|Australia beat Pakistan to
enter World Twenty20 final
|15 May 2010,NEW DELHI:
Michael Hussey slammed unbeaten 60 off 24 balls
to lead Australia into Twenty20 World Cup final
as they beat Pakistan by three wickets at
Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Friday.
Chasing 192-run target, Hussey put on two
important partnership to lead the run chase for
Australia amidst losing wickets at regular
intervals against Pakistan.
Hussey hit three fours and six sixes in his
24-ball blitzkrieg and added match-winning
53-run unbeaten partnership with Mitchell
Johnson (5) for the eighth wicket.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Aamer (3-35) and Abdur
Rehman (2-33) shared five Australian wickets
Australia lost Steven Smith (5) and Cameron
White (43) in successive overs. Spinner Saeed
Ajmal foxed Smith in the eighteenth over after
pacer Mohammad Aamer scalped the dangerous White
in the previous one.
White slammed five sixes in his quick-fire
31-ball inning and added 34 runs with Michael
Hussey for the sixth wicket.
Abdur Rehman took his second wicket when he
caught and bowled David Hussey (13) in the
Skipper Shahid Afridi dismissed his counterpart
Michael Clarke (17) in the ninth over to reduce
Australia to 62/4 in 8.2 overs. Spinner Abdur
Rehman scalped Brad Haddin (25) in the previous
over to end the 32-run partnership between
Haddin and Clarke for the third wicket.
Pacer Mohammad Aamer took two early wickets to
put Pakistan in driverís seat after the heroics
of Akmal brothers while batting.
Aamer dismissed Shane Watson (16) in the third
over after taking the wicket of David Warner (0)
in the very first over and reduced Australia to
26/2 in 2.3 overs.
Earlier, Umar Akmal's unbeaten 56 and Kamran
Akmal's 50 powered Pakistan to 191/6 against
Australia at Beausejour Stadium.
The younger Akmal's unbeaten knock that came off
35 balls, was studded with 4 sixes and 2 fours
and his attacking strokeplay left the Aussies
Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a good start
with Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt bringing up
their 50-run stand in the seventh over.
Butt and Akmal negotiated the Australian bowlers
with ease on an easy-paced track in St Lucia and
started going for their shots once they were
Akmal hit a 32-ball half-century before Mitchell
Johnson had him caught by David Warner at deep
Akmal hit 2 sixes and 6 fours in his quickfire
knock before another big shot found Warner in
Soon after, Warner took his second catch at deep
square leg when Butt mistimed a hit off Steven
Smith after hitting 4 fours in his 30-ball 32.
David Hussey then had Pakistan captain Shahid
Afridi caught by Brad Haddin to reduce the
defending champions to 114/3 and just when it
looked like Australia will come back into the
game, Akmal began to play his shots.
Pakistan lost Khalid Latif (13) and Abdul Razzaq
(12) but Akmal's stunning strokeplay gave them
no respite as the 19-year-old hit Johnson for
two towering sixes in one over to put the
Aussies under some serious pressure.