Only T20I (N), Melbourne, Feb 5 2010, Pakistan tour of Australia
(20 ov, target 128)125/9
Australia won by 2 runs
player of the match
Shaun Tait
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• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Tait leads Australia's great escape

Shaun Tait proved he can still be a force at international level as he helped Australia to a tense two-run win

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Scorecard summary
Australia127/10(18.4 overs)
Umar Gul3/20(3.4)
Pakistan125/9(20 overs)
Kamran Akmal64 (33)
Umar Akmal21 (25)
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 125/9CRR: 6.25 
Mohammad Asif5 (2)
Saeed Ajmal1 (3)
Shane Watson4-1-24-2
Dirk Nannes4-1-27-1

What a game, absolutely riveting. Pakistan did so well to shoot Australia out for 127 but their batting, apart from Kamran, was abysmal against a very determined attack. Tait was quick, very quick, and his three wickets for 13 runs were incredibly crucial to Australia winning. Nannes was Nannes, Johnson came back after a horror first over, and Watson varied his pace and used those cutters to good effect. Smith, the rookie, struck two big blows on debut. Australia's fielding was sharp and Pakistan choked. Kamran's blazing fifty had them on course, despite four early wickets, but Pakistan managed to let this one go against a superb outfit. After Kamran's 64 the next best was 21 from his brother.

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Watson to Mohammad Asif, FOUR runs

well he gets four but that is not enough! Asif backs away and flat-bats a short ball over mid-on four four but Australia win a thriller to sweep the Tests, ODIs, and Twenty20 of what has been a pretty one-sided series, congratulations to them

Clarke and Watson talk shop. The Pakistan dug out is tense.

Watson to Ajmal, 1 leg bye

makes room and charges out to a short ball, which slams into his helmet and runs wide of backward point, they just get one to that means Asif needs six to tie

Watson to Ajmal, no run

swing and a miss! Watson goes for a short ball into Ajmal who heaves and cannot make contact

Pakistan need a four, or a six ... and fast!

Watson to Mohammad Asif, 1 run

short of a length again, angling across Asif who pokes and runs it down to third man

Watson to Ajmal, 1 run

slogs at one short of a length and gets some bat on ball, scampering down as Watson and midwicket run to field

Wow, wow, wow. What a dramatic collapse. Ajmal will face.

Watson to Umar Akmal, OUT

he's out, would you believe he is out! Umar clears his front leg to get some elevation and slogs across the line to a length ball, picking out Warner running in from wide long-on who takes a low catch and throws his arms up in celebration

Umar Akmal c Warner b Watson 21 (47m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 84

The task comes down to Watson. Umar on strike. Superb scenes. Field spread.

end of over 192 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 118/8CRR: 6.21 RRR: 10.00 • Need 10 from 6b
Umar Akmal21 (24)
Dirk Nannes4-1-27-1
Steven Smith4-0-34-2

Nannes rounds off with a wicket. Umar will face. Pakistan need 10 from six balls. Wow.

Nannes to Umar Gul, OUT

bowled and listen to the crowd go wild! Gul walks right across the sticks to about a sixth stump and looks to play some short of bizarre shot to fine leg, but is nowhere near the fuller, straighter ball

Umar Gul b Nannes 10 (7m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

One ball ... Umar has a chat with Gul ...

Nannes to Umar Gul, no run

another swing and a miss as Gul heaves at a short ball

Nannes to Umar Gul, 2 runs

ah, close to a catch! Gul clears his leg and throws the bat on the ball, getting a thick outer edge that flies down toward third man where Tait runs in and slides to his knees but the ball just does not carry

Intense over so far. Pace, bounce and three dot balls.

Nannes to Umar Gul, no run

144ks, short outside off, Gul swings and connects with air

Nannes to Umar Gul, no run

another short ball, 146ks, Gul sways back as it sails over

Nannes to Umar Gul, no run

short ball, pitches outside leg and dashes across, Gul takes his eyes off it and ducks into it

Nannes will bowl out.

end of over 1810 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 116/7CRR: 6.44 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Umar Gul8 (3)
Umar Akmal21 (24)
Steven Smith4-0-34-2
Mitchell Johnson4-1-24-0

Single to end a dramatic over. A wicket and a six. Smith takes 2 for 34 on debut. Gul will face. Twelve runs needed from 12 balls. Three wickets in hand. Amazing.

Smith to Umar Gul, 1 run

the wrong un, just short of a length, Gul goes back and punches to cover

Smith to Umar Akmal, 1 run

fuller ball drifting into the pads, clipped out to the deep for one

Smith to Umar Gul, 1 run

flatter, shorter ball, and he gets back and punches to cover

Smith to Umar Gul, SIX runs

oh hello, whats this? First ball, and Umar tees off for six over wide long-on, just getting under the loopy delivery and giving it all he's got, amazing shot that

Reward for slowing the pace and looking to invite a shot. Looks a smart bowler, this Smith. Rana should have gone back instead of running out. In walks Gul.

Smith to Naved-ul-Hasan, OUT

stumped by a yard! Smith tossed it up on a length, gets a wee bit of turn, Rana dances down the track and swings, missing by a year, and Haddin does the rest

Naved-ul-Hasan st †Haddin b Smith 1 (7m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11
Smith to Umar Akmal, 1 run

tossed up, uses his feet and drives down to long-on for one

end of over 17Maiden
PAK: 106/6CRR: 6.23 RRR: 7.33 • Need 22 from 18b
Naved-ul-Hasan1 (8)
Umar Akmal19 (22)
Mitchell Johnson4-1-24-0
Steven Smith3-0-24-1

What a game. Much fun. Two wickets have pulled it back for Australia. Umar is the key.

Johnson to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run

excellent over from Johnson, and the third maiden of the innings! Short of a length, Rana dabs the ball again straight to the captain at backward point

Johnson to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run

goes full and beats the bat as Rana flashes a drive off the front foot

Best performances - batters
Kamran Akmal portrait
Kamran Akmal PAK
64 runs (33)
7 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
22 runs
2 fours
1 six
David Hussey player pic
DJ Hussey AUS
40 runs (31)
1 four
2 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
19 runs
0 four
2 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Shaun Tait
Umar Gul portrait
Umar Gul PAK
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait
Match numberT20I no. 134
Hours of play (local time)19.35 start, First Session 19.35-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.35
Match days5 February 2010 - night(20-over match)
T20I debut
Imran Farhat
Imran Farhat
Steven Smith
Steven Smith
Travis Birt
Travis Birt
Australia Image
Paul Reiffel
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Australia Image
Tony Ward
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle