Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Dhaka – Umar Akmal crushed 94 off 54 balls as Pakistan ricocheted over after a spirit sapping misfortune against India to annihilation Australia by 16 runs in the World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday.

Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs Australia T20 World Cup Match in Dhaka

Senior sibling Kamran Akmal helped a run-a-ball 31 and Shahid Afridi returned unbeaten on 20 off 11 balls to lift Pakistan to 191-5 after they were sent into bat.

Australia were played out for 175 in answer off the last chunk of the match regardless of a stupendous third-wicket association of 118 from 64 balls between Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch.

Maxwell hit 74 off 33 balls with six sixes and seven limits, while Finch contributed with 65 that incorporated two sixes and seven fours.

The pair met up following 35-year-old left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who opened the knocking down some pins, released David Warner and Shane Watson in the first over to make it 8-2.

Maxwell and Finch propelled a splendid counter-assault to raise Australia's 100 by the eighth over, with Maxwell helping 58 off 20 balls.

Seamer Bilawal Bhatti surrendered 30 runs in the eighth over, doling out two sixes and three fours, other than knocking down some pins a waist-high full hurl that got five additional runs.

An alleviated Pakistan at long last saw Maxwell off in the twelfth over when he endeavored to scope Shahid Afridi and holed out to Ahmed Shehzad on the square-leg wall.

Afridi likewise rocked the bowling alley captain George Bailey for four as Australia lost their last seven wickets for 29 runs.

It was Australia's first aggregation two match in the Super-10 stage, while Pakistan had lost to India by seven wickets on Friday.

India, the West Indies and hosts Bangladesh are alternate groups in the aggregation, from which the main two will development to the semi-finals.

Pakistan commander Mohammad Hafeez said the plan to assault from the begin paid off.

"I think were a touch protective against India, yet today the young men went out and communicated," said Hafeez. "Umar Akmal indicated his genuine ability today.

"We needed him to ambush and that is the thing that he did. It is truly pleasant to have a win under our sashs. It will provide for us the trust for the matches to come."

Australian captain George Bailey said poor getting let his group down.

"Batting and knocking down some pins can go whichever way, yet fielding was in our grasp," he said. "We've set elevated requirements and we didn't do well today.

Pakistan players Mohammad Hafeez (second R), Umar Akmal (C), Zulfiqar Babar and Sohaib Maqsood (L) celebrate after the wicket of Australia batsman Shane Watson (R) throughout the ICC World Twenty20 match in Dhaka on March 23, 2014 © AFP Punit Paranjpe

"Pakistan knocked down some pins truly well and completed not permit us to construct the energy that Maxwell and Finch made."

The Akmal siblings put on 96 for the third wicket after Pakistan were lessened to 25-2 by the fifth over, losing the key wickets of Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez.

Umar Akmal hit four sixes and nine limits before he fell in the last over, discovered vacillating endeavoring an alternate enormous hit off Mitchell Starc.

Australia's 43-year-old spinner Brad Hogg, the most seasoned player ever in the World Twenty20 rivalries, had a forgettable trip.

Hogg dropped Umar Akmal on the mid-wicket wall when the batsman was on 22 and after that yielded 29 runs in three wicketless overs in the wake of being approached to bowl in the ninth over.

Kamran Akmal, who was additionally dropped at a young hour in the innings, was at long last rejected in the thirteenth over when Warner held a running get on the point fence off the playing of Nathan Coulter-Nile.