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Australia collapse under Pakistan pressure

Deepankar Kaur | cricket20

Pakistan's summer tour of Australia finally got under way at the MCG as the Twenty20 World champs showed why they are the best side in the world bowling the the Aussies out for just 127.

Michael Clarke won the toss for Australia and elected to bat first hoping to inflict further damage to Pakistan's confidence after a truly woeful tour but it was the tourists who struck the first blow of the night.

David Warner and Shane Watson settled in at the crease scoring 11 runs off the first 11 balls before Watson was brilliantly ran out by Umar Akmal at backward point after the opener decided to go for third run.

Warner was joined at the crease by Clarke and the pair started to build a productive partnership as the Aussies looked to have survived the early loss of Watson.

The pair had built a partnership of 36 before Warner was caught by Imran Nazir at deep point of the bowling of Mohammad Asif for 24.

The wicket of Warner fired up the Pakistan bowlers and Clarke (32) soon followed Warner back to the pavilion after being brilliantly caught by Fawad Alam at point to give Umar Gul his first wicket of the night leaving the Aussies 68-3.

With the lose of two quick wickets David Hussey and Cameron White found themselves at the crease needing to continue the good start made by Warner and Clarke in order to set a defendable total.

Pakistan had over ideas though thanks to another brilliant run out. Umar Gul surprised White with a short delivery which White appeared to glove to Fawad Alam at point but while the rest of his team appealed for the catch Alam coolly ran White out for 4.

The lose of White signaled an Aussies collapse with Travis Birt (1) Brad Haddin (1), Steve Smith (8), Mitchell; Johnson (2) and Dirk Nannes all going cheaply to leave the home side 119-9.

With 14 balls left in their innings David Hussey was the Aussies last hope of reaching a defendable total and the veteran didn't waste much time hitting Saeed Ajmal for 6 over wide on to finish the 17th over.

The rear guard action didn't last long as Gul picked up his third wicket of the night as Shaun Tait added to the Aussies list of batting failure after he was caught by Alam for 1 to leave the Pakistan on top for the first time this summer.

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