Kamran Akmal Leads Pakistan To Twenty20 Win

Pakistan 109-3 (Kamran Akmal 59no) beat

Australia 108 (Watson 33, Umar Gul 4-8) by seven wickets

Twenty20 International, Dubai Sports City, Dubai

Pakistan demolished Australia in their one-off Twenty20 International in Dubai, Umar Gul taking four for eight before they raced to a seven-wicket win.

Gul took his wickets as Australia were bowled out for 108 in 19.5 overs, Shane Watson (33), Brad Haddin (24) and Marcus North (20)  the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Australia raced away having been asked to bat first, scoring at ten an over before Pakistan slowed things down, Gul removing Watson before spinners Shahid Afridi (3-14) and Shoaib Malik (2-14) put Australia on the back foot by reducing them to 85 for six.

Gul then cleaned up the lower order and Saeed Ajmal, the third spinner used by Pakistan, ended the innings by having Ben Hilfenhaus caught by Afridi.

After Salman Butt (16) and Ahmed Shehzad (4) failed to fire at the top of the order, wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal blasted 59 not out in 42 balls to guide his side home in the 17th over.

He added 85 with Misbah-ul-Haq (24) before the match was ended with a leg-side wide bowled by Nathan Hauritz.

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