Edgbaston: Umar Akmal's blazing half century and Pakistan's fiery bowling attack helped Pakistan end their losing streak against Australia winning by 23 runs in the first T20 match at Edgbaston.
Umar Akmal coming in at number six blasted 64 invaluable runs off just 31 balls as Pakistan were struggling 47 for the loss of four wickets when he joined Shoaib Malik at the crease. The duo then put up a half century partnership to steady the Pakistan batting line-up and help Pakistan come out of possible all-out situation.
Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Twenty20 - Scorecard
The 20-year-old Akmal in particular was fearlessness and ultimately proved his knock proved to be match-winning as Australia failed to maintain their recent hold over their sub-continental rivals.
Pakistan had registered a score of 167 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.
Australians coming out to bat in the second innings got off to a flying start as David Warner struck boundaries off veteran Akhtar in his very first over. Warner dispatched five boundaries continuously off Akhtar.
Mohammad Aamer however had struck in the very first over, trappping Shane Watson leg before wicket for duck.
Akhtar was replaced by Abdul Razzaq and he got the breakthrough for Pakistan dismissing Micheal Clarke who chipped the ball straight in the hands of Shahid Afridi at short cover.
David Warner(41) and David Hussey(34) then put on a half century partnership for the Aussies and brought them out of possible slump. But the duo after putting a dangerous partnership of 52 off just 42 balls were dismissed in back-to-back overs.
David Hussey skied Afridi to Shoaib Malik at cover before Warner saw his middle stump pinned back after playing inside a straight ball from Saeed Ajmal.
Australia lost their last six wickets for 35 runs, as Umar Gul was exceptional with his well directed yorkers giving in no room for the Aussies to cut loose.
Gul in the end finished up with two wickets giving away just 13 runs in 3 overs.
Aamer picked up three wickets for 27 runs in his full quota of four overs and Ajmal picked up three wickets as well giving away 26 runs.
Umar Akmal was adjudged the man of the match for his terrific innings.