is expected to be a lot less accommodating in the evening when India and West Indies play

Pakistan are in a tight corner, early in the World T20. Their game against Australia is close to a must-win game. Watch this space for Match Point - our live preview show with Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan before start of play. If you have questions for the experts, send them to us on twitter with the #matchpoint, or using the commentary feedback option. You may also send them to us on Facebook.


Starc to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, crrrrack! Waited on the back foot and carves this in front of point. Just a hint of room and he gets into an excellent position to find the gap and his timing is sublime


Starc to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, 138kph, that's a Starc special. Full and tailing in. Shehzad was stuck in his crease, but looks to nudge into the leg side. Gets an inside edge to get off strike.


Starc to Kamran Akmal, no run, that is a terrific take behind the stumps, I think! The umps have gone upstairs after a little chat. Full and wide from Starc and Akmal jabs at it but replays show this is a bump ball. Haddin moves to his right and dives spectacularly to get this under control. Spectacular effort


Starc to Kamran Akmal, no run, keeps it fullish and just outside off, Akmal is a lot tighter now as he refrains from playing. Hint of inward movement there again


Starc to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, 141 kph, good length ball on and around off stump, dabbed neatly to deep third man


Starc to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, targets leg stump with one just short of a good length. Shehzad nudges off his thighs

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

    • Ahmed Shehzad 5 (3b 1x4)
    • Kamran Akmal 1 (3b)
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0

Doug Bollinger on his comeback


Bollinger to Kamran Akmal, no run, starts with an away swinger which was full enough, but it was directed too wide outside off. Slash and miss


Bollinger to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, 142kph, slash and outside edge this time. This was full and pushed across the right-hander who plonks a horizontal bat towards the line


Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, shortish on and around off stump as Shehzad is pushed back in his crease. Defended quite well. Soft hands

Adrian Meredith: "It remains to be seen if Brad Hogg is worth his spot in the team. I personally had Cameron White in the side to go in with the extra batsman, using Maxwell and Watson as the 4th and 5th bowling options. I really think against this Pakistan side you want extra batsmen, not bowlers. But we will see. White is desperately unlucky to miss the cut though, considering the form he is in."


Bollinger to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, goes for the pull with one that is not at all short enough. Top edge lands into Bollinger's waiting hands and Pakistan lose an early wicket. He was cramped as well, with the line being on middle and off. Pakistan wanted to be a lot more aggressive in this game, but that time it went against them

Ahmed Shehzad c & b Bollinger 5 (8m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Out walks the captain, Mohammad Hafeez.


Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, one hand flies off the bat as he pulls to behind square. Not quite in control of this either. Think Bollinger's hitting the bat a little quicker than the batsman expects

Two slips in place


Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length ball just outside off stump, dabbed into the covers

Big Artie: "Nice line and length Dougie. Enough about your hair! Your bowling's pretty good too." And to think he was in the wilderness for over two years...

End of over 2 (3 runs) Pakistan 9/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 2 (2b)
    • Kamran Akmal 2 (5b)
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-3-1
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0

Starc to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, this time the inswinger takes the fuller ball down the leg side


Starc to Kamran Akmal, no run, shot! Took it on the up and drilled the fuller delivery on off stump into the man at cover


Starc to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, that's through short point and his timing is good enough to find the boundary. This was quite full and he opens the face on impact to try and find the gap. Finch slides to his right, but cannot pull it back


Starc to Kamran Akmal, no run, good length ball on and around off stump, steered to point

Martin Jose: "@Adrian Meredith : No way you could opt out Brad Hogg from this Aussie line up..He being the only specialist spinner in the team ,while other teams have 2-3 spinners playing in this contest in Bangladesh .."


Starc to Kamran Akmal, no run, lured in by one that is angled across him. Short of a good length and rather wide. Wafts at it with no feet


Starc to Kamran Akmal, no run, 144kph, fullish on middle and off, Kamran gets in line and defends square on the off side

61m and 69m, the boundary square on the off side


Starc to Kamran Akmal, no run, 141 kph, short ball sails past the batsman's right shoulder as he sways away from it

End of over 3 (5 runs) Pakistan 14/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • Kamran Akmal 6 (11b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2 (2b)
    • MA Starc 2-0-11-0
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-3-1

Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, point dives to his left but he cannot get a hand to this back-foot punch from Hafeez. Good length ball on off stump met with an open face


Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, uses soft hands to dab a shortish ball into the leg side. Bollinger is on hand to prevent the single


Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, 140kph, Australia go up for a caught behind again, but it's off the thigh pad. Just short of a good length and angled on the pads. Hafeez's flick doesn't bear fruit


Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, carted through midwicket. This was length and he was backing away and mauls this through to the boundary


Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, picked away off the pads. This is a terrific shot. Shuffled across to off stump and he's swatted the fuller delivery from off stump. That midwicket boundary is rather short


Bollinger to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, another swipe into the leg side with Bollinger keeping to his shortish length on middle. Doesn't time this too well though as the ball rolls into the vacant midwicket region

End of over 4 (11 runs) Pakistan 25/1 (RR: 6.25)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 13 (8b 2x4)
    • Kamran Akmal 6 (11b 1x4)
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-14-1
    • MA Starc 2-0-11-0

Australia's favourite first-change bowler, Shane Watson to have a go. No slips


Watson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, 124kph, back of a length and outside off, but Hafeez employs a wristy whip to midwicket again

"Why wasn't Steven Smith picked for the Oz squad?" I'm as flummoxed as you, Raj


Watson to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, dragged on! This was full and outside off stump. Hafeez has been in a frenzy for quick runs and this time he wants to lash this through the covers, takes the inside edge and lights up the stumps.

Mohammad Hafeez b Watson 13 (13m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

Umar Akmal joins in brother at the crease. Slip in place and a short midwicket.


Watson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, walks at him and Watson tries to outsmart him with a short ball. Umar is unperturbed as he pulls straight of midwicket


Watson to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, walks again and he launches at the full length ball outside off. The bat face turns on impact and he beats mid-off who was running back to try and catch it


Watson to Umar Akmal, no run, good length ball on and around off stump, defended


Watson to Umar Akmal, no run, gets in line with the good length ball on off stump and presents a straight-bat punch

Salman ali: "Sad sight when your one fantasy player gets another... Oh well at least Watson is my captain!!"

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 29/2 (RR: 5.80)

    • Umar Akmal 4 (4b)
    • Kamran Akmal 6 (11b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-1
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-14-1

Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack


Coulter-Nile to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, back of a length and tucks him up on leg stump, Kamran looks to whip it away but he doesn't succeed as well as he would like


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, no run, hint of width outside off and Umar has lashed this to the right of point. Warner is up for the challenge

Jake: "@Raj its a well known fact that anyone with a reasonable prospect of captaining the Test side is removed from all other cricket to focus on their game, and I say that fully aware than Shane Watson is in this team."


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, no run, back of a length on off stump, Umar uses the depth of the crease and nudges straight of midwicket


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, FOUR, slapped to the long-on boundary! Kamran was in serious danger there! This was short with room on offer and Umar has pounded it down the ground. No chance of stopping that once Kamran got out of the way


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 1 leg bye, good length ball on leg stump, tries a flick but connects only with pad


Coulter-Nile to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, goes short and he has set himself up for the pull. Deep square leg has a bit of work to do, but they only take a single

End of over 6 (7 runs) Pakistan 36/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • Kamran Akmal 7 (13b 1x4)
    • Umar Akmal 8 (8b 1x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-5-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-1

Fahad Ali: "Looking at Kamran Akmal's strike I just wonder how can Pakistan ever get to a good start. This is inviting trouble. Dot balls gallore."


Watson to Kamran Akmal, no run, nice and tight on middle and Karman tentatively pushes into the covers


Watson to Kamran Akmal, no run, moves outside leg, but Watson follows him. The full ball is eventually tapped away with the open face straight to point. That short boundary on the off side seems too inviting


Watson to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, dragged down short on middle and he pulls down and to long leg.

sohail: "I think Pakistan are missing one thing here... Play T20 as normal cricket and you will eventually perform well regardless of your opponents. Form these two matches they have played, its seemed they are either too cautious or too aggressive. None have worked for them so for. Why not play pure cricket...?


Watson to Umar Akmal, no run, tries to walk, but Watson is in no mood for that. Digs in a bouncer and Umar has to adjust. He's off his feet and defends with soft hands


Watson to Umar Akmal, FOUR, terrific footwork from Umar! Dances down the track to turn it into a full toss on off stump and he's slammed this to the left of short cover. Calculated aggression. That's much better


Watson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, fullish on middle, picked away to deep square leg to retain strike

End of over 7 (6 runs) Pakistan 42/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • Umar Akmal 13 (11b 2x4)
    • Kamran Akmal 8 (16b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-10-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-5-0

ujjawal: "@Fahad: We got to give credit to Aussie pacers as well, haven't allowed him much room to free his arms!"


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 3 wides, 135kph, full and slides down the leg side. Umar looks to tickle it down to fine leg to no avail. It bounces before Haddin who fumbles


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, FOUR, 138kph, this was length on off stump and Umar says thank you. Coulter-Nile goes cross-seamed and is carted to the midwicket boundary. Front-foot swipe


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, no run, answers with a yorker at 143 kph. Umar can only dig it out and even after that he has to stop it from rolling onto his stumps. Traps it between his feet


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower ball just outside off, cut away to the sweeper to bring up the fifty


Coulter-Nile to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, makes room and slashes this to deep cover. This was full and homing in on middle, but Kamran got under it nicely


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, FOUR, full on off stump, Umar has belted this down the ground. Brilliant timing off the drive and even though it took a bit of the bowler's hand, it skims off


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 1 run, heaved towards the deep square leg boundary where a rather tough catch is spilled. Coulter-Nile strays in length and Umar punishes with a slog. Brad Hogg hand to move backward and to his right to get to it, but having done so one would say he should have taken it

End of over 8 (14 runs) Pakistan 56/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • Umar Akmal 23 (16b 4x4)
    • Kamran Akmal 9 (17b 1x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-19-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-10-1

Brad Hogg, all of 43 years, comes on.


Hogg to Umar Akmal, 1 run, gets a bit of turn off a good length delivery. Worked away behind square leg


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, bisects short fine leg and deep square leg. Wonderfully placed sweep from Kamran. Planted his front foot outside off and played it on top of the bounce


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Warner misfields on the cover boundary! This was overpitched outside off and he drilled it. Had enough room to free his arms and he takes full toll, with a little help from Warner mistiming his slide


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, shortish on middle, rocked back and pulls to deep square leg


Hogg to Umar Akmal, 1 run, there's the wrong 'un, but Umar was waiting for it on the back foot. Worked through midwicket


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, backs away and cuts this towards the point boundary. Excellent footwork to take advantage of a ball that was just short enough for him. And he waited on his stroke to beat the man in the infield

Shan Fastian: "Looks like Umar Akmal is resuming from where he left the innings unfinished. Whenever both of these Akmals play together, they play with some sense."

End of over 9 (13 runs) Pakistan 69/2 (RR: 7.66)

    • Kamran Akmal 20 (21b 3x4)
    • Umar Akmal 25 (18b 4x4)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-13-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-19-0

Watson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Watson has to shorten his length as he sees Umar walking at him. Doesn't trouble the batsman either way as he flicks this to the man at deep square leg


Watson to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, carts this just over the head of short midwicket. It was full and invited the batsman to free his arms. Just a little too early into the stroke


Watson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full toss on middle, picked away to deep square leg


Watson to Kamran Akmal, (no ball) 1 run, dropped again! This was a full-toss on leg stump, but it was also a no-ball as well. Flicked it straight to the only man there. Comes in at a comfortable height too and he spills it. Terrible cricket all around


Watson to Umar Akmal, SIX, offers up a full toss for the free hit and Umar has smashed this over midwicket. Brings up the fifty partnership between these two


Watson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full on off stump gets a strong drive to long-off


Watson to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, back of a lenght on off stump, tapped towards long-on and he's hit it soft enough to sneak two before the fielder can rush in

Rabia Nasir: "Pakistan will be at a much safer situation if the Akmal brothers hold on to their wickets and play just like they are for at least another 5-6 overs."

End of over 10 (14 runs) Pakistan 83/2 (RR: 8.30)

    • Kamran Akmal 24 (24b 3x4)
    • Umar Akmal 34 (22b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-24-1
    • GB Hogg 1-0-13-0

Hogg to Umar Akmal, 1 run, loopy delivery on leg stump, it was the wrong 'un. Worked away all along the ground through midwicket


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, 5 wides, tossed up on leg stump again and Kamran goes for a sweep. Doesn't connect and this turns too much for the keeper to glove. Four wides


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, googly has been lofted over and wide of short cover and crashes into the boundary.


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, flighted on leg stump and this strikes him on the front pad as he looks to nudge. Big appeal from Hogg, but it had pitched outside


Hogg to Umar Akmal, 1 run, comes forward to tuck this tossed up delivery through square leg


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, no run, bit of room outside off and Kamran times his cut well, but he has found the man at backward point. He's looking far more established at the crease now


Hogg to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, flighted on and around off stump, driven down to long-off

Narbavi: "Australia need not panic here. All they need is one wicket. Malik and Maqsood aren't really in great hitting form and I think we can all agree that the Aussie pacers will easily dethrone boom boom. So one more wicket now and I see Pakistan folding for about 140 - 145."

End of over 11 (13 runs) Pakistan 96/2 (RR: 8.72)

    • Kamran Akmal 29 (28b 4x4)
    • Umar Akmal 36 (24b 4x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-25-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-24-1

Australia dig into their spin drawer and draw up Aaron Finch


Finch to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, very slow and nicely tossed up on off stump, he comes forward and flicks into the square leg region


Finch to Umar Akmal, SIX, drags his length down and Umar has rocked back and tonked it over midwicket. Every single bad ball Australia have bowled, he's made them pay


Finch to Umar Akmal, FOUR, now he finds the gap between short third man and point. Terrific hand speed from Umar. Hint of width and he goes deep in his crease, waits for it just that bit longer and slashes through the gap


Finch to Umar Akmal, no run, finds short third man this time with a square drive


Finch to Umar Akmal, SIX, this goes miles! Reaches his fifty off 28 deliveries and this one was a gift. Pitched halfway down and it was pulverised into the stands


Finch to Umar Akmal, 1 run, goes back as he goes flat on off stump, punched to long-off. Eighteen off the over

bikesh: "Where is Maxi?? Any problem with his bowling??"

End of over 12 (18 runs) Pakistan 114/2 (RR: 9.50)

    • Umar Akmal 53 (29b 5x4 3x6)
    • Kamran Akmal 30 (29b 4x4)
    • AJ Finch 1-0-18-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-25-0

Coulter-Nile to stem the run-flow.


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 1 run, 143 kph, fullish but angling on the pads, flicked away for the man at deep backward square leg to mop up


Coulter-Nile to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, 118kph, slower ball on off stump. Kamran waited for it, blocks and runs to cover.


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, FOUR, width on offer and point's dive isn't good enough to stop the cut. He was quick to move on the back foot and waited just enough to beat the man on his left


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, this one short of a good length. Umar opens the face to sneak a single to short third man

San: "Off-spinner with 2 right handers smacking the ball all around the park. I dont think Bailey would go there"


Coulter-Nile to Kamran Akmal, OUT, short on off stump and he has slapped this to deep point. Warner makes amends for his misfield earlier with a good running catch right on the boundary. Made room for himself to try and power it over the boundary, but the fielder made good ground to his left to help Australia breathe freer

Kamran Akmal c Warner b Coulter-Nile 31 (61m 31b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Sohaib Maqsood walks in at No.4, like most of our feedbackers wanted


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, 141kph, rides the bounce on short ball and picks up a couple to deep third man.

End of over 13 (9 runs) Pakistan 123/3 (RR: 9.46)

    • Umar Akmal 61 (33b 6x4 3x6)
    • Sohaib Maqsood 0 (0b)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-28-1
    • AJ Finch 1-0-18-0

Uwaisul Karnain: "Difference between these 2 teams are obvious. Australia playing in Perth whereas Pakistan playing in Dhaka."


Hogg to Sohaib Maqsood, 4 byes, flighted just outside off and Maqsood goes for a slog sweep. Too full for that and he is beaten comfortably. deflects off Haddin's pads to the boundary


Hogg to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, kept nice and full and drilled into the covers


Hogg to Umar Akmal, 1 run, loads of air on this and Umar smashes to deep midwicket


Hogg to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, low full toss on middle, Maqsood puts a lot of muscle into a thump to long-on


Hogg to Umar Akmal, no run, tosses it up and outside off as Umar gets forward and drives to short cover


Hogg to Umar Akmal, 1 run, decent over from Hogg as he keeps it full on off stump, driven to long-off

End of over 14 (8 runs) Pakistan 131/3 (RR: 9.35)

    • Umar Akmal 63 (36b 6x4 3x6)
    • Sohaib Maqsood 2 (3b)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-29-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-28-1

Bollinger's back


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, FOUR, poor line and it's been dispatched to the fine leg boundary. Fuller ball outside leg stump just flicked away and Umar reaches his highest score in T20s


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, he stays leg side of it and steers to deep third man


Bollinger to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, good length ball on middle, but Maqsood makes a little room and opens the face to find deep point

Faraz: "Almost 10RR! wow... I can't believe I'm saying this for Pakistan but can they actually make 200?! *fingers crossed*"


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full on off stump, slices to deep point off the front foot


Bollinger to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, shortish and on the pads, tucked away to deep square leg


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, 1 run, makes a bit of room while coming on the front foot and slashes into the off side. Short cover gets a hand to it

Siva Kumar: "Bailey should have picked Murhead instead of Bollinger. They need more than one full time spinner to have any chance of progressing further in the tournament."

End of over 15 (9 runs) Pakistan 140/3 (RR: 9.33)

    • Umar Akmal 70 (40b 7x4 3x6)
    • Sohaib Maqsood 4 (5b)
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-23-1
    • GB Hogg 3-0-29-0

Only one over spells for Hogg. Coulter-Nile again


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, FOUR, full on off stump, Umar is forward and carts it over cow corner. Long-on tries his best but he had no chance


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 1 run, 142kph, yorker on off stump, jabbed into the covers


Coulter-Nile to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, shortish on middle, Maqsood makes room for himself and goes for a flat-batted slap. It was a bit too quick for him and he gets it high on the bat and goes down to long-off


Coulter-Nile to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower short ball and Umar was a little deceived. Had to adjust his pull shot and gets a single through midwicket


Coulter-Nile to Sohaib Maqsood, OUT, he was never comfortable out there and a yorker on middle eases his misery. Goes for a leg-side slog and has his furniture rearranged

Sohaib Maqsood b Coulter-Nile 5 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Joshua: "Muirhead isn't the answer to Australia's problem here. Blood him now and watch him end up in the huge pile of our other recent spinners who have been thrown to the wolves too soon and then discarded to rebuild their confidence and their game. Would have liked to have seen O'Keefe here though."

Shahid Afridi with the stage just about perfectly set for him


Coulter-Nile to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full on leg stump, ensured his feet were out of the way and works it down to long-on

End of over 16 (8 runs) Pakistan 148/4 (RR: 9.25)

    • Shahid Afridi 1 (1b)
    • Umar Akmal 76 (43b 8x4 3x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-36-2
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-23-1

"Two things I want today, Gayle with the double century and Umar Akmal with Pakistan's first T20 century." Very reasonable requests, Nabhaan. Anyway, Shane Watson is in now


Watson to Shahid Afridi, no run, slower ball just outside off, Afridi tries to dab it to third man and misses. There's two men partoling the point region


Watson to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, inside edge scurries away towards long leg. Another slower ball outside off but Afridi was looking for midwicket


Watson to Shahid Afridi, SIX, this is in his arc and Afridi has murdered it. Gets on the front foot and he's slammed it well into the stands behind midwicket. Bowling a length ball in a situation like this...


Watson to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, quite full on off stump and Afridi's drive has enough power to find the man on the cover boundary

around the wicket


Watson to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full on middle and off, Umar pushes to the right of short cover


Watson to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, lofts over the head of mid-off! This was fullish on middle, Afridi ensured he was beside the ball and cleared the man with ease. Calculated strike

Richie: "Shahid Afridi- easily the riskiest player to have in your fantasy team (considering his value)"

End of over 17 (14 runs) Pakistan 162/4 (RR: 9.52)

    • Shahid Afridi 14 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • Umar Akmal 77 (44b 8x4 3x6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-38-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-36-2

Starc now, can he get those yorkers in? Starts around the wicket


Starc to Umar Akmal, FOUR, oh dear, this is a low full toss on the stumps. Umar is on the front foot and slams it inside out over extra. Gets a pat on the helmet from Afridi


Starc to Umar Akmal, 1 run, walks at him as this is full on off stump. Dabbed into the covers for a quick single


Starc to Shahid Afridi, no run, 138kph, he's through him! Good yorker on off stump and Afridi made it look a little better by trying to whip across the line towards midwicket


Starc to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, dropped full and just outside off, presents an open face to find point who is right on the circle. Hodge leaps up and gets a hand it but couldn't cling on


Starc to Umar Akmal, SIX, another yorker manifests as a full toss and Umar has slammed this way over midwicket! Phew, he's struck some clean ones and this falls straight in that bracket


Starc to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short ball outside off, he pulls to deep square leg and jogs through for a single rather slowly. Is he cramping?

"Indians death bowling far better than Aussies...." So it would seem, Babu

End of over 18 (13 runs) Pakistan 175/4 (RR: 9.72)

    • Umar Akmal 89 (48b 9x4 4x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 15 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • MA Starc 3-0-24-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-38-1

Bollinger to Umar Akmal, no run, finds the block hole on middle and keeps Umar to nothing. Excellent ball


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, no run, wants to be cheeky with a lap sweep as he goes for a good length ball on leg stump. No contact


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, low full toss, lobbed over to top. He's got it off the toe and it falls short of Warner who was running in from long-on


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, there's another full toss, seemed rather high too. Umar is on the front foot and heaves it towards to midwicket boundary.


Bollinger to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full and outside off, Umar was looking to drag it to the leg side and gets a toe-ender to long-off


Bollinger to Shahid Afridi, no run, well done, Dougie! Saw the batsman making room and pushed a shorter ball wide outside off. Afridi looks to slap it to third man to no avail

End of over 19 (5 runs) Pakistan 180/4 (RR: 9.47)

    • Shahid Afridi 15 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • Umar Akmal 94 (53b 9x4 4x6)
    • DE Bollinger 4-0-28-1
    • MA Starc 3-0-24-0

Last six balls and Umar needs six more to make the first Pakistan T20 century


Starc to Umar Akmal, OUT, is that it? No, he hasn't got hold of the full toss outside off. Swings as best he could but this goes more off the bottom of the bat and sits in the hands of long-on. Gets a pat on the back from his partner and he walks off, dribbling a whole load of sweat behind him

Umar Akmal c Maxwell b Starc 94 (70m 54b 9x4 4x6) SR: 174.07


Starc to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, so simple. So effective. Another low full toss from Starc but this was outside off stump and Afridi just dabs it well fine of short third man


Starc to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full on leg stump, looks to whip it away to the leg side but gets a leading edge down the ground

Darren Lehmann is leaning against the fences, and flashes a little grin to the camera


Starc to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, full and outside off stump, Malik throws his bat at it and gets it off the toe. Streaks off to the third man boundary. Lucky


Starc to Shoaib Malik, no run, full toss and wide outside off, Malik has no intention to move away from his stance on leg stump. Another slash and this time it does not connect


Starc to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, full on off stump, he hoists it just over mid-off.

5.10 pm While I collect my thoughts after that magnificent innings from Umar Akmal, why don't you all enjoy the musings of Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan on Match Point. Pakistan were not in the best position when he strode out at No. 4 but he was remarkably efficient against some rather ordinary bowling from Australia. That midwicket boundary was never left alone as he along with his brother Kamran have put Pakistan in a pretty strong position. Join us in about 10 minutes for the chase

Deepu: "In 2010, during 2nd semi final pakistan scored 191-6 (same score) that time Hussey pulled the victory from pak. But now NO HUSSEY, whether they have any replace player.Lets see. I am waiting"

"I think it's a match-winning partnership," says Kamran Akmal, "The plan was to go through the powerplays and then open up. He was playing his natural game and he is a very aggressive batsman"

End of over 20 (11 runs) Pakistan 191/5

    • Shoaib Malik 6 (3b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 20 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • MA Starc 4-0-35-1
    • DE Bollinger 4-0-28-1
WATCHESPN: 16th Match, Group 2: Australia v Pakistan at Dhaka, Mar 23, 2014
WATCHESPN: 16th Match, Group 2: Australia v Pakistan at Dhaka, Mar 23, 2014





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