Pakistan win T20 thriller
DUBAI – Pakistan beat Australia in an extraordinary second Twenty20 international that came down to a super over after both sides hit 151 runs from their 20 overs.
The victory seals a series victory for Pakistan with one match to play and means Australia slips below Ireland to tenth in the Twenty20 rankings.
After the disappointment, Australia will take positives out of this match which must rank as one of the greatest in the history of the shortest format of the game.
Australia hit 11 from its super over bowled by Pakistan’s death bowler specialist Umar Gul. Gul speared in trademark yorkers which Aussie openers Shane Watson and David Warner struggled to get the ball away initially before the latter came down the wicket for the fourth ball and flicked for four to fine leg. After a wide, Warner holed out to long on.
George Bailey, who earlier hit 42 from 27 balls, came in for the last ball and hit two runs to deep midwicket.
Pat Cummins was given the responsibility for Australia and was feasted on by Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq.
After hitting an air-shot first up, Akmal flat-batted the second ball past Cummins for four. Following a single, Razzaq smashed the ball over point for another boundary. Razzaq then miss-hit the next ball and was fortunate to see the ball drop just before David Hussey at mid on. Cummins’ attempted bouncer was then called a wide and Akmal, needing only to block the last ball due to his side scoring more boundaries in the super over, scampered through for a single to seal victory.
Earlier Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed each top-scored for Pakistan with 45