Player of the Match
Player of the Match
361dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Pakistan hold on in high-voltage game

If ever proof was needed that Pakistan are world cricket's most mercurial side, take this match as exhibit A. Bilawal Bhatti's first over cost 30 runs, Pakistan dropped two catches in three balls, they conceded an 18-ball half-century to Glenn Maxwell and

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
94(54) 9x4 - 4x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 40 runs
  • 4x4 - 2x6
3 0 7 10 8 15 6 45
GJ Maxwell
GJ Maxwell
74(33) 7x4 - 6x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 40 runs
  • 2x4 - 4x6
0 0 15 8 13 0 15 23

Best performances - Bowlers

Zulfiqar Babar
O4
M0
R26
W2
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Umar Gul
O4
M0
R29
W2
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.10, Second Session 17.10-18.30

Match days

23 March 2014 - day/night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Pakistan 2, Australia 0

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

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

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

Win-loss in Asia

5-8

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

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

Pakistan's poor starts

19.66

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

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

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

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