Home > Match report >

Pakistan overcome Glenn Maxwell’s onslaught to register 16-run victory over Australia in ICC World T20 2014 Group 2

Glenn Maxwell scored 74 in 33 balls © Getty Images
Glenn Maxwell scored 74 in 33 balls © Getty Images

By Abhijit Banare

Mar 23, 2014

A determined fightback from Pakistan spinners saw them register a 16-run victory over Australia in the ICC World T20 2014 Group 2 match. A sensational 74 from 33 balls from Glenn Maxwell had put Australia on course for a win but his dismissal and some accurate bowling from bowlers towards the end bundled out Australia for 175 .

If one thought Umar Akmal’s 54-ball 94 was brilliant enough, Maxwell made Akmal look as ordinary as possible. Four spinners in the Pakistan ranks, three of them were hammered. Saeed Ajmal was clobbered for 25 in two overs — same as Brad Hogg had after two. Yet, some fine captaincy by Mohammad Hafeez to shuffle his bowlers in the end reaped rewards as Ajmal, Afridi and Gul managed to pull things back by bowling some tight overs.

Apart from the brilliant strokes, what made Maxwell more impressive was the situation in which he had hit them. Australia were pushed on the backfoot when left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar removed top two of the many explosive batsmen lined up in the Aussie team — David Warner and Shane Watson. Both of them were done trying to make room and go for an expansive drive, one was bowled, the other caught behind.

At eight for two, Pakistan had done everything right to seal the match. But Maxwell disregarded the reputation of the bowlers and situation of the match to script a brilliant innings which allowed Aaron Finch as well to settle in without coming under the pressure of required rate. Maxwell, known for his big hitting started his onslaught against Zulfiqar Babar with consecutive boundaries. Two sixes followed in the next over from Hafeez. The Pakistan skipper got a touch anxious and brought on Ajmal in the sixth over after Umar Gul too was scored off by Maxwell.

Normally, Ajmal may not pick wickets but is tough to score off too. But Maxwell put the pressure right back with a six and a four in the over. With 57 in the first powerplay, Australia had regained their confidence to resume their quest for 191. But little did they imagine that in the next four overs, Maxwell’s onslaught and Finch’s calculated aggression saw 60 runs being scored off. And the eighth over was certainly demoralising with 30 scored from it. 4,4,6,6,5nb(beamer),4 was the sequence of scoring. Maxwell got to his fifty in just 18 balls.

And to top up the frustration, Ajmal fumbled thrice in the deep, in what was a regulation catch which could have sent back Maxwell. But that didn’t cost much as Afridi found the breakthrough removing Maxwell.

Despite having enough batsmen, the Aussies found it tough to attack against the spinners. Afridi struck one more with the wicket of George Bailey as the required rate kept mounting. Pakistan stuck to the best formula of picking wickets.

The game-changing moment of the match was the 18th over by Ajmal which yielded just one run and fetched the wicket of Finch. Moreover, Pakistan kept the legside field open in the ring luring the batsmen to go for big shot in that direction.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s batting found it’s rhythm with the Akmal brothers sharing a partnership of 96 in 51 balls. Umar, similar to Maxwell, defied the situation to turn the innings and put his team ahead. The Australian’s can’t be excused for their sloppy fielding as well with Akmal being dropped by Hogg in the eighth over.

It was evident before the match that Australia were a stronger team on paper than Pakistan. The only trick which was discussed by both sides is Australia’s possible susceptibility against spin, which in hindsight still holds true barring that Maxwell onslaught.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 191 for 5 in 20 overs (Kamran Akmal 31, Umar Akmal 94; Nathan Coulter-Nile 2 for 36) beat Australia 175 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 65, Glenn Maxwell 74; Zulfiqar Babar 2 for 26) by 16 runs.

Man of the Match: Umar Akmal.

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

ICC World T20 2014 Schedule details

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014  at Bengaluru

Chennai Super Kings won by 54 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

Photos

KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014

Videos

Kane, Devcich praise each others knock

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: CSK sends clear signal to other sides by ravaging Dolphins

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Highlights

Mitchell Marsh: I thought that the match was tied against Dolphins

Live Cricket Score Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins CLT20 2014 Match 8: CSK romp home by 54 runs

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shows he is one for the future

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins Hobart Hurricanes Incheon Asian Games India at Asian Games 2014 Lahore Lions

Makhaya Ntini looks forward to match at Mount Kilimanjaro summit

Mitchell Marsh: I thought that the match was tied against Dolphins

Usain Bolt picks Shane Warne over Sachin Tendulkar

Anandji Dossa passes away

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) romp to 54-run win against Dolphins in CLT20 2014 Match 8 at Bangalore

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: CSK sends clear signal to other sides by ravaging Dolphins

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Highlights

List of highest innings’ totals in CLT20 and overall T20 cricket

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Key Battles

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: CSK’s likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

670 Posts | 6 Fans

CLT20 2014: Kings Xi Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, final over

Apple iPhone 5S now available for less that Rs 35,000 on Indian e-commerce sites

Kajol at the United Nations headquarters-View pic!

Microsoft’s Xbox One launched in India, prices start from Rs 39,990

NGOs pursue education for all

Is having leaky breasts during pregnancy normal?

Asian Games 2014 Live Updates: Focus on Abhinav Bindra, Saurav Ghosal, Sathish Sivalingam

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Hrithik Roshan: I am not reprising Tom Cruise in Bang Bang!

Savvy Superfoods Straight from your Mom’s Kitchen

Makhaya Ntini looks forward to match at Mount Kilimanjaro summit

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here