Whoah, can’t ask for more from a T20. Belal bin Suleman: “I love you Cricket… Muaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.” And Rob Noah: “This is the best T20 game I’ve ever read.”
Got to feel for young Pat Cummins, must have thought he has sealed the game with that mammoth six off the penultimate ball, but he couldn’t pull it off off the next ball, and he was just short in the SuperOver as well. As Irteza says: “Poor Pat! I am feeling for him. He is such a fine fast bowler.”
Cricket-India: “why MUST a tied T20 have a super-over decider? isn’t a tie the deserving result for two equally matched and equally determined teams??” I’m no fan of Superovers either. Surely the match is exciting enough when the scores are tied.
Maryam Siddiqui: “Amazing. Just truly amazing. Hands have semi stopped shaking but heart is still racing. Really must be the most intense match I’ve seen since Razzaq’s century off of 72 deliveries against South Africa a couple years back. Thank you Pakistan, Thank you Australia.”
Not that the T20 rankings are to be taken seriously, but Australia have now slid to 10th place.
Man of the Match is Saeed Ajmal. “I had an injury to my shoulder, that’s why they gave the Superover to Gul.”
George Bailey: ”Good game of cricket, we had our chances today. Our bowling was good, nice to see our batsmen hit a few out of the middle. We will be ready to go for game three.”
Sixth ball Cummins to U Akmal, 1 run, Pakistan win, they take the serie 2-0, Akmal dabs the final ball of an exhausting match to cover and sneaks the single that seals the win, there was a chance of a run-out there, Akmal just gets in, he sets off on a fist-pumping celebration, Cummins is distraught, Bailey consoles some of his team-mates, the crowd is drained after a rollercoaster of a match.
Sixth ball Cummins to U Akmal, 1 wide, too short from Cummins, he went for the bouncer but that sails over the batsman’s head, scores are level now, Pakistan 11/0, I think Pakistan have won it already, as boundary totals are the tiebreaker
Fifth ball Cummins to Razzaq, 1 run, Cummins doesn’t go for the blockhole, back of a length ball is scooped towards David Hussey at mid-off, he dives forward but can’t only collect off the half-volley, Pak 10/0. Target is 12
Fourth ball Cummins to Razzaq, 4 runs, Pakistan need three off two now as Razzaq calmly slaps a short ball outside off to the deep backward point boundary, Pakistan 9/0, the crowd loving it, can Cummins find the yorker?
Third ball Cummins to U Akmal, 1 run, Cummins keeps it short, outside off, Akmal was looking to work that over the keeper, he doesn’t connect well and they take the single to the keeper. Over to Razzaq
Second ball Cummins to U Akmal, 4 runs, it was short from Cummins, just outside off, that is hammered back past the bowler for four, Pakistan 4/0
First ball Cummins to U Akmal, dot ball, slower wide one, Akmal goes for a wild thrash after charging down, misses it by a mile
Pat Cummins given the responsibility. Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq are the batsmen in the middle now. It was Razzaq to Cummins that tied the game, what will Cummins to Razzaq bring?
Praneet: “If ever there were a Utopian world , this would be the utopian cricket match.” For those of you asking, Superover runs and wickets aren’t added to a player’s career stats.
Surya: “Time to amend your half-time commentary that people will forget the match but not the catch. Now folks will say “THAT catch from THAT match”!”
Target for Pakistan is 12 runs. Still waiting to see who will bowl for Australia, and who Pakistan’s batsmen are.
Sixth ball Gul to Bailey, 2 runs, a low full toss heading for leg stump, once again some sharp fielding from Pakistan, only two off the final ball, Aus finish on 11, that is a pretty good effort from Gul
Fifth ball Gul to Warner, WICKET, a short ball from Gul and that is top-edged towards long-off, so a priceless dot ball for Pakistan, Aus 9/0
Fifth ball Gul to Warner, wide, Gul had been spot on so far, but that is wide down the leg side, free run for Australia, if Warner had got some bat on that could have been hit for four, Aus 9/0
Fourth ball Gul to Warner, 4 runs, Warner looks to throw Gul off his length by shimmying down the track, gets a bit of bat and he glances that full on down to fine leg, Aus 8/0
Third ball Gul to Watson, 1 run, Gul keeps it full, Watson can’t get under that one, punched towards mid-on, Aus 4/0 after three balls
Second ball Gul to Watson, 2 runs, a low full toss, whipped away towards deep midwicket where it is that man again, Yasir Arafat, keeps Australia to two
First ball Gul to Warner, 1 run, a yorker outside off, terrific ball, a single towards mid-off
Australia will bat first in the Superover.
Warner, Watson and Bailey are Australia’s chosen batsmen. The Pakistan team has a long discussion over who will bowl. It will be Umar Gul. Ajmal was off the field for the final two overs or so, which I think means he can’t bowl now, which explains the long discussion over who to choose.
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