Colombo: Oct 2, 2012
An impressive half-century by Nasir Jamshed and useful contributions from Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq helped Pakistan post a competitive 149 for six against Australia in their final Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20.
Jamshed made 55 off 46 balls and along with Akmal added 79 runs for the third wicket. Akmal made 32 off 26 balls with the help of a four and a six.
Abdul Razzaq's 22 off 17 balls also helped Pakistan in reaching close to the 150-run mark while left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc was pick of the Australian bowlers with brilliant figures of 3 for 20 in his four-over spell.
Put into bat, Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez was the first one to walk back to the dug-out when Starc's inswinging delivery caught him plumb in-front after he had made only four.
The normally fluent Imran Nazir struck a couple of boundaries but was out in the most disappointing manner when he closed the face of his bat to a tame full toss from Shane Watson and was caught in the mid-off region.
At 29 for two, Kamran and Jamshed got together and resurrected the innings. Initially, the duo depended a lot on singles and twos but after getting set, hit some breathtaking shots.
Jamshed pulled a bouncer from Pat Cummins in a superb fashion behind square for his first six with the ball landing in the stands.
He also slogged left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty over deep mid-wicket for his second six. A lofted drive over Watson's head for a one bounce four was also pleasing to the eye.
Kamran, who hasn't had a good time with the willow, finally got some runs under his belt. A six off Hogg over long on showed that the controversial glovesman was ready to prove his critics wrong.
Jamshed got to his second half-century of the tournament with a lofted boundary off Hogg. He achieved the feat in 41 balls and with four boundaries and two sixes.
He was finally out when he tried to give Doherty the charge but could only find the long-on fielder.
Akmal soon followed as he offered a low catch to Cameron White off Starc who had come back for his second spell.
From 108 for two, Pakistan had suddenly slumped to 108 for four. Abdul Razzaq in company of Umar Akmal hit a few lusty blows towards the end of the innings to give the total a respectable look. (PTI)
Brief Scores: Pakistan 149 for 6 in 20 overs (Nasir Jamshed 55, Kamran Akmal 32, Abdul Razzaq 22; Mitchell Starc 3 for 20, Shane Watson 1 for 20) vs Australia