July 6, 2010

Pakistan vs Australia: 1st Twenty20 international

Yesterday Australia and Pakistan played their first Twenty20 cricket match at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. Pakistan won the toss & elected to bat first.

Shahzaib Hasan was out in the very first ball of his batting innings. Salman Butt faced 21 deliveries and scored just 13 runs and then got out in David Hussey's over. Three wickets fell from 6.4 over to 7.4 over. At this point of time, Pakistan had scored 47 runs from 7.4 overs. Shahid Afridi failed to hit big, as he was duck out by getting bowled in the Steven Smith's over. Umar Akmal played magnificently scoring 64 runs from just 31 deliveries which included 7 fours and 3 sixes. This helped Pakistan to put up a decent total against the Australians. After 20 overs, Pakistan scored a total of 167 runs loosing 8 wickets.

Australia needed 168 runs to win the Twenty20 match. Shane Watson did not score a single run as he got out in the last delivery of the first over. Australians kept on loosing wickets in regular intervals. David Warner survived for some time, but there was no good partnership from Australian side. After the fall of their sixth wicket, they started to struggle a lot just to add a run to their total. By 18.4 overs, Australia lost all its 10 wickets and ended up scoring 144 runs in total. Pakistan won the match by 23 runs. Man of the match was Umar Akmal for his magnificent 64 runs from just 31 deliveries.

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