Monday, September 10, 2012

The easy victory last T20 Australia

Dubai: Australia brought Pakistan down to earth with a thumping 94-run beat in the 3rd and final T20 international at Dubai Stadium here on Monday.

Chasing a daunting 169-run target, Pakistan were all out for 74 the joint lowest by a Test playing country in all Twenty20s -- for their largest defeat in the history of the shortest form of the match.

Only Nasir Jamshed (17), Yasir Arafat (15) and Abdul Razzaq (13) could reach double figures as Australian paceman Mitchell Starc (3) and Pat Cummins (3) ran through the Pakistan batting line-up.Pakistan, who won the 1st match by 7 wickets and the second in Super over, never looked the same side as they lost wickets at regular interval, the first 5 falling by the 6th over with the score on 19.

Razzaq and Arafat shared the highest partnership of the innings with 20, taking Pakistan history the lowest total in all Twenty20 67 by Kenya against Canada in Belfast in 2008 Earlier WarnerWatson made a 34-ball 59 with 6 sixes and a four and hammered 5 sixes and a boundary during his 32-ball 47 to put on Australia's best opening stand of 111 in all T20s after they were put into bat.

The Australian openers went berserk from the 8th over when Watson hit Shoaib Malik for 3 towering sixes and from the other end Warner hit left-armer Raza Hasan for as many sixes in the 9th.Even the successful Saeed Ajmal was hit for 2 sixes as Australian openers hit 9sixes in the space of 19 balls, bringing the 2nd 50 off just 15 balls.

Paceman Arafat, who replaced Sohail Tanveer as the only change to the line-up, had both the openers in successive overs to put brakes on the Australian innings, finishing with 2-30.Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a 20-ball 27 with 3 fours and six.

Ajmal finished with 2-19, taking his tally to 60 wickets the most by any bowler in Twenty20 cricket.The two teams now head to Sri Lanka where the fourth edition of the World Twenty20 begins from September 18.

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