Pakistan Hammer Australia In Opening Twenty20

Pakistan Hammer Australia In Opening Twenty20
Pakistan Hammer Australia In Opening Twenty20
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Pakistan 90-3 (Kamran Akmal 31no) beat
Australia 89 (Sohail Tanvir 3-13) by 7 wickets
First Twenty20 International, Dubai

Pakistan bowled Australia out for just 89 - the second lowest score they have ever been dismissed for in their history - on their way to a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the opening Twenty20 International in Dubai.

Sohail Tanvir led the way with figures of three for 13 as Australia set a pathetic target, which Pakistan chased down with more than five overs to spare.

Australia were put into bat by Pakistan but were quickly in trouble as Umar Gul had Shane Watson trapped in front for eight and Michael Hussey chipped a simple catch to Shoaib Malik off Tanvir for one.

David Warner (22) and captain George Bailey (14) put on 33 for the third wicket but both were dismissed by Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan quickly took control with the ball.

Cameron White was the only other man to reach double figures, making 15 as wickets tumbled. Debutant Raza Hasan grabbed a brace and Tanvir two more, ending the innings by removing Patrick Cummins for one and Ben Hilfenhaus without scoring.

Hasan completed figures of two for 15, Saeed Ajmal two for 13 and Hafeez two for 24.

Pakistan wasted little time in starting their run chase in an aggressive manner as Hafeez hammered 17 and 15 balls with Imran Nazir striking 22 in 26.

Cummins had the former caught by David Hussey and White caught Nazir off the bowling of Watson.

Hilfenhaus bowled Nasir Jamshed - also making his debut - for ten - but Pakistan were not to be denied and they were launched over the line by Kamran Akmal's 31 in 24 balls, including three fours and a six.

Shoaib Malik was unbeaten on nine in 14 balls at the other end.

The second game in the three-match series is on 7th September.

© Cricket World 2012

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