ICC T20 WORLD CUP : PAKISTAN WON BY 16 RUNS
Toss – Australia, who chose to field
Points – Pakistan 2, Australia 0
Player of the match – Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
Umpires – RA Kettleborough (England) and NJ Llong (England)
TV umpire – HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Match referee – RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire – RK Illingworth (England)
A rejuvenated Pakistan brought their campaign back on track as they rode on Umar Akmal’s scintillating 54-ball 94 to register a 16-run victory over tournament favourites Australia in the ICC World T20 on Sunday.
Elder brother Kamran Akmal contributed 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 in to bat.
Australia were bowled out for 175 in reply off the final ball of the match despite a spectacular third-wicket partnership of 118 from 64 balls between Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch.
Maxwell hit 74 off 33 balls with six sixes and seven boundaries, while Finch chipped in with 65 that included two sixes and seven fours.
The pair came together after 35-year-old left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who opened the bowling, dismissed David Warner and Shane Watson in the first over to make it 8-2.
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 eighth over, giving away two sixes and three fours, besides bowling a waist-high full toss that fetched five extra runs.
A relieved Pakistan finally saw Maxwell off in the 12th over when he attempted to sweep Shahid Afridi and holed out to Ahmed Shehzad on the square-leg fence.
Afridi also bowled skipper George Bailey for four as Australia lost their last seven wickets for 29 runs.
In the end, After posting 191 for five, Pakistan bowled out Australia, who were in the chase till the 15th over, for 175.
Umar Akmal was named the Man of the Match.