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Pakistan earn 16-run win over Australia at World Twenty20

Updated: Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 14:54 | Comments

Shane Watson walks (R) as Pakistan players celebrate
Shane Watson walks (R) as Pakistan players celebrate

A lionhearted effort by Pakistan's bowlers powered the 2009 champions to a 16-run win over Australia in a high-scoring World Twenty20 match in Mirpur.

Chasing 192 to clinch the Group Two super 10 match, Australia were cruising at 126 for two in the 12th over before the Pakistan bowlers turned the match on its head.

Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi and Bilawal Bhatti claimed two wickets each as Australia were all out for 175.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell blasted six sixes in a sizzling 74 and featured in a century-plus stand with Aaron Finch (65) but their efforts proved in vain.

Australia lost quick wickets as David Warner and Shane Watson went in the first over before Maxwell came to the crease and set the stadium alight with some breathtaking power-hitting.

Finch played second fiddle and the duo's dominance was in full display in the 12th over of the innings, sent down by a hapless Bhatti, which yielded 30 runs.

But when Maxwell departed after 33 balls of swashbuckling entertainment it triggered a collapse Australia could not recover from.

Put into bat, Umar Akmal fell six runs short of his maiden Twenty20 International century after his 54-run blitz powered Pakistan to 191 for five.

Pakistan, who looked determined to shrug off Friday's defeat to arch-rivals India, were 25-2 in the fifth over when Umar walked in to join brother Kamran Akmal (31) and they shared a 96-run partnership in 8.3 overs.

The 23-year-old Umar received a let-off as Brad Hogg, who at the age of 43 became the oldest cricketer to play a Twenty20 International, dropped him in the deep when he was on 22.

But the right-hander looked unstoppable as he hit four sixes and nine fours before falling in the first ball off the final over.  

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