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Spinners help Pakistan crush Australia

Published Sep 05, 2012 06:58pm


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David Warner walks back after being dismissed on 22 by Mohammad Hafeez. - Photo by Reuters
David Warner walks back after being dismissed on 22 by Mohammad Hafeez. - Photo by Reuters

DUBAI: Pakistan's spinners Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Raza Hasan bowled Australia out for just 89 to set up an easy seven-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international here on Wednesday.

Ajmal (2-13), Hasan (2-15) and skipper Hafeez (2-24) shook the Australian batting before left-arm paceman Sohail Tanvir (3-13) wrapped up the innings in 19.3 overs. Pakistan then romped home in 14.5 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

It was an easy win for Pakistan at Dubai Stadium after going down 2-1 in the preceding one-day series.

Shoaib Malik hit the winning boundary, finishing with nine not out while Kamran Akmal finished with an unbeaten 31 with three boundaries and a six.

The victory was never in doubt once Pakistan bowled well. Hafeez (17) and Imran Nazir (22) gave Pakistan a solid start of 30 before losing Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed (10) in quick succession.

Akmal and Malik saw off the target without any discomfort.

The second match will be played here on Friday.

Earlier Australia were let down by poor shot selection against quality spin bowling after they were sent into bat.

Australia hit only three boundaries in the innings with their last coming in the fourth over as Pakistani spinners never allowed them to settle on a turning track, reducing their opponents to their second-lowest Tweny20 total.

Opener David Warner top-scored with 22 off 25 deliveries, hitting two boundaries.

Cameron White (15) and captain George Bailey (14) were the only others to reach double figures.

Paceman Umar Gul dismissed Shane Watson (eight) in the third over while Tanvir accounted for Michael Hussey (one) in the next before Warner and Bailey put on the best stand of the innings, adding 33 for the third wicket.

Pakistan's spinners then came into their own, as the last eight wickets went for a mere 43 runs.

Australia's lowest Twenty20 total of 79 came against England at Southampton in 2005.

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

Australia: George Bailey (capt), Shane Watson, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Glenn Maxwell Matthew Wade, David Warner, Cameron White

Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK) and Shozab Raza (PAK)

Tv umpire: Zameer Haider (PAK)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)


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Comments (22) Closed

rayees Sep 05, 2012 06:55pm
congrats pakistani team u have crushed australia
parveez Sep 06, 2012 08:32pm
Lets hope we can catch, and field in the next two games. Only then we can win.
Nick farahshah Sep 06, 2012 02:28am
Dawn is controlled by anti Islam and anti Pakistan filth. This news should be shut down for Pakistan.
Syed Sep 05, 2012 11:19pm
Till this time, just after midnight at Greenwich, and 9:00 am in Sydney, and 4:am in Pakistan, there is no mention of the Pakistan Win in the Sydney Morning Herald ( -- "Hooray, kangaroos, Ro paray (started crying)"
JZ Sep 05, 2012 08:50pm
Great bowling from our new debutant bowler Raza Hasan. Now we can rely on our spinners and win matches ahead. Well done
sufyan Sep 06, 2012 12:17am
To be fair to Dawn, most of the traffic for cricket stories goes to cricinfo so they probably have resources tied elsewhere... Don't know if this will get posted even though I am defending them lol
Nadeem Ahmed Sep 05, 2012 08:01pm
Who is writing these timid headlines? How about using stronger adjectives, like 'Pakistan demolishes Australian team", 'Pakistan dominates Australia". "Pakistan smash/Thrash/destroy Australia". This was an amazing win, and the headline so timid? Dawn please publish our posts, or remove the option.
Rev. Eldrick Lal Sep 05, 2012 08:59pm
I agree with you. We need to choose much better words to express our utter joy. It looks someone is not delighted with the amazing feat of the Pakistani cricket team.
Omair Sep 06, 2012 04:45am
Agreed. Standards of reporting at down have considerably gone down.
Fawad Siddiqui Sep 06, 2012 09:04am
It was nice to see Shoaib, Razzaq and Nazir. Well Done Pak Team !! We hope you will show the same performance in next matches !!
Owais Sep 06, 2012 04:47am
Congrats Pakistani Cricket Team. A very good gift to Pakistani nation on the Defence Day. The time Shoib Malik hit the winning boundry, Pakistani Standard time was nearly entering into 6th September which is a date of pride when Pakistani army crushed the coward attack. Salute to Paki forces
EmMoosa Sep 06, 2012 08:21am
The series of 20/20 is still on. Australia is a great side. They can come back. This is the problem with Pakistanis and Indians that they always overjoy on a single success and get heavily saddened on defeats. I guess they both have some psychological problems. Please be patient and let the series over. Wait for the last laugh.
moon Sep 06, 2012 05:12am
Well done paki,s, It is a good start, world cup is approaching, so it is a great oppertunity to beat Aus and go with full confidence in world cup. Keep wining...
Asif Sep 05, 2012 10:33pm
"Spinners help CRUSH Australia", I believe the title of the article does tells us that it was a thrashing they deserve. What else did you guys want?
Paki Sep 06, 2012 05:17am
"Earlier Australia were let down by poor shot selection against quality spin bowling after they were sent into bat." - witinin the write up it is expresses very well!!
Sobracity Sep 06, 2012 05:46am
Take it easy fellows. You use strong words to display small pleasure and then hide faces on losses. Be humble and enjoy victory without disgracing the losers.
Muzamil kuchay Sep 06, 2012 05:52am
congrats pakistani team u have crushed australia haha
rais khan Sep 06, 2012 08:07am
appropriate headline according to some readers would have been" australia murdered by pakistan". This would have made those desperate headline seekers happy.
Kashif Khan Sep 06, 2012 06:29am
Be humble In victory and gracious In defeat.
Capt C M Khan Sep 06, 2012 03:51pm
Pakistan only won because Afridi, Younus, Sami, Farhat were not playing.
Saad Sep 06, 2012 04:55am
Nice to see Razzaq and Nazir back in the side before T20 WC. Hope they'll remain the part of the WC squad.
Atta Khan Sep 05, 2012 09:27pm
It was a very good Team Work for PAK TEAM who defeated Australian in this match. The team should work together and display best batting, fielding, and bowling. This is good example for the Pakistani leaders to work together with honesty, dedication to get country out of their miserable situation of drones, laod shedding, pak disintegrated security..