Pakistan vs Australia, ICC World T20: Past encounters

With the ICC World T20 approaching an exciting last week, the race for the semi-finals has intensified. While Group 1 is still wide open, with West Indies, South Africa, England and Sri Lanka battling it out for the two semi-finalists’ spots, Group 2 has given the first semi-finalist in New Zealand. India, Pakistan and Australia are competing for the remaining slot and two of these three teams will take on each other in an all-important game on Friday at Mohali. Both Pakistan and Australia will look to win the match and stake a claim in final four. Let’s take a trip down the memory lane and revisit those encounters.

1.  ICC World T20 2007, Super 8 match at the New Wanderers, Johannesburg: Pakistan emerged victorious in the first battle between these two sides at the World T20. After winning the toss, they invited Australia to bat first, who could manage 7 for 164 from their 20 overs. Almost all their batsmen got starts but could not go on to score a big one. In reply, Pakistan lost four wickets early and looked down and out. But the duo of skipper Shoaib Malik and Misbah-Ul-Haq, who rose to prominence in that edition, saw the team home without any further damage.

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Brief scores: Pakistan 4 for 165 in 19.1 overs [Misbah-Ul-Haq not out 66(42), Shoaib Malik 52(38); Stuart Clark 3-27, Mitchell Johnson 1-28] bt Australia 7 for 164 in 20 overs [Michael Hussey 37(25), Brad Hodge 36(29); Sohail Tanvir 3-31, Mohammad Hafeez 1-31] by 6 wickets.

2.  ICC World T20 2010, Group A match at Gros Islet, St Lucia: Australia emerged winners this time around by a fair distance. Batting first after winning the toss, Australia posted a massive 191 on the board, thanks to some lusty hitting by Shane Watson (49-ball 81) and David Hussey (28-ball 53). In reply, Pakistan were never in chase, and were bundled out for 157, thus losing the match by 34 runs. Only Misbah and skipper Shahid Afridi could show some resolve. But that proved too little and too late. Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes, though expensive, were the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each in Australia’s win.

Brief scores: Australia 191 in 20 overs [Shane Watson 84(49), David Hussey 53(28); Mohammad Amir 3-23, Saeed Ajmal 3-34] bt Pakistan 157 in 20 overs [Misbah-Ul-Haq 41(31), Shahid Afridi 33(24); Shaun Tait 3-20, Dirk Nannes 3-41] by 34 runs.

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3.  ICC World T20 2010, Semi-final at Gros Islet, St Lucia: Same venue, same first inning score and same result. In a nail-biter, Australia climbed a mountain to complete a historic chase and enter the final. After losing the toss and batting first, Pakistan posted 191 this time around, riding on half-centuries by Akmal brothers, and looked all set to enter the final for the third consecutive time until a Michael Hussey-special spoiled their party. With 48 needed off last three overs and 18 needed off the last, Hussey, with his knock laden by 6 sixes, did the improbable by smashing two of Pakistan’s best bowlers Amir and Ajmal to complete a remarkable win.

Brief scores: Australia 197 for 7 in 19.5 overs [Michael Hussey not out 60(24), Cameron White 43(31); Mohammad Amir 3-35] bt Pakistan 191 for 6 in 20 overs [Umar Akmal not out 56(35), Kamran Akmal 50(34); Steve Smith 1-23, David Hussey 1-24] by 3 wickets.

4.  ICC World T20 2012, Super 8 match at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo: In the Super 8 clash between these two teams, Pakistan batted first after Australia’s invitation and put up 149 runs on the board on a sluggish wicket. Nasir Jamshed got a fifty while Kamran Akmal added valuable 32. In reply, Australia were rattled by Pakistan’s spin attack early on and could never make a comeback into the match, thereby losing it by 32 runs. Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Raza Hasan were the architects of this win, while for Australia, Hussey senior played a lone hand of 47-ball 54 not out.

Brief scores: Pakistan 6 for 149 in 20 overs [Nasir Jamshed 55(46), Kamran Akmal 32(26); Mitchell Starc 3-20] bt Australia 7 for 117 in 20 overs [Michael Hussey not out 54(47), Brad Hodge 36(29); Saeed Ajmal 3-17, Raha Hasan 2-14, Mohammad Hafeez 2-22] by 32 runs.

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5.  ICC World T20 2014, Super 10 match at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur: The figure 191 made a comeback in Pakistan-Australia matches as Pakistan put that total on the board batting first after being invited to do so. Umar Akmal’s belligerent knock of 54-ball 94 laid the foundation for the massive total. In reply, Australia lost a couple of wickets early but then an 118-run stand between Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell helped them recover and kept into the match. When Maxwell fell at the team score of 126, Australia needed 66 runs off 50 balls with seven wickets in hand. But his dismissal triggered a collapse and Australia eventually fell short by 16 runs. Barring Finch and Maxwell, not batsman reached double digits, and that cost Australia the match.

Brief scores: Pakistan 5 for 191 in 20 overs [Umar Akmal 94(54), Kamran Akmal 31(31); Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-36] bt Australia 175 in 20 overs [Glenn Maxwell 74(33), Aaron Finch 65(54); Zulfiqar Babar 2-26, Umar Gul 2-29, Shahid Afridi 2-30] by 16 runs.

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Pakistan vs Australia, T20Is, Stat Nugget:

Most Runs

Umar Akmal (Pak): 177 runs (4 matches)

Michael Hussey (Aus): 168 runs (4 matches)

Highest Scores

94 by Umar Akmal (Pak) at Mirpur, 2014

81 by Shane Watson (Aus) at Gros Islet, 2010

Most wickets

Saeed Ajmal (Pak): 8 wickets (4 matches)

Mitchell Johnson (Aus): 4 wickets (3 matches)

Dirk Nannes (Aus): 4 wickets (2 matches)

Mitchell Starc (Aus): 4 wickets (2 matches)

Best bowling

Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 3-17 at Colombo, 2012

Mitchell Starc (Aus) 3-20 at Colombo, 2012

Shaun Tait (Aus) 3-20 at Gros Islet, 2010

Most catches

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