September 5, 2012

Pakistan crush Aussies by seven wickets

DUBAI: Pakistan easily defeated Australia by seven wickets with 5.1 overs remaining in the first Twenty20 International of the three-match series here at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal top scored with an unbeaten 31 followed by opener Imran Nazir (22) and captain Mohammad Hafeez (17) while Nasir Jamshed made 10 and Shoaib Malik remained not out on nine.
Earlier, Pakistani bowlers dismissed Australia for a mere 89 runs in 19.3 overs after Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and put Australia into bat
This was their second lowest total in Twenty20 International cricket as the previous lowest was 79 which they made against England at Southampton in 2005.
No Australian batsman could get into the double figures except three players --- Opener David Warner (22), middle-order batsman Cameron White (15) and captain George Bailey (14).
Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir was the most successful bowler for Pakistan with three for 13 while off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez, and left-arm spinner Raza Hasan claimed two wickets each. Umar Gul took one wicket.



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