Good old commentators, they sure love to over-analyse everything. What about the players?
George Bailey: "We'll have a bowl." Rameez Raja: "Any particular reason?" Bailey: "Nah, nothing particular." http://t.co/T3BuljhsEO— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 23, 2014
Australia have cocked a snook at all the talk about Twenty20 being a young man's game. They've sent out the dads' army to this World T20. They've also done away with the green-and-golds. 'Down with convention' seems to be their credo.
When Brad Hogg (today's oldest player) made his first-class debut, Bilawal Bhatti (today's youngest player) was just 2 years old. #WT20— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) March 23, 2014
Looks like its Australia batting first. Or maybe its Pakistan. Buggered if we can tell them apart in those kits #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) March 23, 2014
Pakistan got off to an edgy start for the second time in two games.
6-0. this is like chelsea versus arsenal all over again— Haseeb Asif (@haseebasif) March 23, 2014
Rameez Raja livened up proceedings by talking about the tips he'd given Ahmed Shehzad before the game.
' Let the pictures speak and breathe'. - Ramiz. #pakvaus— zainab abbas (@zainablovessrk) March 23, 2014
Almost on cue, Shehzad got out.
Raina went to Ganguly for advice. Shehzad to Ramiz Raja. Hahahahaha!— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) March 23, 2014
not the start pakistan wanted. where is misbah?— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 23, 2014
Considering he's not played a T20I since February 2012, he's probably catching a snooze at home. Pakistan were two-down for not much, bringing the Akmal brothers together.
Where is Adnan Akmal when you need a family photograph #wt20— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) March 23, 2014
Umar Akmal looked ominous from the time he walked out. His urgency put the pressure back on Australia, whose old boys struggled on the field. The bowling was ragged too.
The Cover fielder stopping Umar Akmal shots better be careful. For, he is known to slap persons stopping his drive. #TrafficWardenGate— K Balakumar (@kbalakumar) March 23, 2014
There were several theories to explain Australia's shoddiness.
Two akmals on the ground means butterfinger osmosis. Not even the Aussies able to catch anything now. #superpower— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) March 23, 2014
The clever thing about bowling deliveries that are hit for six is that it eliminates Bailey's problem of where to hide 5 terrible fielders.— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) March 23, 2014
Australia are like panthers in the field. Old, creaking panthers. #WT20— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) March 23, 2014
Why is Brad Hogg not bouncing his grandchildren on his knee?— Ritesh Banglani (@banglani) March 23, 2014
It took a smart running catch from David Warner to end the Akmal partnership.
Australia have finally taken a catch. And it's Kamran Akmal. Irony died laughing.— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 23, 2014
Shoaib Maqsood didn't last long, but Umar kept playing rousing strokes.
Umar Akmal batting on a splendid 76. Afridi walks in and gives him a long lecture. What a guy.— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 23, 2014
200 in sight. Individual 100 in sight. An exhibition of batting from...Pakistan...? Clearly I missed my 9am alarm and dreamed this game...— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) March 23, 2014
The delirious hitting had it's impact on the commentary box as well.
Jonty Rhodes said Aus will miss death bowler Aubrey Faulkner. I guess having been dead 83 years Aubrey Faulkner should be an expert #wt20— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) March 23, 2014
Umar fell short of a 100, but it was arguably the best T20I innings played by a Pakistan batsman. Australia needed 192.
Cracking innings from Umar Akmal. Wish he would chew some gum. And swap his helmet for a cap.— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 23, 2014
The Dutch would chase this in 45 minutes.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) March 23, 2014
Australia's chase got off to a horror start, with left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar trumping Warner and Shane Watson in his opening over.
What's going on with the Aussies today ? Horrific fielding & bowling. Now physco batting. Come on boys, calm heads & don't panic please !!!— Shane Warne (@warne888) March 23, 2014
Physco batting is always a problem, Shane.
Who likes it the most when Australia are in strife?
That rustling noise you can hear in the background is all the England fans emerging from the woodwork for the first time in months #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) March 23, 2014
Glenn Maxwell changed all that in the matter of 20 minutes with a spell of sustained, audacious big-hitting.
Glenn Maxwell could probably even get into the Netherlands side at this rate! #PAKvAUS— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) March 23, 2014
Bilawal Bhatti came on for the eighth over. It disappeared for 30 runs, including a beamer that missed everyone and ran away to the boundary.
"When was the last dot ball, September?" These commentators are LADS!— The Middle Stump (@TheMiddleStump) March 23, 2014
For a while, it looked like Maxwell could do no wrong. His batting was so distracting that it allowed a bad science joke slip into this report.
Five sixes and six fours. To various parts of the ground. There's some Maxwell distribution joke in there. #GeekAlert— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 23, 2014
Glenn Maxwell can cut through a hot knife with butter.— The Middle Stump (@TheMiddleStump) March 23, 2014
Glenn Maxwell can also kill two stones with one bird.— The Middle Stump (@TheMiddleStump) March 23, 2014
It was Pakistan's turn to start stuffing it in the field. First Kamran Akmal dropped one behind the stumps, and then Saeed Ajmal let one go in the deep.
Ajmal by name, Akmal by nature. #PAKvAUS— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) March 23, 2014
Pakistan found the break just in time. Maxwell holed out, with Australia still 66 runs away.
Can someone let the Maxwell critics know it is safe to come back now?— Peter Lalor (@plalor) March 23, 2014
Bailey walked out with a smile, struggled to get the ball away, and then had his stumps scattered by Afridi.
Will George Bailey be disappointed? I doubt it. pic.twitter.com/YZEPFMTIKs— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) March 23, 2014
Pakistan were right back in it. And just like that, they somehow managed to lift their fielding standards. Ajmal held a screamer at cover to send Brad Hodge back.
You have to say commentators have had better games than this one.
Ajmal, who'd been hammered by Maxwell in his first couple of overs, bowled a nerveless final over - the 18th of the innings. It included the wicket of Aaron Finch.
Just when you thought you'd seen everything in the first 39 overs of the day ...
Bhatti held his nerve. Haddin couldn't pull it off - after all, it wasn't an Ashes Test. Aubrey Faulkner might have made a difference, mind.