Pak register lowest T20 total; thumping win for Oz

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Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 12:04 [IST]
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Aussies beat Pak by 94 runs, win 3rd T20

Dubai, Sep 11: Australia bounced back to win the last T20 International against Pakistan as they thrashed the opponents by 94 runs at Dubai Stadium on Monday.

Scorecard: 3rd T20; Aus Vs Pak at Dubai

Chasing 169 to win, Pakistan were bundled out for 74, to mark their lowest total by a Test playing nation, in T20s.

It was indeed their biggest defeat in the shortest version of the game as none of the players created an impact as they looked very weak against an attacking Aussie attack.

Pat Cummins and Michael Starc claimed three wickets each as Watson, Hogg and Maxwell picked a wicket each to bundle out Pakistan to a paltry 74.

Apart from Nasir Jamshed (17), Abdul Razzaq (13) and Yasir Arafat (15) none of the players reached double-digit mark which also suggested that they struggled to get a good partnership which ensured a win for the Aussies after losing the first two T20s in the three match series.

Having lost wickets at quick succession, Pakistan were reeling at 36/6 after 9.2 overs. With tail-enders at crease, Pakistan were staring at defeat with 133 needed to win the final T20 to complete a whitewash.

But Aussies were brilliant since the start of the match, as they piled runs to take some advantage. Riding high on David Warner (59) and Shane Watson's (47) opening stand, Aussies posted a challenging 168/7 in their quota of 20 overs.

Though they lost wickets after the fall of openers, a platform was set and the damage was already made, which ensured Aussies crossed the 150 mark.

With a week remaining for ICC World T20 to begin, this is definitely what Aussies were thinking about, as they felt this series would help them prepare well ahead of the mega event.

Moreover, a win here was quite significant as it boosted Australia's morale ahead of the T20 WC, as they had lost 2 T20s, are were placed behind the Irish team in the T20 rankings.


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