Pakistan Bowl Australia Out For 127

Australia 127 (D Hussey 40, Umar Gul 3-20) v Pakistan
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Twenty20 International, Melbourne

Umar Gul took three for 20 and Pakistan produced a rare display of fielding brilliance to bowl Australia out for 127 in the one-off Twenty20 International in Melbourne.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat but the tone was set for Pakistan when Umar Akmal swooped to run out Shane Watson for eight in the second over.

David Warner counter-attacked with 24 in 14 balls and Michael Clarke made 32 in 26 before the wickets began to tumble, Fawad Alam clinging on to a sharp chance at backward point to see off Clarke and then brilliantly running out Cameron White (4) when he had one stump to aim at from the same position.

Travis Birt and Brad Haddin both managed just one run before being dismissed by acting captain Shoaib Malik and two superb pieces of bowling then left David Hussey, who top scored with 40 not out in 31 balls, batting with the tail.

First, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan bowled Steven Smith with a slower ball googly and then Gul had Mitchell Johnson caught by Brad Haddin off a vicious lifter that he gloved behind.

Hussey thumped a four and two sixes before Dirk Nannes was run out by Akmal and Shaun Tait chipped Gul to Alam.

Australia have never lost a Twenty20 International at home.

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