Home > News >

ICC World T20 2014: Pakistan spinners were key against Australia, says Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez was pleased at the way Pakistani spinners performed against Australia © Getty Images
Mohammad Hafeez was pleased at the way Pakistani spinners performed against Australia © Getty Images

Mirpur: Mar 23, 2014

Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez was pleased with the performance of his spinners on Sunday and was effusive in his praise for Umar Akmal for his match-winning 54-ball 94 which set up their 16-run victory over Australia in the ICC World Twenty20.

Put into bat, Umar blasted a breathtaking 94 laced with nine boundaries and four sixes to power Pakistan to 191 for five in their stipulated 20 overs.

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell then conjured up hopes of a successful run-chase for Australia as he smashed a devastating 33-ball 74 but Pakistani spinners brought their team back into the game with some good bowling.

“There was moment in the match when Maxwell was batting brilliantly and at that stage the only thing I could tell my bowlers was just go there and keep attacking and I think they did a good job, especially spinners, like Zulfiqar Babar.

Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi did really well,” said Hafeez after the match.

“The strength of Pakistan is we have too many match winners and anybody can win the match for us and Umar Akmal showed a great talent. We always wanted him to express himself. He held his nerve very well. He attacked and that’s what we wanted our boys to do. He has got great talent and he was simply unbelievable,” he added.

Australian captain, George Bailey also praised Pakistan spinners and was disappointed with his fielders.

“The start we had, 40 for 2 after seven overs, I’d have taken that. You just try and play your best bowlers and Pakistan’s spinners bowled very very well and also Umar Gul in the death,” he said.

“Batting and bowling go either way, but fielding was in our hands and we’ve set high standards and we didn’t do well. This is probably from our point of view the most disappointing aspect of our game,” he said.

Umar Akmal, adjudged Man of the Match, said he played his natural game and dedicated the award to his brother Kamran.

“I want to thank the management because they gave me a free hand. I played as positive as I could. They’ve trusted me to play at No.4 and I too prefer this position. I just played my natural game. I would like to continue building more innings,” said Umar, who blasted nine boundaries and four sixes in his 70-ball innings.

“I would like to dedicate the award to my brother Kamran Akmal who is making a comeback in the team in the World cup,” he added.

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

ICC World T20 2014 Schedule details

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

Photos

Heroes of India's Test wins in England

Videos

Rahul Dravid reflects on India's historic win at Lord's

Afghanistan’s recent victories over Zimbabwe are encouraging for their build-up to ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Ravichandran Ashwin get a look-in?

Physically challenged cricketers aim to bring glory to India

India tour of England 2014: Mohammed Shami has impressed in patches but wickets elude him

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2 Live Cricket Score: Proteas 55/2 after 34 overs

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

S Sreesanth wants to play negative roles and learn acting from Rajinikanth, Kamal Hasan

South Africa players hold coaching clinic for Sri Lanka’s visually impaired players

Adam Gilchrist backs Jos Buttler to do well for England

Geoffrey Boycott hopes to host Sunil Gavaskar in his new 38-room mansion

Najam Sethi says he fulfilled promise by resigning as PCB chairman

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: England must persist with Ben Stokes despite poor form

Misbah-ul-Haq’s hitch at the helm

Growing Up in the 1990s: Cricket

Afghanistan’s recent victories over Zimbabwe are encouraging for their build-up to ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Ravichandran Ashwin get a look-in?

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

AR Rahman delivers deeply moving Karnamotcham for Kaaviya Thalaivan!

Akshay Kumar: Before giving tasks to contestants on Dare 2 Dance I would try them first!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here