Australia vs. Pakistan, World T20: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

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Australia vs. Pakistan, World T20: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report
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Pakistan beat Australia by 16 runs in their World Twenty20 Group 2 match in Mirpur on Sunday.

Having set Australia a target of 192 for victory, Pakistan bowled George Bailey's side out for 175—completing the job in the final over.

Earlier in the match, Umar Akmal starred with the bat for Pakistan, falling just short of a century with an innings that propelled his team towards their total.

Australia's reply was dominated by Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell, who scored 64 and 78 respectively. Maxwell's innings, remarkably, came off just 33 balls and incorporated some brutish batting, but the Australians were undone by the failure of anybody else to contribute outside of him and Finch.

Pakistan batted first after being put in by the Aussies, losing Ahmed Shehzad through an early caught-and-bowled dismissal to Doug Bollinger and then skipper Mohammad Hafeez, who was bowled by Shane Watson for 13.

World T20 Scorecard: Pakistan vs. Australia
Pakistan Innings
Batsman Dismissal Bowler Runs Mins Balls
Shehzad c and b Bollinger 5 8 5
K Akmal c Warner b Coulter-Nile 31 62 31
Hafeez b Watson 13 12 10
U Akmal c Maxwell b Starc 94 70 54
Maqsood b Coulter-Nile 5 12 7
Shahid Afridi not out 20 20 11
Shoaib Malik not out 6 3 3
Extras 1nb 9w 4b 3lb 17
Total for 5 191 (20.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Starc 4.0 0 35 1
Bollinger 4.0 0 28 1
Watson 4.0 0 38 1
Coulter-Nile 4.0 0 36 2
Hogg 3.0 0 29 0
Finch 1.0 0 18 0
Australia Innings
Batsman Dismissal Bowler Runs Mins Balls
Warner b Zulfiqar Babar 4 2
Finch b Ajmal 65 79 54
Watson c K Akmal b Zulfiqar Babar 4 2 4
Maxwell c Shehzad b Shahid Afridi 74 47 33
Bailey b Shahid Afridi 4 12 9
Hodge c Ajmal b Gul 2 6 3
Haddin c Shoaib Malik b Bhatti 8 20 8
Coulter-Nile b Gul 0 3 3
Starc run out (Shahid Afridi) 3 6 2
Hogg b Bhatti 3 4 3
Bollinger not out 0 0
Extras 5nb 0w 0b 3lb 8
Total all out 175 (20.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Zulfiqar Babar 4.0 0 26 2
Hafeez 2.0 0 18 0
Gul 4.0 0 29 2
Ajmal 4.0 0 33 1
Shahid Afridi 4.0 0 30 2
Bhatti 2.0 0 36 2

BBC

Akmal, coming in at No. 3, would prove the maker of their innings. Together with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, he steered Pakistan from 25-2 to 121-2 before Akmal went to Nathan Coulter-Nike for 31.

By that time, Akmal was in full flow. He eventually went for 94 in the final over, missing out on a century but still mustering a hugely impressive 13 boundaries (including four sixes) from just 54 balls.

Shahid Afridi deserved credit for supporting Akmal with a knock of 20 not out, but there was no doubting the star of Pakistan's batting effort.

Australia's response saw David Warner and Shane Watson both go in the first over to Zulfiqar Babar. There was hope in the form of Finch and Maxwell, however, who took Australia from 8-2 to 126-2 before Maxwell was dismissed by Shahid Afridi.

With Finch at the crease, there remained a sniff of victory, but when he went in the 18th over, Australia's chance went with him.

Pakistan's victory followed their loss to India in their opening match and lifted them to second in the Group 2 table.

Their next match is against hosts Bangladesh on March 30, while Australia—who were making their tournament bow against Pakistan on Sunday—play the West Indies on March 28.

Both sides will be targeting victories in their pursuit of a top-two finish and a place in the semi-finals.

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