ICC World Twenty20 - 6th match, Group A

Australia v Pakistan

Australia won by 34 runs

Hello and welcome to what should be a thrilling Australia v Pakistan encounter in St Lucia. Pakistan may have been royally hammered by Australia recently, but they are the champions of this format and Australia are, well, as far as their record goes, pretty rubbish, but are sure to improve this time round.

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Anyway, enough tattle, we have news from the middle. Australia have won the toss and will bat first. The teams line-up like this:

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Cameron White, 5 David Hussey 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Steven Smith, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Dirk Nannes, 11 Shaun Tait.

Pakistan 1 Salman Butt, 2 Kamran Akmal (wk), 3 Shahid Afridi (capt), 4 Abdul Razzaq, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Mohammad Hafeez, 7 Umar Akmal, 8 Fawad Alam, 9 Mohammad Sami, 10 Mohammad Aamer, 11 Saeed Ajmal.

Still no Mohammad Asif, which is a shame, he's always fun to watch, but I'm sure the Pakistan selectors have clear, logical and coherent reasons for everything they do. In David Warner Australia have possibly the most charmless batsman to ever open an innings in international cricket, but his muscular smiting is mighty effective and should provide a fascinating contest against Mohammad Aamer.

Interestingly, after seeing India's spinners profit so much more than South Africa's barrage of fast-medium bowlers, Australia are only playing the Steven Smith. I guess the testosterone-team of Tait, Johnson and Nannes are slightly swifter than Albie Morkel. We shall see.

For now, the players are out there and the fun is about to begin. Warner will face the first ball from Mohammad Aamer.

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Warner, no run, lively start already from Mohammad Aamer, outside off stump, zippy, Warner fences at it and misses

0.2

Mohammad Amir to Warner, FOUR, Warner strikes back immediately, dished up full and on leg stump and Warner flicked it past square leg for a boundary

0.3

Mohammad Amir to Warner, no run, this time it's back to an off-stump line, Warner once again flinches at it and misses

0.4

Mohammad Amir to Warner, no run, good ball this, on a length and off-stump line, Warner solidly behind it

0.5

Mohammad Amir to Warner, no run, a touch shorter this time, Warner aiming a big pull shot but probably got through it too quickly and ended up wearing it on the chest

0.6

Mohammad Amir to Warner, 1 run, good ball to finish up a good over, hint of movement away from Warner from outside off, leading edge flies harmlessly down to third man for a single

End of over 1 (5 runs) Australia 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
DA Warner    5* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-5-0
SR Watson    0* (0b)     

Ah, what have we here? Mohammad Hafeez will open up.

1.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Warner, no run, starts well, skidding it through and Warner gets back trying to cut but can't get it away

1.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Warner, 1 run, shoved down the ground, ugly shot, but effective and picks up a single

1.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, no run, Watson deals with his first ball well enough, turning it from around middle to midwicket

1.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, no run, good tight bowling this, Watson tries to bunt it down the ground but Mohammad Hafeez skips round and fields

1.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, 1 run, a touch shorter this time, clipped into the midwicket region for a single

1.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Warner, SIX, and here is the first big shot! Warner comes down the track and drives handsomely down the ground for six! All timing from Warner and ruins an excellent over

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
DA Warner    12* (9b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-8-0
SR Watson    1* (3b)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-5-0

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Watson, 1 run, good stuff from Mohammad Aamer, full and swinging in, Watson trying to drive ends up inside-edging down to fine leg

2.2

Mohammad Amir to Warner, 1 run, a touch short, almost allowed Warner to unleash a massive pull shot, but it was a touch too quick for him and he couldn't get much off it, trickles away for a single

2.3

Mohammad Amir to Watson, 2 runs, fuller to Watson, he loves the drive and throws his hands through the ball, didn't quite time it but it flew down to long off for a couple

2.4

Mohammad Amir to Watson, 2 runs, good running here, making full use of the big outfield, Watson turned it off his legs down to midwicket and collects a couple

2.5

Mohammad Amir to Watson, 1 run, really good ball, deserved a dot really, full and swinging and straight, but Watson squeezed it to cover and raced through for a single

2.6

Mohammad Amir to Warner, no run, yorker to finish up, Warner lost his balance and it almost squeezed under the bat, but hit his toe and rolled away safely

End of over 3 (7 runs) Australia 20/0 (RR: 6.66)
DA Warner    13* (11b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Amir    2-0-12-0
SR Watson    7* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-8-0

3.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, FOUR, Mohammad Hafeez to continue, Watson unfurls a big sweep, doesn't get much of it, but the bottom edge raced away down towards deep fine leg for a boundary

3.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, 2 runs, dropped very close, it was a full toss that Watson chipped to midwicket, and Misbah-ul-Haq couldn't get round quick enough, instead shoving out a hand and it goes down

3.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, SIX, full punishment here, in the slot and Watson swipes it powerfully over deep midwicket

3.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, 1 run, on the sweep again, Pakistan really living dangerously here but Watson can't get hold of it, bottom edging away for one

3.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Warner, FOUR, oh dear, this is very expensive. Warner on one knee and mowing it straight past the bowler to the boundary, bullet straight

3.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Warner, no run, dot ball to finish a very damaging over, Warner attempting another huge heave but can't connect

End of over 4 (17 runs) Australia 37/0 (RR: 9.25)
DA Warner    17* (13b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-25-0
SR Watson    20* (11b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Amir    2-0-12-0

4.1

Mohammad Amir to Watson, no run, full again from Aamer, Watson drives tamely towards the covers, and a moment of calm as no run is taken

4.2

Mohammad Amir to Watson, 2 runs, close again this time, Misbah-ul-Haq almost reaching a chance as Watson gets a leading edge on an attempted leg-side hoik, good effort running back from midwicket but he just couldn't reach it

4.3

Mohammad Amir to Watson, 1 run, good ball again, Watson content to drive very correctly in to the off side for a single

4.4

Mohammad Amir to Warner, FOUR, oh dear, full toss served up and Warner obliges, banging it powerfully through midwicket for a boundary, really good stuff this from Warner

4.5

Mohammad Amir to Warner, FOUR, it's boundaries galore, Warner is an ugly dynamite in Twenty20 cricket, full and he gives himself some room and thumps it all along the carpet through extra cover for four

4.6

Mohammad Amir to Warner, no run, dot ball to finish, but Australia are in full command, this one is yorker length and Warner squeezes it towards midwicket

End of over 5 (11 runs) Australia 48/0 (RR: 9.60)
DA Warner    25* (16b 4x4 1x6)      Mohammad Amir    3-0-23-0
SR Watson    23* (14b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-25-0

Sure the Mohammad Hafeez experiment has to end, and it is Sami to replace him.

5.1

Mohammad Sami to Watson, 1 run, good start from Sami, on a length and line outside off, Watson stands tall and punches it into the offside for a single

5.2

Mohammad Sami to Warner, 1 run, touch shorter to Warner, he hops back a touch hurriedly and turns it away towards square leg for another single

5.3

Mohammad Sami to Watson, 1 run, Sami goes full and Watson is on the front foot lacing a drive that rockets straight to mid off for one

5.4

Mohammad Sami to Warner, OUT, gone this time! Sami strikes! That is massive relief for Pakistan, things were looking out of hand, but this was dug in a touch short, Warner tried to pull but could only top-edge it down to Umar Akmal, who made no mistake on the square leg boundary

DA Warner c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Sami 26 (21m 18b 4x4 1x6) SR: 144.44

Michael Clarke is the new man in, and he could not have asked for a better start from his openers.

5.5

Mohammad Sami to Watson, no run, good stuff from Sami, on off stump, decent pace, Watson cuts but straight to the point fielder

5.6

Mohammad Sami to Watson, FOUR, poor delivery to finish up and Watson punishes him, on leg stump, a touch short and pulled away firmly for four

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 55/1 (RR: 9.16)
SR Watson    29* (18b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Sami    1-0-7-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      Mohammad Amir    3-0-23-0

Pakistan need inspiration, and who better than Afridi.

6.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, starts well enough, zipping it on to leg stump, Clarke turns it away wristily for a single down to fine leg

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Watson, no run, good ball again, Watson back and trying to force it through the off side, can't get it away

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Watson, no run, lovely ball this, slower, loopy, inviting a drive the Watson misses

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Watson, no run, good tight stuff again, on and around off stump, Watson tries to back-cut but can only find short third man

6.5

Shahid Afridi to Watson, no run, it's like a Test match, good line, good length, Watson stretches forward and defends

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Watson, no run, Watson edging down the pitch, fired in quicker and almost yorks him, good over

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 56/1 (RR: 8.00)
SR Watson    29* (23b 2x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    1* (1b)      Mohammad Sami    1-0-7-1

7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, tidy start, full and Clarke works it away into the leg side for a single

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, FOUR, well, this is an excellent shot, full and Watson smashes it down the ground firmly for a boundary, just simple cricket well executed

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, 2 runs, too short this, not good bowing, Watson waits on it and crashes a pull shot away though midwicket, almost collects four but some sharp fielding on the boundary saves one

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, 1 run, nicely bowled, Watson can't get much of it and it runs away for a single

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, OUT, gone! Real bonus for Hafeez and Pakistan! Quicker ball, Clarke gave himself room to try and cut it away, but it zipped through and castled middle stump

MJ Clarke b Mohammad Hafeez 2 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Hussey, no run, good first ball to David Hussey, the new man, full and straight and driven calmly back to the bowler

End of over 8 (8 runs) Australia 64/2 (RR: 8.00)
DJ Hussey    0* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-33-1
SR Watson    36* (26b 3x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-0

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Watson, 1 run, Afridi continues to cause trouble, this is fuller and a touch slower outside off stump, Watson edges his drive though to point and some sharp running allows a single

8.2

Shahid Afridi to DJ Hussey, no run, zippy delivery, Hussey trying to cut it away but has neither the time nor space for the shot

8.3

Shahid Afridi to DJ Hussey, no run, good ball again, full and Hussey drives carefully into the off side without any power

8.4

Shahid Afridi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, gets a run this time, threading it through the off side for a single

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Watson, FOUR, oh top shot! Just a touch too much width and a bit short, and Watson cashes in, cutting through point for a boundary

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Watson, 2 runs, two more, ruins what would have been a tight over, shoving through the cover for a couple

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 72/2 (RR: 8.00)
SR Watson    43* (29b 4x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-9-0
DJ Hussey    1* (4b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-33-1

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Hussey hanging back on his crease, throws his arms through this and it goes down to long off

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, SIX, Watson just does not let up, big stride down on one knee and slogs it flat and powerfully for six over long on

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, SIX, brings up a half century in style! Down on one knee again, and smashing it through midwicket this time for another big six

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, no run, thrown well outside off stump, Watson was aiming another sweep so can't time it well from there

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Watson, 1 run, better ball this time, fullish and straight and driven calmly away to long off for a single

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Hussey, no run, quiet finish to another brutal over for Pakistan, Hussey trying to work it down the ground can't beat the bowler

End of over 10 (14 runs) Australia 86/2 (RR: 8.60)
DJ Hussey    2* (6b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-47-1
SR Watson    56* (33b 4x4 3x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-9-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Watson, 1 run, Afridi trying to cut off Watson's big sweep by shoving this well outside off stump again, Watson sweeps nevertheless, but without timing down to deep midwicket

10.2

Shahid Afridi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, driven away calmly through the covers to give Watson back the strike

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Watson, 2 runs, Watson bunts this again down towards midwicket and easily collects two

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Watson, FOUR, oh dear, full toss from Afridi and punished, easily, sweeping in front of square on the leg side for four

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Watson, no run, a touch shorter this but it's on to Watson too quickly to time his leg-side shove, it trickles away

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Watson, 1 run, keeps the strike by working this away down to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 11 (9 runs) Australia 95/2 (RR: 8.63)
SR Watson    64* (38b 5x4 3x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-18-0
DJ Hussey    3* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-47-1

11.1

Saeed Ajmal to Watson, no run, slightly desperate appeal from Kamran behind the stumps as this full ball raps Watson on the stumps

11.2

Saeed Ajmal to Watson, no run, doosra beats Watson! Outside off stump, touch of air, Watson aims a sweep but finds only fresh air

11.3

Saeed Ajmal to Watson, FOUR, gets all of this though! Low full-toss and banged through the covers for four, not easy to time those but he did it well

11.4

Saeed Ajmal to Watson, 1 run, back on the leg side this time, doesn't quite time it but collects one

11.5

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey looks surprised as this doosra turns away from him, ends up guiding it tamely along the ground to point

11.6

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, 1 run, gets another single here, working it into the leg side

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 101/2 (RR: 8.41)
DJ Hussey    4* (9b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    69* (42b 6x4 3x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-18-0

12.1

Shahid Afridi to DJ Hussey, SIX, Hussey opens his shoulders this time. Clean strike 92 meters down the ground for six, so simple

12.2

Shahid Afridi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, just a single this time, which well feel like mercy, as Hussey pushes it away for one

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Watson, SIX, stand and deliver from Watson, touch of air and Watson throws his hands through the line. and the ball rockets down for six over midwicket

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Watson, 1 run, follows it up with a single, trying to fetch it from outside off and can't quite time it

12.5

Shahid Afridi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another single for Hussey, worked away calmly into the leg side

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Watson, no run, well outside off stump, spinning away further, Watson swishes at thin air

End of over 13 (15 runs) Australia 116/2 (RR: 8.92)
SR Watson    76* (45b 6x4 4x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-33-0
DJ Hussey    12* (12b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0

13.1

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, no run, Sami is back and it's a tidy return, outside off, Hussey guides it to point

13.2

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, good ball again, some respite here for Pakistan, forced into the off side for a couple

13.3

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, FOUR, well, how did this happen? Just swiped from a decent length on off stump through straight midwicket for four

13.4

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, no run, another leg side heave attempted, this time Hussey can't connect and it hits him on the body

13.5

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, 1 run, oh dear, dropped, it's Pakistan at their most hazardous, swiped down to long off and put down, plenty of time but dropped

13.6

Mohammad Sami to Watson, no run, Sami finishes a good over, Watson, for once, can't inflict any pain

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia 123/2 (RR: 8.78)
SR Watson    76* (46b 6x4 4x6)      Mohammad Sami    2-0-14-1
DJ Hussey    19* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-33-0

14.1

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, no run, lucky to get away with this, shortish on leg stump, but pulled straight to the short fine leg fielder

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, FOUR, gets all of this one, flighted on to around leg stump, Hussey down on one knee and crashing it in front of square for four

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, chipped over the covers for a couple, Hussey in total control

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, no run, good ball this, quicker and Hussey can't get hold it his leg-side swipe and it trickles away

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, 1 run, almost another chance goes begging here, swished down towards deep midwicket, the fielder can't decide whether to stick or twist, in the end can't reach it

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Watson, FOUR, swept away, beats the short fine leg and the diving man on the boundary, more pain for Pakistan

End of over 15 (11 runs) Australia 134/2 (RR: 8.93)
SR Watson    80* (47b 7x4 4x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-17-0
DJ Hussey    26* (22b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Sami    2-0-14-1

15.1

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, SIX, goodness me, this is a monster. Hussey clears his front leg, and mows this down the ground for a big six

15.2

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, he is relentless, driven from a full length, somehow finding the power to get it away firmly down towards the mid off boundary

15.3

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, slower ball and wide outside off stump, too wide for the batsman or umpire

15.3

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, SIX, another crunching blow, really unforgiving, just back of a length, asking to be pulled away and Hussey nailed it over mid wicket

15.4

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, SIX, another one! Full this time, into Hussey's hitting arc and he just threw his hands though it, clean strike, another six

15.5

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, SIX, we need bigger boundaries, Hussey gives himself a bit of room, Sami dropped it short and Hussey murdered it over long on for another one to bring up a thunderous fifty

15.6

Mohammad Sami to DJ Hussey, 1 run, finally finds a yorker length, far far too late, Hussey can only squeeze it away for a single

End of over 16 (28 runs) Australia 162/2 (RR: 10.12)
DJ Hussey    53* (28b 2x4 5x6)      Mohammad Sami    3-0-42-1
SR Watson    80* (47b 7x4 4x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-17-0

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Hussey, OUT, finally, some peace for Pakistan. Hussey departs, he tried to mow this away into the leg side again, but finally finds a fielder who can catch, Fawad Alam makes no mistake on the boundary

DJ Hussey c Fawad Alam b Saeed Ajmal 53 (28m 29b 2x4 5x6) SR: 182.75

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Watson, 1 run, shortish again, Watson goes back and shovels it away down to the fine leg boundary for a single

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Mike Hussey replaces his brother and guides his first ball through the covers for an easy single

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Watson, OUT, good ball from Saeed Ajmal sees the end of Watson! Quicker ball and flat and full, Watson looking to unleash another huge leg-side swipe, misses and is struck bang in front. Brings the end to a brilliant knock

SR Watson lbw b Saeed Ajmal 81 (62m 49b 7x4 4x6) SR: 165.30

Cameron White is the new man, and he can be savage.

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to White, 1 run, but is a picture of delicacy here, working it round the corner for a single

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey doesn't time this at all, just working it into the leg side, but the lack of timing allows him to pick a couple down to deep midwicket

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 167/4 (RR: 9.82)
MEK Hussey    3* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-22-2
CL White    1* (1b)      Mohammad Sami    3-0-42-1

17.1

Mohammad Sami to White, 1 run, Sami continues, and starts well after his horror-show last over, full and straight and White punches it down the ground for a single

17.2

Mohammad Sami to MEK Hussey, 1 run, lucky to get away with this, full and well outside off stump, Hussey can't get much of it and ends up guiding it down to short third man

17.3

Mohammad Sami to White, (no ball) 2 runs, oops, high full toss, White swiped it away, without much timing it trickles through to midwicket and they collect a couple

17.3

Mohammad Sami to White, 2 runs, good yorker here, where was this last over? White still squeezes it away and some swift running allows him to collect two

17.4

Mohammad Sami to White, 1 run, another excellent yorker, not even White can get any elevation on this, as he drives down to long on for one

17.5

Mohammad Sami to MEK Hussey, no run, right in the blockhole, nothing Hussey can do about this apart from jab a bat down in time

17.6

Mohammad Sami to MEK Hussey, FOUR, too full this time, Hussey down on one knee but Sami is doing the begging, it's guided away neatly through to the fine leg boundary, top shot

End of over 18 (12 runs) Australia 179/4 (RR: 9.94)
MEK Hussey    8* (5b 1x4)      Mohammad Sami    4-0-54-1
CL White    7* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-22-2

18.1

Saeed Ajmal to White, 2 runs, excellent bowling let down but sloppy fielding from Salman Butt, White got well across to the off side, tried to sweep it away, couldn't time it but Butt lets it through him a short fine leg

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to White, OUT, nicely done from Saeed Ajmal, holding it back, White tried to get it away but could only heave it to the square leg boundary where Fawad Alam takes the catch

CL White c Fawad Alam b Saeed Ajmal 9 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to MEK Hussey, 1 run, fired in at Hussey, not giving him any room, Hussey tries to sweep it away but can't quite get the vicious power needed so it goes for a single down to square leg

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Haddin, 1 run, another single, good bowling this, he really should have opened the bowling, Haddin whipping a fullish ball into the midwicket region

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, another fielding lapse allows runs, it was a touch short, Hussey cut firmly to point, where the fielder spills it and allows a couple

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to MEK Hussey, SIX, really good shot this, floated up outside off and Hussey punched it firmly, timing it really well and it sails over the long off fielder

End of over 19 (12 runs) Australia 191/5 (RR: 10.05)
MEK Hussey    17* (8b 1x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-34-3
BJ Haddin    1* (1b)      Mohammad Sami    4-0-54-1

19.1

Mohammad Amir to Haddin, OUT, gone! No mistake from Sami at short third man, it was full and outside off, Haddin throws his hands at it, gets an edge and neatly taken. Dot ball is what matters at this stage, but the total is already imposing

BJ Haddin c Mohammad Sami b Mohammad Amir 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

19.2

Mohammad Amir to Johnson, OUT, Aamer strikes! Lovely yorker and Johnson can't get his bat down in time, it crashes into middle stump, lovely bowling

MG Johnson b Mohammad Amir 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Aamer on a hat-trick and Steven Smith to face.

19.3

Mohammad Amir to Smith, OUT, well it's three wickets in three balls, but not a hat-trick! Another good yorker, Smith swished and misses, they attempt to run a bye to get Hussey on strike, Kamran is quick with the throw and Hussey is run out

MEK Hussey run out 17 (19m 8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 212.50

19.4

Mohammad Amir to Nannes, OUT, well, what have we here!? Is it four in four!? Another yorker, another swish, another attempted bye, and yes, another run out. Good stuff from Pakistan in this final over, a touch farcical out there, it must be said.

SPD Smith run out 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.5

Mohammad Amir to Tait, no run, ooh, this time they reject the bye, Tait plays and misses haplessly at a good ball outside off, but stands his ground imperiously

19.6

Mohammad Amir to Tait, OUT, gone this time! Bowled him! How utterly extraordinary and bizarre. Decent length and line, Tait gives himself room and it cannons off his pads on to off stump. So we have a five-wicket maiden, yet Australia are completely on top.

SW Tait b Mohammad Amir 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What an amusing end to a very destructive Australia innings. Before those five wickets in six balls Australia ran rampant, first Watson and then David Hussey powering the ball around mercilessly. It would take something quite special for Pakistan to climb this mountain.

I can't get over how odd that final over was, excellent bowling suicidal running. But when you lose five wickets in an over it should spell disaster, but in this case it barely matters at all. It will make a good quiz question at some point I'm sure.

Australia have had a torrid outing at the last two World Twenty20 tournaments but have made a very strong opening statement here. Now they unleash their battery of pace bowlers, how will Pakistan respond?

End of over 20 (wicket maiden) Australia 191/10
     Mohammad Amir    4-1-23-3
DP Nannes    0* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-34-3
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May 2, 2010

Shahid Afridi has his off stump clipped by Shaun Tait, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, ICC World Twenty20, St Lucia, May 2, 2010

Shahid Afridi has his off stump clipped by Shaun Tait

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May 2, 2010

Misbah-ul-Haq goes for the slog, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, ICC World Twenty20, St Lucia, May 2, 2010

Misbah-ul-Haq goes for the slog

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