Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 6 Runs 3 Wkts | AUS: 175/10 (17 runs required, RR: 8.75)

  • Doug Bollinger0 (0b)
  • Bilawal Bhatti2-0-36-2
  • Umar Gul4-0-29-2

7.05 pm Not too long for you guys to catch your breaths because the second game is coming at you in a few minutes. Thank you for your company here, This is Alagappan Muthu, wishing long live T20.

"The only thing I could tell my bowlers when Maxwell was batting was just go there and keep attacking and the spinners, like Zulfiqar Babar did really well," says Mohammad Hafeez. "Umar Akmal showed his talent today. He held his nerve very well. He attacked and that's what we wanted our boys to do"

George Bailey says "The start we had, 40 for 2, I'd have taken that. You just try and play your best bowlers and Pakistan's spinners bowled very very well and also Umar Gul in the death. Batting and bowling go either way, but fielding was in our hands and we've set high standards and we didn't do well today"

Umar Akmal is the Man of the Match He wants to thank his management because they gave him a free hand to play as positive as he could. He says they've trusted me to play at No.4 and he says it is his preferred position would like to continue building more innings.

Kushal Joshi: "That was a quintessential choke from Australia. First 10 overs 117/2, last 10 58/8. "

7.00 pm Hugs all around for Pakistan. They had the game for the first 20 overs, lost it in the middle when Glenn Maxwell was going beserk, but their bowlers would not give up. Saeed Ajmal laid his St Lucia demons to rest with a wicket and a terrific catch on the boundary and helped Pakistan over the line. Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi produced telling overs in the death and ensured Umar Akmal's belligerent 94 was not in vain. Do join Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan on Match Point which has already gone live

19.6
W
Bilawal Bhatti to Hogg, OUT, off goes the leg stump! Pakistan have held their nerve and record a much-needed win! They're back in the World T20. This was fullish and outside leg, Hogg makes room and looks for a loft down the ground, gets an outside edge that clatters into the stumps

GB Hogg b Bilawal Bhatti 3 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Rana: "BILAWAL BHATTI; the one who disappointed in the start saves pak in the end"

19.5
2
Bilawal Bhatti to Hogg, 2 runs, fullish and outside leg, pushed through extra cover
19.4
W
Bilawal Bhatti to Haddin, OUT, holes out to deep midwicket! Pakistan have all but secured victory! Full and on the stumps, Haddin targets a slog to beat Malik, but he hasn't timed it well at all. The fielder runs forward and holds on to a good, low catch

BJ Haddin c Shoaib Malik b Bilawal Bhatti 8 (20m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19 off 3. Four men on the leg side boundary

19.3
1
Bilawal Bhatti to Hogg, 1 run, high full toss just outside off, tapped down to long-off for a single
19.2
W
Bilawal Bhatti to Haddin, 1 run, OUT, slower ball outside off, ends up a full toss which he drills to cover. Afridi fumbles, but he recovers quick enough to effect a run-out. Starc is the man who has to walk back, he was looking for the second run which was really not there. Might also have been a drop catch, but they get the wicket in the end

MA Starc run out (†Kamran Akmal/Shahid Afridi) 3 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

19.1
2
Bilawal Bhatti to Haddin, 2 runs, length ball outside off, Haddin powers it down the ground. One-bounce to long-on who does well. Couple and he's back in strike

Looks like Bhatti for the last over. He was massacred for 30 in his last over. Long-off, Long-on in place

END OF OVER:
19 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 169/7 (23 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.89, RRR: 23.00)

  • Mitchell Starc3 (2b)
  • Brad Haddin5 (5b)
  • Umar Gul4-0-29-2
  • Saeed Ajmal4-0-33-1
18.6
2
Umar Gul to Starc, 2 runs, slashed to deep cover for a couple. This was full and outside off and he cleared his leg and slams it away

Hafeez and Gul in deep conversation about the field

NF: "Reminds me of Tortoise-Hare story!"

18.5
1
Umar Gul to Haddin, 1 run, seeks the block hole outside off, Haddin looks to slog it away to the leg side and gets a thick inside edge through midwicket
18.4
2
Umar Gul to Haddin, 2 runs, full toss just outside off, he's heaved it to deep midwicket. Afridi fumbles a bit as the ball turns after pitching. Does well in the end, but the batsman race through for a couple
18.3
1
Umar Gul to Starc, 1 run, full and on off stump, presents an angled blade to deep point

Mitchell Starc eyes the field

Zahir: "Comeback - courtesy Hafeez captaincy.. Fantastic bowling changes!" Perhaps, but it's more the bowler's keeping to a full length

18.2
W
Umar Gul to Coulter-Nile, OUT, cleans him up! Another one nice and full on middle and leg, Coulter-Nile looks to heave it into the leg side and loses his leg stump

NM Coulter-Nile b Umar Gul 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Rohan: "Pretty poor skills from Australia on display here, rather than try and hit Ajmal straight they keep trying square" That's the plan they seemed to have devised. Maxi did that to great effect

18.1
1
Umar Gul to Haddin, 1 run, walks across and thumps this a full delivery on middle to deep midwicket. Just a single

30 off 12 and Gul to bowl the penultimate over

CM: "Missing Faulkner!! :( "

puneet: "wow a spinner bowling 106 km/hr!!!" Afridi bowled 126 kph

END OF OVER:
18 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | AUS: 162/6 (30 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 15.00)

  • Nathan Coulter-Nile0 (2b)
  • Brad Haddin1 (2b)
  • Saeed Ajmal4-0-33-1
  • Umar Gul3-0-22-1
17.6
0
Saeed Ajmal to Coulter-Nile, no run, only one run off that over! And a wicket too. Doosra to end it and Coulter-Nile's slog sweep amounts to nothing
17.5
0
Saeed Ajmal to Coulter-Nile, no run, another doosra pushed wide outside off and Coulter-Nile's slog sweep connects with a whole lot of air

Nathan Coulter-Nile walks out after three wickets have fallen in the last three overs

17.4
W
Saeed Ajmal to Finch, OUT, yorker uproots leg stump! Finch is gone! What a crucial blow! He was struggling to get the big hits and Ajmal fires in just about the perfect ball. Finch swings but cannot get under it

AJ Finch b Saeed Ajmal 65 (79m 54b 7x4 2x6) SR: 120.37

17.3
0
Saeed Ajmal to Finch, no run, he goes to the off side now and Ajmal fires it even further wide. Goes for a pull and he cannot connect. The keeper does extremely well to get behind it
17.2
1
Saeed Ajmal to Haddin, 1 run, waits on this length ball on off stump and steers it to short third man. Soft hands
17.1
0
Saeed Ajmal to Haddin, no run, doosra pushed full and across him, Haddin's sweep is way off the mark

Australia need 31 off 18. Here's Ajmal to make that equation even tougher

Prasanga: "There is one over left for Mohammad Hafeez or Bilawal Bhatti. Who will bowl that over? Will Hafeez will go for Shoaib Malik? Match will decide how many runs Aussie going to score in that over."

END OF OVER:
17 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 161/5 (31 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.47, RRR: 10.33)

  • Aaron Finch65 (52b)
  • Brad Haddin0 (0b)
  • Umar Gul3-0-22-1
  • Shahid Afridi4-0-30-2

sathish2888: ""Match winning moment" and "Ajmal" .. You can't take one away from another it seems.."

16.6
0
Umar Gul to Finch, no run, yorker outside off, Finch tries to dig it out but is beaten
16.5
4
Umar Gul to Finch, FOUR runs, full on middle, Finch has smashed this to the deep midwicket boundary. Didn't get it off the middle and the bat turns on impact, but he's found the gap
16.4
2
Umar Gul to Finch, 2 runs, almost a yorker on off stump, Finch stays beside it and creams through towards the extra cover boundary. The man in the deep is quick enough to stop it

Brad Haddin is in at No.7

Most runs by Nos. 4 in a T20I

168

Total runs Umar Akmal and Glenn Maxwell scored today, beating Ponting and Styris' aggregate in the first ever T20I

Powerplay performance

6.96

Pakistan's average run rate in the first six overs, the lowest among the top 8 sides. Australia are top with 7.98

Pakistan's poor starts

19.66

Their average opening stand in their last 10 T20Is. Strike rate of 103. No fifty-plus stands

Prolific v Australia

335

Kamran Akmal's run aggregate v Aus, the highest among batsmen. His strike rate is 143 and averages 47.80 against them

Win-loss in Asia

5-8

Australia's record in Asia, only Bangladesh have done worse (4-10) among teams in the Super 10

Mirpur toss stats

6-0

Win-loss record for the team winning the toss in Mirpur. The split between batting first and chasing is even - three each

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

First Round Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
BDESH32141.466
NEPAL32140.933
AFG3122-0.981
HKG3122-1.455
First Round Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
NL32141.109
ZIM32140.957
IRE3214-0.701
UAE3030-1.541
Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL43162.233
SA43160.075
NZ4224-0.678
ENG4132-0.776
NL4132-0.866
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA44081.28
WI43161.971
PAK4224-0.384
AUS4132-0.857
BDESH4040-2.072