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David Warner top score for Australia with 57. - Photo by AP
David Warner top scored for Australia with 57. - Photo by AP

KARACHI: Pakistan's batting crumbled for 74 in the third and final Twenty20 international after Australia set them a total of 169 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Chasing a daunting target, Pakistan were all out for 74 – the joint lowest by a Test playing country in all Twenty20s – for their biggest defeat in the history of the shortest form of the game.

Only Nasir Jamshed (17), Yasir Arafat (15) and Abdul Razzaq (13) could reach double figures as Australian paceman Mitchell Starc (3-11) and Pat Cummins (3-15) ran through the Pakistan batting line-up.

Pakistan, who won the first match by seven wickets and the second in Super over, never looked the same side as they lost wickets at regular intervals, the first five falling by the sixth over with the score on 19.

Razzaq and Arafat shared the highest partnership of the innings with 20, taking Pakistan past the lowest total in all Twenty20 -- 67 by Kenya against Canada in Belfast in 2008.

Pakistan's previous biggest defeat in Twenty20 internationals was by 48 runs, against England at The Oval in 2009.

India were also dismissed for 74 by Australia at Melbourne in 2008.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez termed the defeat as a wake-up call.

“Unfortunately we couldn't do well in the last match,” said Hafeez. “It is a wake up call ahead of the World Twenty20 and we now must realise our duties but full credit to Australia as they came back strongly.”

Australian captain George Bailey praised his openers, David Warner and Shane Watson.

“The openers set the foundation for us and then the bowlers backed that with some good performances,” said Bailey.

Earlier Warner made a 34-ball 59 with six sixes and a four and Watson hammered five sixes and a boundary during his 32-ball 47 to put on Australia's best opening stand of 111 in all T20s after they were put into bat.

The Australian openers went berserk from the eighth over when Watson hit Shoaib Malik for three towering sixes and from the other end Warner hit left-armer Raza Hasan for as many sixes in the ninth.

Even the successful Saeed Ajmal was hit for two sixes as Australian openers hit nine sixes in the space of 19 balls, bringing the second fifty off just 15 balls.

Paceman Arafat, who replaced Sohail Tanveer as the only change to the line-up, had both the openers in successive overs to put brakes on the Australian innings, finishing with 2-30.

Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a 20-ball 27 with three fours and six.

Ajmal finished with 2-19, taking his tally to 60 wickets -- the most by any bowler in Twenty20 cricket.

The two teams now head to Sri Lanka where the fourth edition of the World Twenty20 begins from September 18.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan.

Australia: George Bailey (capt), Shane Watson, Pat Cummins, Dan Christian, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Michael Hussey, Brad Hogg, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Cameron White.

Umpires: Zameer Haider (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)

TV umpire: Shozab Raza (PAK)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)

Comments (31) Closed

Sud Sep 10, 2012 08:13pm
So much for all the big talk that we have had!!!
baqar hasnain Sep 10, 2012 07:46pm
Runs scored individually by Razzaq and Arafat were irrelevant in the scheme of things. Anyway, man of the match - Shoaib Malik (for Australia).
Ye Z Sep 11, 2012 07:02am
Once they won the series, all else became irrelevant. Yet another proof of absolute lack of class, focus, maturity and leadership. Very disappointed!
ummer Sep 10, 2012 07:41pm
this is why pak team is known as unpredictible
Haroon Sep 10, 2012 08:31pm
Pakistan team were not looking match in this match after winning the series.Hafeez eleven should learn about winning consecutively .
Fen Tian Sep 10, 2012 09:16pm
But Australia lost the series 2-1 and Australia were higher ranked than Pakistan before the series and now they are below Ireland No.10 ranked.So how come their pride is restored,giving me hard time to understand.
Aqeel Sep 10, 2012 07:32pm
showed their caliber with this cheapest performance....94 RUNS' DEFEAT..... ITS A SHAME WITH 8 BIG HITTERS IN THE TEAM.......... Nazir, Malik and Razzaq had good chance to prove their selves before the world cup but unfortunately they could not..... What a shame that they hit more than 12 sixes but we could only manage 5 boundaries and 1 six....... THEY SHOULD KNOW THE BASICS THAT HOW TO PLAY IN DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES. COULD ANYONE TELL THEM THAT PLAY FOR NATION, PLAY FOR COUNTRY NOT FOR THEIR SELVES?
Aqeel Sep 10, 2012 07:38pm
Ali Sep 11, 2012 02:46am
what did I tell ya, replace Umer Akmal. He always failed. Anyone please tell me the last time Umer Akmal performed well. Forget about rescuing Pak at a difficult time, just tell me his great performance in the recent past. Please dawn publish this-I need some answers to Umer Akmal.
Taimur Malik - AUS Sep 11, 2012 12:14pm
Well, this is most ordinary performance of Pak team. If i am captain, i wouldn't show my face for post match after such performance. Hafeez and company need to show some consitency, every game is new game they need to forget the last victory and play new game as fresh one. that is the attitude Pakistanis want from them, they are bunch of professionals representing 180million nation and people watch every game all over the world to see them playing like professionals, we show up in grounds etc but performance like this is such a shame, I hope this team realises how they are disappointing Pakis all over the world. I guarantee this team is not winning world cup with this attitude, Hafeez is very immature to captain the side, he needs to push back down the order and give Akmal a go at top, our team lack maturity and they can win every game on back of one or two good performances or on the back of bad performance of opponent... Shame!!! Shame!!! Shame!!! Hafeez & Co., they owe apology to Nation, they need to pull up their socks for world cup, they are not going for any domestic ramadan cup it is WORLD CUP, can someone please tell these guy LOUD and CLEAR so they understand.. SHAME! SHAME!!! SHAME!!!
Iqbal Sep 11, 2012 03:10am
This is wrong selection of players and batsmen losing the nerve after a huge total from Australia.They should include at least either Misbah or Asad Shafiq or both to become a serious contender for making a reasonable total.Once the team feels the score is too much for them they collapse.
Javid Shirazi Sep 11, 2012 05:36am
No spine. Too much hype after the first couple of games. Even after repeated failures, the same set of players keep getting selected. When are they ever going to learn?
Rehan Sep 11, 2012 05:58am
This is Pakistan's at their best. I fear 1st round exit for Pakistan in T20 WC as both Bangladesh and New Zealand can be lethal on their Day. Pakistan will have to raise their game and Mr. Professor needs to come back to mother Earth. He is aping MSD but he is now where near him. Its is a long road ahead for him and he needs to instill confidence in his players and find a winning combination soon. Its a matter of time when teams will pick up Ajmal. Hafieez, AR, Raza and SM are being easily negotiated. So we do have vacuum. I feel Pakistan's Pace Attack is way below par.
Owais Sep 11, 2012 08:35am
And Umar Akmal, and Imran Nazir, and Shoaib Malik and maybe Abdul Razzaq.
Pakistani Sep 11, 2012 07:14am
By the way what is the job description of Mr.Whatmore? We have a bowling coach a fielding coach and now a batting coach.The Coach is putting on weight only.The first two matches should have been the indicators for the last match.The captain Mr.Hafeez may be good in the dressing room but on the field is not his cup of tea. He started the rot and rest is now history.Aussie coach prepared his team well and Ajmal, Hafeez, Shoaib and young Raza were mistreated by the openers.They got the top order of Pakistan with slower deliveries and not express ones barrind S.Malik.No body could thrash even Hogg,a bowler of yesteryears,he is over 40.Overall this is bad bad news for the world cup prospects.Hafeez is the most uninspiring Captain since Wasm Bari.His onfield mannerism is unlike a leader and it is late for him to change.Shoaib Malik,his close associate Imran Nazir the Akmal brothers do not desrve to be selected again. Period.
Truth Hurts Sep 12, 2012 09:40am
Pakistan is so poor in sports ONLY, i don't agree Sir....
Genius Sep 12, 2012 09:41am
Pakistani Team for World T20 should conist of following playing eleven, considering the limited 15 man squad announced. 1. Imran Nazir 2. Nasir Jamshaid 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Sohail Tanvir 8.Mohammad Sami/Yasir Arafat 9. Umer Gul 10. Raza Hassan 11. Saeed Ajmal Shoaib Malik, Abdul razzaq and Umer Akmal must be dropped due severe lack of form and continuously making same mistakes again and again. Imran Nazir included due his recent form in Srilankan premeir league and so he can fire and get momentum.
EmMoosa Sep 11, 2012 03:06pm
Pakistani team does not deserve a foreign coach. Every body who would have watching Sharjah's match arguing Imran Farhat with Whatmore in the player's balcony and Whatmore was furious. What respect these uneducated blocks can give to the foreign coaches. This team needs Sarfaraz Nawaz who can kick their a.........
EmMoosa Sep 11, 2012 02:57pm
Who is giving chance to Karachi players? Iqbal Qasim is there not to include the Karachi boys but to keep them away. Atleast Qasim is happy getting a huge sum of money for keeping his speechless photo in the selection committee meetings and uselessly representing Karachi.
EmMoosa Sep 10, 2012 08:16pm
We should find out young talents all over the country instead of keeping the old and tested faces all the times. Please get rid of Kamran akmal.
EmMoosa Sep 11, 2012 02:49pm
And this guy Umar Akmal is always found in the photo session. Some body takes the catch and he is there where camera is. So as in the joint photo session he is there grabbing the cup and on the other side is his talented brother Kamran akmal. I wonder what mafia is behind their inclusion in the team that even the management is helpless..
EmMoosa Sep 11, 2012 02:43pm
Typical pakistani desi thinking.
Fen Tian Sep 11, 2012 01:42pm
Hafeez you need Misbah and Asad in the middle.Those are 2 hard to replace guys very consistent and much needed for middle orders.Otherwise team will be out for less than 100 most of time.
EmMoosa Sep 10, 2012 08:13pm
So back to square one. The unpredictable pakistan showed their true colours again. As I commented earlier the second T20 could also be won by aussies if the super over was not bowled by the inexperienced Cummins. Was it not in the interest of the series if the second match could be left as tied instead of going to the super over. ICC should think about it.
F.Mahmood-Holland Sep 11, 2012 07:43am
I cant believe it, what a waste of my time, Honestly speaking, i expected a white wash, but i was wrong, my expectations were wrong, Pakistan is so poor in sports, i thought this is thier chance, but this team will never learn to play for the country, Please make your country proud of you and not put them in shame. I have never seen a rain of sixes, what a shame that they were beaten so badly.
Capt C M Khan Sep 11, 2012 06:40am
We knew that this is Bad Selection???? No place for Shoaib and Umar? Get in Asad, Misbah , Junaid and Zia. I guarantee it will be a top team. This bunch of players are a gamble. Gambling is Haram in Islam. We need solidarity. Misbah, Asad back with this bunch please.
Noorani Sep 11, 2012 06:13am
Loosing five wickets in six overs with nineteen on board, I said they will not cross sixty and signed off from the website I was watching live stream. All round pathetic performance. Any road side team from Karachi would have done better than this.
Umair Khalid Sep 10, 2012 08:14pm
haha so typical of Pakistani team...they go crazy when they have to chase! this is why they can never win the T20I worldcup as they will not be able to chase even against low ranked teams such as Bangladesh and Newzealand
Dr.BS Sep 11, 2012 08:54am
Over grown team ??? we need matured and responsible team with dedicated leaders answerable to competent authorities and public . Justification .......
Khan Sep 11, 2012 08:46am
Shoib Malik.. The biggest disaster to happen to Pakistan cricket team. Can somebody please explain to me why he went with the team or was it is honeymoon on the expense of PCB?? Umar Akmal.. 2nd disaster.. Please tell me the last time he performed to be able to make way through other performing players. Both the above players are PARCHI from the highest level. Its time we realize to get rid of these parchi players and get competent players based on merit.
cricketlover Sep 11, 2012 07:31am
The loss is not surprising as the Aussies wanted to prove a point here while Pakistan had become laxed after taking the series. Moreover, the momentum for Aussies was more crucial for them than it was for the Pakistanis. Also, the tactical mistake of putting the opposition in after winning the toss was committed by Hafeez, who, I am sure, will be chastened by this blunder. This was true because of the dew factor so nototriously persistent in hot countries like the UAE.