Pakistan humiliate Australia in Twenty20 opener

Published: September 5, 2012
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Pakistan's Imran Nazir plays a shot. The opener scored 22 runs. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan's Imran Nazir plays a shot. The opener scored 22 runs. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan's Imran Nazir plays a shot. The opener scored 22 runs. PHOTO: REUTERS Australian cricketer Michael Hussey runs after playing a shot during their first Twenty20 match against Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and put Australia into bat. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

DUBAI: Pakistan crushed Australia by seven wickets in the opening Twenty20 international on Wednesday. Australia were dismissed for 89 in 19.3 overs after being out into bat, their second lowest completed innings in Twenty20 history, only managing three fours, all of which came in the first four overs.

Pakistan made light of their modest target, cruising home in 14.5 overs for the loss of only three wickets. The ease of Pakistan’s win marked them out as one of the favourites for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament which starts in Sri Lanka on Sept. 18.

For Australia, it was a chastening loss just two days after the joy they experienced in winning the one-day international series 2-1. “If there was just one reason why we only made 89 then we would rectify it but hopefully it’s just one bad performance and we’ll try not to repeat it again,” Australia captain George Bailey told reporters.

Pakistan impressed in the field and their spinners once again proved effective at shackling the Australian batsmen. The wickets were shared among the bowlers, with Sohail Tanvir capturing three, spinners Saeed Ajmal, debutant Raza Hassan and captain Mohammed Hafeez two apiece, and Umar Gul one.

“We were very sure about our plans and the bowlers did well to restrict Australia to that total. Our batting and bowling was excellent and the energy (in the field) was good. It’s a great sign for Pakistan cricket,” Hafeez told reporters.

Australia’s total was only 10 runs more than their lowest completed T20 innings. Only three players made double figures for Bailey’s side, opener David Warner (22), Bailey himself with 14 and Cameron White who made 15.

Faced with such a modest target, Pakistan did lose the wickets of Hafeez for 17, miscuing fast bowler Patrick Cummins to midwicket, Nasir Jamshed (10), bowled hitting across the line from Ben Hilfenhaus and Imran Nazir (22) who drilled a full toss from Watson to David Hussey at extra-cover.

But Kamran Akmal (31 not out) and Shoaib Malik (nine not out) showed their experience and eased their side across the line, much to the delight of the thousands of Pakistan fans at the Dubai International Stadium. In contrast to Australia’s innings, the Pakistan batsmen proved hitting boundaries was perfectly possible, striking 11 fours and a six.

Both teams play the second T20 match on September 7.

A slideshow of pictures from the match can be viewed here

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Reader Comments (29)

  • indiantroll
    Sep 5, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Get rid of Kamran Akmal.

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  • PakSarzameen
    Sep 5, 2012 - 9:52PM

    We’re doing pretty well guys, cannot lose from here. 52-5!

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  • spyder
    Sep 5, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Captaincy masterclass from Hafeez thus far! great rotation of bowlers, take notes tuk tuk

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  • Sep 5, 2012 - 10:16PM

    Bowling fielding AWSOME, only 3 boundries frm Aus uptill nowRecommend

  • syed
    Sep 5, 2012 - 11:14PM

    This is what happens when you take all your catches. But ET why call target as ‘trivial’ ahead of time??

    @Spyder you don’t need to be sarcastic to Misbah(tuk tuk) to praise Hafeez both are honest contributor for Pakistan. Misbah has given us the respect and competitive edge back and deserves respect.

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  • Blithe
    Sep 5, 2012 - 11:33PM

    Although I fully credit Misbah for resurrection
    Pakistan cricket , him not going in for the kill
    by using Ajmal early on was certainly not
    smart captaining .

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  • syed
    Sep 6, 2012 - 12:04AM

    @Blithe:
    Pakistan not using review and doing poor(er) fielding and catching was the bigger reason the other day. large number of people would have criticized him had he used up Ajmal and then lost b/c of no good bowler left for the death overs. We have right to opinion, asking questions and demand improvements but at the same time give him the executive previlege of making decisions.

    Besides he is(was) not even playing today, we just won a good game and should just enjoy that on its own, not at the expense of someone who is not even playing

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  • Faisal
    Sep 6, 2012 - 12:09AM

    YES !!!! YES !!!! YES !!!!

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  • concerned citizen
    Sep 6, 2012 - 2:58AM

    and then they get proud and vulnerable and start losing the following matches :p

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  • Imtiaz Hamid
    Sep 6, 2012 - 3:26AM

    Great job team Pakistan. Keep it up

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  • Pakboy
    Sep 6, 2012 - 3:40AM

    Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Abdulah
    Sep 6, 2012 - 4:52AM

    get ready for indian trolls to show their frustrations here

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  • spyder
    Sep 6, 2012 - 4:57AM

    @syed:
    im not being entirely cynical, but misbah didn’t rotate the bowlers properly in the 3rd odi. he should have given ajmal 2 more overs when he had the aussies in a tangle

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  • Raj Kafir
    Sep 6, 2012 - 5:40AM

    Was it fixed? Because ODIs were fixed.

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  • Zubair
    Sep 6, 2012 - 9:21AM

    No problem…Australia has been humiliating us on number of occasions…..One win is not going to make me happy…I want the dexterity of late 90’s in my team..where opponents were feared by Amir & Saeed opening and Waqar & Wasim attacking.

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  • JA
    Sep 6, 2012 - 9:28AM

    Kick out Kamran Akmal, he doesn’t deserve to be in the team

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  • Gul Hassan
    Sep 6, 2012 - 10:24AM

    Glad the to Imran Nazir back in T 20 squid, he is such a brilliant player, a true match winner, better than Afridi.

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  • casim
    Sep 6, 2012 - 10:33AM

    the T20 team of Pakistan is really dangerous! its a totally different ball game & Pakistan is best at T20 format which has won the most T20 matches. Well played team Pakistan, go for the kill & beat aussies 3-0, good luck

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  • Godil
    Sep 6, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Why malik again?

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  • Sohaib
    Sep 6, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Well Shoaib malik can be a good all rounder, which pakistan have missed in ODI format.
    I don’t understand why Umar gul, Razzaq and Malik not been a part of 3rd ODI match.
    Then it will be a different scenario for aussies.

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  • Haider
    Sep 6, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Want to see Imran and Afridi as opener.

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  • NN
    Sep 6, 2012 - 12:56PM

    I think credit goes to openers…. Hafeez and Imran nazir!

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  • Ayaz
    Sep 6, 2012 - 1:30PM

    GREAT PLAY by the Pak Team. The Aussies should be crushed 3-0 here. Bring back Mohammed Amir and we will be invincible.

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  • Syed Shahbaz
    Sep 6, 2012 - 1:46PM

    Please for God Sake, PCB should take swift actions before world cup. Following are steps:
    1-Remove Misbah from all formats
    2-Remove both useless Akmal brothers (who only play politics in team).
    3-Remove Shahid Afridi as he is no use in team.
    4-Get Gul back, along with Hammad azam & Babar Azam in team.
    5-Get Asad S. mind fix and let him know you score u stay in team,
    6-Remove a chucky coaches (Whatmore, Fountain & Akram)
    7-Replace them with better coaches, also get bowling coach Shoib Akhter.
    8-our ex-wicket batting keeper cannot build a keeper? (Rashid & Moin should support)
    9-Get Muhammed Amir back in team along side with Junaid Khan.
    10- Replace Umar Akmal with shoib Malik or replce with Kamran Akmal.
    kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal are the big disappointments in our team.

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  • MAK
    Sep 6, 2012 - 2:47PM

    @Raj ask the aussies if it was fixed ‘coz they were the losing side

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  • A Pakistani
    Sep 6, 2012 - 3:33PM

    ET, stop spreading inter-nation hatred by using words as “Humiliate”, “Crushed” et cetera. Some responsible journalism please!
    One has to respect ones opponent, irrespective of whether he wins or loses.Recommend

  • marc
    Sep 6, 2012 - 3:56PM

    @Raj Kafir:

    The standard rule is this: when Pakistani team wins, it is because of their great team and if they lose, it is due to match-fixing.

    Learn this before commenting here first.

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  • asma
    Sep 7, 2012 - 5:10AM

    Pakistani cricket fans appear to have very short memories.

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  • Syed Shahbaz
    Sep 7, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Pakistan should send Opener nasir jamshed & imran nazir & hafeez one down. Nazir should play his natural game.

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