Australianism prevails! What a great dramatic game this has been. Goose bumps! What a heartbreak for Pakistan. Michael Hussey has played like a dream. Whaddaplaayaaaa! He finished the game with yet another big hit. This is the Twenty20 innings of his lifetime. And what a way to finish it in style. He cleared the front foot and swung the ball over long-on. The while ball disappeared beyond the boundary. The Australian dug out erupted in joy. The Pakistani camp is stunned. U N B E L I E V A B L E. Hussey is mobbed by his team-mates. Clarke envelops him with a hug. The entire squad is out there on the ground. Take a bow Michael Hussey. Respect.
Hussey let out a roar of joy as he hit that shot. Waqar Younis hung his head down. Joy and sorrow overlap on the field.
It has been said before but it's worth repeating here. John Arlott had written about it in 1948 at the end of a successful tour of England by Don Bradman's men. ""Australianism," wrote Arlott, "means single-minded determination to win - to win within the laws but, if necessary, to the last limit within them. It means where the 'impossible' is within the realm of what the human body can do, there are Australians who believe that they can do it - and who have succeeded often enough to make us wonder if anything is impossible to them. It means they have never lost a match - particularly a Test match - until the last run is scored or their last wicket down."
Spare a thought for Pakistan, though. What guts they showed. What a game they played. Yet they lost.
Afridi: "It was a very good total. The way the White and Hussey played .. they played mature and good innings. We perhaps lost it in the last over. Ajmal has bowled really well in this tournament ... Kamran and Salman gave us a good start and Umar then played really well."
Clarke: "Michael Hussey is absolute freak. He and White played superbly. Once Cameron got out I thought It was going to be really tough but with Hussey in you never know. We thoughts if we have wicketrs in hand we can chase. BUt after losing three quick wickets, I thought it was going to be difficult. People will enjoy our win today and I can't wait to get to Barbados! I need some runs. I do."
Hussey: "By the end there I was just swinging hard as I could every ball. I can't believe we have won the game. This is the best feeling of my career. White played well. Pakistan played really well, I wasn't sure whether we would do it. This game continues to amaze. This is the best feeling in my career. I can't explain it. "
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Absolutely crunched! And the scores are level! Unbelievable scenes here. Michael Hussey you beauty! What immense drama here. It was a length delivery outside off stump, Huseey slashed out at it and edges it past backward point fielder . IT went over the leaping fielder. It was that close. It was that dramatic.
OMG! It's a six! Fabulicious! Stunning! What a strike. What drama! This time he went down on his knee to swing it over long-on for a glorious six!
What a thunderous wallop. Tonked! Ajmal drops it short and Hussey waits before he plays a crunching pull shot. IT's a six!
almost yorker length as he follows Mitch who was moving away outside leg stump .. edged to short fine-leg region.
Hussey calls for a drink. 18 from the last over. Ajmal to bowl.
Very important delivery in the context of the game and Hussey keeps Australia alive with a four. It was the low dipping full toss, attempted yorker, .. Hussey had moved down the track, collected it on the full and dragged it to left of deep midwicket .. Mis bah rushes and throws in a dive but ends up dragging the ball with him over the boundary/.
backs away even as he gets down the track and drives to right of Umar at long-off. Two more.
Kamran is screaming away out there..he wants the throw ...this one was heaved away towards long-on .. and they will take the second run. Pretty comfortable run actually.
tries to repeat the paddle shot that he attempted the first ball .. this time he doesn't connect properly.. the ball rolls away to third man ..
full pitched outside off, driven to Umar at long-off .. they turn for the second run. Umar fires the throw to Aamer who breaks the stumps. The call is referred upstairs. Mitch dives to get back in the crease in time.
Four of the first ball. Hussey leans across, waits for the fulll ball to arrive and paddles it to the fine-leg boundary. Icy cool.
full delivery, Hussey tries to heave it to the on side but doesn't connect. A leg bye will give him the strike though
really full delivery, squeezed out to the empty spaces in midwicket. They run really hard. And will collect two runs.
Ian: "Kamran Akmal has come a long way to answer his critics on his glovework. It's been excellent, and in terms of attitude and character he's right in the middle of the action like all wickies should be. Add to that excellent 50 and he is probably looking at Man of the Match too, if Pakistan win."
Ajmal drifts to the leg side and Hussey jumps at the opportunity. He was well inside the crease and swings it over backward square-leg boundary
on the middle and leg line, rolls away to the leg side
he slows up the pace .. flights it outside off, Mitch waits on the front foot and crashes it really hard to the midwicket boundary
Ajmal can be such a difficult bowler to get away in these circumstances. Those tantalizing doosras. It landed on the middle stump line, Smith was down the track and actually tried to loft it over the off-side which perhaps indicates that he thought it might be the doosra. But no wood on leather. The ball goes past the flashing blade and to Kamran Akmal who very calmly takes off the bails. Ajmal celebrates. What a lovely delivery
leans across to scoop the full delivery over square-leg. Kamran screams the fielder to release the ball to him. The batsmen think about the second but the fielder has released the ball quickly. Just a single. Kamran is happy.
full and angling away from Smith who goes for the swing to the on side but makes no contact
slips it on the pads, it was the slow off cutter, and Smith stays back to play the leg glance to perfection
|Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia|
|Toss||Australia, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia advanced|
|Match number||T20I no. 176|
|Hours of play (local time)||11.30 start, First Session 11.30-12.50, Interval 12.50-13.10, Second Session 13.10-14.30|
|Match days||14 May 2010 - day (20-over match)|