Pakistan deepen Australia’s Wanderers misery
CRICKET: Captain Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul Haq put on a century
partnership as Pakistan stunned Australia by six wickets in the Twenty20
world championships here on Tuesday.
The pair put on 119 off 78 balls for the unbroken fifth wicket to
help their team recover from 46-4 and surpass Australia’s 164-7 with
five balls to spare in a group F match of the Super Eights at the
Man-of-the match Misbah smashed 66 not out off 42 balls and Malik
chipped in with an unbeaten 52 as Pakistan virtually assured themselves
of a place in the semi-finals.
Pakistan’s second win in the group, following the 33-run win over Sri
Lanka on Monday, left them needing a point against Bangladesh in Cape
Town on Thursday to move into the last four.
Australia, who must beat Sri Lanka on Thursday to stay in contention
for the semi-finals, were left to ponder the jinx that the Wanderers
ground holds for them.
It was Australia’s first appearance at the historic venue since South
Africa successfully chased their formidable 434 with one ball to spare
in a memorable one-day international in March, 2006.
Malik and Misbah came to the crease with Pakistan tottering at 46-4
after Stuart Clark grabbed three wickets in his first seven deliveries.
Misbah cracked seven boundaries and a six and Malik hit four fours
and two sixes to give Pakistan an emphatic victory over one of the most
formidable teams in the 12-nation tournament.
The winning run came through a waist-high full toss bowled by Andrew
Symonds which was signalled a wide.
The success was set up by young left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir, who
claimed 3-31 in four impressive overs to keep the formidable Australian
batting down to 164-7.
The 22-year-old led a disciplined bowling by the Pakistanis after
Malik won the toss and elected to field in good batting conditions.
The Australian innings was marked by just one six from Michael
Hussey, who top-scored with 37 off 25 balls.
Hussey and Brad Hodge put on 63 in 40 balls for the fifth wicket to
boost the total after Australia were struggling at 92-4 in the 12th.
Australia were rattled at the start by Tanvir, who dismissed openers
Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist in his first two overs.
Hayden flicked a catch to mid-wicket after making one and Gilchrist,
who smashed 24 off 12 balls, was caught at point to make Australia 32-2
in the four over.
Symonds helped captain Ricky Ponting add 48 for the third wicket,
himself making an 18-ball 29 when he was bowled by leg-spinner Shahid
Afridi in the ninth over.
Three overs later, Ponting attempted to pull Mohammad Hafeez, missed
the line and was bowled for 27 to leave his team at 92-4 in the 12th.
Hussey struck the only six of the innings in the 16th over when he
lofted Afridi over the straight field and then flicked a boundary later
in the over.
A. Gilchrist c M.Hafeez b S. Tanvir 24
M. Hayden c Younis Khan b Sohail Tanvir 1
R. Ponting b Mohammad Hafeez 27
A. Symonds b Shahid Afridi 29
M. Hussey c Imran Nazir b Sohail Tanvir 37
B. Hodge c Younis Khan b M. Asif 36
M. Clarke run out (Shahid Afridi) 0
B. Lee not out 2
M. Johnson not out 1
Extras (b-1 lb-3 w-3) 7
TOTAL (seven wickets, 20 overs) 164
DID NOT BAT: N. Bracken, S. Clark.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-8 2-32 3-80 4-92 5-155 6-159 7-162.
BOWLING: Asif 4-0-34-1 (2w), Tanvir 4-0-31-3 (1w),
Afridi 4-1-35-1, Hafeez 4-0-31-1, Umar Gul 4-0-29-0.
Imran Nazir c Johnson b Clark 10
Mohammad Hafeez c Clarke b Clark 15
Salman Butt lbw b Johnson 11
Younis Khan c Lee b Clark 4
Shoaib Malik not out 52
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 66
Extras (lb-1 w-5 nb-1) 7
TOTAL (four wickets, 20 overs) 165
DID NOT BAT: Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif,
Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-25 2-27 3-35 4-46.
BOWLING: Lee 4-0-30-0 (1nb), Bracken 4-0-35-0, Clark 4-0-27-3,
Johnson 4-0-28-1 (4w), Symonds 2.1-0-27-0 (1w), Clarke 1-0-17-0.
Man of the match: Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)