2nd T20I (N), Australia tour of United Arab Emirates at Dubai (DSC), Sep 7 2012
(20 ov, target 152)
Match tied (Pakistan won the one-over eliminator)
Player Of The Match
AUS Innings
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end of over 209 runs • 2 wicket
AUS: 151/8CRR: 7.55 
Daniel Christian2 (3)
Abdul Razzaq1-0-9-2
Umar Gul4-0-32-1

Australia will bat first in the Superover.

Warner, Watson and Bailey are Australia's chosen batsmen. The Pakistan team has a long discussion over who will bowl. It will be Umar Gul. Ajmal was off the field for the final two overs or so, which I think means he can't bowl now, which explains the long discussion over who to choose.

Abdul Razzaq to Cummins, OUT
it's a Superover, it wasn't the best final ball form Razzaq but it was good enough, a full toss on the pads, Cummins was looking to work that to the leg side, a leading edge that ballons towards mid-off, Imran Nazir and Umar Akmal both went for it, Nazir called for it, Umar backed away, Nazir takes it, Cummins wrings his hands in disappointment, this has been some game
PJ Cummins c Imran Nazir b Abdul Razzaq 7 (4m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 233.33
Abdul Razzaq to Cummins, SIX runs
oh my! he is nerveless with the bat here as well, a massive hit , a short of length ball heading down leg stump, that is a monster hit from Cukmmins that sends it over the wide long-on boundary, the scores are level, Australia coach Mickey Arthur loves that shot
Abdul Razzaq to Christian, 1 run
short ball heading for the helmet, Christian can only get a single as he pulls it towards midwicket, that put plenty on pressure on young Cummins, who was nerveless on Test debut with the bat
Abdul Razzaq to Cummins, 1 run
a slower full ball on middle and leg, once again it is Arafat who fields after Cummins sweeps to deep square leg
Abdul Razzaq to Christian, 1 run
a full toss is whipped towards midwivcket for a single
Abdul Razzaq to Bailey, OUT
Razzaq strikes first ball, the birthday boy can't finish it, a slower short ball outside off, Bailey goes for the pull, a top edge and that sails towards midwicket, the substitute Arafat is everywhere, he takes the catch, Australia's bowlers will have to do the job with the bat now, you wouldn't believe the noise levels in Dubai
GJ Bailey c sub (Yasir Arafat) b Abdul Razzaq 42 (46m 27b 4x4 2x6) SR: 155.55

A long discussion over who will bowl the final over. For a moment there it looked like Shoaib Malik will bowl, he gave his cap to the umpire, before taking it back. Sania Mirza, Malik's wife, didn't look too thrilled that Malik won't be bowling. After much drama, it will be Abdul Razzaq.

end of over 1911 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 142/6CRR: 7.47 • RRR: 10.00
Daniel Christian0 (1)
George Bailey42 (26)
Umar Gul4-0-32-1
Saeed Ajmal4-0-20-2
Umar Gul to Christian, no run
length ball outside off, Christian is beaten, there is an appeal for a caught-behind

Dan Christian has been awesome in the field, how good is he with the bat?

Umar Gul to Wade, 1 run, OUT
insanity! direct hit from third man, this is certainly not the Pakistan team we all expect, Matthew Wade is gone, brilliance from the substitute fielder Arafat, a yorker from Gul just outside off, squeezed down to third man, Wade wanted the second, but he was well out when that throw crashed into the stumps
MS Wade run out (sub [Yasir Arafat]) 6 (15m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Umar Gul to Bailey, 1 run
ooh, another time when the batsman could have been dismissed twice, a shortish ball is hammered back by Bailey, Gul stretches out his right hand but can't hang on to that one, then there's even more disappointment for him as he sees the ball just loop over the stumps at the non-striker's end
Umar Gul to Bailey, FOUR runs
poor from Gul, that was a knee-high full toss from Gul, Bailey sends that past short fine leg for four more, Australia surely ahead now

Ajmal is off the field as he has hurt himself trying to field the previous delivery

Umar Gul to Bailey, FOUR runs
Gul looking to hit the base of off stump, an inside-edge, a thick one sends it past short fine leg for four, 16 off 10 needed now, Bailey playing a gem here

Adeel: "No Extras, Direct Hits, Tight Fielding - is this the team I have grown up watching?"

Umar Gul to Wade, 1 run
starts with a yorker, driven towards long-off for a single

21 needed off 12. Who do Pakistan turn to? It is Gul to bowl the penultimate over.

end of over 1810 runs
AUS: 131/5CRR: 7.27 • RRR: 10.50
George Bailey33 (23)
Matthew Wade4 (4)
Saeed Ajmal4-0-20-2
Sohail Tanvir4-0-30-1
Saeed Ajmal to Bailey, SIX runs
Bailey finishes off Ajmal's spell with a muscular hit for six, superb hit that from the Australian captain, and a much-needed one too, that was too short from Ajmal, a doosra which Bailey read
Saeed Ajmal to Bailey, no run
beaten outside off, that one bounces more than Bailey expects and doesn't turn in either
Saeed Ajmal to Wade, 1 run
quicker from Ajmal, on middle and off, poked behind point for a single
Saeed Ajmal to Bailey, 1 run
goes for the reverse-sweep, gets it towards point to get a single

Waseem: "Come on Pakistan or Australia, get this over with! I need to get on with my dissertation, but can't concentrate amongst this excitement."

Saeed Ajmal to Wade, 1 run
sliding on towards off stump, slapped towards backward point for a single
Saeed Ajmal to Bailey, 1 run
slams the first towards long-on, just a single

Three overs, 31 runs to get. It's Ajmal time.

end of over 175 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 121/5CRR: 7.11 • RRR: 10.33
George Bailey25 (19)
Matthew Wade2 (2)
Sohail Tanvir4-0-30-1
Umar Gul3-0-21-1

We've had Superman and magician. Here's another. Dave: "Can you imagine the state of Australian cricket without MEK Hussey? It'd be like Middle Earth - before Frodo and friends sorted everything out of course. Yeah, he's the Gandalf of Australian cricket..."

Sohail Tanvir to Bailey, 1 leg bye
worked behind square leg for a single
Sohail Tanvir to Wade, 1 run
full ball heading for off stump, punched back past the bowler, will they come back for the second, no they don't have the time