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Australia won the toss and elected to field. Pakistan went in with an additional spinner in the form of Zulfiqar Babar © Getty Images

 

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.