Sunday, March 23, 2014

Akmal Brothers Stunning Pakistan Beat Australia in wt20

Umar Akmal smashed 94 runs off 54 balls as Pakistan bounced back after a morale-sapping loss against India to beat Australia by 16 runs in the World T20 in Dhaka on Sunday.

Elder brother Kamran Akmal contributed a run-a-ball 31 and Afridi returned unbeaten on 20 off 11 balls to lift Pakistan to 191-5 after they were sent in to bat. Australia was bowled out for 175 in reply off the final ball of the match despite a stunning third-wicket partnership of 118 from 64 balls between Maxwell and Finch.

Maxwell hit 74 off 33 balls with 6 sixes and 7 boundaries, while Finch chipped in with 65 that included 2 sixes and 7 fours. Maxwell and Finch launched a brilliant counter-attack to raise Australia's 100 by the eighth over, with Maxwell contributing 58 off 20 balls.

Seamer Bilawal Bhatti conceded 30 runs in the 8th over, giving away 2 sixes and 3 fours, besides bowling a waist-high full toss that fetched 5 extra runs. A relieved Pakistan finally saw Maxwell off in the 12th over when he attempt to sweep Afridi and holed out to Ahmed Shehzad on the square-leg fence.

Pakistan bowled really well and did not allow us to build the momentum that Maxwell and Finch created.

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